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A selection of documents, articles, papers, videos and other content for those interested in the transformation that is required when going 100% digital in an organization. I also try to highlight the impacts, both positives and negatives of that transformation. Like it? Please click "Recommend"
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2015 Quebec #eCommerce index and 5 case studies of Quebec via @CEFRIO

2015 Quebec #eCommerce index and 5 case studies of Quebec via @CEFRIO | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Malgré le fait qu'aujourd'hui tout se vend sur Internet, les entreprises québécoises tardent à adopter le commerce électronique et celles qui le font sont encore trop peu nombreuses pour desservir les marchés hors Québec. Le CEFRIO en collaboration avec l'Institut du Québec ont voulu avec ce projet d'enquête sensibiliser les entreprises d'ici à cet enjeu désormais incontournable qu'est le commerce électronique.

La première partie de ce rapport présente les résultats d'une enquête réalisée auprès de 1 200 entreprises du Québec (secteurs de la fabrication, du commerce de gros, du commerce de détail et des services). On y dresse le portrait du commerce électronique au Québec et on y propose des pistes d'action pour aider le Québec à évoluer dans ce domaine. La deuxième partie présente cinq études de cas d'entreprises québécoises qui intègrent le commerce électronique dans leurs pratiques d'affaires.

  1. Altitude-sports
  2. BonLook
  3. DeSerres
  4. La Vie en Rose
  5. Lozeau
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(in french) 5 case studies of Quebec companies with a successful eCommerce solution. Part of the recent CEFRIO eCommerce study update.

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IBM tries to reinvent itself with a focus on design

IBM tries to reinvent itself with a focus on design | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The tech stalwart has been hiring designers by the hundreds, all part of an accelerated approach to product development that is a major departure from the past.
Farid Mheir's insight:

I've been seeing this for the past year or so: IBM now presents itself as a design company. The sales pitch for digital transformation projects often looks and sounds like one you'd get from a marketing agency. Needless to say, customers are sceptical (me first!).


And the design-centric approach feels skin deep at this time, and has yet to permeate the core. Many IBM'ers I cross paths day-in-day-out still think and behave like in the good old days.


I met Phil Gilbert about 10 years ago when he was pushing a startup business (that later got acquired by IBM) and I must say he left me with a very good impression. Let's hope he can carry his transformation passion to the rest of the organization.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Traditional companies - think grocery retailers for example - often have a hard time with digital transformation because it feels so far away from their day to day reality. Yet even "techno friendly" organizations like IBM - or Dell, or Cisco, or any Telco - have a very hard time with digital transformation. I guess it is because the change is not technology-centric but rather human-centric. And humans don't like change.

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Apple to simplify retail stores by demoting iPods to shelves, dropping iPad Smart Signs

Apple to simplify retail stores by demoting iPods to shelves, dropping iPad Smart Signs | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Apple is preparing to make significant changes to its stores to simplify the experience by relocating iPod stock to accessory shelves and removing iPad-based Smart Signs, according to several Apple...
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A review of the many changes Apple has been making in its stores. Reminder: Apple stores have the most sales per square feet of any store. Retailers of all should take note and apply Apple's lessons to their own stores: store are not warehouses but showrooms that display products and offer information, accessories and service. Order online for everything else.


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When LinkedIn = Tinder- digital cruising

When LinkedIn = Tinder- digital cruising | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
On va parler des vraies affaires, m'a prévenu Jean-Michel* dès la première ligne de son courriel. On va parler de la cruise à l'ère du numérique...
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(in french)

A recent article in LaPresse+ has raised an important question: is LinkedIn being used like Tinder to digitally "cruise". It brought me back to this paper last year that described very graphically how social networks and dating sites are used to find mates.


http://plus.lapresse.ca/screens/1a2070bf-9712-4dc2-acd7-6f0b3f49b3f0%7C_0.html


In a world where more and more of our lives are transferred in the virtual space, it is interesting to see how even "professional" networks like LinkedIn are being used for other purposes. I had also noticed recently a very high proportion of "invites" that come from people that have little interest in a professional relationship. If that trend continues, it may mark the end of LinkedIn. I assume they will take corrective actions to ensure it remains the professional network we all have come to rely on.

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The United States Postal Service will now email you your mail

The United States Postal Service will now email you your mail | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The US Postal Service is testing a “notification” service that emails customers images of the envelopes of their letter-size mail.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Not sure this is the way to go: if I want to email someone then I 'll do that directly, not through USPS! 


