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The Four Factors that Influence Successful Business Improvement

The Four Factors that Influence Successful Business Improvement | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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Not just good advice for SME's but OEM's as well

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, February 2, 2014 7:35 PM


Improving the performance of any small business is not as simple as many would have you believe, and all business owners need to understand the complexities involved, if they want to achieve a succesful outcome to any business improvement initiatives.


Just focussing on a single element of any improvement process at a time, is a common mistake that many small business owners make, and one which will ensure that the required level of improvement is not achieved.


This excellent article suggests that business improvement is all about protecting and growing a business, and it introduces four fundamental factors that influence successful business improvement outcomes, and then discusses how each of these interrelate.

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The Corporate Innovator - Samsung

How Samsung does innovation systematically and systemically, repeatably and reliably.
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How Samsung does innovation systematically, systemically, repeatably and reliably

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When Will Intel Corporation Launch Its First 10-Nanometer Atom Processor?

When Will Intel Corporation Launch Its First 10-Nanometer Atom Processor? | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
It's looking like early 2018 right now.
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By and large I am not a big fan of the Motley Fool, (a lot of the advice that doesn't match what is actually going on inside of companies), however Ashraf Eassa is one that I do pay attention to- he does good analysis.  Here's what had to say about Intel (one of his favorite company's to analyze) - my comments in parentheses and bold italics:


"In order for Intel to be able to capture share in the smartphone market, I believe that the company needs to show potential customers that it can consistently churn out products with leadership performance, power consumption, and feature integration in a timely fashion. (Which I agree with,  and I am sure that Intel does as well)

One of the key drivers of product competitiveness is the manufacturing technology upon which its chips are built. Although there is far more to the competitiveness of a semiconductor chip than the underlying manufacturing technology, there's no denying that all else equal, better manufacturing technology means faster, more efficient processors. (All of this is true)


He has some interesting analysis (read the article for that) about Intel and what it must do to get to the 10nm node, and I would add that time is not on Intel's side when compared against Samsung and TSMC, and you can come to your own conclusion.   


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IoT changes OEM electronics outsourcing strategy - What the EMS firms are Doing

IoT changes OEM electronics outsourcing strategy - What the EMS firms are Doing | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The IoT changes how electronics OEMs identify electronics services providers with adequate capabilities and understanding of extract, transform and loading of
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Advances in embedded computing on faster, smaller platforms offering greater functionality combined with systems connectivity supported by data identification, aggregation and mining is what’s driving the IoT marketplace today.  EMS companies are competing for the business from OEM's, some seem to understand better than others what that will take to be an effective provider in that field.
  • Jabil best positioned itself early on (online and off) to address what the IoT can and will offer electronics OEM seeking more innovative ways to do more with their products and services.
  • Foxconn has done next to zero with online marketing its IoT capabilities but the world’s largest electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider publicly committed finances in IoT to technical capabilities provided by a French Internet of Things and cloud solutions provider.
  • Recently EMS provider Flextronics re-designed its Website. Far above anything seen so far. Flex(tronics) has quickly distanced itself from all other providers currently positioned for offering IoT service capabilities.  Flex’s marketers have done a terrific job branding and effectively communicating to OEM prospects the provider understands the evolving IoT horizon. With a gaggle of newly-crowned Flex embedded systems developers, whether Flex can execute remains to be seen.
Regardless of savvy marketing, and remove any genuine desires to execute, having access to enough available cash to staff and build IoT service capabilities in-house with deep ETL expertise to extract, transform and load proprietary methodologies to meet IoT and machine learning head on creates a whole different set of challenges.
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Nokia's $16.6B acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent approved by European Commission

The European Commission has given the green light to Nokia's acquisition of telecoms equipment company Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6 billion ($16.6 billion). The Commission noted that the deal would...
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The newly approved deal is the latest milestone in Nokia's transition from a company with major interests in consumer markets to an operation focused primarily on business and industry clients. Nokia's failure to keep up with the mobile market is well known, with the acquisition of its handset business by Microsoft recently written off for $7.6 billion (although Nokia has made a few attempts to perpetuate its brand). The company is also thought to be selling its Here Maps businesses to a consortium of automakers including Audi, BMW, and Mercedes. While a mobile company might have found a good use for an integrated maps business, the new Nokia’s interests evidently lie elsewhere.

