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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:30:00 EDTYour homes and cars can be automated and self-serviced. Why can't your storage? From simply asking questions to analyze and troubleshoot your infrastructure, to provisioning storage with snapshots, recovery and replication, your wildest sci-fi dream has come true. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, will provide a ChatOps demo where you can talk to your storage and manage it from anywhere, through Slack and similar services with Tintri's web services architecture and APIs. Impress your DevOps team with smart and autonomous infrastructure.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:15:00 EDTThere are 66 million network cameras capturing terabytes of data. How did factories in Japan improve physical security at the facilities and improve employee productivity? Edge Computing reduces possible kilobytes of data collected per second to only a few kilobytes of data transmitted to the public cloud every day. Data is aggregated and analyzed close to sensors so only intelligent results need to be transmitted to the cloud. Non-essential data is recycled to optimize storage.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:00:00 EDTMicroservices are a very exciting architectural approach that many organizations are looking to as a way to accelerate innovation. Microservices promise to allow teams to move away from monolithic "ball of mud" systems, but the reality is that, in the vast majority of organizations, different projects and technologies will continue to be developed at different speeds. How to handle the dependencies between these disparate systems with different iteration cycles? Consider the "canoncial problem" in this scenario: microservice A (releases daily) depends on a couple of additions to backend B (releases quarterly).
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:15:00 EDTWhether you like it or not, DevOps is on track for a remarkable alliance with security. The SEC didn’t approve the merger. And your boss hasn’t heard anything about it. Yet, this unruly triumvirate will soon dominate and deliver DevSecOps faster, cheaper, better, and on an unprecedented scale. In his session at DevOps Summit, Frank Bunger, VP of Customer Success at ScriptRock, discussed how this cathartic moment will propel the DevOps movement from such stuff as dreams are made on to a practical, powerful, and insanely valuable asset to enterprises. You may call it DevSecOps, or SecDevOps, or maybe even DevOpsSec. Choose your own adventure.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:30:00 EDTSYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a client-oriented software development company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software company that develops and delivers turn-key mobile apps, websites, web services, and complex software systems for startups and enterprises. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business managers to a full-scale mobile software company with over 200 developers, designers, quality assurance engineers, project managers in house, specializing in the world-class mobile and web development.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:45:00 EDTWe all know the story: a farm, a kid, a Commodore 64, and a modem maxing out at 300 bps. A few unexpected phone bills later, and young Ian Allison is figuring out how to game the system so he can keep using his newfound gateway to the world of tech. According to Ian, that is where he began building the foundation of skills for his career in computer security. At the recent All Day DevOps conference, Ian (@iallison), now with Intuit, talked about his history of being "that" security guy. You know, the one who thinks developers don't care about security or deadlines, and, really, are just plain "stupid." But, don't worry, he is enlightened now and realizes that we all have the same goal - everyone wants to build a secure system.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:00:00 EDTProviding the needed data for application development and testing is a huge headache for most organizations. The problems are often the same across companies - speed, quality, cost, and control. Provisioning data can take days or weeks, every time a refresh is required. Using dummy data leads to quality problems. Creating physical copies of large data sets and sending them to distributed teams of developers eats up expensive storage and bandwidth resources. And, all of these copies proliferating the organization can lead to inconsistent masking and exposure of sensitive data. But some organizations are adopting a new method of data management for DevOps that is delivering transformational business outcomes in faster time to market, lower costs, and great control. In his session at DevOps Summit, Brian Reagan, Managing Director of Blackthorne Consulting Group, an Actifio company, reviewed the core concepts of using data virtualization to power DevOps, including Central Administration by Operations, Self-Service for developers and testers, and Automating Data Masking for enhanced control of sensitive information. He shared real life case studies and provided a practical perspective on the benefits and considerations for these projects.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:00:00 EDTOne of my favorite parts of the novel The Phoenix Project is when Bill Palmer, DevOps hero and VP of IT Operations for the fictional company “Parts Unlimited” has a light bulb moment about the central importance of IT to the business. The moment comes as the company’s CFO lays out for Bill how he strives to align the goals of his department with the goals of the business. It’s here Bill starts to realize he must take a similar approach with IT. He ultimately turns to data about his delivery process to improve IT’s effectiveness and save his team from outsourcing—and a DevOps team is born.