Digital Transformation of Businesses
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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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API-First Drupal and the Future of the CMS

Is the future of content management decoupled? Centralization around a single source of content has never been more important as marketers aim to reach
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Another look into new web and mobile CMS solutions.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, March 31, 11:05 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at other CMS offerings for your business. Drupal is an interesting system worth considering.


Russell Roberts


Hawaii Intelligence Digest

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How to Make a Free Website in 5 Minutes with Google Sites

How to Make a Free Website in 5 Minutes with Google Sites | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Building a new website seems like an impossibly hard task, something that'd take a few hours at best and a few weeks or months at worst. You'd never make a new website just to share a couple reports or write about a project you're working on.

You could, however. With the newly redesigned Google Sites—one of Google's best yet least known apps—you can build a full website for free in minutes. Here's how.

 

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Good to know that there is less and less friction to be online and in the cloud for teams and businesses. Moreover, I like using zapier to connect my different cloud solutions and performs simple tasks. For example, I use it to archive into a spreadsheet every tweet I post: useful when you want to quickly refer to it!

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, March 22, 12:27 PM

Thanks to reporter Fred Mheir for these helpful tips in starting a website.  Small businesses should investigate "Google Sites" for their online presence.  Like Mr. Mheir, I use Zapier to make my blogs more efficient.


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Hawaii Intelligence Digest

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Supercharge Google Calendar: 30 Tips, Tricks, Hacks and Add-Ons

Supercharge Google Calendar: 30 Tips, Tricks, Hacks and Add-Ons | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Google Calendar was likely the second Google app you tried, right after Gmail, when you got your first Google account. With a history dating back to 2006, one that's overshadowed by Gmail and Google's other apps, it's easy to overlook Google Calendar's deep set of features.

Even though it appears to just be a basic calendar app at first glance, Google Calendar has the features you need to manage almost any calendar needs. In this article, you'll find 30 tips and tricks to customize the app and make it work for your needs. Whether you're wrangling an international business spanning multiple time zones, or just need a better way to track events with friends and family, here's how you can use Google Calendar to manage all that and more.

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Just useful, a bit technical at times.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, March 12, 10:58 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for these tips on using one of my favorite Google Apps--Google Calendar.  This versatile app can be improved by using some of these add-ons and tips. Try a few of them--Good stuff.

Russell Roberts

Hawaii Intelligence Digest

https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com

https://paper.li/f-1482109921

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The Complete Guide to Ransomware Protection

The Complete Guide to Ransomware Protection | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Worried about new ransomware attacks infecting your systems? Learn how ransomware works + get tips to block ransomware and deal with ransomware recovery.
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Amazing reference concerning ransomware: what they are, trends, recommendations, etc. Very well done, very useful.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, January 28, 2:20 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this report on protecting your business and personal computers from the scourge of ransomware.  A timely, accurate, and helpful guide to keeping your IT system free from malicious hacker attacks. The suggestions on blocking ransomware and dealing with ransomware recovery are particularly well done.  Ignore this advice at your peril.

Russell Roberts

Hawaii Intelligence Digest

https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com

https://paper.li/f-1482109921

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RAWGraphs an open source data visualization framework that complex data viz easy for everyone via @gnat 

RAWGraphs an open source data visualization framework that complex data viz easy for everyone via @gnat  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

An open source data visualization framework built with the goal of making the visual representation of complex data easy for everyone.

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Simple. Easy. Efficient. Wow.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, January 20, 12:59 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this fascinating infographic.  Eye catching and easy to understand....nicely done.


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https://paper.li/f-1482109921

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Inspect Element: How to Temporarily Edit Any Webpage

Inspect Element: How to Temporarily Edit Any Webpage | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
There's a powerful tool hiding in your browser: Inspect Element.
Right-click on any webpage, click Inspect, and you'll see the innards of that site: its source code, the images and CSS that form its design, the fonts and icons it uses, and the Javascript code that power
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A simple overview of a very useful and powerful tool.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, January 18, 1:30 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at a new way to edit any webpage.  I've used this tool a few times...it's great as long as you are familiar with CCS and Javascript.  This is not the place to experiment if you don't have some background in basic coding.


Russ Roberts


Hawaii Intelligence Digest


https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com (site is under construction).


https://paper.li/f-1482109921.

