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#wow The Untold Story Of Larry Page's Incredible Comeback- must read to "understand" #Google via @nichcarlson @bi

#wow The Untold Story Of Larry Page's Incredible Comeback- must read to "understand" #Google via @nichcarlson @bi | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Page eventually wrote down his rules for management:

  • Don't delegate: Do everything you can yourself to make things go faster.
  • Don't get in the way if you're not adding value. Let the people actually doing the work talk to each other while you go do something else.
  • Don't be a bureaucrat.
  • Ideas are more important than age. Just because someone is junior doesn't mean they don't deserve respect and cooperation.
  • The worst thing you can do is stop someone from doing something by saying, “No. Period.” If you say no, you have to help them find a better way to get it done.



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/larry-page-the-untold-story-2014-4#ixzz301jiew4i

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A long read, it represents a great summary of two books and many articles about Google. Must read to understand where Google comes from and where it may be going. Makes a socially-inept freak likeable - I wouldn't be able to work with such a man, never mind be his friend, but I appreciated what he does and wish I could do some.

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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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Pyramid of Digital Needs may explain why you are scared of Facebook @fmheir #PrivacyAware 

Pyramid of Digital Needs may explain why you are scared of Facebook @fmheir #PrivacyAware  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

This post explores the pyramid of digital needs. Based on personal experience and observations, I describe what this hierarchy may be composed of, map technologies that support them, and offer an initial analysis of the impact on individuals and businesses.

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This is a new concept that I have been thinking about for a few year and that may help explain why some persons are not ready to have a Facebook account or share on social networks.

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Ian Harris's curator insight, September 26, 6:41 PM

An interesting way of thinking about digital!

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Seymour: Live #Programming for the Classroom via @gnat

Seymour: Live #Programming for the Classroom via @gnat | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

We want to create a better programming experience for learning and teaching programming. This paper describes Seymour, a live programming environment that features two visualizations of a program’s execution. One shows the execution’s details and another depicts it at a high level. These two visualizations come together to create a compelling user experience that we plan to test and improve with student feedback.

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WHY IT MATTERS: programming has become an essential skill today in all disciplines. Essential to understand how everything works in our world (See the post Software is Eating the World to get background http://sco.lt/8PmkrJ ), but not essential to master it and code for a living. Everyone should know enough to understand the basic principles of software. This tool provides visualization techniques to help understand software code. I wish I had this when I was a student....

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The secret Swiss mountain bunker where millionaires stash their #bitcoins

The secret Swiss mountain bunker where millionaires stash their #bitcoins | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Kon is taking me to see one of the vaults where Xapo, the company he works for, stores its customers’ bitcoins. It’s no ordinary vault: I’ve been told it’s inside a decommissioned Swiss military bunker dug into a granite mountain. Its precise location is secret, and access is limited by security measures that would put a Bond villain to shame.
A bitcoin vault doesn’t store actual bitcoin units. Technically, what’s being stored are private, cryptographic keys. These keys form a pair with particular, public-facing, keys and provide access to the balance of coins stored on the bitcoin network. Gaining unauthorized access to someone’s private keys is akin to making off with a gold bar.

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WHY IT MATTERS: Looks like physical security may still be required in an age of digital everything.

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The Blockchain Explained to Web Developers #mustRead @francoisz

The Blockchain Explained to Web Developers #mustRead @francoisz | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

It sounds exciting but it's complicated. Read on to understand the what, the how and the why of blockchains.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this 3 part blog post explains what blockchain is, provides examples of how to build a solution on ethereum and shares real-life conclusions - plain hard truth, not rose-coloured glass conclusions about the potential of blockchain. It cuts through the hype and provides facts: not many of those around these days. Very useful read. Must read, even for non developers.

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The Impending Risks of ICO Accounting: a massive liability bubble for issuers?

The Impending Risks of ICO Accounting: a massive liability bubble for issuers? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

As optimistic as Loyyal and myself, in particular, are about the future potential of ICOs, we remain concerned that current accounting approaches towards ICOs are creating a potentially disastrous bubble for companies issuing them. If we are to avoid this disaster at all, we as an industry need to immediately start a more robust dialog around the accounting principles involved and engage the rest of the financial services industry.