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​IoT is a good investment, claims a TCS study

​IoT is a good investment, claims a TCS study | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The average increase in revenue as a result of investments in IoT is 15.6%, said the biggest software exporter in the country, quoting a study conducted among 795 executives working at large multinationals
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The report, which looks at trends across 13 key industries, found that large-scale investment in IoT infrastructure and monitoring where executives in the Industrial Manufacturing sector are reporting the largest increase in revenue from IoT, with an average 28.5 %, followed by Financial Services (17.7 %) and Media & Entertainment (17.4 %). The Automotive industry has the lowest revenue gain with just a 9.9 % increase.  The Travel, Transportation and Hospitality sectors planning to spend 0.6 % of revenue this year. Media and Entertainment companies will spend 0.57 % of their revenue on IoT in this year - significantly more than the 0.4 % average and the 0.44 percent spend in Banking and Financial Services.

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MSFT's Xbox One video game console is your next work computer

MSFT's Xbox One video game console is your next work computer | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
With Windows 10 and Xbox One, anything is possible, including the possibility that the game console could become Microsoft's flagship desktop computer and...
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The Xbox One, the successor to the Xbox 360, is increasingly well-positioned to do everything — games, entertainment, productivity. And at a current $350 MSRP (with a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, to boot), the Xbox One may well be your next computer.

The first data point here is Microsoft's longstanding commitment to putting a full-blown version of the forthcoming Windows 10 operating system on the Xbox One console, though it's being coy about the timing.  -  This is important, because a major selling point for Windows 10 is "universal apps." This is the idea that any Windows 10 app will work on any Windows 10 device — phone, tablet, computer, futuristic HoloLens or, once it gets the update, the Xbox One. It also means there's nothing stopping you from running, say, the Windows 10 versions of Microsoft Office on a Windows 10-updated Xbox One.

While the Xbox controller is great for playing games, and works well enough as a remote control when watching movies, it's not exactly a rich input device for writing term papers.  -  But that will change. Xbox boss Phil Spencer said on Twitter yesterday that Microsoft is working on mouse and keyboard support for the Xbox One.  - Ever since I had my own XBox, I always wondered why MSFT never went full on to make it a multi-functional platform, like it's PC predecessor.  I strongly see this as a potential direction of the evolvement of the PC for the Home, and one that incorporates and manages the other wireless Home IoT devices.  Perhaps you see it differently, what do you think?

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ARM is enhanced by race to build the IoT

ARM is enhanced by race to build the IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Arm Holdings has benefited from the increasing focus on the internet of things, with sales and profits increasing in the first half of 2015 as it looked to diversify from its traditional strength in smartphones. The Cambridge-based group signed a
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ARM, signed a record 54 processor licences in the Q2 of this year, with its chips set to be used in products ranging from biometric sensors for mobile payments to automotive engine controls.. Its components are used in more than 95% of smartphones, with the rise of mobile devices powering its growth in recent years.   ARM reported that revenues in Q2 were up 15% y-o-y to $351M, slightly higher than analysts’ expectations. However, the company also reported that revenues from licensing, which represents 42% of total sales, had increased just 3% to $151M — a disappointment for a company that had recently seen double-digit growth in that area.


But their growth occurred as a result of what it did last year, ARM refreshed its range of chips for smartphones and is banking on continued strong growth in this sector, predicting that half of all new smartphones sold this year will contain its latest chips.  And has been boosted by record sales of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  Over the past year, ARM has also benefited from consumers upgrading from 3G mobiles to 4G devices. These contain ARM-designed components that allow the group to make more money per device.

