If 2022 was the year of the changed traveler, 2023 is the year of the evolved traveler. Hilton released its 2023 trends report, The 2023 Traveler: Emerging Trends that are Innovating the Travel Experience, A Report from Hilton, which reveals the latest consumer expectations following a year when travelers showed up in record numbers.
Amidst an ever-changing and unprecedented global economy, the choices consumers make in what, where and when they spend today may help reveal where we are headed next. The Mastercard Economics Institute’s "Shifting Wallets" report looks at how consumers across the world are holding tight to habits that offer convenience, experience or both.
A busy holiday shopping season is projected, with eCommerce transactions expected to rise 15% from October through December 2022, according to data analysis from millions of eCommerce transactions conducted by ACI Worldwide, a global provider of real-time digital payments software. The predictions reflect that consumer optimism is holding strong, despite inflation and limited inventory, and beat last year’s predictions for the same period (14%).
WP Engine, the trusted WordPress platform, announced the launch of its Managed WordPress Platform on Microsoft Azure. Firms who prefer Microsoft can now choose Azure to scale WordPress experiences with WP Engine, meeting advanced IT and technology requirements for scaled performance and certified security for enterprise and SMB businesses.
Crypto has fallen by over $2T trillion in the past year, and contracted values are expected to stay low. The FTX crypto exchange, formerly worth $40 billion, has gone bankrupt. This has affected over a million users, including 30,000 Australians. The implosion is one in a string of collapses that started with Luna in May 2022, when the TerraUSD became unanchored.
Security vulnerabilities are inevitable, and attackers and defenders are in a never-ending race to discover them first. As soon as we find a new attack technique, a bad actor is looking for the next one. Attackers are getting to your firm’s valuable assets faster thanks to new tools, automation, and more opportunities to move through your cloud environment unnoticed.
Screening prospective employees to find out if they’re the right fit for your business is commonplace, but employee suitability shouldn’t stop at just the initial hiring process. By not regularly screening employees, you could be exposing your business to unnecessary risk.
I get grilled by clients every week with all sorts of questions, some technical, some mundane, some challenging. But the fundamental question that underlies almost all of them is: “How can I get a better return on my IT investments?” In the spirit of keeping things simple, here then are the four things I believe every CTO needs to do to generate better ROI.
Application performance tools. Cloud services tools. Database performance tools. Here a tool, there a tool, everywhere a tool! Digital transformation initiatives and the rapid shift to remote and hybrid work have made for one tired and spun-out IT professional. Information technology (IT) environments have become increasingly complex and hard to appropriately monitor as enterprises have adopted a host of various tools to keep up with digital transformation projects insisted upon by leadership and mandated by the changing times. In addition to these new developments, companies are already relying on a bevy of solutions to monitor their IT infrastructures, applications, networks, and databases.
Open source software is everywhere. No matter the industry, every business relies on software to meet their business needs. And most of applications that organizations build and use contain open source elements in their code. As industries migrate to cloud-native applications, and as applications grow in complexity, software security risk grows as well.