Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December 2016 Issue

Forbes Forecast for 2017: What Does This Mean for IT?

Remember, back in the day, when Artificial Intelligence was uttered mainly in those deep conversations around the water cooler, chatting it up about how AI will be "making decisions for us" in the future?

Well, the future is here. At least according to a recent article in Forbes, which you can read in its entirety here.

What do all these articles and all this talk about deep data mean for today's IT departments, already challenged with finding ways to parse and organize mountains of new data streams coming from new sources?

The good news is that, if you're an IT guy (or gal), you're becoming more vital to your company with every new "prediction" that comes along. But, seriously, there are technologies looming out ahead that, like the mirror outside your car window are "closer than they appear".

Here are a few to whet your appetite (or ruin your holidays, depending on your mood):
  • AI, in the form of "machine/deep learning", leveraging, of course, upon "big data".
  • Cybersecurity vulnerabilities, as brought on by the IoT.
  • Conversational Interfaces, otherwise known as "chatbots".
  • Deep Learning, as will be found in such things as "image recognition" and "machine translation".
The good news is that, for most companies, these concepts have yet to hit the mainstream. But cell phones were once a concept and, well, we all know where that went.

If you run an IT/Telecom department and you're either ignoring this stuff completely or wringing your hands in despair, consider the fact that there are things you can do prepare and gain some sense of control. 

Here's what we recommend:

1)  Take some time (holidays are great for this) and catch up on your reading and online forums. Knowledge has a way of knocking things down to size.
2)  Start looking at ways these technologies can have a positive impact within your organization and with your clients.
3)  Make it a point to set up a weekly meeting with your crew, and others who might show an interest, and start laying some groundwork for how you plan to deal with these emerging technologies.
4)  Create a report that sums up the notes from your meetings and deliver it to your C-level executives each month. They may have some thoughts of their own to add to the conversation.

At the very least, by taking these actions, you will be preparing yourself and your organization for some of the great
technology and great challenges that lie ahead. You and your department may even get some well-deserved credit for getting ahead of the curve.

After all, being the information "go to" guy  (or gal) isn't a bad way to start 2017. 

The CDR-DATA team of IT/Telecom veterans is ready to help with whatever Forbes throws your way! We live and breathe technology. And, we can help with what's challenging you right now. Contact us to find out more about how we can help you address your IT/Telecom challenges, whatever they might be.


Kevin Young, Founder and CEO 

High Tech Gifts For Under $100? 

Portable turntable for those retro vinyl LPs? Or iPhone camera lenses? 

Here are some great techie gifts we found for last minute Christmas shopping. 

For the entire list, read the CIO article here.   

Merry Christmas!

From all of us at CDR-DATA to all of you: 

May you have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy, prosperous and peaceful New Year!


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