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AmazonFresh set to expand?

AmazonFresh set to expand? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
After five years, Amazon’s local grocery-delivery service remains in limited test mode, but the Internet giant recently has made some moves that could set the stage for expansion.


“It is a very convenient service, but picking, packing and delivering grocery orders is expensive,” said former technology Vice President Nadia Shouraboura, who left Amazon last year to create Hointer, a robot-operated clothing store in Seattle’s University District.

“Just like apparel, the grocery business is both large and ripe for innovation, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Amazon be very persistent and patient,” she said. “Jeff always thinks long-term.”

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I've said this before: looks like Amazon will use grocery delivery to put trucks on the road and offer same-day or next-day delivery while bypassing UPS-FedEx and other carriers altogether. This will both bring down its costs (delivery accounts for 10-15% of the online costs) but also may prove that having a physical store presence is not required for online pure plays. We'll see...

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Digital Transformation of Businesses
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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Microsoft HoloLens - Preview Video

Transform your world with holograms. We envisioned a world where technology could become more personal—where it could adapt to the natural ways we communicate,…
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Transforming the business through social tools via @McKinsey

Transforming the business through social tools via @McKinsey | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The effect of social technologies in customer-facing processes is already significant. Our survey finds that while overall adoption of these tools has plateaued, companies can do more to measure and then capture social’s benefits. A McKinsey & Company article.

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Microsoft hires robots to guard its offices

Microsoft hires robots to guard its offices | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Microsoft Corporation installs a fleet of 5ft tall robots to protect its Silicon Valley campus. When writing about something like this it’s hard to steer clear of hysteria, hyperbole and sci-fi references. Flicking through the…
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The @Forrester Wave B2C Commerce Suites, Q1 2015 report: IBM, Hybris, Oracle, Demandware

The @Forrester Wave B2C Commerce Suites, Q1 2015 report: IBM, Hybris, Oracle, Demandware | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The hybris B2C commerce platform is named a Leader by a global independent analyst firm.
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For those into eCommerce, this is always a good read. No surprise, big players are in the leader quadrant, with many smaller - especially open source solutions - missing from the study.

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15 programming languages you need to know in 2015

15 programming languages you need to know in 2015 | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
A list of programming languages you should learn this year.
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if you have kids, have them read this.

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Google searches for E-commerce up 21% in past week (Worldwide)

Google searches for E-commerce up 21% in past week (Worldwide) | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Explore Google Search trends with Google Trends.
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a bit surprising after christmas rush no? Maybe related to European January festivites (Orthodox xmas?)

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Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA's War on Internet Security **

Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA's War on Internet Security ** | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
US and British intelligence agencies undertake every effort imaginable to crack all types of encrypted Internet communication. The cloud, it seems, is full of holes. The good news: New Snowden documents show that some forms of encryption still cause problems for the NSA.

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Hardy Jonck's curator insight, January 3, 2:44 AM

Good to know!

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, January 7, 12:31 AM

A very frightening and intriguing tale of how intelligence agencies (ours and "theirs") are wearing away privacy protections on the Internet.  Documents released by former NSA analyst and expatriot Edward Snowden show how much value intelligence agencies place on cracking encrypted internet data--that stuff includes user names, access codes, passwords, and other private information).  Some systems such as Tor have proven difficult to penetrate, but that system, too, will eventually fall by the wayside as security issues dominated the operations of the internet.  The recent cyber attacks, allegedly caused by North Korea, mainland China, and perhaps Russia indicate that few of our nation's data secrets are protected.  This issue doesn't even touch upon industrial espionage practiced by the major economic and military powers of this world.  For all practical purposes, privacy is a myth.  Your data is now public or government property.  About all you can do is limit your exposure on social media sites and keep track of your credit purchases.  Internet fraud is becoming profitable for not only cyber criminals, but also for governments that fear their own people.  Witness the confiscation of satellite dishes in Iran and the severe restrictions placed on internet usage in mainland China.  The issue of "Net Neutrality" in the United States is another problem that will end up serving those with the most money and influence first.  The rest of us will be relegated to sub-par internet service, something I already enjoy with my dial-up connection.  Unlike many more fortunate internet users, I don't have access to high-speed internet in my rural Hawaii Island location.  Of course, I could always spend a fortune on a direct satellite link.  Our internet choices are being squeezed out of existence.  At least, repressive regimes such as mainland China and Iran are up front about their intentions.  We still labor under the misconception that high-speed internet and personal privacy will always be around.  Privacy is dead.  Aloha, Russ.

