Monsanto: Driving digital leadership to elevate the business (and feed the world)

The following interview was conducted prior to Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto. Jim Swanson is now senior vice president/CIO and head of digital transformation at Bayer Crop Science.

There are great CIOs out there who, by changing the way their businesses relate to data, technology and the IT org, are strengthening their companies, boosting the bottom line, and even disrupting their industries. And a very few of those IT leaders are also, literally, aiming to change the world.

We sat down recently with one of the best examples of a world-changing CIO: Monsanto’s Jim Swanson. Five years into his tenure, he has helped leverage data to change how Monsanto runs its global agriculture business — and now Jim is leading a program to make Monsanto a true digital company, molding a workforce entirely steeped in technology and the unlimited potential of data.

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The following interview was conducted prior to Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto. Jim Swanson is now senior vice president/CIO and head of digital transformation at Bayer Crop Science.

There are great CIOs out there who, by changing the way their businesses relate to data, technology and the IT org, are strengthening their companies, boosting the bottom line, and even disrupting their industries. And a very few of those IT leaders are also, literally, aiming to change the world.

We sat down recently with one of the best examples of a world-changing CIO: Monsanto’s Jim Swanson. Five years into his tenure, he has helped leverage data to change how Monsanto runs its global agriculture business — and now Jim is leading a program to make Monsanto a true digital company, molding a workforce entirely steeped in technology and the unlimited potential of data.

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Vodafone Idea launches All-Rounder Recharge packs with talk time, data and validity starting at Rs. 25

Vodafone Idea Limited today launched All-Rounder Recharge – a combo offering for Vodafone prepaid customers. This is a single recharge that bundles talk time, data and a discounted tariff rate, starting Rs. 25. “These packs will thus enable customers with even small ticket-sizes to enjoy enhanced connectivity through both voice and data, says the company.

Pack (Rs.)
Talktime
Call Rate
Data
Validity

25
18
2.5p/sec
10MB
28 days

35
26
60p/min
100MB
28 days

65
65
60p/min
200MB
28 days

95
95
30p/min
500MB
28 days

145
145
30p/min
1GB
42 days

245
245
30p/min
2GB
84 days

The packs range from Rs. 25 to Rs. 245 and come with a validity ranging from 28 days to 84 days. These are available in Chennai and Tamil Nadu circle and is expected to expand to other circles soon.

Commenting on the launch of new packs, Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer – Vodafone Idea Limited said:
It’s always been our endeavour to design products and services relevant to the unique needs of different customer segments. Designed for customers who prefer to recharge with small denomination packs for voice or data separately, the Vodafone All-Rounder packs are convenient, affordable and simple. These new low priced combo packs ensure that customers get to enjoy both voice and data benefits in a single recharge. These packs offers customers a great deal including Talk-time, rate-cutter tariff and data.

Vodafone Idea Limited today launched All-Rounder Recharge - a combo offering for Vodafone prepaid customers. This is a single recharge that bundles talk time, data and a discounted tariff rate, starting Rs. 25. "These packs will thus enable customers with even small ticket-sizes to enjoy enhanced connectivity through both voice and data, says the company. Pack (Rs.) Talktime Call Rate Data Validity 25 18 2.5p/sec 10MB 28 days 35 26 60p/min 100MB 28 days 65 65 60p/min 200MB 28 days 95 95 30p/min 500MB 28 days 145 145 30p/min 1GB 42 days 245 245 30p/min 2GB 84 days The packs range from Rs. 25 to Rs. 245 and come with a validity ranging from 28 days to 84 days. These are available in Chennai and Tamil Nadu circle and is expected to expand to other circles soon. Commenting on the launch of new packs, Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer – Vodafone Idea Limited said: It’s always been our endeavour to design products and services relevant to the unique needs of different customer segments. Designed for customers who prefer to recharge with small denomination packs for voice or data separately, the Vodafone All-Rounder packs are convenient, affordable and simple. These new low priced combo packs ensure that customers get to enjoy both voice and data benefits in a single recharge. These packs offers customers a great deal including Talk-time, rate-cutter tariff and data.

Kirin 980 can outshine Apple’s A12 Bionic chip says Huawei

The Apple iPhone Xs, XS max, Xr witnessed the launch of company’s A12 Bionic processor based on a 7nm fabrication process. A few weeks ahead of the Apple launch, Huawei announced their own 7nm processor; the Kirin 980 with Dual NPU.

