IDG Contributor Network: Developing product management disciplines that drive digital transformation

Digital transformation is driving more enterprises to develop customer-facing and workforce productivity applications. In a recent Harvey Nash and KPMG survey, 41% of respondents had an enterprise-wide digital strategy, up 52% from 2016, and 54% are…

Digital transformation is driving more enterprises to develop customer-facing and workforce productivity applications. In a recent Harvey Nash and KPMG survey, 41% of respondents had an enterprise-wide digital strategy, up 52% from 2016, and 54% are dedicating more time to innovation as a top tactic. CIOs of companies such as Capital One and Dominos Pizza that are succeeding at digital transformation understand that they have to operate like tech companies and must be great at building software.

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IDG Contributor Network: Technology-led innovation in digital health: The law of inverse relationships

While researching for my upcoming book, I asked the nationally recognized CIO of a health system what he thought of the market for emerging technologies such as AI, cognitive, blockchain and digital health solutions in healthcare. His response was: The teacher is ready, but the student is not.

What he meant was that the technology vendor community is developing innovative solutions at a faster rate than the ability of the healthcare sector to adopt it.

It’s no secret that healthcare IT is a couple of steps behind other sectors such as banking and retailing. I have been keenly noting the seeming contrasts in the outlook for healthcare IT when I speak with healthcare industry executives and technology providers.

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While researching for my upcoming book, I asked the nationally recognized CIO of a health system what he thought of the market for emerging technologies such as AI, cognitive, blockchain and digital health solutions in healthcare. His response was: The teacher is ready, but the student is not.

What he meant was that the technology vendor community is developing innovative solutions at a faster rate than the ability of the healthcare sector to adopt it.

It’s no secret that healthcare IT is a couple of steps behind other sectors such as banking and retailing. I have been keenly noting the seeming contrasts in the outlook for healthcare IT when I speak with healthcare industry executives and technology providers.

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China’s Tencent might pump $400 million in Ola

China’s Tencent is in talks with homegrown cab aggregator Ola for a fresh round of funding worth $400 million, according to a latest report from the Economic Times. Citing four people aware of the development, ET stated that Tencent executives met with Ola’s management team to discuss funding. The funding from Tencent will help Ola fight … Continue reading “China’s Tencent might pump $400 million in Ola”

China’s Tencent is in talks with homegrown cab aggregator Ola for a fresh round of funding worth $400 million, according to a latest report from the Economic Times. Citing four people aware of the development, ET stated that Tencent executives met with Ola’s management team to discuss funding. The funding from Tencent will help Ola fight … Continue reading "China’s Tencent might pump $400 million in Ola"

IDG Contributor Network: Taming the Tower of Babel: A radical idea for coping with collaboration tool overload

The Tower of Babel is a euphemism for the Biblical curse placed on the citizens of Babel for believing that mere mortals could actually construct a physical stairway to heaven. For those not familiar with the story, God punished the Tower workers by replacing their common language with multiple tongues, making it impossible for them to work collaboratively. The curse brought the Tower construction project to a screeching halt.

The Tower of Babel is an apt analogy for the problems created by the proliferation of collaboration tools in many modern enterprises. Although employee collaboration is obviously beneficial to daily business operations, the proliferation of disparate texting, note taking, document sharing, task prioritization, file management, audio conferencing, workflow management, video conferencing and project management tools can actually undermine the collaborative work practices such tools were designed to enable. 

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The Tower of Babel is a euphemism for the Biblical curse placed on the citizens of Babel for believing that mere mortals could actually construct a physical stairway to heaven. For those not familiar with the story, God punished the Tower workers by replacing their common language with multiple tongues, making it impossible for them to work collaboratively. The curse brought the Tower construction project to a screeching halt.

The Tower of Babel is an apt analogy for the problems created by the proliferation of collaboration tools in many modern enterprises. Although employee collaboration is obviously beneficial to daily business operations, the proliferation of disparate texting, note taking, document sharing, task prioritization, file management, audio conferencing, workflow management, video conferencing and project management tools can actually undermine the collaborative work practices such tools were designed to enable. 

