IT infrastructure spending shifting toward cloud deployments - by @ldignan
"Traditional IT infrastructure spending is losing steam as private and public cloud build-outs accelerate, according to IDC."
23 hours ago
#NRF2018 live – retail apocalypse? No. Data problems and store/online convergence? Yes. - by @jonerp
"NRF 2018 contradicts the retail apocalypse storyline. But the online/store convergence comes with data obstacles. Here's five insights and surprises - plus my show demo awards so far."
analytics  planning  and  data  analysis  e-commerce  retail  the  omni-channel 
23 hours ago
ServiceNow is No Longer Just a Tool for IT – Why this Matters
"ServiceNow’s path includes intentionally moving beyond ITSM (even though it still accounts for roughly 50% of their business) and leveraging its underlying platform to build and sell products to different business owners within the customer’s organization. Most specifically, ServiceNow is aggressively pushing their ITOM (IT Operations Management) product into their customer base either in term or at renewal."
23 hours ago
Elbowing into a World Dominated by Amazon > Five Traits of Iconic Marketers - by @sameerpatel
"It’s trendy for marketers to claim that they are data-driven. And it’s a safe answer because it’s backwards-looking. But the iconic marketer isn’t looking to do the bare minimum. She is set up to look at not just historical data but also to glean and react to customer preferences in the present and the now."
Bill McDermott commits to SAP Community – it’s a BFD. MSCNGA? - by @dahowlett
"The SAP Community has been rusting away for a while now. Resentment and a drifting away from core values have taken their toll. McDermott wants to fix that."
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  collaboration  sharing  digital  productivity 
Research Report: Constellation’s Futurist Framework (PESTEL) – The Political Outlook Pre @Davos #WEF18 - by @rwang0
"Global governments face a confluence of forces with worldwide chronic unemployment, stagnant economic performance, growing social program obligations and continued polarization of political ideology. A generation of voters are jobless at the beginning of their careers. OECD statistics show over 73 million, or 12.6 percent, of global youth are unemployed. Political trends play a role in the acceleration or hindrance of business disruption. Amid those forces, governments seek to address social unrest and quell the impact of failed policies and disenfranchised citizenry"
featured  posts  trends  &  concepts  #davos18  #davos2018  #wef  #wef18  #wef2018  apps  strategy  big  ideas  board  room  boardroom  priorities  c-suite 
Twitter Says No, Hundreds Of Twitter Employees Are Not Reading Your DMs
"On Monday, conservative activist and filmmaker James O'Keefe published undercover footage of Twitter engineers alleging the social network has hundreds of employees reading "everything you post online" — including direct messages.

But according to Twitter, these claims are factually incorrect and misleadingly portrayed by O'Keefe's media organization Project Veritas."
Differentiation by platform – the Oracle and Salesforce approaches - by @denispombriant
"Salesforce and Oracle are emerging as leading competitive platform plays. Here is an outline of what it means."
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  platforms  -  infrastructure  architecture  crm  customer  experience 
The One Thing to Always Do When Mentioned in Analyst Research - by @barnes_hank
"When you don’t do this, everything is reactive. I still remember a situation where there was a competitive POC bake-off. Both my firm and the competitor were featured in “the best place” in an analyst report. The competitor was slightly better positioned. Despite winning the bake-off, the sales team had to defend the placement. But they had not context."
go-to-market  analyst  relations  magic  quadrant  research  sales  enablement 
Speaking of India: Five Lessons on India-Based Product Development - by @kellblog
"When I lived abroad in France for 5 years (which I’ve written a bit about, here), my team discovered a book, French or Foe, that we gave to every new expat when they arrived. The book explained many important basics of language and culture that we referred to frequently as we tried to make sense of our day-to-day experiences."
communications  india  uncategorized  offshoring  product  development  r&d  remote 
#NRF2018 live – How DAVIDsTEA uses loyalty program data to change experiences – and results - by @jonerp
"Retail transformation sounds great - until you hit a data wall. Live at NRF 2018, DAVIDsTEA told me how they turned their loyalty program data into a much broader effort. Their partner AgilOne was on hand to help share the results."
