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Online Sales is transforming the supermarket store design: center of store will slowly disappear via @nrf @booz

Online Sales is transforming the supermarket store design: center of store will slowly disappear via @nrf @booz | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Experts think it’s inevitable that sales of many non-perishable grocery categories will eventually take place online. Retailers need to meet that demand, but also the creative challenge of what to do with the space that it will open up in stores. Thom Blischok of Booz & Co. shared his ideas about “Tomorrow’s Trends Delivered Today: Store Design Trends — The Path to 2025” at a recent Food Marketing Institute conference, and then in an interview for this section.


Today, 80% of the store is in merchandise, while 20% is accounted for by services, he said. Meanwhile 75% of capital investment dollars go to the store perimeter, while 15% is spent on center store, and 10% goes to the front of the store.

“Recognizing that there is a movement to the Internet, becoming world-class at what you do on the perimeter and with services is critical,” Blischok said in an interview after he presented his concepts at the recent Food Marketing Institute Energy & Store Development Conference in Baltimore.


Future store designs will have to account for certain center store categories moving online, which will result in much more available space in the store; decisions will have to be made about what to do with that space.


Read More: http://supermarketnews.com/store-design-amp-construction/future-online-sales-open-space-design-innovation#ixzz2r8V6f7B2

Farid Mheir's insight:

I am a technology expert, not a retailer or a store designer. I've posted blog posts regarding this trend for a while now and find this article to provide some of the background information to indicate that store designs are changing as some of the purchase for commodity items move to online.


Retailers must thus act to prepare for this.

  1. open eCommerce stores and ensure the process is seamless between online and in-store. Think how to digitize and integrate loyalty programmes, POS transaction data, mobile devices usage in store, etc.
  2. think of a simple customer experience where staples and regularly bought products move to eCommerce auto-replenishment, while store experience remains for added service and value


See also

  • Amazon warehouse & operations and Apple stores trace the future of brick-n-mortar stores via @bi http://sco.lt/5pCgBl
  • Why Amazon Prime Could Soon Cost You Next to Nothing- More signs that Amazon is "flipping" the shopping model http://sco.lt/9CIq3N
  • Amazon Pantry to take on Costco- makes perfect sense in the big picture for Amazon via @usatoday http://sco.lt/6tuRY9
  • How digital made Nespresso possible- an in depth analysis of the business model via @BDoom http://sco.lt/75eN0L
  • Chart from @bcg help vizualize Amazon's long tail which leads to Digital’s Disruption of Consumer Goods and Retail http://sco.lt/6sBETh
  • What if Clay Christensen Is Right about the Grocery Business (and Amazon Is Wrong)? http://sco.lt/8mT8Mb
  • and others http://bit.ly/KFeAcU
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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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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.

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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."
Farid Mheir's insight:

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.
Farid Mheir's insight:

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.


Via iNeoMarketing
Farid Mheir's insight:

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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Scott Borhauer's curator insight, April 24, 12:42 AM

Are you looking for marketing talent on your team. If not, you should be. Take a look at this information.


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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31 Continuous Delivery Reference Architectures via @weekstweets @szaroubi

There are numerous examples of reference architectures available, and each of them vary in levels of detail, tools highlighted, and processes followed. Yet, t…
Farid Mheir's insight:

anyone interested in devOps and continuous integration, this is a pretty good list of different architectures deployed in both large and small organizations.

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In-flight Wi-Fi is “direct link” to hackers

In-flight Wi-Fi is “direct link” to hackers | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Report: Planes could be targeted by a malicious hacker on the ground.
Farid Mheir's insight:

I wrote about this in 2013 when the conference happened http://sco.lt/97hSPx but it remains a concern today. Scary.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 17, 10:32 PM

Reporter Fred Mheir warned about this dangerous hacker at a 2013 conference.  Apparently, this malicious hacker hasn't been found.  A cautionary tale for all of us who travel by air.  The world is becoming a very dangerous place.  Aloha, Russ.

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Microsoft Is The New Google, Google Is The Old Microsoft

Microsoft Is The New Google, Google Is The Old Microsoft | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
A stunning role reversal is under way...
Farid Mheir's insight:

Never really thought we'd get there but reading the article you wonder if this may not be the truth... May you live in interesting times. I think we are....

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Disrupt IT – a book about the transformation of the CIO Role

Disrupt IT – a book about the transformation of the CIO Role | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
A year ago I published the book Disrupt IT in which I defined a new model for IT that meets the needs of the digital business. The book also described seven principles that provide CIOs and Boards ...
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Sounds like a good read for new CIOs, and those in position today.

