Manufacturing Reboots Talent Engine In A New Age Of Digital Disruption – via Techcrunch

Whether a company makes clothing, household cleaning products, cars, healthcare or nearly anything else, it needs people with the right skills. Like other businesses, today’s manufacturers are going digital; operating in an era of change and volatility that has made flexibility critical to their success.


[…] Companies need to place a greater emphasis on defining what skills their organization needs. These requirements can include any combination of technical expertise, professional certifications, previous work experience and so-called “soft skills,” including communications and leadership skills.

However, it is important for companies to remain realistic throughout this process and consider that it may not be possible for one candidate to possess all of the skills they are seeking. In that case, it may be more important to identify reliable, hardworking, inquisitive people who demonstrate a work ethic, willingness to learn and the flexibility to adapt in a changing work environment.

Once companies have a firm sense of the skills they desire, there are two main ways to go about cultivating talent: Tap the power of an organization’s existing workforce and build those skills from within, or develop new talent externally with a trusted network of partners.

Of course, developing skills, whether internally or externally, requires a company to make a significant investment. The skills gap took years to emerge and it will not be fixed overnight.

Addressing the situation is important. Disrupters play the stronger offensive game in today’s volatile business environment. Talent can play an important role in helping companies execute that offensive strategy. But only with the right skills for a new business reality on the offensive team can a company swiftly respond to changes as they arise in today’s global business world.

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Polyes Q1 Pen Begins Writing 3D Printing

Polyes Q1, the first photoactive resin-based 3D printing pen, which uses Nobel Prize winning blue light LED technology to cure colored resins and allow for 3D drawing.


The “next generation” 3D printing pen is meeting the approval of fans all over the world, and rightly so. Compared to current 3D pen technologies, such as the hugely successful 3Doodler, the Polyes has no heated parts, needs to perform no extrusion and only uses skin safe, cool, resin that can be cured by a light that is not dangerous to the eyes. The pen also has a series of safety switches to make sure that it does not present a danger of any kind and is suited for children.

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The digital enterprise – via McKinsey&Company

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Digital business models have become essential for companies across a range of industries. With social networks and e-commerce websites setting new benchmarks for speed, agility, and user-friendliness, consumers expect similar online performance from banks, retailers, and telecommunications companies.

Attackers born in the digital age give consumers what they want, but many older companies struggle to meet customer expectations. For them, going digital is now a prerequisite for surviving and thriving.

Success requires strong capabilities in four areas.

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Amazon Asks FAA for Permission to Test Drones – via WSJ

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Amazon formally requested permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to start testing drones, an important step toward the online retail giant’s goal to use the devices to deliver packages.

Amazon first unveiled the plans in December, dubbing the proposed service Amazon Prime Air and saying drones would eventually be able to deliver small packages to customers in less than 30 minutes.

In its petition to the FAA, posted Thursday, Amazon said it is now on its eighth- and ninth-generation drone prototypes, including some that can travel more than 50 miles an hour and carry 5-pound packages, which would cover 86% of products it sells.

He added, “One day, seeing Amazon Prime Air will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today.”

However, in a 2012 law, Congress gave the FAA the authority to grant expedited exemptions for some unmanned aircraft. […]  the agency was only considering exemptions for drones used for filmmaking, agriculture and inspections of infrastructure and energy plants.

In its request, Amazon says that it would limit its use of drones to “a confined area over isolated Amazon private property,” away from airports, densely populated areas and military installations.

The company argues that granting its request will allow it to “do nothing more than what thousands of hobbyists and manufacturers of model aircraft do every day,” a common argument of commercial-drone advocates.

There is other evidence that Amazon is serious about drone deliveries.

The company has at least six jobs posted on its careers website that are focused on developing Prime Air, including a project manager, a spokesman, a software engineer and a patent lawyer. All the jobs are in Seattle, except the software engineer, which is in San Francisco.

In some of the job descriptions, the company says, “You will work hard, have fun, and of course, make history!”

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verizon iot hbrThere is a lot of hype surrounding how the Internet of Things (IoT) could help revolutionize organizations and markets.

Harvard Business Review Analytic Services surveyed 269 early adopters from around the
globe to find out more about the benefits and challenges of implementing IoT

“IoT has the potential to transform the way companies make products, track goods and assets, monitor performance, provide security, and deliver services to customers.”

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“CODING” una nuova literacy

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Il  “coding”, ovvero utilizzare i linguaggi di programmazione, è considerato una nuova literacy del 21° secolo. Essa è indispensabile per un cittadino digitale che voglia essere non solo fruitore ma anche “creatore” della tecnologia che ogni giorno utilizza. Questo il messaggio dell’interessante articolo “Raising a Hacker: Cool Tools to Help Kids Learn to Code” pubblicato da Common Sense Media, un’organizzazione no-profit con sede a San Francisco che si occupa di educazione ai media e alla tecnologia.


