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The value of innovation, by the clouds

More and more traditional organizations are suddenly desabilating, and they realize that they have to become agile and respond quickly to the demands of a dynamic market in which some next-generation competitors are born 100 percent digital. Well. That challenge was faced by Santander just over a year ago. And the experience was reflected in various testimonies that took place at the Red Hat Forum Latin America last Tuesday, which also had the participation of representatives of companies such as Edenor and Telefónica, whose adoption of hybrid cloud and open source technologies also puts them at the forefront of the technological change they need today to revalidate their validity.

The Butter Bread Revolution

According to Alexis Superí, Manager of Architecture Santander Technology in Santander Argentina,the path to a successful digital transformation imposed, first of all, the hiring of 900 developers. “Until a year and a half ago, the bank outsourced 90% of its technological endowment., we depended on suppliers for any solution we wanted to implement. With the arrival of Diego Salama – Director of Technology and Operations – we proposed that if we wanted to take over the products, improve them and streamline them, we had to assemble our own development team”, explained the computer engineer in the past Red Hat Openshift Commons Gathering of September 21, doing the previous Forum that, for the first time, was completely virtual. It happens that the paradigm of permanent change and crisis management can be known in certain settings. But banking is, by history, accustomed to solidity, which it needed until recently to sell certainties to its customers. With the birth of Fintech, and The DeFi – which operate with cryptocurrencies on Blockchain – the huge and bureaucratic banking structures are seen in the urgency of becoming greyhounds, such a comparison that Salama used in his participation within the “Panel of Cultural Transformation and Modernization” to describe the scenario of challenging digital transformation that Santander faces for a year and a half. Simply put, what for a digital native enterprise is basic, such as being scalable, flexible, adaptable to changes, and fast reflexes, can be a balancing exercise for a bank. However, with their feet on the ground, for Superí, the best way to explain this technological and cultural revolution inwards of Santander is to argue that the enormous change they drive, despite seeming pretentious, comes to lay the foundations for the future. That’s why “it’s our organization’s bread with butter. That we have to know how to do very well, in what we have to be very mature, in order to move on to doing more complex things,” says the Santander Manager. Isn’t it most expected, on the part of banks’ customers, that your mobile app will be updated by incorporating features that make it simpler, more useful and more practical? “Of course,” says Santiago Sinelnicof, Red Hat Solutions Principal Architect for South America and the Caribbean. “In that sense, the Red Hat OpenShift platform is the technology infrastructure that allows a bank to improve response time in solving a problem in its app, from months to minutes,”he adds. The advantage described by Sinelnicof could be explained as follows: while in traditional software architecture, to innovate, a company had to ask its system provider to modify something in a program that was generic – and therefore the changes were costly and time-consuming, and the customer’s interest did not necessarily coincide with that of the vendor – working with applications developed in the hybrid cloud, through Red Hat’s OpenShift Platform, thecompany’s same IT team modifies its software as and when it wants, without intermediaries. But even, using this platform, since Red Hat is considered the leader in enterprise open source, the improvements a company introduces to its software can then be used by other members of the community, resulting in the real benefit of becoming open source. This is a guarantee of constant innovation, a dynamic that corporate ones like banks need like water, so as not to be left behind.