The Kirin 980 will debut with Huawei Mate 20 series phone whose launch is set for October 16th. However, during product brief, Huawei mentioned that it is confident its processor would outperform Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset. Huawei has been working on the Kirin 980 for over three years and it primarily focused on Power and Efficiency, Intelligence, and, Connectivity.

The Kirin 980 features 6.9 billion transistors within a 1cm2 die size, up by 1.6 times from the previous generation and is also exactly the same number Apple has managed to pack on the A12 Bionic. The company claims that the Kirin 980 is 75% faster than its previous generation as far as the CPU is concerned and 46% faster when it comes to the GPU.

Kirin 980 is an Octa-Core SoC with two ARM Cortex A76 cores clocked up to 2.6GHz for Turbo performance, two ARM Cortex A76 cores clocked up to 1.92GHz for Long-lasting performance and four ARM Cortex A55 cores clocked up to 1.8 …

The Apple iPhone Xs, XS max, Xr witnessed the launch of company's A12 Bionic processor based on a 7nm fabrication process. A few weeks ahead of the Apple launch, Huawei announced their own 7nm processor; the Kirin 980 with Dual NPU. The Kirin 980 will debut with Huawei Mate 20 series phone whose launch is set for October 16th. However, during product brief, Huawei mentioned that it is confident its processor would outperform Apple's A12 Bionic chipset. Huawei has been working on the Kirin 980 for over three years and it primarily focused on Power and Efficiency, Intelligence, and, Connectivity. The Kirin 980 features 6.9 billion transistors within a 1cm2 die size, up by 1.6 times from the previous generation and is also exactly the same number Apple has managed to pack on the A12 Bionic. The company claims that the Kirin 980 is 75% faster than its previous generation as far as the CPU is concerned and 46% faster when it comes to the GPU. Kirin 980 is an Octa-Core SoC with two ARM Cortex A76 cores clocked up to 2.6GHz for Turbo performance, two ARM Cortex A76 cores clocked up to 1.92GHz for Long-lasting performance and four ARM Cortex A55 cores clocked up to 1.8 ...

Instagram denies testing ‘regram’ feature

Instagram might have just confirmed that Regramming; the ability to instantly repost someone else’s feed post to your followers is “not happening.” This comes after the company is rumored to be testing the feature a while back and this is a good move by Instagram.

Earlier rumor suggested that ‘Regram’ button would appear under the profile picture of the original sharer. Users can regram a post once, it will show a stack of both profile thumbnails of who previously shared it. This feature would help Instagram in widening the content on your feed but would be ideal if Instagram’s algorithm could hide the least engaging regrams.

Keeping this in mind, CEO Kevin Systrom shared his views saying:
We debate the re-share thing a lot. But really that decision is about keeping your feed focused on the people you know rather than the people you know finding other stuff for you to see. And I think that is more of a testament of our focus on authenticity.
The ability to share or repost someone else’s post to your feed instead of sharing something original of your own could make Instagram a lot identical to Facebook and this would bring the possibility of fake content getting …

Instagram might have just confirmed that Regramming; the ability to instantly repost someone else’s feed post to your followers is “not happening.” This comes after the company is rumored to be testing the feature a while back and this is a good move by Instagram. Earlier rumor suggested that 'Regram' button would appear under the profile picture of the original sharer. Users can regram a post once, it will show a stack of both profile thumbnails of who previously shared it. This feature would help Instagram in widening the content on your feed but would be ideal if Instagram’s algorithm could hide the least engaging regrams. Keeping this in mind, CEO Kevin Systrom shared his views saying: We debate the re-share thing a lot. But really that decision is about keeping your feed focused on the people you know rather than the people you know finding other stuff for you to see. And I think that is more of a testament of our focus on authenticity. The ability to share or repost someone else's post to your feed instead of sharing something original of your own could make Instagram a lot identical to Facebook and this would bring the possibility of fake content getting ...

Samsung files for ‘Samsung Buds’ trademark

Samsung has filed for ‘Samsung Buds’ trademark at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) recently. The trademark doesn’t reveal any details except for the name, but the company could be working on new style of earbuds with support for Bixby voice support, similar to the Google Pixel Buds with Google Assistant support.

Samsung introduced Gear IconX Bluetooth earbuds with fitness tracking capabilities back in 2016. Last year it refreshed it by introducing Gear IconX 2018 wireless earbuds with Bixby Voice that can be activated simply tapping and holding the earbud to use your voice to control your music or your phone.

