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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.

Farid Mheir's insight:

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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Transitioning to standard software: 5 key lessons from ERP pioneers via @McKinsey

Transitioning to standard software: 5 key lessons from ERP pioneers via @McKinsey | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Standard software would appear to be an imperative for insurers, but the time and money required to make the change are limited. The software-vendor market is emerging, but the track record is scanty. Standardization is not a panacea, of course, and every insurer has to find its own way through this rocky terrain, but core-system-replacement lessons from the manufacturing and production industries could make the journey shorter and significantly reduce the risks.
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For my friends in the insurance industry that are making the transition to packaged software, they may find confort in the following paper from McKinsey. The lessons learned and the 5 principles they highlight are good but do not provide a silver bullet or quick fix: you are in for a long and difficult transformation. Sorry...

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La techno sportive, au-delà des bracelets d'entraînement | SIMON LORD | Produits électroniques

La techno sportive, au-delà des bracelets d'entraînement | SIMON LORD | Produits électroniques | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Les bracelets d'entraînement, c'est pratique. Mais la technologie sportive, c'est bien plus : dérailleurs intelligents, piratage potentiel et capteurs pour visualiser...
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Merci @Edwin Waldner @Miles Munroe @Sheldon Shelly. N'hésitez pas à recommander mon topic dans scoop.it ce sera très apprécié!
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The Great Decoupling means it is not a great time to have ordinary skills via @hbr

The Great Decoupling means it is not a great time to have ordinary skills via @hbr | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Output is on the rise, but workers aren’t sharing in the bounty.
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Sunday morning must read. The article interview with 2 of the biggest proponents of digital transformation sheds light on a fact: not everyone will benefit from digital transformation. What is interesting is that middle class - the corner stone of American culture - is most affected by digital. As they say, "However, it’s not a great time to have only ordinary skills. Computers and robots are learning many basic skills at an extraordinary pace.

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The evolution of lifelogging #infographic

The evolution of lifelogging #infographic | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
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I remember 1992! and just pre-ordered the narrative clip 2: can't wait to become a cyborg... ;-)

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America is failing its children by not teaching code in every high school via @qz

America is failing its children by not teaching code in every high school via @qz | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Outfits like code.org and Black Girls Code help, and so do some employers: Google’s Made with Code aims to bring women into the field, while payments company Square offers high school code camps. Intel just last week pledged $5 million for computer science programs at two high schools in Oakland, California.
Farid Mheir's insight:

How can students learn to code when their teacher are often clueless about it and software professionals - in high demand - make much much more as developers of games and 0.99$ ipad apps...? Lately resources are starting to appear - see some in the article.


Why is this important? IMHO learning to code is important because it teaches about structure and procedures and thinking through every possible scenario. It is a way of life, more than a technical skill. No?

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, May 20, 1:22 AM

As a teacher, I have to agree with reporter Farid Mheir.  The new jobs being created now and in the future will require knowledgeable people familiar with code, digital technology, and cyber security.  The workplace is changing, and schools are hard pressed to give students the necessary digital tools to meet the jobs of the future.  Mr. Mheir has a valid point when he says, "Code teaches us structure and procedures and thinking through every possible scenario."  Life is like that, too. It's time to join the 21st century and provide tools that students can use to make a decent life.  That means, of course, teachers (myself included) must do the same.  Learn now or be passed by and forgotten.  Aloha, Russ.

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Thank you @Russell R. Roberts, Jr., @Susan Stuedle
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Green lights for our self-driving vehicle prototypes

Green lights for our self-driving vehicle prototypes | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
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One more small step towards the day when I can reclaim all the time I loose in my car as I shuffle between client offices...

