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The DX Ultimatum: You Need a Transformation Strategy

Are you totally confused about blockchain – what it is, what it does? You've read a few articles, had discussions with several people, but you're still missing the point? There's so much buzz, but it's hard to understand if there is any value among the hype for you or your business? Then believe me, you are not alone, and this article might be for you. Blockchain-based technologies have tremendous disruptive potential, and if we overlook them today we will probably find ourselves surprised by those who didn't. The first known use cases have already demonstrated the potential to speed up some particularly complex processes, save costs related to difficult problem resolution, and provide transparency for competing parties that need to cooperate, whereby they can use blockchain as a third-party authority. READ MORE >>

The DX Ultimatum: You Need a Transformation Strategy

The DX Ultimatum: You Need a Transformation Strategy

Over the past decade so, it has become abundantly clear that information technology itself has become a driving force of change in the business world. This hasn’t always been true. From the 1980s through the early 2000s, computer hardware and software largely replicated and, to some degree, automated transactions once carried out on paper or in person. Complex back-office suites and assembly-line solutions often just recreated established processes. And while websites could be striking to look at and offer a few ecommerce options, for the most part they were glorified brochures or product catalogs (with a few exceptions, such as Amazon). READ MORE >>

Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence Systems Spending in CEE region Through 2021

Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence Systems Spending in CEE region Through 2021

Cognitive and AI technologies are finding a wider audience in the CEE region and spending is taking off here as it is worldwide. The region is following its own path, however. Some of the use cases that are in most demand are common to most regions around the globe. In other areas, CEE leads the way in terms of adoption and has distinguished itself from the rest of the world. READ MORE >>

Crisis of Clarity: 3 Ways CIOs and LoBs See Things Differently and What to Do About It

Crisis of Clarity: 3 Ways CIOs and LoBs See Things Differently and What to Do About It

Common assumptions and a shared reality are essential for developing and implementing any strategy. In the case of digital transformation (DX), a shared reality is often elusive. The pace of change has been so rapid that it can be nearly impossible to maintain a clear view of where your company stands in terms of technology development, and thus where it needs to go. READ MORE >>

Three Steps to Get Started with Augmented/Virtual Reality in Your Enterprise

Three Steps to Get Started with Augmented/Virtual Reality in Your Enterprise

The history of virtual and augmented reality is longer than you might think. Starting with panoramic paintings in nineteenth century, through stereoscopes and 3D movies, then flight or driving simulators in first half of the 20th century to the very first gaming headsets appearing in the early nineties. With the rise of mobile devices for personal use (mainly smart phones and wearables), virtual reality and its younger siblings augmented and mixed (VR/AR) reality are now regularly making headlines. READ MORE >>

GDPR in Focus

GDPR in Focus

GDPR represents a big challenge to companies in the region. It is already producing a boost to security spending which will accelerate in the coming year. Compliance is challenge enough and one made more complex by the accelerated uptake of 3rd platform technologies and accelerators such as BIg Data, IoT, Cloud and social business. READ MORE >>

GDPR in Focus

IDC CIO Forum Athens 2017

A huge thank you to everyone who was part of the IDC CIO Forum Athens 2017 story event, where we experienced an intense day of storytelling and networking together. We strongly believe that the executive community shaped on June 15 will evolve into a valued dialogue platform for future digital trends and challenges. READ MORE >>

5 Reasons CIOs Should Give Up Power to Empower Innovation

5 Reasons CIOs Should Give Up Power to Empower Innovation

CIOs are in a bind. For at least a decade they’ve been declared “chief innovation officers” and charged with championing and introducing game-changing technologies to their companies. This has gone well. When it comes to activities such as the management of infrastructure, process automation, and the establishment of architectures that mix client- and cloud-based systems, innovation has been the result. Cloud-first and mobile-first approaches have also served CIOs well, leading to new IT processes and delivery systems. READ MORE >>

