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  • Global technology leaders still consider the United States at the forefront of innovation, but China is catching up, according to a recent survey from KPMG. The accompanying report, "The Changing Landscape of Disruptive Technologies," also ranks the top global companies and visionaries for innovation. Beyond the lists, the findings reveal how companies are cultivating an innovation culture. A great many survey respondents, for example, said their organization has appointed a chief innovation officer to lead these efforts. In addition, they're measuring progress through patents earned, revenue growth, and brand and reputation barometers. They're also keenly focused on motivating employees to pursue disruptive advances, most frequently through financial incentives and career growth opportunities. "Technology continues to enable an unprecedented rise in creativity across the world to solve business problems and develop new markets in ways never thought possible," wrote Tim Zanni, global and U.S. chair of the media and telecommunications practice for KPMG Technology, in a forward for the report. "At the same time, the success of Silicon Valley's entrepreneurial culture continues to incentivize countries all over the world to become leading technology innovation hubs. ... Global and cross-industry collaborations and partnerships are key to staying ahead, as is learning how to embrace change in a nimble way to avoid the status quo for fear of failure or uncertainty." More than 800 global technology leaders took part in the research.

  • With the majority of organizations having introduced internet of things (IoT) devices and sensors into the workplace, companies are reporting ROI that impressively extends well into double-digit territory, according to a recent survey from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. The accompanying report, "The Internet of Things: Today and Tomorrow," reveals that IoT adoption is boosting the efficiency of both business and IT teams. It's increasing opportunities for innovation, while expanding organization-wide visibility. And, in terms of financial impact, it's improving profits and creating prospects for new market growth. There are, however, challenges that present obstacles to continued success, including the threat of IoT-related cyber-breaches and an inability to create analytics-driven value from IoT data. "With the business benefits from IoT surpassing expectations, it's no surprise that the industry will move toward mass adoption by 2019," said Chris Kozup, vice president of marketing at Aruba. "But with many executives unsure of how to apply IoT to their business, those who succeed in implementing IoT to transform their organization are well-positioned to gain a competitive advantage. … Scale and complexity, proper security methodologies to protect the network and devices, and, more importantly, the data and insights they extract, must also keep pace." An estimated 3,100 global IT and business decision-makers took part in the research.

  • As more IoT devices are connected, the possibility of compromised security increases. That's why there's a need to establish best practices for security.

  • Artificial intelligence enables virtual agents to learn by observation. That adaptive ability is what a Swedish bank is counting on to serve its customers.

  • The vast majority of organizations today either currently use application program interfaces (APIs) or expect to in the future, according to a recent survey from CA Technologies. The report, "APIs: Building a Connected Business in the App Economy," reveals that such efforts help distinguish companies' products and services from their competitors' and can extend digital reach while reducing IT costs. Simply defined, APIs establish procedures, protocols and tools for building software applications to determine how software components should interact. The report distinguishes organizations as being either "advanced" at API management or "basic." Advanced organizations are more likely to create APIs in order to safely expose data; integrate APIs with back-end data and legacies; protect the integration with the right levels of security; and derive value from these efforts through analytics and monetization. To reach an advanced state of API deployment, IT teams must overcome obstacles such as a lack of skilled resources, time constraints, and difficulties in scaling usage and managing performance. "Connected devices now number in the tens of billions, and their use is still growing fast," according to the report. "It is impossible to reach them in a safe, simplified and scalable manner without the abstraction layer that APIs provide. That's why APIs are the building blocks of digital transformation. APIs cut the development cost of innovation and market entry. They allow organizations to deliver exceptional customer experiences; create new revenue streams; and connect employees, partners, apps and devices to the data they require—anytime, anywhere." An estimated 1,770 global senior business and IT executives took part in the research, which was conducted by Coleman Parkes Research.

  • In The Inevitable, the author identifies forces that he thinks will revolutionize our culture over the next three decades, including artificial intelligence.