In this edition - the World Economic Forum (WEF) sets a thoughtful/problematic tone for AI and the digital economy. Plus, data scientists are ticked off about a post about... the elusive art of data science. Your whiffs include: the twenty biggest BS buzzwords in tech, a blog post that wasn't, and of course - Windows 10.
Retailers have learned the hard way - getting closer to the customer takes more than e-commerce. At NRF 2017, Vibram's Giuseppe Grandinetti told me how they've achieved good results on the way to an ambitious goal: becoming a "consumer-to-business" company. Given that Vibram started in B2B footwear, that's no easy project.
Not all BI projects are created equal. At NRF 2017, I found out how Aldo achieved a 90 percent mobile BI adoption rate. The bigger story is about giving employees the data they need to be effective - no small feat in modern retail. Aldo's David Dadoun shared his project tips, and gave us a look at SAP BusinessObjects Roambi in action.
Salesforce Commerce Cloud CEO at NRF - 75 percent of retailers are "ill-prepared" for the omni-channel
There's enough omni-channel promo at NRF 2017 to make your head spin. Jeff Barnett, Salesforce Commerce Cloud CEO, dispelled some of the myths of the omni-channel. He shared stark data about retail disruption, but also some ways forward. I also got an update on the Commerce Cloud platform integration.
In this edition: When AI algos fail, and robots don't like bureaucracy either. Plus: SAP goes with Leonardo for IoT, while Salesforce Einstein gets an assessment. Blockchain for supply chain, ransomware on the rise, and snarky strikethroughs. Your whiffs include some emotional email subscription breakups.
I recently plugged a big gap in my content and research workflow. I thought I'd share my evaluation process - and how curation and bookmarking tools should be evaluated. I'm also including my grade on Instapaper, the tool I tested.
in 2012, Mike Baukes left his 9-to-5 to co-found UpGuard. His aim: build tools to help companies manage risk in a complex cybersecurity world. Baukes told me how their free web site risk assessment tool works, and what he's learned about how companies should address risk in their "software supply chains."
Yes - I took the cheese again. Experts Exchange dangled some hot tech skills predictions for 2017 in front of me. I couldn't resist some back-and-forth. We got into AI. machine learning, big data, security, and... low code?
In this edition: clues to Trump's tech plans emerge, though plenty of questions remain. And: jobs morph into "human intelligence platforms" as crowdworking takes hold. AI innovations, cloud migrations and agile-at-scale balance the darker side. Your whiffs include classless airlines, and Wendy's putting a social media detractor in his/her place.
This piece started out as a roast. But as I got deeper, I wanted to better understand why Medium has struggled, and how it might succeed. And what about the enterprise reader? How should we think about our own content investments in light of Medium's rethink?
Big data can be a very dull conversation. But extracting data value from verticals is a lot more interesting. Kerry Liu of Rubikloud told me why he's betting big on retail intelligence - and what he's learned about retail's data struggles. Spoiler: cloud, machine learning and personalization all factor in.
Welcome to your holiday highs-and-lows edition of hits and misses. It was a surprisingly terrific week as writers went all-in. Picks include Google and IBM versus AWS, and the low-code "business developer" debate. Your whiffs include Alexa-gone-wild, and selfies-gone-wrong - again.
Digital minimalism questions the link between our gadgets and our quality of life. Maybe we should rethink enterprise productivity while we're at it. Here's some practical ways to rise above the noise.