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:00:00 EDTNiagara Networks exhibited at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, in November 2016. Niagara Networks offers the highest port-density systems, and the most complete Next-Generation Network Visibility systems including Network Packet Brokers, Bypass Switches, and Network TAPs.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:00:00 EDTAs Enterprise business moves from Monoliths to Microservices, adoption and successful implementations of Microservices become more evident. The goal of Microservices is to improve software delivery speed and increase system safety as scale increases. Documenting hurdles and problems for the use of Microservices will help consultants, architects and specialists to avoid repeating the same mistakes and learn how and when to use (or not use) Microservices at the enterprise level. The circumstance when Microservices is an appropriate solution described in this article and based on the authors' work experiences, best practices available in the Microservices community. However, using Microservices Architecture does not guarantee success to the enterprise.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:45:00 EDT"When you think about the data center today, there's constant evolution, The evolution of the data center and the needs of the consumer of technology change, and they change constantly," stated Matt Kalmenson, VP of Sales, Service and Cloud Providers at Veeam Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:45:00 EDTCloud computing is here to stay. The agility and scalability of the cloud model – as well as its ability to transform up-front capital expenditures into flexible operating expenditures – are too compelling to ignore. For CIOs in organizations of all sizes, the question is no longer whether to take advantage of the cloud … but how. Unfortunately, that question isn't as easy to answer as it might sound. Not all cloud providers are created equal. Different vendors offer different features, terms and service levels. And once you engage with one vendor, it can be difficult to change your mind down the road – even if that vendor’s offering doesn’t fully mesh with your existing IT practices and policies.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:30:00 EDTGiven the popularity of the containers, further investment in the telco/cable industry is needed to transition existing VM-based solutions to containerized cloud native deployments. The networking architecture of the solution isolates the network traffic into different network planes (e.g., management, control, and media). This naturally makes support for multiple interfaces in container orchestration engines an indispensable requirement.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:15:00 EDT@DevOpsSummit has been named the ‘Top DevOps Influencer' by iTrend. iTrend processes millions of conversations, tweets, interactions, news articles, press releases, blog posts - and extract meaning form them and analyzes mobile and desktop software platforms used to communicate, various metadata (such as geo location), and automation tools. In overall placement, @DevOpsSummit ranked as the number one ‘DevOps Influencer' followed by @CloudExpo at third, and @MicroservicesE at 24th.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:00:00 EDTAfter more than five years of DevOps, definitions are evolving, boundaries are expanding, ‘unicorns’ are no longer rare, enterprises are on board, and pundits are moving on. Can we now look at an evolution of DevOps? Should we? Is the foundation of DevOps ‘done’, or is there still too much left to do? What is mature, and what is still missing? What does the next 5 years of DevOps look like? In this Power Panel at DevOps Summit, moderated by DevOps Summit Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists looked back at what DevOps has become, and forward at what it might create next.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:00:00 EDTIn his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
Fri, 30 Oct 2015 12:00:00 EDTIn their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect at GE, and Ibrahim Gokcen, who leads GE's advanced IoT analytics, focused on the Internet of Things / Industrial Internet and how to make it operational for business end-users. Learn about the challenges posed by machine and sensor data and how to marry it with enterprise data. They also discussed the tips and tricks to provide the Industrial Internet as an end-user consumable service using Big Data Analytics and Industrial Cloud.
Fri, 30 Oct 2015 02:00:00 EDTThe Tutum platform features a workflow, backed by a fully integrated set of operational tooling, which enables development teams to move applications from build to production in minutes. More importantly, operations uses the same common framework as development to change, scale and manage distributed applications across any infrastructure on-premise or in the cloud.
Sun, 11 Oct 2015 14:15:00 EDTMobile messaging has been a popular communication channel for more than 20 years. Finnish engineer Matti Makkonen invented the idea for SMS (Short Message Service) in 1984, making his vision a reality on December 3, 1992 by sending the first message ("Happy Christmas") from a PC to a cell phone. Since then, the technology has evolved immensely, from both a technology standpoint, and in our everyday uses for it. Originally used for person-to-person (P2P) communication, i.e., Sally sends a text message to Betty – mobile messaging now offers tremendous value to businesses for customer and employee-facing communication. This is most notably done through application-to-person (A2P) messaging platforms that send things like appointment reminders, shipping alerts, IT status updates, to name a few.
Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:00:00 EDTSYS-CON Events announced today that Harbinger Systems will exhibit at SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Harbinger Systems is a global company providing software technology services. Since 1990, Harbinger has developed a strong customer base worldwide. Its customers include software product companies ranging from hi-tech start-ups in Silicon Valley to leading product companies in the US and large in-house IT organizations.
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 12:00:00 EDTForbes called 2015, the Year of the Mobile Beacon. AdWeek talks about how beacons are already influencing the way we network, get drunk, vacation, shop, and even how we buy sausage. Ten experts at Marketing Land predicted that this year the whole world of mobile marketing will become acutely location-aware. Plus, if Google, Apple, and Facebook are betting on it, shouldn't you? We'll dive in and learn how beacons interact with APIs, how the different beacon protocols work, and what makes for a quality beacon experience.
Sun, 13 Sep 2015 17:00:00 EDTMobile testing is getting harder: more devices, multiple operating systems, higher quality expectations and shorter development cycles. In his session at DevOps Summit, Tom Chavez, Senior Evangelist at SOASTA, will discuss the seven steps to improving your mobile testing process. Tom Chavez, with 20+ years of experience as a product manager in software development tools, works in product management at SOASTA, the leader in performance analytics. He has worked across the Silicon Valley at industry leaders including Apple, Sun, PalmSource, and Intuit delivering tools for Mac, Java, PalmOS, and Android development and testing.
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 13:00:00 EDTAs much as I like to promote and evangelize mobile technologies and mobile commerce, it remains in its infancy. My preliminary research reveals it is critical for a mobile retailer to know who is using a mobile application in order to maximize sales. This knowledge should then be used to present a customized mobile experience based upon the user's preferences and demographics. Even though consumers uniformly don't like the "idea" of vendors collecting data on them, they are happy to give it up in exchange for special treatment, discounts and deals as demonstrated by the high numbers of loyalty program participation and the reasons given for joining them.
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:32:50 EDTIt’s up to IT to secure BYOD without locking out its greatest asset: employees. Virtual Mobile Infrastructure (VMI) provides a compelling way to do so. Despite the kicking and screaming from IT departments, organizations have largely resigned themselves to the fact that BYOD is here to stay. Whether the flavor is iPhone, Android or Windows, employees are bringing their favorite devices to work en masse with little regard for larger security and compliance concerns. Sanctioned or not, now it's up to IT to secure these perimeter devices without locking out its greatest asset: employees. Virtual Mobile Infrastructure (VMI) provides a compelling way to do so.
Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:51:55 EDTSometimes I really annoy myself. When I received this book I was already reading Android Hacker's Handbook. When I saw the size of it, I put it on the bottom of the pile of books in my reading queue. I then got Android Security Internals and that was not a quick read. I am glad I finally picked this one up off the pile. For a small book, it contains a ton of great information. In the first chapter they introduce several security guidelines including PCI Mobile Payment Acceptance Security Guidelines, Google Security, HIPAA Secure, OWASP Top 10 Mobile Risks (2014), and Forrester Research’s Top 10 Nontechnical Security Issues in Mobile App Development.
Fri, 05 Jun 2015 08:00:00 EDTOver the last couple of years, something dramatic has happened in how the new generation communicates. Gone are the days of email. Now it is mobile messaging – it is global and becoming the de facto means of communication. Why? Global messaging leaders are: WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Snapchat in the US and WeChat (China), LINE (Japan), and KakaoTalk (Korea) in Asia. WhatsApp was launched in 2009 and has about 800 million monthly average users punching a staggering 30 billion fast messages per day across the globe. Their growth rate is over 60% last year. When Facebook paid over $19 billion to acquire it couple of years back, everyone raised their eyebrows on the price tag. It was a very strategic move given its growing relevance.
