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Inside CTO/CIO (Jan 29th, 2019)

Red Sox / Vodafone / Cyber insurance / Amazon's Rekognition

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1. Boston Red Sox CIO Brian Shields is looking to improve the team’s digital strategy for customers and employees alike. With the addition of wayfinding and interactive software, fans of the reigning World Series champions will have an enhanced customer experience upon visiting Fenway Park. Upgrades made to the company intranet and CRM systems will give employees the ability to increase communication and efficiency, among other things. – CIO


2. Vodafone has suspend the use of Huawei’s 5G core network equipment, but will continue to use the Chinese company’s radio access network equipment. The British telecom group wants to get more clarity on Huawei after many countries have cut ties with them over security and trust matters. Hauwei executive Meng Wanzhou is currently detained in Canada and is awaiting possible extradition to the U.S. for financial fraud. – RCR WIRELESS NEWS


3. A recent survey revealed that only 38 percent of European and North American companies have cyber insurance. A $100 million lawsuit between Zurich American Insurance and their client, food manufacturer Mondelez, over cyber security failure has brought about the question of what companies should be doing to make their cyber insurance more robust. The many gray areas surrounding what is covered and what isn't has left many companies susceptible to cyber-attacks without restitution from insurers. – CIO DIVE


4. An M.I.T. research test of Amazon’s facial recognition technology resulted in identity issues of people with dark skin. Testing of Rekognition, which is being marketing to police departments, revealed that the technology had a 31 percent chance of mistaking dark-skinned women for men, which is a higher rate of error than competitive products from Microsoft and IBM. – NEW YORK TIMES


Tech Tuesday
Are Google and Amazon on their way to becoming public electric utilities?
By Nick Shekeryk

Looking to expand business, Google and Amazon have entered into an electricity arms race to control home-energy automation. Both companies are exploring the market to create more robust IoT and smart devices that will allow them to gain more insight into the information of personal energy use.

The assumed goal of expanded AI use through Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa is not to simply create a personalized experience to the likes of which we have never seen before, but to control the source of that experience by means of becoming public utility companies that control electricity.

Will a giant tech company gaining control over public utilities be the answer to our global energy crisis? Only time will tell. But one thing that’s sure either way is that it will require the relinquishment of personal privacy.

Every Tuesday we'll feature an aspect of technology that is relevant to the world of CTO and/or CIO. We will include links to resources for learning more. If you have ideas for an interesting CTO, CIO, or tech-related story we can feature, or anything else you'd like to see us cover, hit reply to this email!


5. Will Oracle become the world’s leading cloud computing provider? Find out why the company’s CEO, Mark Hurd, believes this might be the case. – CIO

6. India’s top CIOs selected IceWarp as the best enterprise email for a second year in a row during the 7th annual CIO CHOICE Awards. – SYS-CON

7. Think data and privacy breaches from tech companies are intrusive? Wait until AI gets ahold of that information. – FOX NEWS

8. Contrary to recent reports of a looming recession, Guggenheim CIO Scott Minerd says “the outlook is brightening.” He sites the cycle of stalled economic growth leading to rapid re-acceleration as one of the reasons for his sunny disposition on the economy. – AI CIO

9. Position yourself for success when negotiating your next CTO contract agreement with these helpful tips, such as negotiating a bonus into your contract. – CEO WORLD

10. Home Depot is building a better shopping experience with the help of consumer technology. – FORBES


Nick Shekeryk has a professional background rich in digital marketing and media. His work has appeared in The Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, New York Post, The Post-Standard, and on MSN.com, among others. He has a graduate degree in journalism from Syracuse University, as well as creative writing and philosophy degrees from Seattle University. He lives in Seattle, WA, and spends his spare time playing and coaching baseball, running half marathons, and seeing as much live music as possible. You can follow Nick on Twitter at @NickShekeryk.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).


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