Autotask Week in IT: Big Data, AI and Soft Skills for Tech Workers

January 19, 2018  
Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the world of ITSPs, MSPs and Enterprise IT departments.

Forbes: Big Data Meets Data Fabric and Multi- Cloud
By John Webster
As cloud computing progresses forward, an age-old problem for IT is resurfacing—how to integrate and secure data stores that are disbursed geographically and across a growing diversity of applications. Data silos, which have always limited an organizations ability to extract value from all of its data, become even more isolated. 

CIO Review: Big Data Analytics for Business Growth
By Staff Writer
The adoption of big data analytics that was once heralded as the ‘next big thing’ is in an unsurpassed rate showing no signs of slowing down even now. Big data analytics which is driven by specialized systems and software, points the way to various business advantages, comprising novel revenue opportunities, efficacious marketing, better customer service, enhanced operational efficiency and competitive advantages over rivals.

DarkReading: AI in Cybersecurity: Where We Stand & Where We Need to Go
By Raffael Marty
With the omnipresence of the term artificial intelligence (AI) and the increased popularity of deep learning, a lot of security practitioners are being lured into believing that these approaches are the magic silver bullet we have been waiting for to solve all of our security challenges. But deep learning — or any other machine learning (ML) approach — is just a tool. 

Harvard Business Review: Is Your Company’s Data Actually Valuable in the AI Era?
By Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans and Avi Goldfarb
AI is coming. That is what we heard throughout 2017 and will likely continue to hear throughout this year. For established businesses that are not Google or Facebook, a natural question to ask is: What have we got that is going to allow us to survive this transition?

IT Business Edge: Soft Skills Every Tech Worker Needs
By Susan Marquette Poremba
As developers navigate through their career path, it's easy to focus on hard skills that are required for certain job roles. Hard skills may show that you're qualified for a job or not, but there are many other skills developers and tech professionals alike need to develop to not only be qualified for a job, but to be successful in the fast-paced environment.

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