Thu, 07 May 2015 12:00:00 EDTSYS-CON Events announced today that B2Cloud, a provider of enterprise resource planning software, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. B2cloud develops the software you need. They have the ideal tools to help you work with your clients. B2Cloud’s main solutions include AGIS – ERP, CLOHC, AGIS – Invoice, and IZUM
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:30:00 EDTAs an engineer who started my career working on real-time embedded systems for industrial automation, I can tell you what a Herculean task it can be to get a tiny piece of hardware to run very sophisticated software on comparatively low spec CPU. All the while having it execute quickly to provide a responsive end-user experience. The tradeoffs between cost, CPU capability and speed, power drain, software functionality are nearly impossible to navigate and satisfy all of your goals. There’s the old product managers joke that you’ve got three options: cheap, fast, and good, but you can only have two.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:07:00 ESTI show you how to find F5 booth G11 in Hall 5 of Grand Via 2 for Mobile World Congress (View the map). With close to 90,000 attendees, #MWC15 is a huge show and the theme is The Edge of Innovation. Mobile technology is pushing this innovation and F5 has the solutions to help service providers optimize their networks, monetize new services and of course, secure every layer. You also get a sneak peek at the F5 giveaways along with a fun #f5selfie promotion. Reporting from Barcelona!
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:44:00 ESTIn this interview we discuss the recent acquisition of Feedhenry by Redhat, and what that means for both Redhat and Feedhenry customers. I spent last week in Stockholm, Sweden where I spoke and was the Chairman of the EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) World conference. Also attending was the CTO of Feedhenry, Dr. Micheal O' Foghlu', and I was able to corner him for an interview. In this interview we discuss the recent acquisition of Feedhenry by Redhat, and what that means for both Redhat and Feedhenry customers. Enjoy!
Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:45:00 ESTKony, Inc. burnished its mobile development credentials this week, detailing new updates to its visual tools and platform, expanding its partner ecosystem, and launching a new enterprise mobile app marketplace. The combined efforts are designed to help businesses gain enterprise-grade mobile productivity fast, leveraging central services and automation, embracing all end-points from a common code base, and encouraging users themselves to tweak their apps best.
Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:30:00 ESTThis is the first security book I have read on Android that was not primarily about hacking the Android platform. This book completely covers all the tools available to the Android software architects and developers. Instead of showing us how to root the device at the beginning of the book and then showing us exploits and vulnerabilities throughout the rest of it, he covers how root access is achieved in different types of Android builds, and different ways get Root Access, but late in the book.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:29:00 ESTFounded in 2009, Yummly is an innovator in recipe search and discovery. The company applies proprietary technology to understand food and taste built upon mapping the food genome. Yummly leverages this technology to build an unparalleled user experience with features such as personalized recommendations, semantic and contextual search, and a smart shopping list. Yummly’s digital kitchen and recipe discovery platform for food lovers personalizes the kitchen by delivering unprecedented search and customization capabilities.Over 15 million monthly unique visitors turn to Yummly for recipes and inspiration.
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:00:00 ESTWe recently changed over the entire phone system in our London office. After four years, the equipment failed, and it was time to update. As we did so, we also changed vendors. Why? It occurred to us that, for four years, we had put up with horrible support – we were the victims of fraud at one point, and the vendor did nothing to support us with the main telecom provider. The phone system could go down for a day before they came out to repair it. No big deal, right? What high tech software company needs to communicate to the outside world? So it was time to put in a new phone system. Though our original vendor offered lower terms than a competitor (though, note that they submitted their bid 48 hours later than they had promised, and while our phone system was STILL down!), we decided to pay a bit more with a vendor who seemed more eager and supportive for our business.
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:00:00 ESTEnterprises are adopting mobile technologies at an unprecedented rate. As Business News Daily recently reported, 1.3 billion workers will go mobile by 2015, and with that massive number, the need for enterprise mobile apps can only skyrocket. With that increase, many mobile app developers will be called upon to create internal mobile enterprise apps. These apps have many requirements and considerations that differ from the typical app destined for the public app stores. In this article, we will take the top three challenges and share some tips on how to meet these challenges:
Mon, 29 Dec 2014 19:00:00 ESTAs 2014 draws to an end we lay out our top 5 predictions for the Sync, Share and Collaboration Market for 2015. The SME EFSS white paper gave a good view of the Enterprise File Share and Sync Market for 2014 and below we lay out our top 5 predictions for the Sync, Share and Collaboration Market for 2015:As 2014 draws to an end we lay out our top 5 predictions for the Sync, Share and Collaboration Market for 2015
Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:35:00 ESTI have never before recorded an interview with the CEO of a mobile solutions company who has an office in a thatched roof cottage, in the middle of an orchard, in foggy England?