The company has also become a key supplier to most large electronics manufacturers while pursuing other areas for growth, such as cars and servers


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Google to tackle patent trolls with free patents for start-ups

Google to tackle patent trolls with free patents for start-ups | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Tech giant Google has long led a tirade against patent trolls, and now it’s escalating the war by giving eligible start-ups two free patents.
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Tech giant Google has long led a tirade against patent trolls, and now it’s escalating the war by giving eligible start-ups two free patents.  -  A patent troll is a person or company that attempts to enforce patent rights against accused infringers, when they either do not manufacture a product or supply a service related to that patent.  The term generally refers to people or companies who are purely in the business of litigation, or threatening litigation, as opposed to making or selling something.  -  Google said today it will give start-ups two patents for free, which they can keep, as long as they join the LOT network, a cross-company effort including firms like Dropbox, SAP and Canon, to fight patent trolls.  -  As first reported by TechCrunch Google has opened the program only to the first 50 eligible start-ups, while eligibility requirements include that a company’s 2014 revenue has to be between $US500,000 and $US20 million.  -  Once the company has applied Google will then send it a list of three to five families of patents, of which they can select two.  -  The patents can only be used defensively to protect against a lawsuit, and Google retains a license to the patents it gives away.  -  Each of the start-ups also join the LOT program. Google said under its LOT program every company that participates grants a license to the other participants where the license becomes effective only when patents are transferred to non-participants.  Google will also waive LOT membership fees for the first two years of a start-up’s participation.

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NVIDIA Shield update enables Android 5.1 and Google Cast

NVIDIA Shield update enables Android 5.1 and Google Cast | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The Original NVIDIA Shield handheld is finally getting an Android 5.1 upgrade -- but it comes at a price.
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A new, optional update for the Shield bestows the handheld with latest version of Lollipop, the ability to be a Chromecast / Google Cast source device and fixes a glitch that made Google Play Books unusable -- but in trade, it takes away Miracast support and permanently removes a handful of apps, and you lose Sonic 4: Episode II, Expendable: Rearmed if that was an important game for you, don't get the optional update.

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IBM acquiring Database-as-a-Service provider Compose

IBM acquiring Database-as-a-Service provider Compose | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The Database-as-a-Service provider has already been integrated into IBM's Cloud Data Services business.
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Founded in 2010, Compose, formerly known as originally as MongoHQ catered to app developers with production-ready databases for modern web apps. Compose specialized in solutions for Redis, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL, RethinkDB, and of course, MongoDB.  -  Also originally a member of the Summer 2011 Y Combinator class, MongoHQ rebranded as Compose in 2014.

The Database-as-a-Service provider has already been integrated into IBM's Cloud Data Services business.  IBM is also getting more than 3,500 corporate customers out of the deal as well as a developer community said to cover the gamut from startups to the enterprise.

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Fiat Chrysler Says It Has a Software Fix to Prevent Hacking

Fiat Chrysler Says It Has a Software Fix to Prevent Hacking | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Fiat Chrysler said Wednesday that it has a software fix that will prevent future hacking into the Jeep Cherokee and other vehicles. The fix is a response to a recent article in Wired magazine about two well-known hackers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, who remotely took control of a Jeep...
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The fix is a response to a recent article in Wired magazine about two well-known hackers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, who remotely took control of a Jeep Cherokee through its UConnect entertainment system. They were able to change the vehicle's speed and control the brakes, radio, windshield wipers and other features.  -  The Jeep incident was the latest warning to the auto industry, which is rapidly adding Internet-connected features like WiFi and navigation that are convenient for drivers but make the car more vulnerable to outside attacks. Earlier this year, BMW had to offer a software patch after hackers remotely unlocked the doors of its cars.

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The FCC just set these rules for AT&T’s acquistion of DirecTV

The FCC just set these rules for AT&T’s acquistion of DirecTV | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
It's no surprise the FCC gave the green light to AT&T's bid for DirecTV. The interesting part has always been how net neutrality should apply.
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s announcement Tuesday that he would approve AT&T’s $49 billion bid for DirecTV came as no surprise. But the news did clear up an unresolved issue for observers of the rapidly consolidating TV and Internet industry: how would the FCC’s new net neutrality rules apply to the deal?  -  The answer turns out to be “quite a bit.” According to a statement from Wheeler’s office, the merger’s approval requires AT&T T -0.54% to not favor DirecTV shows over other content when it comes to customers’ broadband data plans. It will also require AT&T to submit regular reports on so-called interconnection agreements that govern ISP’s relations with big content providers like Netflix.  Those obligations come from the net neutrality rules the FCC adopted in March, which forbid broadband providers – including AT&T – from giving special treatment to some types of traffic over others. AT&T and other big telecom companies have bitterly opposed those rules, and are challenging them in court.

