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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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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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Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak & 100s others want to keep AI out of our weapons

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak & 100s others want to keep AI out of our weapons | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
War should just be for humans.
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Nvidia develops products for #selfdriving car vision processing and display

Nvidia develops products for #selfdriving car vision processing and display | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Right after the company announced the new Tegra X1 mobile SoC at a press conference in Las Vegas, Nvidia's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, went on to announce the company's plans in the automotive space.
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Having powerful vision processing is essential to allow self driving cars autonomy. 


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Very powerful but cheap vision processing are coming. They are targeted at self driving cars because of the high volume potential but any other industry will be able to leverage this power for artificial vision.

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IT budgeting in 2015: a review of surveys from Deloitte, Gartner and others

IT budgeting in 2015: a review of surveys from Deloitte, Gartner and others | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
As CIOs prepare for another year in the IT front line, we examine a selection of reports that take the industry's financial temperature.
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IDC Predicts #CMOs Will Drive $32.3B In #Marketing Technology Spending By 2018  

IDC Predicts #CMOs Will Drive $32.3B In #Marketing Technology Spending By 2018   | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
CMOs will drive marketing technology spending to $32.3B by 2018, reaching a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.4%.  From 2014 to 2018, marketing technology spending will reach $130B for the 5 year period. These and other insights are from IDC’s recent webinar The Marketing Software Revolution: Strategies for Buyers and Sellers, [...]
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IDC research maps all the technologies that support digital marketing today.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

CMOs compete more and more with CIOs for technology direction and spend, a trend that keeps growing. It raises the questions: who's in charge of technology in large organizations, marketing or IT?

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5 #TED talks every #IT leader should watch

5 #TED talks every #IT leader should watch | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

We hand-picked five videos we believe will resonate with IT leaders. We hope the talks below will inspire you on your quest to make your organizations more agile, more innovative, and to stay ahead of the curve on technology developments. Enjoy!

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Very much worth a listen.

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You Don’t Need A #Digital Strategy (or #CDO), You Need A Digitally Transformed Company

You Don’t Need A #Digital Strategy (or #CDO), You Need A Digitally Transformed Company | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

When electricity became widely available after the industrial revolution, it didn’t change things overnight; it took many decades for it to make a difference. To start with we used it at the edges and embellished what we had. Factories used the very same belts to power the same equipment in the same places and, powered by one electric motor, the benefits were marginal.

Only in retrospect was the error of their thinking obvious. Some 20 years later it was clear that electricity was core, it was something that changed the very fabric of what was possible and how to do it. The real power of electricity allowed factories to be arranged in totally different ways, to reduce staffing, work 24/7, make new things and, above all else, relocate from locations near fuel to areas near ports and population for workers.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Makes the case that digital should be part of every company strategy, like electricity is part of every company and there is no "Chief electricity officer".


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

If you don't get why this is important, then carry on. You'll just miss the boat.

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Björn Pirrwitz's curator insight, July 25, 11:06 AM

Nails it! Chief Electricity officer - love it! :-)

Macro PC Cleaner's curator insight, July 30, 12:53 PM

Makes the case that digital should be part of every company strategy, like electricity is part of every company and there is no "Chief electricity officer".

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

If you don't get why this is important, then carry on. You'll just miss the boat.

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Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold.
Farid Mheir's insight:

A team of engineers remotely gain control over a Jeep and demonstrate vulnerabilities in its computer systems.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

I wrote about this before as a reminder that digital transformation enables great new opportunities as well as new security and privacy issues.


More about this here http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=carJacking 

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Rob Joyce's curator insight, July 23, 7:16 AM

Hackers Remotely

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, July 24, 2:03 AM

Great article from reporter Farid Mheir.  This incident shows just how vulnerable our vehicles are to hacking and loss of control.  Doesn't anybody think about cyber security these days?  Think what could happen when self-controlled cars hit the road over the next few decades.  It seems no one is thinking ahead.  Aloha, Russ.

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Google finally reveals plans to let you buy things directly from #search results #social

Google finally reveals plans to let you buy things directly from #search results #social | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Google is adding a feature that lets you purchase items through search results.
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Facebook also is adding "buy" button. Social commerce is finally here.


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Kelly Prolings's curator insight, July 22, 2:24 PM

It's about time.

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Katie Couric explains: What is the cloud?

Katie Couric explains: What is the cloud? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
For anyone who needs a video that explains what the cloud is to those not in the know
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Very simple intro to cloud. Part of a new series on Yahoo that I assume is the brainchild of Katie Couric.

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ANNEA ROSENBERG's curator insight, July 19, 7:24 AM

fun and educational for our students.

