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4 hidden risks of your enterprise cloud strategy

CIO

As enterprise CIOs seek to find the ideal balance between the cloud and on-prem for their IT workloads, they may find themselves dealing with surprises they did not anticipate — ones where the promise of the cloud, and cloud vendors, fall short versus the realities of enterprise IT. While cloud risk analysis should be no different than any other third-party risk analysis, many enterprises treat the cloud more gently, taking a less thorough approach.

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Understanding the difference between social listening and social monitoring

Infegy

Oftentimes, the terms “social listening” and “social monitoring” are used interchangeably, and while both strategies share similarities, there are also some significant differences between the two. The strategy that works best for you depends on your particular goals. In this blog post, we highlight the differences between social listening and social monitoring in an effort to prevent our audience from inadvertently engaging the wrong type of social platform.

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Data centers in space

CIO

Imagine a world in which data centers were deployed in space. Using a satellite networking system, data would be collected from Earth, then sent to space for processing and storage. The system would use photonics and optical technology, dramatically cutting down on power consumption and boosting data transmission speeds. The Earth’s weather or natural disasters would no longer interrupt communications.

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How to Craft a Marketing Positioning Statement for B2B Industrial Brands

Weidert Group

No one wants to waste time learning about products or services that aren’t right for them. Business-to-business buyers invest valuable time on their buyer’s journey as they research and vet their options. Sales reps dedicate significant time and effort to connect and communicate on sales calls. Getting straight to the point of who you are and what you do saves valuable time: yours, your customers’, as well as those prospects who aren’t a great fit and the sales reps trying to close deals.

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Are Your Impact Comms Resonating With Stakeholders?

Whether your organization is at the start of its sustainability and impact journey or years into it, many brands share a common concern: the uncertainty of whether they are sending stakeholders mixed messages. Creating content that speaks to your audience's “love language” can be a tricky dance. But, worry not! 3BL has put together tips to ensure that your content not only finds its rhythm but also resonates with your target audiences.

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The last thing most CIOs need is an AI plan

CIO

Sometimes knowing history (aka “remembering what happened”) can keep you out of trouble. Artificial intelligence presents a case in point. To succeed with AI, your rollout could benefit from a rear-view mirror. Take, for example, how IT’s strategic planning process paved the way for smoothly deploying personal computers throughout the enterprise. Oh, that’s right.

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Patient data is at greater risk than ever. AI can help

CIO

Patient data represents a treasure trove for hackers. Sensitive personal and medical information can be used in multiple ways, from identity theft and insurance fraud to ransomware attacks. It’s little wonder that data theft is increasingly common in the healthcare sector. In the US, for example, the medical data of more than 88 million individuals was exposed last year alone.

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Owler Spotlights Exceptional Black Voices Leading the Way in Sales

Owler

Elevating Black Voices in Sales As Black History Month unfolds, Owler proudly highlights the influential 17 Black voices in the sales sphere. These professionals, including Morgan Ingram, Donald Kelly, Cherilynn Castleman, and others, have made significant contributions to the sales community with their unique insights and guidance. Owler is proud to recognize such a diverse and talented group of Black sales professionals.

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The potential for generative AI in government and public services

CIO

Governments and public service agencies understand the enormous potential of generative AI. Recent research by McGuire Research Services for Avanade, shows 82% of government employees are using AI on a daily or weekly basis, while 84% of organisations plan to increase their IT investments by up to 24% to take advantage of AI. Many see AI as a driving force for a sector that has often lagged behind on technology, but which now has an opportunity to take a leadership position.

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Automotive leader Jan Ellsberger joins Fuld as Advisory Board Member

Fuld

BOSTON – February NN, 2024 – Fuld & Company, a fast-growing research, analytics, and advisory business, today announced the appointment of Jan Ellsberger to the role of Advisory Board Member. In this role, Jan will advise our teams and clients from the Automotive and ICT industries on market and business trends, thought leadership, and strategic insights.

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7 Strategies to Gather (and Actually Use) Competitive Intel from Employees

Leaders in competitive intel know that the employees who interact with customers and prospects every day hold valuable competitive insights that could help win sales. But they don’t have a good plan or system to gather, organize, and share these insights with the stakeholders who need them. In this eBook, we outline 7 strategies to make it easier to build and scale an employee sharing program that will drive competitive advantage.

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Creating value with generative AI in manufacturing

CIO

In the face of increased competition, shrinking profit margins, and increasing ESG obligations, manufacturers are looking for ways to make products better, faster, and with less waste. Others are weighing the advantages of subscription-based business models where industrial equipment, automation, and processes are delivered as a service. As the manufacturing sector evolves in these and other ways, generative AI tools like Microsoft Copilot will come into their own.