Perché è importante educare al coding?

Educare al coding è offrire agli allievi l’occasione di sviluppare importanti skill come il problem solving e il critical thinking. Consente di “lavorare”, in particolare, su alcune delle 8 competenze chiave contenute nella Raccomandazione 2006/962/CE del Parlamento europeo e del Consiglio, del 18 dicembre 2006, relativa a competenze chiave per l’apprendimento permanente 

  • Competenza matematica e competenze di base in campo scientifico e tecnologico

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L’economia di #internet raddoppierà entro il 2016 – via IlSole24Ore


Entro il 2016 il valore di internet raddoppierà rispetto al 2010, quando valeva il 3,4% del Pil: più di settori come l’agricoltura e l’energia.

Lo rivela lo studio «The Hyperconnected Economy», condotto dall’Economist Intelligence Unit (Eiu) e promosso da Sap, dedicato all’impatto di Internet e della iper-connettività sull’economia globale.

L’iper-connettività crescerà in modo esponenziale, con il numero di oggetti connessi che aumenterà di 30 volte entro il 2020, escludendo Pc, tablet e smartphone (fonte: Gartner).

L’iper-connettività sta indubbiamente accelerando fenomeni di globalizzazione e allo stesso tempo promuovendo il ritorno della produzione industriale nei paesi sviluppati in seguito alla necessità di disporre di personale altamente qualificato.

Sta, infine, contribuendo alla creazione delle cosiddette “micro-multinazionali” – piccole aziende con capacità di raggiungere e service clienti in tutto il mondo.

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#Google #Fiber is growing slowly, by design – via Endgaget

The Google Way on Fiber:  first things first, build up internal know how on new business, focus on making sure its core services have an excellent user experience…  then scale up!!


“It is, as always, step by step,” Google Fiber head of project management Adam Smith tells me. Smith is hesitantly explaining how Google isn’t very experienced at this whole “internet provider” thing it’s been doing.

“By having control of all the hardware and software, now we’re getting into this more iterative phase of being able to push code and make changes more rapidly to create a more responsive product.”

Right now, these revisions are focused on improving internet and TV service — specifically WiFi connectivity. “I think the stat is that 70-percent of the devices that connect at home connect through WiFi,” Smith says. “We spend an insane amount of engineering time just trying to improve and optimize that experience.”

In the meantime, Google is focusing primarily on making sure its core services are excellent.

“We are interested in exploring new ways for people to purchase video, but our core offering is our live TV service, which we think is an awesome service.”

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4 Auto Companies Using 3D Printing


Remember when some experts said the Internet was a passing fad?

Like it or not, 3D printing technology, seen by some as simply a trend, is apparently here to stay. Some sectors, like the plastics industries, are already jumping into 3D printing research and development with both feet.

It appears auto-makers are also looking at how 3D printers can speed up development, design and ultimately production.

Ford uses 3D printers to produce protoype parts, “shaving months off the development time for individual components used in all of its vehicles, such as cylinder heads, intake manifolds and air vents.”

3D printing technology can also save significant amounts

of money.

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#Location-#based Mobile Ads Coming To Mall Screens Nationwide – via Screen Media Daily

Vi ricordate la scena del film Minority Report, in cui Tom Cruise passeggiava in un Mall e veniva riconosciuto dalle pareti pubblicitarie interattive e tempestato di pubblicita’ personalizzata? ..a piccoli  passi ci stiamo avvicinando!

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Shazam and Adspace Networks to Bring Location-based Mobile Ad Retargeting to DPB Mall Screens


The combination of location-based mobile advertising and digital place-based (DPB) media is proving highly effective for increasing brand engagement with on-the-go consumers. That’s why today’s announcement from Shazam, a leading mobile engagement provider, andAdspace Networks, a leading provider of digital-place based advertising in malls and cinema lobbiesmakes perfect sense.

The partnership enables Adspace to enhance consumer’s mall experience by extending video campaigns across their mall-based ad network using Shazam’s location-based mobile technology, and provide brands with a complete, customizable mobile content experience. When this rollout is complete shoppers will now be able to interact with mobile advertisements for exclusive offers and added content.

According to Shazam, their technology “watermarks” a shopper’s smartphone location using ultrasonic signals when a shopper is within 40 feet of a floor or aerial-mounted digital place-based screen. The integration of mobile and digital place-based platforms provides advertisers with a new to way to customize their message and connect with millions of smartphone-enabled shoppers. In addition, Shazam’s ultrasonic technology remains active, whether a brand’s commercial is airing or not on Adspace’s network, so the platform’s mobile experience is always available to mall shoppers.

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