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Curate Amazon Products While Making a Profit At It: The Wirecutter

Curate Amazon Products While Making a Profit At It: The Wirecutter | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it




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This is a trend. At NRF show, Dell presented marketvine, a stealth project that allows customers to creation collections of products for sale. It is a new model for retailers to watch for.

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Robin Good's curator insight, January 23, 2013 1:22 PM


Can you curate Amazon products, review and rate them and then make a profit by reselling them from your site? It looks like this business model may have some potential.

Apparent proof comes from TheWireCutter.com, a site I have recently discovered and which does essentially that. Under 20 and more product categories TheWireCutter professionally selects and reviews the most valuable and interesting products while providing lots of good information, references and insight.


All links to products are tagged to identify TheWireCutter as the affiliate reseller, and therefore Amazon pays a commission for any of the products that readers of TheWireCutter will eventually buy.


Great example of how to make the affiliation model pay while curating existing commercial content / products and adding lots of extra value.


Check it out: http://thewirecutter.com/



Martin Gysler's comment, January 23, 2013 1:29 PM
Yes, a very interesting business model and especially the curator has a possibility to make a little money for his hard work.
Digital Transformation of Businesses
A selection of documents, articles, papers, videos and other content for those interested in the transformation that is required when going 100% digital in an organization. I also try to highlight the impacts, both positives and negatives of that transformation. Like it? Please click "Recommend"
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Pyramid of Digital Needs may explain why you are scared of Facebook @fmheir #PrivacyAware 

Pyramid of Digital Needs may explain why you are scared of Facebook @fmheir #PrivacyAware  | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

This post explores the pyramid of digital needs. Based on personal experience and observations, I describe what this hierarchy may be composed of, map technologies that support them, and offer an initial analysis of the impact on individuals and businesses.

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This is a new concept that I have been thinking about for a few year and that may help explain why some persons are not ready to have a Facebook account or share on social networks.

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#mustRead eBook for #retailers to Draft and Enforce a Successful Reseller Pricing Policy and control their product prices online via @trackstreet

#mustRead eBook for #retailers to Draft and Enforce a Successful Reseller Pricing Policy and control their product prices online via @trackstreet | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

In this practical guide, you'll learn:

  • The Pros / Cons of Different Pricing Policy Types including MAP (Minimum Acceptable Pricing) and UPP (Unilateral Pricing Policies)
  • The Top Mistakes people make drafting their policies that can land them in legal trouble and tips from legal experts to avoid them
  • How to determine the size of your branding problem and detect violations in Amazon and other Websites and Online Marketplaces
  • Ways to automate enforcement
  • Get practical advice from the pros
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WHY IT MATTERS: manufacturers need to enforce their pricing policies. Online ecommerce raises a number of challenges but tools like Trackstreet provide advanced solutions to help manage this critical aspect of any brand.

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Is your #Board of Directors ready for Innovation and #digitalTransformation? @HBR article says it is all about attitude towards #risk and asking the right questions

Is your #Board of Directors ready for Innovation and #digitalTransformation? @HBR article says it is all about attitude towards #risk and asking the right questions | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Directors need to rethink their roles and their attitude to risk.

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WHY IT MATTERS: look at this list of questions for your board of directors and ask them if they have an answer for each one in the context of digital transformation, artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotics, 3D printing, etc. Most likely, they won't. Then call me ;-)

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#Blockchain Fundamentals explained for everyone using the Byzantine Generals Problem

#Blockchain Fundamentals explained for everyone using the Byzantine Generals Problem | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Blockchains are inherently decentralized systems which consist of different actors who act depending on their incentives and on the information that is available to them. The big breakthrough when Bitcoin was invented, was the use of Proof-of-Work as a probabilistic solution to the Byzantine Generals Problem as described in depth by Satoshi Nakamoto in this e-mail.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this series of articles tries to explain in non technical terms how the blockchain works and why it is secure. Good job! 