analytics  planning  and  data  analysis  digital  enterprise  in  the  real  world  e-commerce  retail  omni-channel  use  cases 
Next-Generation Mobility Stratifies OEMs
"We have projected that the transition to next-generation mobility will take several decades. Figure 1 is trying to depict the first few phases of this transition. We cannot predict how next-generation mobility will evolve beyond the next 8-10 years."
next-generation  mobility  automotive  oem  autonomous  vehicles  on-demand  value  chain 
SPOS #601 - Dan Heath On The Power Of Moments - podcast via @mitchjoel
"Why do certain experiences have specific impact on our lives? How is it that an event that took place when we were a child could be a hardwired value set that we carry with us to this day? Is it all just chance and luck (nature) or is their an opportunity for us to create moments like this (nurture)?"
six  pixels  of  separation  mitch  joel  mirum  marketing  advertisement  communication  public  relation  social  media  management  & 
3 days ago
Facebook Couldn't Handle News. Maybe It Never Wanted To.
"In many ways, Facebook’s planned changes to News Feed are a retreat from the online public square the company helped create. They’re a tacit admission that the company’s great news experiment — which made it one of the most successful publishers in the world — failed. And now Facebook wants to go back to an idealized safe space, free of hyperpartisan pages, misinformation, and fake news. But when you’re home to nearly 2 billion humans, no change is ever simple;"
3 days ago
By 2020 83% Of Enterprise Workloads Will Be In The Cloud - by @louiscolumbus
"83% Of Enterprise Workloads Will Be In The Cloud By 2020. LogicMonitor’s survey is predicting that 41% of enterprise workloads will be run on public cloud platforms (Amazon AWS, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure and others) by 2020. An additional 20% are predicted to be private-cloud-based followed by another 22% running on hybrid cloud platforms by 2020. On-premise workloads are predicted to shrink from 37% today to 27% of all workloads by 2020."
business  technology  software  amazon  aws  re:invent  web  services  byline=louis  columbus  cloud  computing  enterprise  adoption  landscape 
3 days ago
Moving away from Oracle database? You have got to be joking - by @denispombriant
"Are customers seriously lining up to get off Oracle database? That's the implication from one media source."
analytics  planning  and  data  analysis  cloud  platforms  -  infrastructure  architecture 
3 days ago
Intel is having reboot issues with its Spectre-Meltdown patches - by @ron_miller
" It hasn’t been a fun time to be Intel. Last week the company revealed two chip vulnerabilities that have come to be known as Spectre and Meltdown and have been rocking the entire chip industry ever since. This week the company issued some patches to rectify the problem. Today, word leaked that some companies were having a reboot issue after installing them."
3 days ago
SAP: When you come to a fork in the road, Take it! - by @dealarchitect
"Even though its cloud acquisitions – SuccessFactors, Ariba, hybris, Concur etc – were not cheap, they have helped keep SAP competitive on this side of the pond. With what we have seen in the first couple of years of S/4HANA the ship is tilting back to the on-premise world. Oh sure it promises three options – public cloud, private cloud or on-premise but the public cloud option is a tiny portion of the deployments."
featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  saas  sap 
5 days ago
How IBM’s blockchain investments are paying off
"One of the unlikely consequences of blockchain fever is that it has made IBM, the 106-year-old tech grey elephant cool again,"
fintech  blockchain 
5 days ago
RPA often starts out like a teenage romance: a lot of enthusiastic fumbling around that ends quickly, frequently leading to disappointment - by @pfersht
"The Pace of Change Cannot Be Slowed – If You Aren’t Disrupting You Aren’t Surviving. Companies that view disruption as an opportunity and are not complacent are the most successful. Paranoia about the world ahead is your friend – driving staff to innovate and disrupt. Technology in this circumstance is a tool not a solution. Our customer panel said that there are ‘burning platforms’ already being created and businesses are going to have to come to a decision at some point soon to adopt. The supplier panel were agreeing that automation is surviving for big businesses and large enterprises have less than five years to sort this out."
