John Pientka

That’s It? After All the Hype and Fear About A.I.? Turns Out They Can’t Do the Hard Stuff

By John Pientka | June 27, 2018

Well, guess we should have known better. A.I. can play Jeopardy, Chess and Go but it seems their capabilities have topped out. Let’s talk about a new A.I. “winter”. A.I. was going to take your job – guess again. A.I.

Remember the Detroit’s Big Three? Well, It Seems There is a New Cloud Big Three

By John Pientka | June 15, 2018

Remember the Detroit’s Big Three Moving to the cloud? Remember Studebaker, Hudson or Packard? Of course you don’t. They were crushed as the automobile industry consolidated into Detroit’s Big Three. So what? We are watching the same thing happening in cloud

Trying to Embrace the Digital? Remember You Can’t Drive the Train from the Tender

By John Pientka | June 6, 2018

Embracing new digital technologies, or just moving to the cloud in your work is almost mandatory. Just remember, if you don’t have real buy-in from the top, your odds of success are low. Here are some steps to consider. Digital

U.S. Births Dip To 30-Year Low – A Bright Digital Future?

By John Pientka | June 1, 2018

Worried that a robot is going to take your job? The truth is just the opposite. We are actually running out of people but there maybe hope in a new digital world. Demography is destiny. For years we have been

Washington’s Cloud Attempts Reveal Lessons for All of Us – First Up, People

By John Pientka | May 16, 2018

Sure the Federal Government has some pretty unique aspects when it comes to adopting the cloud. Don’t let those obscure the key lessons that apply to all of us. Let’s first focus on people. Anybody remember Vivek Kundra? Back in

Lies, Damm Lies, and Statistics. Faith in Technology Blinded Us to Terrible Decisions

By John Pientka | May 14, 2018

Everybody knows that the decline in manufacturing employment is due to the adoption of new technologies making us more productive, not jobs moving offshore. Sadly, “everybody” was wrong and we made some stupid policy choices. Here’s the research. Between 2000

Forget About the Coming AI Apocalypse. We have Bigger Fish to Fry. How Did Tax Day Work Out for You?

By John Pientka | April 26, 2018

Our government computer systems are so old they crash when Americans try to file their taxes. Worried about North Korea? Worry more about the senile machines launching our missiles. Houston we have a problem. AI will take our jobs. Google

The Tech Titans are Crushing Our Freedoms! Our Democracy! Our Very Humanity!!! Oh…Get Over It.

By John Pientka | April 18, 2018

Well the Zuckmeister has done his dance in front of Congress. Guess what? Nothing is going to happen, nothing ever does. Stop sweating it. History shows you’ll be fine. Zuck confirmed that most of our representatives don’t have a clue

AWS is Intimidating—but not in the way you think it is

By John Pientka | April 11, 2018

No, not its size and growth, but its offerings and pricing. Thankfully, there is an alternative. AWS has hundreds of services with thousands of new functions and features added in just the last year alone. Pricing that is fiendishly complex

Greetings from Atlanta – a City Held Hostage

By John Pientka | April 4, 2018

What’s it like to live in a city under cyber siege? It’s surprisingly calm. The taps run, trash is collected, 911 works and planes land and takeoff. That’s what is scary. Live in Atlanta where ransomware has locked out city

The Cure for Cloud Sprawl: Nimble Operationalization in the Multi-Cloud

The Cure for Cloud Sprawl: Nimble Operationalization in the Multi-Cloud

The Cure for Cloud Sprawl Enterprises are shifting to a cloud-first footing. That’s no secret. But just as companies and ...
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How Can Blockchain-as-a-Service Help Your Business?

Blockchain-as-a-Service “Have you seen the price of Bitcoin?”, “You gotta get in on Ripple, it’s going through the roof!”, “Are we in ...
The Cloud Has Your Data (Whether You Like It Or Not)

The Cloud Has Your Data (Whether You Like It Or Not)

Cloud Cleanup Anyone? Following on where we left off from my last two articles now we shift focus to what ...
Data Analytics and Human Heuristics: How to Avoid Making Poor Decisions

Data Analytics and Human Heuristics: How to Avoid Making Poor Decisions

The “hot hand,” a metaphor applied frequently to the game of basketball, is the idea that a basketball shooter, after ...
IoT and the Evolution of the Workplace

IoT and the Evolution of the Workplace

IoT Evolution Just as the Industrial Revolution changed the relationship between humans and work, the rise of the Internet of ...
Economic Arguments For Cloud-Based ERP

Economic Arguments For Cloud-Based ERP

Cloud-Based ERP If your business has reached the point where an ERP system is necessary and it’s time to decide ...