Weekly Rewind: Top 10 Stories On CXO Today (July 24-29)
This week, we have a variety of stories from the world of enterprise technology that will interest you. From Sundar Pichai adding one more feather in his cap, as a member of Alphabet’s board of directors, to how Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, whose net worth as is fantastic, surpassed Bill Gates as the richest person in the world albeit for a brief time. Back home, we have for you how Reliance Jio made ‘free’ the new yardstick for mobile telephony, making rivals cry foul to challenges of linking PAN to Aadhar number, something which can be resolved with the help of a strong IT backbone.
This week, there were major announcement of two very popular software system – Microsoft Paint and Adobe Flash - who have to bid goodbye to the world. The beauty of technology is that if someone has an inferior product that everyone is using, it won’t be long until someone else comes along and gives people what they’ve been crying out for, believe experts. And that becomes evident in case of these software, which will eventually be phased out sooner or later.
Like every week, this week too, we also have for you interesting interviews, case studies, infographics, and expert columns on various emerging technology and market trends and challenges in the enterprise space.
Here are some of the top stories of the week on CXOToday you would not want to miss.
Ever since the Mukesh Ambani-led Company made ‘free’ the new yardstick for mobile telephony, rivals have been crying foul. However, there is something even more drastic that Reliance is doing - it is investing heavily in content across multiple formats. This way the company can have users hooked on to its data network for longer periods and thereby afford to provide cheap voice calls. Do the competitors even realize that price wars are just the tip of the iceberg?
Sundar Pichai doesn’t exactly fall into the stereotypical image of a brash Silicon Valley’s top boss, but the soft-spoken engineer, with his ability to create exceptional products and his remarkable leadership style, have already proved that he can rule. Just like Indian cricket is proud of Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian IT is proud of Sundar Pichai, who was appointed Google CEO in August 2015 and very recently he has one more feather in his cap, as a member of Alphabet’s board of directors.
The date, July 1, 2017 is iconic for India not just due to GST enrollment but also because it was on the same day another tax provision came into effect, whereby Aadhaar (enrolment ID) was made compulsory for income tax return filing and for getting Permanent Account Number (PAN). While Aadhar’s centralised database was always known to be susceptible to cyber-attacks, the new norm is creating new sets of problems for users. Here are steps on how resorting to use of technology can cut down interface with assesses.
Hours before Amazon’s Q2 earnings call, Jeff Bezos reportedly surpassed Bill Gates as the richest person in the world. On Thursday Amazon’s stock slipped, in response to the company’s earnings report miss and Bezos soon lost his top spot naturally to Bill Gates. But the short-term fluctuations hardly matter for Bezos, whose net worth as the Amazon CEO is fantastic, and Becoz is here to play to long game.
There has been a growing number of work-related issues stemming from prolonged computer use. More and more organizations are beginning to see the link between worker discomfort, lost productive time and cost. Proactively addressing discomfort levels through implementation of strategic workplace ergonomics therefore becomes an important business strategy for CXOs.
Hackers and cyber criminals are becoming more sophisticated in their techniques of attacks. With greater sophistication and complexities, they are getting their hands on highly critical and sensitive data from almost every institution around the world. According to a report by Risk Based Security (RBS), there have been 2,227 publicly disclosed data compromise events through June 30 affecting business, government, medical and educational data and allowing hackers to steal 6 billion records.
Hepatitis is a leading cause of deaths, globally—it accounts for 1.34 million deaths per year. Although vaccines are available, their efficacy is limited. There is a boom in predictive analytics due to the explosion and improvement in data collection methodologies and analysis. Such advances in technology and analytics can transform hypothesis-driven treatment to a data-driven approach. This opens up new avenues for the investigation of unexplored information. an article to honor World Hepatitis Day.
In the Internet age, the relevance of cloud and the Internet of Things will continue to grow. Several companies are leading this growth includingIxia, now part of Keysight Technologies that provides testing, visibility, and security solutions to strengthen networks and cloud environments for enterprises, service providers, and network equipment manufacturers. In an exclusive interaction with CXOToday, Bethany Mayer, President of Ixia Solutions Group, a Keysight Business explains what makes Ixia better than its competition and the road ahead for the company.
It could be the end of an era. Microsoft Paint, which introduced the world to Microsoft Paint 32 years ago in 1985 as part of Windows 1.0, will be phased out, thanks to the Redmond giant’s latest focus on software for 3-D drawing. For decades, Paint was among applications installed by default on Windows-powered personal computers and drew a strong following. However, 3D Drawings are becoming a necessary for the overall development process and the company seems to be more bullish on Paint 3D that will let users turn parts of photos, artwork into full-fledged 3D objects.
Seven years after Steve Jobs publicly denounced Adobe Flash internet media software, Adobe revealed its plans to stop supporting Flash at the end of 2020. The news doesn’t come as a surprise to most as the internet has already started shrinking Flash’s reach in favor of HTML5 and other open standards. Experts believe that various web browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, don’t run Flash-based content automatically. Nonetheless, for 20 years, Flash has helped shape the way we played games, watched videos and ran applications on the web.
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