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Lack of data maturity thwarts the success of organizations

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Lack of data maturity prevents organizations from increasing sales or promoting environmental sustainability. This is clear from recent HPE research, according to which only 3% of companies reach the highest level of data maturity.

The average organization’s level of data maturity, or the ability to create value from the data, is 2.6 on a five-point scale. Only 3% of companies are reaching the highest level of maturity, according to a YouGov survey for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) of more than 8,600 decision makers from all industries in 19 countries.

As HPE President and CEO Antonio Neri points out, there is a broad consensus that data has enormous potential to improve the way we live and work. However, unlocking this potential requires a change in digital transformation strategies of the organizations.

“Businesses must put data at the center of their transformations to close their capacity gaps, strengthen their autonomy, and enable collaboration across data ecosystems.”

Lack of data capabilities impede key results

The global survey is based on a maturity model developed by HPE that assesses an organization’s ability to create value from the data. At the lowest maturity level (1), called “data anarchy”, data sets are isolated from each other and are not systematically analyzed to generate insights or results. The highest level (5) is “data economy”. At this level, an organization strategically leverages data to drive results. These are based on a unified access to internal and external data sources that are analyzed with advanced analytics and artificial intelligence.

According to the survey results, 14% of organizations are at maturity level 1 (data anarchy), while 29% are at level 2 (data reporting). For their part, 37% of the organizations surveyed are at level 3 (data insights), while 17% are at level 4 (data centrality), and only 3% are at level 5. (data economy).

Lack of data capabilities, in turn, limits the ability of organizations to increase sales (30%), innovate (28%), improve customer experience (24%), improve environmental sustainability (21%) and increase internal efficiency (21%).

Only 13% of organizations say that data strategy is a key part of their corporate strategy

Other of the most outstanding findings of the report indicate that only 13% of the organizations indicate that data strategy is a key part of your corporative strategy.

In this sense, almost half of the respondents (48%) acknowledge that their organization does not allocate budget for data initiatives, or only occasionally finances data initiatives through the IT budget.

Only 28% of respondents confirmed that they have a strategic focus on providing data-driven products or services.

Likewise, almost half of those surveyed indicate that their organizations do not use methodologies such as machine learning (machine learning) or deep learning (deep learning). Instead, 29% rely on spreadsheets, or the business intelligence business intelligence and predefined reports, in 18% of cases, for data analysis.

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Greater control through the clouds

One characteristic of a low data maturity level is that there is no overall data and analytics architecture. Instead, data is isolated to individual applications or locations. This is the case for 34% of those surveyed.

In fact, only 19% have implemented a central data hub or structure that offers unified access to real time data throughout your organization. Another 8% say that this data center also includes external data sources.

62% of respondents argue that it is important to have a high degree of control over your data to create value

In line with these considerations, 62% of those surveyed argue that it is strategically important to have a high degree of control over their data and the means to create value from it.

Additionally, 52% say they are concerned that data monopolies have too much control over their ability to create value from data. 39% are reassessing their cloud strategy as a consequence of rising cloud costs, for 42%, while 37% point to data security concerns, the same percentage pointing to the need for a more flexible data architecture, and 32 % indicates a lack of control over their data.

The results of this study were presented during HPE Discover Frankfurt 2022, where the company announced new application, analytics, and development services for HPE GreenLake. With them, the firm will allow organizations to drive a data modernization strategy for production workloads in hybrid cloud environments.

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EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S, new 24.1-inch professional monitor

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EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S

The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is a monitor aimed at professionals that mounts a 24.1-inch panel and has, as you may have imagined, a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. Its maximum brightness is 410 cd/m2, it has a contrast of 1,350:1, it reproduces 1,070 million colors and it is capable of covering the 99% of the Adobe RGB color space.

This EIZO model brings a series of clear improvements over the previous generation. Among the most important changes we can highlight the inclusion of a USB Type-C connector, that offers up to 70 watts of charge, and that we can use to charge a laptop while we use it with said monitor (simultaneous data and power).

Another important addition to the EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is that it comes with an adjustment report that measures the state of the screen at the time of shipment, a feature that previously it was only available on CG series professional monitors.