3 Reasons Companies Stay Silent About Their IoT

3 Reasons Companies Stay Silent About Their IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is riding high on a wave of hype. And examples pop up in the tech and business media all the time. Precision agriculture solutions from industry stalwarts like John Deere in the U.S. have blanketed fields with monitors to collect data and automate crop care. Smart Cities such as Barcelona are leveraging IoT to optimize energy use, waste removal, parking, traffic flows, lighting, and irrigation of city parks. Smart homes are starting to look after the elderly. Beacons and drones are monitoring oil and gas supply lines. And cars will soon be talking to each other and the road itself — leaving humans largely out of the conversation. READ MORE >>

How Automakers and Insurers Will Deliver Great Customer Experience

How Automakers and Insurers Will Deliver Great Customer Experience

To make the most of the opportunities that connected car technology presents, it is vital for both the automotive and insurance industries to gain a clear understanding of the possible points of convergence and collaborate effectively with customer centricity at the heart of their offerings. READ MORE >>

Of Cognitive Science and Fidget Spinners

Of Cognitive Science and Fidget Spinners

When recently checking a popular tech website’s page on cognitive science, the lead article for that day was about fidget spinners. For those of you who don’t know what a fidget spinner is, chances are you don’t have children. I was informed of their existence by my son who saw one somewhere online and became fascinated with them. I now have one of my own, at the insistence of my son. It sits idle on my desk in the office. Their stated purpose is to give natural “fidgeters” an outlet for their anxious energy. Teens and office dwellers are their primary audience. READ MORE >>

Innovation in Czech Healthcare Not a Black-and-White Situation

Innovation in Czech Healthcare Not a Black-and-White Situation

Technological innovations and their introduction into the Czech healthcare sector are among the key issues that will determine not only the future quality of services for Czech patients, but also, to some extent, the financial sustainability of the Czech healthcare system. Except for the general rise in prices caused by the growth of the national economy, innovation is the single most important factor for the increase in costs. READ MORE >>

The Rise of the Cognitive Assistant

The Rise of the Cognitive Assistant

As the internet rose to prominence in the 90s, the name Jeeves became synonymous with asking for help online. But fast forward to 2017 and Jeeves has made way for a new breed of household names such as Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and the slightly less-exotic-sounding Google Assistant. READ MORE >>

Breaking Down Silos to Enable a True Omni-Experience

Breaking Down Silos to Enable a True Omni-Experience

Gone are the days when consumers had to physically visit a store during a fixed set of operating hours in order to part with their hard-earned money. Indeed, now that we're not restricted solely to bricks-and-mortar stores, shopping has become a truly round-the-clock activity. READ MORE >>

Realizing the Full Potential of 5G Telecom Services in the Middle East

Realizing the Full Potential of 5G Telecom Services in the Middle East

In today's world, telecom operators are facing multiple challenges, with increasing competition and growing demands from consumers and enterprise customers causing concern in the industry. And despite the high growth seen in both mobile subscriptions and mobile data traffic, overall mobile service revenues are declining as spending on mobile voice and SMS services continues to slow – a trend that is only going to intensify over the coming years. READ MORE >>

Addressing the Issue of Trust in the Digital Era

Addressing the Issue of Trust in the Digital Era

Today's technology conversations seem to be dominated by questions around digital transformation and the ensuing era of disruption. Such discussions are being spurred by the fact that a whole new set of players are coming to the fore, leveraging mobility, software, and data to disrupt established industries like never before. READ MORE >>

Wearables & the Connected Home: Plotting a Route to Sustainable Growth in the Middle East & Africa

Wearables & the Connected Home: Plotting a Route to Sustainable Growth in the Middle East & Africa

While technology continues to seep deeper into our daily routines, questions continue to be asked over the long-term viability of the wearables market in its current guise. The market is currently flooded with various different form factors and styles from multiple vendors, with the latest figures from International Data Corporation (IDC) showing that shipments of wearables in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) grew 52.2% year on year in 2016 to reach a total of 2.34 million units. READ MORE >>

