“Visa’s commitment to continuous technology upgrades differentiates us from competitors and helps Visa play a key role in facilitating the migration to electronic payments. Few people recognize the critical role VisaNet plays in supporting our extensive brand acceptance, securing our products and facilitating payment innovation,” said Mike Dreyer, Chief Information Officer, Visa Inc. “As we activate our second new data center in four years and complete a transition to the latest information technology, we are laying the foundation for the future of Visa payments and related services.”
Guardant Health has appointed Kumud Kalia as its new chief information officer. In the role, he will lead the company's enterprise applications, information technology, and security teams. Kalia was most recently chief information and technology officer at Cylance, and previously served the same role at Akamai Technologies. He received Computerworld's "best in class" recognition among its 100 premier information technology leaders and has led teams that have won CIO100, CTO25, and other industry awards. He holds an honors degree in electronic engineering from Bangor University, is a chartered engineer, and is a fellow of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the British Computer Society.
Precision medicine software firm LifeOmic has named Ed Simcox as its new chief strategy officer. Simcox joins LifeOmic from the US Department of Health and Human Services, where he served as chief technology officer and acting chief information officer. Prior to this, Simcox was director of US health care strategy, partnerships, and product development for AT&T. He also served as healthcare practice leader at Logicalis US, a global IT firm.
To design, manufacture, and service a new product, multiple systems must work together effectively. With the right integration layers, critical data elements (for example, engineering data, manufacturing data, and bill of materials) can seamlessly move between the core systems of record—which include enterprise resource planning, product life-cycle management, and manufacturing execution systems—to create a “digital thread” from engineering to servicing. Furthermore, the divide between information technology and operational technology can be bridged to enable data exchanges across both areas. An effective integration architecture prevents manual rework, allows products to be brought to market faster, and supports data-driven decision making.
Business and technology executives are increasingly fascinated and obsessed with technologies that are designed to automate and drive faster speed to market. Many, however, are finding that this alone is rarely a cure-all. Rather, it is customer demands that are increasingly driving the future of the modern IT delivery model and becoming the foundation for the connected enterprise.
Serverless architecture has fast become a hot topic in tech, thanks partly to its promise of drastically reducing your time-to-market. Nonetheless, many IT leaders remain cautious about serverless because of their fears over vendor lock-in. In this article, I’ll explore the realities of what lock-in means in the context of serverless — and propose strategies to minimize your risks.