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A selection of documents, articles, papers, videos and other content for those interested in the transformation that is required when going 100% digital in an organization. I also try to highlight the impacts, both positives and negatives of that transformation. Like it? Please click "Recommend"
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Beyond Google, Amazon, and Microsoft: strategies to differentiate digital offering

Beyond Google, Amazon, and Microsoft: strategies to differentiate digital offering | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The cloud space continues to evolve rapidly buy fundamental strategic principles will always apply - to the cloud industry or any other industry, for that matter. One of those principles is Michael
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My friend PL Bisaillon raises a very good point: your digital product or services must be differentiated from that of the large established players. PLB highlights different ways that the cloud services industry providers can differentiate themselves from the large players like Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Cloud solutions in particular and digital solutions in general will be dominated by large global organizations. For digital transformation, large consulting firms such as McKinsey, Capgemini or the big4 will certainly offer services and solutions that appeal to a large audience and global organizations. However, this leaves room for regional providers - french speaking ones in Quebec province for examples - or niche players that focus on specific industries or verticals - eCommerce as is the case for my organization FMCS.digital for example. Always good to be reminded that the world will not be a monolithic one composed solely of large players.

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Amazon To Add Montreal Data Center In 2016

Amazon To Add Montreal Data Center In 2016 | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Amazon continues to expand its worldwide network of data centers, with Montreal, the UK, China, and India all slated to become part of its chain.
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Great news for Montreal and Canada as Amazon announced plans to open a new data center in Montreal.


Montreal is recognized for its cheap and very green hydro electric power. Montreal also has amazing fiber network connectivity with other North American and European regions. Also, Canada may provide better data protection and privacy laws than the US - although this may be debatable.


This is great news for Montreal and for Canadian businesses looking to move to the cloud!

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, January 16, 1:17 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this intriguing report on Amazon's plan to add a data center to Montreal.  The addition of Montreal to Amazon's worldwide data center network will provide Canada with better access to Amazon services.  Aloha, Russ.

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Consequence of digital transformation: Enterprise Software’s Trillion-Dollar Opportunity  via @techcrunch

Consequence of digital transformation: Enterprise Software’s Trillion-Dollar Opportunity  via @techcrunch | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
There is a massive opportunity for startups to define a new era of work, and it’s not just the products and platforms they build that will look completely..
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The article describes why cloud computing and software as a service will become a huge business in the near future.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

The article pretty much lays down the reasons why I believe that digital transformation of businesses will have a profound impact and why I started the blog 2 years ago.

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Amazon's Secretive Cloud Carries 1 Percent of the Internet via @WIRED

Amazon's Secretive Cloud Carries 1 Percent of the Internet via @WIRED | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Amazon's cloud computing infrastructure is growing so fast that it's silently becoming a core piece of the internet.
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more data on amazon cloud...

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Jake Peters's curator insight, January 30, 2015 4:13 PM

No surprises here really. Cool stuff though!

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A Rare Peek Into The Massive Scale of AWS

A Rare Peek Into The Massive Scale of AWS | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The idea behind cloud computing, as pioneer Amazon Web Services believed when it launched its first utility compute and storage products eight years ago, i
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Full of data about the size of Amazon data centers (Amazon probably has close to 5M servers), the article describes how they are organized and hints at the networking issues they face. Very interesting and insightful.

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John Rinehart's curator insight, December 8, 2014 3:47 PM

Over the long haul, Amazon believes the massive scale of the public cloud will mean that very few organizations will run their own datacenters.

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Cloud Computing Infuses Gartner Top Technology Trends

Cloud Computing Infuses Gartner Top Technology Trends | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The list concerns the 10 most impactful shifts for companies next year.

Via Peter Azzopardi, Patrick Bouillaud
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Always good to follow those trends. No surprise.

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, October 9, 2014 5:46 PM

The most directly related trend was "Cloud/Client Computing. ....

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Cloud computing "made in Canada" is gaining traction thanks to governments via @lapresse+

Cloud computing "made in Canada" is gaining traction thanks to governments via @lapresse+ | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Simple tendance au tournant de la décennie, l’infonuagique pourrait bien devenir la norme d’ici quelques années. Entreprises et gouvernements se tournent vers cette solution informatique qui, par l’entremise de serveurs distants, permet un accès réseau à nos données, à la demande et en libre ser
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(article is in french) looks like Canada is catching up in the cloud computing world- Forbes 2012 article was clear about that. Governments, in particular the Quebec government are now targetting local cloud providers with servers in their jurisdiction as preferred partners. 


The decision will in the short term limit solutions - not all SaaS solutions can guarantee hosting in a specific country. On the other hand this will spark a higher level of local investment in the field, which is good.


I also like the IDC Canada - Telus report cited in the article, which provides some interesting survey data about the state of the cloud computing in Canada. I like their simple diagram that shows the progression of IT sourcing methods, it says it all.


