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As Chief Information Officer (CIO) and authorised representative of Saarland for innovation and strategy, Ammar Alkassar is calling for new ways of thinking, powerful platforms and a fresh form of cooperation between business and the public sector.

The figures speak for themselves. Whether it’s the number of patents, the use of modern IT technology or the degree of digitalisation in companies—Germany, its SMEs in particular—is stuck in the middle field. People are saying that German SMEs are running out of gas, and their lack of progress is endangering other branches of industry, for example production. But let’s be honest – Is this really the truth?

In his job as Head of CDC, Niklas Keller demonstrates sprinting qualities as well as staying power. The abbreviation CDC stands for Cyber Defense Center, for which the 30-year-old is responsible in the Bechtle IT system house Austria and as Group-wide coordinator. We talked to him about the complex threat posed by cybercrime and how companies can protect themselves against devastating attacks.

Modern security concepts start with security awareness and include a holistic approach that encompasses these three pillars: Prevention. Detection. Reaction. Only with the help of this triad can companies effectively protect themselves against data theft, sabotage and extortion. In addition, companies must involve their management and adopt a strategic approach: This is the only way to turn an often unloved Pflicht discipline into a key factor for the future.

eurofunk is a system specialist for planning, installing and operating control centers and emergency call centers and uses a variety of its own software solutions. For its customers, stable and secure system operation with as little maintenance downtime as possible can be a matter of life or death. As a supplier of critical infrastructure, eurofunk is constantly faced with the challenge of keeping up to date with the latest technology.

How does the fish get from the sea to our tables? Is the wood for the table certified? Where are the chairs, notebooks and webcams I ordered? When will my customised car be available? When will it be manufactured? Which transmission will be used? Where is the production line? And in which factory? Who can track all this? And how? And from where?

The dutch photographer, Bas Uterwijk, wondered what the people in paintings and sculptures looked like in real life and artificial intelligence gave him the answer. The project started off as something to do as a hobby, but now the collection comprises famous faces from the world of art and history, including Lady Liberty, Caesar, the Mona Lisa and Michelangelo's David.

Now order is coming into the discussion. Until now, opinions on artificial intelligence have often hovered at the extremes: Science fiction-inspired horror scenarios on the one hand, saviors for humanity's global problems on the other. There's no doubt about it: AI polarizes. And meanwhile, the technology of the future is creeping more and more into our everyday lives and our working world.

More and more decision makers are facing the question of how to use artificial intelligence in their company in a profitable way. This is difficult, since the notion of AI is already so hard to grasp, with its various definitions and connotations. Find out how to understand the meaning and use of AI and which strategies can be used to implement it in this article.

A few years ago, artificial intelligence (AI) would have been spontaneously relegated to the realm of science fiction. Today, more and more companies are making concrete investments in AI to secure competitive advantages. This often involves service improvements, faster provision of information, optimized processes or completely new business models. And these are not only interesting for large corporations, but also for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Those responsible in German companies are feeling pressure from many sides to move applications and company data to the cloud and thus - so the expectation - to be more agile and flexible. A path that should also save costs and resources. But which applications can companies easily take out of their own sovereignty? What does a sensible IT strategy for cloud newcomers look like?

With the increase of digitalisation, flexible working hours and international projects, and the Corona pandemic driving them all, traditional office work as we know it is increasingly being replaced by virtual workforces. Contrary to popular belief, these too require leadership.

The pressure is growing on IT as they are confronted with ever-increasing volumes of data that need to be managed and a growing list of user demands. Existing infrastructures are creaking under the stress and are often simply not flexible enough to keep up. Dell Technologies offers future-oriented solutions for more security, efficiency and flexibility.