 

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, July 20, 6:04 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this article.  Nice, simple video that explains what "cloud computing" is.  Katie Couric is credited with the idea for this video.  Aloha, Russ.

Ngel Mitchell's curator insight, July 21, 8:12 AM

Now I get it.. Well explained. 

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#Venture Capitalists Invested 2.6B$ in #Wearable Companies since 2008 @CrunchBase

#Venture Capitalists Invested 2.6B$ in #Wearable Companies since 2008 @CrunchBase | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
According to CrunchBase, venture investors have spent nearly $2.6 billion backing 138 wearable companies since 2008. Over half of this total ($1.6 billion) has gone into 45 California-based startups.
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Data on venture funding of wearables startups with links to other interesting posts.
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Don’t Buy Into #eCommerce “Buy Buttons” Just Yet via @smulpuru

Don’t Buy Into #eCommerce “Buy Buttons” Just Yet via @smulpuru | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
In this age of hyperadoption, we’ll have a pretty early read on whether any of these buy buttons are successful for merchants. Given that more and more eCommerce traffic is organic (i.e. shoppers typing a company’s URL directly), I don’t think we’ll see a major shift in how shoppers buy anytime soon, at least not with the executions that have been announced to date. Merchants that are intrigued by these offerings are wise to test and learn but to have low expectations. In fact, I’d argue the biggest opportunity from social networks isn’t sales but the data around what keywords and images are trending. These are crucial demand signals that merchants don’t always get on their own. 
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A review of social media "buy" buttons in pinterest, facebook and others.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Forrester believes the "buy buttons" in social media site will not work but will remain as they provide information about buyer intent and taste. Good to know when preparing an eCommerce strategy.

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Urban Transportation Will Go All-Electric Sooner Than You Think

Urban Transportation Will Go All-Electric Sooner Than You Think | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Think of the vehicle that will change urban transportation. If the image in your mind is not an electric bus, you’re thinking of the wrong vehicle. The electrification of the passenger vehicle has made headlines for good reason. Vehicles like the Tesla Model S and BMW i8 are beautiful and fast, and cars like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf offer compelling value to commuters. But we’d be lucky if plug-in vehicles represent more than 5 percent of passenger vehicles sold in the United States over t
Farid Mheir's insight:

A very good review of electric business case for urban transportation. I picked the chart that shows the price drop of solar energy price because it demonstrates visually why we may now be at an inflection point.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Electric transportation may be the first in a series of transformations where energy production becomes low cost whith very high battery densities providing long term autonomy, an essential component of the mobile aspect of digital transformations.

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#ElectricCars #SmartCity #GreenCity #GreenTechnology

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, July 14, 6:48 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this enlightening report.  The transformation of transportation to electric powered vehicles will depend on battery storage technologies which allow quick charging at a competitive price.  Once the range of electric vehicles can be increased to 250 to 300 miles, then the transformation will take place. Aloha, Russ.

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Things That Work More Often Than Not in #eCommerce websites

Things That Work More Often Than Not in #eCommerce websites | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Nothing is universal. But there are certain things that work more often than not in a/b testing.

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11 tips to improve conversion in eCommerce websites. Based on actual research and data.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

We build eCommerce sites to sell stuff and we are still learning what works and what does not, the equivalent of "aisle end caps" or placing products at eye level in a traditional store. This is useful for anyone building an eCommerce website.

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Here’s what your stolen #identity goes for on the internet’s black market

Here’s what your stolen #identity goes for on the internet’s black market | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Tens of millions of people have lost their private information in data breaches over the past few years. But what happens after that—how the data are leveraged for financial gain—remains murky.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Reporter has gone to dark web to find out that user information of quality is worth almost 100$.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT?

There is an opportunity for a company to start charging higher fees to collect and protect your digital identity. Today it seems Apple may be gearing towards that model: you pay more for its services than Google, Amazon, Facebook and others but they - as far as we know - do not sell your data.

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Reporter has gone to dark web to find out that user information of quality is worth almost 100$.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT?

There is an opportunity for a company to start charging higher fees to collect and protect your digital identity. Today it seems Apple may be gearing towards that model: you pay more for its services than Google, Amazon, Facebook and others but they - as far as we know - do not sell your data.

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Bulgari protects consumer data with "wrist-vault" timepiece - Luxury Daily - Commerce

Bulgari protects consumer data with "wrist-vault" timepiece - Luxury Daily - Commerce | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Italian jeweler Bulgari is bringing traditional craftsmanship into the digital ecosystem with an intelligent timepiece focused on data security.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Luxury watch now includes an NFC chip to allow it to be recognized by digital devices such smartphones.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT?

