It’s not hard to see that enterprise IT is continually changing, with waves of new technologies rolling in and disrupting the status quo. What is more challenging is understanding the underpinnings of these waves of change and predicting which technologies will be successful and how quickly they will be adopted. Gaining this level of insight requires listening, in real time, to what’s happening in the marketplace and having probing conversations about the sectors we invest in, from Cloud to data, mobile to security. One way to facilitate those discoveries is through our regular event series called the Ascent B2B IT Forum. These events, open to the public, feature C-suite panelists, Ascent moderators and an engaged audience.
Blog posts recapping our recent and future forums are featured below:
Next-Gen Enterprise Tech: How AR & VR are Pushing New Boundaries
Tuesday, December 6, 2016Microsoft New England Research and Development Center: 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MAJoin us as we discuss and explore the world of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) at our next B2B IT Forum. There are already several real-world enterprise uses of AR/VR that show the beginnings of how this technology will change our working lives. IDC reports the AR/VR market will reach $162 billion in four years, growing over 181% per year. Additionally, Gartner's latest emerging technologies hype cycle plots AR and VR on the “Slope of Enlightenment.” Applications include 360-degree educational video viewing, architectural design, virtual automotive test drives, real estate virtual property tours, and surgical training. But what does the future look like for AR/VR in the enterprise?
Machine Learning: How Artificial Intelligence is Invading the Enterprise
Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 Microsoft New England Research and Development Center: 1 Memorial Drive #1, Cambridge, MAMachine learning is at the top of the “hype curve” for emerging technologies and is one of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2016 according to Gartner. A method of data analysis that automates analytical model building, machine learning can benefit almost any business that gathers data with the intention of acting upon it. It’s safe to say that most of us are already interacting with machine learning applications on a daily basis, whether it’s Apple’s Siri, Facebook’s face detection, Amazon and Netflix personalized recommendations, or iOS’s autocorrect.
The Paradigm of Security: Turning Cyber Threat into Opportunity
6pm, Tuesday December 8th, 2015Microsoft NERD Center, Cambridge, MASecurity is getting scarier. Cyber criminals are becoming more pervasive and major threat groups are on the rise. Data ownership and privacy are hot button issues that impact the entire security equation, but how can companies cope? It is overwhelming!
Gartner predicts that $77 billion may be funneled toward cybersecurity efforts this year, expected to rise to $170 billion by 2020. This represents dramatic growth in digital security efforts over the next 5 years.
From Industry 4.0 to iWatch: The Internet of Things
October 14, 2014The widespread emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) will take time, but as more objects gain intelligence through embedded sensors and processors, we are getting closer to realizing the full potential of this technology. In our next Forum we will outline the current state of the IoT market and discuss the near-term opportunities for innovative companies to embrace IoT across various industry segments.
The Shift to the Cloud: Disrupting Legacy Industries
February 26, 2014The benefits of cloud computing are well understood and have transformed operations across a wide range of businesses. But what’s not as widely known is how legacy industries previously thought immune to the forces of the cloud have moved toward virtual or cloud-based solutions that offer lower costs and strategic advantage. Our panel discussion focused on how industries such as taxi services, commercial printing, and others have been disrupted by the cloud.
Data Analytics: Making It Real
September 23, 2013There are significant challenges in extracting real value from the swelling torrent of data, but also great potential when data, algorithms and technology are combined and harnessed properly. Our expert panel focused on what emerging leaders in the application of data analytics are actually doing today.
Cracking the Code on Enterprise Sales
November 28, 2012We examined the changes in how long-term business relationships are brokered, as well as the lessons to be learned from the evolution of enterprise selling.
June 26, 2012The cloud is transforming legacy industries and the way business services are delivered across various industries. We discussed the growing need for cloud security across organizations of all kinds.