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For a phrase that’s being thrown around a lot recently, what does “Digital Transformation” really mean? When someone says that they want to digitally transform their business, what does one really mean, why do they want to do it, and should they approach this “digital transformation” process? First off, let’s start with a definition. If we don’t know what we are trying to achieve, then how do we know how to get there? Or to quote the famous Greek philosopher Yogi Berra: “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” In a recent blog “How To Achieve Digital Transformation,” I stated with the following definition of Digital Transformation: “The coupling of granular, real-time data (e.g., smartphones, connected devices, smart appliances, wearables, mobile commerce, video surveillance) with modern technologies (e.g., cloud native apps, big data ... (more)

A Short History of Programming – Part 2 | @DevOpsSummit #Java #AI #ML #DevOps

Code Compiled: A Short History of Programming - Part 2 By Omed Habib This is the story of software. The initial blog in this series was all about the structural formation of programming languages. We went all the way back to steampunk days to see how the framework for programming grew out of Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine in the 1840s. We ended up with a list of the most active programming languages in use at the moment. Now we’ll take the next logical step to examine what programming has done for enterprises and SMBs. We’ll also trace the effects of shockwaves in the world of databases, communications, and mobility. Technological Change Blindness There’s a strange phenomenon known as change blindness that describes how normal people don’t notice massive, obvious changes in their environment. It can emerge from gradual shifts or very rapid transformations that ar... (more)

From #BigData to #FastData | @CloudExpo #DevOps #AI #APM #Monitoring

Fast Data, Fast Monitoring By Christopher Tozzi Big data is old news. Today, the key to leveraging data effectively is to do fast data. In a similar fashion, traditional incident management-which entails collecting and analyzing large volumes of monitoring information-is no longer enough. Organizations must also now do "fast monitoring," which means not only collecting monitoring data; but making it actionable in real-time. This post examines what fast monitoring means, and explains how incident management teams can implement this approach to realize great benefits. Defining Fast Data To understand the concept of fast monitoring, you have to understand fast data - one of the newest innovations in the big data world. Very simply put, fast data is big data done in a fast way. Whereas big data traditionally meant storing large amounts of information and analyzing it lat... (more)

An A to Z of the Social Media Landscape: A to G

There is so much going on in social media, it’s difficult to keep up. So I’m starting a series on different aspects of the social media landscape. We start with social networking and bookmarking sites. I tried to focus on the sites with the most traction so the articles don’t get unwieldy. If the reader feels like I missed a social networking or bookmarking site with more traffic along with stickiness, please let me know (john@buyersteps.com). I’ll be happy to update the list if I feel your argument has merit. Also, if I made any mistakes, please let me know. There were a lot of numbers here and I learned long ago that I am not infallible by any stretch of the imagination. You can go to Part 2 (H-P) here and Part 3 (Q-Z) here. We’ll start with A-G of Social Networking and Bookmarks. In just a few days, I’ll release H-P and so on. Some of these sites are really sticky.... (more)

6 Marketing Challenges in a Changing Technology World

For shoppers who visited select stores in sunny California last year, they met Pepper. If you had met Pepper, you may have thought you had stepped onto the set of the latest Star Wars movie. Why? Pepper is a robot. She engages humans by responding to their questions, which at times seems conversational. Technology is changing exponentially in real time. It’s why marketing pros know they must stay ahead of the curve on technology, trends, and how it affects their brand or be left behind by competitors. Technology, including its applications in digital marketing and print, has taken a dominant seat at the brainstorming table. As marketing pros hammer out their brand’s strategies, there are six marketing challenges you and your team are facing in 2017 and beyond. Consider what changes your marketing mix requires to stay competitive. 1.  Mobile phones increased use The... (more)