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Domino's is an e-commerce company that sells pizza- technology innovation or marketing stunt?

Domino's is an e-commerce company that sells pizza- technology innovation or marketing stunt? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Domino's, which has had a history of smart tech innovation, has launched ordering through many different platforms, from smartphones to smartwatches to smart TVs. More than a third of its employees now work in tech and IT, the biggest department at the company's world HQ in Ann Arbor, Michigan. And just like a tech company, Domino's isn't afraid to fail. “We’re starting to think of ourselves as an e-commerce company that sells pizza. So we can take a few more risks and lean forward a little more
Farid Mheir's insight:

Not sure where I stand on whether this is for real or just fancy marketing. But reading that they have over 200 people focussed on technology innovation makes me think this is for real. So what does it mean for other fast food chains and retailers?...

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Out of Toilet Paper? Amazon subscribe & save to the Rescue!

Out of Toilet Paper? Amazon subscribe & save to the Rescue! | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Amazon’s Subscribe & Save
Farid Mheir's insight:

Auto replenishment sounds like a great idea. This data provides some isights on how people are actually using the service and its popularity - although it dates back to 2011. Grocers and CPC should take notice...


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- Amazon subscribe & save auto replenishment solution http://sco.lt/7hBku1

- Amazon Dash button announcement

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Amazon Subscribe & Save gives 15% discount: the future of #ecommerce?

Amazon Subscribe & Save gives 15% discount: the future of #ecommerce? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
  • Save up to 15% on your entire order when you receive 5 or more subscriptions on your delivery day in the same calendar month at the same address
  • Receive free shipping on every Subscribe & Save shipment that arrives by your delivery day
  • There are no commitments, obligations, or additional fees and you can cancel at any time
  • Pay only when the item is shipped
Farid Mheir's insight:

amazon has been offering this service since 2011 with little fanfare. Why is this service not standard in every eCommerce website?

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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...

Via Gary Hayes
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/
Farid Mheir's insight:

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.
Farid Mheir's insight:

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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Social Media Réunion's curator insight, April 23, 9:23 AM

Une liste très intéressante des outils indispensables pour la gestion de vos réseaux sociaux !

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....

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The full-stack employee: what it is like to be a "new" kind of employee

The full-stack employee: what it is like to be a "new" kind of employee | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Defining a new class of hybrid worker.
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Must read to understand what it means to be an employee in the new digital world...

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Google Is the New Microsoft. Uh-Oh.

Google Is the New Microsoft. Uh-Oh. | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Google prints money. It made $56 billion in revenue and earned $13 billion in its last full fiscal year.

All of that cash has kept Google shareholders happy for a very long time, so happy that they didn’t seem to care when the company opened up the door to competitors or missed a few pivotal trends. Even as Google's growth slows and the company matures, I’m sure that shareholders could stay happy for a little while longer. Analysts say the company will add $31 billion in search revenue alone over the next five years.

But money doesn’t mean that all is well in Mountain View, California. Tiny fissures have appeared in Google's façade. Its share of the U.S. search market fell to 75.2 percent in December from 79.3 percent a year ago. That piece of the pie could get smaller this year if Apple cancels its deal to use Google as its default mobile search engine. That would be a big loss. Citigroup analyst Mark May says that 60 percent of Google's mobile search revenue in 2014 came from the Apple deal.

Google stock has underperformed. It’s down 11 percent over the last year, versus a 14 percent gain for the Nasdaq and a 36 percent gain for Facebook.

The Google of 2015 is not unlike the early 2000s Microsoft – a hugely profitable company that is having a hard time innovating around its core product. Unless something is done, it will likely go through spasms of flailing and discontent that will be familiar to longtime veterans of the Redmond, Washington software giant.

For all of its innovation, best captured by Eric Schmidt’s “How Google Works,” Google is a 55,000-person behemoth, and it’s nearly impossible for any company to move quickly and creatively at that size. Among tech giants, only Apple has managed to innovate after becoming so big. Hewlett Packard? Nope. IBM? No way.

Despite all the talk about Google’s much vaunted moonshots - self-driving cars and Google Glass, internet-connected balloons and drone deliveries - the company is still basically a purveyor of cheap online ads that it sells at massive volume against the things that we search for online. Advertising accounted for $51 billion of the company’s $56 billion in revenue last year.

