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5 Methods And 15 Tools To Find Your Audience And Build a Community via @xoalexo @buffer

5 Methods And 15 Tools To Find Your Audience And Build a Community via @xoalexo @buffer | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

When you build a community, you create supportive brand advocates. How do you find and nurture this group? Here are our favorite tools and strategies.

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Another great reference where you'll learn - as I did - about intercom, mention, riffle and other tools to manage an online community.

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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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The origins of #DevOps: 10+ Deploys Per Day: Dev and Ops Cooperation at Flickr

The annual Velocity conference in Santa Clara is just around the corner and everyone involved is full of anticipation. Interesting story—about 9 years ago, Steve Souders and Jesse Robbins realized that their separate "tribes" were talking about many of the same things. Frontend developers and engineers were figuring out how to make web pages faster and more reliable, while web operations folks were making deployments faster and more resilient. That's how Velocity came to be.

Velocity is also where John Allspaw and Paul Hammond, then employees of Flickr, gave their now-classic presentation 10+ Deploys Per Day: Dev and Ops Cooperation at Flickr that's credited with giving name—and life—to the DevOps movement.

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45min video presentation from 2009 that explains how Flickr development and operations team have agreed to work together to increase the speed and the quality of the code they deploy.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

This is the original talk that gave rise to the devOps movement. It is as useful today as it was 7 years ago, proving that devOps is a really important and profound cultural change.  I urge every developer to listen to itt, but also avery IT resource, including and especially CIOs. Then ask yourself: how can we do devOps in our own organization?

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Headway: changelog SaaS solution

Headway: changelog SaaS solution | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Changelog as a service. Simple as that.
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Every company has products, websites, systems and solutions that require a changelog to be kept to ensure end users know about the changes as they occur. This is the perfect tool for that.

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Eliminating paper from my work and life with Google Drive

Eliminating paper from my work and life with Google Drive | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
By Manvinder Singh, Google for Work
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A blog post that describes tools and solutions to help become paper free.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

There is no need for paper anymore and solutions like this show that it is possible to go paper free quite easilly especially given the ubiquitous availability of mobile phones and cloud internet access. I have been doing much of these steps since 2010 when I acquired a fujitsu scansnap paper scanner and started to systematically scan every document I receive via snail mail.

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Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir on how to eliminate paper from the workplace and your home with Google Drive.  Do this and really save a tree!
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2016 Trusted Access Report: The current state of device security health

2016 Trusted Access Report: The current state of device security health | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

5 key recommendations

  1. Don’t reject BYOD — be prepared for it. Give your IT administrators actionable data on device ownership and health that can inform risk-based access control decisions.
  2. Encourage safe computing practices and good security hygiene, such as running regular security updates or using device encryption, passcodes and additional authentication to protect systems and data.
  3. Configure systems and deploy policies that enable automatic updates for as much software as possible to remove some of the friction that users feel when manually installing updates. We found that an overwhelming number of out-of-date browsers and systems don’t take basic steps like enabling automatic updates.
  4. Switch to browser platforms that update more frequently and automatically, like Google Chrome.
  5. Disable Java and prevent Flash from running automatically on corporate devices, and enforce this on user-owned devices through endpoint access policies and controls.
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DUO security publishes a report on security findings from over 2M devices its software is installed on and provides recommendations from its findings

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Security is better, it seems, when users use software that update themselves automatically. Unfortunately, because enterprises have to pay to keep software up to date, most computers are out of date from a security standpoint. Leaders should prioritize keeping systems up to date or favour solutions with automated and free updates. As the paper describes, there are many out there, you just have to look for them carefully.

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10 #montreal #startups to watch

10 #montreal #startups to watch | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

C’était soir de première à Montréal, jeudi. Pour la première fois, cinq accélérateurs de jeunes entreprises technologiques s’étaient réunis pour que 21 de leurs finissantes présentent leur projet au même moment.  C’était une excellente idée et la soirée a permis de découvrir quelques petits trésors potentiels.

 

Comme d’autres, certainement, j’ai été impressionné par la qualité des projets des jeunes entreprises. Généralement, on peut en identifier une ou deux à qui l’on souhaite bonne chance sans trop y croire. Cette fois, peut-être parce que les présentations étaient très courtes et ne donnaient pas le temps d’entrer dans les détails (où se cache le diable comme chacun sait), j’ai l’impression qu’elles ont toutes une chance de bien se développer. La loi de la moyenne dit bien évidemment le contraire.