Understanding the Hybrid Future of Computing in the Middle East

Understanding the Hybrid Future of Computing in the Middle East

The digital transformation aspirations of enterprises in the Gulf region is increasingly driving demand for enhanced compute power that is highly responsive, scalable, manageable, and agile. This has created a 'best-of-breed' environment within many enterprise IT frameworks, where legacy systems are retained for standard applications, new IT infrastructure is introduced to support 3rd Platform applications, and non-mission critical applications are migrated to the cloud. READ MORE >>

Using Big Data Analytics to Enable Dynamic Change for the Digital Era

Using Big Data Analytics to Enable Dynamic Change for the Digital Era

Much has been written recently about the idea of "going digital". But what does that really mean? Some organizations have it marked as going mobile, while others perceive it as going down the omni-channel route. Given this confusion, it can be extremely difficult for organizations to define exactly what they mean by "going digital", and even more difficult to draw up a coherent strategy aimed at making it happen. READ MORE >>

The Commercialization of Drones in the Middle East: Borrowing Lessons from the Past to Regulate the Future

The Commercialization of Drones in the Middle East: Borrowing Lessons from the Past to Regulate the Future

Technological progress has long been known to unlock the true potential of innovation. The drone market is a case in point; the prohibitive upfront price barrier of drones once ensured that only the true enthusiasts had access to them. And with limited range and capacities further dampening the mass-market appeal, they were destined to forever remain a niche product. READ MORE >>

Dubai Smart City: Where Science-Fiction Meets Reality

Dubai Smart City: Where Science-Fiction Meets Reality

Back in 2011, a legal battle was contested between the technology giants Apple and Samsung, with Apple claiming that Samsung's range of handheld tablets infringed upon the patented design and user interface of its iPad. Interestingly, one piece of evidence shown in court by Samsung's lawyers was a clip from Stanley Kubrick's 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The clip showed the film's astronauts eating while watching a TV show on their own personal flat-screen tablet computers! READ MORE >>

Key Technology Considerations for the Forward-Thinking CIO

Key Technology Considerations for the Forward-Thinking CIO

Over the last year or so, IDC has talked extensively about digital transformation (DX) and the need to infuse a DX agenda across the entire scale and breadth of the modern enterprise in order to deliver more productive, more efficient, and more revenue-generating outcomes. READ MORE >>

The Growing Role of eCommerce in the Middle East's Sharing Economy

The Growing Role of eCommerce in the Middle East's Sharing Economy

Global ecommerce has disrupted many traditional businesses and business models, spurring a new era of innovation and growth across a multitude of industries. In the Middle East, ecommerce has been gaining significant traction in recent years. Increasing numbers of individuals and businesses are using international and regional ecommerce platforms – including social media, 'sharing economy' applications, and listing websites – to buy and sell products and services. READ MORE >>

IDC Manufacturing Insights at Hannover Messe 2017: IIoT in Focus, with Blockchain Set to Come on Strong

IDC Manufacturing Insights at Hannover Messe 2017: IIoT in Focus, with Blockchain Set to Come on Strong

Hannover Messe (HM) is the biggest European industrial expo and a meeting point for more than 6,500 exhibitors and over 225,000 visitors. The motto of HM 2017 was "Integrated Industry – Creating Value”, which was fulfilled by a record number of more than 500 examples of concrete applications demonstrating the power of technology in modern industry. With mature Industry 4.0 technologies hitting the market, the concept of seamlessly networked systems, machines, devices, employees, and business processes is indeed a reality. READ MORE >>

Central and Eastern Europe Internet of Things Market – Trends and Buyer Behavior

Central and Eastern Europe Internet of Things Market – Trends and Buyer Behavior

IDC recently conducted a unique survey across organizations in the CEE region focused on the demand side of the Internet of Things. The survey addressed the organizational and business impact of IoT, ranging from IoT strategies to adoption drivers and inhibitors. It also examined IoT budget ownership in organizations, sourcing intentions, and approaches to security, cloud, and analytics. Different vendors' market opportunities were also assessed. READ MORE >>