5 days ago
6 New Year’s Resolutions to Enhance the “Strategic” in Strategic Procurement - UpperEdge
"If you haven’t completed your 2018 sourcing plan or even started to build one yet, there’s no time like the present. Build your sourcing plan in stages. First lay out your RFPs through the year, keeping in mind your procurement team capacity and broker adjustments to schedules based on what is achievable. Second, lay out your critical path renewals where contracts are approaching expiration or mandated contract updates are required by Contracts or Legal."
5 days ago
Meltdown and Spectre underscore the ongoing need for infrastructure automation - by @krmarko
"The Meltdown-Spectre incident demonstrates, the need for rapid, repeatable infrastructure updates."
cloud  platforms  -  infrastructure  and  architecture 
5 days ago
Facebook Is Making Big Changes To Your News Feed
"Facebook on Thursday introduced major changes to its News Feed that will prioritize content it hopes will spark meaningful conversations between friends while deprioritizing content from businesses, brands, and media. The move is widely expected to hurt publishers that rely on traffic from Facebook."
5 days ago
We Studied 100 Mentor-Mentee Matches — Here’s What Makes Mentorship Work
"Can this person be completely open and honest? Are they willing to provide deep context about their problems and vulnerabilities? Will they be able to share data, metrics, goals, slide decks, etc. that will help in the process?"
6 days ago
Oracle CEO Mark Hurd on the looming transformation of enterprise IT - by @philww
"Oracle CEO Mark Hurd tells industry analysts how the failings of the past 20 years have created customer demand for a 'huge' transformation of enterprise IT."
digital  transformation  -  frictionless  enterprise  infrastructure 
6 days ago
Oracle Database: Solid for Now - by @dealarchitect
"When I talk to corporate buyers, I get a similar vibe of “little love” for Oracle. They constantly evaluate open-source, NoSQL, HANA and other options. But the talent, systems management tools and other “bag of tricks” they have invested in to tune the database, recover from downtime etc. keep them grounded. Having said that Oracle sometimes misreads continued commitment to the database as customer loyalty."
technology  software  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  sap 
6 days ago
NRF 2018 preview – retail demos will show if AI and augmented reality are ready for prime time - by @jonerp
"Not all retail demos are created equal. Here's a couple of recent faves that show how AI and augmented reality can make the retail experience better - and help retailers compete."
e-commerce  mobile  retail  and  the  omni-channel  user  experience 
6 days ago
Can Apple dig itself out of the 'iPhone throttling' hole it created for itself? | ZDNet
" Rather than saying sorry, it feels as though Apple is lecturing users about how it knows best, and that pushing out updates that quietly hobbled devices was the right thing to do.

It wasn't."
6 days ago
Google Rankbrain SEO [ Best SEO Strategy Insights in 2018 - by @bobwarfield
It knows with great certainty when you have multiple pages targeting the same content or intent. It is therefore really good at penalizing you for that.
It knows when there’s a great web page for a certain concept that uses different keywords than what you’re searching for. You can still rank higher for targeting the exact keywords, but this capability shifts SEO from targeting keywords to targeting concepts and most importantly targeting high quality."
featured  posts  technology  software  blog 
6 days ago
Cloud ERP vendor Rootstock acquires competitor Kenandy - by @brianssommer
"This deal creates a Cloud ERP vendor of consequence. Both vendors utilize Salesforce’s Force.com platform. Traditional ERP vendors (e.g., SAP) and newer cloud-only ERP vendors (e.g., Plex) will see a bigger competitor. Customers should see no major changes for the time being."
