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How to make an organisation-wide digital transformation project a success still remains elusive for many

"Digital transformation can be viewed holistically as the confluence of SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) technologies, cutting through business processes, enabling agile & secure infrastructure, leveraging IoT & connected devises, driven by seamless integration into (and upgrading) of current IT systems and underpinned by actionable insights for sustainable differentiation across customer experience and business efficiency."
#Social #Mobile #Analytics #Cloud #InternetofThings 
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"The business efficiency theme driving digital transformation projects is all around creating differentiation for organisations through one or more of the following: helping an organisation to become more agile and responsive in its ability to identify either opportunities or to protect against threats; taking cost optimisation to the next level by further automating mundane and routine tasks that can be more efficiently handled by intelligent systems; creating better decision making powered by real-time data and insights, rather than by gut-feel and intuition; and unleashing the ability to innovate through the provision of new offerings or different business models."
#DriveInnovation #Automation #ReduceRisk #DecisionMaking 

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Gartner lays out its top 10 tech trends for 2015

1: Computing Everywhere.
2: The Internet of Things (IoT)
3: 3D printing
4: Advanced, Pervasive and Invisible Analytics
5: Context Rich Systems.
6: Smart Machines
7: Cloud and Client Computing
8: Software Defined Applications and Infrastructure
9: Web-Scale IT
10: Security

#Security #InformationTechnology #Cloud #FutureTechnologies #Analytics #InternetofThings

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Sensors in the fields: FarmLink raises $40M

In addition to FarmLink, the author notes several companies trying to reinvent farming by way of data.

Citation: Agriculture is taking on a whole new look thanks to the emergence of ubiquitous sensors and big data technologies, as farmers are now able to collect and analyze data about nearly every aspect of their operations. The latest evidence of how big the agriculture-meets-data market might be in the future came on Wednesday, when a Kansas City, Missouri-based company called FarmLink announced it has closed a $40 million round of venture capital, led by OpenAir Equity Partners.

FarmLink collects data from sensor-equipped combines and then analyzes it to determine the maximum yield for any given tract of land. After this summer’s harvest, the company claims in a press release, it will have “more than 5 million acres of real yield data, along with more than a trillion data elements.”
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The more data sensors let us generate about the food we eat, the way we treat disease and the way our cities function, the more shots we have to put new computing techniques to the test and really make a difference.

#NaturalResources   #BigData   #InternetofThings   #FutureTechnologies   #HealthCare  

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Digital Transformation Moves Pharma 'Beyond the Pill'

Citation: The Internet of Things (IoT) is getting personal. Wearables, ingestables, even implantables – devices that not only help us with our fitness, but can monitor and manage disease and its treatment – are right around the corner. And where the IoT goes, money follows. In this case, Big Pharma smells opportunity.
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Big Data, therefore, are a critical factor in this new beyond-the-pill strategy, as the range of devices, from wearables and other patient-centric technologies to improved, less expensive diagnostic equipment in physicians’ offices, churn out ever-increasing quantities of information.
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As a pharma advertising executive, Eric Pilkington is particularly sensitive to the issues of customer pushback. “Consumers are too smart to fall for PR,” he points out. But even more concerning to consumers than overly aggressive marketing is the question of privacy. “Transparency is essential,” explains Pilkington. “If consumers don’t own their data, they need to be able to access it and know who’s collecting it and for what reason.” In fact, he points out a market failure that still resonates among pharma marketers. “Google Health failed for privacy reasons. They had algorithms to market and advertise to consumers based upon consumer data. But because of mistrust, Google GOOGL -0.16% Health failed.”
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The pharmaceutical business will never be the same – indicating true transformation, rather than superficial change. Novartis CEO Jimenez put it succinctly: “I really believe that in the future, companies like Novartis are going to be paid on patient outcomes as opposed to selling the pill.”

