Transform and thrive: How digital removes the guesswork from manufacturing operations

As innovative technologies continue to steadily come to the fore across manufacturers, there has never been a more important time to evolve. Many manufacturers find themselves at a crossroads: to transform and thrive or to ignore the digital transformation call and fall behind the competition. Adopting a data-driven, customer-centric business model and leveraging technology that brings together physical and digital operations is key to helping...

Insight Partners acquires Armis for $1.1 billion to claim largest enterprise IoT security deal

New York-based private equity firm Insight Partners has acquired California-based enterprise IoT security provider Armis for $1.1 billion (£838.5m).

Armis allows organisations to safely adopt unmanaged and IoT devices throughout their business. As CTO Nadir Izrael puts it: “One of the biggest challenges keeping CIOs and CISOs up at night is how to secure the unmanaged devices proliferating...

It’s no longer time to think of ‘digital’ for manufacturing – it’s the new business as usual

The recent Industry 4.0 Exchange held in Derby, brought together digital leaders from some of the UK’s great manufacturing organisations from Astra Zeneca, BAE, Dyson and GlaxoSmithKline to Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce and Toyota. Hosted by the ‘Father of Industry 4.0’, Henrik von Scheel, the event brought together these industry leaders to share and delve into their digital ambitions for manufacturing.

Leading industry...

Organisations still trying to find sweet spot between innovation and security focus, argues CompTIA

It is a question which organisations continue to ponder: what is the right balance between innovation and security? A new report from CompTIA argues that companies are working to balance both sides of the coin – but with issues along the way.

The report, ‘Cybersecurity for Digital Operations’ which is based on a survey of 500 US businesses, found almost half (45%) of organisations...

Global Cyber Alliance launches first cybersecurity development platform for IoT products

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) has launched a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity development platform for IoT products, called the Automated IoT Defence Ecosystem (AIDE), which allows small businesses, manufacturers, service providers and individuals to detect vulnerabilities, reduces risks and secure IoT devices against the increasing number of threats in today’s interconnected environment.

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How predictive analytics can help manage unforeseen challenges in the supply chain: A guide

In the UK, Brexit has prompted businesses of all sizes to weigh up how any number of potential outcomes may impact their operations, and how they can effectively identify and manage threats to their business. In fact, recent research by Vuealta reveals that uncertainty over Brexit has resulted in more disruption to supply chains in the last five years than natural disasters and cyberattacks combined.

But is there a realistic opportunity here for businesses to not only react to events...

Are CIOs investing in the right technology to manage the next phase of digital transformation?

Have you noticed that your digital transformation projects are getting shorter in implementation periods? How often have you discovered a new technology that could change the outcome of what you are doing midway through a project, when it wasn’t available at the outset? Are you increasingly nervous of your competitors stealing a march on you in the race to transform?

I don’t expect there are...

IoT, AI and blockchain all key to digital transformation – but ensure you get the millennial view

It is widely accepted that a confluence of emerging technologies will be key to future business transformation. Yet there may be a difference of opinion dependent on generation, according to a new report.

The study, from KPMG, aimed to highlight divergent opinions between global tech leaders and millennials. According to the report – which polled more than 740 business leaders and 600 millennials...

Humanising automation: Understanding the five senses of artificial intelligence

In reality, AI's true potential can only be realised when organisations approach it like a portfolio of technologies, with different attributes, that work together to optimise operational efficiency whilst delivering better service levels and improving the customer and user experience.

This concept of a portfolio of technologies working together can be illustrated further by what I refer to as the...

The three biggest challenges facing the equipment-centric enterprise

"Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.” Wise words from the legendary business magnate, investor, speaker and philanthropist, Warren Buffet.

The ability to identify change just seems easier for some. That’s probably what makes Buffet one of the world’s most successful and wealthiest investors. But for most of us, making the best financial decisions for long term...