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  platforms  -  infrastructure  architecture  manufacturing 
6 days ago
Media Disruption: HubPages Sold To Maven - 'No Future For Mom-and-Pop Publishers' - by @tomforemski
"Google is very suspicious of anything that increases a sites search rank. It suspects some possible spammy search engine optimization tricks might be at work so it will flag the web site and cause its search rank to fluctuate wildly so as to prevent testing the possible SEO actions. Then it will schedule a manual check of the web site to see if it is legit."
a  top  story  mediawatch 
6 days ago
Salesforce Sets Sights on $60B – What You Need to Know
"First, they are going to have to continue to upsell and increase the spend associated with their current customer base. In fact, Salesforce has already indicated that they will heavily rely on larger commercial and enterprise customers to increase revenue moving forward. You can expect Salesforce to take every opportunity it has to push their customer base into an additional product not yet adopted (i.e. move you from a Sales Cloud-only customer to a Sales Cloud and Service Cloud customer) or a more robust edition of a current product edition (i.e. get you to move from Sales Cloud Enterprise to Sales Cloud Unlimited Edition)."
7 days ago
SAP extends HCM on premise support through to 2030 – take 2 - by @dahowlett
"Standing back from the noise of yesterday's SAP HCM on-premises announcement, I see a more complex environment."
future  of  work  hr  admin  and  payroll  talent  management 
7 days ago
News Analysis - SAP HCM On-Premise Option for SAP S/4HANA - or is this S/4HCM? - by @holgermu
"MyPOV – Good for SAP to acknowledge customer reality. Vendors can strategize and build on product as much as they want – they need customers to follow. When they don’t follow – later more – investments have to be adjusted. The ‘some SAP customers’ are the first 1000 (and numbers growing) SAP S/4HANA on premises customers. The foundation of what SAP wants to be the new ERP suite of the 21st century, it’s 21st century version of R/3."
cloud  constellation  research  fow  future  of  work  hana  hcm  holger  mueller  hr  nextgen  on  premise  s  4hana 
7 days ago
Embrace the Era of Smart Analytics - by @dhenschen
" I’ve spoken to practitioners who were surprised and dismayed to see employees responding to ML- and AI-powered recommendations in unexpected ways. Salespeople, for example, sometimes stubbornly pursue leads deemed as less than promising by predictive scores. Here’s where change management will be crucial."
7 days ago
Enterprise hits and misses – digital skills gaps, contingent workforces, and the chippy Meltdown - by @jonerp
"This week: cue the digital skills and contingent workforce debates. Plus: the Spectre and Meltdown chip vulnerabilities buzzkill the shiny new toys at CES. Your whiffs include robots posing as women, Facebook bailing on "M" - and Intel."
future  of  work  governing  identity  privacy  and  security  hits  misses 
7 days ago
Whither the DBA - by @sogrady
"That change is coming is clear. The question for DBA and other database practitioners therefore isn’t whether their roles will change, but whether said changes will be new opportunity or existential crisis. The answer will, as in any industry, depend on an individual’s willingness to change, to adapt and to learn. Those that insist on practicing nothing more than what they do today are likely to face substantial headwinds in their careers, as the conflation of software and services that is as-a-service offerings obviates the need for work that was once the sole province of human administrators."
7 days ago
SAP to Build New SAP S/4HANA Sidecar On-Premise HCM Product - by @powers_asug
"With this shift in focus, at least partially, to the on-premise world, SAP will have to pull some of its development resources from other parts of the business. The SuccessFactors and SAP S/4HANA teams are the most likely candidates. Ludlow says part of the reason for the extended five-year timeline is to minimize impact on other products."
8 days ago
Digging Deeper Into Technology Buying in 2018 - by @barnes_hank
"Our team has just received the preliminary results from our latest research effort and the data is fascinating. It will make its way into a wide variety of research notes and presentation throughout the year. Among the things we’ll be exploring include:

The number of planned and ad hoc buying efforts enterprises contemplate, cancel, and complete over a two year period.
