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Gartner predicts IoT surge in 2016; why APM should focus on UX

The number of connected “things” in use will rise to 6.4 billion in 2016, Gartner predicted. That’s a 30% rise from this year. The consultancy also said that this explosion will drive a surge in IoT services as companies seek providers to help jumpstart their IoT initiatives. Associate Editor Brian details what this means for the CIO agenda in this week’s Searchlight.

In today’s “app economy,” companies heavily rely on apps to communicate and connect with their partners, employees and — most especially — customers. And in today’s app economy, having an updated application performance management (APM) strategy is more important than ever. In this feature by freelance writer Mary K. Pratt, see how various IT execs have revamped their APM practices to remain competitive in this economy.

To reap the business benefits of cloud computing, companies need expertise in their IT departments and an informed user community. But organizations will have trouble passing muster, said Pamela Wise-Martinez, chief cloud and enterprise data architect at Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp (PBGC). Fortunately, customer advocacy groups like the the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), which offer free advice on cloud challenges, are here to help. Wise-Martinez sat down with Features Editor Jason Sparapani to recount just how critical these cloud references have been to PBGC.

A powerful user experience (UX) is the ultimate goal of mobile app development, but getting there isn’t easy; many failures are the result of failing to balance UX with one of the biggest obstacles of mobile app dev: data security risks. In SearchCIO’s latest handbook, get tips from SearchCIO columnist and former CIO Harvey Koeppel on how to harmonize mobile UX and data security.

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At this year’s ISSA International Conference, Senior Site Editor Ben Cole sat down with security experts to discuss the new business focus on building a “culture of security” in the digital age, when information has become a vital business asset. In one video, Nick Merker, an attorney with Ice Miller LLP, talks about how information security professionals’ role has changed in this era. In another, Vincent Sritapan, program manager with the Department of Homeland Security, discusses new mobile app security strategies and best practices.

IT Compliance Advisor roundup: In recent GRC news, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen testifies before a House panel that large financial firms still face persistence regulatory compliance and risk management breakdowns, and a study shows that Dodd-Frank “clawback” rules might not end up being as effective as anticipated.

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