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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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The speed of data transfer (via the internet/network infrastructure and services) in accessing the cloud for all the users will drive this virtual world to real time.
I feel network innvovations will be biggest driver for cloud market.
buyer confidence wont increase until the cloud can be seen to offer genuine advantages that are actually realisable, rather than just hope and hype. the availability of PaaS and the ease with which corporates can migrate to a PaaS model will be the primary driver towards achieving that goal.
Network innovation must be broadened to support virtualization and hosted services will need to improve adoption
Security is still a concern.
Not sure what will be the biggest driver of the cloud market in 2013. However, it would nice to have more open source options in the way of hybrid cloud management.
PaaS choice in abundance!
It will take time and lots of dollars
Backup is an issure But restore is critical.
Should an organisation be responsible for its own backups?
The driver of cloud success in 2013 will not be single-fold, but rather a virtuous cycle of more organizations coming forward who have realized great value from the cloud, which will drive increased education and understanding, and more IT organizations driving up the stack with their cloud implementations. For example, check out this Forrester write up on the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. As more and more stories like this emerge, cloud providers will see value, not commoditization, driving cloud growth. From your list, Tom, we are seeing DevOps kick-start this virtuous cycle as businesses are forced (regardless of technology) to compete and develop at the speed of the market. To get new capabilities to market faster, and address market needs before the competition, business must explore how DevOps supported by a cloud management platform will allow them to get their capabilities to market faster and faster.
predictable cost model. 2014 will be a more likely candidate for PaaS to become a bigger deal. Right now there is still too much investment in prior technologies to retool to a PaaS model.
In addition to buyer confidence, stiff competition among cloud providers and low cost of hardware shall drive the cloud adoption.
Cloud needs better network infrasturcture.
Undoubtedly PaaS will dominate the rest of the year. In this market, i especially am impressed by the Red Hat's OpenShift Origin project which is now on full competition with CloudFoundry in attracting independent Cloud providers to adopt as their foundational technology.

Secondly, I do see that SLAs will become more important at the PaaS and SaaS layers with focus moving higher from system level usage like CPU, RAM, etc. towards Performance, Availability and Scaling which the end users can better relate to.
Enterprise will, "Rehost -> Refactor" their IT env by startwith non critical mundane workloads public. Public PaaS will take a while to pickup.