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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)

Blockchain and Smart Contracts | @CloudExpo #FinTech #Bitcoin #Blockchain

Blockchain is certainly the rage. No matter the industry, you can't seem to have a technology discussion before the topic is raised. According to Gartner's latest hype cycle for emerging technologies, blockchain is approaching the peak. It is considered by Gartner as one of the ‘Key platform-enabling technologies to track.' Approximately $1.4B has been invested in blockchain just this year, according to PwC executive Seamus Cushley. While there is a lot of ‘hype vs reality' discussions going on, there is no arguing that blockchain is being taken very seriously across industries and cannot be ignored. In its simplest terms, blockchain is a distributed ledger. However, the reality is much more complex than that. Some of my earlier blogs on blockchain examine some of those complexities (‘Blockchain - It's So Much More than Bitcoin', ‘Blockchain - You want me to trust... (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 moderated by me, Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Here are some excerpts: Gardner: Tell us about Etsy for those that aren’t familiar with it. I've heard it described as it’s like being able to go through your grandmother's basement. Is that fair? CB: Well, I hope it’s ... (more)

A conference in Bangalore

I was invited to speak at a conference called Solix Empower 2017 held in Bangalore, India on April 28th, 2017. It was an interesting experience. The conference focused on Big Data, Analytics, and Cloud. Over 800 people attended the one-day event with keynotes and parallel tracks on wide-ranging subjects. I did three things. First, I was part of the inaugural keynote where I spoke on “Data as the new Oxygen” showing the emergence of data as a key platform for the future. I emphasized the new architecture of containers and micro-services on which are machine learning libraries and analytic tool kits to build modern big data applications. Then I moderated two panels. The first was titled, ” The rise of real-time data architecture for streaming applications” and the second one was called, “Top data governance challenges and opportunities”. In the first panel, the memb... (more)

Don’t Call #BigData Dead | @CloudExpo #IoT #AI #ML #MachineLearning

You can call me biased, or out of touch, but over the past two years, I’ve been reading articles and blogs about how Big Data is going away, dying, or already dead. So what changed? Is Big Data falling into Gartner’s dreaded trough of disillusionment? Did someone discover that predictive analytics could have a butterfly effect and change the course of history and hence, we should abandon these voodoo analytics practices? Did we figure out that we actually don’t have enough data to call it “Big” data? Did we already finish analyzing all the data and we’re all done? Or… are the people calling it dead really just a bunch of marketers who are looking move on to the next new thought leadership topic, so they write one final blog to make one final impression just before they abandon the topic? Bingo. I’m looking at you… industry pundits, thought leaders, and analysts. T... (more)

SaaS-Based APM: How to Troubleshoot Application Performance in Production

The most enjoyable part of my job at AppDynamics is to witness and evangelize customer success. What’s slightly strange is that for this to happen, an application has to slow down or crash. It’s a bittersweet feeling when End Users, Operations, Developers and many Businesses suffer application performance pain. Outages cost the business money, but sometimes they cost people their jobs–which is truly unfortunate. However, when people solve performance issues, they become overnight heroes with a great sense of achievement, pride, and obviously relief. To explain the complexity of managing application performance, imagine your application is 100 haystacks that represent tiers, and somewhere a needle is hurting your end user experience. It’s your job to find the needle as quickly as possible! The problem is, each haystack has over half a million pieces of hay, and the... (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)

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)

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of July 27, 2014

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information. Also read Connected Globe News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! It's time again for the annual State of Enterprise Mobility report.  A lot has changed in the enterprise mobility world in the past year.  Would you be willing to participate in the survey?  All participants will receive the final report for free.  Here is the survey... (more)

Mobility News Weekly – Week of August 3, 2014

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Connected Globe News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! According to a new report from Kable, the top ten vendors of the Enterprise Mobility Market contributed 35.7 percent of the total Enterprise Mobility Market size in 2012, with this proportion increasing by 1.3 percent to reach a figure of 37 percent in 2013.  Read Original Content IBM announced Gartner, Inc. has recognized IBM as a leader in the 2014 Gartner Magic... (more)

Site Reliability Engineering: DevOps 2.0 | @DevOpsSummit #Cloud #DevOps #DataCenter #Monitoring

Site Reliability Engineering: DevOps 2.0 By Saba Anees Has there ever been a better time to be in DevOps? TV shows like “Person of Interest” and “Mr. Robot” are getting better at showing what developers actually do, using chunks of working code. Movies like Michael Mann’s “Blackhat” (2015) won praise from Google’s security team for its DevOps accuracy in a few scenes. Look around and you’ll discover elements of DevOps culture filtering out into wider society, such as people in all walks of life discussing their uptime or fast approaching code lock. On the other hand, perhaps the biggest thorn in the side of DevOps is that developers and operations teams don’t normally get along well. Developers want to rush ahead and compile some groundbreaking code under extremely tight schedules, while operations teams try to slow everyone down to identify systemic risks from acci... (more)