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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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Spree Commerce eCommerce solution via @RedBadgerTeam

Spree Commerce eCommerce solution via @RedBadgerTeam | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
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A biased review of spree commerce eCommerce open source solution.

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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, 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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Hackers transform a smartphone gyroscope into an always-on microphone

Hackers transform a smartphone gyroscope into an always-on microphone | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Apps that use your smartphone's microphone need to ask permission, but the motion sensors? No say-so needed. That might not sound like a big deal, but
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Intel and 50 Cent Tease Headphones That Measure Your Heart Rate

Intel and 50 Cent Tease Headphones That Measure Your Heart Rate | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Intel is teaming up with 50 Cent's SMS Audio to develop headphones designed for fitness and athletes.
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Agile Best Practices for Data Warehousing (DW)/Business Intelligence (BI) Projects via @scottwambler

Agile Best Practices for Data Warehousing (DW)/Business Intelligence (BI) Projects via @scottwambler | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
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Stackato allows IT dept to create their own cloud PaaS via @ActiveState

Stackato allows IT dept to create their own cloud PaaS via @ActiveState | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Stackato allows agile enterprises to develop and deploy software solutions faster than ever before and manage them more effectively. It is trusted by enterprise IT departments who want to provide their developers with an easy to use and powerful platform in their own private data center.
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Interesting. Is anyone actually using this?

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What powers all things digital: An Intro to Semiconductor Physics, Technology, and Industry via @anandTech

What powers all things digital: An Intro to Semiconductor Physics, Technology, and Industry via @anandTech | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

While it’s rather easy to understand what a transistor does and some of the terminology thrown around, going deeper was tough. A great deal of the information on the internet is simply too cryptic to understand, even for those that want to learn. Seeing as how this site is all about the results of semiconductor physics and technology, this was the best place to share the knowledge that I've acquired.

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A very detailed and scientific explanation of semiconductors. Explained in straightforwards terms it remains a very technical article, not for the faint at heart. But if you really want to know what's inside your computer, phone, watch, TV, car, etc. then this is a very good overview... ;-)

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, October 12, 3:03 AM

This excellent, detailed examination of semiconductors may be too complex for many of us.  But for those who stick with the article and digest its contents, there will come a deeper understanding of how our modern digital devices work and some of the problems they face. As an amateur radio operator, I found the overview helpful in answering several questions I had about solid state devices.  Aloha, Russ.

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10 reasons for business analysts to love BIZBOK #iiba #businessAnalysis

Le Business Architecture Group a consolidé les meilleures pratiques en architecture d'affaires dans le BIZBOK. Utilisé comme référence par les architectes d'entreprise le BIZBOK présente une foule d'approches et de méthodes qui doivent être compris et utilisés par les analystes d'affaires afin de positionner leur travail dans le contexte de l'entreprise auprès duquel ils oeuvrent.

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(in french-glish ;-)

I just published this presentation given this week to 100 business analysts form the International Institute of Business Analysis (montreal.iiba.org).


Thank you Jeanne Estelle Thebault, Frederick Wardini, Jose Ramon Vasquez, Yves Nicole, Jean-Marc Roy, Georges Bryson, Lalita Dhunnoo et Benoit Deslauriers for giving me the opportunity to deliver this important message to bridge the gap between EAs and BAs!

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Printable Solar Panels May Be Coming to a Device Near You via @mashable

Printable Solar Panels May Be Coming to a Device Near You via @mashable | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Australian scientists claim they are very close to having printable solar panels which could be used as an iPad or iPhone cover.
Farid Mheir's insight:
Digital transformation often means moving from an analog process to a digital one - think going from pen &paper to using a tablet to take notes during a meeting. The importance of having access to a power source when batteries are drained becomes essential to make digital transformation possible. This is why this technology is so important. It appears that solar cells evolution is faster than battery storage evolution (although it is an intuition not data backed ). Here being able to print low cost solar cells that can easily be incorporated in the things we wear or carry may provide some much needed alternate source of power that continues to fuel the digital transformations!
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A Striking New Way to Visualize Mobility via @stephanegoyette

A Striking New Way to Visualize Mobility via @stephanegoyette | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
This tool shows how far you can travel in 10 minutes in ghostly splotches and tendrils.
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Great mashup (no one says that anymore I know) of maps + traffic data + travel algorithms. 

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Six key IT Trends for 2014 via @Accenture @jeanfdeschenes

Six key IT Trends for 2014 via @Accenture @jeanfdeschenes | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Read about the six key IT trends that will shape technology business in 2014 according to Accenture’s Technology Vision
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6 key technology trends, explained to business managers by accenture.

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16 Heatmaps That Reveal Exactly Where People Look- from ads to websites to resumes

16 Heatmaps That Reveal Exactly Where People Look- from ads to websites to resumes | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The eyes tell all.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Very interesting but how many companies actually invest in eye tracking studies... or leverage the knowledge that it brings?