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Pinkid Singh's curator insight, May 16, 2:35 AM

good one

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Thank you @Official AndreasCY, @Vladyslav Malyshev, @Pinkid Singh, @NetwaxLab, @pgoeltz for the rescoops. Please also recommend my topic if you can!
Official AndreasCY's comment, May 23, 11:21 AM
Always with pleasure Farid!
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The Customer Journey to Online Purchase via @Google

The Customer Journey to Online Purchase: an interactive infographic that explores typical customer behavior to improve marketing programs.
Farid Mheir's insight:

useful tool provides insights on customer behavior in different industries. May be useful to help plan your digital interactions.

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Farid Mheir's comment, May 25, 3:13 PM
merci @Camille Desrochers
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Why Energy Storage is About to Get Big – and Cheap via @ramez

Why Energy Storage is About to Get Big – and Cheap via @ramez | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Storage of electricity in large quantities is reaching an inflection point, poised to give a big boost to renewables, to disrupt business models across the electrical industry, and to tap into a market that will eventually top many of tens of billions of dollars per year, and trillions of dollars cumulatively over the coming decades.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Very detailed explanation of energy storage, with lots of projections in the future. Essential to consider in our digital world.

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Beyond Games & Porn - How VR can change the world. Chris Milk TED - YouTube

Chris Milk uses cutting edge technology to produce astonishing films that delight and enchant. But for Milk, the human story is the driving force behind ever...

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Farid Mheir's insight:

Interesting use of virtual reality. The real video starts at 6m30s approx.

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Gary Hayes's curator insight, April 25, 9:58 AM

Quote "Chris Milk uses cutting edge technology to produce astonishing films that delight and enchant. But for Milk, the human story is the driving force behind everything he does. In this short, charming talk, he shows some of his collaborations with musicians including Kanye West and Arcade Fire, and describes his latest, mind-bending experiments with virtual reality."

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, May 2, 1:36 AM

I admire Chris Milk for using technology to elevate the human spirit. It's tough remaining positive in a largely negative, "all or nothing" world that regards people as means to an end.  The meat of the video begins around 6 min/30 sec into the presentation.  I truly hope Chris's vision can do something to re-establish balance in our world.  Aloha, Russ.

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Ghost 2 Year Anniversary: How we Spent the Kickstarter Funding

Ghost 2 Year Anniversary: How we Spent the Kickstarter Funding | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
2 years old and @TryGhost just did a $314,926 transparent Kickstarter funding breakdown to celebrate! http://blog.ghost.org/year-2/
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Amazing to read about startups and the amount of transparency they provide, including a public revenue dashboard (bit.ly/1GxnMFz). You have to be very confident about yourself to do that!


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#Video shows How High-Speed #Robots prepare online orders in "Human Exclusion Zone" Warehouses via @wired

#Video shows How High-Speed #Robots prepare online orders in "Human Exclusion Zone" Warehouses via @wired | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Get a bots'-eye view of the "human exclusion zone" in a massive warehouse where an army of high-tech robots finds and fulfills up to 30,000 orders a day.
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Provides an inside view of the world of automated warehouses.

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Greg Scott's curator insight, April 28, 6:49 AM

Amazing insight into the future of warehouses

Matt Seaton's curator insight, April 29, 9:41 AM

We should be preparing our students to work in environments like this!  Awesome!

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The Four Horsemen: Amazon/Apple/Facebook/Google--Who Wins/Loses @DLD15 @ScottGalloway

Many factors come into play when you want to win a horserace. Next to the fastest horse, there’s a need for the best team, perfect daily condition, an extrao...
Farid Mheir's insight:

Best 15 min (or 10 if you listen to it at 1.5x) of your time today is to listen to this speech which predicts:

- amazon to open a store

- facebook is your best bet to build a brand

- apple is now a luxury company

and more all delivered with facts, data, and other insights. I love this.


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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 26, 8:09 PM

Great analysis from Scott Galloway on the future of these "Big Data" companies.  There's no doubt that Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google will soon control the way information is generated, stored, and distributed.  That translates as enormous power in the marketplace and even in the realm of politics.  Aloha, Russ.