Maintaining its commitment to the environment, EIZO has eliminated any type of plastic from the packaging and materials that accompany the wiring. This monitor is also more efficient, as it It has a consumption of only 26 watts.

The rest of its specifications are completed with a response time of 19ms, it has DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, it has a USB Type-C connector, as we have already said, it has two USB 3.0 and it has two other USB 2.0 ports. we can use it both horizontally and verticallysomething that the most creative professionals will undoubtedly like.

This monitor is mainly aimed at content creators, designers, video and photo editors, illustrators and cartoonists. It is height, swivel and tilt adjustable, which translates into good ergonomics and great versatility when it comes to integrating into different work spaces.

The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S comes with a 5-year warranty covering each and every component, and is also subject to the zero bad pixel policy, which is covered for six months from the launch date. Taking into account the investment that we have to make to buy this monitor, it is totally normal, since its price in Spain will be around 800 euro.

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Microsoft Extends ESU Support for Windows Server 2008 and R2

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When an operating system ends its life cycle, Microsoft usually considers the possibility of offering extended support, which usually ends up being paid, or may be subject to some type of special condition. The latter is what has happened with Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, two operating systems that have ended their life cycle and are no longer supported in 2020.

The thing is that Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 still have a significant user baseand for this reason Microsoft has decided an additional year of support of the ESU type, acronym for “extended security updates”. This is good news for companies that still use the operating system, but it has one important condition, and that is that it will only be available to those who are Microsoft Azure customers.

This extended period of security updates will be active until January 9, 2024. If you are wondering if this will be a free program, I can tell you that it is not, and that Microsoft will bill it as it normally does with extended support programs.

In case you are wondering why so many professionals are still using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 the answer is very simple, because in more than one case upgrading to a new operating system requires significant expenses that can derive from a hardware renewal, from a prolonged period of inactivity, from updating and developing new applications if necessary or from a little of everything that we have just said.

Microsoft has confirmed all the versions of Windows Server 2008 that will be able to benefit from this year of extended support, and we have listed them as is:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2).
  • Windows Embedded POSReady 7.
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7.
  • All Azure virtual machines (VMs) running Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 operating systems on Azure, Azure Stack, Azure VMWare Solutions, or Azure Nutanix Solution.

It does not seem that they are going to give more extensions once this is finished, so if your company is using any of those operating systems you should be clear that time is running out, and that in a matter of a year you will be tied to an operating system without support that could become a time bomb in terms of security.

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Apple will abolish the position of Head of Product Design

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Apple suprimira el puesto de Jefe de Diseno de Producto

The departure of Jonathan Ive from Apple was one of the most shocking news of 2019, not in vain are we talking about what was Head of Product Design in that company, responsible for some of its most successful products, and a professional who was part of the bitten apple company for more than 30 years.

It is true that at first there was no complete break between Ive and Applesince both continued to work together through an independent agency founded by the former executive, but in the end both parties decided to put an end to their adventure, and a final separation was confirmed last July.

The position that Ive left was filled by Evans Hankey, but we know that this executive also plans to leave the company in the coming months. What will happen then with the position of Head of Product Design? The normal thing would be to look for a new professional that lives up to that position, but according to a new report presented by Bloomberg it won’t be like that.

The apple company will abolish the position of Head of Product Design, and the product design team will report to and report directly to Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams. To avoid internal problems, Apple will give more important roles to the designers of key products for the apple company, but it seems that this has not been liked by everyone, and that some employees are upset with Apple’s decision.

The truth is that, if we analyze the situation that existed previously, it is not as important a change as it might seem at first glance. Evans Hankey acts as the liaison for the design team, but in the end it depended on Jeff Williams and had to answer to himso with this move Apple would be eliminating an intermediate position that in the end would not be “essential”, and would simplify the hierarchical structure of the product design team.

It is also important to note that this change reinforces the position of Jeff Williams, a high-profile executive at Apple who many see as Tim Cook’s possible successor. We’ll see how the situation evolves, and if Apple is really able to get on without a Head of Product Design.

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