The most valuable thing that the official moonshot incubator, Google X, has produced isn’t innovative products that will maintain Google’s search dominance. It’s good PR. It codified the idea that Google is always trying new stuff and failing because that’s what true, crazy, bountiful innovation looks like.

With the Google X mythology, Google has cover for all sorts of (sometimes expensive) failures, including the aforementioned smart glasses. It also has cover for failed products that could be more germane to the core business' success, like social networks (R.I.P. Google Plus and Google Buzz), payments (Google Wallet, in remembrance) and storage (wither Google Cloud Platform?).

The willingness to fund a division like Google X means that Google wants to test the boundaries in lines of business where success doesn’t really count in the here and now. But that hasn’t saved Google from stagnating in ways that do.


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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A similar viewpoint from yesterday'S article in Forbes.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 16, 2:02 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this penatrating analysis of data giant, Google, from http://www.bloomberg.com.  The article contends that Google is falling into the same trap that snared Microsoft in the early 2000s--"a hugely profitable company that is having a hard time innovating around its core products...only Apple has managed to innovate after being so big."  So, the warning is out for Google and its shareholders.  Sheer size and product line are no guarantee of success.  A company must antipate trends and meet the needs of its customers.  Google has certainly tried, but several of its products, including Google Glass, its moonshot incubator (Google X), and its storage platform (Google Cloud Platform) haven't turned out as profitable as planned.  Google is beginning to stagnate.  That's a bad sign for Google, but a good opening for aggressive companies such as Apple, Samsung, and a host of Asian digital companies.  Aloha de Russ.

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How IT Can Change For the Digital Era and What Leaders Can Do About It

How IT Can Change For the Digital Era and What Leaders Can Do About It | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
I've recently come to believe that we're at a watershed moment in technology as it's applied to business. The aging, creaky model of centralized IT departments has been increasingly challenged by w...
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More reading about the new role of the CIOs.


Also read about Disrupt IT, a book about the subject

http://amzn.to/1FBZsSB

or a previous blog post

http://sco.lt/9L8JMn 

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Jean-Marie Grange's curator insight, April 14, 10:47 AM

It is getting more and more obvious that centralized IT is not the model of the future...

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Crash-Testing #Driverless Cars in a Robot City

Crash-Testing #Driverless Cars in a Robot City | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Automakers are eager to test their robot cars in the $6.5 million driverless city being built by the University of Michigan.
Farid Mheir's insight:

driverless cars will soon be very popular and require completely news ways to tests the systems before they are deemed road worthy. Nice chart that shows the projected number of fully and partially autonomous cars we should expect to see on roads. Let's come back to it in a few years to see if reality will line up to this chart or blow past it...

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 12, 10:54 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this intriguing article from http://www.bloomberg.com.  According to this chart, there will be nearly 32 million partially and fully autonomous vehicles on the world's roads by the year 2035.  With those kind of projections in hand, it's little wonder that automakers are eager to evaluate their designs at a driverless city being erected by the University of Michigan.  Apparently, this is the future of personal transportation.  Much remains to be done, however, before such vehicles are allowed on our roads and highways.  An interesting peak at the future of the automobile.  Aloha, Russ.

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Is Amazon Prime Still a Good Deal at $99? Let's Run Some Numbers

Is Amazon Prime Still a Good Deal at $99? Let's Run Some Numbers | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
I’ve paid $79 per year for an Amazon Prime membership for the past five years or so, and I’ve always wondered how much (if any) it’s saved me. Now that the price is going up to $99 a year, I thought I’d run through all my purchases from 2013 to see what the difference would have been if I hadn’t shelled out for Prime last year.
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A good benchmark to see if you should spring for an amazon prime membership.

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Amazon’s Dash Button Is Not a Hoax, It’s Phase One

Amazon’s Dash Button Is Not a Hoax, It’s Phase One | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Amazon's Dash Button is the first step in automating how, when and where you shop online.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Not sure this is the right thing - I can't imagine having 1500 of these buttons around the house - but would make sense say in a business environment for seldom ordered products that you are not sure needs to order them. I am thinking about printer ink cartridges or some lubricant in a machine shop.


Fits perfectly with Amazon subscribe & save auto replenishment solution http://sco.lt/7hBku1

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 8, 1:57 AM

A neat concept from Amazon.com. The idea is fascinating, if we can control the number of buttons we must push to get the products we need for home and office.  Aloha, Russ.