9 technologies that IT needed but didn’t get in 2016

Despite some significant arrivals, 2016 also failed to deliver some long-awaited technologies. And some of what we eagerly ripped the wrapping paper off proved to be a letdown. Here’s a rundown of the gifts IT didn’t get in 2016. Professional-grade 3D printing If you want to print out a stand for your phone or a […] Read more »

A.I. tools came out of the lab in 2016

You shouldn’t anthropomorphize computers: They don’t like it. That joke is at least as old as Deep Blue’s 1997 victory over then world chess champion Garry Kasparov, but even with the great strides made in the field of artificial intelligence over that time, we’re still not much closer to having to worry about computers’ feelings. […] Read more »

AI tools came out of the lab in 2016

You shouldn’t anthropomorphize computers: They don’t like it. That joke is at least as old as Deep Blue’s 1997 victory over then world chess champion Garry Kasparov, but even with the great strides made in the field of artificial intelligence over that time, we’re still not much closer to having to worry about computers’ feelings. […] Read more »

HubSpot Inbound 2016: A tech conference disguised as a sales & marketing one

I had my reservations about hitting HubSpot’s annual Inbound conference in Boston this week. Yes, it would be easy enough to swing by from our suburban Boston headquarters, but Network World caters to enterprise IT professionals, not software maker HubSpot’s sales and marketing crowd. Sure enough though, the 19,000 registered attendees at the flashy event […] Read more »

The best new features in Windows Server 2016

As we’ve come to expect from new versions of Windows Server, Windows Server 2016 arrives packed with a huge array of new features. Many of the new capabilities, such as containers and Nano Server, stem from Microsoft’s focus on the cloud. Others, such as Shielded VMs, illustrate a strong emphasis on security. Still others, like […] Read more »

WWDC recap show: The highs and lows of Apple’s 2016 WWDC keynote

Apple unveiled major updates to all four of its operating systems: tvOS, macOS, iOS, and watchOS. Some of them are incredibly exciting, while others seem awfully familiar. Is Apple pushing software forward or playing catchup? Computerworld Cloud Computing Related Posts:WWDC recap show: The highs and lows of Apple’s 2016 WWDC keynote2 Dividend Growth Stocks Trading […] Read more »

WWDC recap show: The highs and lows of Apple’s 2016 WWDC keynote

Apple unveiled major updates to all four of its operating systems: tvOS, macOS, iOS, and watchOS. Some of them are incredibly exciting, while others seem awfully familiar. Is Apple pushing software forward or playing catchup? Network World Cloud Computing Related Posts:WWDC recap show: The highs and lows of Apple’s 2016 WWDC keynote2 Dividend Growth Stocks […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: SuiteWorld 2016 — what to expect?

SuiteWorld is always fun. Unlike Salesforce‘s DreamForce conference, SuiteWorld is still small enough that I get to spend some time with high level executives. Over the previous events I’ve had extended conversations with NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson to get the story, from the horse’s mouth as it were, of where the company is going. While […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: 2016: The year of IT-driven solutions to business problems

It wouldn’t be the beginning of a new year without two hallmarks: resolutions and predictions. My 2016 resolution is to help companies understand the importance of strong financial management when moving into hybrid clouds. Every day, I’m reminded by examples I hear, read, and experience which remind me that, if you don’t start with a […] Read more »

Apple Acquires Feelings, Microsoft R Update, 2016 Predictions: Big Data Roundup

Apple is getting emotional. The company has acquired a startup that claims its facial recognition software can read your feelings. Meanwhile, Microsoft gets ready to update its R strategy, vendors offer their 2016 big data predictions, and more. Here’s our big data roundup for the week ending January 10, 2016. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:Microsoft Updates […] Read more »

Amazon Starts 2016 With Three Price Cuts

Amazon Web Services diminishes its own prospects of handsome quarterly profits through a set of price reductions. These cuts also make life harder for competitors. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:Amazon cuts cost of running Oracle’s database in its cloudWal-Mart tests direct-to-fridge; Amazon ups restaurant gameAmazon joins Kubernetes-focused CNCF industry groupAmazon Positioned to Use Data to Dominate […] Read more »

2016: The year we see the real cloud leaders emerge

You can probably rattle off the top enterprise software vendors without thinking: Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, and SAP. According to the best estimates I can find, those four companies together racked up close to $ 140 billion in software revenue in 2015, led of course by Microsoft and its well-known offerings. Our cloud future will feature […] Read more »

Google’s ‘Lego’ Smartphone, Smarter TVs: What We’re Excited About In 2016

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3 cloud resolutions for 2016

It’s that time of year when gyms fill up with New Year’s resolution-driven people who want to get into shape. At least, that’s the idea for the first few weeks of the calendar. Perhaps it’s time to work up your IT resolutions as well, especially when it comes to supporting your cloud-based systems in new […] Read more »

Forecast 2016: 5 fast-track trends to tackle now (and one to ignore)

Of all the burning questions that keep tech execs awake at night, perhaps none is more urgent than, “Are we keeping up?” The breakneck pace of change in IT and in business at large means that CIOs and other senior technologists can’t afford to lose focus as they head into 2016. To read this article […] Read more »

IT shops will pass the cloud tipping point in 2016, survey finds

Despite the persistence of security concerns, companies are moving a variety of IT and business operations to the cloud at a steady pace. Indeed, on average, IT leaders expect slightly more than half of their IT environment to be cloud-based by the end of 2016. To read this article in full or to leave a […] Read more »

Review: Office 2016 for Mac offers a new interface and better features

Mac users of Office who have felt left out in the cold by Microsoft (because the last version, Office 2011 for Mac, was released in October 2010) now have reason to be pleased: The final version of Office 2016 for Mac brings the suite out of the dark ages and into the modern world. Hints […] Read more »