How to get started with predictive analytics

Predictive analytics is helping businesses in fields as diverse as healthcare, retailing, hospitality and insurance peer into the future to optimize inventories, manage staffing, enhance customer engagement, set pricing and achieve many other profit-building goals. Thanks to steady advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), predictive analytics is growing increasingly accurate and insightful.…

14 reasons why software projects fail

Every software project begins with big dreams and grand visions. Somewhere in an alternative universe, there is a project that fulfills every dream but all too often software projects in our universe stumble toward the finish line and sometimes cross it.   Analysts might like to toss out random numbers to estimate what percentage of…

Alphabet dismisses action on diversity and inclusion

Apple, Amazon, and now Google’s parent company, Alphabet — all tech giants whose employees and shareholders are demanding their companies make concrete plans to address the lack of diversity in their workforces. Google is already fighting multiple lawsuits from ex-employees accusing the tech giant of discriminating against women in pay and promotions. Then there was…

Top IT spending priorities for 2018

The 2018 State of the CIO report finds, after years of discord, IT and business are finally learning how to effectively work together to drive strategic initiatives and accomplish shared goals. To meet these goals and continue to innovate, savvy IT leaders must carefully decide which tech investments to make to drive innovation, increase market…

CIO Spotlight: Mark Settle, Okta

Name: Mark Settle Company: Okta Job title: CIO Time in current role: 2 years Location: San Francisco, California Settle is a seven-time CIO with broad business experience in information services, enterprise software, consumer products, high tech distribution, financial services, and oil & gas. He has led IT organizations that supported the global operations of Fortune…

Loot Crate ERP implementation leads to innovation

It isn’t often that an ERP upgrade sparks innovation, but that is exactly what happened when fan box firm Loot Crate partnered with NetSuite. Together, the companies created an assortment planner, which helps identify the best products to include in each crate and gain real-time analytics into business operations. It’s now a core application for…