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Owler Spotlights Exceptional Black Voices Leading the Way in Sales

Owler

Elevating Black Voices in Sales As Black History Month unfolds, Owler proudly highlights the influential 17 Black voices in the sales sphere. These professionals, including Morgan Ingram, Donald Kelly, Cherilynn Castleman, and others, have made significant contributions to the sales community with their unique insights and guidance. Owler is proud to recognize such a diverse and talented group of Black sales professionals.

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Making OT-IT integration a reality with new data architectures and generative AI

CIO

Manufacturers have long held a data-driven vision for the future of their industry. It’s one where near real-time data flows seamlessly between IT and operational technology (OT) systems. Where all data – structured, semi-structured, and unstructured – is sourced, unified, and exploited in automated processes, AI tools and by highly skilled, but over-stretched, employees.

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Birny Birnbaum Gives Up NAIC Consumer Rep Role

Wink Intel

Birny Birnbaum has ended his 25-year run as a funded consumer representative at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Birnbaum, the executive director of the Austin, Texas-based Center for Economic Justice, first became an NAIC consumer rep in 1999, when he took over from the center’s previous executive director, Victoria Benitez. Click HERE to view the full story via Think Advisor Wink’s Moore on the Market: Birny Birnbaum is not retiring.

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What Regulations Will Impact Sustainability Comms in 2024?

Navigating the waters of sustainability reporting disclosures and regulations can be intimidating, to say the least. With various measures set in motion in 2023 to keep companies accountable, there is a lot in store for brands’ impact communication in the upcoming year. 3BL is kicking off this January with our Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Capricorn Edition by highlighting the impact of: The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Climate disclosure rules The European Commission

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Microsoft Copilot will transform the healthcare profession. Here’s how

CIO

As generative AI becomes better understood, attitudes towards the technology are shifting dramatically. This can be seen clearly in the healthcare sector, where practitioners are embracing AI applications as a much-needed boost to productivity. New research from Avanade, a technology company that specialises in the Microsoft platform, has revealed that 56% of healthcare and life-science professionals already use AI daily in their current roles.

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10 best annuity companies for February 2024

Wink Intel

For the right person, under the right conditions, long-term financial planning with annuities can make sense to provide an additional, steady income stream in retirement. Original story posted HERE. Wink’s Moore on the Market: More clickbait. I SMH at these pieces that call out the “best annuities.” -sjm The post 10 best annuity companies for February 2024 appeared first on Wink, Inc.

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CIO

最近のクラウド市場はまさに成熟の様相を呈しています。 クラウドインフラストラクチャの序列は比較的安定しています。AWSの市場シェアは33%、2番目のMicrosoft Azureは22%、3番目のGoogle Cloudは11%で後塵を拝しています。(IBM、Oracle、Salesforceは2~3%程度) 収益成長率は業界全体で安定していますがやや伸び悩んでいます。ビッグ3のどれもが勢力図を大きく変えるほど他を上回っていません。市場全体の安定性は価格にも及び、いくつかの例を覗いては比較的均一価格です。現時点では、大手企業が同様の製品を提供するまで市場が成長しています。 しかしジェネレーティブAIの出現がすべてを変えます。 OpenAIのChatGPTの一般公開が招いた狂乱は、ハイパースケーラーの間に軍拡競争を引き起こしました。

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What is an annuity?

Wink Intel

If you’re nearing retirement, an annuity can be a good way to get a consistent source of income and ensure you don’t outlive your savings. Certain annuities can help you manage certain risks, such as market volatility, inflation and income taxes. Original article posted HERE Wink’s Moore on the Market: Oh boy! Another USA TODAY Blueprint “article.” “…annuities remain among the most expensive products in the financial marketplace?!?

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Preparing the foundations for Generative AI

CIO

Governments and public services agencies are keen to push forwards with generative AI. Recent research by McGuide Research Services for Avanade found 91% of organisations in the sector believe they need to shift to an AI-first operating model within the next 12 months, while 87% of employees feel generative AI tools will make them more efficient, and more innovative.

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Guardian CLO: Take Setbacks as Feedback, Not Failure

Wink Intel

Kermitt Brooks, chief legal officer at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, credits his father for imparting one of the most important lessons he’s learned about leadership: be authentic. “It’s the best way to be an effective leader,” he says during a Resilient podcast interview with host Lori Lorenzo , a managing director with Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP who leads Deloitte’s Chief Legal Officer (CLO) program.