 

J’en ai particulièrement retenu dix, que voici.

 

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(in french) A review of 10 startups in Montreal that focus on digital transformation elements.

 

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Companies should look at startups and what they offer as part of their digital transformation strategic plan to have ideas and potential partners to test and pilot new ideas, solutions and technologies.

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Surgical stitches by autonomous robots as good as those by skilled surgeons

Surgical stitches by autonomous robots as good as those by skilled surgeons | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
With no hand tremor, machines were as good as or better than human surgeons in a test.
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Robots have entered the operating room. These ones are performing stitches as well, or better, than humans. Surgeons will see their field impacted by robots in the next few years.

 

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

There is parallel to be made between the rise of autonomous vehicles and surgical robots - any robots for that matter. What sounded impossible a few years ago - a self driving car - has now been made possible and tens of models are driving the roads of California and Nevada, soon others. Robots will not replace doctors anytime soon but you should expect to see them augment their skills and delegate certain less value adding task - such as closing a patient with stitches - to robots very soon. 

 

Anyone working in fields where there are lots of manual, delicate, precise tasks to be performed by humans should put in their strategic plans experiments regarding robots and automation in the coming years.

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60% of cyber attacks are inside jobs

60% of cyber attacks are inside jobs | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Companies across all industries are experiencing major cyber attacks every year. There's been 53 million online security-related events in 2015 alone,according to a report by IBM.

 

The bigger problem is that most of these attacks are initiated by "insiders," such as employees, business partners, or third party contractors. This chart from Statista, based on data from the IBM report, shows that 60% of all cyber attacks in 2015 were an inside job, with 44.5% of them designed by "malicious insiders."

 

The good news is that 15.5% of the insider attacks were done inadvertently last year, meaning that someone at the company mistakenly allowed an attacker access to the network. That figure has dropped from the previous year, which suggests companies are doing a better job educating and communicating how insiders could help reduce cyber crime.

 

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Report by IBM indicate that most cyber attacks come from insiders - employees or resources related to the company. The IBM reports also present insight by industry - retail finance, etc.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Security remains a key topic in digital transformations. We often look for external threats from competitors or hackers in shady countries but it appears that people closest to you carry the bulk of the attacks. 

 

Education, training, governance are all ways to ensure that digital systems and information will be protected from those attacks.

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Rose Judd-Murray's curator insight, June 13, 10:57 AM
Hacking from inside your company.
Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, June 15, 12:41 AM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this scary report on internet security.  I didn't realize that most cyber attacks come from inside companies, either through innocent mistakes or through design by disgruntled employees or competitors.  Businesses can address these security issues with better education and beefup security protocols.
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The app boom is over

The app boom is over | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Your phone is full of apps, and you're done downloading new ones — unless they're Snapchat or Uber.
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Revealed in the state of internet report recently, http://sco.lt/5rSWR7, mobile apps and global internet growth have slowed down.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Companies struggle to deliver and maintain mobile apps for their organization. Data shows that getting that app downloaded has become more difficult. Once installed, evidence shows that usage is concentrated in a few well known apps from Facebook, Google and few others. Companies thus must ensure they include download and usage promotion in their mobile app budget. They should also ensure that they explore ways to embed their mobile solution into existing high-usage apps such as whatsapp, in the form of dedicated channels that can be automatically answered by intelligent chatbots.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, June 11, 12:53 AM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at the crowded app universe.  Most likely, new apps will have to find a way to "piggyback" on already existing apps.  The number of apps can boggle the mind. As for me, I'm content to use just a few.  Life is complicated as it is without more apps being offered to fill up my iPhone.  
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How to use analytics to understand and improve your email marketing [SPEED Email Series, Part 5]

How to use analytics to understand and improve your email marketing [SPEED Email Series, Part 5] | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Tracking the results of your emails is a powerful way to gather valuable insights. Learn how to use analytics to understand and improve your email marketing
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 A 5 part guide on how to best manage email newsletters and mailing lists.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Email remains the most important communication channel to your clients and potential customers. This guide is very useful because it is simple and focusses on the basics, which unfortunately not every company applies.