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WHY IT MATTERS: blockchain technology is great but highlights serious limitations in accounting and regulation that must be addressed rapidly.

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Google Data Centers: 2.5M servers, 10B$/yr investments

Google Data Centers: 2.5M servers, 10B$/yr investments | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Google Data Center FAQ & Locations. Google data centers are the object of great fascination, and the intrigue about these facilities is only deepened by Google's secrecy about its operations. We've written a lot about Google's facilities, and thought it would be useful to summarize key information in a series of Frequently Asked Questions.

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WHY IT MATTERS: an excellent 3-part series on Google data centers which explains the different elements that are part of them.

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Windows #MixedReality demonstration mixes work, play, #holograms to demo Microsoft vision for #AR #VR

At an event in San Francisco we unveiled our vision for Windows Mixed Reality, announced SteamVR and AltSpaceVR are coming to Windows Mixed Reality, introduced the new Samsung Odyssey HMD, and kicked off the holiday shopping season by announcing the availability of pre-orders for Windows Mixed Reality headsets at the Microsoft Store.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this 20min video is a great demonstration of what is now possible with mixed reality headsets along with possible real-life applications for home and the office. More on the Windows blog: msft.social/b9ULwk 

 

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Google explains what it takes to create Production-Scale #MachineLearning Platform using #TensorFlow #TFX

Google explains what it takes to create Production-Scale #MachineLearning Platform using #TensorFlow #TFX | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Creating and maintaining a platform for reliably producing and deploying machine learning models requires careful orchestration of many components—-a learner for generating models based on training data, modules for analyzing and validating both data as well as models, and finally infrastructure for serving models in production. This becomes particularly challenging when data changes over time and fresh models need to be produced continuously. Unfortunately, such orchestration is often done ad hoc using glue code and custom scripts developed by individual teams for specific use cases, leading to duplicated effort and fragile systems with high technical debt. We present the anatomy of a general-purpose machine learning platform and one implementation of such a platform at Google. By integrating the aforementioned components into one platform, we were able to standardize the components, simplify the platform configuration, and reduce the time to production from the order of months to weeks, while providing platform stability that minimizes service disruptions. We present the case study of one deployment of the platform in the Google Play app store, where the machine learning models are refreshed continuously as new data arrive. Deploying the platform led to reduced custom code, faster experiment cycles, and a 2% increase in app installs resulting from improved data and model analysis.

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This article explains the different components that Google had to create in order to make their machine learning tensorFlow system production grade and ensure it could support a software engineering development process. We are entering a brave new world of new tools.

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New Theory helps explain how Deep Learning works @QuantaMagazine @Wired

New Theory helps explain how Deep Learning works @QuantaMagazine @Wired | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

A new idea is helping to explain the puzzling success of today’s artificial-intelligence algorithms — and might also explain how human brains learn.

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This article explains how deep learning neural networks learn to generalize and find patterns in their inputs by initially finding patterns then compressing to forget irrelevant elements and generalize what they've "learned". Well illustrated and relatively simple to understand.

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Tinker With a #NeuralNetwork in Your Browser #Tensorflow

Tinker With a #NeuralNetwork in Your Browser #Tensorflow | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Explore TensorFlow Playground demos. See how they explain the mechanism and power of neural networks, which extract hidden insights and complex patterns.

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Understanding how neural networks work is difficult. This simple tool helps you visualize how they work and change parameters to see their impact on the network quality.

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5 Models for Engineering Personalized Digital Experiences #Amazon #Netflix #Spotify #Pinterest #Facebook

5 Models for Engineering Personalized Digital Experiences #Amazon #Netflix #Spotify #Pinterest #Facebook | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Majority of websites are generic, one-size-fits-all, and unvarying. And email isn’t much better with manual input, static cadences, and fixed content. Marketers and audiences deserve better, though. As big data, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and deep learning become larger influences and more attainable, now is the time for digital marketers to seize upon the potential these technologies offer. Brands can now build custom on-site and email experiences for individuals that are automated and personalized by incorporating predictive modeling, journey mapping, and algorithms.