The drivers for ad hoc projects
Buyer communications strategies with vendors
Whether individual interest is consistently a buying signal
A deeper look at buying paths, including span of authority for typical buying team members"
go-to-market  buying  cycle  communications  customer  life  cycel  demand  generation  sales  strategy  situational  awareness 
8 days ago
New data shows power of videos, text and storytelling – but the advertising model is still broken - by @jonerp
"I thought I was going to roast a Playbuzz PR email on fixing fake news. But their data on the impact of video in brand storytelling is worth a look. Here's how it impacts enterprise marketers."
analytics  planning  and  data  analysis  content  marketing  digital  ux  application  design  media 
8 days ago
Eight Words that Can Limit Your Career: “Let Me Get Back To You On That” - by @kellblog
"Make a list of questions you should be able to answer on-the-spot and then be sure you can. (If you find a gap, think about what that means about how you approach your job.)"
career  development  leadership  management  the  3am  test 
8 days ago
Facebook Scraps Plans For AI Concierge In Messenger
"On Jan. 19, Facebook is sunsetting the initial version of M, which has been available in closed beta since fall 2015. M's context-based suggestions will live on inside Messenger conversations, but the original concept for a personal, AI-powered assistant that can perform actions on your behalf appears finished."
8 days ago
The unsustainable contingent workforce - by @dahowlett
"The rise of the contingent workforce is not a new phenomenon. But it's a dead end that couples a failing business model to an outdated view of work."
future  of  work  talent  management 
8 days ago
What Should We Worry About Today (Strategy Version)? - by @ekolsky
"Digital-everything. If you have not been “attacked” by digital transformation you are not reading/ talking/doing anything in business these days. Good news, the “revolution” started five-to-six years ago is finally showing some signs of progress. The first few strategies cooked by internal teams and management consultants are beginning to show up across organizations around the world. The initial findings are that – there is something there, there’s gold in them thar hills. It is not so simple to find, though."
8 days ago
How to get a halfway decent tech news Flash Briefing from Alexa – tips for enterprise readers - by @jonerp
"Getting a semi-decent personalized tech briefing out of Amazon Alexa is a project. Here's an illustrated look at how I did mine - and how enterprise readers should approach it. Plenty of heachache-saving tips included."
mobile  user  experience  ux  and  application  design  media 
9 days ago
DevOps accelerates, requiring new leadership styles - by @joemckendrick
"The leadership needed to move DevOps forward focuses on culture, she adds. "A culture where it is everyone's job to challenge the status quo, continually bettering the organization, its developments and practices.Leaders cannot achieve DevOps outcomes on their own but good leaders help build great teams, great technology, and great organisations indirectly, by enabling teams to re-architect their systems and implement continuous delivery and lean management practices."
9 days ago
That Intel chip flaw means a large – and long – headache for CIOs and IT teams
"The Intel flaw is in the design of the processors it is engineered in, so it can't easily be engineered out. A problem for CIOs that will not go away soon."
governing  identity  privacy  and  security 
9 days ago
The Bank Of England Is Planning A Bitcoin-Style Virtual Currency – But Could It Really Replace Cash?
"For a typical shopper, there would be little difference between using a national cryptocurrency and something like Apple Pay, which makes payments at the click of a trusted application on a mobile device. I love using Apple Pay on my iPhone to purchase my coffee in the morning, as well as my bus tickets and even my parking. I now have little use of cash and only carry around my credit cards in a wallet as a backup in case my battery fails."
9 days ago
What Role Should Colleges Play in Workplace Training?
"Data doesn’t support this either, according to a recent article in The Street. “When it comes to middle-skills jobs, Fuller found no difference in performance among people with and without a college degree. Yet employers still look for people with college degrees, who only make up about one-third of the entire workforce.” Fuller explains it with a fishing metaphor. “When you start up-credentialing your jobs you’re doing the equivalent of rowing your boat over to this tightly crowded part of the pond. Maybe there are fish elsewhere.”
culture  top  stories  communication  skills  diversity  education  google  harvard  university  stem  the  city  of  new  york  training 
9 days ago
How the Blockchain Six-Pack is changing how we think about business transactions, storing data and new revenue models
"Distributed shared data over Peer-to-Peer (P2P) network reduces single points of failiure. The most fundamental difference between DLT and the way we store data today, is that Distributed Ledgers do not have a central administrator. A distributed ledger is replicated, shared, and synchronized digital data geographically spread across multiple sites, countries, or institutions. This allows information to be available across the network in a fully transparent and autonomous way, reducing single points of failure and enabling far better collaboration."