Also worth reading

- Optimize Content Access by Leveraging Data Emerging from Eye Tracking Studies http://sco.lt/5BwTL7

- See Your Website with the Eyes of a First-Time Visitor: Peek http://sco.lt/7iskiH


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Google Strikes Smart Contact Lens deal to track Diabetes and Cure Farsightedness

Google Strikes Smart Contact Lens deal to track Diabetes and Cure Farsightedness | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
With Glass and Android Wear, Google has already invested a lot of time and resources into developing the next-generation of wearables, but it's another of its eye-focused projects that has today received its first major boost.

Via TechinBiz
Farid Mheir's insight:

Strangely I never wrote about this but it certainly is worth a mention because Google has now made very strong moves towards "atoms and not bits" as Sergei Brin put it a few days ago, stating that Google has invested in search (bits) for a long time and is now complementing its focus to physical devices (atoms) such as the self driving car or here the contact lens.


This story is of particular importance as it shows that Google is not in the business of making contact lenses (or cars) but providing the R&D to disrupt industries that are not making the radical shifts they can by using digital technology.


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[INFOGRAPHIC] The Existing Wearable Technology Landscape via @WearableWorld http://sco.lt/7pTHPN

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Vanessa Santé Enjeux Seniors's curator insight, July 16, 4:03 AM

Une belle innovation qui pourrait sauver des vies, notamment celles des personnes âgées! Des lentilles de contact qui non seulement améliore la vue, mais permettent de détecter plusieurs maladie, dont le diabète, à suivre de près! 

 

Pier Bécotte's curator insight, July 16, 9:31 AM

Google frappe intelligente lentilles de contact accord pour suivre le diabète et fixer l'hypermétropie

IV Technology's curator insight, July 18, 11:18 AM

siguiente paso es hacer diagnosticos con scaner y que se prenda una luz roja para que vayamos al servicio.... Hospital

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Technologies that @RedBadgerTeam uses

Technologies that @RedBadgerTeam uses | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
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Always good to know what tools others are using. Here's a list.

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We need error bars around all our #BigData predictions via @IEEE

We need error bars around all our #BigData predictions via @IEEE | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

I think data analysis can deliver inferences at certain levels of quality. But we have to be clear about what levels of quality. We have to have error bars around all our predictions. That is something that’s missing in much of the current machine learning literature.

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Jump over to the section on Big Data, and you'll get a great description of where Big Data will likely fail on the near future: making predictions. As a good engineer, Jordan states a fact about Big Data that often goes unnoticed: Big Data today is like gambling because it is not based on a formal scientific approach. Rather, he states quite clearly that Big Data today is like building bridges prior to civil engineering: you can build a bridge but cannot GUARANTEE it will not fail. Same with Big Data: we can analyze a lot of data and make predictions but we cannot guarantee they will become reality.


(or read the entire piece, it will enlighten you on a typical engineering discussion on new technology: dry, cold, fact-based. Much to the opposite of everyday marketing and scientific media interpretation.)

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How technology is taking retail back to the future via @brickmeetsclick

How technology is taking retail back to the future via @brickmeetsclick | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Stuart Armstrong is pushing the boundaries of using digital screens to communicate with shoppers inside stores at ComQi. I think he has important things to say about where we’re going with the technology-enhanced shopping experience, which changes in the retail environment are most transformative, and how retailers and brands are using interactive screens to build customer relationships.
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IBM's new supercomputing chip mimics the human brain with very little power

IBM's new supercomputing chip mimics the human brain with very little power | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
A lot has changed in the three years since IBM first unveiled a prototype of its human brain-inspired SyNAPSE (Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic
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5 Common Barriers When Introducing #DevOps via @ActiveState

5 Common Barriers When Introducing #DevOps via @ActiveState | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
In my talk at Silicon Valley DevOpsDays last week, I wanted to bring about awareness, discuss some of the lessons learned, and offer some thoughts and tips about bringing DevOps to an organization. I've listed below five common barriers and ways to overcome them.
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Mobile data grows by 10%/quarter and has become essential infrastructure via @Akamai #soti

Mobile data grows by 10%/quarter and has become essential infrastructure via @Akamai #soti | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Figure 42 shows total global monthly data and voice traffic. It
depicts a strong increase in data traffic growth but flat voice
traffic development. The number of mobile data subscriptions
has been increasing rapidly, driving growth in data traffic along
with a continuous increase in the average data volume per
subscription. Data traffic grew around 15% between fourth
quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014.

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Early in the 2000s, Google and other web companies forecasted that people would consume Internet mostly via mobile devices (leading in part to Google investing in Android).


In 2014, mobile took over desktop for browsing the web (http://cnnmon.ie/1saCX3b). In its state of Internet report (SOTI 1Q14 http://bit.ly/1saE1UI), this Akamai chart shows that people are not buying iPhones and other mobile devices as phone replacements but as desktop replacements. The chart also highlights the importance of ubiquitous mobile network availability, via cellular or wifi.