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Learn from the best online retailers on the best ways to personalize your website and ecommerce.

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Each #Amazon #Prime member has lifetime value of 2900$ - total value = 143B$

Each #Amazon #Prime member has lifetime value of 2900$ - total value = 143B$ | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

It’s clear that Prime’s success is perhaps the biggest contributor to Amazon’s success to date. Prime members shop more frequently and spend more money on Amazon than non-Prime members do. They also price-compare less. Still, there’s a lot we don’t know about Prime and its impact on Amazon. Like how many Prime members there are, other than at least 46 million. And how much they are worth to Amazon.

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Amazon has been innovating on all fronts but it appears that their prime loyalty program may be the most powerful tool they have in their arsenal. This blog post has tons of very useful metrics about the Prime programme. Other retailers should take note.

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How #instacart use #DeepLearning to sort #grocery shopping lists & improve picker productivity

How #instacart use #DeepLearning to sort #grocery shopping lists & improve picker productivity | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Instacart is saving minutes per delivery by sorting shopping lists using deep learning. Emojis help to define the problem and outline both a simple and a more complex deep learning architecture.

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Grocery shopping is often tedious, as most grocery stores have a slightly different layout. Instacart sends human shoppers to pick orders placed online on their website. Mapping every single one of their thousands of stores is not an option. Instead, they have trained a neural networks on millions of orders to predict the best sort order for their shopping lists. And in the meantime save precious minutes in the order picking process.

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The Four V's of Big Data

The Four V's of Big Data | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

IBM data scientists break big data into four dimensions: volume, variety, velocity and veracity. This infographic explains and gives examples of each.

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Big Data is based on 4 key characteristics that have driven its adoption in recent years.

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The Future of the #Database (#Infographic)

The Future of the #Database (#Infographic) | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The Future of the Database (Infographic) – Innovation Insights

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What about biological database ? 2030 ?

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Comparing #Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Other #Cryptocurrencies (#Infographic)

Comparing #Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Other #Cryptocurrencies (#Infographic) | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

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Christophe Chambet-Falquet's curator insight, September 21, 4:23 AM

Cryptocurrencies have the interest to show an important point that is often discarded : it is not only build to exchange financial value.
It seems to be obvious, but that will change a lot in commercing immaterial assets...

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Forrester's Predictions: #Business Success Will Depend on #DigitalTransformation More Than Ever #AI #CX

Forrester's Predictions: #Business Success Will Depend on #DigitalTransformation More Than Ever #AI #CX | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Businesses everywhere are in the process of embracing digital transformation. However, many are looking to the future and the continuing changes it may bring to their industries. Forrester analysts and business representatives from all manner of industries provided insight into continuing digital business developments and what they may mean for every company in the years to come.

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The article reminds us that digital transformation requires a change in the way people think and act, not just throwing technology at the problem. Always good to be reminded.

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Automation will bring substantial benefits to businesses and economies worldwide, but it won’t arrive overnight

Automation will bring substantial benefits to businesses and economies worldwide, but it won’t arrive overnight | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Automation is happening, and it will bring substantial benefits to businesses and economies worldwide, but it won’t arrive overnight. A new McKinsey Global Institute report finds realizing automation’s full potential requires people and technology to work hand in hand.

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McKinsey study finds that new digital technologies will transform the job market gradually and explores where these changes may occur first.

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A.I. Is Doing Legal Work. But It Won’t Replace Lawyers, Yet.

A.I. Is Doing Legal Work. But It Won’t Replace Lawyers, Yet. | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

The legal profession relies more and more on automation. But fears that it will be automated out of existence are overblown, researchers say. For now.

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The article shows that the legal profession is slowly impacted by digital technologies and in particular AI, but for routine tasks and activities. Nevertheless, digital technologies should slowly chip away at the more routine tasks in the coming years.

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Now anyone can explore machine learning, no coding required

Now anyone can explore machine learning, no coding required | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Teachable Machine, an experiment that makes it easier for anyone to explore machine learning. Teach a machine using your camera – live in the browser, no coding required.
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You have to try this to better understand how AI works. Moreover, the fact that the network runs on your browser is, by itself, quite the testament to the power of deep learning and machine learning to transform every application and device we own. Now go play!

