WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation
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Learning from the best - 54 #marketing #technology stacks are reviewed from The Stackies 2018 HT @chiefmartech 

Learning from the best - 54 #marketing #technology stacks are reviewed from The Stackies 2018 HT @chiefmartech  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

If you’re new to this, a “marketing stack” is the collection of software that a marketing team uses to ply their trade. The Stackies is a fun awards program at the MarTech conference where we invite marketers to send in a single slide that illustrates their marketing stack in some conceptual way.

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WHY IT MATTERS: learning from what best in class companies do is always good thing. This award from chiefmartech surfaces the best marketing technology "Stacks" - the list of technologies and solutions that marketing team at Cisco, IBM and others use to do their work - provides insights into the tools that companies leverage to do their work. And with over 6500 solutions in the marketing horizon, finding the "right" set of tools is so difficult that mapping yourself to what others are doing may be a good starting point!

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Retail stores will transform into an experience delivery center - Internet of Things #IoT will enable the key use cases to make it happen @Altimeter

Retail stores will transform into an experience delivery center - Internet of Things #IoT will enable the key use cases to make it happen @Altimeter | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

IoT has paved the way for brands to use connected devices in their physical spaces too. Learn how location-based brands can invest in technology-rich locations that raise the bar for customer experience.

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WHY IT MATTERS: store of the future will focus on customer experience and technologies such as IOT are key enablers to make the enhanced experience seamless and complete. This research document classifies applications for IOT into 3 categories, track, intuit behaviour and deliver experience. I find this classification and the examples in the document very useful.

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Retail as an experience center
 
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Digital Platforms 2018 Subway Map: listen to the recording to get updated on the latest marketing automation and employee experience technologies via @RealStoryGroup #marTech #empEx #technology #ma...

Digital Platforms 2018 Subway Map: listen to the recording to get updated on the latest marketing automation and employee experience technologies via @RealStoryGroup #marTech #empEx #technology #ma... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

What are the latest trends in digital marketing workplace technology marketplaces? RSG Managing Director & Analyst Jarrod Gingras for a fast-paced tour of key currents affecting your digital investments. Topics include:

- significant developments in asset management tools
- the rise of customer data platforms
- changing scope for web content management services
- shifting social-collaboration marketplace.

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WHY IT MATTERS: the marketing technology landscape is often confusing and this webinar presents a very good overview of the market and provides key insights to understand the macroscopic trends.

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Why we need High Definition maps for autonomous cars to become reality - and what @comma_Ai is doing to create an #openSource version for all to use #mapping #digitalTransformation

Why we need High Definition maps for autonomous cars to become reality - and what @comma_Ai is doing to create an #openSource version for all to use #mapping #digitalTransformation | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The future of navigation will be centralized around HD maps. While plenty of companies exist to provide this type of data, all are limited by paywalls and strict Terms-of-Service. It is time for this paradigm to change. Comma.ai is releasing US interstate HD maps from our 5,000,000+ miles of data.

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WHY IT MATTERS: to make digital transformation a reality we required to blend the digital and the real world. In particular it is essential to have high definition maps of the real world and this paper explains why this is important, and why they have made their model opensource for everyone to see and use.

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Obinna Odenigbo's curator insight, October 23, 2:58 AM
The future of autonomous cars relies on HD maps that accessible to everyone.
 
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The 20 Best New Social Media Tools to Try and How to Use Them #socialMedia

The 20 Best New Social Media Tools to Try and How to Use Them #socialMedia | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Top 20 new social media tools to try in 2018, including their prices, a quick walkthrough, and a review.

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WHY IT MATTERS: say what you will, technology is often the driver of change. Always good to keep track of what's out there and what's possible because who knows, one of these may be useful... ;-)

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Quebec ministry of economic development has released an industry 4.0 digital transformation framework to guide manufacturing companies #goodJob #MESI @economie_quebec

Quebec ministry of economic development has released an industry 4.0 digital transformation framework to guide manufacturing companies #goodJob #MESI @economie_quebec | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

L’avènement de l’industrie 4.0 modifie les façons de faire des entreprises. Le numérique vient non seulement transformer les systèmes et les processus, mais apporte aussi des changements au sein des différentes fonctions de gestion d’entreprise. Afin de rester concurrentielles, tant les PME que les grandes organisations doivent se tourner vers les nouvelles technologies.

