Data centers remain the brain and nerve center of today's enterprises. The fact that many companies are migrating to the cloud doesn't change that fact--it just changes the geography.But what is changing is that today's data centers need to be more software-based and better automated in order to take advantage of business needs for agility, scalability, and digital transformation.If you want to understand what's driving data center automation, here are the two acronyms to start with:1. SDDCThe move toward the Software-Defined Data Center is using virtualization, containers, DevOps, and other advances to give IT a lot more flexibility and control over the backend systems that power the organization. Because software is some much faster and easier to adapt than hardware, this gives IT a lot more levels to pull.2. DCIMData Center Infrastructure Management software provides insights on servers, building facilities, and operational status to help optimize for radical efficiency in … [Read more...] about Data center automation: 2 acronyms you should know
Automation, AI, and robotics have risen to the top of the CIO agenda, but the road to realizing business value with these technologies is long and winding. Organizations that succeed with these technologies make numerous investments in prerequisites, which Forrester encapsulates in a model called RQ, the Robotics Quotient.Also: 10 ways AI will impact the enterprise in 2018 TechRepublic As CIOs navigate through the challenges of automation, AI and robotics, Forrester identified several common situations that enterprises find themselves in today:Over-invested in moonshots, leading to failure. Particularly with AI, some organizations have set their sights on grand ambitions, but underestimated the length of time, monetary commitments, and patience required to realize them. If a healthcare organization sets out to "cure cancer," they would need to plan for a vast time horizon to even gain initial results, for example. Focus on narrow, well-specified … [Read more...] about AI and automation aren’t quick wins. Invest anyway.
What's the future outlook for Big data? Even bigger data, which puts today's data centers at the nerve center of the enterprise. Data center automation powers new levels of agility and digital transformation initiatives. ZDNet and TechRepublic journalists launched a special report examining just how data center automation improves the enterprise. The report details automation initiatives, tools, best practices, and challenges. Here's a look at what's in this free PDF ebook.For this feature, ZDNet and TechRepublic writers researched companies on the leading edge of data center automation. Macy Bayern presents a case study, which provides insight on how North America's Liberty Mutual insurance company successfully used automation to improve customer and employee experiences within its data center. Alison Rayome Denisco reviews the 10 data center automation vendors you should know.What exactly do companies store in their data centers? Connor Forrest explores the top 10 things companies … [Read more...] about Special report: A guide to data center automation (Free PDF)
Developing automated systems that track occupants and self-adapt to their preferences is a major next step for the future of smart homes. When you walk into a room, for instance, a system could set to your preferred temperature. Or when you sit on the couch, a system could instantly flick the television to your favorite channel. But enabling a home system to recognize occupants as they move around the house is a more complex problem. Recently, systems have been built that localize humans by measuring the reflections of wireless signals off their bodies. But these systems can’t identify the individuals. Other systems can identify people, but only if they’re always carrying their mobile devices. Both systems also rely on tracking signals that could be weak or get blocked by various structures. MIT researchers have built a system that takes a step toward fully automated smart home by identifying occupants, even when they’re not carrying mobile devices. The … [Read more...] about A Step Toward Personalized, Automated Smart Homes
Fireflies.ai today launched a conversational AI web app that transcribes meetings, highlights portions worthy of keeping in your notes, identifies call participants, and even automate assignments doled out in a meeting. Fireflies.ai had previously been available to a limited group of enterprise customers, but the launch today means anybody can use the service. For the announcement, Fireflies was named #1 product of the day today by Product Hunt. The Fireflies service is integrated with a number of workplace communication apps including Slack, Skype for Business, Zoom, BlueJeans, and Google Hangouts Meet and can log notes in CRM systems like HubSpot and Salesforce. Fireflies can be invited to join your calendar to automatically record calls but can also transcribe and offer insights from pre-recorded audio. Above: Fireflies dashboard While automated meeting transcripts and task assignments were less common a year ago, Fireflies now competes with a number of emergent products … [Read more...] about Fireflies.ai launches meeting transcription and automated task assignment service