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Lenovo K8 Note launching in India on August 9

Lenovo started teasing its upcoming Note series smartphone in India recently. Today the company has released a new teaser that confirmed that it will introduce the K8 Note smartphone in the country on August 9, skipping the K7 Note. The company says that the phone will kill the ordinary smartphones and stand way ahead of its competition. The … Continue reading “Lenovo K8 Note launching in India on August 9”

Lenovo started teasing its upcoming Note series smartphone in India recently. Today the company has released a new teaser that confirmed that it will introduce the K8 Note smartphone in the country on August 9, skipping the K7 Note. The company says that the phone will kill the ordinary smartphones and stand way ahead of its competition. The … Continue reading "Lenovo K8 Note launching in India on August 9"

WhatsApp for Android beta adds app shortcuts in latest update

WhatsApp for Android beta has started rolling out a new update that brings app shortcuts. The update is currently available for version v2.17.277 for Android.  The new feature was first spotted by Android Police. App shortcuts will allow users to open in-app camera, starred messages and new chat without opening the WhatsApp app. Users can simply … Continue reading “WhatsApp for Android beta adds app shortcuts in latest update”

WhatsApp for Android beta has started rolling out a new update that brings app shortcuts. The update is currently available for version v2.17.277 for Android.  The new feature was first spotted by Android Police. App shortcuts will allow users to open in-app camera, starred messages and new chat without opening the WhatsApp app. Users can simply … Continue reading "WhatsApp for Android beta adds app shortcuts in latest update"

What is design thinking? The secret to digital success

Design thinking is emerging as a major ingredient in for digital transformation success. But what exactly is design thinking, and how are leading CIOs harnessing its power to bolster business value?Design thinking is an approach to building products…

Design thinking is emerging as a major ingredient in for digital transformation success. But what exactly is design thinking, and how are leading CIOs harnessing its power to bolster business value?

Design thinking is an approach to building products that integrates business and technical needs together to deliver what people require, says Shelley Evenson, managing director at Fjord, a design consultancy acquired by Accenture Interactive in 2013. At its core, design thinking involves tapping into human experiences, including harvesting customer input with technology development practices, when creating new products and services.

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Facebook launches Messenger Platform 2.1 with natural language processing and new tools

Facebook announced Messenger Platform 2.0 in April this year and now the social network has rolled out a new update which includes new and improved features that allow businesses to develop ways to connect with their customers. The Messenger Platform 2.1 update gets a built-in natural language processing (NLP) that automatically detects the context of a message … Continue reading “Facebook launches Messenger Platform 2.1 with natural language processing and new tools”

Facebook announced Messenger Platform 2.0 in April this year and now the social network has rolled out a new update which includes new and improved features that allow businesses to develop ways to connect with their customers. The Messenger Platform 2.1 update gets a built-in natural language processing (NLP) that automatically detects the context of a message … Continue reading "Facebook launches Messenger Platform 2.1 with natural language processing and new tools"

Huawei Mate 10 will come with full-screen display, confirms CEO

Huawei yesterday announced its shipped 73 million smartphones during the first six months of the year, up 21% YoY. Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s consumer division said that the company has shipped more than six million P10  since the launch. In an interview with Bloomberg, he said that the phone will be an even more powerful product compared to … Continue reading “Huawei Mate 10 will come with full-screen display, confirms CEO”

Huawei yesterday announced its shipped 73 million smartphones during the first six months of the year, up 21% YoY. Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s consumer division said that the company has shipped more than six million P10  since the launch. In an interview with Bloomberg, he said that the phone will be an even more powerful product compared to … Continue reading "Huawei Mate 10 will come with full-screen display, confirms CEO"

Twitter records $574 million in revenue, user base static at 328 million in Q2 2017

Twitter has revealed financial earnings for Q2 2017. The micro-blogging site recorded $574 million in revenue, down 5% YoY. Twitter’s monthly active user base remained unchanged at 328 million in Q2 2017. This means, Twitter reported 0% user growth this quarter. Net loss was reported at $116 million, an increase of 9% year-over-year, while Advertising … Continue reading “Twitter records $574 million in revenue, user base static at 328 million in Q2 2017”

Twitter has revealed financial earnings for Q2 2017. The micro-blogging site recorded $574 million in revenue, down 5% YoY. Twitter’s monthly active user base remained unchanged at 328 million in Q2 2017. This means, Twitter reported 0% user growth this quarter. Net loss was reported at $116 million, an increase of 9% year-over-year, while Advertising … Continue reading "Twitter records $574 million in revenue, user base static at 328 million in Q2 2017"