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WHY IT MATTERS: manufacturing industry has labelled digital transformation efforts as "industry 4.0" and governments such as Quebec are providing guidance to small and medium businesses on how to do it. Well worth the read.

A direct link to the framework is here (in french): Feuille de route industrie 4.0

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Discover #Bitcoin, #Ethereum & #Blockchain Guides as well as hundreds of blockchain and #cryptocurrency use case reference cards - 2600+ as of today - an #amazing #reference HT @upfolioteam

Discover #Bitcoin, #Ethereum & #Blockchain Guides as well as hundreds of blockchain and #cryptocurrency use case reference cards - 2600+ as of today - an #amazing #reference HT @upfolioteam | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Learn about Bitcoin, Ethereum, blockchain and cryptocurrency. Discover topics with easy, hand-illustrated guides. Explore what blockchain technology is about. Get everything you need to know about digital assets!

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WHY IT MATTERS: with over 2600 use cases for blockchain in every possible category, this is the best reference I found to show people why the blockchain is a good thing with HUGE potential. Great job by the upfolio team!

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"Create Superb McKinsey-Style Presentations" is a great reference on storytelling with lots of examples - HT @SlideHeores #mustRead #reference

"Create Superb McKinsey-Style Presentations" is a great reference on storytelling with lots of examples - HT @SlideHeores #mustRead #reference | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The ultimate resource for learning how to create and deliver better business presentations. From presentation tools, to style guidelines and formatting tips, all the way to sophisticated approaches to structuring your logic, you’ll learn how to execute every effective presentation writing technique on the planet.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this has little to do with digital transformation but.... to transform we often need to convince others that change is good. This blog post provides tons of examples of good presentation styles, the importance of storytelling, summary of the Minto pyramid principle, and so many more infos and very well thought out videos. THANK YOU FOR THIS.

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#mustRead book list for anyone interested in the digital technology emerging future HT @franckdiana

#mustRead book list for anyone interested in the digital technology emerging future HT @franckdiana | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Several great books have informed my own personal journey towards our emerging future. In various forums, I am often asked to recommend books on a wide range of topics. I have now added a Menu Item that lists a number of great books along with an Amazon link.

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WHY IT MATTERS: much has been written about the potential for the future of digital technologies. Here is a great list for those looking to get started.

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Introduction to Deep Learning via @Algorithmia #AI #DeepLearning #Reference

Introduction to Deep Learning via @Algorithmia #AI #DeepLearning #Reference | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Deep Learning is at the cutting edge of what machines can do, and developers and business leaders absolutely need to understand what it is and how it works. This unique type of algorithm has far surpassed any previous benchmarks for classification of images, text, and voice.

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WHY IT MATTERS: good introduction to a technology that will impact all our lives in the very near future.

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A #pattern language for #microservices: great reference to learn from the best

A #pattern language for #microservices: great reference to learn from the best | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

microservices.io website offers a comprehensive set of resources for learning about microservices including articles, an O'Reilly training video, and example code

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Patterns are a way to learn from the best and not reinvent the wheel. With the growing popularity of microservices over plain SOA, I found this reference extremely interesting. and useful.

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Building The LinkedIn Knowledge Graph

Building The LinkedIn Knowledge Graph | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

At LinkedIn, we use machine learning technology widely to optimize our products: for instance, ranking search results, advertisements, and updates in the news feed, or recommending people, jobs, articles, and learning opportunities to members. An important component of this technology stack is a knowledge graph that provides input signals to machine learning models and data insight pipelines to power LinkedIn products. This post gives an overview of how we build this knowledge graph.