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56 Top Social Media Tools for Business #Infographic via @iNeoMarketing

56 Top Social Media Tools for Business #Infographic via @iNeoMarketing | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

This scoop comes to you compliments of ineomarketing.com.                                           


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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 24, 11:31 AM

A helpful infographic that can help you choose the best social media tools for your business website or personal blog.  Aloha, Russ.

Calvin Denton's curator insight, April 24, 12:24 PM

Off Topic.  Interesting content generation tools....

Ellie Schwartz's curator insight, May 27, 4:33 PM

An infographic providing some important social media tools.


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Computer intrusion inflicts massive damage on German steel factory

Computer intrusion inflicts massive damage on German steel factory | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The incident is notable because it's one of the few computer intrusions to cause physical damage. The Stuxnet worm that targeted Iran's uranium enrichment program has been dubbed the world's first digital weapon, destroying an estimated 1,000 centrifuges. Last week, Bloomberg News reported that a fiery blast in 2008 that hit a Turkish oil pipeline was the result of hacking, although it's not clear if the attackers relied on physical access to computerized controllers to pull it off. The suspected sabotage of a Siberian pipeline in 1982 is believed to have used a logic bomb. Critics have long argued that much of the world's factories and critical infrastructure aren't properly protected against hackers.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Article is short but links to the IDC report is included.


This goes along with previous posts I wrote in the past: http://bit.ly/1Cgw469

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, Today, 1:26 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this "wake up call" about the spread of industrial espionage.  The damage done by computer intrusions is mounting, this time spreading to Europe where malicious code caused severe damage to a German steel factory. Mheir has warned us before about the economic and political damage such hacker attacks could cause to our industrial infrastructure.  Hopefully, someone in our intelligence community is aware of this.  No one and no thing is safe anymore.  Whether we believe it or not, we are in a state of war.  Only this time, the weapons are malicious code, persistent malware, and outright sabotage.  When you consider how dependent we are on digital devices for commerce, industry, and defense, the threat should be taken seriously.  To ignore the obvious is courting economic disaster.  This is not good news. The culprits are fairly well known--The Peoples Republic of China, North Korea, Russia, and militant ideologies from the Middle East.  China and North Korea have specially trained cyber squads whose mission is to penetrate and compromise our industrial research, data, and production.  If you doubt my contention, just do a little research on cyber terrorism and discover  how pervasive the efforts of these countries are.  Of course, we are active in this field as well.  Welcome to the darker side of the Internet.  Aloha, Russ.

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Knitted Supercapacitors to Power Smart Shirts

Knitted Supercapacitors to Power Smart Shirts | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Researchers from Drexel University in collaboration with the U.S. Naval Academy, have invented a way to embed activated carbon particles into different types of yarn to form a knitted textile that can store energy to power sensors and electronics integrated into smart clothing.


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Farid Mheir's insight:

Huge revolution around the way when these technologies become mainstream. Applications in healthcare, wellness, safety, quantified self, and many others in the business world will become possible.

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Farid Mheir's comment, May 25, 3:10 PM
@Carol Bently thank you and pleas recommend my topic if you can!
Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, May 26, 1:27 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir on this fascinating report on wearable technology.  Another application of this new fashion trend is the ability to charge your digital devices without using a plug-in wall transformer. Just imagine charging your smart phone or iPad by donning your jacket and taking a leisurely walk in the afternoon.  Some of these fabrics used silver impregnated wires that will activate smartphone apps that can monitor your heart and pulse rates and give doctors a readout on your basic daily fitness.  This development will change how doctors diagnosis illness before symptoms appear.  The health applications of this new technology are truly amazing.  Aloha, Russ.

Farid Mheir's comment, May 26, 7:21 PM
@Russell R. Roberts, Jr. thanks for the great comments and editorial, I always appreciate reading your insights as they bring much value to the posts.
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Report on mobile app usage in Canada: The Great White North Testing Ground via @flurry

Report on mobile app usage in Canada: The Great White North Testing Ground via @flurry | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
May 13, 2015 | Vidya Subramanian

Canada has long been an important country for app developers. It’s often where developers first launch their apps – to test and solicit feedback before distributing their apps globally. So, what makes this market unique in the mobile ecosystem? In Flurry from Yahoo’s latest report, we take a closer look at Canadian mobile usage to understand where it’s similar and where it’s different from the rest of the world.  

