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Context is defined as an amalgamation of data and analytics used to orient your technology while making a decision on how to perform a task.

We do this as humans every day. In the morning you must decide how to get to work and you start compiling data and synthesizing all the variables. Let’s say your choices are to walk, bike, or take a taxi, now you have to start asking yourself questions: how’s the weather now and what’s it going to be like when I leave the office? Do I have any early meetings today? Did I feel safe using the route I took last time I walked or biked? To make the best decision you’re weighing data that is current, historical, and you need to make estimates and assumptions about the future.

Soon, devices will start to make decisions with context as well. And this could affect IT trends in more ways than one.

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Gartner’s top 10 technology trends for 2015 was bound to include Cloud Computing. After all, the cloud has been disrupting the way IT services are delivered for almost ten years now. What is different is that trend has finally really hit its stride. Gone are the questions of whether cloud computing will really take off. Now, IT professionals are more concerned about what the cloud will bring and how to handle security concerns.

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What is a smart machine? According to TechTarget, a smart machine is an intelligent device that uses machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, such as robots, self-driving cars and other cognitive computing systems that are able to make decisions and solve problems without human intervention.

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Gartner’s 10 strategic technology trends in 2015 paint an exciting and quickly evolving environment. At the forefront are security concerns with the IoT making an appearance as well. But, by far, data and its evolving role take a lion’s share of the trends. The era of focusing on big data has shifted into analytics. It’s no longer sufficient to simply gather data. With so much data coming from multiple sources, delivering the right data to the right person will become crucial.

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Having an IRP is not the same thing as having an effective IRP. As author Pete O’Dell explains in his article Updating Your Incident Response Plan on the Cyber Experts Blog at National Cybersecurity Institute, “too often organizations put a significant effort into the creation of a plan only to let it degrade through non-attention.”

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a wide variety of business opportunities. However, many businesses are still uncertain as to how it could apply to their business. Further confusing the matter is a diverse base of trials that may not seem applicable to businesses when, in fact, they can be.

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In March, IDC released a press release revealing a 1.9% year over year increase in factory revenue in the worldwide server market. The United States experienced 1.0% growth while Asia/Pacific vastly outpaced the rest of the world with a year-over-year increase of 15.8% in 4Q14. Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Japan recorded more modest but positive year-over-year growth of 1.2%, 1.5%, respectively.

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With so many platforms on the market, what makes a platform right for your organization? There is no easy answer. Beyond interactive features companies need to also evaluate where the data is stored, who maintains the systems, how it will be accessed, the device matrix, security, scale, vendor financial viability, and many other factors. Organizations should also look into what it would require to roll off any given platform should it not meet future needs.

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