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nvidia provides great #DeepLearning getting started & training material

nvidia provides great #DeepLearning getting started & training material | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
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nvidia has transformed itself from a graphics card maker to a deep learning leader because its hardware can be leveraged to improve processing speeds of deep learning networks by a factor of 10x.

 

This website presents different tools, frameworks, links to introduction material and training classes to help user get started with deep learning. 

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Sites like this will help democratize the use of DL in applications. So you can expect 

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Jeff Bezos: Amazon won't compete with FedEx and Purolator & USPS - I don't believe him

Jeff Bezos: Amazon won't compete with FedEx and Purolator & USPS - I don't believe him | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Selected quotes include:

  • Mossberg asks if Bezos wants to build a delivery system. "No, but we're aiming to supplement it heavily," he says.
  • During peak holiday seasons, Amazon has to bring in its own trucks in many countries, he says.
  • "We'd always like better prices" from FedEx, Bezos says.
  • "We are driven to supplement their capacity," he says. "We're growing our business with UPS. We're growing our business with the US postal service. And we're still supplementing it." 
 
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Jeff Bezos said during Code conference that Amazon will not get into the delivery business to replace partners - but will supplement it heavily.

 

I wrote before that amazon will get into the grocery food delivery business because it is the only way they can reduce their delivery costs - costs they have to give to fedex, purolator, USPS and others. So basically they will go into grocery business to break even and get free local delivery in certain key market areas. 

 

Recently, Walmart has begun pilot tests to deliver groceries using UBER (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-wal-mart-groceries-idUSKCN0YP0H6?il=0). This sounds like a great idea, focussing on each other's strength (walmart = products & logistics, uber = delivery) with no investment to access huge volume. This option may not be as efficient as the Amazon model however but be a great solution in periods of high volume.

 

To see what I wrote about this, see http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses?q=amazon+fresh 

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Delivery remains the biggest cost for online retailers. Between 10% to 20% of retailer costs are sunk into delivery. This remains a huge hurdle for both retailers and consumers compared to physical stores. I expect online retailer to be more and more creative on the delivery front to reduce costs and deliver faster.

 

Established eCommerce retailers should look for opportunities to improve delivery and newbies to never underestimate delivery as it is the CORE to make or break their online retail business. Mark my words... 

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Beyond Google, Amazon, and Microsoft: strategies to differentiate digital offering

Beyond Google, Amazon, and Microsoft: strategies to differentiate digital offering | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The cloud space continues to evolve rapidly buy fundamental strategic principles will always apply - to the cloud industry or any other industry, for that matter. One of those principles is Michael
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My friend PL Bisaillon raises a very good point: your digital product or services must be differentiated from that of the large established players. PLB highlights different ways that the cloud services industry providers can differentiate themselves from the large players like Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Cloud solutions in particular and digital solutions in general will be dominated by large global organizations. For digital transformation, large consulting firms such as McKinsey, Capgemini or the big4 will certainly offer services and solutions that appeal to a large audience and global organizations. However, this leaves room for regional providers - french speaking ones in Quebec province for examples - or niche players that focus on specific industries or verticals - eCommerce as is the case for my organization FMCS.digital for example. Always good to be reminded that the world will not be a monolithic one composed solely of large players.

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Researchers Teaching Robots to Feel and React to Pain

Researchers Teaching Robots to Feel and React to Pain | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
An artificial nervous system could help robots avoid damaging interactions
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As we get more robots into our lives and work environment, it has become essential to help them become aware of their surroundings. This is very interesting technology which highlights the difficulty to go from digital to the real world.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

All large organizations have been focussing their efforts lately to go from digital to the real world: Google with street view and autonomous cars, Facebook with VR, Apple with sensors of all type in the watch, etc. The future of digital is to penetrate the real world.

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CIO Desk Reference- for those times when you don't have the bucks to pay for Gartner

CIO Desk Reference is the world's best source for thought leadership articles, tools, and practical advice for CIOs, and IT Managers. It includes sections on the following topics:

  1. IT Strategy
  2. e-Strategy
  3. IT Governance
  4. Enterprise Architecture
  5. IT Sourcing
  6. IT Operations
  7. CIO Career
  8. CIO News
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CIO index provides a series of reference documents, white papers, studies, getting started guides and other document that focus on all IT fields.

