Why Digitalization Needs Application Modernization

Authors: Stefan Pauly and Gerhard Kaucky

Looking at the current hype around Digitalization we recognize the positions and arguments of two groups: One group is Sales and Marketing, CEOs and CMOs who reflect about the business value of Digitalization, about new sales and service channels, digitalized products, and – in general – renewed business processes. Read More

No Chance for Stuxnet & Company: Ways to Ensure Secure and Reliable Energy Supply

In 2009, a nuclear facility at Natanz in Iran became the location of an event that had never happened before: a highly complex and clever worm overcame several security barriers and sabotaged the functioning of the technical equipment necessary to enrich uranium, postponing the country’s nuclear program. This worm you may still remember, as Stuxnet gained access to control systems through connected computers, causing far-reaching political consequences as the world’s first cyber weapon attack. Is such an attack also possible in the D.A.CH. region, endangering our energy supply? Read More

Real World Digital Transformation

Too many still think and act as Digital Transformation topics like IoT, Industry40 etc. are a pure technical topic.

Fail !

The value resides in the intelligent combination of business & IT – well, that should be a no-brainer, but are we as IT companies, Service Providers, Consultants etc really acting on this? Read More

SIEM in Real-Time: Really Necessary?

Imagine you had a burglar alarm for your IT infrastructure: a tool that raises your awareness of any anomaly detected in your cyber-environment. This is what a SIEM (Security Information and Event Management; pronounced SIM, with a silent e) tool does. The basic inputs are log-files, generated by your system’s components. Those are analyzed against a standard set of rules defining the normal state of your network. Once you are facing the decision to install such a system, a product description that it is working in ‘real-time’ will certainly be compelling. But is this promise realistic and valuable? Read More

Smartphone Insurance Apps – How Can We Make Them Smarter?

According to a recent representative survey by CSC among 1,000 insurance customers in Germany, close to 50% of consumers would appreciate to be able to submit insurance claims via their smartphones. The results are perfectly in line with a number of similar studies from a variety of research institutes. Why am I not surprised? If you present people with a promise to make their lives easier – who would say, No, thank you, Mister? Much more flabbergasted was I to learn that only “two thirds of the customers dread the ‘red tape’ when having to submit a claim with an insurance company using traditional methods,” as CSC reports in its press release. Honestly – have you ever met anybody who did not dread the red tape associated with insurance claims? Read More

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