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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)

Me, Myself and Digital Twins | @ThingsExpo #AI #IoT #BigData #DX #DigitalTransformation

It’s hard to get into the world of the Internet of Things (IoT) without eventually talking about Digital Twins. I was first exposed to the concept of Digital Twins when working with GE. Great concept. But are Digital Twins only relevant to physical machines such as wind turbines, jet engines, and locomotives? What can we learn about the concept of digital twins that we can apply more broadly – to other physical entities (like contracts and agreements) and even humans? What Is a Digital Twin? A Digital Twin is a digital representation of an industrial asset that enables companies to better understand and predict the performance of their machines, find new revenue streams, and change the way their business operates[1]. GE uses the concept of Digital Twins to create a digital replica of their physical product (e.g., wind turbine, jet engine, locomotive) that captures ... (more)

The What, Why, and How of APIs | @DevOpsSummit #API #DevOps #WebPerf

The What, Why, and How of APIs By Kameerath Kareem For over a decade, Application Programming Interface or APIs have been used to exchange data between multiple platforms. From social media to news and media sites, most websites depend on APIs to provide a dynamic and real-time digital experience. APIs have made its way into almost every device and service available today and it continues to spur innovations in every field of technology. There are multiple programming languages used to build and run applications in the online world. And just like every other language, there is always the need for an interpreter when trying to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak the same language as you.  This is where APIs come into play, APIs act like the interpreter helping different independent services interact and interpret the data shared with each other. APIs Everywhe... (more)

Personal Branding Predictions: Top Ten for 2010

Personal Branding Journal on Ulitzer Every year since I founded my company, Reach, in 2001, I've made predictions about how the world of personal branding will evolve in the coming year. Here are my top 10 for 2010. 1. Video, Video, Video Thanks to greater bandwidth, cheaper storage, and a proliferation of products and services that make shooting, storing, viewing, and sharing video easy (Flip video, iPhone 3GS, YouTube, vimeo, blip.tv, vodpod, etc.), video will be king in 2010. Video is ideal because it allows careerists to deliver a complete communication and convey their personality—a critical component of branding. More services like videoBIO (a Reach Personal Branding partner) will make it easier to cost-effectively build a powerful and positive brand image using video. 2. Hiring Process Companies will be hiring brands rather than employees. They will use social... (more)

Announcing PagerDuty Community

Today is a big day for us here at PagerDuty: We’re publicly announcing the Public Beta launch of our Community. We’ve actually been working on this project for quite some time, and now it’s finally ready for everyone to join. For us, the word “community” means so much more than just a forum platform. Forums, of course, play an instrumental role in building of a community, but what really makes a community flourish are the people in it, and the exciting things that they do together. We see our community forums today as just a foundation to many efforts that PagerDuty wants to bring to life. Right now, you can already do quite a few useful things on there: ask (or answer) a technical question, discuss one of our blog posts, share your best practices and lessons learned from failures of various magnitudes, and find out which events you can meet our community team at ... (more)

Big Data | Thinking Outside the Firewall

A few months back, Gartner placed big data at the peak of its hype cycle for cloud computing, meaning most big data products are solutions looking for a problem. I always find this bad entrepreneurial habit to be one of the most frustrating of our industry. Having recently joined Meltwater as head of marketing and product (BTW Meltwater is hiring marketing and product managers!), I think a lot about big data and how to unleash it’s value to solve important business problems, because that is our business. How does big data go from “so what” to “must have”? The Big Data Challenge Big data is a by-product of the Internet and the ever increasing power of computers. Kind of like petroleum sludge. We know there must be great value buried within this vast, raw resource, but the challenge lies in figuring out how to turn it into something useful like plastic, or the other th... (more)

Digital Transformation and Time-Space Compression

Speed impacts us in many different and unexpected ways.  It can alter how we perceive the world.  For example, a person might say they live 5 minutes from town.  Five minutes of walking is a third of a mile.  Five minutes by automobile is 5 miles - by airline it could be over 40 miles.  Our perception of five minutes, and the distance and space that can be covered, changes as technologies advance.  Our expectations about what can be accomplished in 5 minutes are transformed.  Instead of one hour of shopping in a brick and mortar store, we expect to accomplish the same in one minute online.  Dr. Paul Virilio a “philosopher of speed” wrote that increasing speeds destroy space, compress time, and alter the way humans perceive reality.    Time-space compression occurs as a result of technologies that seem to accelerate speed and reduce distances.  Digital technologies s... (more)

Small Business Benefits from Social Media Marketing

Today we bring you the true story of how small businesses can reap major rewards from social media marketing. Even the little companies that seem too small to warrant interest from the masses are finding that they have something to say and there are people who will listen.  Check it out. To view the original story visit: www.necn.com (NECN: Peter Howe, Littleton, Mass.) - With its humble little office and warehouse next to the railroad tracks, fencing supplier Louis E. Page Inc. may not immediately look like a firm using cutting-edge marketing. But in fact, the 116-year-old company is proving to be a raging success story for how to use social networking and other online tools to increase sales and sales leads. Click the title of the post or the Read More to continue reading this great story. read more ... (more)

Local Business Listing Security and the Claiming Process

Security about Local Business Listings is critical to avoid local listing hijackings If you keep a eye out on Microsoft Bing’s Local Listing Center you will find that occasionally their system is backlogged and they do not accept new local business listing claiming until their backlog and issues have been resolved. When visiting the URL https://ssl.bing.com/listings/ListingCenter.aspx the following notice gets posted: “Local Listing Center Backlog: We have received a lot of feedback recently regarding issues with claiming and updating business listings using Bing Local Listing Center. We are actively working on fixing these issues and will closely monitor the progress of clearing out the backlog. We understand that this has been very frustrating for many of you and sincerely apologize for the long delays. Thank you for your patience! Bing Local Listing Center Team... (more)

Technology Update (2012 Q2) – Key Trends and Events

June 6, 2012 was the iPv6 day – we no longer have to worry about running out of IP addresses. World IPv6 Launch: June 6: The Internet Society, an international nonprofit organization that advises on Web standards, policy and education, has selected June 6, 2012, as the World IPv6 launch day. This date will mark the beginning of a new phase in the life of the Internet, when IPv6 begins to become a normal part of the Internet experience for everyone—taking over from IPv4. Not only is it the end of iPv4 era it also is the end of IE era – Chrome first overtook IE on Sundays! Chrome overtakes IE on weekends: Over the past three weeks, Google Chrome has beaten out Internet Explorer as the No. 1 browser in the world — but only on Sundays. Monday through Saturday, IE has remained the browser with the highest worldwide market share, although its lead is slipping. And then af... (more)

Brand Value of Mobile App Performance By @ElGrecoSF | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps

The Brand Value of Mobile App Performance By Peter Kacandes One of the most prominent current trends among enterprise companies is the nearly insatiable demand for enterprise mobile applications. By some reports, 85% of companies have a mobile backlog of between one and 20 applications, with a majority (50%) having a backlog of between 10 and 20 apps. The reasons for this backlog are myriad, but the demand is there because mobile applications are the way that companies are interacting with all of their stakeholders. The most visible mobile applications for the enterprise are the ones that are directly customer facing, but enterprises are also increasingly mobile applications for their employees and other stakeholders. As more and more of the interaction with the company, it’s products, services, and operations are transacted through its mobile applications, these sam... (more)