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KPCB Internet trends 2014 via @KPCB

The slidesThe latest edition of the annual Internet Trends report includes: 1. Key Internet trends showing slowing Internet user growth but strong smartphone, tablet a...

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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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Entrepreneurs Transforming Healthcare: StartUp Health

Entrepreneurs Transforming Healthcare: StartUp Health | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

You're exploring the StartUp Health Network, the people & companies committed to transforming healthcare.

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Very cool collection of article, papers, news about health and new related technologies and companies.

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Impact of digital on the value chain via @Deloitte

Impact of digital on the value chain via @Deloitte | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The changed economics of value delivery can challenge the viability of incumbents with long, complex value chains. New technologies are allowing marketplace entrants to eliminate whole stages of the value chain, often dramatically reducing capital and infrastructure costs.
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A great series from Deloitte on the impact of digital on the supply chain.

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This startup wants to Kill off the center of the supermarket

This startup wants to Kill off the center of the supermarket | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
If Costco and Whole Foods had an online baby, it would look something like startup Thrive.
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I've been tracking this years now and it seems to be happening. Stores will transform to become points of service rather than warehouses. All the commodity products found on shelves in the center of the store are best candidates for eCommerce.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, February 5, 1:36 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at the supermarket of tomorrow.  Supermarkets will be transformed into point of sales operations rather than warehouses.  Costco and Whole Food may lead the way.  E-commerce continues to expand.  Aloha, Russ.

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No job is safe from automation and robotization

No job is safe from automation and robotization | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
See how susceptible your industry is torobotic takeover.
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Few jobs are safe from automation.

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Jean-Simon Venne's curator insight, February 2, 9:39 PM

Thanks Farid for this interesting analysis, to be followed.

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, February 5, 1:51 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this warning.  In the months ahead, many formerly "secure" jobs will be staffed with robots, artificial intelligence, and sophisticated data processing equipment. Those of us who have been "downsized" (I'm one) from the communications, entertainment, and broadcast engineering career fields understand how devastating this trend will be.  It's the old argument:  people are too expensive and unreliable.  Machines don't get sick, take vacations, or complain.  Everything is bottom line these days.  No job or position is immune.  Those who still have jobs will be servicing and programming the machines that replaced people.  Be careful what you wish for--you may get it.  Aloha, Russ.

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A Look Inside Cybercriminal Call Centers via @BrianKrebs

A Look Inside Cybercriminal Call Centers via @BrianKrebs | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Crooks who make a living via identity theft schemes, dating scams and other con games often run into trouble when presented with a phone-based challenge that requires them to demonstrate mastery of a language they don’t speak fluently. Enter the criminal call center, which allows scammers to outsource those calls to multi-lingual men and women who can be hired to close the deal.

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More evidence that digital security and privacy issues often resort to "Traditional methods" to perform crimes - what is called social engineering. Here is a description of call centers to impersonate people in multiple languages when companies try to verify your identity byphone during a digital transaction.


Krebs also offers a solution which would requires us all to have a voice "fingerprint" available to validate our true identity.

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Leave it to the criminal mind and adventurous entreprenuers to come up with the Criminal Call Center.  It's time to take cyber security seriously. As the article suggests, a unique "voice print" could help keep our private and business data protected from clever criminals and hackers.  Great story, courtesy of reporter Farid Mheir.  Aloha, Russ.

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Google Shopping Insights

Google Shopping Insights | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Explore trends and the popularity of products across the U.S.
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Great reference on shopping trends in the USA.

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A behind-the-lens look at body cameras

A behind-the-lens look at body cameras | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
As more cities want more footage, companies like Taser are all too happy to oblige.
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See the video for body camera designed for police officers.

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Will UberEATS do for restaurant what it has done for taxis? via @wired

Will UberEATS do for restaurant what it has done for taxis? via @wired | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
UberEATS is a new standalone app from Uber for Toronto diners.
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With recent announcement that the uberEATS service will be deployed in 10 new cities, I found that the Wired article does present the new service quite well. It also provides some very useful insights on UBER and its future plans for disrupting the world... ;-)



Also read

http://www.wsj.com/articles/uber-to-ring-the-dinner-bell-in-10-u-s-cities-1453324399 (paywall)

or for a summary 

http://www.techinsider.io/uber-is-launching-ubereats-in-10-new-cities-2016-1 

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Jean-Simon Venne's curator insight, January 25, 1:35 PM

To be followed... And to be tested.

