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AI + Blockchain for Digital Rights Management

by Curt Hall

Architectures that combine blockchain and AI offer some exciting possibilities, not only for DRM, but for other applications as well — like supply chain, financial, and trading systems. These include those systems that need to provide responses to events that require a higher form of reasoning than can be practically performed using blockchain’s smart contract functionality alone. Researchers are now working out the particulars of such applications, and we hope to see commercial platforms emerging over the next few years.

Executive Update

AI & Machine Learning in the Enterprise, Part X: AI Application Design and Development Trends

by Curt Hall

In Part X, we examine survey findings pertaining to current AI application design and development trends and plans by organizations to utilize outside AI experts and to train employees in AI development. 


Follow the Data

by Claude Baudoin

One of the key reasons organizations invoke for staying away from public clouds is security, and specifically the risk that unauthorized parties will access data. From a technology perspective, placing data in a public cloud may actually improve security rather than weaken it. We explore the four simple reasons for this in this Advisor.


Putting Out Fire: Monitoring Electrical Infrastructure and Wildfire Prevention with AI

by Curt Hall

The bad news is that wildfires worldwide appear to be increasing — both in frequency and intensity. The good news is that the electrical utilities are applying AI for the inspection and analysis of critical infrastructure in an effort to detect and prevent wildfires caused by extreme weather, encroaching vegetation, and infrastructure failure.


Becoming a Platform Organization: How Incumbent Companies Stay Competitive

by Markus Warg, by Markus Frosch, by Peter Weiss, by Andreas Zolnowski

This article takes us into the insurtech platform world and describes how incumbents must adapt their business models and processes to exploit technological opportunities to remain competitive. The authors suggest that the definition of “platform” can extend from a purely technological definition to a more integrated one, and they explore ways incumbents can benefit from the capabilities insurtech offers.

Executive Update

Situational Awareness: Managing the Hidden Rules of Engagement

by Scott Stribrny, by Jim Stanton

This Executive Update explores some tools and techniques that have been used to successfully deal with and manage a hidden culture


4 Steps to Design a Hybrid Cloud Strategy

by Prerna Lal

Many organizations are now focusing on a hybrid cloud strategy: moving part of their IT capabilities to the cloud, while maintaining core elements in-house, hosted on-premises. The hybrid model is becoming immensely customary among orga­nizations, as it enables them to optimally allocate their resources while keeping their current IT infrastructure operating at low risk. A hybrid cloud strategy not only prepares an organization for the future but also protects its investment today.


The Fintech Arms Race

by Steve Andriole

This article looks at the fintech “arms race,” reporting country rankings in several foundational areas. It explores the areas of AI, blockchain, and cryptocurrency, and how countries are faring in the fintech arms race as measured by their investments in, and adoption of, these three fintech baskets.