What Next for the Once-Mythical Tablet? – Perspectives from the Middle East

What Next for the Once-Mythical Tablet? – Perspectives from the Middle East

There was much dismay across the region recently when the U.S. and U.K. both banned laptops and tablets from the cabins of various airlines originating from the Middle East. But perhaps the loudest outcry came from parents wondering how their children are possibly going to cope on long-haul flights without an iPad to keep them occupied! READ MORE >>

True IT Security Starts in the Home

True IT Security Starts in the Home

A child sitting on the grass watching his favorite show on YouTube. A mother feeding her toddler while he's glued to her smartphone. A teenage girl busy 'snapchatting' away with her friends. These are regular scenes we see on a day-to-day basis, children engrossed in absorbing content or playing games via tablets, smartphones, and laptops. Welcome to the era of the "digital native", where lives are driven by devices, social media, and the internet. READ MORE >>

Drones – Another Step Forward in the Middle East's Automation Revolution

Drones – Another Step Forward in the Middle East's Automation Revolution

Drone technology has generated a lot of interest from the general public in recent years, as well as some uneasiness among the world's aviation and security authorities. While the layman might look at a premium drone and see an expensive toy or perhaps a device that piques their photographic interests, the more tech-savvy end users among us see endless possibilities. READ MORE >>

Immersive Technologies: From Historical Legend to Digital Market Disruptor

Immersive Technologies: From Historical Legend to Digital Market Disruptor

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology has been gaining considerable market traction, widespread visibility, and buzz this year. In quantitative figures, the Central and Eastern European (CEE) AR/VR hardware market has seen growth of an astounding 462%. The worldwide market has similarly seen triple-digit growth. READ MORE >>

Can DevOps Transform Your Time to Market?

Can DevOps Transform Your Time to Market?

One morning, you enter your office. The air is cool and getting cooler when you get the news: "Your immediate presence is required in the CEO's office."
All LBU and LoB heads are there, and the atmosphere is tense and nervous. Suddenly, everyone quietens down and looks at you. The CEO poses the already anticipated question, “When will the new, fully integrated self-service portal be ready?" READ MORE >>

Cloud Helps Industries Innovate, Though Spending in Central and Eastern Europe Still Lags Global Trends

Cloud Helps Industries Innovate, Though Spending in Central and Eastern Europe Still Lags Global Trends

Cloud services, both public and private, are among the most dynamic areas of IT market growth in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), and spending on them is expected to reach $2.5 billion in the region in 2020. While this figure is impressive enough at first glance, it reflects a market that is still behind the global uptake trend. READ MORE >>

At MWC17 - Gadgets Overshadowed by Progress with 5G, IoT and Telco Digital Transformation

At MWC17 - Gadgets Overshadowed by Progress with 5G, IoT and Telco Digital Transformation

As usual, much of the focus at Mobile World Congress was on devices. Many vendors were announcing their latest and greatest, including Huawei and LG. The usual refresh of smartphones came out, showing off further increases in power and battery life, optimization for video, storage, and speed, improved cameras, and other features. READ MORE >>

How Can Smaller Cloud Providers Win as the Top Providers Grow Like Crazy?

How Can Smaller Cloud Providers Win as the Top Providers Grow Like Crazy?