Also read part 2 here: https://medium.com/loom-network/understanding-blockchain-fundamentals-part-2-proof-of-work-proof-of-stake-b6ae907c7edb

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Jeff Bezos: The electricity metaphor for the dotcom boom and Internet - This can apply now to #AI #bitcoin #blockchain #TED

The dot-com boom and bust is often compared to the Gold Rush. But Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos says its more like the early days of the electric industry.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: I've used the electricity metaphor many times before to explain the digital transformation potential impact on businesses. Jezz Bezos here gives us a great presentation that I believe also applies to more current technologies that are artificial intelligence and the blockchain. Well invested 15min video (or 7.5min at 2x speed ;-)

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#Quebec province launches #digital #strategy mostly focussed on infrastructure #StratNumQc

La Stratégie numérique du Québec est un projet de société qui vise la cohérence de l’ensemble des actions gouvernementales afin d’accélérer l’essor, dans tous les milieux, d’une véritable culture numérique.

Cette stratégie a été élaborée en collaboration avec les citoyens, les experts, les entreprises et les organismes, selon leurs préoccupations, leurs besoins, leurs réflexions et leurs idées. Le ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation a également travaillé de près avec plusieurs autres ministères pour définir les objectifs et les cibles de la Stratégie.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: finally we get to see what the digital strategy for the province of Quebec. Can't wait to sift through the 89 page document to find out if it goes beyond infrastructure deployment to ensure everyone can connect to the digital superhighway (as I find this may be required but may be 20 years too late...).

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Short #video on a company that uses #blockchain to track food products from producers to table and prevent foodborne illness

Taiwanese e-commerce platform OwlTing wants to change the way consumers think about their food. This year, it launched the world’s first blockchain-based app for tracing food products — including pork. And the process is pretty simple: by scanning a sticker on a slab of pork, OwlTing customers can quickly access information about everything from a piglet’s date of birth, to the vaccines it received before its slaughter. There’s a lot more to blockchain technology than learning obscure facts about a pork chop, however. For producers, using blockchain-based technologies to trace food through processing and shipping means that they might be able to avoid widespread food waste should a contamination arise — and even save lives. And it is not just small companies that are interested in this technology. The largest retailer in the world, Walmart recently partnered with IBM to develop their own pilot blockchain system. VICE News Tonight visited Taiwan to see how blockchain is affecting pork production, and then to Walmart to find out why the company thinks consumers are going to benefit from this technology.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: blockchain is the technology behind the crypto-currency bitcoin. It has applications in many industries and this short video shows how it can be used in to track food products and prevent illnesses.

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.@Stanford conducting a 100 Year Study on Artificial Intelligence #AI #AI100 #WOW

.@Stanford conducting a 100 Year Study on Artificial Intelligence #AI #AI100 #WOW | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Stanford University has invited leading thinkers from several institutions to begin a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play.
Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: anyone committing to a 100-year study is worth my attention. And to have the best in the field do that I find is just the best way for future generations to understand the context in which we make decisions regarding how AI develops. Fascinating. Just look at the topics they cover:

  1. Technical trends and surprises
  2. Key opportunities for AI
  3. Delays with translating AI advances into real-world value. 
  4. Privacy and machine intelligence. 
  5. Democracy and freedom. 
  6. Law. 
  7. Ethics. 
  8. Economics. 
  9. AI and warfare. 
  10. Criminal uses of AI. 
  11. Collaborations with machines. 
  12. AI and human cognition. 
  13. Safety and autonomy. 
  14. Loss of control of AI systems. 
  15. Psychology of people and smart machines. 
  16. Communication, understanding, and outreach. 
  17. Neuroscience and AI. 
  18. AI and philosophy of mind.
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Navigating a World of Digital Disruption via @BCG

Navigating a World of Digital Disruption via @BCG | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

So leaders need to focus on asymmetrical rivals and unlikely allies, on hackers and hobbyists, on rooftop solar panels and 3-D printers. They must also adapt their strategies to the possibility of shared infrastructure, to data that wants to be big, to the implacable embrace-and-extend bear hug of Google and Amazon and the National Security Agency. Conventional business models may be simultaneously too big and too small. How should executives respond? Here are the four major drivers of the new industrial architecture and the key strategic imperatives for companies.

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WHY IT MATTERS: in this article BCG explores the underlying elements that should drive digital transformation in organizations. Not for the faint at heart.

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Ian Harris's curator insight, December 9, 5:23 PM

Brain fodder for business leaders!

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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. 