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 06:11:00 ESTBusinesses, and let's be honest most of us, are interested in amplifying our influence. I remember reading adventure books as a child about pioneers and woodsman that craved isolation, and that would move whenever neighbors settled close enough to hear, but that's not an effective strategy for influencing people. I started writing my blog on enterprise mobility, www.MobileEnterpriseStrategies.comin 2006. At the time I was the CEO of a mobile platform company and intimately involved in dozens of custom mobile software projects at any given time. Daily I shared experiences, mistakes, lessons learned, strategies, etc. Over the next few years thousands of people subscribed to my blog (I now have over 5.7 million page views since 2009).
Sun, 02 Nov 2014 17:00:00 ESTBring the world's best IaaS to the world's best PaaS. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Animesh Singh, a Senior Cloud Architect and Strategist for IBM Cloud Labs, will share his experiences of running Cloud Foundry on OpenStack. He will focus on how Cloud Foundry and OpenStack complement each other, how they technically integrate using cloud provider interface (CPI), how we could automate an OpenStack setup for Cloud Foundry deployments, and some of the best practices for configuring a scalable environment.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:00:00 EDTSomeone sent me a link to this article this morning. While reading it I started to think about the competitive landscape for cloud service providers and the challenges telcos have competing in this market. After all, when you think cloud service provider, which names come to mind? Amazon? Microsoft? IBM? Google? Sure, but how about… Read More »
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:15:00 EDTThrough the magic of cloud computing, infrastructure is no longer the long pole in the IT process. Organizations can now set up the infrastructure they require within minutes instead of weeks. However, removing this bottleneck has exposed another; application delivery is the next issue to be resolved. With the ongoing move to digital-first enterprises, companies are now faced with a software-intensive business environment. Simply put, IT needs to figure out how to accelerate the application deployment process. Here are the new rules for enterprises to solve this new bottleneck. 1. The Trouble Ticket Is DOA Most IT organizations have an electronic system that is a big queue of requests that generates a work order to an IT person who is notified via email from the system. The challenge with this process is that it's very manual. That person has to notice it, respond to it and execute it. That process is what stands in the way of agility.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:55:00 EDTEric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, once said: “If you don’t have a mobile strategy, you don’t have a strategy of growth.” I agree. The gap continues to grow between organizations that have embraced mobility as a way of life and those that maintain a tactical business approach and continue to resist the inevitable. The latter find themselves increasingly struggling to play catch-up and stay relevant. Those that have taken a “mobile first” approach have disrupted the status quo and achieved unprecedented levels of success in a very short period of time. Consider Uber, for example; launched in March 2009, the ridesharing service quickly tapped into customers’ enthusiasm for ‘everything mobile’ and is now valued at more than US$15 billion. The company completely destabilized the traditional taxi model, which simply cannot match the agility of a fully mobile business. Change or perish.
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:45:00 EDTSYS-CON Events announced today that IDenticard will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. IDenticard™ is the security division of Brady Corp (NYSE: BRC), a $1.5 billion manufacturer of identification products. We have small-company values with the strength and stability of a major corporation. IDenticard offers local sales, support and service to our customers across the United States and Canada. Our partner network encompasses some 300 of the world's leading systems integrators and security systems installation specialists.
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:15:00 EDTBit6 today announced it is further expanding its beta program with the release of a software development kit (SDK) for Android. The Bit6 Android SDK offers WebRTC-based voice and video calling and multi-media messaging.