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Pixate Joins Google To Further Innovate App Design

Pixate Joins Google To Further Innovate App Design | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Pixate is one of the world’s most popular and innovative services for mobile interaction design, assisting developers and designers alike to create complex
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Since its start in 2012, Pixate’s main service has been praised as one of the first next-generation services for mobile interaction designing; due to this, Pixate has reached several important milestones, such as raising $3.8 million from Accel Partners in 2013, and a successful Kickstarter campaign where the company gained $61,000 surpassing its goal of raising $25,000. Pixate’s CEO, Paul Colton, stated that he’s really proud about the company joining Google’s design team and also mentioned that he is hopeful that Google will help Pixate expand into something even more innovative and useful for the tens of thousands of designers already using the service and for newcomers too. -  The main and most notorious advantage of Pixate joining Google is that the company will be making its flagship Studio product available for everyone completely free of charge and will also decrease the somewhat elevated price of its own cloud service. Something that should be noted is that the service is currently available to use with Android or iOS and it will continue to do so, as the team behind the prototyping service will not drop support for iOS in favor of Android. Pixate will also not face any interruptions to any of their already existing services and will still exist as a standalone product.

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Australian firm BAI and Sensus put utilities on the IoT

Australian firm BAI and Sensus put utilities on the IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Australian communications firm BAI has partnered with US smart meter company Sensus to propel local utilities into the internet-of-things age.
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Sensus and BAI will design, supply and install digital infrastructure that will allow utilities to remotely and continuously monitor their networks for problems and pre-emptively manage maintenance issues.  -  Data from sensors built into Sensus’s meters is transmitted over radio connections to help utilities better manage their resources.  “The Sensus-BAI partnership can help water utilities (meet) the growing demand by supporting data that helps conserve resources,” Sensus Australia’s director of smart metering Mary Wilson told The Australian.  BAI and Sensus have made bids with utilities across Australia, and expect a decision within months. BAI’s other contracts include running the NSW government radio network, and the New York subway 2G, 3G, 4G and WiFi emergency communications system.  - BAI director of critical communications Malcolm Keys said while Victoria had already mandated the use of smart sensors, utilities elsewhere were now taking the plunge without a legislative push.

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Forget the Ashley Madison or Sony hacks – a crippling cyberattack is imminent in the US

Forget the Ashley Madison or Sony hacks – a crippling cyberattack is imminent in the US | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Instead of mobilising a national defence against cyberattacks, we want a toaster that communicates with the washing machine over the internet
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Grim take on the threat of massive cyberattacks by 2020 that the tech community analysts see it coming.  (I always enjoy talking to or reading about what other specialists in the high tech community think of issues that I see too.)  And I don't think this is unnecessary fear mongering either.  Here's a taste of the article, well worth the read.  


 "I found myself at a dinner in a fancy hotel to discuss cybersecurity with the executives of top Silicon Valley firms. Unlike the festive Target event, the mood was decidedly grim. Actually it was downright alarming.   Forget about the Sony and Ashley Madison hacks. Those cyberthefts may cost companies some money and embarrassment, but that’s not what the execs were nervous about. Even the successful breach of Chrysler’s in-car systems, which allowed hackers to take control of a Jeep on the highway and prompted the recall of 1.4 million vehicles, is a mere appetiser compared with what’s coming down the road.  By 2020 the US will be hit with an earthquake of a cyber-attack that will cripple banks, stock exchanges, power plants and communications, an executive from HP predicted. Companies are nowhere near prepared for it. Neither are the Feds. And yet, instead of mobilising a national defence, we want a toaster that communicates with the washing machine over the internet.