10 days ago
Nike focuses on digital membership and “relentless flow of innovation” - by @derek_dupreez
"Footwear and apparel giant Nike tells investors that digital is enabling a better “price-value relationship” with its customers."
e-commerce  retail  and  the  omni-channel 
10 days ago
SPOS #600 - Smart Women In The New Economy With Magdalena Yesil - podcast by @mitchjoel
" In a situation where equal pay, harassment and more is still (sadly) the bane of our society when it comes to women. From #metoo and bro culture to today, Magdalena has more than a few thoughts on where technology is going and how important woman are (and will be) to its future and freedom."
six  pixels  of  separation  mitch  joel  mirum  marketing  advertisement  communication  public  relation  social  media  management  & 
10 days ago
Cryptocurrency and central banking - by @denispombriant
"So far, cryptocurrencies lack any macroeconomic structures for managing things like inflation and recession and on exchanges they behave much like stocks. As we’ve seen in many mergers and acquisitions company stock can be used in part or in lieu of cash to enable the transaction provided both sides agree on the value represented by the stocks. But as an everyday currency that one might use to purchase groceries or pay a utility bill, cryptocurrencies are still way behind the curve."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  bitcoin  blockchain  cryptocurrency  economics 
10 days ago
Data capitalism, digital government and the empowered subscriber - by @philww
"Is our future bright or dark in an era of data capitalism? Digital government has a pivotal role in turning citizens into tomorrow's empowered subscribers."
crm  and  customer  experience  digital  government  public  services  transformation  -  frictionless  enterprise  identity  machine  intelligence  ai 
10 days ago
Warrantless phone, laptop searches at the US border hit record levels
"One leading Democratic senator says the newly-enacted directives explicitly allow border officials to try to bypass the password or encryption on a device without reasonable suspicion."
10 days ago
The value of an adaptable platform – APIs and the new business Darwinism - by @ajoyk
"Companies without platforms will struggle to compete - says Acumatica's Ajoy Krishnamoorthy. But not all platforms are created equal. The emergence of the Open API initiative provides guidelines and opportunities."
acumatica  cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  platforms  -  infrastructure  architecture  partner  zone 
11 days ago
The Edge Is Replacing the Cloud, and Mobile Is Making It Happen
"For mobile developers, the future feels pretty close. After all, if you’ve been building mobile apps, you’ve already been building on the edge. It’s not at all strange for you to have experience building apps that are resilient and capable. You’ve been dealing with intermittent networks and learning how to enable features even when your users go offline, and how to resolve conflicts when they get a connection back again. You’ve figured out how to package high-performance features like machine learning into something that can run on a phone. You’ve lived with battery and processing and storage constraints, and know how to get the most out of them."
contributed  op-ed  top  stories  5g  networks  development  edge  computing  iphone  mobile  realm 
11 days ago
Enterprise hits and misses – debating digital futures and blockchain’s distributed ledger - by @jonerp
"This week: debating the future of digital. Are we headed towards empowered subscribers or disempowered plebes? And: a contrarian blockchain piece ruffles marketing feathers. Your whiffs include several reader contributions."
digital  transformation  -  frictionless  enterprise  hits  and  misses  machine  intelligence  ai 
11 days ago
​How the Meltdown and Spectre security holes fixes will affect you
"On Windows PCs, Microsoft pushed an emergency patch out on Jan. 3. If you didn't get it, go to Start > Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update. Then, click the Check now button under "Update status." You can also just search for "Windows Update." This works on Windows 7 and Windows 8, too."
11 days ago
Cloud infrastructure vendors begin responding to chip kernel vulnerability - by @ron_miller | TechCrunch
"Several cloud vendors began responding to the chip kernel vulnerability that has the industry reeling today. Each Infrastructure as a Service vendor clearly has a stake here because each one is selling CPU cycles on their platforms."