The public cloud market is changing every day, with new services, new products, and new cloud providers. Prices and margins are lower each month. Top vendors are hiring thousands of new engineers, PhDs, and data scientists. It’s an interesting time to have your head in the cloud. READ MORE >>

A New Age for Products: 3D Printing Practices for Manufacturing in Central and Eastern Europe

A New Age for Products: 3D Printing Practices for Manufacturing in Central and Eastern Europe

Manufacturing represents a key vertical for innovation accelerators, particularly 3D printing, advanced robotics, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Even though manufacturing spending on 3D printing amounts less than that spent on robotics or IoT, 3D printing has already transformed the way products are designed in some discrete manufacturing industries. READ MORE >>

Social Media Ushers in a New Type of Organizational Culture

Social Media Ushers in a New Type of Organizational Culture

"The medium is the message", the phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan, has never been more relevant than in the current digital age. McLuhan proposed that the medium itself is more important than the content it carries, as it structures the way the message is perceived, interpreted, and acted upon. READ MORE >>

Avoid Tunnel Vision When Preparing for GDPR

Avoid Tunnel Vision When Preparing for GDPR

The European Global Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25, 2018. For those who are unfamiliar with it, the GDPR is a regulation that applies to any company that processes EU citizens’ data. The GDPR is universally applicable and does not require local governments to pass enabling legislation. READ MORE >>

10 Questions to Ask Before You Start Migration to the Cloud

10 Questions to Ask Before You Start Migration to the Cloud

Your first cloud migration project. I’ve been there. A real pain. So many questions and then more questions to discover.
The cloud business in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region is growing, with total value expected to reach $2 billion in 2020. Today is the best day to start thinking about your first migration. Because now is the best time to use cloud technology to gain a market advantage before your competition does. READ MORE >>

Robotics Practices in Central and Eastern European Manufacturing

Robotics Practices in Central and Eastern European Manufacturing

Manufacturers in CEE have vast opportunities to utilize robotics across their value chains, and they have recently evinced more enthuasiasm in exploring them. That said, they also need to be aware of challenges that implementations may bring to their organizations and how to cope with them. READ MORE >>

Digitize or Die – Core Central European Countries Prepare for Document Transformation

Digitize or Die – Core Central European Countries Prepare for Document Transformation

Since the advent of information technology, particularly since the Internet arrived, and even more so since smartphones and tablets started their conquest around the (office) world, paper documents were deemed to be a thing from the past. Nevertheless, until recently, International Data Corporation (IDC) surveys repeatedly revealed that organizations in Central Europe (CE) were still relying heavily on paper, and that printed output was actually either stagnating or increasing, while a decline was only likely in the event of an underlying decline in business performance. READ MORE >>

High-Profile Cyber Attacks Should Serve as a Wake-Up Call for IoT Security

High-Profile Cyber Attacks Should Serve as a Wake-Up Call for IoT Security

Three major security events have occurred in the past two months that have made the technology community — and the media — take notice. The first was a sustained DDoS attack on Krebs on Security, a high-profile and influential website run by veteran security blogger Brian Krebs. The attack was the biggest ever seen, at 620Gbps, and after three days of — successfully — defending it, Akamai, the provider that hosted Krebs on its platform pro bono, announced that it would have to pull the plug due to the ongoing cost of resisting the attack. READ MORE >>

Barriers to Biometrics are Tumbling While the Benefits Build Up – CEE Organizations Should Get Ready to Take the Leap

Barriers to Biometrics are Tumbling While the Benefits Build Up – CEE Organizations Should Get Ready to Take the Leap

According to a new report by IDC, The Benefits of Biometric Security for CEE Organizations, the advent of widely available and affordable biometric technologies is allowing CEE organizations to consider biometric authentication as a viable alternative to password-based identity and access management (IAM). This is further supported by the growing development of authentication standards and application programming interfaces (APIs). READ MORE >>

The Internet of Things in Central and Eastern Europe – Driving Change, Bringing Opportunity

The Internet of Things in Central and Eastern Europe – Driving Change, Bringing Opportunity

The Internet of Things (IoT) market in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is gaining significant momentum as both vendors and end-users — businesses, governments, and other organizations — have begun to make concrete plans to capture the opportunity this technology represents. READ MORE >>

Interview with George Kanellopoulos, Information Security Operations Manager, Coca-Cola Hellenic

Interview with George Kanellopoulos, Information Security Operations Manager, Coca-Cola Hellenic

