What’s inside smart cities?

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By Dan Tynan

Originally published on Jan. 11, 2021, on Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Enterprise.nxt, publishing insights about the future of technology.

While we’ve all been talking about the promise of smart cities, many have actually become quite intelligent. Here are some examples.

When people talk about smart cities, that can include an enormous range of technologies and applications — from energy-efficient streetlights that also measure air quality to microphones that listen for gunshots and dispatch police to potential crimes in progress.

But what makes a city truly smart is how it uses technology to deliver better services to its citizens. Here are six practical, yet innovative examples of how technology is improving the lives of urban dwellers around the globe. …


Inclusion and diversity

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By Lynn Greiner

Originally published on Jan. 7, 2021, on Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Enterprise.nxt, publishing insights about the future of technology.

Some things might seem obvious, but standardizing on diversity training can be the best way to encourage positive behavior. Here are some of the best courses.

Diversity and inclusion are the mantras of our age, yet many companies are not entirely sure how to get managers and employees to understand the concepts. And even those who do get it may have trouble comprehending why it’s a big deal.

And it is a big deal, from a purely human point of view as well as for the business: Not only does diversity create a much larger talent pool when hiring, but research has shown that companies with diverse workforces perform better. Much better. In May 2020, McKinsey & Co. published a report showing that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity were 25 percent more likely to have above average profitability compared with those in the bottom quartile, and companies in the top quartile in ethnic diversity were 36 percent more likely to achieve the same. …


All about smart cities

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By Dan Tynan

Originally published on Jan. 11, 2021, on Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Enterprise.nxt, publishing insights about the future of technology.

Q&A: HPE’s Lin Nease, chief technologist for IoT, says IoT and citizen sensors can to make cities smarter. Overcoming privacy concerns? That’s another matter.

Tech has long promised to make city living safer, less congested, and more healthy. Now, with the rollout of superfast 5G and the explosion of Internet of Things sensors, those promises are becoming realities for many of our planet’s 3.5 billion urban dwellers. Many essential services that once required a trip to city hall can now be done online. Vast networks of sensors help cities measure air and water pollution, reduce energy consumption, and alleviate traffic jams. Smart lighting systems are making streets safer while saving on energy costs. …


5G is more than just faster phones

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By Dan Tynan

Originally published on Jan. 6, 2021, on Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Enterprise.nxt, publishing insights about the future of technology.

We’ll all have 5G phones someday, but the really exciting part of the 5G story is about other devices, including those yet to be invented.

By now you’ve surely seen the ads and heard the hype: 5G is the new king of wireless services. And that, we are told, will usher in a brave new world of connectivity.

Dig deeper, though, and things start to get complicated. For starters, to get 5G today, you’ll need a new handset and a new data plan. …


Life, cities, health, cybercrime

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One of the main topics on everyone’s mind is what everything will look like in a post-COVID world—from cities, to transportation, to business. How will we watch sports games? Navigate cities digitally? Prepare for cyber security attacks?

Experts discuss what’s ahead in the latest binge-worthy season of The Element podcast from Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

The future of remote life

Online classes. Work from home. Games streamed from empty stadiums. Physical places have been replaced by digital ones — suddenly and en masse. …


Advice for your ears

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By Judy-Anne Goldman

Originally published on Jan. 5, 2021, on Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Enterprise.nxt, publishing insights about the future of technology.

Bookmark this resource of top tech podcasts — a mix of fan favorites, young upstarts, and hidden gems.

By the end of 2019 — not as long ago as it sounds — podcasts were so hot that people were talking about an audio bubble about to burst. Who didn’t have a podcast? Obviously, that’s not what happened. Instead, podcast production amped up from an estimated 715,000 in 2019 to 850,000 in 2020, according to podcastinsights.com.

With the format more popular than ever, we set out to compile our second annual list of podcast recommendations. As we did last year, we searched pages featuring “best tech podcasts of 2020” lists to find the five podcasts that came up most often. Our winners this year include two of last year’s faves and three new ones. …


Special episode podcast

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In this special episode of Technology Untangled with host Michael Bird, business leaders reflect on managing during the pandemic and the opportunities — both personal and business — to make positive changes.

In 2020, the pandemic changed the way we work and live — and many of those changes will be lasting, according to business leaders.

From a workplace perspective, the shift to remote work has transformed businesses and their IT organizations, accelerating technology initiatives from enhanced collaboration capabilities and security to automation via artificial intelligence and machine learning.

“We work now in a massive distributed enterprise where [employees’] homes are an extension of the architectures from edge to cloud,” says Antonio Neri, president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “And so the ability to connect all these endpoints in a secure way and provision services to the employees is going to be critical.” …


Tech article reading list

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Here are our readers’ favorite stories from the past year.

As we say goodbye to 2020, we revisit this year’s most popular stories.

Our top 10 reads cover the year’s most compelling and timely topics: the workplace of the future, how COVID-19 is accelerating digital transformation, supercomputing’s far-reaching impact on our lives, and more.

№1 The fundamentals of security incident response — during a pandemic and beyond

Read about the ongoing battle between business and cybercriminals in this year’s most-read story.

№2 How COVID-19 is accelerating the move to hybrid cloud

Businesses are putting digital transformation into high gear. …


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Data security and the changing workspace

By Curt Hopkins

Originally published on Dec. 10, 2020, on Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Enterprise.nxt, publishing insights about the future of technology.

Here are the most important factors in securing an enterprise in a remote access world.

When the pandemic hit, companies scrambled to get remote workers up and running. Security, while not ignored, didn’t get the consideration it deserved. We are past that now.

“This pandemic has been a wake-up call to double down on your employees’ ability to do their job on any device from anywhere at any time of day,” says Tim Ferrell, master cybersecurity architect at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “You now have these unmanaged, unsecured, and untrusted devices, and they’re all attempting to connect into what is a normally very secure corporate or, in some cases, government agency network. …


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Healthcare’s ransomware epidemic

By Ericka Chickowski

Originally published on Dec. 9, 2020, on Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Enterprise.nxt, publishing insights about the future of technology.

A lack of investment in effective security technologies has put healthcare organizations at the mercy of criminals.

When the pandemic hit, some major cybercriminal gangs pledged not to attack healthcare organizations. Instead, attacks nearly doubled. It’s at the point where patients are suffering, or even dying, as a result, and healthcare IT needs to step up to meet the challenge.

Cybercriminals are going after healthcare companies during COVID-19 for a couple of reasons. One is desperation. Medical and pharmaceutical organizations would often rather pay hefty ransoms than suffer disruptions during this crisis. The other reason: Many healthcare organizations don’t enforce the bare-minimum security hygiene and protection work to keep even simple attacks at bay. …

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