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18 of the Best Google Chrome Extensions

18 of the Best Google Chrome Extensions | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
  • Momentum
  • StayFocusd
  • Evernote Web Clipper
  • Grammarly
  • Figure it Out
  • LastPass
  • OneTab
  • Pinterest Pin It Button
  • RiteTag Social Media Optimizer
  • Search in a Giphy
  • Rapportive
  • MozBar
  • Check My Links
  • Page Analytics by Google
  • Hangouts
  • Chrome Remote Desktop
  • Millennials to Snake People
  • Hootlet

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Some useful tools to upgrade your digital life for the summer.

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Be careful with extensions as it can impact your Chrome performance.

 

marketingIO: One Source for All Marketing Technology Challenges. See our solutions.  

drula eric's curator insight, June 18, 1:03 AM
Blog L'affichage est facile et tout le monde est en train de faire ces jours-ci. De plus en plus de gens sont les blogs ces derniers temps. Cependant, vous avez besoin de faire certains choix et plans relatifs à votre blog afin qu'il soit populaire. Mettre en œuvre les idées fournies dans cet article pour vous aider à développer le meilleur blog possible pour vos besoins. Efforcez-vous de maintenir une présence sur votre blog et être là quand vos lecteurs ont des questions. Prenez l'habitude de répondre aux commentaires des lecteurs. Une communication cohérente avec vos lecteurs peut aider à établir un lien solide entre vous et vos lecteurs qui résulte de l'échange d'idées avec l'autre. Si vous envisagez d'abandonner le blog, gardez à l'esprit que vos lecteurs seront déçus. Ne copiez pas les articles d'autres personnes. Si vous copiez une partie quelconque du blog ou un article de quelqu'un d'autre à la vôtre, vous pourriez être pris et il serait ruiner votre réputation. Il suffit de garder à l'esprit que dans le monde informel d'écrire un blog, la passion et l'originalité sont plus importantes que les compétences d'écriture sans faille. Gardez les messages blog court, doux et pertinents. Alors que vous voulez beaucoup de contenu, blogs qui sont trop longtemps peut lecteurs d'alésage. Le lecteur de blog moyenne ne cherche pas des descriptions de type de Shakespeare ou de matériel de lauréat. Ils veulent un blog lisible qui arrive au point!
Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, June 21, 4:21 PM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this set of Google Chrome Extensions.  Each one can help the professional webmaster or the individual blogger create a more efficient, "bug-free" online presence.  My favorites are LastPass, Grammarly, Evernote Web Clipper, Page Analytics by Google, Chrome Remote Desktop and One Tab. Your mileage may vary.  A great collection of basic chrome tools.
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Microsoft Bot Framework

Microsoft Bot Framework | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Age of Mobility - Blog by Nick Landry, covering cross-platform mobile development, Windows Phone, Windows Store, Xamarin, PhoneGap, iOS and Android. Mobility42: Apps for Life, the Universe and Everything.
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Overview of Microsoft open source technology framework to help create intelligent agents ("bots") in c# or node.js. 

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Solutions like this will likely democratize bots in many new areas, from commercial solutions for large audience and niche products within the enterprise.

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Mobility is key
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Grandmother adds "Please" and "Thank you" in searches thinking humans are answering

Grandmother adds "Please" and "Thank you" in searches thinking humans are answering | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Grandson says May Ashworth believed she was writing to a person at Google HQ when typing in search queries
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86 year old senior adds "please" and "thank you" in her google search queries thinking there are human beings that respond to her queries.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

This is both funny and so very sad at the same time. Funny to think there would be actual humans to answer billions of queries a day. Sad because it shows how "magical" digital has become. Most people - not just 86 year old grandmothers - are digitally illiterate: I would bet that most users of Google, Apple and other services could not say exactly what is automated and what still requires human interaction in much of the digital tools we use today.

 

Lesson to learn here: include a lot more change management in your digital projects. Not only to show what new gizmos are introduced with your new product or service but also a bit of background and knowledge and training and information about how things work. So that people understand the possibilities and the limitations and see your innovations less like magic.

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Software Eats the World : We Are All Softwareists Now

Software Eats the World : We Are All Softwareists Now | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

We Are All Software Makers Now

I think Joi Ito's TED talk about NOWISM is correct and a tsunami trend few understand or address. Right after the NOWISM wave comes the, "We are all software creators" wave. 