#Healthcare   #BigData   #InternetofThings   #Lifelogging #Privacy  

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The 2014 update to Garnter's Hype cycle of emerging technologies

Citation: Have you been hearing a lot about “the internet of things” lately? Maybe you even read our recent report collecting expert predictions on the subject. The 2014 Gartner Hype Cycle might help explain why this volume of attention has risen. This annual report plots the rising expectations and enthusiasm (and subsequent disappointment and disillusionment) for various emerging technologies. As Quartz’s Leo Mirani points out, the Internet of Things has “reached the zenith of its hype,” egged on by copious, “breathless” news coverage.
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Already descending into the “trough of disillusionment” are gamification, the idea that turning everyday tasks into a game makes them more engaging; mobile health monitoring technologies that help patients and physicians monitor vital signs and symptoms; and the fascination with the use of “big data” as a gold mine of information on everything from consumer tastes to predictive analytics about when you will die.
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The Gartner hype cycle is widely used and widely accepted in the tech community, according to Lee Rainie, the director of our Internet, Science and Technology research, who added: “Even though the hype cycle is not specifically based on data, the judgment of Gartner analysts about the state of technology adoption often tracks with opinions of other elite observers. There are sometimes disputes about where on the curve any individual innovation might rest, but there have been few challenges to the general trends it outlines.”

#InternetofThings   #BigData   #Trends2014  

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Samsung acquires Internet of Things company SmartThings

Citation: Samsung is investing heavily in the Internet of Things with the purchase of SmartThings. The acquisition kickstarts any IoT hardware plans the South Korean company may currently have.
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The IoT company currently sells motion sensors, a plug in power control unit, a hub and other pieces of hardware to control and monitor your home via an app. But unlike other connected home devices, SmartThings has an open platform so developers can create apps to control the company’s gear.

While financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, Recode reports that Samsung paid $200 million for the company.

#InternetofThings   #Mergers  

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Face it: The internet of things isn’t going to develop like the web

Good podcast: a bit about connected light bulbs, patient environments, emotiv brainwave headset, smart tvs, smart watches with voice interfaces, navigation apps, google fit, lifelogging, and then onto the bulk of the podcast about the issues with smart house apps.

Citation: Maybe it’s time for us to grow up a bit and recognize that two or three companies that have the ability to invest in creating an awesome user experience will control the destiny of the consumer-oriented internet of things. The experience won’t be built on one standard as we hope. Of course, the companies will provide that platform are still up in the air, according to Tom Coates, the co-founder of stealthy startup Product Club and the man behind the @HouseofCoates Twitter account.

#OpenStandards   #InternetofThings  

Posted by +Dan Durrant 

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How Disney World is keeping tabs on visitors with rubbery wristbands

Citation: Beginning last year, Disney World started issuing "MagicBands," rubberized RFID wristbands that can do everything from unlock your hotel room to act as a fast pass to get you slotted to skip the long lines on rides. It also tracks your every move and lets you buy things. With tens of thousands of visitors to the park every day, Disney is amassing a wealth of personal information on its customers. "MagicBands offer a kind of data tourism, an uncanny experience of a future in which we don't just tolerate surveillance but openly embrace it as fashion," Ian Bogost says in his article on the technology. Read the full piece, and see what the inside of a MagicBand looks like, on Medium.

https://medium.com/re-form/welcome-to-dataland-d8c06a5f3bc6

#Lifelogging   #InternetofThings   #Privacy  

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The faces of the Little Printers grow hair & need haircuts

These 'things' are cute. The author notes that BERG is gearing up for a second production run of 5,000 of these units that print personalised tiny daily newspapers on receipt paper. Neat, but BERG in London is up to something bigger... what The changing hairdos on Little Printer is the first public release of what BERG CEO Matt Webb and his team call "Botworld".

Citation re: #InternetofThings  
The Internet used to be a place that you’d visit. 
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In time, wireless networks and mobile computing turned the Internet into something we carried with us. 
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BERG [makers of the Little Printer] is interested in what comes next.

“The web getting inside physical things is the 21st-century equivalent of electrification, which swept the world in the late 1800s,” says Webb. “We’re seeing just the start of it with Amazon Kindle, which puts the point of sale at the very point of consumption, and Nike+ Fuelband, which turns your running into a worldwide social activity.”
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This:
These products aren’t like anything that has come before, in terms of both how we interact with them and how they interact with one another. The closest analog we have is probably the faeries, spirits, and house gods of mythical ages. A daemon-haunted toaster is a profoundly strange thing to allow into your home.

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Is Apple poised to own the #InternetofThings

Citation: Apple's HomeKit framework for connected devices [is anticipated] to streamline the Internet of Things experience for other companies. Instead of picking one or two areas to work in, Apple wants to be the glue that connects all these different products and the data they collect.

“HomeKit is going to give us one centralized app to handle all of this information,” says Zach Supalla, founder of Spark, a company that creates development tools for smart devices. “It’s going to give you one place to visit to turn off your lights, turn up your thermostat, etc. Everything will be able to work perfectly together — just so long as you have an iOS device.”

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