What struck me about the dinner, attended by executives from Hewlett-Packard, software company Cloudera and PayPal, along with academics and investors, was the naked pessimism in the room. Nobody even tried to put a happy face on the situation. “A slow-moving train wreck,” one executive said. Forget about coordinating with each other or the Feds: companies don’t even know how to deal with their own hacks, never mind worry about someone else’s. A whopping 57% of chief executives have not been trained on what to do after a data breach, according to a report by HP. And more than 70% of executives think their companies only partially understand the risks. Buying antivirus software is one thing; deploying an effective strategy is quite another. However, companies don’t even want to admit they were hacked in the first place.


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Honda steers toward Silicon Valley with new R&D center

Honda steers toward Silicon Valley with new R&D center | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Honda gave an unusual nod to Silicon Valley this week, revealing its latest Accord model in the company’s Mountain View research center instead of at a traditional Detroit auto industry show. The automaker opened a small tech research office in Silicon Valley in 2000, and began talking to Apple and Google years ago about improving technology inside cars, before either tech giant was publicly pursuing auto platforms. Honda, one of nine automakers with research and development centers in the val
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Honda, one of nine automakers with R&D centers in the valley, employs nearly 100 workers in Mountain View, many working with local app developers and other innovators. On Thursday it hosted a grand opening for its newest center on Ravendale Drive.  During a press tour, Honda showed off technology that is not yet ready for public consumption — like the Uni-Cub, a self-balancing, one-person, one-wheeled chair that can move as fast as 10 mph. It also demonstrated a system connected to mobile devices that would give the driver an audio and visual warning if an unsuspecting pedestrian is about to cross the path of the vehicle.  Frank Paluch, president of U.S. research and development, said one of the center’s major goals is to cut collisions involving Hondas in half by 2030 and “completely eliminate” them by 2050.

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BlackBerry Extends Corporate Security Focus to the IoT

BlackBerry Extends Corporate Security Focus to the IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Executives at a security summit Thursday focused on the growing number of sensors and physical devices that connect to an enterprise, from medical devices to fire alarms.
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BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company’s four acquisitions since September put it on track to create “the most secure mobile platform that the industry has to offer.” The deals are part of a turnaround based on enterprise security software and services as well as smartphones aimed at professionals.  Executives at Blackberry are now focused on the growing number of sensors and physical devices that connect to an enterprise, from medical devices to fire alarms.

To highlight the vulnerabilities of these devices, the company demonstrated how hackers could take over an infusion pump, a device used to distribute fluids to a patient. Alongside Chief Security Officer David Kleidermacher, a BlackBerry security researcher broke into the pump via his laptop and changed the speed of a morphine drip.  CIOs now are approaching the BlackBerry about securing not just mobile devices, but also the sensors and other equipment in the enterprise that connects to the Internet, said Jeff Holleran, BlackBerry’s VP of corporate strategy. The company now is looking at how to connect fire alarms and other devices to corporate networks via BlackBerry’s security platform.


With its most recent purchase – software provider AtHoc on Wednesday – BlackBerry signaled its desire to improve communications between organizations and the devices floating among them. The software works across mobile operating systems to allow users to communicate in real time during a cyberattack or other type of crisis situation, the Journal’s Ben Dummett reported. Its platform also connects to devices like sirens and fire panels. A sensor in the panel could trigger an alarm, then alert users via their phones. The company’s services are used by most branches of the US military.

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Qualcomm trims about 4,500 jobs and $1.4 billion from books

Qualcomm trims about 4,500 jobs and $1.4 billion from books | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
In an attempt to cut roughly $1.4 billion in costs, San Diego-based Qualcomm is trimming 15 percent of its total workforce, or around 4,500 jobs. The announcement came as the company…
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In an attempt to cut roughly $1.4 billion in costs, San Diego-based Qualcomm is trimming 15 percent of its total workforce, or around 4,500 jobs. The announcement came as the company announced its quarterly earnings, which beat analysts’ expectations.  Qualcomm reported earnings of $0.99/share on the back of $5.83 Billion in revenue, but overall earnings fell just shy of expectations ($5.55 billion).  Qualcomm also says it plans to introduce a new cost-cutting plan that it hopes will reduce expenditures by roughly $1.1 billion in addition to cutting jobs.  - Tough times ahead if you work at Qualcomm