2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Women

Mothers Day 2011 was indeed a special day. Yes, I got the usual hugs and wishes from my 2 boys, family and friends. My 8 year old son Shakthi brought home a "I love you Mom" painting and also presented me with a "Breakfast Menu"(which included the mandatory cup of coffee for mom!). My 2 year old son Arya was getting on a flight from India to come see mom. He has been spoiled silly by his grandparents for the last couple of months...but let us not go there. After breakfast, May 9, 2011 only got better. I was very honored to find out that I was on the "2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Women" list that  Tom Pick of KC Associates and Cheryl Burgess of Blue Focus Marketing had just announced.  Many of the women on 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Women are ones that I actively follow on twitter. I urge you to follow the experts on the 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Women list. They are B2... (more)

A DevOps Interview Series By @VictorOps | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

What’s Planned for 2015? A DevOps Interview Series By Jason Hand I’m not one for lofty or overly-ambitious New Year’s resolutions, but I do feel that the beginning of the year is an excellent time to set  goals and make some changes in the name of continuous improvement. A personal goal I set for myself this year was to do better about staying in touch with friends and family. Often times I feel like I rely on social media to fill me in on what everyone who is important to me is up to. While social media is great and I love seeing pictures and reading about everyone’s personal and professional adventures, it lacks a true emotional and personal connection that only comes from spending quality time with each other, communicating directly with one another . I’ve decided that this effort should be extended beyond my own family and personal friends. Over the next severa... (more)

Is Ulitzer a New Trend or the Ultimate Death of Journalism?

I must confess I am very new to Ulitzer as an online channel of social communication media. But I am delighted about its raison d'être. However, I cannot but ask these questions: Is Ulitzer the beginning of a new trend or the ultimate death of journalism? Or is it the glorification of e-journalism? The realization of new journalism practice in the age of Web services and Internet Technology? These series of questions are being answered everyday as the new social media moguls and barons and baronesses of the Internet Media launched another online media channel, one after another. We must give kudos to the visionaries among us who realize the powerful role of Internet technology and quickly seized on its powerful promise by giving voice to every kind of idea and thought under the sun. And what has technology not redefined yet? Think about it, from e-retailing to e-democr... (more)

How To Use Social Media in Your Job Search

Are you struggling to figure out how to best leverage social media into your job search marketing plan? My upcoming book, "I'm Job Searching, Now What???" will delve into using social media as one of the multiple strategies in your job search. I wanted to touch on a couple of ways you might use social media in your job search with Twitter. photo credit: woodleywonderworks LinkedIn, ZoomInfo, Jigsaw, etc. all provide a great research platform. I use LinkedIn many times when I'm researching a company because not only does it give me the company information, key statistics, news articles, etc., but it also provides me information about with whom I'm connected. I use this information to see if the company and my connections within the company are on Twitter. If they are, I will begin to follow them. Why? I may be able to get a sense of company culture, job postings that... (more)

How to Put Social Media Marketing to Work for Your Company

What’s clear from current research is that when we evaluate social media, we are not talking about the marketing longevity equivalent of the hula hoop or the Lambada. Social media marketing is here to stay.  If you are not already active in venues such as a business blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Slideshare, and YouTube, you should be asking yourself whether it’s way past time to jump in with both virtual feet. The answer to the question is yes with an important caveat… …Before making the commitment to one or many possible social media outlets, it is vital to determine whether: you understand the target audience that you intend to reach you have something valuable to communicate to that target audience you have someone with the time, skill, and enthusiasm to execute a consistent social media program–either inside or outside your organization you will mak... (more)

Introducing the 'Shamrock Cloud'

As the impact of cloud technology becomes better understood and really takes hold, organizations will need to restructure themselves to ensure they are able to take full advantage of the opportunities presented to them and as a result stay relevant and alive. But to understand the impact of the future we need take a look back at some vital thinking that took place in the late 1980s: “we are entering an age of unreason, a time when the future in so many areas, is to be shaped by us and for us; a time when the only prediction that will hold true is that no prediction will hold true; a time, therefore, for bold imagining in private life as well as public; for thinking the unlikely and doing the unreasonable.” So said Charles Handy in his book The Age of Unreason first published in 1989. The quote may seem a little old, a little dated, and we are undoubtedly not enterin... (more)