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An amazing explanation of the rise of the Application Programming Interfaces #API and why this will create a new economy - The World Through an API @a2z

As the API or "application programming interface" becomes the primary interface for business (in much the same way physical storefronts gave way to applications and websites), we're seeing a new chapter in the story of software emerge. While it's playing out against the backdrop of other trends (microservices, software-defined networking, developers as buyers, and connectivity as a utility), the big idea here is that traditional, large programs are being broken down into and being offered as -- or with data exposed to -- services. But more importantly, these pieces and services are being recombined by other companies to create something new... it’s combinatorial innovation in action. In this talk (originally delivered at our most recent annual a16z Summit in November 2017), general partner Martin Casado describes the evolution of "the API economy" in the context of the history of computing; shares examples of companies whose entire business is based on or around APIs; considers implications for future infrastructure, IT business leaders, and others; and shares how APIs are already fueling the expansion of software eating the world.

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WHY IT MATTERS: a short video from well-know investors that explain the importance of APIs and the opportunities it provides.

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Charu Verma's curator insight, October 30, 9:13 AM
Fascinating insight into the evolution of API and how these are the NEW building blocks of a product/service/software
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Machine Learning cheat sheets from @Stanford and @MIT are also being translated in multiple languages on #github #geek #AI #MachineLearning #Great

Machine Learning cheat sheets from @Stanford and @MIT are also being translated in multiple languages on #github #geek #AI #MachineLearning #Great | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Teaching page of Shervine Amidi, Graduate Student at Stanford University.
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WHY IT MATTERS: machine learning is based on mathematics and computer science. Here are cheat sheets to help guide students - but in reality they are good for everybody. Also look on github for translations in multiple languages...

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Vezta & Co.'s curator insight, September 19, 8:37 AM

WHY IT MATTERS: machine learning is based on mathematics and computer science. Here are cheat sheets to help guide students - but in reality they are good for everybody. Also look on github for translations in multiple languages...

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Customer Data Platforms #CDP will soon become an essential tool in the #marketing #automation arsenal

Customer Data Platforms #CDP will soon become an essential tool in the #marketing #automation arsenal | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The Customer Data Platform Institute is a vendor-neutral organization dedicated to helping marketers manage customer data.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this library of papers and technical documents on CDPs will provide a starting point if you want to know more on the matter.

Head over to CDP institute for more: www.cdpinstitute.org 

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16 Critical Roles to Structure Your #Digital Team

16 Critical Roles to Structure Your #Digital Team | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Many brands going through a digital transformation struggle to structure their teams. This framework can act as a guideline.

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WHY IT MATTERS: digital requires skills and expertise that are very specific and often benefit from being organized in a center of excellence. This post presents some of those roles.

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WHY IT MATTERS: digital requires skills and expertise that are very specific and often benefit from being organized in a center of excellence. This post presents some of those roles.

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Sitecore has hit a ceiling in recent years and web content management platforms are too expensive and under used. Sad. #Web #WCMS #CMS HT @TonyByrne @RealStoryGroup

Sitecore has hit a ceiling in recent years and web content management platforms are too expensive and under used. Sad. #Web #WCMS #CMS HT @TonyByrne @RealStoryGroup | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The vendor's focus on core R&D and channel-based selling proved a winning business strategy, but I think Sitecore has hit a ceiling in recent years.

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WHY IT MATTERS: companies have been building website for close to years now and this post reminds us all that most still do not leverage the full power of analytics, personalization and other high end features of web platforms. Basically companies continue to create informational websites with little or no data analysis and gathering. My experience confirms this is mostly true. Sad.

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Digital transformation in Finance: Continuous Accounting is the Future of #Accounting and Modern #Finance

Digital transformation in Finance: Continuous Accounting is the Future of #Accounting and Modern #Finance | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

BlackLine automates complex, manual & repetitive accounting processes & enables companies to move beyond the legacy record-to-report process.

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WHY IT MATTERS: finance and accounting remain manual and paper-driven. However, there are advances with robotic process automation and solutions that aim to make accounting a continuous process, not a once a month struggle. Sure looks to me like something we have done in software engineering years ago with continuous integration and deployment.

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WHY IT MATTERS: finance and accounting remain manual and paper-driven. However, there are advances with robotic process automation and solutions that aim to make accounting a continuous process, not a once a month struggle. Sure looks to me like something we have done in software engineering years ago with continuous integration and deployment.