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Cheat sheet to Run a Successful Online Store via @shopify @zapier 

Cheat sheet to Run a Successful Online Store via @shopify @zapier  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Running a store can be hard, tiring work that requires you to wear many hats. Between shipping out orders, managing inventory, keeping track of accounting data, and answering yet another customer's email, it's easy to get overwhelmed. But it doesn't have to be that hard. Your eCommerce platform and other companion apps can keep your store running smoothly, managing the busywork so you can focus on your products and customers.

Your store will need the best-in-class tools—and the essentials are right here. From the best places to find themes and add-ons to your store, to the best tools and automations to run your store, here are the resources you need to keep your store running and growing. Consider it your extended cheat sheet for managing a successful store.
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Creating and running an ecommerce store does not require technical skills anymore: anyone can do it. This paper provides very useful links to help anyone find solutions, tools and techniques to plan and execute the most common tasks behind a successful ecommerce store. Enjoy!

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Floodwatch browser extension #crowdsource #ads you see to build massive DB of what advertizers know about you2

Floodwatch browser extension #crowdsource #ads you see to build massive DB of what advertizers know about you2 | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Floodwatch is a Chrome extension that tracks the ads you see as you browse the internet. It offers tools to help you understand both the volume and the types of ads you’re being served during the course of normal browsing, with the goal of increasing awareness of how advertisers track your browsing behavior, build their version of your online identity, and target their ads to you as an individual. We want to assemble the largest amount of advertising data we can— and then not give it to the advertisers.

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Knowing what information is captured about you, stored and the digital profiles that is created behind the scenes as you browse the web is a first step in regaining control over our digital twin so we can have better digital lives.

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Why #AdBlockers May be as Bad as the #Ads they are blocking: they need to make $$ using ads+tracking

Why #AdBlockers May be as Bad as the #Ads they are blocking: they need to make $$ using ads+tracking | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
For publishers and advertisers, Internet ad blockers are a scourge. But the blockers also have to pay the bills.
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Surveillance is part of the web browsing experience mostly due to ads and social beacons. Trying to block them off not only degrades the user experience but may not provide the expected benefits as it may provide a different type of surveillance. Ad blocking does not appear to be the solution after all. So what can provide more privacy when surfing the web? The question remains open.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, December 19, 2016 4:10 PM

Interesting analysis from reporter Farid Mheir.  Ad Blockers may be doing more harm than good, by exposing internet users to a new kind of tracking protocol.  Ad Blockers may be slowing down your internet experience and not giving you the privacy protection they claim. Caveat Emptor!  Privacy is becoming an endangered species.


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Jean-Marie Grange's comment, December 20, 2016 1:12 PM
Maybe one solution would be for content publishers to offer the choice of paying a fair amount for ad-free content... http://sco.lt/7CrAVl
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VoloMetrix software taps digital exhaust to improve sales force performance via @hbr

VoloMetrix software taps digital exhaust to improve sales force performance via @hbr | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Now a new breed of software applications is reshaping sales force management. Their common characteristic: Using digital data exhaust, which is the data generated from the regular activities of a sales force or their customers, to change the behaviour of frontline sales representatives in ways that dramatically improve sales productivity and effectiveness.

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Daily activities leave digital traces that can be leveraged to improve processes and deliver value in organizations. We often overlook this data in organizations but we should realize that companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple and others have invested huge amounts of efforts to dig into the data exhaust of our digital and physical world activities in order to extract, infer, predict our tastes and behaviour. If it works for them, it should work for us as well, no?

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Onfido: startup that provides #Identity #Verification and Background Checks

Onfido: startup that provides #Identity #Verification and Background Checks | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Onfido delivers next-generation background checks, helping the world’s most innovative businesses verify anyone, anywhere.
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AI and Big Data are being applied to identity verification by a startup that has received 25M in funding and is poaching employees from Google.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

AI and other techniques will provide enhance capabilities to deter theft and privacy violations. They will become essential tools in digital transformation of businesses. For example, UBER is using Onfido to verify that people are who they claim they are, thus making their service better able to curb credit card theft, and protect drivers by ensuring their passengers can be tracked is they behave inappropriately. 

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20 #eCommerce Platforms to Start an Online Store

20 #eCommerce Platforms to Start an Online Store | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

There's a wide market for eCommerce apps, just as there are for almost any other popular software category. Some are simple tools for selling individual products; others are focused on enterprises with large sales volumes and warehouses of inventory.

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A great reference if you are in the market to build your own eCommerce solution.