12 days ago
The socially mediated addiction economy needs a reset - by @denispombriant
"Facebook led the way in facing a social media backlash in 2017. This year promises to be no better as people wake up to the impact of the addiction economy."
crm  and  customer  experience 
12 days ago
Ten enterprise technology industry predictions for 2018 - by @vijayasankarv
"IOT , despite the hype, is a thing already. The fear of man made calamities like DDoS is also very real. And it is clear that leaving all decision making logic to cloud is not viable for more interesting use cases (say like a self driving car). I expect to see a lot more logic being executed inside the device itself , and a lot of hardware level security features added that cannot be changed via a software hack"
12 days ago
Taking Stock of Cloud Application Platforms - by @krishnan
"We expect Pivotal to move out of CloudFoundry underneath their platform and re-platform completely on Kubernetes and Docker based containers (currently Moby Project). If their core focus is on developers, they should use industry standard commoditized components underneath and focus only on developer experience."
12 days ago
Can Sensei Labs shift project management tools from stale controls to living documents? - by @jonerp
"Sensei Labs thinks project management tools are either broken or limited. They think they have the answer with living documents and automated alerts. But can they overcome the user adoption challenge?"
collaboration  sharing  and  digital  productivity  transformation  -  frictionless  enterprise  iot  robotics  ai 
12 days ago
What Apple should have said about slowing down iPhones when the batteries wear out - by @jbernoff
"Sounds great. In practical terms, though, people get new phones when their old phones slow down and the batteries wear out, especially, as in the case of Apple, when you can’t replace the battery. Perhaps engineers at Apple would “never . . . do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product,” but the effect is the same: people go out and get new phones."
12 days ago
Change Management Doesn’t Have to Be a Game of Chance - via @fscavo
"Why do business leaders too often neglect the people-side of change? It is usually because they think of change management as something intangible, something that they cannot control, measure, or track. They know how to develop a project plan for technical implementation of a new initiative (for example, an ERP system), but they don’t know how to develop a plan with tangible and practical steps to help people embrace the new system. They know how to manage projects, but not how to manage change"
12 days ago
Don’t count on blockchain disrupting commercial processes anytime soon - by @krmarko
"Sharp criticism of the blockchain moves the debate about its efficacy beyond the cryptocurrency melée. Where is the merit in this burgeoning story?"
fintech  blockchain  ethereum  hyperledger 
12 days ago
Researchers Found Two Major Security Flaws In Processors That Affect Most Of The World's Computers
"In a blog post responding to the research, Intel said the flaws described had "the potential to improperly gather sensitive data from computing devices that are operating as designed," but that the company "believes these exploits do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data."
In  a  blog  post  responding  to  the  research  Intel  said  flaws  described  had  "the  potential  improperly  gather  sensitive  data  from  computing  devices  that  are  operating  as  designed  "  but  company  "believes  these  exploits  do  not  have  corrupt  modify  or  delete  data." 
12 days ago
Taking Stock of Public Cloud Vendors - by @krishnan
"Oracle was the last to enter infrastructure as a Service business among the top cloud vendors. They are still in early stages even though they have made some announcements related to containers and container orchestration. I expect to see them take a deeper plunge in the Kubernetes ecosystem even though they are yet to demonstrate that they can work well with other vendors in an open source project."
14 days ago
Retail and AI in 2018 – can Reflektion help solve retail’s personalization challenges? - by @jonerp
"How real-time can personalization get? What does AI have to offer retailers? And is there a purchase conversion impact? Here's what I learned from Reflektion."
analytics  planning  and  data  analysis  crm  customer  experience  e-commerce  retail  the  omni-channel 
14 days ago
The Year of Intelligent Apps - by @dealarchitect
"What are intelligent apps? Let me cite a definition, Hasso Plattner of SAP used at SapphireNow. He invoked:

Intelligent Transactions – automate high-frequency repetitive tasks
Analytics – make data-driven insights available to everybody
Collaboration – tap into the collective intelligence of knowledge workers
Digital Assistant – provide the right answer at the right time

I would broaden the definition. For the last few years social, mobile, and cloud technologies reshaped the look and feel traditional enterprise apps. Now sensor data, automation, blockchains and vertical unbundling and morphing are transforming their guts."