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Marie Torossian, CPA, CGMA's curator insight, September 1, 10:52 AM
How automated is your accounting process? I'm always looking for better integration of software to free up time for my staff to perform more analytics. Here's a nice read on Digital transformation in Finance and Accounting
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The future of agile teams is a "Squad" according to Spotify engineering teams - #mustRead to understand how top performing teams organized to deliver fast with quality and coordination #softwareEng...

What’s Squad? It’s a small cross-functional self-organized team with usually less than 8 people. They have end-to-end responsibilities and they work together toward long-term missions. On Squads, the key drive is autonomy.

Each Squad has autonomy to decide what to build, how to build it, and how to work together while building it, although they need to be aligned with the Squad mission, product strategy, and short-term goals.

“Be autonomous, but don’t sub-optimize!”.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: a great 2 part article on how to implement squads to organize your agile delivery teams.

This is a followup to previous blog posts on the subject:

http://fmcs.digital/blog/how-spotify-structures-its-teams-to-deliver-products-in-agile-fashion/ 

http://fmcs.digital/blog/videos-that-describe-spotify-engineering-culture-mustwatch/ 

http://fmcs.digital/blog/managing-large-software-requires-softwareengineering-structured-approach-what-will-it-be-for-ai/ 

http://fmcs.digital/blog/the-origins-of-devops-10-deploys-per-day-dev-and-ops-cooperation-at-flickr/ 

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The #web has become bloated and as more people access it on #mobile devices, the Impact of Page Weight on Load Time should remain a serious consideration for developers via @paulcalvano

The #web has become bloated and as more people access it on #mobile devices, the Impact of Page Weight on Load Time should remain a serious consideration for developers via @paulcalvano | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Page weight is an important metric to track, but we should always consider using appropriate statistical methods when tracking it on the web as a whole. Certainly track it for your sites – because as you’ve seen here, the size of content does matter. It’s not the only thing that matters – but the correlation is strong enough that a spike in page weight should merit some investigation.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this very detailed research from Netflix shows how important it is to keep web pages skinny - and highlights that so few of the 1000 top websites watch this important metric. Imagine the others...

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Five Challenges of Analyzing Internet of Things (#IoT) Data

Five Challenges of Analyzing Internet of Things (#IoT) Data | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The analysis of Internet of Things (IoT) data is quickly becoming a mainstream activity. I’ve written about the Analytics of Things (AoT) before (some examples herehere, and here). For this blog, I’m going to focus on a few unique challenges that you’ll most likely encounter as you move to take IoT data into the AoT realm.

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WHY IT MATTERS: as I work with colleagues to bring IOT into retail stores, challenges are many including those highlighted here.

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Evolution of #CloudComputing includes #fogComputing as #InternetOfThings proliferate - see this short video intro #IOT via @jssprenger

What is fog computing, and why is it necessary? This 2-minute video provides a quick overview and introduction.

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WHY IT MATTERS: always good to stay abreast of the latest buzzword... ;-)

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When Your Employees Post Passwords Online in public Trello boards and other public SaaS solutions you may have serious data security issues via @brianKrebs #KrebsOnSecurity

When Your Employees Post Passwords Online in public Trello boards and other public SaaS solutions you may have serious data security issues via @brianKrebs #KrebsOnSecurity | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Last month’s story about organizations exposing passwords and other sensitive data via collaborative online spaces at Trello.com only scratched the surface of the problem. A deeper dive suggests a large number of government agencies, marketing firms, healthcare organizations and IT support companies are publishing credentials via public Trello boards that quickly get indexed by the major search engines.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this article is a reminder that the use of public software as a service tools may lead to exposure of critical and private corporate data. In the past, locking everything down behind corporate firewall and network meant this was not possible. At the same time, remote work and collaboration with partners around the globe was very difficult. CIOs would like to return to the good old days but users certainly do not want that. Proper governance must be enforced with these new tools and systems.

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#weekend Read what is #GitHub and why is it such a big deal?... other than the #Microsoft’s $7.5 Billion acquisition price tag of course! via @Bloomberg

#weekend Read what is #GitHub and why is it such a big deal?... other than the #Microsoft’s $7.5 Billion acquisition price tag of course! via @Bloomberg | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

If only everything worked like this! Why are we still sending files around via email? Why aren’t there multiple branching versions of everything? Why do we pretend that there’s any canonical version of anything? (Because we have to make money.) Git acknowledges a long-held, shared, and hard-to-express truth, which is that the world is ever-shifting and nothing is ever finished.

