• Jun 27
    2017
    Last November, TEKsystems, an IT staffing firm, released the results of a survey of IT leaders in which more than half (53%) of the respondents said their organizations had no formal strategic workforce planning strategy. Nearly three-quarters (73%) don’t begin workforce planning for an IT project longer than three months before the project kicks off. It is probably no coincidence that the survey also found more than two-thirds of respondents ...
  • Jun 21
    2017
    Here are three ideas for protecting your organization against cyber threats: Use big data analytics on your logs, flows, and telemetry to identify attacks and detect threats. Get top management involved in taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity. Protect your organization against half of all cyber security risks by acting to eliminate insider threats. As it happens, those ideas (and others) will be the subjects under discussion in the keynote ...
  • Jun 13
    2017
    If you’ve ever taken a trip to Paris and found your two years of undergraduate French to be utterly useless, you have encountered the training transfer problem. Your French classes may have been excellent and your teacher dedicated, but once you left school (or even the course), the environment encouraged skills decay. The transfer of training, i.e., the application of new skills back on the job, depends more on post-training ...
  • Jun 06
    2017
    The other day, I did a web search on the string “wannacry wake up call” and got “about 1,180,000 results.” The conventional wisdom, then, is that the Wannacry attack is a danger signal to which we need to pay attention. This is a case in which the conventional wisdom is right on target. Let me offer a quick review of the disaster, based on its entry at Wikipedia. The attack ...
  • May 30
    2017
    When I was a child in school, the learning process was all about eliminating distractions. Today, we are more likely to use “distraction” to make learning easier or stickier. If you were to take a course using our Logical CHOICE platform, for example, you would probably find a dozen different ways to approach your learning goals. You would find textual and graphical resources, video libraries, easy access to your classmates, ...
  • May 25
    2017
    Samantha Paxson is Chief Marketing & Experience Officer at CO-OP Financial Services. With such a job title, it was fitting that she recently posted on a Forbes blog a brief article describing a new role that is beginning to appear in the canniest companies — Chief Marketing Technologist. “The idea of a chief marketing technologist… fulfills the need for someone who understands the needs of marketing but also the capabilities ...
  • May 19
    2017
    Pundits and commentators are concerned that automation is eliminating jobs, and some say it is happening at an unprecedented rate. An article in the New York Times last December captured the widespread worry. Its title: “The Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It’s Automation.” You only have to look around to see what kinds of jobs are being lost to automation. Taxi drivers are being replaced by ride sharing services. ...
  • May 09
    2017
    The 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report is out. Verizon Enterprise Solutions performs a service to the community by publishing this report every year. It is one of the most comprehensive reports of its type that I have ever seen. This year’s compilation covered 42,068 incidents and 1,935 breaches. I advise you to visit http://www.verizonenterprise.com/verizon-insights-lab/dbir/2017/ and download the entire report, but I wanted to pull out one or two highlights that ...