Access to your wrist will become key in the future for security reasons. You wear a watch all the time and can never leave home without it as you could a phone or another device. As multi-factor authentication gains in popularity, the watch will become an essential component for payment, authentication, etc. And with Apple now trying to secure they are the only device on your wrist (no way you'll wear multiple devices), luxury brands will try to incorporate electronics into their analog watches.

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Retail #Ecommerce Sales in Canada to Rise by Double Digits Through 2019

Retail #Ecommerce Sales in Canada to Rise by Double Digits Through 2019 | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Retail ecommerce sales in Canada will reach C$29.63 billion ($26.83 billion) this year, eMarketer estimates, an increase of 16.8% over 2014 spending levels. Double-digit sales increases are expected through at least 2019. That year, ecommerce sales in the country will near C$50 billion ($45.28 billion).
Farid Mheir's insight:

Useful data on eCommerce


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT?

eCommerce will account for 8.8% of all sales in 2020: that leaves a *lot* of room for late adopters to get started and take their place in the virtual world.

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The Top 20 Global #Startup Ecosystem ranks #Montreal as a new list entry #ser15

The Top 20 Global #Startup Ecosystem ranks #Montreal as a new list entry #ser15 | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Download the full report here.

Welcome to the Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking. It has been almost three years since the last Startup Ecosystem Report was released in November 2012, and since then...
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Yes Montreal is getting more and more active in the technology startup area.

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#Strategy, not technology, drives #digital transformation- a study by @mit @deloitte

#Strategy, not technology, drives #digital transformation- a study by @mit @deloitte | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte’s 2015 global study of digital business found that maturing digital businesses are focused on integrating digital technologies, such as social, mobile, analytics and cloud, in the service of transforming how their businesses work. Less-mature digital businesses are focused on solving discrete business problems with individual digital technologies.


The ability to digitally reimagine the business is determined in large part by a clear digital strategy supported by leaders who foster a culture able to change and invent the new. While these insights are consistent with prior technology evolutions, what is unique to digital transformation is that risk taking is becoming a cultural norm as more digitally advanced companies seek new levels of competitive advantage. Equally important, employees across all age groups want to work for businesses that are deeply committed to digital progress. Company leaders need to bear this in mind in order to attract and retain the best talent.

Farid Mheir's insight:

A survey by MIT and Deloitte on the maturity of organization regarding digital yields useful insights on the state of digital in corporations in 2015.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT?

Over 75%of corporations are digitally immature so there is room to improve in the future. Also, I expect that as individuals (especially older generations that are still in leadership positions) mature in their digital understanding and their own digital maturity, this will help organizations grow as well.

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Some hackers make more than $80,000 a month — here's how

Some hackers make more than $80,000 a month — here's how | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Here's an inside look at the crazy business models ruling the hacking world, where hackers can make more than $80,000 a month by infecting people's computers.

Via Roger Smith
Farid Mheir's insight:

Some very interesting data and review of how hackers break computer security mechanisms and violate our privacy.


WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT

Privacy is one of our biggest digital challenge I believe. Being aware of the problem is the first step.

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Roger Smith's curator insight, July 19, 12:09 AM

Cybercrime 101 = business 101?

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, July 28, 2:19 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this frightening story.  I gues cyber crime does pay.  No wonder people are drawn to a career in extortion and mayhem.  The first step is to protect your own PCs, laptops, and smart phones with antivirus and antimalware programs.  Change passwords often and don't share them with anybody.  It's no wonder that some folks are chucking the internet and returning to snail mail, land line phones, and checks.  Aloha, Russ.

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Google Now, Maps and Apple Music: computer intelligence with lots of manual work

Google Now, Maps and Apple Music: computer intelligence with lots of manual work | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Google Now looks like Google's most magical, artificially intelligent
product. And in some senses it is, but it is also in some senses Google's most manual product. Each category that Now knows about and makes magical suggestions around is the result of a human making an editorial choice to create that category. Google Now gained cricket scores not because it 'learned' that there was cricket but because someone at Google wrote a recipe for cricket. 

Farid Mheir's insight:

Behind "intelligent" solutions there are lots of hand crafted manual inputs.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

If you invest enough money (Google is rumoured to spend 2B$ a year to manually edit its maps), you can make a physical representation of the world that computers can then use to provide valuable insight: driving directions, translation, music recommendation, etc. that all appear "intelligent". What can you do in a company to achieve the same result? Map out your warehouses so that autonomous vehicles can navigate their aisle autonomously? Yes. Codify all the tasks that your manufacturing resources do so as to make recommendations in real-time? Yes. You just have to have a business model to warrant the investment.

