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FinTech is a lucrative, yet quite saturated market. In order to stay competitive, businesses should keep track of the emerging trends and be able to capitalize on them before their competitors do. Artificial Intelligence is currently among the most promising FinTech trends. Leading financial brands such as Capital One, MasterCard, as well as hundreds of startups have set the pace for the adoption of virtual financial advisors. If you want to stay ahead of your competition or simply explore the opportunities for AI in fintech, this article is for you. Here is a brief overview of the existing AI-powered personal finance apps as well as some useful tips on how to develop one. AI and Chatbots: The hottest topics of 2017 The recent shift in consumer behavior triggered a new wave of innovation across major industries. Traditional business models and strategies are being re... (more)

Sia Could Disrupt the Cloud Market | @CloudExpo #AI #DX #Siacoin #FinTech #Blockchain

Blockchain technology is taking over the world. It is an ingenious invention by a person or a group of people known by the pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 8 years, you have heard of Bitcoin. The underlying technology behind Bitcoin is called blockchain, a public ledger of all the Bitcoin transactions that ever happened on its network. However, the use of blockchain is not limited to Bitcoin. There have been numerous projects that are making use of blockchain technology. The most famous of these is Ethereum, which is a simplified platform to let developers build apps (dApps) on the blockchain. Another prominent project using blockchain technology is Sia, a distributed cloud storage platform. The idea for Sia was conceived back in 2013 at HackMIT, a hackathon hosted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The ide... (more)

Business Architecture-driven Digital Transformation Maturity

With Toys R Us joining the ranks of businesses that fail to adapt to digital competition it would seem obvious that lacking a clear digital strategy today is a negligent death wish. However despite this obvious threat, not all organizations are catching on. HBR reports in 2017 that: “the average investment in emerging technologies (as a percent of total technology spending) grew just 1% over the 10-year period. In our most recent survey, executives say they look to digital initiatives primarily to increase revenue and reduce costs. These are worthy goals, of course, but it also means there’s less priority being placed on innovating and implementing the latest technologies into their products.” Even more alarmingly when identifying IT’s Future Value Proposition McKinsey reveals that: “Just 12 percent of all respondents say their IT organizations are very effective ... (more)

Improve Your UX and You’re Bound to See eCommerce Success | @DevOpsSummit #DevOp #WebPerfs

Improve Your UX and You're Bound to See eCommerce Success By Scott Davis Commerce has become both digital and global: Online sales are expected to exceed $1.6 trillion dollars by 2020. As a customer preferred way of doing business, ecommerce offers increased selection, value, and convenience. Online shopping also offers merchants increased access to customer data and opportunities to capitalize on that information. If your business isn’t keeping pace with best practices in ecommerce UX—not to mention leveraging mobile to capture even more opportunities—you’ll miss out on the continuously growing percentage of consumer online spending. In 2016, for instance, shoppers made 51 percent of their purchases online (compared to 48 percent in 2015 and 47 percent in 2014). Regardless of the path of innovation you choose in the ecommerce space, your online presence should be o... (more)

PagerDuty Takes the Next Global Frontier to Australia

Along with this exciting news, we’ve released a State of Digital Operations in Australia Report to showcase survey results from +200 IT personnel in development and operations, as well as over 300 consumers in Australia that highlight the need for digital operations management.  Expanding the Digital Operations Landscape Australia is often viewed as the gateway between Asia and the West. And today, we are excited to announce our expansion into the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of our Sydney, Australia local presence. Building out the Asia-Pacific market is critical to PagerDuty’s long term success and the establishment of our new office is just the beginning as we further our growth to deliver meaningful digital experiences to customers in that region. The well-developed economy of Australia is one of the largest mixed economies. From industrial and transportati... (more)

