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This week in the world of technology, the German government investigated tech giants, IBM and Jasper partnered on IoT, and coding schools brought more diversity to tech.
GERMAN GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATING GOOGLE, FACEBOOK – Fast Company, October 27
Watch out Facebook, Google, and the hundreds of other tech companies operating in Germany – the German government is coming in hot. According to a recent report, a decision has been made by German data protection authorities to investigate a slew of tech companies for illegal data transfers. The investigation comes just weeks after the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled the Safe Harbor agreement invalid, a pact that allows companies to transfer European’s private data from Europe to the U.S. As of now, there has been no revision to the Safe Harbor agreement and U.S.-based companies with European customers have no formal contract to determine if their transfers comply with the EU privacy law.
Key takeaway: It is a messy situation, one that could cause a disruption in all data transfers to the U.S. Johannes Caspar, a German commissioner who issued the investigation, told tech companies they could avoid legal and government consequences by considering “storing personal data only on servers within the European Union.” However, most U.S. companies won’t be in favor of building data centers for financial and logistical purposes. Instead, they are hoping for an updated Safe Harbor agreement. Germany doesn’t appear to be backing down any time soon and an updated version of the pact may not come as quickly as some would like. The result? A lot of political headaches and a potential halt in new data transfers to the U.S.
IBM, Jasper connect IoT devices in the field to analytics behind the scenes – PCWorld, October 27
What does tech powerhouse IBM and Jasper, an IoT service provider have in common? The Internet of Things (IoT), naturally. The two companies joined forces this week in an effort to simplify enterprise IoT by expanding its management capabilities. The partnership enables enterprise customers to grow their IoT applications and deploy them through connected devices on Jasper’s platform, Control Center. Additionally, IBM is hoping to add its analytics tool.
Key takeaway: The combination of the two platforms will allow for customers to gain deeper insights into IoT by providing services, including end-to-end IT deployment, analytics and automation, central visibility, service activation, and usage monitoring. What enterprises and consumers can do with the data collected from their networks is the real value of IoT. Combining these two platforms allows enterprises to connect and monitor smart products, in addition to analyzing data in a single dashboard that ultimately aids in making business decisions. The partnership comes as no surprise, as IBM is a fierce investor in IoT and is planning a $3 billion expansion into the IoT space.
Oracle CEO: We are the most complete cloud company – CNBC, October 26
During the Oracle OpenWorld Conference in San Francisco this week, Oracle proved it can hang with the powerhouses of cloud computing (AWS, Microsoft) by launching a set of six new cloud services designed to help customers meet their exact needs and expectations. The new products are part of a bigger strategy the company has been investing in, putting more emphasis on both platform and service infrastructure. Additionally, Oracle is heavily focusing on cyber security by implementing it into the IT infrastructure instead of making it optional.
Key takeaway: The cloud computing space is growing like crazy and the pressure to provide both on-premise and cloud services will only heightens. Oracle is working to beat out its rivals (and isn’t afraid to say it), and is planning to continue releasing new products that will allow them to break into new markets, such as e-commerce and manufacturing. During Executive Chairman Larry Ellison’s keynote on Monday, he said, “Oracle will lead this decade-long transition to the cloud.”
Tech Diversity: Coding Boot Camps Bringing Higher Percentages Of Women, Minorities Into Tech, Study Finds – International Business Times, October 26
Over the last few years, coding schools and boot camps have popped up all over the country, and most share a common goal– closing the diversity gap. According to a recent study conducted by Course Report, women represent 36% of students enrolled in coding schools, compared to the 14% of women who graduate with computer science degrees at traditional universities. Why the difference? These programs are making women and underrepresented minorities a priority by providing opportunities specific to them— targeted scholarships, deferred-tuition structures, etc. Additionally, the demand is there. As the tech industry continues to boom, companies are looking for more of an even split and more diversity among its employees.
Key takeaway: There is no doubt that coding schools and boot camps are increasingly becoming more popular. Such programs encourage and provide an opportunity for individuals to jumpstart a career in technology, and the end result appears to pay off (employment, salary increase). Raising awareness and increasing encouragement around these opportunities may be just what we need to boost the diversity numbers. It will be interesting to see if these percentages continue to grow.
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