Farid Mheir's insight:

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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Distill is a new #publication platform to share the latest articles about #machineLearning in a visual & interactive way

Distill is a new #publication platform to share the latest articles about #machineLearning in a visual & interactive way | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Machine Learning Research Should Be Clear, Dynamic and Vivid.
Distill Is Here to Help. The web is a powerful medium to share new ways of thinking. Over the last few years we’ve seen many imaginative examples of such work. But traditional academic publishing remains focused on the PDF, which prevents this sort of communication.

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: AI researcher often struggle to explain concepts in their research. They have created a new publication platform to help make papers easier to understand and reduce what they call "research debt". I think the same applies to many other fields...

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Experts from different companies explore the Economics of Artificial Intelligence #AI as part of #MIT_CSAIL conference #video

Dimitris Papageorgiou, Partner, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP
John Van Reenen, Professor, MIT Department of Economics and MIT Sloan School of Management
Krystyn Van Vliet, Professor of Material Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering, MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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WHY IT MATTERS: the video regroups leaders in the field and shows the current state of the art in AI and its economics. PArt of a larger conference at MIT on AI.

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.@Stanford release the #AI index for 2017 full of data and analysis on the state of AI today #mustRead

.@Stanford release the #AI index for 2017 full of data and analysis on the state of AI today #mustRead | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

The AI Index is an open, not-for-profit project to track activity and progress in AI. It aspires to be a comprehensive resource of data and analysis for policymakers, researchers, executives, journalists and others to rapidly develop intuitions about the complex field of AI.
AI is the new electricity, and is transforming multiple industries. The AI Index will help current generations track and navigate this societal transformations. It will also help future generations look back and understand the AI's rise.

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WHY IT MATTERS: AI evolves rapidly and this report presents the state of the world (mostly the US at this time) as it relates to AI. Must read.

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3 #videos on retail store technology of today and tomorrow: The Future of Omni-Channel Retail, How stores track your shopping behaviour, Tech Savvy Store

Why are companies so intent on using technology to track our behavior? Our actions reveal what we desire, how we shop, and why we buy. Retailers can now learn so much more about shopper behavior than ever before, and while these “big data” applications create concerns about privacy, the detailed data can be used to design stores, product offerings and promotions that connect with our interests, speed up the shopping process, and help us find items we will buy. 

Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: we all go to stores and seldom notice the technology that surrounds us and tracks our moves.

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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 | Digital Transformation of Businesses | 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 | Digital Transformation of Businesses | 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 | Digital Transformation of Businesses | 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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Waymo’s #self-driving cars have 300 years of driving experience under their belt (4 million self-driven miles)

Waymo’s #self-driving cars have 300 years of driving experience under their belt (4 million self-driven miles) | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

When it comes to developing self-driving cars, experience is key to making the technology safe and ready for the road. That’s why we’ve been working to make Waymo the world’s most experienced driver…

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WHY IT MATTERS: teach one human to drive and you are safe. Teach one self-driving car to drive then all other cars benefits from the experience. I predict that soon - if not already - Google self driving cars will be safer than human drivers - just because they will have covered more roads and encountered more driving situations. And it will not stop there and will keep improving every day. This is true for cars but will also be true for all other areas in which AI will be applied: medecine, law, agriculture, etc.

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Puppy or Muffin? How #deepLearning enabled computer vision & made The Business of Artificial Intelligence possible via @hbr

Puppy or Muffin? How #deepLearning enabled computer vision & made The Business of Artificial Intelligence possible via @hbr | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

What AI can — and cannot — do for your organization.

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WHY IT MATTERS: advances in computer vision due to deep learning algorithms has opened a world of possibilities for companies. Read this article and accompanying HBR posts. Great series.

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How Facial Recognition Will Impact The Shopping Industry

How Facial Recognition Will Impact The Shopping Industry | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Today facial recognition sensors, that track the face of shoppers, are starting to become adopted by retailers in prime markets.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this paper explains how facial recognition is already in use in retail stores to track shopping behaviours, identify shoplifters but also recognize individual shoppers to provide personal service. Creepy or useful?

