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5 things to think about for industrial IoT readiness

John Fryer, senior director of industry solutions for Stratus Technologies, has outlined five things industrial companies should be thinking about in terms of IIoT readiness in order to overcome the barriers to making the transition.

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Researcher develops ransomware attack that targets water supply

A security researcher is showing that it’s not hard to hold industrial control systems for ransom. He's experimented with a simulated water treatment system based on actual programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and documented how...

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Papa John's hires Panera IT leader as CIO, CDO

After a legal battle with Panera, the pizza chain hires Mike Nettles to lead its IT and digital efforts, which include online and mobile ordering from computers, smartphones and Apple TV.

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Insurance spin-out rides API-driven strategy

Allstate’s Arity spin-out has embraced an analytics-based platform strategy similar to those used by the likes of Uber and Lyft.

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Privacy worries are on the rise, new poll of U.S. consumers shows

A majority said they'd switch providers in the event of a security breach, the IDC survey says.

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Pharmaceutical giant partners to push analytics

Merck KGaA is banking on partnerships with Silicon Valley analytics companies as it automates a supply chain challenged by spikes in demand.

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Amazon.com's Alexa now lets you order wings

Wingstop has launched a voice-based ordering service that leverages Alexa, Amazon.com’s popular virtual assistant technology that’s seeing momentum across several sectors.

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Starbucks gets personal with virtual baristas as part of AI push

The coffee company is joining the likes of Domino’s Pizza, Amazon.com and several other companies in launching virtual assistant technology to in hopes of a more personalized customer experience.

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CIO, CMO partner to drive used car sales

CarMax has revamped its website and is testing a new home delivery service thanks to a close collaboration between its CMO and CIO.

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

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 people are thinking about the problem.

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Volvo lures McDonald's CDO to drive digital transformation

The Swedish car maker hires Atif Rafiq to accelerate a digital transformation. At McDonald’s, Rafiq oversaw the launch of digital kiosks and table service at the fast-food chain.

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Alaska Airlines CIO departs to build digital smart cities

As Emaar Properties' chief digital officer, Veresh Sita will apply AI, machine learning, IoT and other cutting-edge technologies to build digitally sophisticated commercial buildings and housing.

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Finland's largest airline inks iOS deal with Apple and IBM

Finnair will work with Apple and IBM to develop a set of enterprise iOS apps for airplane mechanics and their supervisions. The software is expected to be available in early 2017.

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Explaining the IoT buyer’s dilemma of propellers and propellerheads

Traditional industrial equipment manufacturing companies as well as Internet of Things (IoT) hardware companies are struggling with transformation through acquisition because of the huge valuation chasm between the earnings based...

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Half of banking customers now using fintech

A new report finds half of banking customers around the globe are now using financial technology products or services from at least one fintech firm, but customers also put much more trust in traditional financial institutions.

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Blockchain adoption in banks coming, but slower than expected

Banks will likely take 24 months or longer to push blockchain software systems into commercial production, says the man who championed the digital ledger technology at UBS.

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Visualization analytics helps utility provider escape ‘Excel hell’

Struggling to collect debt owed from customers, gas and electricity provider National Grid turned to Tableau visualization software to create a scoring model to to assist with collections.

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Formula One puts you in the Grand Prix with VR and AR

Last week, Formula One and Tata Communications provided a peek into the future of motorsport when they announced the winners of its 2016 F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize, focused on fan-created virtual reality and augmented reality...

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