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Google Maps for Business- tracking people and machinery opens new opportunities via @google

Google Maps for Business- tracking people and machinery opens new opportunities via @google | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

With the Google Maps API, you can build powerful applications that track assets, alert based on geofences, and geolocate devices, all delivered through the familiar Google Maps interface. Find out how DHL streamlines their package delivery process using the Google Maps API.

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If it is good enough for DHL to track its parcels and deliveries, or for Swiss railways to show the positions of their train in realtime, then why would it not be good enough for

  • tracking pharma sales reps in their daily rounds to medical offices?
  • showing where your cable repair guy (or plumber or electrician) is (and predict when he will arrive at your home)
  • locating rental equiment in the field (ok this assumes large rentals such as cranes as it probably needs some kind of cell phone with gps)?


In fact, any business that needs to track, inventory or display assets on a map must absolutely look into the google maps API and other solutions.

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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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Digitizing the value chain: only 13% of organizations are ready to compete via @McKinsey

Digitizing the value chain: only 13% of organizations are ready to compete via @McKinsey | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
While 80 percent of the respondents consider digital manufacturing and design to be a critical driver of competitiveness, only 13 percent rate their organizations’ digital capability as “high” (exhibit). And even among those leaders, many believe that their firms and their industries currently lack necessary standards, data-sharing, and cybersecurity capabilities.
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A Self-Driving Car Might Decide You Should Die

A Self-Driving Car Might Decide You Should Die - Backchannel - Medium
But that prospect isn’t as scary as it sounds
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Raises an important question as we give more and more autonomy to machines: cars, taxis, delivery vehicles, trains, etc.

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The Robot Car of Tomorrow May Just Be Programmed to Hit You

The Robot Car of Tomorrow May Just Be Programmed to Hit You | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Suppose that an autonomous car is faced with a terrible decision to crash into one of two objects. It could swerve to the left and hit a Volvo sport utility vehicle (SUV), or it could swerve to the right and hit a Mini Cooper. If you were programming the car to minimize harm to others--a sensible goal--which way would you instruct it go in this scenario?
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Raises an important question as we give more and more autonomy to machines: cars, taxis, delivery vehicles, trains, etc.

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André Bélanger's comment, March 25, 2:53 PM
Réflexion fondamentale. Baillargeon avait écrit une chronique intéressante à ce sujet dans le Voir: http://voir.ca/chroniques/prise-de-tete/2014/02/12/google-deepmind-et-nous/
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How to Make Moonshots, Google X and the list of 10,000 things

How to Make Moonshots - Backchannel - Medium
Google has long declared itself an unconventional company. But its division that takes on long-term, risky projects, Google[x], makes the rest of the company look pretty staid. Now led by Astro Teller (born Eric before he adopted a first name that really suited him), Google[x] deliberately takes on challenges that seem to fit more comfortably in the pages of pulp science fiction than on the balance sheet of a public company. Its first project was the self-driving car, and subsequent ones include Google Glass, the smart contact lens, the Google Brain neural network, the Loon Project that delivers Internet service via balloon, and a project that hopes to release nanoparticles in the bloodstream to detect early disease.
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A great read for anyone interested in innovation within an organization. In particular, I found the 10000 things list reference to be quite unique and quite powerful.

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Monica Lewinsky Breaks Her Public Silence With a TED Talk

Monica Lewinsky Breaks Her Public Silence With a TED Talk | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
After 10 years out of the spotlight, the former White House intern took the stage to call for an end cyberbullying.

Via Ellen Diane
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Go past the first few minutes, the talk picks up real good as soon as she starts to speak about cyber-bulling and raises grave concerns about online privacy and the commercialization of stories such as hers.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, March 22, 8:57 PM

Exceptionally well-written article from the "New York Times."  I'm glad Ms. Lewinsky has climbed out of her shell and exposed the cyberbullying that has ruined and occasionally lost lives.  She has transformed herself from victim to privacy advocate with a powerful message of hope for those whose privacy has been destroyed.  Think about this when you vote in the 2016 General Elections.  Think twice before supporting those who exploit others for their own gain.  Privacy is becoming rare these days...shades of George Orwell's "1984."  Aloha, Russ.

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All Teslas will get an over-the-air update this June allowing them to drive in "Autopilot" mode

All Teslas will get an over-the-air update this June allowing them to drive in "Autopilot" mode | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

it seems Autopilot will be disabled when you're not doing freeway driving, which is by far the easiest aspect of autonomous vehicle activity. Musk did confirm that the Autopilot mode would be "technically capable of driving from parking lot to parking lot." The car will also be allowed to drive itself when you summon it, and when you're parking it in your garage.

