Posted by & filed under Amazon, Google, IT Infrastructure, IT Security, IT Standards, IT Strategy, IT Trends, Microsoft.

Most of us wouldn’t trust just anyone to watch our children, home, or pets, right? And we typically don’t hire just anyone who applies for employment, do we? What about the guy living out of his van offering low cost tax prep? Probably not your first choice this tax season.

It’s our instinct to take the time to look into these people and perform the due diligence and oversight necessary to assure us that we’re entrusting the right people with our assets. A similar approach needs to be taken when it comes to entrusting vendors with your organization’s systems and data, as well as your clients’ data

Source: LMG Security

Date: April 12th, 2019

Link:
https://lmgsecurity.com/vendor-risk-management-the-importance-of-vendor-vetting/

Discussion

  1. What sort of technology vendors might an organization like Nike, or Starbucks have?
  2. For many small, medium and large organizations, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are technology vendors. Do these companies need to be “vendor vetted” too?

Posted by & filed under Emerging Technologies, Future of Work, Tech-savvy.

The world of work will be radically different in the future. From hyper-surveillance of staff to digital nomadism to robots taking jobs—how, where and why we work is changing beyond all recognition.

This is the workforce of the future. Technology is transforming the world of work beyond all recognition creating groundbreaking opportunities. But it’s also eroding the rights of workers. Some even fear a dystopian jobless future. But are these anxieties overblown? How we react to this brave new world of work today will shape societies for generations to come. What are the forces shaping how people live and work and how power is wielded in the modern age? NOW AND NEXT reveals the pressures, the plans and the likely tipping points for enduring global change. Understand what is really transforming the world today – and discover what may lie in store tomorrow.

Source: The Economist

Date: April 9th, 2019

Link to 19 minute video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=gUc5oN_ffRo

The discussion here should be about how technology is transforming work and who does that work, and most importantly what is the student doing to prepare themselves to be productive in this transformed world. I use the phrase “tech-savvy” a lot during my discussions to get away from “coding”, “databases” and other highly technical topics. “Everyone needs to be tech-savvy” in this new world.

Posted by & filed under Big Data, Data Analytics, Future of Work.

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Each paradigmatic shift in the workspace has always been accompanied with a restive period in human history. In the early 19th century, as the first Industrial Revolution took root in the UK, and mechanisation came to replace the predominantly agrarian economy, a group of workers took to violent protests smashing machines that deprived them of their livelihood. Called the ‘Luddites’, they gave anti-mechanisation an identity that transcended centuries and came to be associated even with the likes of Ted Kaczynski, a Harvard math prodigy who parcelled 16 bombs to universities and airlines to halt the relentless march of technology in the 1970s and ’80s.

Source: Forbes India

Date: April 9th, 2019

Link:
http://www.forbesindia.com/article/future-of-work/work-it-out-jobs-that-will-emerge-over-the-next-decade/50933/1?sf100994744=1

Discussion

  1. “Technology will actually democratize opportunity. When the new 5G network is implemented and the next billion goes online, opportunity will be in the hands of everyone with a good idea. It’ll be the age of betapreneurs, entrepreneurs who, enabled by technology, can rapidly test and scale ideas, and bring them to market.” What does it mean to “democratize opportunity”?
  2. Data detective/data broker ” is listed as the top “new job”. What are you doing to improve your data skills?

Posted by & filed under Career.

A conversation about where the smart money is and how investors should bet on the newest tech in the health care space at Fortune's Brainstorm Health 2019.

Never has the notion of swimming outside one’s lane been so exciting.

Accenture, the spawn of Arthur Andersen turned consultant turned marketing guru, is buying Droga5, a buzzy advertising agency. Odd fit? Maybe. But consultants increasingly have been veering into the business of marketing. Clients that need IT strategies need marketing strategies that happen to be IT strategies these days.

Source: Fortune Magazine
Date: April 5th, 2019
Link: http://fortune.com/2019/04/05/accenture-droga5-consulting-advertising/


Discussion

  1. Are you thinking of becoming a Marketing major? What are you doing to become tech-savvy now that marketing needs you to be?
  2. Macdonalds just bought a data-analytics firm, and Starbucks launched a payment system? Why is it that most companies are becoming more and more tech-enabled?

