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Month: October 2017

BrandPost: Innovation – It Matters More than Ever

There are 4 lessons from Leonardo da Vinci’s life – the “universal genius” from the Renaissance era – that still hold true for today’s digital enterprises.

In his new biography of Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson concludes with a list of lessons that can be learned from Leonardo’s life. Among them: “be relentlessly curious,” “seek knowledge for its own sake,” “start with the details,” and “go down the rabbit holes.” Let’s look at each, and how it relates to the innovation mandate that organizations face today. 

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BrandPost: How Can You Really Turn Technology into Innovation?

Every company is struggling to innovate – at breakneck speed. The SAP Leonardo platform offers an integrated approach to capitalize on technology such as IoT, cloud, and big data today.

Digital transformation is upon us, and innovation is table stakes. Sometimes the answers are elusive. What if you could rub shoulders with your IT and business counterparts to compare notes on what to do next?

You can. Come learn from other enterprises who are already successfully innovating across customer experience, new product development, market opportunities, and more. Learn how your business can achieve digital transformation with the SAP Leonardo platform, including innovations such as Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, analytics, Big Data, blockchain, and cloud. 

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IDG Contributor Network: 4 things about cryptocurrencies and blockchains you need to know right now

While I normally like to focus this blog on M&A IT, there are profound developments in the blockchain technology and cryptocurrency markets that are important to explore.  While most readers should be familiar with the changes in this arena, some of the recent events and results are truly incredible, particularly with the returns being generated and the funds flowing into this emerging area. In the near future, this sector will undoubtedly experience a wave of M&A transactions, and we will then turn our attention to the M&A impact and how IT will once again play its pivotal part. 

For now, let’s look at the four things you need to know today:

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What is geofencing? Putting location to work

What is geofencing?

Geofencing is a location-based service in which an app or other software uses GPS, RFID, Wi-Fi or cellular data to trigger a pre-programmed action when a mobile device or RFID tag enters or exits a virtual boundary set up around a geographical location, known as a geofence.  

Depending on how a geofence is configured it can prompt mobile push notifications, trigger text messages or alerts, send targeted advertisements on social media, allow tracking on vehicle fleets, disable certain technology or deliver location-based marketing data.

Some geofences are set up to monitor activity in secure areas, allowing management to see alerts when anyone enters or leaves a specific area. Businesses can also use geofencing to monitor employees in the field, automate time cards and keep track of company property.

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IDG Contributor Network: 3 barriers to AI adoption across the enterprise

Recently, I talked with the forward-thinkers and machine learning scientists at the AI Summit in San Francisco. How to connect the power of AI to the enterprise is an open question facing all of us, experts and those connecting the experts with business problems. There are so many possible applications, and everyone is trying to get in on the game. At PwC, we estimate AI will drive global GDP gains of $15 trillion by 2030, but companies are all over the map. In our survey of CEOs, 24% reported they were already using AI, and 21% said AI was a priority, but the rest said they were only aware of or evaluating AI.

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IDG Contributor Network: Developing leaders for managing AI-driven businesses

As most businesses feel the need for and strive to become AI-driven, there is bound to be a growing need for professionals who understand what it takes to run an AI-driven business. Enterprises can leverage AI across the board; from using AI- to run their sales and biz dev to using AI to enhance product development to using AI to revamp operations and using AI to market, support and improve their products and services. However, as AI is introduced in these various functions, managing these functions to generate business value efficiently becomes a whole new ball game and requires skills that neither current business curriculums nor on the job experience provide.

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