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Week-in-Review: IoT security flaws and technology predictions for 2017
This week, The Enterprisers Project team heads to Atlanta to attend the 2016 Georgia CIO of the Year Awards ceremony. We hope to bring you a closer look at the winners in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here are a few links that caught our eye this week.
Five irrefutable paradoxes of leadership [Forbes]: Andreas Jones, CEO of CombatBusinessCoaching.com, writes, “The paradox of leadership is that sometimes actual leaders have to embrace qualities that don’t come naturally to them.” He highlights five of these characteristics that he says can make you a better leader. For instance, Jones writes, “Contrary to popular belief, great leaders are not the ones who are egomaniacs. They are not the ones who want credit for everything or who micromanage the people they lead. Instead, great leaders are humble enough to learn from those they lead, smart enough to learn from their failures, patient and committed to learning.”
On the Internet of Things
History repeating: How the IoT is failing to learn the security lessons of the past [ZDNet]: In this cautionary article, Danny Palmer compares the security risks of the Internet of Things to the risks of Bluetooth technology more than a decade ago. He writes, “As Bluetooth developed, so its security improved – but the recent security problems with Internet of Things suggests that the same issues have to be dealt with all over again. When it comes to tech security, we seem doomed to witness history repeating itself – over and over again.”
On digital disruption
Why the CIO landscape remains a challenge with digital disruption [EnterpriseAppsTech]: James Bourne highlights the findings of a recent report from Logicalis, which argues that “CIOs have less control over IT spending than ever before, and are increasingly looking at partner-led services as a result.” Among the interesting findings, in the survey of more than 700 CIOs worldwide, two in five respondents said they make less than half of the decisions on IT spending.
On emerging technology
Gartner’s top 10 strategic technology trends for 2017 [Gartner]: Kasey Panetta shares insight into Gartner's predicted 10 most strategic technologies for 2017. The emerging trends fall under three themes – intelligent, digital, and mesh – and include technologies such as artificial intelligence, digital twin technology, conversational systems, and intelligent things. Read the article for examples of each and where Gartner predicts the technologies will go in the year ahead.