Migrate to the cloud, or die

Averaging Tuesday morning, Sebastián Cao, Senior Director of the Technology Office of Red Hat Latin America,opened his presentation on the future of business by providing as objective as it is surprising: “9 out of 10 fortune 500 companies in 1995 no longer exist.” Raised at the out point of that laconic diagnosis, it was not difficult for him to explain the urgent need for large companies to reconsider the goodness of the open hybrid cloud. It is enough to observe two famous examples to understand that the disappearance of large companies in recent years is explained by their inability to adapt to technological changes. That’s what happened with Olivetti (typewriters) in front of computers. The Italian firm that lived its golden years in the 1960s and 1970s was liquidated by the early 1980s, when the PC was strengthened. And the same thing happened with the giant Blockbuster, the global leader of home theater until the beginning of this century, when he was lying in front of streaming, now dominated by Netflix. In both cases, these are companies whose ranking was enviable until they succumbed under the digital alud. In this sense, the Red Hat Forum left no doubt: managing a hybrid cloud (public and private) on a platform like OpenShift allows you to work with containers whose updating and deployment is agile and adapts to sharp increases in demand. Ideal and absolutely necessary for organizations that decoupl their management system from the digital services they provide to the consumer or end user. For this reason, both Edenor and the Ministry of Health of the Nation were highlighted on Tuesday. In a talk moderated by Jorge Payró, Sales Director for Red Hat Argentina,Luis Lenkiewicz – Head of Computer Technology of Edenor – and Fernando Núñez –National Director ofGovernanceand Integration of Health Systems – discussed the technological transformation they put in place at the hands of Red Hat, both in the private and public spheres. While the representative of the electricity supplier described the advancement in data culture in the company, the effect of which is the possibility of making analytics and creating value with the information collected, for his part, Núñez detailed the extent to which the open source solution allows the digital health systems of each province to become interoperable , even above the country’s great asymmetry. Digital transformation seems to mean that, for great players, the immediate future requires them to avoid any unalterable principles, as much as to take care of trying magical solutions whose foundation is not based on expert knowledge. Perhaps the challenge, today, is, more profoundly, to change to keep changing, because change is what keeps us alive.

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New OnePlus 9RT: Specs, launch date, colors revealed

OnePlus hasn’t said how much RAM the 9 RT will feature, however Geekbench has shown that it will sport 12GB of RAM. However, an 8GB variant will almost certainly be available.

Shenzhen [China]: The OnePlus 9 RT’s launch date and specifications have been revealed by OnePlus ahead of its official announcement.

According to GSM Arena, the OnePlus 9 RT will go on sale in China on October 13, or next week.
Although the new OnePlus smartphone will be unveiled in China first, it is expected to make its way to India as well. In India, the OnePlus 9 RT has yet to be announced.

The Snapdragon 888 SoC will power the OnePlus 9 RT, which will be paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. It will have a 120Hz E4 screen and a 4,500mAh battery that will charge at 65W. The primary camera on the 9 RT will be 50 megapixels.

OnePlus hasn’t said how much RAM the 9 RT will feature, however Geekbench has shown that it will sport 12GB of RAM. However, an 8GB variant will almost certainly be available.

The phone maker also revealed that the 9 RT will be available in two colour options: black and grey, and that pre-orders will begin on October 13 in China, with the first sale on October 19.

We’re still four days away from the launch, so expect more information regarding the OnePlus 9 RT in the days leading up to it.

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Meaning of CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, CTO and CMO: Calling each executive by name

The adoption of business terms and technicalities from English-speaking organizations is increasingly widespread, and acronyms that describe executive positions are often favorites when used by those responsible for the areas of the company. The use of acronyms such as CEO, COO, CIO, CTO and CMO has become widespread, both in more traditional organizations such as startups and other technology-based companies.

But what is the meaning of these acronyms?

If we pay careful attention to its definition, we will see that the meaning of CEO and the rest of the management figures of companies are much simpler than you thought.

What is the CEO of a company?

The CEO of a company is the acronym corresponding to the acronym for Chief Executive Officer, which in Spain we usually know as CEO or Executive Director. He is the head of administrative management and direction in the company.

Who is the COO?

It comes from the Chief Operating Officer and can be translated as Director of Operations or Chief of Operations, responsible for the daily operations of the company such as production, logistics, etc.

What does CFO stand for in English?

CFO is the abbreviation for Ch IEF Financial Officer. In our business culture it corresponds to the Chief Financial Officer and his responsibility is the economic and financial planning of the company based on the objectives established by the board of directors, generally made up of those responsible for each area that we are analyzing in this post.

What is the CIO of a company?

It comes from the acronym for Chief Information Officer. Their role is attributed to the person responsible for the company’s information technology systems and usually falls into different professional profiles depending on the organization’s structure. Thus, the position of CIO may be the counterpart of the systems manager, although there is ambiguity in its implementation and it is often confused with the CTO, which we explain below.