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Wal-Mart buys out China e-commerce firm Yihaodian in online push

Wal-Mart buys out China e-commerce firm Yihaodian in online push | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Wal-Mart Stores Inc has taken full ownership of Chinese e-commerce firm Yihaodian.com, buying out the 49 percent stake that it did not already own to accelerate its push online, the U.S. retail giant
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Huge move by Wal-Mart to join the truly digital world, and thwart it's main rival Amazon (we see this as a flank move on Wal-Mart's part).  -  Wal-Mart has taken full ownership of Chinese e-commerce firm Yihaodian.com, buying out the 49% stake that it did not already own to accelerate its push online.   The investment will help Wal-Mart target China's fast-growing online market at a time when largely brick and mortar retailers are feeling the pinch of competition from online rivals and a slowing of the world's second-largest economy.  Wal-Mart's move also comes after China said last month it will allow full foreign ownership of some e-commerce businesses, with the goal of encouraging foreign investment and the development and competitiveness of the sector.

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Amazon Shares Soar on Quarterly Earnings

Amazon Shares Soar on Quarterly Earnings | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Shares of Amazon.com were soaring nearly 20 percent in after-hours trading as the online giant surprisingly reversed a year-ago loss of $126 million by posting a $92 million profit in the second quarter, then offered strong current-quarter guidance.
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Shares of Amazon.com were soaring nearly 20% in after-hours trading as the online giant surprisingly reversed a year-ago loss of $126 million by posting a $92 million profit in the second quarter, then offered strong current-quarter guidance.  -  Among the highlights in the quarter, Amazon Studios launched six new pilots for kids and debuted a second season of Annedroids on the company's Prime Instant Video service.  The company also said its Amazon Fire TV has grown to 2,000 channels, apps and games, including the additions of Starz Play, Candy Crush Saga and Popcornflix during the quarter. Amazon Fire TV is a box that connects to HDTVs giving users access to Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO and more.

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The cloud is too hard, so Intel launched a sweeping project to fix it

The cloud is too hard, so Intel launched a sweeping project to fix it | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The first step is a project with Rackspace to make OpenStack easier to deploy and manage
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Intel has kicked off a broad effort to speed the adoption of the modern cloud infrastructure, which it says has been slow to take off because the software is complex and takes too long to deploy.  To speed its growth, Intel has kicked off a multi-pronged effort, called the Cloud for All initiative, that includes hiring hundreds of additional engineers to work on open-source cloud software, setting up two massive compute clusters where companies can test and validate applications, and making further investments and acquisitions itself.

Its first move is a partnership with Rackspace to make the popular OpenStack cloud platform enterprise-ready and easier to use. Intel and Rackspace will hire hundreds of engineers at a development center near San Antonio, Texas, to work on OpenStack components such as its scheduling software, network capabilities and container services.  The goal is not to create “yet another OpenStack distribution,” but to improve “the overall health of the project.” The companies will also make OpenStack easier to scale.  -  “Today at best, the most successful OpenStack deployments scale to a few hundred nodes. Intel's goal is to enable enterprise class features at scale for thousands of nodes,”

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100 petabytes: How Google’s huge freebie promotes its Nearline cloud backup service

100 petabytes: How Google’s huge freebie promotes its Nearline cloud backup service | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Google, with its sights fixed firmly on Amazon, is using this freebie--and the promise of faster service--to lure corporate customers.
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Google taking on Amazon:  Nearline is nothing like Google’s Drive service, which gives individual users up to 15GB of free cloud storage, and business employees up to 30GB. Like Amazon and other competitors, Nearline offers data-heavy enterprises premium archiving and backup services. Google's Nearline also promises fast retrieval of data, which can take hours or days on competing services.  -  Originally introduced to much fanfare in March, Cloud Storage Nearline now promises 99 percent uptime, on-demand I/O, lifecycle management and a broadly expanded partner ecosystem. The 100 free petabytes of storage—equivalent to 100 million gigabytes—is being offered for new users for up to six months, and aims to lure away companies currently using other providers.