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

LinkedIn has 450M members, 190M historical job listings, 9M companies, 200+ countries (where 60+ have granular geolocational data), 35K skills in 19 languages, 28K schools, 1.5K fields of study, 600+ degrees, 24K titles in 19 languages, and 500+ certificates, among other entities. Making sense of relations between those entities is a difficult task and this paper explains how LinkedIn does it. Not for the technically faint of heart.

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700+ software engineering blogs: #geek #reading for long weekend

700+ software engineering blogs: #geek #reading for long weekend | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

A curated list of 700+ engineering blogs.

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Learning from the best is a must today. Engineering blogs are the way to gather insights from the best companies and individuals, to learn what solutions they found to the most difficult problems around.

 

I often refer to engineering blogs in my posts, see here some of them: http://fmcs.digital/?s=engineering 

This replaces an old references from 2015: http://sco.lt/6p5b7p

 

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Akamai on the Record KrebsOnSecurity #DDoS Attack via @BrianKrebs @Akamai

Akamai on the Record KrebsOnSecurity #DDoS Attack via @BrianKrebs @Akamai | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Internet infrastructure giant Akamai last week released a special State of the Internet report. Normally, the quarterly accounting of noteworthy changes in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks doesn’t delve into attacks on specific customers. But this latest Akamai report makes an exception in describing in great detail the record-sized attack against KrebsOnSecurity.com in September, the largest such assault it has ever mitigated.

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Describes recent DDoS attacks and provides links to Akamai State of the Internet report, a very useful reference.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Going digital often means relying on the Internet for critical business operations. This article is a stark reminder of the need to put security on the top of priority list.

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How to best structure an Android app source code via @bufferapp

How to best structure an Android app source code via @bufferapp | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

For the past five years, our Android project has maintained a similar package structure from when it was first created in 2012. 

We also want to keep our package structure clean. This rethought is about keeping the workspace that we interact with on a daily basis both tidy and organized.

So we set about to rethink the entire package structure of the Buffer Android app. I’m excited to share what our process looked like and all that we learned, and it’d be great to hear your thoughts and questions, too.

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A detailed explanation of how buffer has refactored its android mobile app source code to be more efficient and better organized.

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20 #eCommerce Platforms to Start an Online Store

20 #eCommerce Platforms to Start an Online Store | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

There's a wide market for eCommerce apps, just as there are for almost any other popular software category. Some are simple tools for selling individual products; others are focused on enterprises with large sales volumes and warehouses of inventory.

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A great reference if you are in the market to build your own eCommerce solution.

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Jean-Marie Grange's curator insight, October 26, 2016 6:13 PM
If you want to start selling online...
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How Dropbox securely stores your passwords: an inside look at top-tier cloud protection

How Dropbox securely stores your passwords: an inside look at top-tier cloud protection | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In this post, we want to share more details of our current password storage mechanism and our reasoning behind it. Our password storage scheme relies on three different layers of cryptographic protections, as the figure below illustrates. For ease of elucidation, in the figure and below we omit any mention of binary encoding (base64).

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Very technical summary from dropbox of their password encryption algorithm.

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

I expect all cloud service providers to treat my information as confidential, starting with my passwords. With the care and attention that dropbox protects its password, you can see how top tier cloud providers - Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook - will most often be more secure than anything you can do, even if you are a fairly large corporation. Trust cloud services as they are probably more secure than whatever your internal IT can provide. It is their bread and butter and their reputation - and ultimately their whole business - relies on it.

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Parfait Pouliotte's curator insight, October 11, 2016 7:24 AM

Sweet.

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Cloud security is a serious business! This article shows how Dropbox does it.
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Complete chart of #NeuralNetwork architectures via @AsimovInstitute

Complete chart of #NeuralNetwork architectures via @AsimovInstitute | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

With new neural network architectures popping up every now and then, it’s hard to keep track of them all. Knowing all the abbreviations being thrown around (DCIGN, BiLSTM, DCGAN, anyone?) can be a bit overwhelming at first.

