Enterprise hits & misses – Avoiding security worst practices while Microsoft Ignites and Oracle opens


In this edition: Security best practices revealed – but worst practices are all too common. Plus: wrapping a big event week with Microsoft Ignite and kicking off Oracle OpenWorld. And: your weekly whiffs.

Cheerful Chubby Man

Lead story – Study reveals IT security and risk management need work at all companies by Den Howlett

MyPOV: On the exhaust fumes of some of the worst breaches in data privacy we have ever seen (Equifax for consumers, Deloitte for enterprises comes this timely/disconcerting report from our research affiliate, Computer Economics. Den parses the data for our edification.

Good news? Security has matured to the point there really are so-called “best practices” we can turn to. Bad? We’re not turning to them (enough).  Or as Den puts it:

We often hear that security is considered ‘hard’ by both users and IT managers. The data in this report suggests that those ‘hard’ perceptions are used as an excuse to simply not bother, in some cases, even with the most basic safeguards. That was the conclusion among the cognoscenti following my piece on the Deloitte debacle.

For the second straight week – ouch.

Happy children eating appleDiginomica picks – my top two stories on diginomica this week

Oracle OpenWorld – blowout coverage begins

Our diginomica OpenWorld coverage is in mid-swing – you can already check out a load of fresh analysis, interviews and use cases. Here’s a few picks:

Vendor analysis, diginomica style. Here’s my other top choices from our vendor coverage:

  • State of Salesforce 2017 – AI adoption is being driven by C-Suite, but best owned by IT – Bluewolf’s sixth annual state-of-Salesforce report is heavy on – you guessed it – AI, but that’s “Augmented” Intelligence. Stuart’s on the case: “Of course all these AI ambitions are fine in theory, but need to be rolled out in practice and that’s where the IT department comes to the fore. The most successful companies will be those where IT ‘owns’ the Salesforce platform internally, suggests Bluewolf.” Stuart also points to notable limitations such as a U.S. heavy focus, and the tensions between Bluewolf and Salesforce which add a welcome dash of intrigue to the Dreamforce run-up.
  • Out with the old, in with The New – outsourcing re-invented at Accenture? – Just when we thought we had relegated outsourcing to the back pages of the tech lexicon, with “robotic process automation” getting the wank phrase awards bandwidth, Accenture polishes outsourcing up again – but only to, buzzhell alert, “reinvent” it (ugh). As Stuart notes: “What is The New? It’s digital and it’s cloud and its AI and it’s all the stuff that Accenture’s been betting the farm on for the past few years. In so doing, Nanterme argues that the old outsourcing business models of the past have been re-invented.

A few more vendor picks, without the quips:

Jon’s grab bag – Denis gets to the crux in Taming the world’s wild web and why you should care. Basically Facebook, Amazon and Google are facing a new level of regulatory scrutiny. Healthy, methinks – if can we hold feet to fire without red tapin’ – a pretty big if, I”ll grant you. Stuart squeakily deftly nabs title of the week honors with The Privacy Shield piggy – fetch the frying pan, it’s bacon time!. Gist: the lipstick on the data protection pig is getting a tad thin, with no queens or perfume counters in sight…

Best of the rest

Waiter suggesting a bottle of wine to a customer Lead story – Microsoft Ignites – bloggers digest, by several smart peeps

myPOV: Microsoft Ignite pulled in a big crowd during a bonkers event week. Constellation’s Doug Henschen, who can be a bit grouchy with marketicture is not easily impressed, had good things to say in Microsoft Stresses Choice, From SQL Server 2017 to Azure Machine Learning:

Together all these options give data scientists and developers yet more flexibility around where they do their experimentation, training of models and operational scoring. Significantly, there’s more choice on frameworks, with Microsoft executives saying that algorithms shouldn’t matter – use whatever is best for the task at hand.

RedMonk’s Fintan Ryan honed in on the hippy dippiest coolest conference topic in Microsoft Quantum: A Trudeau Moment for the Wider Industry?

In bringing Quantum Computing directly into his conference keynote, Satya Nadella has shifted the conversation away from the esoteric and into the mainstream.

With an OMG to boot, Gartner’s Merv Adrian wrote about SQL Server’s growth – and the subsequent “heated” competition in the database market in The Era of Microsoft on Windows-Only Is Over – OMG. If you’re wondering where the Microsoft Dynamics 365 announcements were, I was too – though I didn’t find this buried bit about – you guessed it – adding AI to the Dynamics mix.

Honorable mention


Overworked businessman Let’s get one thing straight:

Scientists don’t whiff – they pontificate.

Kind of sad when even The Washington Post has to resort to linkbaity headlines like Death of gas and diesel begins as GM announces plans for ‘all-electric future’. Yeah, if “death” means 18 new electric models by 2023, then sure. May we all die so lackadaisically.

Oh, and if you’re relying on your GPS, maybe don’t follow it out onto a boardwalk. (Especially if you’re driving a truck). I get the feeling most of us have had rough days lately. But I’m guessing no one had a worse one – at least on tape – than Lawrence O’Donnell. If you missed this, hits/misses reader Frank Scavo has you covered.

Finally, one of my musical heroes hit the great wide open yesterday, leaving us behind in the same unassuming way that characterized his greatness. Turn the volume up a piece if you like, nothing would please him more. You showed me stars I never could see…

If you find an #ensw piece that qualifies for hits and misses – in a good or bad way – let me know in the comments as Clive (almost) always does. Thanks to Clive for forwarding a ton of good links this week – track him on Twitter at @iC.

Most Enterprise hits and misses articles are selected from my curated @jonerpnewsfeed. ‘myPOV’ is borrowed with reluctant permission from the ubiquitous Ray Wang.

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