This goes along with the realization that the cold Canadian weather and low electricity costs may actually be the best to host large server farms. It may actually be a better use of our Hydro energy that the production of aluminium?

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Rebirth of IT comes from a move to the cloud says @gartner @google

Rebirth of IT comes from a move to the cloud says @gartner @google | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
  • Woolworths is Australia’s largest retailer, with more than 3,000 stores and a staff of 200,000. They moved to Google Apps and Chrome.
  • The country of Malaysia adopted Google Apps for 10 million students, teachers and parents, and deployed Chromebooks to schools nationwide.
  • And yesterday, Whirlpool — which owns Maytag and KitchenAid — announced that they’re rolling out Google Apps to help 30,000 employees collaborate and innovate more quickly.
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I find very interesting how large organizations move to the cloud in such large numbers.The fact that this has to be stated during a keynote at Gartner IT Expo conference is a reflection of how many organization remain behind on this trend.

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Cloud adoption: It's not about the price, stupid, it is about self-service and time-to-market

Cloud adoption: It's not about the price, stupid, it is about self-service and time-to-market | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Remember when the decision to go to Amazon Web Services was all about saving dough? Smart consumers now know that’s not the real reason to move workloads to the cloud.

Via Patrick Bouillaud
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Simple chart that explains the chasm that exists between technology and business users. The biggest value that users of technology see lies in their ability to better compete. If you get out of their way and provide them with tools that accelerate their ability to put technology in use, they will pat for it.


You can be up-and-running with Salesforce.com in hours when it usually takes months just to get attention from an IT department. You can exchange large files via dropbox when most corporate inboxes are file-size limited and shared folders hidden deep behind firewalls and other protections. Give users simple means to do this, in self-serve mode, and they will be able to pay for it.


We can make the parallel with user-focussed technology and the Apple-way of doing things. Make it simple, and efficient and people will pay a premium for it.

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Enterprise architecture in the age of cloud services

Enterprise architecture in the age of cloud services | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
This article shows how to use an enterprise architecture to specify requirements for public cloud service, using a hybrid software as a service (SaaS) example.
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Interesting presentation of the IBM cloud reference architecture and its ties to EA.

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Drivers for Cloud Adoption–CIO Research

Drivers for Cloud Adoption–CIO Research | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Interesting survey results just released that indicate cost isn’t the highest factor in cloud adoption (yay – at last people are talking more about non-cost impacts of cloud) – Respondents believe ...

Via massimo facchinetti
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80% of business executives cite better value as the a key driver for choosing cloud applications

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Your Bosch dishwasher will soon connect to the cloud #IoT

Your Bosch dishwasher will soon connect to the cloud #IoT | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Bosch joins the cloud computing bandwagon by becoming a full service provider for connectivity and the Internet of Things. The company aims to have all of its electronics IoT- enabled through IoT Cloud by the year 2020.

Via Richard Platt
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Bosch is launching its own cloud computing services for the Internet of Things, with the first cloud facility to be located in Germany.  The company is the latest to join the IoT bandwagon by becoming a full service provider for connectivity and the Internet of Things.  Currently, there are at least 5 million devices that are working with Bosch's IoT Suite. These include the staples of a connected home such as a central hub and contact sensors between the door and window.

 

It is interesting to see that companies in the non technology space - like Bosch - are investing heavily to be positioned for the year 2020, where they expect IoT devices to start taking hold. What are all the others doing?

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Liliana Luna Gomez's curator insight, March 16, 4:11 AM

Bosch is launching its own cloud computing services for the Internet of Things, with the first cloud facility to be located in Germany.  The company is the latest to join the IoT bandwagon by becoming a full service provider for connectivity and the Internet of Things.  Currently, there are at least 5 million devices that are working with Bosch's IoT Suite. These include the staples of a connected home such as a central hub and contact sensors between the door and window.  Outside the home, the company's IoT Suite also includes connected parking spots that allow consumers to reserve a spot prior to arriving, and auto-racing applications that could monitor essential racecar details even in a distance through a pit crew.

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, March 17, 11:52 PM

Bosch is launching its own cloud computing services for the Internet of Things, with the first cloud facility to be located in Germany.  The company is the latest to join the IoT bandwagon by becoming a full service provider for connectivity and the Internet of Things.  Currently, there are at least 5 million devices that are working with Bosch's IoT Suite. These include the staples of a connected home such as a central hub and contact sensors between the door and window.

 

It is interesting to see that companies in the non technology space - like Bosch - are investing heavily to be positioned for the year 2020, where they expect IoT devices to start taking hold. What are all the others doing?

Juan Ortega's curator insight, May 20, 4:50 AM
¿Lavavajillas con acceso a internet? ¿Será buena idea?
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Top 50 #CloudComputing Twitter Influencers

Top 50 #CloudComputing Twitter Influencers | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
We are aimed at becoming an authority on business innovation and want to help you identify the top influencers so you can follow the latest trends, news and opinions of these influencers in the field of Cloud Computing.