The Samsung Buds could feature an better design and it might use the help of AKG. It could go official sometime earlier next year along with the Galaxy S10. We will have to wait to see if Samsung will ditch the 3.5mm audio jack on its next flagship ‘S series’ smartphone which is rumored to come in three variants, all with an in-display fingerprint scanner.

Source | Via

Samsung has filed for 'Samsung Buds' trademark at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) recently. The trademark doesn't reveal any details except for the name, but the company could be working on new style of earbuds with support for Bixby voice support, similar to the Google Pixel Buds with Google Assistant support. Samsung introduced Gear IconX Bluetooth earbuds with fitness tracking capabilities back in 2016. Last year it refreshed it by introducing Gear IconX 2018 wireless earbuds with Bixby Voice that can be activated simply tapping and holding the earbud to use your voice to control your music or your phone. The Samsung Buds could feature an better design and it might use the help of AKG. It could go official sometime earlier next year along with the Galaxy S10. We will have to wait to see if Samsung will ditch the 3.5mm audio jack on its next flagship 'S series' smartphone which is rumored to come in three variants, all with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Source | Via

IDG Contributor Network: Agility and architecture

I seriously doubt that agile initiatives can have success in the long run if they are not supported by an enterprise and business architecture framework that can be reused and enhanced from one project to the next. Digital transformation is not about a one-time change project or about spontaneous business activities. Digitization is more about transforming many dimensions of an organization with a structured approach involving business and enterprise architecture. This article will demonstrate how architecture can ensure success of agile digital transformation initiatives.

Agile practices in organizations

Agile practices are increasingly used for the digitization of today’s organizations because business environment demands sound decision making and quick follow through to address global competition treats and rapid market disturbances. According to a 2018 survey entitled How Agile and DevOps Enable Digital Readiness and Transformation, about 80% of surveyed organizations have committed to adopting agile practices in their software development. Surveyed companies are using agile practices in most of the principal business functions.  Yet some organizations seem to have more success then others.

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I seriously doubt that agile initiatives can have success in the long run if they are not supported by an enterprise and business architecture framework that can be reused and enhanced from one project to the next. Digital transformation is not about a one-time change project or about spontaneous business activities. Digitization is more about transforming many dimensions of an organization with a structured approach involving business and enterprise architecture. This article will demonstrate how architecture can ensure success of agile digital transformation initiatives.

Agile practices in organizations

Agile practices are increasingly used for the digitization of today’s organizations because business environment demands sound decision making and quick follow through to address global competition treats and rapid market disturbances. According to a 2018 survey entitled How Agile and DevOps Enable Digital Readiness and Transformation, about 80% of surveyed organizations have committed to adopting agile practices in their software development. Surveyed companies are using agile practices in most of the principal business functions.  Yet some organizations seem to have more success then others.

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IDG Contributor Network: The future of big data and AI boils down to one thing

When I started my first business in the mid-90’s I did what most first-time entrepreneurs do — I ordered business cards.

Actually, I first had to get an address and order a phone. After all, I couldn’t order business cards without them. Then it was setting up an accounting system, doing the legal paperwork, building a website, and, of course, writing a really long business plan.

I did everything except the things I should have been doing: telling my story and selling my solution.

But as is so often the case, I got too caught up in the mechanics and lost sight of my purpose. It took me a while to set myself straight.

The recent Strata Data Conference, produced by O’Reilly and Cloudera, reminded me of this powerful learning experience.

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When I started my first business in the mid-90’s I did what most first-time entrepreneurs do — I ordered business cards.

Actually, I first had to get an address and order a phone. After all, I couldn’t order business cards without them. Then it was setting up an accounting system, doing the legal paperwork, building a website, and, of course, writing a really long business plan.

I did everything except the things I should have been doing: telling my story and selling my solution.

But as is so often the case, I got too caught up in the mechanics and lost sight of my purpose. It took me a while to set myself straight.

The recent Strata Data Conference, produced by O’Reilly and Cloudera, reminded me of this powerful learning experience.

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Vivo V11 with 6.3-inch FHD+ FullView display, 6GB RAM, in-display fingerprint sensor surfaces on official India website ahead of launch

Vivo  launched the V11 Pro smartphone in India earlier this month. Now the company is gearing up to launch the V11 smartphone in India soon, as it has surfaced on the official website. This will feature a 6.3-inch Full HD display with 19: 9 aspect ratio and a notch,  powered by Helio P60 SoC  with 6GB of RAM, feature a 16-megapixel rear camera  along with a 5-megapixel camera for portrait shots, AI scene recognition, and a 25-megapixel front camera with AI beautify feature.