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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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Enterprise Fleet Management Dashboard: Tame Big Data

Enterprise Fleet Management Dashboard: Tame Big Data | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
As telematics enters the era of big data and the connected Internet of things, fleet managers are staring down the barrel of an information tsunami.

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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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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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G2 Crowd Announces Fall 2014 Rankings of the Best Marketing Automation platforms - G2 Crowd

G2 Crowd Announces Fall 2014 Rankings of the Best Marketing Automation platforms - G2 Crowd | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

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Useful insights.

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iNeoMarketing's curator insight, November 20, 2014 6:44 PM

Click through for details. G2 Crowd: the Yelp or TripAdvisor for the MarTech world.

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CHART OF THE DAY: Apple Has Nearly A Billion Payment Cards On File

CHART OF THE DAY: Apple Has Nearly A Billion Payment Cards On File | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Apple has been collecting payment card data since 2003, the year it launched the iTunes Store.
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This will likely make Apple Pay very popular

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How cloud providers can prevent data loss: A guide

How cloud providers can prevent data loss: A guide | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Cloud service providers find themselves in a struggle balancing responsibility for maintaining data integrity with delivering cost effective solutions to their customers, all the while protecting their own data assets and bottom line.

Via Peter Azzopardi
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A guide to help cloud data center operators determine the impact of data loss, and what to do to prepare against it.

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, January 17, 5:53 PM

Due to the complexities around data centre and cloud security, this article will deal destruction and corruption of data only.

Bharat Employment's curator insight, January 19, 12:07 AM

www.bharatemployment.com

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Happy #maps allows you to choose "happy" or "quiet" path to get you from point A to B via @ted

Happy #maps allows you to choose "happy" or "quiet" path to get you from point A to B via @ted | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Mapping apps help us find the fastest route to where we’re going. But what if we’d rather wander? Researcher Daniele Quercia demos “happy maps” that take into account not only the route you want to take, but how you want to feel along the way.
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Innovative mapping uses crowdsourcing techniques to identify not only the most efficient route to take but also the most quiet or the most enjoyable? Can this approach also be leveraged in other business applications that are focussed on efficiency?

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Slideshare Engineering blog: #mustread posts on technology solutions and experience sharing

Slideshare Engineering blog: #mustread posts on technology solutions and experience sharing | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

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Amazing collection of technical blog posts with many useful and reusable solutions and methods.

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Worst passwords of 2014 are just as terrible as you'd think

Worst passwords of 2014 are just as terrible as you'd think | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
If the onset of high-profile hackings taught us anything in 2014, it's absolutely nothing. Here are the worst passwords of the year.
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Great options for managing passwords are passwordBox (montreal company just acquired by Intel) or LastPass. 

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e-Commerce Trends from 2014 to 2015

e-Commerce sales worldwide will reach $1.7 trillion in 2015. The World's Leading E-Commerce Companies, Capital Market, E-Commerce startups to watch, Omnichan…
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very good overview of ecommerce trends for the coming year.

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Jean-Marie Grange's curator insight, January 14, 2:35 PM

Very comprehensive data and references about futur trends of e-commerce in 2015. 

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How Insurers Can Seize the Opportunities Offered by Digital - Accenture

How Insurers Can Seize the Opportunities Offered by Digital - Accenture | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Research shows how insurers are rising to the digital innovation challenge—and how to improve their performance.
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Tons of data gathered from chief digital officers in the insurance sector.

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The future of global payments via @McKinsey

The future of global payments via @McKinsey | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
While strong growth has returned to the payments industry, disruptive forces will continue to reshape the competitive landscape. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and retailers alike.

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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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Cellphone tracking now easier than ever via @WashingtonPost

Cellphone tracking now easier than ever via @WashingtonPost | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
New devices can pinpoint what floor you’re on, aiding rescue crews but setting off privacy groups’ alarms.

Via Luigi Cappel
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Cell phones can now be tracked inside buildings using barometric sensors. Great for 911 calls, it also raises a lot of privacy concerns.

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Luigi Cappel's curator insight, November 22, 2014 1:37 PM

There are now about 100 million smartphones that feature barometric sensors. This is very interesting technology and while the primary purpose for barometers was to monitor changes in the weather, this opens up some very interesting new capability.

 

One of the exciting opportunities this opens up is being able to locate people, not only by their GPS coordinates, but also what their altitude is and therefore what floor they are on. Imagine for example that someone has dialed 911 and needs urgent medical assistance, but is disoriented. The ability to track that call and identify that a person is on the 15th floor of a commercial building could be a life saver.