Last week, we posted the Top 50 Big Data Twitter Influencers.We’ll be publishing more lists on analytics and enterprise mobility in the coming weeks. Here is the list of Top 50 Cloud Computing Influencers on Twitter.
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Just a great list to get started in the topic is of interest to you.

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Smac's curator insight, September 24, 2015 1:54 AM

Cloud computing enables the use of a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. A firm provide cloud computing solutions to know more click: www.acsgcorporate.com/smac.html

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Android for Work Pushes Google Further into Business

Android for Work Pushes Google Further into Business | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Google is courting enterprise customers like never before, but it has lacked a proper mobility framework for Android since the OS debuted. Now the company wants to change the game with Android for Work, but could its efforts prove to be too little, too late?

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Amazon says One Million Customers Actively use its Cloud Services

Amazon says One Million Customers Actively use its Cloud Services | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
During Amazon’s fourth quarter earnings announcement today, the company revealed that Amazon Web Services (AWS)—essentially its cloud computing infrastructure—has over one million active customers.

Via TechinBiz
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451 Research launches Cloud Price Index - ZDNet

451 Research launches Cloud Price Index - ZDNet | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Want to pick the right public cloud at the right price, but not sure how to find it? 451 Research is providing some practical guidance.

Via Patrick Bouillaud
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Interesting to see the variability in pricing for cloud computing solutions out there. You'd assume the differences would be minimal but they are actually very significant.

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Secure Cloud Computing: Virtualizing the FreedomBox- solutions for secure&private cloud computing

Secure Cloud Computing: Virtualizing the FreedomBox- solutions for secure&private cloud computing | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

In 2010 I asked Professor Eben Moglen to speak to the Internet Society of New York about software freedom, privacy and security in the context of cloud computing and social media. In his Freedom in the Cloud talk, he proposed the FreedomBox as a solution: a small inexpensive computer which would provide secure encrypted communications in a decentralized way to defeat data mining and surveillance by governments and large corporations.


Via Peter Azzopardi
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Security and privacy concerns are top of mind for corporations and individuals looking to move their data to the cloud. This very technical story provides some insights into what may be offered in the future: fully encrypted data, as soon as it leaves the browser, with minimal overhead. Let's hope we can see this in commercial offerings soon.

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, April 18, 2014 6:54 PM

Homomorphic encryption allows data to be processed in an encrypted form so that only the end user can access it in a readable form. So far it has been too demanding for normal computers to handle.

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#SaaS revenues growing at 20%/yr says #PwC report

#SaaS revenues growing at 20%/yr says #PwC report | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Les revenus SaaS des 100 premiers éditeurs de logiciels dans le monde ont augmenté de 60% en un an pour atteindre 20 milliards de dollars, d'après PwC.

Via Serge FLEITH
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(in french but direct link to english PWC report included)

Interesting report that shows SaaS accounts for <5% of revenues for Microsoft and IBM, but looking at the revenues in $ shows that SaaS is a meaningful billion dollar a year market for software publishers.

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VOS ANIMATEURS >'s curator insight, March 29, 2014 5:31 PM

Intéressant de voir un rapport qui montre que le SaaS est une source de revenue <5% pour les grands éditeurs de logiciels comme Microsoft ou IBM. Cependant, en chiffre absolu c'est quand même un marché d'un milliard de dollars et plus annuellement!


Un lien direct au rapport de PWC est inclu dans l'article.

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The Hardware Facebook Invented Is Radically Changing The $150 Billion Enterprise Market

The Hardware Facebook Invented Is Radically Changing The $150 Billion Enterprise Market | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Facebook is radically changing the way technology is being built with its Open Compute Project. Here's a tour of some of the amazing new gadgets from OCP.

Via jean lievens
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A good review of the open compute project from Facebook. Lots of links to follow.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Everything is moving to the cloud and the OCP open source designs are the basis for servers and equipments that run cloud data centers. This is bound to increase innovation speed and reduce cost. It may also lead the way for other open sourcing of hardware projects and solutions.

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François DEMONGEOT's curator insight, June 17, 2015 6:21 AM

Like Amazon , Facebook might be finding its future in a more traditional economy . Without real and hard objects (hardware) the other components of the new economy would be pointless , like gas without containers.The interesting favor is that there is no frontier at all between new and old economy.

Farid Mheir's comment, June 28, 2015 10:35 AM
Thank you @Vandana Verma @Romain Doutriaux @Ronald Przygodzki @Russell R. Roberts, Jr. @François DEMONGEOT @Terence King @Jose Alberto Niebla
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Protecting information in the cloud - McKinsey Quarterly

Protecting information in the cloud - McKinsey Quarterly | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
IT and business executives need to apply a risk-management approach that balances economic value against risks. A McKinsey Quarterly Business Technology article.
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The Concept of Cloud Technology dates back to the 1950s

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Precursor view from a Canadian visionary.

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