It has an in-display fingerprint sensor, dedicated Dual SIM and microSD card slots and packs a 3315mAh battery with support for fast charging.

Vivo V11 specifications

6.3-inch (2280 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 IPS display
Octa Core MediaTek Helio P60 12nm processor (Quad 2GHz Cortex A73 + Quad 2GHz Cortex A53 CPUs) with 800MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU (V11i)
 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
Dual SIM
Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo)
16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, secondary 5MP camera with f/2.4 aperture
25MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture
In-display fingerprint sensor
Dimensions: 75.63 x 8.1 x 155.97mm; Weight: 163.7g
Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, …

Vivo  launched the V11 Pro smartphone in India earlier this month. Now the company is gearing up to launch the V11 smartphone in India soon, as it has surfaced on the official website. This will feature a 6.3-inch Full HD display with 19: 9 aspect ratio and a notch,  powered by Helio P60 SoC  with 6GB of RAM, feature a 16-megapixel rear camera  along with a 5-megapixel camera for portrait shots, AI scene recognition, and a 25-megapixel front camera with AI beautify feature. It has an in-display fingerprint sensor, dedicated Dual SIM and microSD card slots and packs a 3315mAh battery with support for fast charging. Vivo V11 specifications 6.3-inch (2280 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 IPS display Octa Core MediaTek Helio P60 12nm processor (Quad 2GHz Cortex A73 + Quad 2GHz Cortex A53 CPUs) with 800MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU (V11i)  6GB RAM, 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Dual SIM Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) 16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, secondary 5MP camera with f/2.4 aperture 25MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture In-display fingerprint sensor Dimensions: 75.63 x 8.1 x 155.97mm; Weight: 163.7g Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, ...

Amazfit Cor Review

Across price bands, there’s no dearth of fitness bands in the market. From basic trackers with no displays and simple step tracking to devices that can follow your runs using GPS and present dozens of metrics to assist your fitness goals. Amazfit recently introduced a number of their products in the Indian market. We reviewed the Amazfit Bip a while back. The latest entrant in the series is the Amazfit Cor, here’s our review.

Design

The Amazfit Cor takes the essentials of a fitness focussed wearable and manages to turn it into a premium looking product, a task that many others have failed at. The simplistic looking band is essentially a central module made of marine grade stainless steel with detachable bands on either side.

The core module is slightly curved at the top for aesthetic purposes but maintains a flat profile along the lower half to ensure good contact for the heart rate sensor. The combination of matte grey edges with deep black bezels makes the band look subdued and elegant.

Unlike the Mi Band or Fitbit Charge, the Amazfit Cor adds in a 1.23 inch color IPS LCD display which is a huge step up as far as usability is concerned. There’s Gorilla …

Across price bands, there's no dearth of fitness bands in the market. From basic trackers with no displays and simple step tracking to devices that can follow your runs using GPS and present dozens of metrics to assist your fitness goals. Amazfit recently introduced a number of their products in the Indian market. We reviewed the Amazfit Bip a while back. The latest entrant in the series is the Amazfit Cor, here's our review. Design The Amazfit Cor takes the essentials of a fitness focussed wearable and manages to turn it into a premium looking product, a task that many others have failed at. The simplistic looking band is essentially a central module made of marine grade stainless steel with detachable bands on either side. The core module is slightly curved at the top for aesthetic purposes but maintains a flat profile along the lower half to ensure good contact for the heart rate sensor. The combination of matte grey edges with deep black bezels makes the band look subdued and elegant. Unlike the Mi Band or Fitbit Charge, the Amazfit Cor adds in a 1.23 inch color IPS LCD display which is a huge step up as far as usability is concerned. There's Gorilla ...

JPMorgan Chase invests in agile platforms, digital talent

Most IT leaders can only dream of a $10.8 billion IT budget. Lucky for JPMorgan Chase & Co. CIO Lori Beer, the beneficiary of such an embarrassment of riches, the financial services firm has its sights set on perfecting its digital business. And th…

Most IT leaders can only dream of a $10.8 billion IT budget. Lucky for JPMorgan Chase & Co. CIO Lori Beer, the beneficiary of such an embarrassment of riches, the financial services firm has its sights set on perfecting its digital business. And that requires the latitude to make significant investments in new products, services and staff.

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