 

Retailers are constantly seeking that magical solution to identify where people are in a shopping precinct or mall. This again can help in pinpointing the location of shoppers without requiring the use if Bluetooth or other LBS technologies.

 

Of course this raises security concerns, especially if you don't have the ability to turn that information off. When it comes to law enforcement, safety, security and providing evidence of a crime that has or may be about to be committed, I'm fine with this concept and particularly situations where innocent people can use location based services to prove they were not at the scene of a crime.

 

It's interesting to me that we have long seen these sorts of technologies on TV shows, where high tech law enforcement agencies use it to find terrorists and others and tracking people by their mobiles is an every day thing. Now we're talking reality and its getting interesting.

 

So locating people with special needs has always been an interest of mine. Elderly people, people with disabilities like being blind, dementia, health conditions like diabetes that can cause people to become disoriented or lose consciousness. I have long looked for viable devices and been involved in R&D with a number of them, but the ubiquitous mobile has the potential to change all that.

 

What other things could you do with this technology? How about fitness training? The barometer can help apps know when you are climbing stairs and can count how many you climbed. It can be used to monitor inclinometer for people doing training for sport, because publicly available web maps mostly don't provide this. functionality. I'm sure cycling, running and other fitness apps soon will. The iPhone 6 comes with a health app that counts stairs for you, so you may already be using this functionality in your new mobile.

 

I recently had the pleasure of flying in a Hoverwing, a hybrid combination of plane and hovercraft. The pilot used his iPhone to get information about where we went and emailed me a picture of the track. Glider pilots can now use this technology which is much cheaper and lighter than conventional technology. For a glider pilot of course the lighter the craft the more lift,

 

For those of you who have scoffed in the past about face and voice recognition, tracking people and using big data analysis to track people and interpret their behavior, location and where they are likely to go next as something that will remain on SciFi movies, it's time to face facts. We live in a new world. I'm just glad that I live in a democratic country where it is unlikely that this technology will be abused by those in authority.

 

Of course the technology can be abused very easily by people with less benevolent intentions and this is where standards to protect our personal safety and privacy need to be developed, and quickly, because it can be very easily be abused to commit crimes against people. Whilst law enforcement is getting smarter, there are levels of  the criminal element that are doing likewise. There are of course loads of less intelligent criminals and as you will read in many of my blogs, particularly http://luigicappelwordpress.com and http://solomoconsulting@wordpress.com people are being caught daily having stolen mobiles, cars, handbags, even hay bales! Something I love to read about these busts is that they also tend to find lots of other stolen property and other illegal items when they catch these people.

 

As long as the laws are in place to protect the innocent and our inherent right to privacy, inasmuch as that exists any more, I think these are very positive and exciting developments. How about you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, November 25, 2014 2:10 AM

As great as this development is for saving lives and pinpointing people in emergencies, there are serious issues revolving around privacy.  Perhaps well-intentioned people are getting a bit too involved in the personal lives of others, often in the guise of helping them.  I don't like the idea of someone being able to track you every minute.  Aloha, Russ.

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Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms

Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

in support of wider adoption, companies and independent software vendors are increasingly embedding both traditional reporting, dashboards and interactive analysis, in addition to more advanced and prescriptive analytics built from statistical functions and algorithms available within the BI platform into business processes or applications. The intent is to expand the use of analytics to a broad range of consumers and nontraditional BI users, increasingly on mobile devices. Moreover, companies are increasingly building analytics applications, leveraging new data types and new types of analysis, such as location intelligence and analytics on multistructured data 


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The Disruptive Potential of 3D Printing - Accenture

The Disruptive Potential of 3D Printing - Accenture | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Digital technology clearly has become a momentous disruptor of traditional business paradigms, as well as an enabler of new business approaches and customer relationships. This is why, according to Cisco Systems Inc., there is an estimated $14.4 trillion in “digital disruption dollars” up for grabs between now and 2022. Accenture believes that digital supply networks are the backbone of this new ecosystem: worldwide conduits that streamline and accelerate the exchange of products, materials, components and (perhaps most important) information. We also believe 3D printing is an ideal illustration of the digital supply network’s vast potential


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Too Hot to Trot: Temperature's Effect on Exercise

Too Hot to Trot: Temperature's Effect on Exercise | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
When comparing activity data to weather data from the NCDC, we uncover patterns between weather and workouts. What is temperature's effect on exercise?
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How an analysis of 100K+ jawbone users tells us about the impact of weather on exercice. Also a good example of Big Data use.

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