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WHY IT MATTERS: every techno geek knows GitHub and appreciates it. This article explains it for the rest of us (you actually ;-)...

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#AI is still more art than science & why your project will most likely fail initially: Lessons Learned Reproducing a Deep Reinforcement Learning Paper from Matthew Rahtz HT @gnats

#AI is still more art than science & why your project will most likely fail initially: Lessons Learned Reproducing a Deep Reinforcement Learning Paper from Matthew Rahtz HT @gnats | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Finally, though, the biggest surprise with this project was just how long it took - and related, the amount of compute resources it needed. The first surprise was in terms of calendar time. My original estimate was that as a side project it would take about 3 months. It actually took around 8 months. (And the original estimate was supposed to be pessimistic!) Some of that was down to underestimating how many hours each stage would take, but a big chunk of the underestimate was failing to anticipate other things coming up outside the project. It’s hard to say how well this generalises, but for side projects, taking your original (already pessimistic) time estimates and doubling them might not be a bad rule-of-thumb.

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WHY IT MATTERS: reading about AI these days feels like everybody should be doing it because it is so easy. First, it is not. Second you need lots of data. Third, debugging is a pain. Reading this papers feels just like what we had to fight with in the early days on mainframe computers with punch cards and batch processing. Actually, this may be a good parallel to draw. Moreover, Element.ai estimates that there are only about 10000 people with the right AI skills in the world. Still very early - be warned!

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10 digital transformation must-reads from @HBR

10 digital transformation must-reads from @HBR | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Some IT leaders are growing weary of the phrase “digital transformation.” Find here 10 articles on the subject to help grasp some wisdom:

1. How Landauer CIO built a revenue-generating mindset in IT

2. SunTrust CIO's formula for speed relies on cloud, DevOps

3. Increasing IT’s speed: 3 levers CIOs can use

4. Teaching IT to embrace change: 9 execs share advice

5. Matson CIO: The most painful, gut-wrenching part of leading transformation

6. How hybrid cloud aids digital transformation

7. Budgeting smarts for digital transformation: 4 tips

8. Digital transformation: 3 strategies to manage change

9. Digital transformation: 5 principles for the retail industry

10. What absolutely won’t work when it comes to digital transformation

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WHY IT MATTERS: a collection of articles on digital transformation by CIOs. Their insight is interesting because they have been at the forefront of the transformation from day one and have to have a cross-functional view of the organization, making their insights even more global and wide-ranging.

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Learn #Blockchain in 2 Months - great program for those that is serious about using blockchain via @sirajraval

Blockchain technology is hot right now! I've devised a 2 month study plan to help you learn how blockchains and cryptocurrency works. This is the kind of curriculum I'd create for myself to learn, but I'm open sourcing it for you guys since I love you. We'll start with cryptography, move on to Bitcoin, then Ethereum, other cryptos, and finally Decentralized Applications.

Curriculum for this video: https://github.com/llSourcell/Learn_Blockchain_in_2_months 

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WHY IT MATTERS: hearing so many people asking what is blockchain, I thought to share this to show that 1) it requires many new concepts and fundamentals 2) it can be done if you have the right mindset!

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#Apache PredictionIO is proof that value is in the #data, not the #software

#Apache PredictionIO is proof that value is in the #data, not the #software | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Apache PredictionIO is an open source Machine Learning Server built on top of a state-of-the-art open source stack for developers and data scientists to create predictive engines for any machine learning task.

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WHY IT MATTERS: AI toolkits are now plentiful and opensource, this is just one of them. Why opensource? Because the real value is in the data you have, not the software. It's the data stupid...!

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#Agile approaches are getting implemented in organizations for more than #Software #Development via @BCG

#Agile approaches are getting implemented in organizations for more than #Software #Development via @BCG | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

For most companies, agile is confined to software development—but it doesn’t need to be. Increasingly, forward-thinking companies are taking advantage of the same agile techniques that have transformed software development. Now they are successfully deploying these techniques in other core business units, from marketing to human resources to finance. When companies implement agile across their entire organizations, ways of working improve dramatically. Agile methods are more collaborative and creative and can be more efficient than other business models. But companies must first understand why their current business structures need to change.