We love this line, "It is decidedly non-trivial for a company in a non-tech traditional industry to start thinking and acting like a software company." Damn skippy it is hard to become a "softwareist". 

 

Software engineers speak a different language, think differently than left brain creatives (most marketing people are left brain creatives) and want to engineer the world. 

 

The subtext of this well written and intelligently conceived post is find blue oceans or die. I'm mixing metaphors since the post doesn't contextualize using Kim's great Blue Ocean Strategies book, but the implication hangs in this post like a line separating winners from losers. 

 

 

 


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An article that reminds us that software is everywhere and that all companies should focus on making this trend part of their strategic plan.

 

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

The article focusses on 2 key elements: timing and focus. These are essential as not all industry move at the same speed. Case in point: book sales and grocery. Probably two ends of the spectrum, book sales have moved to online early and in a big way. Grocery: not so much. Actually, not yet. Because we all know it is coming, we will buy our staple grocery cans from a website in the coming years. Question is when.

 

And when this happens, when customers are ready and retailers find a way to remain profitable even when they do more work, then it will become a game of choosing the right products at the right price. Same as today. But with a different distribution channel. Focus will remain being a great grocer, not a great technology company. Or will it?

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, June 18, 1:18 AM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at how software is changing our world.  We must adjust to the new digital reality before we are left behind.  A cautionary tale for any business.
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IBM Threat Research Series provides key documents to understand security hacks & trends

IBM Threat Research Series provides key documents to understand security hacks & trends | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Threat Research Series

As threats multiply and increase in sophistication, it is more important than ever that organizations maintain awareness of current security trends. IBM Managed Security Services threat research reports can help you keep pace with an evolving threat landscape and learn how to protect your networks and data from the latest threats and attack vectors.

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IBM website consolidates a number of white papers on threat security research and trends results.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Often we do not understand the real threats or fail to decipher the language and terminology that security experts use to describe the security risks that face companies as they move through their digital transformation. These papers provide a glimpse into this world - from one of the largest corporate IT firm in the world. That being said, take the solutions with a grain of salt because, after all, you know IBM will point you towards their products and services... But that should not keep you from reading them.

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Getting your team to adopt new technology & @khanacademy engineering principles

Recently two Khan Academy devs dropped into our team chat and said they were gonna use React to write a new feature. They even hinted that we may want to adopt it product-wide.
““The library is onl
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Khan Academy VP of Engineering shares his thoughts on how to best introduce new technology in a project, and how to convince your team members to adopt it.

 

Also from this same VP of engineering, the very good Engineering Principles that are in place at KA and that should serve as baseline for any engineering or digital team

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PW4NYn9pYNam2EuGEsTN9pTgwTfFnT_R9OZLJJICWQU/edit?usp=sharing 

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

New technologies are plentiful and it is always very alluring to use them as you hope they will solve all your problems (silver bullet syndrome). This article presents guidelines that all developers should apply to describe, communicate and pilot new technologies. 

 

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More people work on Internet publishing than in newspaper

More people work on Internet publishing than in newspaper | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Few industries have been affected by the digital or information age as much as newspapers and other traditional publishing industries (books, magazines, etc.). In June 1990, there were nearly 458,000 people employed in the newspaper publishing industry; by March 2016, that figure had fallen to about 183,000, a decline of almost 60 percent. Over the same period, employment in Internet publishing and broadcasting rose from about 30,000 to nearly 198,000.
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US bureau of labour statistics releases historical data that shows the decline of the newspaper industry in favour of the internet publishing.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Less dramatic than previous charts that show the digital cliff that newspaper advertisement business fell in recently, this chart highlights the decline of physical delivery of news in favour of the digital delivery. Right inline with a post I wrote regarding the Digital Cliff in various posts http://bit.ly/1g5adjK (in french), http://sco.lt/5nD06r , http://sco.lt/6gOeWn , http://sco.lt/5Hfzlp 

 

Moreover, the bureau of labour statistics presents a large number of data and charts to help document the digital transformation. See http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/subject.htm 