I feel that information security is gaining ground in our company as we evolve, and we monitor this area very closely. Hopefully we will not have any serious incidents, we are not a very high-profile company in terms of risks. Our main business is to bottle and distribute Coca Cola products in 28 countries, so we can’t be compared to, for example, a financial institution when it comes to information security. Nevertheless, we do have our “crown jewels”, such as our brand. And reputation for us is key. So, in fact, this makes brand protection one very important aspect of our business. READ MORE >>

IDC's Overview of EMEA Market and Trends — a Talk with Steven Frantzen, Senior Vice President, EMEA Region

IDC's Overview of EMEA Market and Trends — a Talk with Steven Frantzen, Senior Vice President, EMEA Region

Economic and political developments have an important influence on ICT investment and spending trends throughout EMEA, and thus directly affect vendors and users alike, though their impact often varies depending on the maturity of a country’s economy and the sophistication of its ICT infrastructure. Moreover, the relationship between GDP trends and ICT spending trends is not always so apparent, as the introduction of new products (e.g., tablets, smartphones) may lead to sudden spurts of growth in ICT investment, even in a weak economy. READ MORE >>

IDC's overview of EMEA market and trends a talk with Steven Frantzen, Senior VP, IDC EMEA

Smart Cities in Africa: Hype or Hope?

The Smart City concept is increasingly becoming central to the prevailing public discourse around Africa's urban future. However, as with many technological buzzwords, one has to wonder whether this trend is relevant to African realities. Certainly, if a Smart City is seen as the implementation of high-tech urban innovation exclusively modelled on examples from developed countries, the relevance is extremely low. However, Smart Cities are not just about implementing technology for technology's sake, but rather follow an informed agenda to combat the relevant urban challenges, such as growing populations and issues relating to basic service delivery, education, healthcare, citizen safety, and social inclusion. READ MORE >>

The Rise of Innovation Accelerators in the Middle East

The Rise of Innovation Accelerators in the Middle East

There can be little doubt that we now find ourselves in an era of transformation as organizations in the Middle East increasingly seek out 3rd Platform technologies such as cloud, mobile, social, and Big Data. In addition to this, IDC has identified six technologies that will accelerate transformation and drive organizations to innovate and seek new business models and, more importantly, achieve their digital ambitions. These six technologies are the Internet of Things, next-generation security, 3D printing, cognitive systems, augmented/virtual reality, and robotics – or what we at IDC term as 'Innovation Accelerators'. READ MORE >>

CIOs in CEE Preparing for Digital Transformation - More than 50% will increase their IT budgets in 2016 in CEE region, according to the latest IDC survey

CIOs in CEE Preparing for Digital Transformation - More than 50% will increase their IT budgets in2016 in CEE region, according to the latest IDC survey

Executing change and transformation and improving business processes represents the top strategic priorities of CIOs in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), according to an International Data Corporation (IDC) survey conducted among chief information officers attending IDC's 2016 CIO Summit in Vienna at the end of April. As the survey makes clear, CIOs are gearing up to drive their organizations’ digital transformation (DX) in the coming year.READ MORE >>

Critical Considerations: Protecting Against Advanced Threats Requires Advanced Security

Critical Considerations: Protecting Against Advanced Threats Requires Advanced Security

The year 2014 was widely labeled as the Year of the Breach — particularly among media sites that love a good headline. Some even called it the Year of the Mega Breach, and there were some biggies: Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase, eBay, and Sony Pictures, to name a few. Fast forward a year and 2015 is already being labeled as (wait for it)… the Year of the Breach.READ MORE >>

Can IT Support the Big Bang Theory?

Can IT Support the Big Bang Theory?

Designing, building, deploying, and operating the infrastructure for a multi-decade program like the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), requires a lot of forward-thinking and strong collaboration within our community and with industry.READ MORE >>

Leading in 3D

Leading in 3D

Designing, building, deploying, and operating the infrastructure for a multi-decade program like the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), requires a lot of forward-thinking and strong collaboration within our community and with industry.READ MORE >>

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