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Net Promoter Score #NPS Benchmark Study 2017 shows very wide spread via @abockelm

Net Promoter Score #NPS Benchmark Study 2017 shows very wide spread via @abockelm | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Net Promoter Scores (NPS) are highly correlated to consumer loyalty. See our 5th annual NPS study of 315 companies across 20 industries.

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NPS has been a great tool to evaluate a company's website "quality" as measured by its customer feedback. Moreover it provides global scores per industry so as to let you compare your performance to your peers. Here are the latest scores.

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Tools to Unlock Your Data & build #dashboards: @Redash redash.io & @Google #datastudio #essentialForDigital

Tools to Unlock Your Data & build #dashboards: @Redash redash.io & @Google #datastudio #essentialForDigital | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Use Redash to connect to any data source (Redshift, BigQuery, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB and many others), query, visualize and share your data to make your company data driven.

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Everyone is looking at data and very often excel does not provide a scalable solution - especially when looking to build dashboard that everyone uses. Here is one: redash.io.

For Google users looking for a free solution, consider DataStudio.

https://datastudio.google.com 

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Everyone is looking at data and very often excel does not provide a scalable solution - especially when looking to build dashboard that everyone uses. Here is one: redash.io.

For Google users looking for a free solution, consider DataStudio.

https://datastudio.google.com 

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Estée Lauder’s new shareholder report actually includes shoppable pictures via @competia

Estée Lauder’s new shareholder report actually includes shoppable pictures via @competia | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

The annual reports released by public corporations to their shareholders are known for being among the driest and dullest documents known to humanity. They’re usually full of tiny print, never-ending financial statements, and inscrutable charts. But Estée Lauder just released its 2017 report and it is a thing of beauty.

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Digital is a state of mind and should infuse everything an organization does, including its annual report. This is a great example of that.

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Future of Retail video by @wef

Future of Retail video by @wef | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
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The video shows how technologies can change the retail stores better than any article can. Also read the article: http://sco.lt/8wbsmH 

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Gartner's Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies should guide your next #strategicPlan priorities

Gartner's Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies should guide your next #strategicPlan priorities | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

The Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies provides insights gained from evaluating more than 2,000 technologies. The eight added in 2017 include 5G, Artificial General Intelligence, Deep Learning, Deep Reinforcement Learning, Digital Twin, Edge Computing, Serverless PaaS and Cognitive Computing.

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I find most of my clients struggling to find time and money to implement technologies that have been around for more than 10 years: Internet, Big Data, mobility, cloud computing, etc. When they do make it to implement them in their organizations, it is often too little too late to make a difference with their competition. As Wayne Gretsky famously said, you should "skate to where the puck will be, not where it is". Thus, every company's strategy should have a clear view on AI, blockchain, robots, 3D printing, Internet of Things, etc. Does your strat plan include them?

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Top #Technologies for #Digital #Disruption hints that CIOs should act more like #VentureCapitalists

Top #Technologies for #Digital #Disruption hints that CIOs should act more like #VentureCapitalists | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Forrester says that CIOs must act as VCs and recommends they support early-stage tech companies and have their own technology scouts. As CIO Angela Yochem told me in 2015, she has set up a process to find “capabilities that are not yet commercially available” and “quickly absorb, test, and utilize emerging technologies, and discard them if they are not appropriate and don’t give us a leg up on our competition.”

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Forrester has recently produced a matrix of disruptive technologies that is worth sharing. More important is the article conclusion where Forrester recommends that cIO act as Venture Capitalists to actively scout new technologies and companies to leverage this innovation for improved competitiveness. This is a radical departure form traditional IT roles and responsibilities which I believe has important benefits in large organizations where All eyes are on the CIO to lead the digital transformation. Unfortunately we are a long way away from this in most organizations.

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Digital transformation technology consultant and Enterprise Architect. Works with business executives in the fields of eCommerce, Cloud, Web2.0, enterprise2.0, sourcing2.0