IDG Contributor Network: 3 stages of digital transformation for exponential growth

Congratulations! You have decided to grow your business and embrace digital transformation in order to reap today’s sizable rewards. So, how do you get there? Where do you begin? Are there any well-proven and documented strategies? These are complicated questions, and ones we have had to answer for ourselves and for the many companies we have supported through changing technologies and business models. The first step is, of course, to define the goal and even here it is clear to us that confusion abounds: we’ve heard terms a number of muddy terms used, including digitization, digitalization and even digital transformation. Are they the same or is there a difference?

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Congratulations! You have decided to grow your business and embrace digital transformation in order to reap today’s sizable rewards. So, how do you get there? Where do you begin? Are there any well-proven and documented strategies? These are complicated questions, and ones we have had to answer for ourselves and for the many companies we have supported through changing technologies and business models. The first step is, of course, to define the goal and even here it is clear to us that confusion abounds: we’ve heard terms a number of muddy terms used, including digitization, digitalization and even digital transformation. Are they the same or is there a difference?

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IDG Contributor Network: 3 stages of digital transformation for exponential growth

Congratulations! You have decided to grow your business and embrace digital transformation in order to reap today’s sizable rewards. So, how do you get there? Where do you begin? Are there any well-proven and documented strategies? These are complicated questions, and ones we have had to answer for ourselves and for the many companies we have supported through changing technologies and business models. The first step is, of course, to define the goal and even here it is clear to us that confusion abounds: we’ve heard terms a number of muddy terms used, including digitization, digitalization and even digital transformation. Are they the same or is there a difference?

To read this article in full, please click here

Congratulations! You have decided to grow your business and embrace digital transformation in order to reap today’s sizable rewards. So, how do you get there? Where do you begin? Are there any well-proven and documented strategies? These are complicated questions, and ones we have had to answer for ourselves and for the many companies we have supported through changing technologies and business models. The first step is, of course, to define the goal and even here it is clear to us that confusion abounds: we’ve heard terms a number of muddy terms used, including digitization, digitalization and even digital transformation. Are they the same or is there a difference?

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IDG Contributor Network: How brainy business bots will boost productivity

Millions of consumers now use smart speakers, also known as personal digital assistants, at home to order pizza or a ride, to control their lighting, or to tune their radios. Recent research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimates that, as of June of this year, 50 million U.S. households had such devices.

That is significant market penetration and yet it will probably pale in comparison to what we will see as AI-based digital assistants move into the workplace. And compared to earlier generations of automation (ranging in sophistication from annoying phone prompts to canned chats that are little better than year 2000-era FAQs), new chat agents powered by machine learning will improve things drastically for end users – and not just act as filters for beleaguered call center agents.

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Millions of consumers now use smart speakers, also known as personal digital assistants, at home to order pizza or a ride, to control their lighting, or to tune their radios. Recent research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimates that, as of June of this year, 50 million U.S. households had such devices.

That is significant market penetration and yet it will probably pale in comparison to what we will see as AI-based digital assistants move into the workplace. And compared to earlier generations of automation (ranging in sophistication from annoying phone prompts to canned chats that are little better than year 2000-era FAQs), new chat agents powered by machine learning will improve things drastically for end users – and not just act as filters for beleaguered call center agents.

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US Government Agencies Can’t Buy Huawei or ZTE Products Anymore

President Trump signs the Defense Authorization Act 2019 into law and with it leaves Chinese companies including Huawei and ZTE out in the cold when it comes to supplying government agencies or any company working for them.

President Trump signs the Defense Authorization Act 2019 into law and with it leaves Chinese companies including Huawei and ZTE out in the cold when it comes to supplying government agencies or any company working for them.

Dell Latitude 5591

Impatient (and deep-pocketed) business pros will thrill to the Dell Latitude 5591, a speedy six-core productivity powerhouse that outruns most 15.6-inch laptop competitors.

Impatient (and deep-pocketed) business pros will thrill to the Dell Latitude 5591, a speedy six-core productivity powerhouse that outruns most 15.6-inch laptop competitors.

IDG Contributor Network: Online manipulation is the the latest data protection debate

As privacy controversies continue to absorb public attention both here and in Europe, we are hearing more and more about manipulative “dark patterns” where online services nudge people toward their preferred choices. One consumer report says these websites might be in violation of Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation because the consent resulting from such manipulative practices is not informed and freely given. 