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If you want to start selling online...
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Forrester Wave: Digital Risk Monitoring 

Forrester Wave: Digital Risk Monitoring  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

When it comes to the myriad risks companies face across digital channels — social, mobile, and web — security and risk (S&R) pros track a much smaller portion of their environment than they realize. Without comprehensively and persistently monitoring risk in digital channels, companies remain susceptible to a wide variety of brand, cyber, and physical risk events. Despite the high stakes, many organizations struggle to improve digital risk visibility and mitigate related risks.

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Use this link to access the Forrester report for free on solutions to help protect your organization from the digital threats your corporation faces on its brand, cyber presence or physical locations.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

First, the paper describes the various risks you may face in a digital world. If you don'T know the difference between OSINT, TECHINT, SIGINT, HUMINT, CHINT then you must read it.

Good to know.

Second, it lists the various ways in which you can protect yourself.

Interesting.

Finally, it lists tools you can use to secure your company.

Useful.

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GE Platform for the Industrial Internet is what digital strategy should deliver

GE Platform for the Industrial Internet is what digital strategy should deliver | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Predix, GE's cloud-based platform (PaaS) for Industrial Internet applications, combines people, machines, big data and analytics. Discover Predix today.
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GE's industrial Internet means that in the future they may be best known for their infrastructure than their products and devices. Watch for it.

 

More importantly, the industrial internet and Predix tools came out of a strong digital transformation vision carried out by an exceptional Chief Digital Officer (CDO), Linda Boff. See her profile for more details: http://cdoclub.com/us-chief-digital-officer-of-the-year-linda-boff-on-digital-transformation-at-ge/ 

 

I wrote about GE industrial internet in the past: see here http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses?q=ge 

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Is your CEO hands-on with technology? Seven tools to spark innovation and boost productivity

Is your CEO hands-on with technology? Seven tools to spark innovation and boost productivity | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

It's easy for leaders to say they're serious about using technology to reinvent their businesses. Yet all too often they focus only on strategy and fail to leverage the tools and apps that could keep them current and spark new ideas for commercial use. And being hands-on with tech provides another key benefit: it puts you in the shoes of customers and employees, forcing you to think about the user experience.

So, beyond the AI tool in your smartphone, what other technologies can bring business insight—and help you streamline your workday to boot? Here's what some of the CEOs we work with use on a daily basis.

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Tools to use if you don't already.

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Have I been pwned? Check if your email has been compromised in a data breach

Have I been pwned? Check if your email has been compromised in a data breach | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Have I been pwned? allows you to search across multiple data breaches to see if your email addresses has been compromised.
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Brilliant idea: a website that gathers all the stolen emails and private information, then warns you if your email shows up on one of these lists. Essential tool. Use it now.

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Its tremendous :)
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Five Best Password Managers @lifehacker

Five Best Password Managers @lifehacker | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

A while ago, all it took to be a great password manager was to keep your passwords in an encrypted vault. Now the best password managers give you the option to sync or keep them local only, change web passwords with a click, log in to sites for you, and more. This week, we're looking at five of the best options.

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Whichever you select, use a password manager. Do it now.

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How to Survive Without using Google, Slack, Dropbox and other cloud services

How to Survive Without using Google, Slack, Dropbox and other cloud services | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Surfer en toute liberté, c'est possible! Il existe des alternatives aux Gmail, Slack et autres Dropbox, qui collectent vos données en échange de leurs services. Guide pas à pas pour reprendre le contrôle.

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(in french)

Afraid that Google and others know too much about you? Want to know how to live and work outside of the major tools and solutions? This blog post offers a list of solutions to help you do just that.

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Never heard of Deep Linking? Why you cannot afford to

Never heard of Deep Linking? Why you cannot afford to | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Deep linking technology has gaine
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Summary post that explains what deep linking is and what it is used for in mobile devices and apps. Links to a full length report (for a fee).

 

WHY THIS IMPORTANT

mobile apps have limitations when you need to link to specific pages or products from digital mobile apps for examples. This technology and solutions such as Branch may provide a solution for digital marketing teams.

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2 Minutes To Improve Your Writing Forever

2 Minutes To Improve Your Writing Forever | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
You’re busy, so I’ll keep this quick.
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Additional tips like these are found in the 1959 book by Strunk and White “The Elements of Style” http://amzn.to/2ao6HtN 

 

One of the top 10 must read books in your life https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Elements_of_Style 

 

And if you're wondering, this has nothing to do with digital transformation, just something everyone should know and do.