featured  posts  technology  software  industry  commentary 
14 days ago
Voice interfaces beginning to find their way into business - by @ron_miller
"But not everyone wants to cede voice to the big cloud vendors, no matter how attractive they might make it for developers. We saw this when Cisco introduced the Cisco Voice Assistant for Spark in November, using voice technology it acquired with the MindMeld purchase the previous May to provide voice commands for common meeting tasks."
15 days ago
Building AI systems that work is still hard - via @theitstrategist
"n the AI champions league are a few companies that have deep pockets and can attract critical talent. Because this is a rather “endothermic” process right now, you need other sources of income. That limits the players to the well-known Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM club. They built huge proprietary systems apart from the status quo, open-source stacks to arrive at new problem classes. A certain amount of time later you will then put this into the next generation of open-source frameworks to build a vivid community."
15 days ago
Heartening life-saving applications that apply deep learning to medical data - by @denispombriant
"Deep learning algorithms are accelerating the pace at which medical science discovers and predicts health risks. Much more lies ahead."
health  healthcare  transformation  machine  intelligence  and  ai 
15 days ago
Creative Software Destruction and the New Presentation Layer
"The power within IT has clearly moved from infrastructure teams to application teams. Developers and architects prefer to think in services and they expect the infrastructure to be programmable, cheap, elastic, and secure. They no longer want to worry about low-level concerns of infrastructure management and instead, they want frictionless and limitless capabilities and then access to APIs for other services to help them compose applications. We are moving more toward an application- or service-centric model as opposed to an infrastructure-centric approach."
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15 days ago
2017 wasn’t a fun year for enterprise software buyers. Maybe 2018 will be better. - by @brianssommer
" Recapping 2017 with some subliminal messaging for 2018. While some enterprise application software vendors finally get the cloud, others have moved on to more big data-fueled adventures."
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15 days ago
Kellblog Predictions for 2018 - by @kellblog
"The war on facts and expertise will continue to escalate. Read The Death of Expertise for more. This will extend to a war on college. While an attempted opening salvo on graduate student tuition waivers didn’t fire, in an environment where the President’s son says, “we’ll take $200,000 of your money; in exchange we’ll train your children to hate our country,” you can expect ongoing attacks on post-secondary education. This spells trouble for Silicon Valley, where a large number of founders and entrepreneurs are former grad students as well as immigrants (which is a whole different area of potential trouble)."
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15 days ago
10 things in cybersecurity that you might have missed this year
"These near-silent tones can't be picked up by the human ear, but there are apps in your phone that are always listening for them -- and can be used to build up a profile about what you've seen, where, and in some cases even the websites you've visited."
18 days ago
Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain - via @fscavo
"Each purported use case — from payments to legal documents, from escrow to voting systems—amounts to a set of contortions to add a distributed, encrypted, anonymous ledger where none was needed. What if there isn’t actually any use for a distributed ledger at all? What if, ten years after it was invented, the reason nobody has adopted a distributed ledger at scale is because nobody wants it?"
18 days ago
AI operators will play a critical role as bots redefine the workplace
"AI’s not good at any of these things. It’s bad at sharing the details of its day, what it’s up to, or why it does what it does. And it’s an awful listener. Some might describe their human colleagues in similar terms, but unlike humans, AI’s inability to communicate is never out of rebellion, introversion, fear of sounding stupid, an inherently brooding demeanor, or any other distinctly human traits."
18 days ago
Radiologists are often in short supply and overworked – deep learning to the rescue - by @krmarko
"Deep learning has numerous applications in medicine. We examine just one area, radiology, where DL is allowing for the reaping of low hanging fruit."
analytics  planning  and  data  analysis  health  healthcare  transformation  machine  intelligence  ai  deep  learning 
18 days ago
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