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CIO Call to Action: Shake Up Your Integration Strategy to Enable Digital Transformation

CIO Call to Action: Shake Up Your Integration Strategy to Enable Digital Transformation | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

a call to action for CIOs: They have to rethink their integration strategy if the are to succeed with their digital transformation strategy. A move toward do-it-yourself, self-service pervasive integration carried out by specialists and nonspecialists - including LoB developers, SaaS administrators, data analysts and business users - is imperative to support strategies such as digital business, bimodal IT, post-modern ERP and  analytics. The research also features two notable case studies from Eni and Adobe.

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Also get the Gartner report on mulesoft research page: http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-2K50B88&ct=150729&st=sb

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2015 Roundup Of 3D Printing Market Forecasts And Estimates

2015 Roundup Of 3D Printing Market Forecasts And Estimates | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Manufacturers across a broad spectrum of industries including automotive, aerospace, dental, discrete, high tech, and medical products are all actively piloting and using 3D printing technologies today. Prototyping continues to dominate the reasons why enterprises pursue 3D printing, with the opportunity of improving new product development and time-to-market being long-term [...]
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A great reference for 3D printing applications in different markets and industries.

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Customer journeys is the new tool to mange digital transformation via @McKinsey

Customer journeys is the new tool to mange digital transformation via @McKinsey | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Even as organizations assemble digital building blocks for the long term, they also need short-term, pragmatic moves that meet customer expectations and protect core businesses today. A McKinsey & Company article.
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McKinsey led the way by introducing us all to customer journey in 2009. Here they highlight how the use of this very simple mapping tool provides instant returns to those organizations that listen.


- McKinsey describes the Customer Decision Journey very eloquently in this 2009 article. http://bit.ly/Z1Ck1r

and other must reads on the same topic http://sco.lt/7Yte2j

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LifeLock ID protection service to pay record $100 million for failing customers

LifeLock ID protection service to pay record $100 million for failing customers | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
FTC accused the company of violating a 2010 order to protect its users better.
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One must remain careful when buying privacy protection service as many have yet to prove their usefulness and some, as in this case, are just plain ineffective.

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Genetic ‘intelligence networks’ discovered in the brain @KurzweilAI

Genetic ‘intelligence networks’ discovered in the brain @KurzweilAI | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Scientists from Imperial College London have identified two clusters (“gene networks”) of genes that are linked to human intelligence. Called M1 and M3, these gene networks appear to influence cognitive function, which includes memory, attention, processing speed and reasoning.

Importantly, the scientists have discovered that these two networks are likely to be under the control of master regulator switches. The researcher want to identify those switches and see if they can manipulate them, and ultimately find out if this knowledge of gene networks could allow for boosting cognitive function.

“We know that genetics plays a major role in intelligence but until now, haven’t known which genes are relevant,” said Michael Johnson, lead author of the study from the Imperial College London Department of Medicine. Johnson says the genes they have found so far are likely to share a common regulation, which means it may be possible to manipulate a whole set of genes linked to human intelligence.

Combining data from brain samples, genomic information, and IQ tests

In the study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the international team of researchers looked at samples of human brain from patients who had undergone neurosurgery for epilepsy. The investigators analyzed thousands of genes expressed in the human brain, and then combined these results with genetic information from healthy people who had undergone IQ tests and from people with neurological disorders such as autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability.

Then they conducted various computational analyses and comparisons to identify the gene networks influencing healthy human cognitive abilities. Remarkably, they found that some of the same genes that influence human intelligence in healthy people cause impaired cognitive ability and epilepsy when mutated. And they found that genes that make new memories or sensible decisions when faced with lots of complex information also overlap with those that cause severe childhood onset epilepsy or intellectual disability.

Via Wildcat2030
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Brain research and work to understand the architecture of our brain and reverse engineer it into machines continues to bring wonderful insights into who we are and what will soon be possible with digital machines.

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Digitalization Strategy Framework

Digitalization Strategy Framework | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Digitization trends are reshaping the industrial world. The risk of disruption brings with it significant opportunities. BCG’s Digitization Strategy Framework provides companies with the tools needed to capture new digitization opportunities. The framework consists of a diagnosis phase that helps industrial organizations set the basis for strategy development through understanding global trends, customer needs, and competitors' activities, and to evaluate current capabilities and gaps. Organizations can then employ a set of building blocks to develop a successful digitization strategy:

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Looks much like the Capgemini framework http://sco.lt/9Gn3A1 but always good to have different models to choose from.


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Ikea Is Developing a Table That Tells You What to Cook

Ikea Is Developing a Table That Tells You What to Cook | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
A better food prep table.
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Here's something to consider more and more: smart furniture. With internet of things, this is a trend that may pick up steam in the coming years. For now, still nice prototyping but no mass production AFAIK.