Joking aside, the article points to the very interesting fact that every envelope is scanned and thus could trigger an email to inform you that a letter is coming.


I still don't see the point or a use case where that can be essential.

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White Paper: Creative Uses for iBeacons via @ArrkGroup

White Paper: Creative Uses for iBeacons via @ArrkGroup | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Unobtrusive and relatively low cost, a beacon (or iBeacon when using Apple nomenclature) is a Bluetooth low energy (BLE) device which contains its own battery unit which means they can be positioned pretty much anywhere. Although there are a variety of different beacons available, the most common flavour is when used in conjunction with a bluetooth enabled smartphone where the beacon’s signal triggers content for the smartphone when it comes into range.

Understandably it is the retail sector that has been pressing ahead with the technology, the ability to reach and inform consumers at the most opportune moment clearly a powerful marketing tool. However, to dismiss beacon technology as simply a new way to target customer would be to miss the point.

As this white paper sets out beacons can and will be used in a multitude of industries to aid transformation in digital services.

In this White Paper we explore:

  • What is a beacon?
  • How to they work?
  • General uses
  • Industry specific uses, including retail, academia, transport and events
Farid Mheir's insight:

I would have expected to see more iBeacons deployed in the field by now, given the hype they generated when first appeared in 2013. Is it because they don't work well or because there is not use case for them. 


This white paper provides answers to the latter part of the equation, as it explores uses of iBeacons in various industries. 

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America used to build things: now it's all digital

America used to build things: now it's all digital | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
In the US labor market, growth has been all about jobs in the service sector while goods-producing jobs have fallen off.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Employment is a great metric to measure the digital transformation. Looks like to trend is clear when you look where new jobs are being created: service industry in inherently a digital one!

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Farid Mheir's comment, December 11, 2015 5:44 AM
oui @André Bélanger tu as bien raison!
André Bélanger's comment, December 11, 2015 11:13 AM
@Farid Mheir En même temps, les chiffres sont contestés http://www.atelier.net/trends/articles/entreprises-digitales-creent-de-emplois_439095
Farid Mheir's comment, December 12, 2015 11:44 AM
merci @André Bélanger pour l'article qui vient mettre une couleur sur ce que je présente.
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Netflix + YouTube = 55% of Internet traffic

Netflix + YouTube = 55% of Internet traffic | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Netflix is the biggest bandwidth hog, making up more than 37% of all downstream traffic during peak hours. Google's YouTube is a distant second, with about...
Farid Mheir's insight:

Video now accounts for more than half of Internet traffic. This is inline with other bandwidth information I have seen.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Internet used to be about browsing websites and chatting with friends on Facebook. Today it is all about viewing video which means telcos should really be scarred about cord cutters - people moving away from cable or satellite TV. In the future, I assume the proportion of bandwidth will continue to increase.


With billions of internet-connected devices showing up in the next 10 years, will IoT become the bandwidth hog then?

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How Do Consumers Feel About Self-Driving Cars? hint: change is scary

This chart shows the % of respondents who are likely/unlikely to try a self driving car.
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As with most new digital technologies, the biggest challenge is adoption and human nature to push back and stick with old ways. This is why change management is so important. Unfortunately, seldom done properly.

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Nicky Speakman's curator insight, December 8, 2015 9:31 AM

Not a fan. Would I be driving one if it is self driving?

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#digitalTransformation is all over The 2016 Fortune Crystal Ball

#digitalTransformation is all over The 2016 Fortune Crystal Ball | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Fortune's predictions about the events, people and ideas that will matter in 2016, in business, politics, technology and more.
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The season for end of year recaps and next year predictions is around the corner. I am amazed at the amount of digital technology transformation in this year's Fortune crystal ball: buzzfeed to buy Time, apple to buy tesla, end of food delivery bubble (meaning it will become mainstream soon after?), cybersecurity, and many others...

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eMarketer Launches Numbers, A Custom Chart-Building Tool

eMarketer Launches Numbers, A Custom Chart-Building Tool | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
eMarketer announces the launch of Numbers, a customizable charting tool that allows users to tell compelling data stories quickly and easily.  The new tool, which launches today, allows eMarketer customers to select from thousands of metrics to create charts and tables tailored for their specific needs.  As with all eMarketer products, the Numbers tool incorporates only the most trusted, vetted, and methodically-researched eMarketer data.

