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        Jeff Orr

        Jeff leads the firm’s overall research and advisory for CIO and technology leader practice focused on digital modernization and transformation for IT to be successful across an organization. Jeff’s coverage spans cloud computing, digital security, generative AI and technologies for intelligent automation. Jeff previously led Ventana Research’s products organization and market research that enables comprehensive educational insights for our community of over 100k professionals. Prior to joining Ventana Research, he served as editor in chief and thought leader for Cyber Security Hub. Jeff spent a decade as a Research Director at ABI Research, and two decades as a technology, product and marketing leader. Jeff attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. He is also an Oregon State University Certified Master Gardener.


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        Network security resilience is the ability to withstand and recover from cyber-attacks. To achieve this, organizations need to use DDI technology. DDI stands for DNS, DHCP and IPAM. These are three services that help devices connect and communicate on a network.

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        Topics: Digital Business, Digital Security, DDI, DNS, DHCP, IPAM

        The acquisition of Splunk by Cisco marks a significant milestone in the digital security industry. This strategic move combines the strengths of two industry leaders, offering a suite of products and services underpinned by artificial intelligence technologies. However, like any major business decision, it comes with challenges and potential risks. Ventana Research presents an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats associated with this acquisition, offering valuable...

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        Topics: Digital Business, Digital Security, Observability

        Software supply chain digital security is a hot topic, especially after cyberattacks on SolarWinds, Colonial Pipeline and Kaseya. These attacks have exposed the vulnerabilities and risks that exist in the software products and services that organizations rely on for their daily operations. How can organizations protect themselves from these threats and ensure the quality and integrity of software products? One possible approach is to adopt a software bill of materials (SBOM).

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        Topics: Digital Business, Digital Security

        Data is one of the most valuable assets an organization owns, and a robust data backup and recovery system is foundational to protecting it. Weak data protection efforts jeopardize resilience and business continuity. With data residing in multiple places – including on-premises servers and public and private cloud environments – it is difficult to ensure that all data is backed up and recoverable in the event of a disaster.

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        Topics: Business Continuity, Cloud Computing, Digital Business, Digital Security, Resilience, Backup, Recovery, Multi-Cloud

        Governance, risk management and compliance are essential tactics for a successful organization. Effective GRC practices help organizations achieve business objectives, mitigate risks and ensure compliance with laws and regulations. As a chief information officer or IT leader, it is important to evaluate new technologies and determine their impact on the business, including whether they fit within the scope of current GRC programs and processes.

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        Topics: Data Governance, Digital Business, Digital Security, Governance & Risk, AI and Machine Learning

        Given the ever-expanding digital footprint of most businesses today, visibility into the performance of distributed systems has become a necessity. There are more data sources and data storage locations than ever before. As organizations continue to expand their data presence and scale their systems and tools, digital security is of greater importance in the architecture and operations. Monitoring is a fundamental enabler of digital security that provides real-time detection of cyber threats...

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        Topics: Digital Business, Digital Security

        Enterprise organizations remain vulnerable to a host of security attacks. Cyberattacks are often associated with techniques that have never been seen before, which lead to data breaches if not quickly detected and remediated. However, one of the most common vulnerabilities for an organization is phishing. Phishing lures people to give up confidential information by clicking on a link or opening a file in an email from what appears to be a trusted source but is actually a bad actor....

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        Topics: Digital Business, Digital Security

        The role of the chief information officer has evolved from managing IT to maximizing technology for business value. Many organizations launch digital transformation programs to identify and deliver the desired value but discover that digital transformation is a complex, lengthy process. Budgets and resources can be quickly exhausted with little to show for the investment. Yet business objectives remain.

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        Topics: Digital Technology, Work Management, Customer Experience Management, robotic automation

        Intelligent automation is a powerful tool that can help the CIO and IT leaders optimize business processes and outcomes while reducing costs, risks and errors. Automation takes many forms, each with its own applications, benefits and limitations. In a previous perspective, I shared how technology helps organizations automate processes and enhance workflow efficiency. This perspective explains the various types of automation enabled by artificial intelligence technologies and their applications...

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        Topics: Digital Technology, AI & Machine Learning, robotic automation

        Automation uses technology to perform tasks or functions that would otherwise require human intervention or effort. Automation has existed for decades, and it takes many forms. It handles routine tasks, freeing time for knowledge workers to perform other activities that require creativity, subjectivity or empathy. Automation can also improve the quality, efficiency and consistency of business processes as well as enhance customer satisfaction and brand loyalty.

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        Topics: Digital Technology, AI & Machine Learning, robotic automation
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