Posted by & filed under Smartphone.

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Samsung is feeling the chill from cooling global demand for smartphones.The South Korean technology giant said Friday that it expects operating profit for the first quarter to plunge by 60% compared to the same period year ago.Samsung (SSNLF) warned last week that its earnings would be hit by slowing demand for memory chips and display panels, a sign that device makers and their suppliers are coming under pressure.The company estimated Friday that operating profit for the first three months of 2019 will total 6.2 trillion Korean won ($5.4 billion), lower than analysts’ already downbeat expectations.

Source: CNN Technology News
Date: April 5th, 2019
Link (included video): https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/05/tech/samsung-profit-warning-smartphones/index.html

Discussion
1) What do you think is behind the “cooling demand for smartphones”?
2) What influences your decision to purchase a new smartphone, and how has that decision making process changed over the last 3 years?

Posted by & filed under 5G.

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South Korea was long expected to be first with 5G. It is a technological powerhouse with ultra-fast broadband, home to giant firms such as Samsung and a government that sees leading the world in connectivity as a matter of national pride.

Three networks were due to launch commercial 5G services on Friday when news emerged that an American operator was trying to steal their thunder.

With quite a fanfare, Verizon launched its service on Wednesday in very limited areas of Chicago and Minneapolis.

So the South Korean operators moved their launches forward to the same day, although it appeared that only a handful of celebrities were able to use it on the first day.

In both South Korea and the US, these are largely symbolic launches because just about nobody has a 5G-enabled mobile phone yet.

Source: BBC Technology News
Date: April 5th, 2019
Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47826948

Discussion
1) What is 5G?

2) Why might 5G completely transform how we get our internet services?

Posted by & filed under Robotic Process Automation (RPA).

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Despite talk that RPA is over hyped, Sarah Burnett, a guru on automation technologies, says that it can cut process costs by 30%, but there is another benefit, not so obvious, and it lies with creating data we can trust.

Source: Information Age

Date: March 27th, 2019

Link: https://www.information-age.com/look-beyond-rpa-hype-123481025/

Discussion

1) What is Robotic Process Automation?

2) How is Robotic Process Automation going to impact Accounting, Finance, Marketing, HR, Operations?

Posted by & filed under Cyber Security.

Phishing attacks have been a way for malicious actors to compromise organizations at alarming rates over the years. In fact, a recent survey found that 83% of respondents experienced a phishing attack in 2018, and that a successful attack costs a mid-size enterprise organization $1.6 million. Unfortunately, most industry experts agree that phishing will also be one of the top attack vectors for 2019, so it’s important to have a phishing prevention plan in place.

Source: LMG Security
Date: March 27th, 2019
Link:
https://lmgsecurity.com/phishing-attacks-and-spear-phishing-what-they-are-why-they-are-effective-and-how-to-prevent-them/

Discussion
1) Why are phising attacks so successful?
2) How could you use the information in this article to form a company?

Posted by & filed under Automation, Career, Future of Work.

Late last month, I was the keynote speaker at the Tax Executive Institute in San Mateo, CA. This was a gathering of global tax leaders from accounting firms and public companies coming together to discuss the impact of technology in tax and accounting professions. I asked several folks a simple question — how much of your time is spent gathering data compared to acting on it? The surprising response from many attendees was over half of their time — and these are expensive senior leaders! Imagine if instead that time could be spent on strategic initiatives and investing in people.

Source: Medium
Date: March 27th, 2019
Link:
https://medium.com/@Ignition_Partners/the-imminent-evolution-of-augmentation-in-accounting-and-finance-df1eae71ca4

Discussion
1) ” while Artificial Intelligence (AI) is predicted to eliminate 1.8 million jobs by 2020, it’s also predicted that AI will create 2.3 million jobs in the same time period (Gartner) ” What sorts of jobs get eliminated?

2) “while Artificial Intelligence (AI) is predicted to eliminate 1.8 million jobs by 2020, it’s also predicted that AI will create 2.3 million jobs in the same time period (Gartner) .” What sorts of jobs get added, and what are you doing to make sure you are capable of performing those jobs?