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, June 11, 1:10 AM
Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this look at the future of jobs in the publishing industry.  Newspapers that do survive often have a digital online presence that offers  news in depth with videos, interviews, and live coverage of community events.  Commercial broadcast stations are also feeling the heat, as more automated programs dominate the airwaves.  It's getting harder and harder to find live programming these days now that stations have resorted to voice tracking and other automated features.  When I worked in the broadcast business, many of my fellow announcers voice tracked their air shifts, while they did production and sales work on the side during their air shift.  Station managers were able to get more work done with less people.  It all comes down to the proverbial "bottom line"...i.e. money.  Kind of sad in a way. Newspapers probably are feeling the loss of people and revenues the most.
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CARS OF THE FUTURE: TECH AND APPS WILL MAKE YOU RIDE NOT DRIVE

CARS OF THE FUTURE: TECH AND APPS WILL MAKE YOU RIDE NOT DRIVE | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Ride-hailing apps such as Lyft and Ola are not only challenging taxi drivers around the world, they are also disrupting the car industry as a whole as people prefer to hail a ride than buy their own set of wheels.

 

Part of "The Disrupters" - a series about industries undergoing transformation.

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A short video about the transformation that UBER, Lyft and other ride sharing and autonomous car driving companies are having on work, travel, car ownership, car design, etc.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Like the cellphone before it, ride sharing has the potential to impact companies in fields such as distribution and logistics. I expect this may be the most profound impact that "uber" model may have yet all the attention these days seems to be on end user benefits - taxis replacement - when the use of uber to deliver groceries at walmart may actually be the most important impact on our daily lives. No?

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In 5 years, the average American will use 22GB of mobile data per month, report says

In 5 years, the average American will use 22GB of mobile data per month, report says | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
In 5 years, we'll be using a lot more mobile data than we do now.
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Just one example of the huge rise in mobile phones. Given recent State of the Internet report that indicates Internet growth is slowing down, and that mobile phone sales have levelled off as well, this chart reminds us all that people are starting to use their phones in many different context. So even if growth stalls, the usage and data consumption will continue to grow for a while.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

If you propose interesting uses for mobile phones, your clients and employees will use them. And they expect to use more and more in the future. So waht have you planned in your digital strategy to leverage, extend, grow the usage of mobile phones for clients and employees?

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Understanding Aesthetics with Deep Learning

Understanding Aesthetics with Deep Learning | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
How EyeEm uses deep machine learning on GPUs to train aesthetics-based image search based on the knowledge of human photography curators.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Image aesthetics is difficult to quantify adn thus difficult for computers to do: how can a digital system determine what makes a photograph "good"? This paper describes how one company has used deep learning techniques to do so.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

With results like this one, we must all question what is possible and open our strategies to include things that in the past have proven difficult or impossible to do. To be successful, strategist must however ensure that they have at their disposal the raw materials required to train computer systems. In the past this would not have been as important but today's new algorithm require massive amounts of data and the resources to train machine intelligence in a good way.

 

For s shorter, less technical version of this article, go to https://medium.com/stories-from-eyeem/how-we-trained-an-algorithm-to-predict-what-makes-a-beautiful-photo-e8de8bccd642#.f6u7gxxwx 

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State of the Internet 2016: web stalls, voice+image recognition & car revolution grow

State of the Internet 2016: web stalls, voice+image recognition & car revolution grow | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

At 213 pages, there's a ton of data, but here are our Top 3 takeaways.

1) The internet itself is seeing slowing growth. In the past two decades, the internet economy was affected by macroeconomic trends, but it was external issues like the housing crisis and the financial crisis that were driving the slowdown. Now it is global internet growth itself that is slowing down.

2) Typing text into a search bar is so last year. In five years, at least 50 percent of all searches are going to be either images or speech.

3) The home screen has acted as the de facto portal on mobile devices since the arrival of the iPhone and even before. Messaging apps, with context and time, have a chance to rival the home screen as the go-to place for interaction.

Farid Mheir's insight:

218 slides of jammed packed information. Soon I will be able to blog one slide of this Mary Meeker State of the Internet annual presentation per day for the whole year. Wow...

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

This is an annual event for digital experts: the state of the Internet. This year, it focusses on deep learning (think voice+image recognition) and cars. Because really the Internet growth is slowing down. So is mobile phone usage. The trend thus appears to be what we build on top of the Internet and not the Internet itself. Finally.

 

Every company executive and board member should listen to this talk. Even if you don't understand everything you should ask yourself: how is our company positioned to address those trends? In most cases I assume the answer will be: we are not. This should be cause for concern and action.

 

For previous year presentations, go to http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?q=meeker 

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