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Economies are changing.  Industries are changing. Markets are changing. Consumers are changing and shopping differently. As competitive advantages evolve into market standards, areas of competition move. Today we see fields of competition move to data utilization and digital transformation initiatives. When considering how your company needs to digitally transform, there are three very important questions to ask: How am I defining digital transformation? What is motivating me to digitally transform? Why should I digitally transform now? As a definition for digital transformation I use - rethinking, redesigning and restructuring technology and business models to more quickly and effectively respond to and engage employees, partners and customers in digital environments. To answer the questions about motivation, I propose there are eight key forces at work today that ... (more)

Blockchain: You Want Me to Trust a ‘Trustless Trust’ System? | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Blockchain: You Want Me to Trust a ‘Trustless Trust' System? (Note: This is part two in a series of posts dedicated to the topic of blockchain technology.) Trust. It's a fundamental aspect of interaction in a civil society - its importance has been ingrained in us since childhood. And it's a concept that's deeply intertwined with our very nature. The level of trust we have with individuals, businesses, and technology affects our lives daily. This is important to remember when discussing new technologies. For example, our level of trust is a critical factor when evaluating a new ... (more)

Using Big Data to Improve Online Buying and Selling | @BigDataExpo #BigData

The next BriefingsDirect big data case study discussion explores how Etsy, a global e-commerce site focused on handmade and vintage items, uses data science to improve buyers and sellers’ discovery and shopping experiences. We'll learn how mining big data at speed and volume helps Etsy define and distribute top trends, and allows those with specific interests to find items that will best appeal to them. To learn more about leveraging big data in the e-commerce space, please join Chris Bohn aka “CB,” a Senior Data Engineer at Etsy, based in Brooklyn, New York. The discussion is mo... (more)

Blockchain: Why It’s So Much More than Bitcoin By @EFeatherston | @ThingsExpo #IoT

(Note: This is the first in a series of posts dedicated to the topic of blockchain technology.) There's a new kid on the block of disruptive technology. Blockchain. A day doesn't go by that you can't find numerous articles about it. Topics range from how JP Morgan is making significant investments in exploring the technology, to the Republican GOP using blockchain to allow online voting in the recent Utah caucus. It's definitely a hot topic of discussion. At times it sounds like blockchain is replacing cloud in discussions as the technology panacea that will solve all problems.... (more)

Digital Commerce Innovation Demands Agility | @CloudExpo @FujitsuAmerica #Cloud

Fujitsu and Grid Dynamics have teamed up to create the Cloud Commerce Platform to empower retailers with best-of-breed hardware, software and services for faster digital innovation. Retailers are under immense pressure to innovate faster. Working with them over the years, we have come to intimately understand their challenges. With the explosion of digital touch points and the expectation of a unified experience throughout a shopper's journey across the channels, retailers must innovate at an unprecedented pace while performing flawlessly even as traffic peaks. To maintain thei... (more)

IoT and Mobile Commerce 2016 | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #InternetOfThings

Our shopping experiences continue to change. Today, we use smartphones, tablets and laptops to shop, purchase and track shipments online, from anywhere at any time. We bring mobile devices into retail stores to compare prices and learn more about products on the shelf. We search for available inventories, the nearest store locations, and for new, used, shared and auctioned products and services. These digital transformations are profoundly altering the nature of retailing, and their velocity will only accelerate. Mobile commerce now represents 34% of the world's e-commerce transac... (more)