Numbers charts can be custom-built using eMarketer’s vast database of research, which examines media trends, consumer behavior, and device usage in 41 countries.  The Numbers tool also allows users to filter metrics by demographics, including age, generation, gender, and race.

With just a few clicks, users can select the metrics they want to visualize, and build a custom chart that tells their unique story with data.  The information can then be used to track relevant trends by comparing benchmarks and metrics side by side.  Once built, charts can be converted into PNG files or Excel spreadsheets with a simple click, enabling them to be downloaded and shared.


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


Via marketingIO
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Some good numbers and insight. I expect this trial will not remain a free resource for long.

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marketingIO's curator insight, December 2, 2015 6:55 PM

And you know eMarketer's data collection is huge.

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More reading on Transhumanism: To be or not to be Human?

More reading on Transhumanism: To be or not to be Human? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Want to spy on bats or whales? Cochlear implants could enhance hearing beyond the human hearing range. Did you ever want to see like Superman or Star Trek’s Lieutenant Geordi La Forge? The Fraunhofer Institute might just be able to fulfill such fantasies since they are developing an eye equivalent which can distinguish between light …
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More reading on transhumanism.

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Ruth Robinson's curator insight, December 10, 2015 12:00 AM

I wish not to be, but all the tech that's going on and experimenting can't tell!

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#CrossingTheChasm- maturity in mktg tech products

#CrossingTheChasm- maturity in mktg tech products | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

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


Via marketingIO
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Crossing the Chasm (Amazon) is a classic book from the 1990s (wikipedia) that introduced the concept of a product lifecycle to the masses. It helped explain to many startups why their products were hits early on but failed miserably as they never gained a large audience. Must read book.


Chiefmartec uses the lifecycle to explain the current market of marketing technology products.

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marketingIO's curator insight, November 29, 2015 9:32 PM

Far more when you click through. My only complaint is that the X-axis is not proportionally represented.

blackjack's comment, December 9, 2015 6:00 AM
Awesome job!!!!
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#DigitalTransformation in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry

#DigitalTransformation in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
With nearly one-half of growth over the next five years coming from digital channels, CPG manufacturers risk losing control of their margins, share, and brand equity.
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A very good review of the digital challenges that the CPG industry faces today.

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How the payments industry is being disrupted- and banks will have to follow

How the payments industry is being disrupted- and banks will have to follow | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
While we expect the payments industry to keep growing at a healthy rate, powerful disruptive forces will begin to reshape the global landscape. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Banks already have noticed but now they must make digital transformation a reality otherwise they'll get disrupted by newcomers in the payment area.

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Troy Hunt: When children are breached – inside the massive VTech hack

Troy Hunt: When children are breached – inside the massive VTech hack | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

When it’s hundreds of thousands of children including their names, genders and birthdates, that’s off the charts. When it includes their parents as well – along with their home address – and you can link the two and emphatically say “Here is 9 year old Mary, I know where she lives and I have other personally identifiable information about her parents (including their password and security question)”, I start to run out of superlatives to even describe how bad that is.

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This security expert performs an investigation into the VTECH security breach that revealed 4.8M user accounts and children photos and chat logs.

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Raspberry Pi has launched an insanely small and cheap new #computer

Raspberry Pi has launched an insanely small and cheap new #computer | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
It's the same price as a latte.
Farid Mheir's insight:

The price is the big news here because it shows just how cheap computing power has become. 


This is just an announcement summary. More details here: http://bit.ly/1QLypP8


WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT

There will be a computer in everything very soon. Chairs, tables, food packages, name it, there will be a computer in there. Because it costs nothing - or close to it. This is what we call Internet of Things, and why everyone is saying it will be HUGE. Believe it.

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Carlos Diego's curator insight, December 2, 2015 12:55 PM

O RaspberryZero mal foi entregue pela revista MagPi  e zerou nas lojas online. Bom, útil e barato vamos esperar a próxima remessa!

Philippe Guillaume's curator insight, December 3, 2015 7:15 AM

Si petit et si peu cher qu'il a été donné en goodies, vendu avec le magazine Magpi... Extra pour créer des objets connectés de plus en plus puissants...

