John Pientka

“Culture Eats (Your Digital) Strategy for Breakfast” – Peter Drucker

By John Pientka | February 16, 2018

Struggling with digital disruption, moving to the cloud, maybe even trying AI? Listen to Drucker. Go with the flow and try incremental change. The late management guru, Peter Drucker is attributed with the quote: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. What

Slaughterbots: Scary Digital Disruption

By John Pientka | February 2, 2018

Slaughterbots Digital disruption blossoms from a thousand sources. New technologies seem to emerge slowly and almost randomly. Then BOOM! They come together in unexpected ways. Here is something to keep you up at night. We are near the peak of

Don’t Ignore the Elephant in the Room. Deal with Your Legacy Systems. Here’s How: Eat It One Bite at a Time

By John Pientka | January 30, 2018

Don’t Ignore the Elephant in the Room Let’s face it – digital transformation is hard, especially if your organization’s lifeblood rests on legacy systems. Here’s a proven way to get there. Pity the IRS? As soon as the new tax

Looking to 2018 and the Future: Do You Think We Are Entering a 4th Turn or 5th Wave?

By John Pientka | January 19, 2018

2018 and the Future Wow! 2017 sure was something. Looking ahead do you see darkness – the 4th turn – or the light – the 5th wave. Your view may depend on your digital awareness. Surprised? Read on. What a roller coaster

Digitally Savvy Companies Outperform their Peers.

By John Pientka | January 12, 2018

So Do Gender Diverse Organizations. Imagine the Implications of Linking Both. You can’t hide from it. High performance enterprises are digital and gender diverse. Too bad they are a minority. Here’s a step in the right direction. The statistics are

Future Great Customer Service: Sounds Human, Looks Human but It’s Better

By John Pientka | January 5, 2018

AI Support Wow! What a blessing over this holiday season! I just had the best customer service exchanges online ever – five stars! Guess what? They weren’t human. You’re frustrated. You promised to finish the design you’ve been working on

How to Stop Worrying and Love the Rise of the Machines!

By John Pientka | December 22, 2017

Love the Rise of the Machines! Announcing a new blog: “Leveraging the Engines of the Digital”. Are you overwhelmed by all the buzzwords, studies and new apps? Here’s an invitation to become more digitally fluent and navigate this new world.

Will XAI Fix WMD? Or, No More Black Boxes!

By John Pientka | December 14, 2017

Will XAI Fix WMD? Why did I get turned down for a loan? Why is my insurance so expensive? Algorithms are the answer: black box formulas that determine so many aspects of today’s life. Critics call them WMD’s – Weapons

Driving Down That Digital Highway – Which Way Are You Looking?

By John Pientka | December 7, 2017

The Digital Highway Like it or not your organization is on a digital journey. It’s not easy. Falling behind can have terrible consequences. How do you insure you’re looking into the future? They are preaching it from the rooftops! The

Learning to Code is as Useful as Learning Ancient Greek

By John Pientka | November 29, 2017

Your children will be left behind if they don’t learn to code. Really? What if coding as we know it is already a dying language? What if most programs in the future will be coded by Artificial Intelligences? Where do

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP ARCHIVE

Learning From Past Mistakes: Predictions For Cybersecurity

By Larry Jones

Predictions Cybersecurity From Ashley Madison to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), hackers did not discriminate between organizations or industries when it came to unleashing cyber-attacks in 2015. This past year, data breaches affected millions of people with headlines of

Enterprise Adoption

What The Egg McMuffin Teaches Us About Enterprise Adoption

By Bret Clement

Enterprise Adoption On one hand, cloud computing has unleashed a new degree of innovation, enabling line-of-business users to become incredibly nimble. Gartner last year famously predicted that CMOs would spend more on IT than CIOs within the next five years.

Built to Last: Choosing the Right Infrastructure Partner for Your Game

By Robert Van der Meulen

Choosing the Right Infrastructure Partner There are millions of gamers around the globe, and according to gaming market research firm Newzoo, they’ll drive roughly $108.9 billion in revenue for the industry by the end of this year. As video games

Marc Malizia

Virtualization + Cloud Equals Perfect Storm For Recovery Services

By Marc Malizia

Data Recovery Services Not very long ago disaster recovery was a luxury afforded by only the very large companies due to the prohibitive cost and effort required. Frequently even these large companies were unable to justify the investment and went without

Cloud Native Trends Picking Up – Legacy Security Losing Ground

By Chenxi Wang

Cloud Native Trends Once upon a time, only a select few companies like Google and Salesforce possessed the knowledge and expertise to operate efficient cloud infrastructure and applications. Organizations patronizing those companies benefitted with apps that offered new benefits in

5 Ways Cloud-based Tools Can Help Accountants Escape The IT Treadmill

By Kirti Khanna

Accountant Cloud Tools Digital tools and software have become an inseparable part of any accountant’s profession. There are software for almost every need of accountants. From managing payrolls to filing taxes, technology is able to automate them and offer a

Four Recurring Revenue Imperatives

By Tom Dibble

Revenue Imperatives “Follow the money” is always a good piece of advice, but in today’s recurring revenue-driven market, “follow the customer” may be more powerful. Two recurring revenue imperatives highlight the importance of responding to, and cherishing customer interactions. Technology

GDPR Compliance

A Quick and Dirty Guide to GDPR Compliance

By Brad Thies

GDPR Compliance Set a reminder: On May 25, 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation directive from the European Union will go into effect. Although its goal to protect consumer data is admirable, about a third of global companies don’t know whether

Want to dip your toe into the cloud? Challenges of a Large Migration

By James Kessinger

Challenges of a Large Migration Migrating to the cloud can be a daunting task. First you have to go through an exhaustive process deciding what to migrate, then you have to do plenty of scripting and re-architecting to get all

New Year, New Cloud? Managing “Extreme Data”

By David Eisner

Managing Extreme Data Companies are familiar with the concept of “big data”; every piece of information they generate from day-to-day business processes or when interacting with customers is considered valuable, so long as these pieces are quickly analyzed and converted

How artificial intelligence and analytics helps in crime prevention

How artificial intelligence and analytics helps in crime prevention

How Artificial Intelligence Helps Crime Prevention According to a study released by FBI, there is an annual increase of 4.1% ...
Protect Against Network Failures

Five Things Organizations Can Do To Protect Against Network Failures

Protect Against Network Failures It is no surprise that whenever there is an outage in a public or private cloud, ...
Cloud Native Trends Picking Up – Legacy Security Losing Ground

Cloud Native Trends Picking Up – Legacy Security Losing Ground

Cloud Native Trends Once upon a time, only a select few companies like Google and Salesforce possessed the knowledge and ...
Imminent IoT Eye-Tracking Technologies To Transform The Connected World

Imminent IoT Eye-Tracking Technologies To Transform The Connected World

IoT Eye Tracking Smelling may be the first of the perceptible senses, but the eye is the fastest moving organ ...
The Paradox of Colocation Solutions

The Paradox of Colocation Solutions

Colocation Solutions According to Aberdeen Group and Ventana Research, one out of four enterprises surveyed expect their data to grow ...