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 23:45:00 EDT
This past March, Oracle released their most anticipated version in almost decade, Java 8. The latest version had a growing buzz since it had been announced, and companies of all sizes were eager to upgrade. Our partner, Typesafe conducted a Java 8 adoption survey of 2,800 developers and found 65% of companies had already committed […]
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Tue, 07 Oct 2014 23:45:00 EDTMacrotron Systems is an ISO 9001:2008 registered Electronic Manufacturing Services company specializing in PCB assembly/test, ultrasonic welding, laser marking/engraving and pad printing. Operations are in Fremont, California. Macrotron offers a competitive advantage in the electronics manufacturing service marketplace from its Silicon Valley facility. Macrotron develops OEM partnerships by consistently fulfilling customer requirements for dependable and cost effective services and products. To this end, Macrotron has invested in current technology to establish itself as the ideal contract partner of the Electronics OEM customer.
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:45:00 EDTAll major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. Over the summer Gartner released its much anticipated annual Hype Cycle report and the big news is that Internet of Things has now replaced Big Data as the most hyped technology. Indeed, we're hearing more and more about this fascinating new technological paradigm. Every other IT news item seems to be about IoT and its implications on the future of digital business.
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 14:45:00 EDTPegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company powering the digital enterprise, today announced it will host its second annual Pega Developers Conference (PDC) at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre October 12 - 13, 2014. The two day conference is designed to respond to the growing demand for Pega applications by improving the skills of current Pega-certified developers and introducing Pega to a new community of interested developers. The conference will also provide insights for business visionaries interested in how Pega can support digital transformation in their enterprises.
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:15:00 EDTTactics without strategy are dangerous. ~ Robert LeonhardIn the new book titled Code Halos the authors and Cognizant thought leaders, Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig and Benjamin Pring, propose that data is the new competitive arena for businesses. Winners in this competition are those that can collect, aggregate, analyze and react in real-time to data in a manner that drives improved customer interactions and engagements.In another recent book titled, Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation, author James McQuivey's writes that competition in business is rapidly moving to a “focus on knowledge of and engagement with customers.” Data is being used to shape and personalize real-time interactions and engagements. Companies are beginning to understand this. They understand that "code halos" (people’s digital footprint, the online data about preferences, history, activities, etc.) has great value. This data is the key to personalizing user experiences across all formats.Businesses are interacting with their markets in a wide range of new and different formats today including traditional media, websites, mobile apps, call centers and in brick and mortar establishments. The concept of omni-channel is widely used to mean the ability to interact and engage in real-time with customers and prospects across all of these formats. The capability to effectively support omni-channel requires a lot of thinking, planning and purposeful design.Businesses today are responding by developing comprehensive data-driven strategies. These strategies acknowledge the requirement to better understand the needs, preferences and histories of their prospects and customers, so they can provide personalized and optimized user experiences that lead to more sales and happier and more loyal customers.How do you implement a Code Halos strategy? The following are some of the key questions that need to be considered when developing a strategy:What data, if we had it, would help us understand and offer our prospects and customers an enhanced user experience on their smartphones or tablets that would lead to more sales, better customer service and an improved user experience?What are the best and least intrusive ways to collect the data?How do we ensure that data is collected in a manner that is acceptable to our market?How can the data be used to trigger an improved user experience?How do we find business meaning in the collected data?How can aggregating seemingly unrelated data sources lead to useful new discoveries? How can data from sensors (Internet of Things) add value to our analysis and other data sources?How can public and private databases be aggregated with "patterns of life" analysis and demo[...]
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:00:00 EDTlittleBits Electronics, the company putting the power of electronics in everyone’s hands, today announced the launch of the bitLab, an app store for user-generated hardware. The marketplace furthers littleBits’ goal to democratize the hardware revolution, giving hardware developers the tools and ecosystem to develop and sell their own littleBits modules. "When Apple launched the App Store, many apps were games, many were frivolous. But now - 6 years later - there are more than 1.3 million apps that have distributed nearly $15 billion to the software developer community,” said Ayah Bdeir, CEO and founder of littleBits. “And those apps are solving huge problems, from cancer detection to transportation and anything in between. We believe the same thing will happen with hardware - developers just need one common platform to develop on, a supply chain that powers it, and a marketplace for community and distribution. We believe the bitLab will be the hardware industry’s solution to innovation, scale and growth.”