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Westcon Imagine 2014: Understanding the job makes IT departments relevant, says Kevin Bloch

Nermin Bajric | Aug. 22, 2014
Cisco chief technology officer (CTO), Kevin Bloch, opened his presentation at Westcon Group Imagine 2014 with a quote borrowed (and rephrased) from Bill Gates: "computing is essential to a modern economy, but computers and IT departments are not."

He claimed that capitalising on predictive analytics demands a shift on how IT departments think; while data is simple enough to be attained, it is through correlation that predictions are made.

Predicting the outcomes and behaviours of technology requires the Ensemble Principle; conclusions based on 'what' and not 'why' which average a series of results to identify the most probable.


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