IT Best Practices: Avnet Cloud Marketplace

Avnet Cloud Marketplace


Over the last several years, “the cloud” has grown into an IT hurricane, on track to disrupt an estimated $1 trillion in IT spending over the next five years.

As organizations large and small flock to the cloud to reduce IT costs, streamline operations, improve IT agility, increase employee productivity and more, the biggest question many of them have is: Where do we start?

One of the goals of this blog is to shine a spotlight on some of the best... View Article

Machine Learning in the Enterprise: Cybersecurity


Last year I identified machine learning as one of my “Top IT Trends of 2016” but most of the coverage this year has been focused in two primary areas: autonomous vehicles and the benefits and dilemmas of artificial intelligence.

With that in mind, I’d like to share one way that Avnet has been using machine learning in the enterprise this year, with highly compelling results.


In October 2016, the internet experienced a massive denial... View Article

Maker Movement: Enabling the Next Industrial Revolution


While the analysts at Gartner have gotten a lot of press predicting we’ll have nearly 21 billion connected “things” online by 2020, there’s a second forecast within that statistic I find even more fascinating. Gartner analysts believe that by 2017, 50 percent of those connected devices will be created by startups less than three years old.

How can a small startup out-innovate and bring a product to market faster and better than an established manufacturer with resources that are orders... View Article

Best Practices: Driving True Employee Engagement and Innovation

CIO Challenge 2016

It’s no secret that a company’s best ideas often come from its employees. But it can be challenging to cultivate, capture and develop these employee-led innovations in a sustainable way.

With that in mind, I’d like to share one best practice that my team and I developed several years ago that has been very successful at:

  • Harvesting employee ideas
  • Executing on the best of them
  • Recognizing employees in a meaningful way
  • Driving employee engagement


Several years ago, my... View Article

Four Keys to Choosing the Right Cloud Vendor in 2016


An estimated $1 trillion in IT spending is expected to shift to the cloud over the next five years, making it one of the most disruptive forces in IT history.

Organizations of all sizes and types are integrating the cloud into every aspect of their operations, from simple cloud storage and backup to more intensive platform-as-a-service and even identity-as-a-service integrations.

Before we trust any cloud vendors with sensitive company information, we evaluate them by completing a cloud vendor scorecard.

That scorecard focuses... View Article