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45 Billion Cameras by 2022 Fuel Business Opportunities for better and for worse #security #privacy #AI #robots

45 Billion Cameras by 2022 Fuel Business Opportunities for better and for worse #security #privacy #AI #robots | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Exclusive research by us at LDV Capital is the first publicly shared, in-depth analysis which estimates how many cameras will be in the world in 2022. Key Findings include:

  • Most of the pictures captured will never be seen by a human eye.
  • A paradigm shift will take place in the meaning and use of a camera.
  • Over the next five years there will be a proliferation of cameras integrated into products across industries and markets.
  • Where there is growth in cameras there will be tremendous business opportunities in the capture, analysis and interpretation of visual data.
  • Depth capture will double the number of cameras in handheld cameras.
  • By 2022, the number of cameras will be nearly 12X the 2012 figures.
  • Your smartphone will have between 4 and 10 cameras by 2022.
  • The Internet of Eyes will be larger than the Internet of Things.
  • In the next five years, robotics will have 20X more integrated cameras.
  • By 2022, all new vehicles will be equipped with more than 25 cameras and this does not include Lidar or Radar.
Farid Mheir's insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: cameras will become ubiquitous and AI systems will analyze those images to provide business services but also track our every move. This reports presents trends in this area.

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This paper explains how #self-driving cars can identify cars, humans and other obstacles #AI

This paper explains how #self-driving cars can identify cars, humans and other obstacles #AI | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

The latest paper shows that two Apple scientists have devised a new technology called VoxelNet for detecting small obstacles using LiDAR.

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WHY IT MATTERS: the paper referenced in this blog post explains in great details how neural networks are used to detect moving objects. Fascinating. Also very technical, weak heart should abstain... ;-)

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Alan Bradshaw's curator insight, November 26, 8:15 AM

WHY IT MATTERS: the paper referenced in this blog post explains in great details how neural networks are used to detect moving objects. Fascinating. Also very technical, weak heart should abstain... ;-)

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How I Hacked 40 Websites in 7 minutes

How I Hacked 40 Websites in 7 minutes | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

A narrative about a recent assessment I did to a peer’s website which ended up in a potentially very impactful situation.

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WHY IT MATTERS: explains in relatively simple terms how hackers work and get access to computers and websites. Good to know.

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GigWriting.com's curator insight, November 25, 8:10 AM

Article to be referred by every web-designers and website owners. Thanks - Gigwriting.com

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What Is Blockchain Technology? #weekendRead to understand it all in simple terms via @cbinsights

What Is Blockchain Technology? #weekendRead to understand it all in simple terms via @cbinsights | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Bitcoin. Blockchain. Cryptocurrencies. Initial coin offerings. Everyone’s talking about them, but what do these terms really mean?

Few people understand what it is, but Wall Street banks, IT organizations, and consultants are buzzing about blockchain technology. It's hard to remove blockchain from Bitcoin, so we'll start with the cryptocurrency as we work to understand this technology's potential.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this article describes what bitcoins are and what the blockchain - the underlying technology is. Make it your weekend reading. Then go out and buy 20$ worth of bitcoins. On Monday you'll know more than most people in your office!

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21 #jobs humans will have in the future may include #FitnessCommitmentCounselor #PersonalDataBroker #WalkerTalker

21 #jobs humans will have in the future may include #FitnessCommitmentCounselor #PersonalDataBroker #WalkerTalker | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Automation will eliminate jobs but it will also create them. Here are 21 jobs that will exist in the future.

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WHY IT MATTERS: AI will replace many human activities - from driving trucks to auditing accounting books. Futurists predict that new jobs will emerge, jobs that today do not make sense but that in the future will become essential - same way that our ancestors in early 1900s would not have believed that data scientist or software programmer or webmaster would exist today...

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A 'Google Maps' for the Mouse Brain Details Neurons Like Never Before #video #singularity

A 'Google Maps' for the Mouse Brain Details Neurons Like Never Before #video #singularity | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

MouseLight is the most detailed map of the mouse brain yet. Scientists hope this brain map, and others like it, can help unravel the brain's mysteries.

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WHY IT MATTERS: understanding of the human brain is essential to improve artificial intelligence. Advances in brain scanning technologies have allowed researchers to map 700 neurons in a ouse brain and the results are presented here. Look at the 2min video to understand what has been achieved. 

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