But contrary to home or office usage, mobile depends on public networks to give users access to the Internet. For now, private corporations (telcos) have been the only ones providing this essential service. Soon, governments should consider providing the wireless telecommunication networks as part of their infrastructure, in a similar way that they provide roads, sewer and aqueducs.

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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, 5:46 PM

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

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The Chairless Chair, an invisible chair that you can wear

The Chairless Chair, an invisible chair that you can wear | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
It's like a chair that isn't there, but magically appears whenever you need it.
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I wrote about exoskeleton earlier this month http://sco.lt/8z0b1l but this invention makes me think of them in a whole new light where they not only decouple your forces but also allow you to stay still for a long time. Here they claim the skeleton can keep its position for 24 hours on a 6V battery.


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APPSeCONNECT's curator insight, September 15, 2:54 AM

Really a great invention..:)

Gemma Milne's curator insight, September 15, 4:47 PM

Unbelievable! Why hadn't this been thought of before..?

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Enterprise Wearables will Avoid BYOD Pitfalls - will it really? via @InformationWeek

Enterprise Wearables will Avoid BYOD Pitfalls - will it really? via @InformationWeek | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Wearable devices made for the enterprise will offer more immediate value than BYOD programs. Here's why.

Via TechinBiz
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Finally the media seems to have shifted their attention from personal wearables to business-led applications of those wearables - except for yesterday's coverage of Apple iWatch. 


This article raises a good question : will you bring you wearable to work - your NFC smartphone can replace you company badge (or badges in case of consultant like me) - or will corporation issue you a company approved Google Glass or some other device? Anyone considering the introduction of wearable technology should consider this point carefully.


Say you want to introduce Google Glasses for all your field service employees so that they have access to the repair manuals and seamless hands-free communication to head-office experts for on-site support. Or you want to introduce an in-store order picking Glass solution to improve your eCommerce efficiency. Or maybe you have a use case for employee heart rate monitoring that drives a business case to reduce your insurance premiums. Short-term benefits will require you provide company issued devices - no one will buy a 1500$ Google glass today.


But in the mid-term, 2 or 3 years down the road, similar or competing devices may start to appear on the consumer market. Will you design your original solution to support BYOD or mandate the use of company devices, at the risk of alienating your employees with sub-par devices or multiple devices that are incompatible with one another?


Think about it, define a strategy and set a clear path towards it.

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Google Glass is Getting a Second Look from Businesses via @mashable

Google Glass is Getting a Second Look from Businesses via @mashable | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Google Glass is gaining attention for its potential business uses, but that's not the kind of success Google was hoping for at first.
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Jump to the end to see a very convincing 3min video on use of Glass in the pipeline industry. I've been saying this for a while: can Google glass actually bring more value in a business setting? I think so and so does a growing number of people and corporations. 


Also read:

- Google Glass will be more successful among enterprise customers in the short term via @forrester @jp_gownder http://sco.lt/7YYLQ1

- Marc Andreessen Describes How Google Glass Will Revolutionize Health Care via @bloomberg http://sco.lt/5vFe6b

- Glass Collective provide VC funding innovation to find the Google Glass "killer app"? http://sco.lt/7YPDrl

- and more 

http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses?q=google+glass


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Robotic suit gives shipyard workers super strength - health via New Scientist

Robotic suit gives shipyard workers super strength - health via New Scientist | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Workers building the world's biggest ships could soon don robotic exoskeletons to lug around 100-kilogram hunks of metal as if they're nothing
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robots are now writing associated press quarterly earnings stories via @ap @lapresse @AInsights

robots are now writing associated press quarterly earnings stories via @ap @lapresse @AInsights | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The Associated Press announced in an advisory to customers today that the majority of U.S. corporate earnings stories for our business news report will eventually be produced using automation techn...
Farid Mheir's insight:

I learned today in LaPresse+ that Associated Press now relies on software from Automated Insight to write its financial stories on corporate earnings. Stories are, for now, human verified before release but this soon will disappear.

Also of interest is that AI provides solutions to automate redaction of texts in multiple domains, from sports to website analytics (my picture above). I initially assumed this is along the same lines as the automated writing that the weather service has been using for years. But in fact it is not, as it appears to spit out text that appears to be written by a human, not by a machine. It draws from Big Data analysis to extract meaningful information that it then writes about. The AI website provides few examples that appear very "professional".


AI now advertises a "marketing" tool that specializes in the creation of marketing material. I assume this will mean more personalized "emails" in my inbox that will go beyond greeting me by name and also merge data that is global (the lettuce is on special this week) to the very personal (you should consider buying more fruits and vegetables and to encourage you we extend a 25% discount for the next 30 days on all our fresh produce section).


Whether this is good news or bad, I'll let you decide...

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oneworldmobile's curator insight, July 24, 4:12 PM

Operational efficiencies are eliminating human jobs. Where does that leave the employed of us?