In the U.S., Senator Mark Warner has proposed a Congressional determination that “design tricks to exploit human psychology” are unfair and deceptive practices to be prohibited by the Federal Trade Commission.

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As privacy controversies continue to absorb public attention both here and in Europe, we are hearing more and more about manipulative “dark patterns” where online services nudge people toward their preferred choices. One consumer report says these websites might be in violation of Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation because the consent resulting from such manipulative practices is not informed and freely given. 

In the U.S., Senator Mark Warner has proposed a Congressional determination that “design tricks to exploit human psychology” are unfair and deceptive practices to be prohibited by the Federal Trade Commission.

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IDG Contributor Network: What job security lessons can CIOs learn from the NFL?

The New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals are all beginning the 2018-2019 NFL season with new coaches. These changes are not unusual. Similar changes have occurred over the past several years. On average, roughly one-quarter of the coaches in the National Football League (NFL) are replaced every season. 

A Business Insider analysis conducted during the midpoint of the 2016-2017 season determined that the average job tenure of NFL coaches was 4.3 years. Coincidentally, Korn Ferry – the esteemed executive recruiting firm – conducted a tenure study for CIOs last year. They determined that the average job tenure of a CIO was 4.3 years, exactly the same as an NFL coach!

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The New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals are all beginning the 2018-2019 NFL season with new coaches. These changes are not unusual. Similar changes have occurred over the past several years. On average, roughly one-quarter of the coaches in the National Football League (NFL) are replaced every season. 

A Business Insider analysis conducted during the midpoint of the 2016-2017 season determined that the average job tenure of NFL coaches was 4.3 years. Coincidentally, Korn Ferry – the esteemed executive recruiting firm – conducted a tenure study for CIOs last year. They determined that the average job tenure of a CIO was 4.3 years, exactly the same as an NFL coach!

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Samsung Galaxy Note9 has the most innovative and high performance smartphone display: DisplayMate

DisplayMate Technologies which is known for their accurate and in-depth evaluation of smartphone displays has completed its comprehensive evaluation of the Galaxy Note9’s Infinity Display, and according to them, the recently launched Galaxy Note 9 packs a display that raises the bar significantly higher.

It says that “the level of display performance and excellence has been increasing each year, and the Galaxy Note9 has raised the bar.” The Galaxy Note9 features a display that is most innovative and high-performance smartphone display that it has lab ever tested. The smartphone established several display performance records during DisplayMate’s in-depth analysis, ultimately earning the firm’s highest-ever A+ grade.

The Galaxy Note9 packs a 6.4-inches (2960×1440) Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display, and it has matched or set records for some important measurements, including screen reflectance, absolute color accuracy, peak brightness, native color gamut, contrast ratio and screen resolution.

The enhanced brightness mode produces vibrant visuals when users need them, such as under direct sunlight or in environments with lots of ambient light. DisplayMate’s evaluators tested the feature by displaying an all-white full screen, which is the most challenging image for an OLED display to produce since it requires all the pixels to shine at full power.

The new Galaxy Note9 set …

DisplayMate Technologies which is known for their accurate and in-depth evaluation of smartphone displays has completed its comprehensive evaluation of the Galaxy Note9’s Infinity Display, and according to them, the recently launched Galaxy Note 9 packs a display that raises the bar significantly higher. It says that "the level of display performance and excellence has been increasing each year, and the Galaxy Note9 has raised the bar.” The Galaxy Note9 features a display that is most innovative and high-performance smartphone display that it has lab ever tested. The smartphone established several display performance records during DisplayMate’s in-depth analysis, ultimately earning the firm’s highest-ever A+ grade. The Galaxy Note9 packs a 6.4-inches (2960×1440) Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display, and it has matched or set records for some important measurements, including screen reflectance, absolute color accuracy, peak brightness, native color gamut, contrast ratio and screen resolution. The enhanced brightness mode produces vibrant visuals when users need them, such as under direct sunlight or in environments with lots of ambient light. DisplayMate’s evaluators tested the feature by displaying an all-white full screen, which is the most challenging image for an OLED display to produce since it requires all the pixels to shine at full power. The new Galaxy Note9 set ...