Flurry from Yahoo currently measures 38 mil
Farid Mheir's insight:

Health and fitness are top apps growth in Canada. Interesting...

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Thank you @John Rumball @Jane Shamcey @Maria Rogstrand. Please recommend my topic if you can!
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Slack is killing email

Slack is killing email | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
It’s been four years since Stewart Butterfield last sent an email to a work colleague. His team long ago replaced email with a chat app that plugged in to all their favorite services like Twitter,...
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slack is an incredible app for internal team collaboration that is indeed killing email. Just now getting on board so really cannot comment in detail but appears to be useful and very "Web+mobile" friendly.


Phenomenal growth, the company is fastest to be valued at 1B$ (in nly 1.25 year - see http://read.bi/1SbJLuP) has 750k active users and adding 1M$ in revenue every 11 days.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, May 21, 7:23 PM

Fascinating article from reporter Fahrid Mheir.  Apparently, "Slack" is giving e-mail a rough run for the money.  The Slack app reportedly is "Web + mobile friendly."  If anything is destined to replace e-mail, it will probably be something like the Slack app.  Aloha, Russ.

Farid Mheir's comment, May 23, 10:09 AM
thank you @Russell R. Roberts, Jr., @Heather Teegarden for the rescoops and kind words. Please feel free to recommend my topic!
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Elon Musk’s Space Dream Almost Killed Tesla via @qz

Elon Musk’s Space Dream Almost Killed Tesla via @qz | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

The impossible SpaceX dream that somehow came true. Elon Musk’s space venture started out with a crazy idea, a moldy Soviet rocket manual, and a lot of spare cash, writes Ashlee Vance at Bloomberg. It almost cost Musk his other brainchild, Tesla Motors, but now SpaceX has matured into a $12-billion operation that launches a rocket a month.

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Preview of a book on Elon Musk, it shows what entrepreneurs must go through  to make their dream a reality. You cannot doubt when you are an entrepreneur...

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Making the Internet of Things a Reality for Retailers via @Accenture

Making the Internet of Things a Reality for Retailers via @Accenture | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things is driving innovation in customer experience and creating new opportunities for retailer strategy.
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In this report Accenture presents 2 diagrams that pull together various technologies in the store and in the home to show where IoT can be deployed and why. It remains, at this time, futuristic but early adopters should take notice.

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Tom Pick's curator insight, May 26, 1:46 PM

Amazing the opportunities IoT holds for the retail sector.

Jean-Claude CARO's comment, May 26, 3:05 PM
Great
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Your Dog Is Fat and Lazy: 3 Activity Trackers For The Quantified Pet

Your Dog Is Fat and Lazy: 3 Activity Trackers For The Quantified Pet | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Big Data is coming to pets.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Considering that a lot of people are treating their dogs better than some humans, I see the rise of products to quantify your dog or any other pet a growth industry.


More on quantified self here: http://bit.ly/1ECOYHW.

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Tesla Powerwall Battery Economics: Almost There via @Ramez

Tesla Powerwall Battery Economics: Almost There via @Ramez | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Elon Musk announced Tesla’s home / business battery today. tl;dr: It’ll get enthusiastic early adopters to buy. The economics are almost there to make it cost effective for a wide market. And within just a few years, it almost certainly will be cheap enough to be cost effective for a broad market. Not a game changer today, but a shot fired in an incredible energy storage disruption.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Gives context to the announcement of Tesla batteries.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, May 2, 1:42 AM

Battery storage technology has taken another major jump into the future with the announcement of the Tesla Powerwall Battery. As reporter Fahrid Mheir says, "Not a game changer today, but a shot fired in an incredible energy storage disruption."  i respect Elon Musk for taking the chance to support and promote battery technology.  Energy storage is the key stumbling block to making EV cars competitive with those powered by fossil fuels.  If EVs can get 250 to 400 miles per charge, then buying a purely electric-powered car makes sense.  The Tesla Powerwall Battery is a step in that direction. Aloha, Russ.

