Future fit technology strategy–learning from Amazon

CIOs and technology leaders have a core objective to develop and improve the technology foundations and innovation their firms need to win, serve and retain customers. The challenge, though, is how to transform IT in an effective manner that enables the company to deliver on the vision of customer obsession.

CIOs and technology leaders have a core objective to develop and improve the technology foundations and innovation their firms need to win, serve and retain customers. They must also enable their employees with the capabilities to achieve this customer obsession in an efficient and effective way. The challenge, though, is how to transform IT in an effective manner that enables the company to deliver on the vision of customer obsession. This will require pursuing what Forrester calls a future fit technology strategy. 

Driving a future fit strategy requires leaders to equally have a future fit mindset. Leaders must be prepared

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NVIDIA and Cloudflare offer AI to all developers

The partnership said its workers developer platform is faster and 75% less expensive than AWS Lambda.

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NVIDIA and Cloudflare announced a partnership that will “put AI into the hands of developers everywhere.”

Working with NVIDIA, Cloudflare will offer artificial intelligence (AI) tools to developers on top of its workers developer platform, making it “easier and faster for developers to build the types of applications that will power the future all within a platform.” On the Cloudflare blog, it claimed that it is faster and 75% less expensive than AWS Lambda.  

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Cloudflare also announced it will support TensorFlow, the open source tool for testing machine learning models, so developers will have access to familiar tools to help build applications before deploying on Cloudflare’s network. 

The announcement said the intent of the partnership is to “bring AI to the edge at scale.”

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2021 tech events, summits and conferences to add to your calendar

The 2021 conference season is going to be a strange one, with many events still TBA or online only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The 2020 conference season was over almost before it began. COVID-19 shuttered many major tech events, and many planning to relaunch later in 2020 ended up cancelling altogether. This list of tech events in 2021 will look quite different as a result.

Many events have yet to announce dates, and with good reason: The coronavirus pandemic is leaving 2021 shrouded in uncertainty and announcing dates now could result in another bad investment. 

Those events that have been announced for 2021 are here, but be sure to check this list regularly for updates. Some organizations that host event series haven’t released any dates, but still plan to do so. If you don’t see a particular event on this list, check with

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Rust, not Firefox, is Mozilla’s greatest industry contribution

Commentary: Mozilla has struggled for years to match its Firefox success. With Rust, Mozilla has surpassed it.

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Linus Torvalds is perhaps best known as the creator of Linux, but he has arguably had a bigger impact as the inventor of Git. In like manner, though we remember Mozilla as the organization behind the Firefox web browser, it will have a much more profound impact on computing for its development of the Rust programming language.

SEE: Rust: What developers need to know about this programming language (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Mozilla: seeking a new purpose

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Mozilla has seen better days. There was a time when it was indispensable to web freedom. That time was when Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was the dominant web browser, and there was real concern about the web’s future with its primary gateway owned by one big, proprietary company. 

Over the course of

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Microsoft unveils 64-bit version of OneDrive

Compatible with the 64-bit version of Windows, the new flavor of Microsoft’s file backup and syncing tool will better handle large files.

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Microsoft is giving its OneDrive program the 64-bit treatment to take advantage of greater memory and other resources. In a blog post published Thursday, Microsoft announced that the new 64-bit version of OneDrive is now available as a public preview, which means anyone can download and install it as long as you meet the necessary requirements. The new edition is aimed at OneDrive work, school and home accounts, and will supplement—not replace—the existing 32-bit version.

With Microsoft calling a 64-bit OneDrive a “long awaited and highly requested feature,” the new version will benefit from the 64-bit flavor of Windows, which has long been available for all versions of Windows from XP to 10. Compared with its 32-bit predecessor, a 64-bit OneDrive will be able to tap

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