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A great review of the self-driving car solutions, with links to other articles on the subject.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, March 22, 9:18 PM

This may be the future of transportation.  This solution incorporates the "Autopilot" mode with overall human control.  I'm a little leery of surrendering my driving chores to a sophisticated machine, especially when computer systems can be so easily hacked.  There's no telling where your automatic car may end up if some hacker seizes control on the freeway.  Hopefully, this scenario exists only in my imagination. I worry about things like this.  Aloha, Russ.

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Webinaire: Avoir du succès en ligne sans gros investissement, c'est possible! via @RCEQ

PMCtire est une entreprise fleurissante de vente en ligne de pneus depuis 5 ans. Pierre-Claude Roy, VP aux affaires électroniques nous parlera, le 12 mars pr...
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Very good case study of 5 year experience on eCommerce for PMCtire.com, a web pure play that sells tires (!) online. In french.

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Protecting the enterprise with cybersecure IT architecture via @McKinsey

Protecting the enterprise with cybersecure IT architecture via @McKinsey | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
As digitization creates new cyberthreats, businesses should make security an integrated part of their IT infrastructure. A McKinsey & Company article.
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How E-Commerce Is Finally Disrupting The $600 Billion-A-Year Grocery Industry

How E-Commerce Is Finally Disrupting The $600 Billion-A-Year Grocery Industry | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Around 25% of millennials said they would pay a premium for same-day delivery.
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Grocery eCommerce is small but may be in line to disrupt a huge industry?

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15 Food Accelerators & Corporate Incubators Launch in 2014

15 Food Accelerators & Corporate Incubators Launch in 2014 | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
15 food accelerators and incubators launched in 2014, including FOOD-X and The Good Food Business Accelerator, as well as incubators from Marriot and Coca-Cola.
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I had never heard of "crowdfooding" before... ;-)

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Geofencing applications in 5 key industries

Geofencing applications in 5 key industries | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Geofencing technology is a very powerful mobile marketing tool with a wealth of potential applications across various industries:

Mobile Coupon
Payment Apps
Retail
Events
Travel and many more
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Wondering how to use geofencing in your mobile apps? this paper presents 5 examples.

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The Best Netflix Show You'll Never See: how netflix uses devOps

The Best Netflix Show You'll Never See: how netflix uses devOps | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
How DevOps helps Netflix keeps 53 million users worldwide binge-watching without a hitch.
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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, March 11, 8:39 PM

Amazing accomplishment, considering the world wide demand for Netflix programs.  Aloha, Russ.

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Where the Digital Economy Is Moving the Fastest

Where the Digital Economy Is Moving the Fastest | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Based on the performance of countries on the index during the years 2008 to 2013, we assigned them to one of four trajectory zones: Stand Out, Stall Out, Break Out, and Watch Out.

Stand Out countries have shown high levels of digital development in the past and continue to remain on an upward trajectory.
Stall Out countries have achieved a high level of evolution in the past but are losing momentum and risk falling behind.
Break Out countries have the potential to develop strong digital economies. Though their overall score is still low, they are moving upward and are poised to become Stand Out countries in the future.
Watch Out countries face significant opportunities and challenges, with low scores on both current level and upward motion of their DEI. Some may be able to overcome limitations with clever innovations and stopgap measures, while others seem to be stuck.

Via Bonnie Hohhof
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CIM Academy's curator insight, March 4, 5:41 AM

A great article showing how the digital economy is developing.

Ed Crowley's curator insight, March 4, 4:09 PM

I find the 'stall out countries' most interesting.

Emmanuel ANIQUE's curator insight, March 10, 6:12 PM

#digital evolution index, where is your country?

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Auditing Digital Marketing: Infrastructure & Applications (Part I)

Auditing Digital Marketing: Infrastructure & Applications (Part I) | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Digital marketing operations are characterized by complex, sprawling
systems - comprised of websites, advertising assets, content, video and all
kind of applications unique to a corporation's particular needs and way of
doing business. No two are alike. 
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great checklist for performing marketing audits and assessments

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SEO: Google to Make ‘Mobile-friendly’ a Ranking Signal

SEO: Google to Make ‘Mobile-friendly’ a Ranking Signal | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Do you have a mobile or responsive site? If not, on April 21 you may find it harder to rank in Google’s mobile search results.
Google ...

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Vincent Trépanier's curator insight, March 21, 1:57 PM

If you do not have a Responsive or mobile friendly site yet, you need to get on it! In the meantime, pay close attention to your search ranking changes when this update comes around on April 21st.