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Google Is Giving Its TensorFlow AI Engine Away for Free Because #Data Is Even More Valuable Than Code

Google Is Giving Its TensorFlow AI Engine Away for Free Because #Data Is Even More Valuable Than Code | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
When Google open sourced its artificial intelligence engine last week, some saw it not as a triumph of the free software movement but as a triumph of data.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Very important insight here: data is more important than code. Provides an interesting look into the reason why open source is a good thing and will happen more in the future.


Corrolary to that, good luck having access to Google or Apple or Facebook data any time soon.


One should put this up against Marc Andreesen blog post that software will rule the world: http://sco.lt/8PmkrJ


Now I would say that software+data rules the world.

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50,000+ followers for my Digital Transformation of Businesses blog #proud

50,000+ followers for my Digital Transformation of Businesses blog #proud | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
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
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Very proud to now have 50,000 over followers on my blog. Thank you!

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#Video introduction to #transhumanism

#Video introduction to #transhumanism | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Do you want to be free of cancer and heart disease? Do you want to see your great-grandkids graduate, mankind establish colonies on other planets or dinosaurs brought back to life again? Do you want to be able to feel the Earth's magnetic field, dive down into the ocean without scuba gear or run at 50km/h for hours without being too tired? Do you essentially want to become superman? Transhumanists do.
Farid Mheir's insight:

A number of video presentations that introduce what transhumanism is about. Great to listen to and ponder over the weekend...

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aamoon09's curator insight, May 15, 2016 8:50 AM
well this is interesting...
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Buffer Salary Formula, Calculate-Your-Salary App and the company's transparency

Buffer Salary Formula, Calculate-Your-Salary App and the company's transparency | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
We’re sharing a new version of Buffer's transparent salary formula, and a web app that anyone can use to find out what you might make on the team at Buffer.
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I wrote about this company's experiment to make everything public.

http://sco.lt/6Ixvt3

From employee equity, fundraising, revenue and now a new salary calculation method that applies to everyone, CEO onward. Very interesting insight and a good reference for anyone starting a new company...

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A list of websites that support Two Factor Authentication #2FA via @HopefulJosh

A list of websites that support Two Factor Authentication #2FA via @HopefulJosh | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
List of sites with Two Factor Auth support which includes SMS, email, phone calls, hardware, and software.
Farid Mheir's insight:

2 factor authentication (2FA) is an essential tool to keep your personal information secure. 2FA sends an SMS when you login to a website from a new computer - or again every 30 days or so - to validate that you are indeed who you say you are - not some hacker in Russia.

 

This service provides a very complete list of websites that support multi-factor authentication - and highlights those that do not. Looking at the list, it is for example very surprising to see so few banks supporting 2FA but that LinkedIn protects your resume more diligently!

 

Moreover because it is open source, new sites are addedd consantly, so the list should remain fresh.

 

Great tool to use as a checklist to ensure you have turned on at least SMS verification in your key accounts.

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Economic secrets of the dark web—the safe, easy way for anyone to be a little drug lord

Economic secrets of the dark web—the safe, easy way for anyone to be a little drug lord | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Online trading makes the illegal drug economy—or parts of it at least—more transparent, more predictable, and safer.
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Very depressing review of the online drug marketplaces. Amazing to see how the retail model is being replicated for illicit purpose.

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5 Things To Do When a #CIO Leads A #Digital Transformation

5 Things To Do When a #CIO Leads A #Digital Transformation | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
CIO Isaac Sacolick on 5 Things to keep in mind if you want to succeed as a leader of a digital transformation.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Down to earth checklist for digital transformation that includes such things as allocating time to explore new solutions for business problems when your staff is focussed on their run-the-business activities.


Also I recommend the blog behind the article: http://blogs.starcio.com/

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Jean-Marie Grange's curator insight, December 1, 2015 4:48 PM

What a CIO should think about in leading a Digital transformation

Dubestate Intl's curator insight, December 4, 2015 1:11 AM

Post free ads on worlds famous website www.dubestate.com and meet with new clients.

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How Google Monitors Every Move You Make

How Google Monitors Every Move You Make | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
There is no indecision in saying that, in the contemporaneous stage of internet, one cannot benefit the luxury of privacy. It is becoming somewhat impossible with the development in technology. You may get the impression that it is safe to save all of your personal data and information which comprise all of your pictures, videos and other documents in Google Drive
Farid Mheir's insight:

A good reminder of the different ways that Google gathers data about us via its many online solutions, including search and advertising but increasingly via other methods too: Android, Email, etc.

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