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Accenture believes #marketing and #CMOs will need to transform radically in next 5 years

Accenture believes #marketing and #CMOs will need to transform radically in next 5 years | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Digital is changing the world and chief marketing officers (CMOs) know it. They are embracing digital channels with fervor, but it’s time to do more. The prize is not mastery of the channels but command of the opportunities
to delight customers and drive superior business outcomes.
Then the reward for customers and marketers alike becomes relevant and seamless experiences from brand promise through brand delivery. 

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Digital is affecting marketing groups more than others. This accenture survey shows where the transformation is most profound and expects the next 5 years to be key.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Marketing resources are typically not very tech savvy and yet this survey shows that digital skills, especially analytics, will become central. Leaders should embark in a digital transformation of their team, reviewing skills and organization structure.

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Project Jacquard embeds electronics into clothing via @Google

Project Jacquard embeds electronics into clothing via @Google | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it


Project Jacquard makes it possible to weave touch and gesture interactivity into any textile using standard, industrial looms.

Everyday objects such as clothes and furniture can be transformed into interactive surfaces.

Farid Mheir's insight:

A new project from Google, the video is a must see to understand what they plan on doing. This appears to be a long term project.

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Francois Naude's curator insight, July 19, 4:41 PM

The impact of this on procurement may be immense.  This is an area to watch.

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, July 20, 5:38 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at wearable technology.  Embedded electronics can be used for surveillance, real-time medical diagnosis, and the charging of devices, such as smartphone, iPads, and other digital tools.

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#Satellite Images + #BigData = real-time monitoring of worlwide econonomy via @jeffkearns

#Satellite Images + #BigData = real-time monitoring of worlwide econonomy via @jeffkearns | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Some 250 miles above the Earth, a flock of shoebox-size Dove satellites is helping to change our understanding of economic life below.

In Myanmar, night lights indicate slower growth than World Bank estimates. In Kenya, photos of homes with metal roofs can show transition from poverty. In China, trucks in factory parking lots can indicate industrial output.

Images from these and other satellites, combined with big-data software, are helping to create what former NASA scientist James Crawford calls a “macroscope” to “see things that are too large to be taken in by the human eye.” Aid organizations can use the results to distribute donations. Investors can mine them to pick stocks.

“This is one of those really rare game changers that come along very infrequently but has the ability to remake the whole stock- and economic-research industry,” said Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at Convergex Group, a New York-based brokerage. “We still make monetary policy in this country based on surveys of a few thousand households and businesses.”


Farid Mheir's insight:

Analysis of satellite images using Big Data tools can measure economic activity in real-time with little bias.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Companies can use this as early warning signal of growth or slowdown in the market or with competitors and take appropriate response: buying or dumping stock, ramping up or slowing down production, selecting areas to open new stores or focus marketing dollars.

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C. CHAMBET-FALQUET's curator insight, July 17, 6:40 AM

This "Macroscope" is becoming a powerful tool to be used worldwide for civil applications.

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#Web design is dead

#Web design is dead | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
High quality templates, mature design patterns, automation, AI, and mobile technology are signaling the end of web design as we know it.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Author makes the compelling argument that web design is not essential anymore as we consume our web in standardized forms, well recognized patterns and many different forms (mobile app anyone?).


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Web consumption has been codified and its patterns defined over the past 20 years. sOmeone looking to innovate on the web still can I would argue, but most businesses do not need to and thus must identify partners that can decipher the web codes for them and identify the best ones to propel their business. Plus there is a reference to an AI based web design solution called the Grid which I had never heard of before but sounds promising.

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Chris Bryant's curator insight, July 17, 2:53 AM

This makes me wonder what we are preparing our children for as they move through school. What skills and capabilities will they need? web design was a recent emerging career field  and now this too could be automated. So what will prepare our children for the future?

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Best #password managers for PCs, Macs, and mobile devices

Best #password managers for PCs, Macs, and mobile devices | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
10 local and cloud-based contenders make passwords stronger and online life easier for Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone users
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Great review of essential tools in everyone's computer and mobile phone.WHY THIS IS IMPORTANTStrong password are our only protection for our digital lives and yet to many people still rely on simple and easy to guess ones. I wrote about this many times before http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses?q=password, and this article provides links and ratings for different solutions on the market.And by the way, when possible, always turn on two-factor authentication : see http://sco.lt/6DAZgv
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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, July 24, 1:38 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this article.  Strong passwords are your first defense against hacking and identity theft.  This article reviews 10 local and cloud-base password managers that can make passwords stronger for your PC, Mac, and smartphone.  You ignore this advice at your peril.  Mheir also recommends the use of two-way authentication to add further protection to your website or blog.  Aloha, Russ.