JioPhone 2 with QWERTY keyboard goes on sale from August 16

Reliance Jio introduced the  JioPhone 2, the successor of  last year’s JioPhone last month. The company said that it will be available starting from August 15th. Today the company has confirmed that the smartphone will go on sale for the first time via flash sale on August 16th, 12PM on Jio.com.

The JioPhone 2 has a new design that includes a full QWERTY hardware keyboard along with a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, and it also comes with Dual SIM support, unlike the first generation model that only comes with single SIM. It has cat.4 LTE support with download speeds of up to 150Mbps with support both LTE (Band 3,5,40) and 2G (900/1800). It still runs KAI OS, and has the same cameras, battery capacity, RAM, storage and connectivity features as the first-gen JioPhone.

JioPhone 2 specifications

2.4-inch (320 x 240 pixels) QVGA display
QWERTY hardware keyboard and 4-way nav bar
512 MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, expandable memory with microSD
KAI OS
Dual SIM
2MP rear camera
0.3MP (VGA) front camera
3.5mm audio jack, FM
4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, NFC, USB 2.0
2000mAh battery

The JioPhone 2 is priced at Rs. 2,999. The company recently launched Monsoon Hungama Offer that allows any feature phone user can …

Reliance Jio introduced the  JioPhone 2, the successor of  last year’s JioPhone last month. The company said that it will be available starting from August 15th. Today the company has confirmed that the smartphone will go on sale for the first time via flash sale on August 16th, 12PM on Jio.com. The JioPhone 2 has a new design that includes a full QWERTY hardware keyboard along with a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, and it also comes with Dual SIM support, unlike the first generation model that only comes with single SIM. It has cat.4 LTE support with download speeds of up to 150Mbps with support both LTE (Band 3,5,40) and 2G (900/1800). It still runs KAI OS, and has the same cameras, battery capacity, RAM, storage and connectivity features as the first-gen JioPhone. JioPhone 2 specifications 2.4-inch (320 x 240 pixels) QVGA display QWERTY hardware keyboard and 4-way nav bar 512 MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, expandable memory with microSD KAI OS Dual SIM 2MP rear camera 0.3MP (VGA) front camera 3.5mm audio jack, FM 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, NFC, USB 2.0 2000mAh battery The JioPhone 2 is priced at Rs. 2,999. The company recently launched Monsoon Hungama Offer that allows any feature phone user can ...

Vivo Y81 with 6.22-inch 19:9 FullView display, Helio P22 Octa-Core 12nm SoC, Face unlock launched in India for Rs. 12990

Vivo has launched Y81, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in the ‘Y Series’. It was introduced back in June and packs a  6.22-inch HD+ screen with 19:9 aspect ratio, 2.15mm narrow bezels and 88% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by MediaTek’s latest Helio P22 Octa-Core 12nm SoC with 3GB RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, portrait mode and a 5-megapixel front camera with support for face unlock.

It runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Funtouch OS 4, dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and packs a 3260mAh battery, but the Indian version has  a fingerprint sensor.

Vivo Y81 specifications

6.22-inch (1520×720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 IPS 2.5D curved glass display
2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) 12nm processor with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU
3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
Dual SIM
Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo)
13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture
5MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture
Fingerprint sensor
Dimensions: 155.21x 75.24 x 7.7mm ; Weight: 146g
4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5, GPS
3260mAh battery

The Vivo Y81  comes in Black and Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 12,999 and is available from Amazon.in, Flipkart as well as Vivo online store in India.

Vivo has launched Y81, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in the ‘Y Series’. It was introduced back in June and packs a  6.22-inch HD+ screen with 19:9 aspect ratio, 2.15mm narrow bezels and 88% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by MediaTek’s latest Helio P22 Octa-Core 12nm SoC with 3GB RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, portrait mode and a 5-megapixel front camera with support for face unlock. It runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Funtouch OS 4, dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and packs a 3260mAh battery, but the Indian version has  a fingerprint sensor. Vivo Y81 specifications 6.22-inch (1520×720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 IPS 2.5D curved glass display 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) 12nm processor with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture Fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 155.21x 75.24 x 7.7mm ; Weight: 146g 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5, GPS 3260mAh battery The Vivo Y81  comes in Black and Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 12,999 and is available from Amazon.in, Flipkart as well as Vivo online store in India.