So I decided to compose a cheat sheet containing many of those architectures. Most of these are neural networks, some are completely different beasts. Though all of these architectures are presented as novel and unique, when I drew the node structures… their underlying relations started to make more sense.

 

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A reference chart of neural network architecture, with detailed explanation of each one. Very useful reference.

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IT-Trends 2016 for the insurance industry

IT-Trends 2016 for the insurance industry | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Those who identify the potential of new technologies, trends and technological progress at an early stage have a competitive advantage and build the foundation for innovation. Constantly increasing technological complexity is leading to a growing number of areas that are relevant for our company to keep an eye on.
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A report that highlights key technology trends in the insurance industry.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Always good to know what is hot and what is not in different industries. Take with a grain of salt, as with all predictions...!

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Top 100 Digital Agencies in UK via @Econsultancy

Top 100 Digital Agencies in UK via @Econsultancy | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
The Top 100 Digital Agencies Report, sponsored by Telerik Sitefinity, is the definitive guide to the UK's biggest digital agencies. Consisting of a 64 page report and an interactive agency navigator tool, this data will provide invaluable for both clients looking to select an agency partner, and to agencies looking to understand the competition and the challenges within the industry.
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Ranking of UK top digital agencies by revenue and number of resources. In this case, top does not mean best I must point out... Nevertheless, it is useful information to know what is happening elsewhere in the world and where the digital consultant budget go to.

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Free Gartner Research: Digital Marketing Transit Map

Free Gartner Research: Digital Marketing Transit Map | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Using the Map

The Digital Marketing Transit Map is designed to identify the best sources for your needs and acquire systems that work well together. It will help you:

  • Identify the connections among business functions, application tracks and providers.
  • Find additional research or structure questions about strategy and best practices as well as providers, products, and selection criteria.
  • Mediate discussions between marketing and IT.
Interpreting the Map

Navigate the complexity of a fragmented and confusing digital marketing landscape. Elements of the map include:

  • Neighborhoods represent functional regions that can be thought of as practice areas within an organization.
  • Tracks connect regions and can be thought of as application services that share common objectives and information.
  • Stations represent interaction points that can be thought of as vendor and product categories that provide platforms and point solutions.
  • Intersections represent transfer points where solutions may serve more than one business area.

 

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Gartner has mapped the different skills, technologies and functional areas that digital marketers should master.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Although I've never been a fan of the transit map analogy, I find this one captures one key message for marketing professionals: digital marketing is different than traditional marketing in the tools, technologies and skills required. As the diagram shows, they are more akin to software programming than they are of the traditional marketing curriculum. For those  that do not yet have those skills in-house, get help. For those that have the skills, make sure they are sharp and remain up-to-date because this technology world changes rapidly.

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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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Magento, hybris, IBM, Oracle Comparison April 2016

Magento, SAP hybris, IBM WebSphere Commerce, Oracle Commerce (ATG) e-commerce platform comparison including typical project, license, support, infrastructure m…
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This guy is obviously biased towards Magento but it is nice to see different solutions compared as is the case here. In particular, look at slide #9. Thank you Francois Medioni for the reference.

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2016 Marketing Technology Landscape references over 4000 companies

2016 Marketing Technology Landscape references over 4000 companies | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
What marketers need to know about the evolving marketing technology landscape. Review the infographic now to learn more about martech.
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Been tracking this technology landscape since its beginning in 2011 when it only referenced 150 companies. This remains one of the best tool to make CMOs and other executives understand that marketing is technology enabled and a leader in digital transformation in the organization.

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Da Silva's curator insight, April 27, 2016 3:39 AM
What about Database Publishing Systems and Catalog automation in the 2016 Marketing Technology Landscape?
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Marketing Landscape in a new and dynamic chart

Marketing Landscape in a new and dynamic chart | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
An interactive visualization of the marketing universe. With input from over 100 CMOs Growthverse represents a taxonomy of the marketing technology ecosystem.
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Amazing reference of over 800 companies that deliver solutions for marketing automation and other marketing activities.

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