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Putting Deep Learning To Work

Putting Deep Learning To Work | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Our brand new Deep Learning Course, a collaboration between Google and Udacity, will have you learning and mastering these techniques!
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I wrote about TensorFlow when Google open sourced it. Great technology but only useful if you have the data to drive it. Now there is an online classe to learn how to use it. The future of product marketing: give the software and the training - because only few have the data to drive it!

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Intel Compute Stick review (2016): Second time's the charm

Intel Compute Stick review (2016): Second time's the charm | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
I had high hopes for Intel's original Compute Stick, but it ended up being a massive disappointment. Sure, it was cool to have a fully functional computer the s...
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Computing is everywhere and a requirement for digital transformation. Here's the latest.

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Websites are still screwing up user experiences via @troyhunt

Websites are still screwing up user experiences via @troyhunt | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

We’re a few days into the new year and I’m sick of it already. This is fundamental web usability 101 stuff that plagues us all and makes our online life that much more painful than it needs to be. None of these practices – none of them – is ever met with “Oh how nice, this site is doing that thing”. Every one of these is absolutely driving the web into a dismal abyss of frustration and much ranting by all.


And before anyone retorts with “Oh you can just install this do-whacky plugin which rewrites the page or changes the behaviour”, no, that’s entirely not the point. Not only does it not solve a bunch of the problems, it shouldn’t damn well have to! How about we all just agree to stop making the web a less enjoyable place and not do these things from the outset?

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A great review of the most annoying website features that exist on the web today. Do you have those in your website? If you do, it may be time to reconsider...

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Move Fast and Fix Things - GitHub engineering blog

Move Fast and Fix Things - GitHub engineering blog | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Anyone who has worked on a large enough codebase knows that technical debt is an inescapable reality: The more rapidly an application grows in size and complexity, the more technical debt is accrue...

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A great reference for technology solutions in the practical world.

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Social Engineering allows hackers access to paypal account via @briankrebs

Social Engineering allows hackers access to paypal account via @briankrebs | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

My PayPal account was hacked on Christmas Eve. The perpetrator tried to further stir up trouble by sending my PayPal funds to a hacker gang tied to the jihadist militant group ISIS. Although the intruder failed to siphon any funds, the successful takeover of the account speaks volumes about why most organizations — including many financial institutions — remain woefully behind the times in authenticating their customers and staying ahead of identity thieves.

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A detailed explanation of method by which hackers can access paypal user accounts using easily obtainable personal information.


Reminds me of a similar incident where a teenager was able to fool Verizon and AOL employees into giving him access to CIA director email account: http://sco.lt/6qhN5t

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Documenting RESTful APIs

Documenting RESTful APIs | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Andy Wilkinson talks about what should be included in your RESTful API's documentation and what should be omitted. Using real-word examples, both good and bad, he discusses how the documentation should be structured so that it's informative, succinct, and easy to read. He also discusses some of the tools that are available for documenting services built using Spring.
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If you are in the business of exposing APIs via RESTFul web services, listen to this before you document your API.

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Amazon Rolls Out Devices That Refill Themselves

Amazon Rolls Out Devices That Refill Themselves | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Amazon on Tuesday announced the arrival of devices that order their own refills from the online retailer.
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Amazon introduce a small Internet connected device they called "dash" a few years ago to simplify replenishment of consumables such as laundry detergent via the push of a button. Now they have licensed their technology to manufacturers such as GE to embed the device right into their products. Welcome to the new world of shopping at home!


Have you planned to introduce Internet connected devices and gadgets into your products or offer your products via those devices? Have you made such innovations part of your strategic plan? What are you waiting for?...


Read the following for more insights on how Amazon dash plans to revolutionize the way we consume at home: http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses?q=dash

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Yahoo Labs engineering blog

Yahoo Labs engineering blog | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Science-Driven Innovation
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Yahoo may be about to die but its engineering blog remain one of the best. Read it.

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CES 2016: Running list of health and wellness devices

CES 2016: Running list of health and wellness devices | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
CES 2016: Running list of health and wellness devices

Via Tictrac
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CES 2016 has introduce a plethora of wearable gadgets and other devices to track your health, improve your fitness and wellness. This is a list of those products including the Montreal based OMsignal.

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Practical artificial intelligence tools you can use today via @KurzweilAI

Practical artificial intelligence tools you can use today via @KurzweilAI | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
(credit: KurzweilAI) By Bob Gourley Courtesy of CTOvision.com Practical artificial intelligence has made its way out of the labs and into our daily
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A reference list of tools that use deep learning and AI we use today.

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