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Google's computer vision offensive; the 'Agile ERP' philosophy

Search engine behemoth Google has already put in effort to build up its image and item recognition efforts, but this week the company made a big move: It acquired Moodstocks, a French startup that specializes image recognition based on machine learning. In this week’s Searchlight, associate site editor Brian Holak speaks with AI experts to get their take on the future of so-called computer vision, as well as what it means for companies that aren’t big data giants.

The defining moment in CTO Niel Nickolaisen’s IT career was a large, complex ERP implementation — one that made him vow never to customize or focus innovation toward anything that is part of a company’s digital core — such ERP and CRM, which are mission-critical but do not create competitive differentiation. Read his CIO Innovators column to find out how another ERP experience — a large re-implementation — prompted him to add the notion of “Agile ERP” to this philosophy.

Digital transformation is a necessity — and a team effort of the entire executive leadership team. But that doesn’t mean CIOs don’t play a key role. In the latest Digital Insights tip, Andrew Horne of CEB talks about the three principles CIOs should follow to help their companies create digital frameworks and to prepare their IT teams to provide support.

In the wake of the Brexit decision, the UK could lose its status as Europe’s technology hub to Amsterdam, Barcelona or Berlin. On our Total CIO blog, features writer Jason Sparapani writes about how London-based CIOs can help retain the IT talent the city already has.

The July issue of our CIO Decisions e-zine is out! It features a deep-dive into the required steps companies must take to implement blockchain and achieve the technology’s potential. It also includes a one-on-one with MIT cybersecurity guru Stuart Madnick, in which he discusses how dark web hackers keep getting the upper hand, and a CIO careers column on new ways to approach the tech skills gap.

This week on SearchCompliance, we’re continuing our two-part Q&A on blockchain technology. Part two has blockchain experts shedding light on blockchain privacy and how that can be balanced with digital identity.

Please follow @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance for our new stories throughout the week.

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