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Lessons On Building Data-Driven Enterprises

October 12, 2020 | technology | No Comments

Chet Kapoor, Chairman & CEO at DataStax.

I joined DataStax as the chairman and CEO in October 2019. One of the best parts of this role, and all my previous roles, has been spending time getting to know some of the brightest tech leaders from global enterprises.

Building data-driven enterprises is at the forefront of innovation. Scaling multibillion-dollar businesses is no small feat in any year, and 2020 has been especially unique. As I reflected on interactions with global CIOs and tech leaders, a few learnings jumped out at me.

1. Become a data-driven enterprise — starting now.

Building innovative and scalable business models is not easy. Many of those who are succeeding in 2020 were already ahead when it came to their data and digital strategies. That being said, 2020 has forced every leader to evaluate their approach, innovate, and accelerate their digital and data transformation.

FedEx has

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In a computer-driven era, adopting or learning new software can be taxing and time consuming. On an individual level, a simple click on YouTube tutorials or calling up a friend who is proficient with the software can do the trick. However, for enterprises with thousands of employees, the situation to deal with a new software or facing an error is expensive and not welcomed. Customer relationship management (CRM) software used by enterprises across sectors to onboard new customers can be onerous to use.

Understanding this pain, Khadim Batti and Vara Kumar in 2013 founded a SaaS-based solution provider startup Whatfix. Based in Bengaluru, the startup in February this year raised $32 million in Series C round from Sequoia Capital.

In an interaction with Entrepreneur India, Batti, chief executive officer and co-founder of Whatfix,

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86% polled said their organization made cybersecurity a priority during the COVID-19 crisis and implemented appropriate training for remote workers, according to a report.

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The pandemic pushed businesses out of their offices, sending employees to work from home (WFH), and opening up hacking opportunities for cyber criminals. A new report from the industrial cybersecurity company Claroty details how US  IT (information technology) and OT (operational technology) security professionals see their organization’s more of a target since early March, when the US pandemic shut down industry. The security pros have also witnessed adversaries hatching new tactics as they target what they perceive as vulnerabilities.

Claroty’s report, “The Critical Convergence of IT and OT Security in a Global Crisis,” revealed that 60% of respondents believe their CISO demonstrated good leadership in the midst of a crisis, but also found that 86% said their organization’s leadership made cybersecurity a priority during

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With the rise in remote work, the cloud industry has experienced extraordinary growth, largely due to enterprise businesses transitioning their physical IT infrastructure to the cloud. Along with this rapid expansion into cloud technology comes the need for a workforce with cloud expertise.

At the moment, the IT needs are changing faster than the employees in charge of these programs can handle. In fact, only 56% of cloud leaders report having an actionable plan to upskill their workforce in cloud environments.

The lack of planning surrounding employee training is only one of the pain points that comes with navigating the complexity of the cloud. Other barriers to success include a lack of internal skills and knowledge, balancing competing priorities with day-to-day work, and providing enough time for employees to study the ins and outs of the major cloud providers, while also doing their existing full-time jobs. 

A Cloud Guru, which

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