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Powering the world from space

CIO

The demand for energy has never been greater. Traditional sources of energy, such as coal, oil and natural gas, cannot keep up – and are also not environmentally friendly. We need new, more sustainable options for generating power. The solution may lie in a surprising innovation: space solar power systems. Solar power is clean, inexhaustible, and readily available, with its practical applications becoming increasingly compelling.

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Zinnia Gets Court Approval to Buy AnnuityNet’s Parent

Wink Intel

Zinnia — a big financial technology firm with support from a large investment firm — has received bankruptcy court approval to buy the life and annuity assets of Ebix. The best known Ebix life and annuity asset is AnnuityNet, an an annuity distribution system that competes with Roper Technologies’ iPipeline system and Hexure’s FireLight system for annuity orders.

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What Questions Are Brands Asking About Their ESG Initiatives Ahead of 2024?

Temperatures are rising (and not just metaphorically) as key stakeholders anxiously anticipate the outcomes of COP28. While companies reconsider their 2024 environmental sustainability strategies, there is another aspect of ESG that deserves exploring, the social sector. In the latest edition of "Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Sagittarius Edition", 3BL hones in on this sign’s bold quality of asking questions others are burning to know the answers to.

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GDIT has evolved…do you know how they’re changing?

FedSavvy

In our latest examination of GDIT, we revisit the powerhouse in the technology and defense sector since our last analysis in November 2021. This blog analyzes GDIT’s recent contract victories and the emergence of new intellectual property, offering a comprehensive update on one of your top GOVCON competitors. Top Customers and Big Wins Figure 1 – GDIT’s top prime contracting customers from FY2018-FY2020 and FY2021-FY2023.

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Life and Annuity Issuer Faces Suits Over ‘SIM Swap’ Cyberattack

Wink Intel

One or more hackers persuaded a cell phone company to let them take over a CNO Financial Group executive’s phone. Now the life and annuity issuer is facing lawsuits over the hackers’ use of the phone to get at its data. CNO believes the hackers could have seen customers’ names, dates of birth, policy numbers and Social Security numbers, according to Maine’s data breach reporting website.

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Generative AI in Consumer and Retail

Alpha Sense BI

The consumer and retail (C&R) industry is a vast and dynamic space that, today, encompasses everything from e-commerce to brick-and-mortar stores and consumer goods (i.e., staples, discretionary, etc.). In recent years, it has witnessed a significant transformation with the emergence of generative AI ( genAI ), or the use of artificial intelligence algorithms to create new and original content, such as images, videos, and text.

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Investor Group Agrees to $10.1B Truist Insurance Deal

Wink Intel

Truist Financial, a large regional bank, has agreed to sell its 78.1% stake in its insurance brokerage business to an investor group for a deal that could bring it $10.1 billion in cash. The deal appears to include Crump Life Insurance Services and BenefitMall as well as the Truist Insurance Holdings property and casualty insurance distribution businesses.

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ABM Evolution: How Top Marketers Are Using Account-Based Strategies

In times of economic uncertainty, account-based strategies are essential. According to several business analysts and practitioners, ABM is a necessity for creating more predictable revenue. Research shows that nearly three-quarters of marketers (74%) already have the resources needed to build successful ABM programs.

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How to Achieve Self-Service Data Transformation for AI and Analytics

Dataversity

Data transformation is the critical step that bridges the gap between raw data and actionable insights. It lays the foundation for strong decision-making and innovation, and helps organizations gain a competitive edge. Traditionally, data transformation was relegated to specialized engineering teams employing complex extract, transform, and load (ETL) processes using highly complex tooling and code. […] The post How to Achieve Self-Service Data Transformation for AI and Analytics appeared

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Why the New DOL Fiduciary Rule Is Scarier Than Ever

Wink Intel

It’s back! Just when we thought the never-ending saga of market conduct standards might be coming to resolution, the federal agency that can never take “no” for answer is back at it. And just like any good horror flick, the U.S. Department of Labor’s new fiduciary rule package is scarier than ever. While it may seem like we’ve seen this movie before, there are key differences with this sequel and we cannot assume the same ending.

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Zinnia to Acquire Ebix Inc.’s Life and Annuity Software Assets, Continuing Its Mission to Deliver Solutions that Simplify Insurance and Power Industry Growth

Wink Intel

Provides continuity and stability for the life and annuity ecosystem Plans to further invest in the assets to elevate the experience for carriers, advisors, and consumers GREENWICH, CT, February 16, 2024 – Zinnia Corporate Holdings (“Zinnia” or “the Company”), an Eldridge business and leading life and annuity insurance technology services company, today announced it will acquire the Life and Annuity Assets (the “L&A Assets”) of Ebix, Inc.

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