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WHY IT MATTERS: software developers have proven for years that agile approaches deliver much better results than tradition approaches dubbed "waterfall". I believe that because I have lived it many times. Now it is time for others in the organization to embrace agile approaches. And for those that know agile, remember that I always prefer to have pigs on my projects (for others, read this https://www.implementingscrum.com/2006/09/11/the-classic-story-of-the-pig-and-chicken/)

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First tie I see a proposal for a Digital Transformation Reference Architecture

Digital transformation - extending and exposing business processes outside the organisation - by implementing a digital strategy – a statement about the organisation’s digital positioning, operating model, competitors and customer and collaborator needs and behaviour through the delivery of digital solutions defined in a digital architecture – a future state application, data and technology view to achieve digital operating status - is potentially (very) complex. Digital architecture does not exist in isolation entirely separate from an organisation’s overall enterprise architecture. Digital architecture must exist within the within the wider enterprise architecture context. Enterprise architecture provides the tools and the approaches to manage the complexity of digital transformation. 

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WHY IT MATTERS: we need more work such as this one to help manage the digital transformation in our organizations. Unfortunately, as with many things EA related, this is a bit theoretical and grandiose but starting at slide 28 you may find elements worth using in your own architectures.

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#weekendReading this 8-part blog post called "Machine Learning is Fun!" is a very good overview of what #AI technologies are all about

#weekendReading this 8-part blog post called "Machine Learning is Fun!" is a very good overview of what #AI technologies are all about | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

This guide is for anyone who is curious about machine learning but has no idea where to start. I imagine there are a lot of people who tried reading the wikipedia article, got frustrated and gave up wishing someone would just give them a high-level explanation. That’s what this is. The goal is be accessible to anyone — which means that there’s a lot of generalizations. But who cares? If this gets anyone more interested in ML, then mission accomplished.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this series of article present the fundamental technologies behind AI in a very simple and easy to understand way.

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Modern Face Recognition with #DeepLearning and simple program anyone can try

Modern Face Recognition with #DeepLearning and simple program anyone can try | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

This technology is called face recognition. Facebook’s algorithms are able to recognize your friends’ faces after they have been tagged only a few times. It’s pretty amazing technology — Facebook can recognize faces with 98% accuracy which is pretty much as good as humans can do!

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WHY IT MATTERS: facial recognition libraries have made it very simple to include the feature in any system. Read the article to understand how facial recognition works then jump to this other post to try out the actual code to do it. https://blog.paperspace.com/facial-recognition-using-deep-learning/ 

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Ambient AI Is About to Devour the Software Industry

Ambient AI Is About to Devour the Software Industry | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Amazon has casually unveiled what could turn into a fundamentally different way to build software.

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WHY IT MATTERS: cloud computing has made it possible to develop machine learning and deep learning solutions much more easily. Follow the links in the article for other great products and solutions including petuum

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maturity model for README #softwareEngineering #software

maturity model for README #softwareEngineering #software | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Free README editing+feedback to make your open-source projects grow. See the README maturity model to help you keep going.

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WHY IT MATTERS: for the techno geeks this is a great reference.

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Engineering Growth Framework provides a tool to measure and reward progress in people skills @Medium

Engineering Growth Framework provides a tool to measure and reward progress in people skills @Medium | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In late August we rolled out our Growth Framework, a set of documents and tools that described what we value at Medium, how to progress, and how we measure and reward that progress.

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WHY IT MATTERS: very useful framework that can be applied in many fields to manage employees in high-demand technical skills such a software engineers. A reference for me in the future.

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Firefox Developer Tools #essential #web #development

Firefox Developer Tools #essential #web #development | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Examine, edit, and debug HTML, CSS, and JavaScript on the desktop and on mobile.
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WHY IT MATTERS: great tools from mozilla to gain behind the scenes access to the web pages you browse every day. Similar tools can be found on chrome and IE as well.

https://developer.chrome.com/devtools 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/f12-devtools-guide 

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1739 third-party #openSource libraries in @slack makes me wonder if this is a good thing or #madness

1739 third-party #openSource libraries in @slack makes me wonder if this is a good thing or #madness | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Slack macOS v 2.8.2 client lists 1739 3rd party open source librairies. The following sets forth attribution notices for third party software that may be contained in portions of the Slack desktop application. We thank the open source community for all of their contributions.

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WHY IT MATTERS: I understand that open source libraries are useful but have we gone mad? An application such as slack uses 1739 different libraries makes me wonder if this is really needed or if all those dependencies expose the system to issues that would not otherwise be there.

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