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Robot cars will make up most of Lyft’s rides in five years

Autonomous self-driving cars are set to take off but they are less likely to be driven by private owners and will in all probability be part of networks operated by ride-hailing services, according to Lyft’s view of the future of transportation. The ride-hailing company expects that Lyft rides in the robot cars will outstrip those in cars driven by human ... Read More »

Worm on the sensor: What happens when IoT data is bad?

Enterprises trying to use the internet of things already face a deluge of data and a dizzying array of ways to analyze it. But what happens if the information is wrong? Bad data is common in IoT, and though it’s hard to get an estimate of how much information streaming in from connected devices can’t be used, a lot of ... Read More »

Mysterious malware targets industrial control systems

Researchers have found a malware program that was designed to manipulate supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems in order to hide the real readings from industrial processes. The same technique was used by the Stuxnet sabotage malware allegedly created by the U.S. and Israel to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program and credited with destroying a large number of the country’s ... Read More »

Oracle pays $532 million to snatch up another cloud service provider

Hard on the heels of a similar purchase last week, Oracle has announced it will pay $532 million to buy Opower, a provider of cloud services to the utilities industry. Once a die-hard cloud holdout, Oracle has been making up for lost time by buying a foothold in specific industries through acquisitions such as this one. Last week’s Textura buy gave it a ... Read More »

Oracle sets its sights on engineering and construction industry with Textura buy

Oracle is spending $663 million to buy Textura, a company that offers cloud services for the engineering and construction industry. Textura’s products will be combined with Oracle’s existing Primavera project-management suite — the result of a 2008 acquisition by the database giant — in the Oracle Engineering and Construction Global Business Unit, Oracle announced on Thursday. The focus of that ... Read More »

Apple’s healthy CareKit revolution

Around three years ago, I was talking with the CIO of a regional hospital about how mobile apps could improve hospital and post-discharge experiences for patients. The conversation came up largely because of the Affordable Care Act, which included new rules to lower Medicare reimbursements to hospitals with high rates of readmissions for people with specific conditions. The goal: Encourage ... Read More »

Manufacturers’ resistance to the cloud is weakening

Manufacturers are slowly warming up to the idea of putting portions of their complex ERP systems in the cloud, according a report by Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC). Although most manufacturers don’t see cloud-based ERP as currently viable, they are “keeping an eye on the market for potential future use” in certain circumstances, says TEC research analyst Aleksey Osintsev. For example, ... Read More »

Are companies on the wrong path where smart plant security is concerned?

As the number of smart plants that use M2M, sensors, and other ICT continue to rise, so too does the lure for attackers. Manufacturing, energy, and utilities sectors are reportedly spending a combined 206.51 billion Euros ($220.38 million) globally on ICT in 2019, says Shuba Ramkumar, senior research analyst, Frost Sullivan. Organizations are connecting systems to the Internet that they ... Read More »

Fidelity’s top IT exec sees potential in A.I.

Since his January 2013 appointment as enterprise CTO at Fidelity Investments, Stephen Neff has made a significant impression in the financial services company’s highest IT post. Earlier this year, he was named one of five finalists for the 2014 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award. Fidelity Investments He oversees an IT organization with an annual budget of $2.5 billion and 12,500 ... Read More »

IDG Contributor Network: 2015 CRM predictions to fire up customer success and growth

Nearly every company is working towards a digital frontier and as we close out 2014, it’s important for companies to reflect on the strategic initiatives that will impact and accelerate customer success and business results for 2015. Innovation continuity is especially imperative in today’s changing business landscape and I predict several growth areas that, in my view, should be prioritized ... Read More »

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