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How to Build Your Own #Chat #Bot in #Slack when you don't know how to code software

How to Build Your Own #Chat #Bot in #Slack when you don't know how to code software | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Bots are handy little assistants that hang out in your app, wait for commands, and then find or create the thing you need. They're another way to use your favorite apps without needing to open those apps, running automated tasks for you. They're the big new thing—a core part of Slack, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram's newest features—and yet they seem too complicated to build and use.

Turns out, bots are simple enough for anyone to make. Here's how you can make a bot to do anything you want in a few minutes without any coding—along with a dozen examples of bots that real teams are using today, and a Slack bot cheat sheet for a handy reference to help build your own bots.

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A detailed how-to article on how to build a chat bot using Zapier, a popular online programming automation tool.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Robots or "bots" will become more and more common in the near future as they integrate seamlessly into our most common chat programs such as Facebook messenger. They will become popular because they allow any company to have a presence inside popular mobile apps and do not require any installation from users: they just type in requests and get responses in return. Directions, orders, and information will be streamed by those autonomous programs to help you fulfill daily tasks. This article highlights an important aspect of bot programming: they will become easier and easier to create, especially for common and recurring problems.

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Automated Insights #AI tools writes texts you read in the paper or financial statement

Stay up-to-date with the latest product announcements and new advancements from Automated Insights.
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The company automated insights uses its AI tools to automatically write summary of baseball games (http://bit.ly/2a9g7qR), financial portfolio (http://bit.ly/2a9gG3T), and many other. This blog describes many of these applications. 

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

I wrote about automated insights in the past (http://sco.lt/7FRff7) as it was starting and have been watching ever since. It is important to take notice that AI has been hired by the Associated Press to write summary texts that go straight to the wire without human intervention (http://sco.lt/7FRff7). 

 

This is a trend worth watching as it means AI is slowing replacing human workers with machine intelligence in fields that were previously though impossible - here the redaction of human readable texts and stories. I wrote about data on why no job is safe from automatization and robotization (http://sco.lt/64xeyX).

 

Anyone putting together a digital strategy must absolutely consider the use of such AI tools in the coming years, and thus have a roadmap with trials starting as soon as NOW.

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Free Gartner Research: Digital Marketing Transit Map

Free Gartner Research: Digital Marketing Transit Map | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Using the Map

The Digital Marketing Transit Map is designed to identify the best sources for your needs and acquire systems that work well together. It will help you:

  • Identify the connections among business functions, application tracks and providers.
  • Find additional research or structure questions about strategy and best practices as well as providers, products, and selection criteria.
  • Mediate discussions between marketing and IT.
Interpreting the Map

Navigate the complexity of a fragmented and confusing digital marketing landscape. Elements of the map include:

  • Neighborhoods represent functional regions that can be thought of as practice areas within an organization.
  • Tracks connect regions and can be thought of as application services that share common objectives and information.
  • Stations represent interaction points that can be thought of as vendor and product categories that provide platforms and point solutions.
  • Intersections represent transfer points where solutions may serve more than one business area.

 

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Gartner has mapped the different skills, technologies and functional areas that digital marketers should master.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Although I've never been a fan of the transit map analogy, I find this one captures one key message for marketing professionals: digital marketing is different than traditional marketing in the tools, technologies and skills required. As the diagram shows, they are more akin to software programming than they are of the traditional marketing curriculum. For those  that do not yet have those skills in-house, get help. For those that have the skills, make sure they are sharp and remain up-to-date because this technology world changes rapidly.

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How to Identify Dark Traffic on Analytics | SEJ

How to Identify Dark Traffic on Analytics | SEJ | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Dark traffic is affecting your site and skewing your analytics, making it tough to figure out how your marketing is doing. Here's how to deal with it.
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Explain what dark traffic is - actually direct in google analytics - and explains how to reduce it in order to improve analytics results.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Analytics is an essential of digital transformation and very often the primary reason to go digital as it provides ability to monitor exactly what customers are doing, of ten in realtime. However, managing and exploiting the analytics data requires very careful analysis and planning and posting such as this one provides methods to improve the quality of your analysis and improve the visibility you get from your digital investment.

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Headway: changelog SaaS solution

Headway: changelog SaaS solution | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Changelog as a service. Simple as that.
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Every company has products, websites, systems and solutions that require a changelog to be kept to ensure end users know about the changes as they occur. This is the perfect tool for that.

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Digital transformation technology consultant and Enterprise Architect. Works with business executives in the fields of eCommerce, Cloud, Web2.0, enterprise2.0, sourcing2.0