Google’s standard pricing is one cent per GB per month, so the credit is essentially worth $1 million for each month it lasts.

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Enterprise slow on the uptake of the IoT

Enterprise slow on the uptake of the IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Enterprise are apprehensive to adopt the Internet of Things (IoT) according to a survey commissioned by Red Hat.
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Enterprise are apprehensive to adopt the Internet of Things (IoT) according to a survey commissioned by Red Hat. (The open source developer, Red Hat, took a poll of over 565 enterprise IT decision makers and professionals from global organisations to understand adoption trends of the IoT.)  -  Despite 43% of respondents feeling that IoT was immediately relevant to their business and 46% experimenting with its technologies, a mere 12% were actually implementing the solution. However, there is considerable value seen in IoT amongst enterprise as 65% of those surveyed said it could help improve operations and 51% believe it would assist process optimization.

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How the hospitality industry is embracing the IoT

How the hospitality industry is embracing the IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
One industry that is capitalizing greatly from the Internet of Things is hospitality.
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Because of the competitive dynamics, almost everyone kind of hospitality environment is looking at how deploying IoT systems can improve customer experience. IoT deployments can serve as an essential competitive differentiator as it has a broad and easily recognized impact on hotels, spanning services including entertainment, food and beverage, guest security, and many others.

Picture being at a resort using your smartphone or even smartwatch as the door key, or a tablet to order food or book a massage at the spa or a round of golf. Better yet, 30 minutes before getting to the room, hitting a button in an application that alerts the staff of your arrival so that the temperature in your room is optimized and lights are adjusted the second the door is unlocked. This is rapidly becoming possible.  -  For hotels and resorts, differentiating in this area is not generally well-served by a cookie-cutter approach, as IoT technology has to be fashioned to meet distinctive differences of each facility and cater to guests in a customized fashion based on who they are and what they aspire to accomplish during their stay.

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Apple hires Chrysler executive, robotic car expert

Apple hires Chrysler executive, robotic car expert | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
In another sign that Apple might get into the auto business, the Cupertino tech giant has quietly hired a former senior executive from Chrysler.
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In another sign that Apple might get into the auto business, the Cupertino tech giant has quietly hired a former senior executive from Chrysler.  - Doug Betts, who was Chrysler's quality chief and a senior vice president until November, now says on his LinkedIn profile that he works for Apple in a nonspecific "operations" position.  Before Chrysler, Betts worked for Nissan Motors Manufacturing and Toyota Motors Manufacturing.  Betts describes himself as a "senior executive with proven track record of inspirational leadership, innovation, and core knowledge of lean manufacturing and manufacturing quality methods working in a global quality role."  -  He says he has a "hands-on knowledge and execution of Toyota Production System operations methodology" and has extensive quality planning, supplier development, manufacturing operations and general management experience.

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A $7 Billion Charge at Microsoft Leads to Its Largest Loss Ever

A $7 Billion Charge at Microsoft Leads to Its Largest Loss Ever | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A $7.5 billion accounting charge for the company’s acquisition of Nokia was a drag on the software maker’s fourth-quarter.
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An accounting charge wiped out Microsoft’s profit for the quarter, leading to its largest loss ever, the company said on Tuesday, making clear the cost of its missteps in the mobile business.

The $7.5 billion accounting charge, stemming from Microsoft’s troubled acquisition of Nokia’s cellphone business, was disclosed by the company earlier this month, along with plans to eliminate 7,800 jobs, mostly in the company’s phone operations. While the accounting charge was on paper and will not diminish the company’s huge cash hoard, it was a psychic blow to Microsoft, one of the biggest money makers in tech.  -  Investors, however, seemed to mostly look beyond Microsoft’s struggles in the phone market. They appeared to focus on two of the company’s most important businesses, Windows and Office, which showed some signs of weakness. Those were somewhat offset by strong growth in its cloud services business, Xbox games and Surface tablets.

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