What does the acronym CTO stand for?

It is the abbreviation of Chief Technology Officer and it is usual to give it the same treatment as the system manager in an erroneous way by many companies. The main difference is that while the CIO is responsible for the company’s information services at the process level and from the planning point of view, the CTO is the technical person in charge of the development and correct operation of the information systems from the point of view of execution.

What is a CMO in a company?

It corresponds to the acronym of Chief Marketing Officer and its translation in our business language is that of Marketing Director as the head of sales and product development, among other functions.

Its application in practice is different according to the structure of each organization, and there may be various combinations in the hierarchy of these executive positions. In general, the meaning of CEO of the company falls on the highest part of the organization and has as subordinates the executives responsible for each area, who report directly to this CEO to make his decisions. However, in other organizational models, the position of CEO held by its president as the visible image in communication and public relations of the company, delegating the highest decision-making authority to the COO.

The meaning of CEO extends

This definition nomenclature of executive positions in companies does not end here. Many of these terms did not exist a few years ago, and the increasing specialization of departments in large organizations gives rise to new positions, which after the meaning of CEO and the other positions that we have seen evolve into new figures such as the CSO (Chief Science Officer), CCO (Chief Commercial Officer), CLO (Chief Legal Officer) among many other definitions of executive positions.

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Coworking: Need or Opportunity?

Many times when it comes to undertaking we see that there are a great multitude of impediments that stop our initiative.

One of the most obvious, especially in times of crisis, is financing. That is why a work modality called coworking has proliferated in Spain for a few years. But what is coworking?

The foundation of coworking is to bring together professionals from different fields in the same space where they can develop their activity, which means significant cost savings. In other words, it’s like having roommates with whom you share expenses.

Surely, you have heard a friend talk about a coworking space, collaborative work, cost savings, … So far great, but the philosophy that underlies this type of work is even broader. The work tends to be increasingly multidisciplinary and many times, as entrepreneurs , we cannot cover the requests of a potential client.

We are going to put an example. Let’s imagine that we are a freelance professional specialized in Online Marketing and we have several accounts as a Community Manager.

As you are self-employed, but you are not motivated either by being in your pajamas all day locked at home listening to music, or worse, some gossip program that they give in the morning on TV – not to mention going to work in a library where the WIFI is slower than on your first Smartphone – you decide to try a coworking space where you have all the comforts for a small price and from which you can always “run away” if things don’t go well for you.

One fine day comes the opportunity to create a Social Media plan for a company. Within this Plan the creation of a corporate blog, the creation of videos,… to which you obviously answer: “no problem!” Is contemplated, since it is an opportunity that you cannot miss.

Once you dismiss the client, you sit in your chair and a cold sweat starts to run down your forehead thinking “now how do I do all this?”

From its programming, database creation, corporate identity creation … to the creation of promotional videos and a long etcetera.

Suddenly you raise your head like a meerkat in the African savannah and you see Nika, that nice girl who is a web designer and a little further on you see Alfon, that “compi” with whom you go out for beer on Fridays when you finish ” currar ”and it turns out that in addition to working as an illustrator, he has a hobby which is making videos, especially for his friends, and on top of that, it’s really good!

Et voilá! You already have a fully qualified team to carry out your project… and who knows if a future company. This idea is what underlies the coworking philosophy : Being able to create flexible collaborative environments that adapt to the needs of projects or clients.

Obviously, cooperative work has its advantages and disadvantages. Creating a multidisciplinary team for a project can be complicated, since managing the team is not an easy task when the participants do not share a mutual philosophy or common goals. Therefore, it is important to create a team that complements each other both on a human and professional level, and above all that wants to move the project forward.

From my own experience, if you want to develop your own project and do not have funding , it is better to make it very clear to the participants the delivery times and what their role in the team is. Otherwise, you will end up spending more time trying to coordinate people than working directly on your project.
“Luck is what happens when preparation and opportunity meet and merge.” Voltaire

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