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Software will replace doctors and lawyers

Software will replace doctors and lawyers | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Vinod Khosla, my boss at Khosla Ventures, has stated that, 'If you want to be a doctor in the future, you’re better off learning math and statistics than biology and chemistry,'" he added.
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Catchy statement. Well worth listening to the 30min interview for more insights.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, March 25, 1:24 PM

An interesting look into the future of law and medicine.  Some interesting insights on how software, big data, and analytics will change our health care and resolve our legal issues.  Fascinating discussion.  Aloha, Russ.

André Bélanger's comment, March 25, 2:55 PM
I happen to have read a book about this issue: The end of lawyers http://www.amazon.com/The-End-Lawyers-Rethinking-services/dp/0199593612
Farid Mheir's comment, Today, 8:54 AM
Thank you @André Bélanger and @Russell R. Roberts, Jr. for your additional insights!
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Attack costly online grocery errors with an Integrated Pick and Pack e-commerce application

Attack costly online grocery errors with an Integrated Pick and Pack e-commerce application | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Grocery may be B2C but it couldn’t be more different than retail, especially for online shopping. Grocers wanting their piece of the pie in this era of connected consumers need solutions. Unique solutions for very complex backend logistics.
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Marketing Needs to Restructure to Meet Tech Demands: Survey via @Chiefmarketer

Marketing Needs to Restructure to Meet Tech Demands: Survey via @Chiefmarketer | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

MarTech is the best tool available to bridge the gap between Sales and Marketing. Contact us to see how.


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iNeoMarketing's curator insight, March 16, 6:41 PM

And this will be discussed further during a webinar hosted by The Economist and Marketo. You can register here: http://www.chiefmarketer.com/webinars/rise-new-marketer-economists-findings-key-trends/?sid=cmarticle 

CIM Academy's curator insight, March 17, 6:00 AM

This article suggests that technological innovation is changing the expectations of marketers.

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, March 22, 9:34 PM

Perceptive article showing how marketing must adjust to the Big Data and Digital world.  The message is clear:  Know the trends and adjust accordingly.  Aloha, Russ.

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How E-Plus Gruppe & Canadian Tire merge physical and digital selling via @NRF @OneCommerce

How E-Plus Gruppe & Canadian Tire merge physical and digital selling via @NRF @OneCommerce | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
European telecom company merges physical and digital selling.
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The article has little to offer in terms of "how" they did it other than state their use of OneCommerce which is a Hybris partner solution for in-store commerce and mobile. Interesting case study nevertheless.


Worth mentioning that Canadian Tire also has acquired One Commerce.

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The computing deployment phase or why there many good years ahead of techno #geeks via @cdixon

The computing deployment phase or why there many good years ahead of techno #geeks via @cdixon | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
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Litmus | 2015 State of Email Report

Litmus | 2015 State of Email Report | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

This scoop comes to you compliments of ineomarketing.com.                                           


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iNeoMarketing's curator insight, March 12, 7:42 PM

Litmus would know, and they see more email campaigns than anyone else. BTW: you subscribe to Litmus, don't you?

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Food Tech Media Startup Funding, M&A and Partnerships: January 2015 | Food + Tech Connect

Food Tech Media Startup Funding, M&A and Partnerships: January 2015 | Food + Tech Connect | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The new year kicked off with over $525 million pouring into the food tech and media sector through four acquisitions and twelve capital raises
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Innovation landscape in the "traditional, slow paced" food industry may be about to change... no?

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A Short History of DevOps

A Short History of DevOps | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
DevOps is just getting started.


DevOps emerged from an effort by businesses to respond more rapidly to market changes. The new approach was designed to ensure that high-quality updated software gets into the hands of users more quickly. Continuous delivery requires that everyone—from developers to testers to employees in user experience, product and operations—collaborate effectively throughout the delivery process, using multiple feedback loops.

Here are some highlights in the short and eventful history of DevOps.

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How Walmart, UBER and 6 other companies use geofencing

How Walmart, UBER and 6 other companies use geofencing | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
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Some of those geofencing solutions actually appear to be useful, especially the UBER and Walmart ones.

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Jean-Marie Grange's curator insight, March 12, 1:19 PM

I like Starbucks' concept of ordering ahead service. Ordering your latte with one click on your phone while on your way to the shop is a great idea!

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Grocery shopping might be less painful with this smart cart via @gigaom

Grocery shopping might be less painful with this smart cart via @gigaom | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Cambridge Consultants, a product development group based in the U.K., is showing off a connected shopping cart that can tell a retailer where you are in a store within three feet. The smart carts are equipped with Bluetooth radios and sensors to track the cart’s location so store owners can offer promotions and eliminate checkout…
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Not everyone has a mobile phone when they shop groceries but everyone pushes a cart. So having a connected cart - especially if it costs only 7.60$ to retrofit - makes perfect sense, no?

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