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Amazon Pantry to take on Costco- makes perfect sense in the big picture for Amazon via @usatoday

Amazon Pantry to take on Costco- makes perfect sense in the big picture for Amazon via @usatoday | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Pantry will help Amazon expand more in the huge consumer package goods market and take on warehouse club stores Costco and Wal-Mart's Sam's Club, sources say
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Alone this sounds like the dummest idea on the planet: go compete on low cost, low margin, high volume, bulky and heavy products (read difficult to ship) against the lowest price market leaders (Costco, Sam's). True in isolation.


Step back and consider those facts:

1- Amazon does not have retail stores, but is building warehouses close to its customers to reduce delivery costs

2- You can only do #1 when you have volume

3- How do you build volume? staples, stuff that people order on a regular basis

4- Amazon has a Prime programme where delivery is free for a yearly membership

5- Amazon is build Fresh to deliver groceries to home - easy to tag Pantry products in the same vans - additional cost in marginal

6- Amazon has a very successful replenishment programme - and what do you replenish most? pantry items!


After careful consideration, Amazon Pantry makes perfect sense, doesn't it?!

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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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4 Ways Wearables will Change Marketing – and what you can do to be ready

4 Ways Wearables will Change Marketing – and what you can do to be ready | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Wearable tech hasn’t caught on and hasn’t caught on. On Friday, Google withdrew Google Glass from consumer testing, and Apple has continually stalled on the release of their watch.


Whether or not Apple eventually releases their watch to popular acclaim, wearable tech will eventually arrive in the mainstream. Probably during 2015. For marketers, this can be daunting. Comprehensive mobile and social media strategies are still hard to deliver, and here comes another, vaguely defined innovation that may turn marketing, again, on its head.


We don’t really know what wearables will look like, and we don’t really know what they will do. So how can you prepare a marketing strategy?


By relying on what marketers do best: creative thinking, looking for patterns from consumers, and a little bit of imagination. Here are four ways wearables will change marketing – and what you can do to be ready....


Via Jeff Domansky
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Article raises 4 interesting paths to investigate for marketers and technologists as well.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 29, 1:37 AM

Could wearables change your marketing strategy? Find out more.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 29, 1:45 AM

Could wearables change your marketing strategy in the future? Maybe.

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Meldium a new Single-Sign Service from LogMeIn

Meldium a new Single-Sign Service from LogMeIn | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
LogMeIn, a company that provides remote connectivity solutions to businesses and individuals, today is announcing an interesting acquisition that builds out..
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Interesting new service to manage company passwords. Interesting new way to manage your corporate password for twitter, facebook and other corporate accounts.

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Meldium App Trends, Top Apps of 2014

Meldium App Trends, Top Apps of 2014 | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Everyday thousands of apps are developed hoping to make their way to the
masses and seamlessly into the workflow of individuals, teams, departments
and enterprises.  Each month our team analyzes our own usage data to give
you a look behind the curtain and identify the most popular and trending
web apps and services.  

In this special edition, we rounded up the Top Apps of 2014 by category to
give you an inside look into this year's top tools in Analytics,
Collaboration, Development, Retai
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The Move from Systems of Record to Systems of Engagement via @forbes

The Move from Systems of Record to Systems of Engagement via @forbes | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
There's an ongoing discussion in the enterprise software world about "systems of record" vs. "systems of engagement."  Which do you have? "Systems of Record" are the ERP-type systems we rely on to run our business (financials, manufacturing, CRM, HR).  They have to be "correct" and "integrated" so all data is consistent. [...]
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A strong example of the popularity of systems of engagement in the HR sector.


See also http://sco.lt/5d1pD7

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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.

Via Constantin Ionel Milos / Milos Constantin
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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.

Via Yves Mulkers
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Google, Biogen will use wearable sensors to study multiple sclerosis

Google, Biogen will use wearable sensors to study multiple sclerosis | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Biogen Idec has partnered with Google X, Google’s business unit for long-term “moonshot” projects, to study outside factors that might contribute to the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a report from Bloomberg.

Google and Biogen will use sensors, software, and data analysis tools to collect and analyze data from people who have MS. The companies aim to explore why MS progresses differently in each patient.

Bloomberg pointed out that Biogen has used digital tools for its disease research in the past. Last month, Biogen announced that it was using Fitbit activity trackers to gather data from people who have MS. It gave 250 Fitbit bands to participants to track their level of activity and sleep patterns. Last summer, the pharma company worked with Cleveland Clinic to develop an iPad app to assess MS progression. 


more at http://mobihealthnews.com/40031/google-biogen-will-use-wearable-sensors-to-study-multiple-sclerosis/



Via nrip, Olivier Janin
Farid Mheir's insight:

Companies should do this more often: experiment with new technologies - cloud, analytics, wearables, etc. - to explore new business opportunities with minimal investments. All technology companies do it yet few in the traditional environments seam to grab the opportunity. Why?

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Here Are The Most And Least Expensive Ways To Drill For Oil

Here Are The Most And Least Expensive Ways To Drill For Oil | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
It's not just who drills for oil but how they do it.
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has nothing to do with digital transformation but impacts us all...

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A two-speed IT architecture for the digital enterprise via @McKinsey

A two-speed IT architecture for the digital enterprise via @McKinsey | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Delivering an enriched customer experience requires a new digital architecture running alongside legacy systems. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Very much in line with the emerging concepts of systems of record versus systems of engagements (see http://sco.lt/5d1pD7 and http://sco.lt/8Blzhh) this paper presents the impact on IT organizations and processes: the need for 2 different speeds of operation.

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The impact of going digital on the organization's IT Architecture and governance

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Systems of Engagement and the Future of Enterprise IT: A Sea Change in Enterprise IT

Systems of Engagement and the Future of Enterprise IT: A Sea Change in Enterprise IT | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

In the Age of Facebook, organizations must redefine how they think about information management, control, and governance in order to deal with social technologies. In this AIIM White Paper, Geoffrey Moore, author of Crossing the Chasm and Managing Director, TCG Advisors, examines the fundamental revolution underway in enterprise IT brought about by ubiquitous Internet access, the proliferation of powerful mobile computing devices, and the consumerization of IT.

This report compares and contrasts existing Systems of Record – those tools, repositories, and systems upon which organizations have built their business processes for the last several decades – with Systems of Engagement. These tools overlay and complement organizations deep investments in systems of record by providing Web-based access, usability across a variety of hardware and software platforms, and cross-organizational collaboration.

In the report, Moore addresses these important questions:

  • How will the core value chains within our organizations - innovating, designing, procuring, marketing, selling, servicing, and governing - be impacted by social business systems?
  • What are the issues facing end users who wish to better leverage their information management systems to:
    1. improve operating flexibility, and
    2. better engage with customers?
  • What is the path forward for implementing, sustaining, and managing social technologies effectively and responsibly?


- See more at: http://www.aiim.org/futurehistory#sthash.91g7y0Gn.dpuf

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A very important concept to master by all digital experts, the difference between systems of reference (or of record - SOR) and systems of engagement (SOE).  In a nutshell, SOR is under the control of IT while SOE are under the control of... well it depends. HR, marketing, sales, finance all use systems of engagement in the cloud - salesforce.com and others - but really no single group is accountable. Except maybe the chief digital officer or the chief marketing technologist. Maybe. 

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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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