Archive | October, 2013
Silicon Valley around San Jose

Leveraging Silicon Valley — from wherever you are

In business, volatility used to be more limited to the realms of finance and high tech. But as the tech wave has continued to sweep the globe, the environment for all organizations, including non-tech ones, has shifted from stability and predictability to rapid, unpredictable change. Innovations like Amazon price checks, or changes to healthcare or […]

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Masai cell phone user

When another 2 billion join the connected world

We’re in Peru on vacation and enjoyed Machu Picchu just today. What struck us throughout this trip is the level of connectedness, even in the more remote areas of the country. We bought local rail tickets from an iPhone, texted from the Incan ruins and made it back in time to catch the World Series (in […]

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pumpkin

Loyalty marketing and picking pumpkins for Halloween

Would you associate loyalty marketing with Halloween? You will when you finish reading this. When we were kids we headed each October to the local farms to find the perfect pumpkin for Halloween. The biggest constraint was the size of the pumpkin…it was a rule that we had to be able to carry our choice […]

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File photo of Germany's Chancellor Merkel using her mobile phone before a meeting at a European Union summit in Brussels

Snowden told us things we should have already known

Snowden’s stories of a far-reaching NSA shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone working with Big Data. We’re entering a new age and the technology and techniques of the past won’t hold up. Just reading the headlines is all the evidence we need. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone was being monitored by […]

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Thinfilm sensor

New ways to architect for the Internet of Things

In a previous post, Preparing for the internet of things, extreme scalability, real-time event handling, and time-to-insight were given as the three biggest challenges for Big Data and the Internet of Things. These are challenges that can be addressed now if companies are ready to invest and be proactive about what’s surely coming in the next […]

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Price crash

Lowing cost is the new disruption

Every day we hear about investors chasing the new, shiny innovations that can add to the top line, but what about that other line — the bottom line? With little fanfare, a new kind of disruption has been picking up steam — disruption in the cost of production. Uber and AirBnB are powerful examples of […]

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BIRDIE

Customer loyalty is a bird in the hand

We’ve heard the phrase, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush,” since childhood. We were being told by wiser adults to value what we have over the things we don’t. Customer engagement has the same lesson at its heart: We can more easily achieve our goals by creating better, more loyal […]

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Sensor

Preparing for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is coming. If you don’t know what that means, there’s an explanation here. But if you want to be brought up to speed more quickly, here it goes: We’ve gone through three waves of data creation in our modern age. In the first age, data was generated by back office systems […]

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Shane Mosely, Antonio Margarito

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face

I attended The Big Data Conference in Chicago these past three days and noticed common threads consistently woven through each session and side conversation. First, we’re beyond the questions about what big data means (finally…I heard no V’s for three days). Instead, the conversations centered on where to get started, what approach to take, and […]

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Fortne Teller

Breaking down Gartner’s 2014 strategic tech trends

Gartner may be the biggest technology advisory service in the world but that doesn’t mean that their predictions are always on the money or as forward-looking as we’d like. Here is our take on this year’s list: Mobile Device Diversity and Management Gartner statement: “Through 2018, the growing variety of devices, computing styles, user contexts […]

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Mike interrogated on Breaking Bad

Disruption and game theory

The following is a guest post by Alistair Croll. This talks about game theory. I’ve probably messed some of the examples up, despite reading a book or two on it. Feel free to correct me. A few weeks ago, I was in the Bay Area buying supplies for a week of camping in the desert. […]

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MobileDevices

Thoughts on how mobile tech will change our work

When we think of mobile technology and the workplace, it’s very easy to go down one of two paths: I can be reached 24 x 7 and never get a break thanks to my smartphone I can work from anywhere and have freedom thanks to my smartphone Both of these paths are a real part […]

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World Vision

One guy’s summary of TUCON 2013

TIBCO’s TUCON 2013 in Las Vegas wrapped up on Thursday and today, two days later, I’ve had the chance to reflect on what was most interesting. Here are my takeaways: Civilization 3.0 In the opening keynote, CEO Vivek Ranadivé told the audience that we’re entering a new era that he called Civilization 3.0. He broke earlier […]

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Customers into fans

It’s no longer acceptable to have only a transactional relationship with customers

TIBCO Head of Client Technical Services Wen Miao took the stage this week at TUCON 2013 to talk about TIBCO’s focus on Turning Customer Into Fans. Wen started with the following: “Every company has customers. However, in the 21st Century, it is no longer acceptable to have only a transactional relationship with customers. TIBCO wants […]

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Asurion

Asurion knows digital life is here to stay

Asurion CEO Steve Ellis and CIO Barry Vandevier took the stage this morning at TUCON 2013 with a great story of our times. We live in a world increasingly dependent on mobile devices. In fact, we’ve reached a point that when technology fails, our daily routine is out of balance at work and at home. Knowing […]

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adidas

Our devices are going to coach us

Adidas announced at GigaOM’s Mobilize 2013 Conference that they’re creating a smartwatch that can provide location, speed, heart rate and serve music during workouts. That’s interesting, sure, but there’s something remarkable they’re adding: coaching. An athlete wearing the Adidas smartwatch will provide coaching through the watch’s screen or headphones. This is certainly a glimpse of what’s […]

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