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Whistle, a fitbit for your dog, brings us closer to ​The Quantified Dog - is this a good or bad idea?

Whistle, a fitbit for your dog, brings us closer to ​The Quantified Dog - is this a good or bad idea? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Last week, tech companies offered the web their April Fool's "jokes," like cats with dead mice, and we all sort of uncomfortably nodded. It's never been harder to discern a facetious idea from the genuine article than right now--and when "Fitbit for your pet" is considered a real business, who's to say what's a joke anymore?
Farid Mheir's insight:

Considering that a lot of people are treating their dogs better than some humans, I see the rise of products to quantify your dog or any other pet a growth industry.


More on quantified self herehttp://bit.ly/1ECOYHW.


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The Quantified Cattle: Dairy Cows Are Now Tracking Their Monthly Cycle

The Quantified Cattle: Dairy Cows Are Now Tracking Their Monthly Cycle | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
A new device called the Silent Herdsman can remotely monitor dairy cow libido, so farmers can "maximize the probability of pregnancy."
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I'Ve been getting huge pushback from people when I suggest we should all lead quantified lives (http://sco.lt/5Iumx7). This is mostly due to privacy concerns which, I must admit, sound valid to me too. However, if you apply the same principles and technologies to animals, the whole concept becomes a lot more interesting, doesn't it?


Soon we may even see cows wearing apple watches... or not! ;-)

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 30, 2:40 AM

Great article that has implications for human society and privacy issues. As a farm management tool, the "silent herdsman" makes a lot of sense.  The fear, of course, is that such devices could be used to monitor and control human behavior.  Don't worry about privacy issues.  Privacy is quite dead, now that analytic tools, "Big Data", and government programs monitor just about everything we do in this digital society.  Every time you use social media, your privacy erodes, and those funny pictures and emotionally-laden comments are forever--something that will haunt you for a long time.  With employers having access to social media, nothing is really private anymore.  In some respects, humans are becoming "herd animals" to be guided by the "silent herdsmen" of ISPs, the Internet, and social media.  This is the price we pay for joining the digital revolution.  If you wish privacy, give up your laptop, PC, tablet, and smartphone and live in some isolated area devoid of modern conveniences.  I'm not sure most of us would be willing to surrender the conveniences of modern life to attain a privacy which has long since disappeared.  Privacy is an illusion.  Aloha, Russ.

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Tech Trends 2015: Marketing = Digital

Tech Trends 2015: Marketing = Digital | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The modern era for marketing is being formed around four new dimensions: customer engagement, connectivity, information, and next-generation technology.
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Not sure a CEO would place marketing at the center of its organization but a CMO surely will and this paper makes the case that CMOs have become the digital leaders in many organization. Often, this is because CIOs are not up to the challenge.


In any case, I feel this is similar to what McKinsey has labelled the Consumer Decision Journey a while back.

http://sco.lt/8c19ov

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Oliver Durrer's curator insight, April 27, 12:28 PM

Marketing is being reshaped and becoming an increasingly key activity and function within many businesses (again).

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Top #Skills on LinkedIn

Top #Skills on LinkedIn | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

iNeoMarketing’s Outsourcing delivers the vetted talent you need under your complete management and control. Contact us to see how.


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Top skills on LinkedIn and for Marketing sound like software development and math/statistics: tell your kids to learn software development and be good in Science in school!

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 26, 8:14 PM

A nice compilation of essential business and marketing skills necessary to succeed in this digital world.  Students would be well advised to excel in mathematics, programming, data analysis, and science if they want a promising future.  Aloha, Russ.

George Schildge's curator insight, April 28, 7:46 PM

How do your skills stack up?

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