What Digital Transformation Means to Retailers | @ThingsExpo #DX #IoT #M2M

A recent BusinessWeek article titled “America’s Retailers Are Closing Stores Faster Than Ever” summarizes the epidemic that retailers are facing today (see Figure 1). Figure 1:  Growing Epidemic of Store Closures Retailers are closing stores at a record path and the driving force behind the acceleration in store closings is Amazon, who now accounts for over 50% of all on-line retail sales (see Figure 2). Figure 2:  Amazon’s Growing Dominance of e-commerce; source:  “Competitors Can’t Keep Up With Amazon’s Growth” What are retailers to do when the tricks and techniques that worked in the past just don’t work in today’s real-time data and analytics driven business world?  Business models that worked in a world that valued size and location quickly fall apart in a world where retailers are leveraging customer, product and operational data and analytics to provide a h... (more)

Technology for a Cashless Society | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #Sensors

I happened to be in India last November when prime minister Modi announced the demonetization program, where 86% of the currency in the form of two paper bills (Rs. 500 and 1000 denomination) were made defunct. People were given time to deposit their existing currencies in the bank. Those who had unusually high volume of such currencies were supposed to declare the legal source or face stiff penalties such as 60-75% tax. The goal was to catch the money hoarders and black marketers who avoid paying taxes on such undeclared money. Four months later, I happened to visit India last February. Everyone suggested I download an app called Paytm. I could transfer money from a bank account instantly. What was convenient with Paytm was that I could use it at gas stations, small stores, and even at roadside vendor shops. Everyone seems to have installed the Paytm station where... (more)

Performance Testing for Modern Apps By @AppDynamics | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Performance Testing for Modern Apps By Dustin Whittle The performance of your application affects your business more than you might think. Top engineering organizations think of performance not as a nice-to-have, but as a crucial feature of their product. Unfortunately, most engineering teams do not regularly test the performance and scalability of their infrastructure. To understand how to test performance in modern applications, you must start by understanding performance is key to a great user experience.  The reality is the only performance metric that matters is the user’s perceived load time. The value of performance A common question is how fast is fast enough for a web application? A quick overview of key performance metrics. Under 100ms is perceived as reacting instantaneously A 100ms to 300ms delay is perceptible 1 second is about the limit for the user’s f... (more)

How It’s Made: A #ContinuousDelivery Pipeline | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

How It's Made: A Continuous Delivery Pipeline By Necco Ceresani Software delivery was once specific to the IT industry. Now, Continuous Delivery pipelines are used around world from e-commerce to airline software. Building a software delivery pipeline once involved hours of scripting and manual steps – a process that’s painful, if not impossible, to scale. However Continuous Delivery with Application Release Automation tools offers a scripting-free, automated experience. Continuous Delivery pipelines are immensely powerful for the modern enterprise, boosting production and even customer satisfaction. Getting Started: Measure the Existing Process To get started building a Continuous Delivery pipeline, the IT Manager measures key metrics from the existing software release pipeline. The most important metrics to look at are: Time to Deployment Deployment Frequency Cha... (more)

Unleashing the Economic Power of Virtualization

As Cisco, HP, Juniper, F5, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and others circle the data center field of battle, one strategic ridge of high ground is in network automation, or the ability to move (or adjust/provision) IT assets at the push of a button without the need for extensive manual intervention.   That manual intervention accounts for a sizable portion of the costs, risks and compromises of today's static networks. Several of these companies have already made notable announcements in 2009, yet none have yet to let the virtualization genie out of the VLAN bottle completely.  When they do, watch out for a new wave of IT innovation. Last week I listened in to four experts talk about Virtualization and the Future of the Network.  After Nemertes' co-founder Andreas Antonopoulos shared recent findings on the shift in virtualization drivers (from capex savings to flexibilit... (more)

Wal-Mart Buys OneOps

@Walmart Labs, the Silicon Valley-based technology arm of Wal-Mart global e-commerce, has bought OneOps, which automates and accelerates processes related to environment management, application deployment and data center operations monitoring. It's supposed to have re-imagined application management in the era of cloud computing and comes with a Platform-as-a-Service capability that should accelerate Wal-Mart's PaaS and private cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (Iaas) strategies. Wal-Mart will doubtless get cloud applications out of it. It said, "We are innovating on a very large scale, and OneOps brings us tools that will allow us to move even faster toward a global platform." @WalMart Labs also picked up three-year-old Mozilla spin-off Tasty Labs, a social software connection start-up that might lead customers to the right product. It was started by Joshua Scha... (more)