Does Hardware Even Matter Anymore? -from HBR

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We are in the midst of a technological revolution that is every bit as profound as the impact of cheap computing power, but it’s subtler and harder to notice. It will ease the way for companies launching and updating digital products, but it presents steep new learning curves that companies will have to master if they are to be successful.

The migration of functionality from hardware to software.

In more and more businesses, physical objects are no longer the primary basis for innovation and differentiation. They come second to innovations in computer code.

Managers are well aware that Moore’s Law, the idea that the number of transistors on a practical-sized chip doubles every 18 months, has brought us a bounty of cheap computing power, leading to smartphones, tablets, fitness trackers, cloud-based services like Facebook and Uber, and on and on.

The software revolution will be a powerful complement to the cheap-computing revolution, and the opportunities for unique and innovative products are boundless — it’s just a matter of programming.

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This is a must watch Video! The Future of the Internet and Digital Economy – Davos

The Future of Internet and the impact of the ongoing digital revolution on the Economic Global growth.

Inspiring panel at the World Economic Forumn in Davos with Chiefs of Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Vodafone who are leading the revolution talking about how people’s life is changing driven by “data” push!

Here the link to the video

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THE INTERNET OF EVERYTHING: 2015 [SLIDE DECK] – via Business Insider

Cisco defines the Internet of Everything (IoE) as “bringing together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before-turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries”

Whatever you call it the “Internet of Things” or “Everything” will be the World’s largest  device market soon!

Access the full deck  here.

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.

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[…] 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.

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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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Continue reading The digital enterprise – via McKinsey&Company

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

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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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You might not need a mobile carrier by 2020 – CNN.COM

Wi-Fi is ubiquitous.

No longer the realm of coffee shops and homes, Wi-Fi spans entire neighborhoods. Trains, planes and automobiles are Wi-Fi equipped. Cruise ships have Wi-Fi. Comcast has even made every customer’s router into a public Wi-Fi hotspot.

That’s good news if you’re a cell phone user. The more you email, watch Netflix, stream Pandora and surf Facebook  over Wi-Fi,the fewer gigabytes you have to buy from your cell phone company. Plus, calls and texts are now able to be sent over Wi-Fi too.

So what do you need your cell phone company for?

A new generation of hotspots lets you seamlessly switch between Wi-Fi and 4G-LTE service, and they offer improved encryption. But Wi-Fi’s security issues likely won’t be resolved by 2016, Macquarie predicts.

Google tests Wi-Fi balloons
Google tests Wi-Fi balloons

Still, the clock is ticking for 4G.

4G’s limitations are inherent in the technology that makes it work: Airwaves are limited, and you can only cram so much data into one MHz of spectrum.

That’s why the two biggest carriers — AT&T and Verizon  — place data caps on their customers. Only about one-third of U.S. cable customers have an idea of how much data they’re downloading each month on their home Wi-Fi networks, but two-thirds of wireless customers track their usage, according to Macquarie.

Verizon, for example, could be offloading as much as a quarter of its mobile data traffic onto Wi-Fi networks by 2018, Macquarie predicts, costing the company nearly $1.4 billion a year in lost revenue.

Verizon could recoup those lost sales by partnering with cable companies like Comcast. Verizon could sell Comcast its wireless airwaves, providing Comcast with a 4G “quad-play” option.

That’s why wireless carriers will likely be jockeying for position to partner with cable companies, particularly Comcast. With Sprint’s  sub-par 4G network, AT&T’s ties to U-Verse, and Verizon’s FiOS and congestion issues, T-Mobile is the likeliest wireless company to win over Big Cable, Macquarie predicts

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The Next Frontier in Digital Media Will Be Connected Products – ADAGE

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) has recently exploded as a hot new “thing,” fueled in part by Google‘s and Cisco’s increasing strategic investments, and an estimated $19 trillion dollar market opportunity

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While early adopters are now experimenting with creative ways to leverage IoT as a conduit for deeper audience engagement, IoT hasn’t reached critical mass yet; IoT discussions still live inside the walls of “digital innovation” and “new product development.”

At the crux of IoT discussions for digital media is a rather simple, yet entirely disruptive concept — that individual physical products can become their own media platform for brands. In other words, a connectable product (anything from a bicycle to a soda can that consumers can engage with via their smartphones) can act as its own media channel — operating alongside TV, mobile, magazines and other media channels — and tapping into consumer behavior to create an entirely new form of CRM through physical objects. This concept — products as interactive media — has vast implications for the media landscape.

As products become connected, the game changes completely for brands, shifting marketers’ strategy from the traditional push model to a more intelligent pull model. A connected product provides a brand with a direct, real-time interface and interaction point with the consumer. Instead of pushing content toward consumers at the best guesstimated time to catch their attention, brands can engage with consumers who are proactively opting in to receive content when they most need it and when they are most engaged with the brand’s product.

Data is the key to enriching the consumer’s experience

Marketing executives are just beginning to open their eyes to the limitless marketing opportunities enabled by IoT. There is still a world of innovation before us, and if the industry can embrace the disruptive idea that products can serve as their own digital media channels, we’re off to a great start.

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La casa digitale fra presente e futuro. Dai tavoli interattivi agli specchi virtuali

La casa digitale fra presente e futuro. Dai tavoli interattivi agli specchi virtuali

 

Strumenti di lavoro casalinghi per eccellenza, gli elettrodomestici, gadget hi-tech, tavoli interattivi che animano la cucina e attraverso cui tutti i membri della famiglia possono accedere contemporaneamente ai contenuti digitali che più desiderano (ricette comprese); Tv extra large a schermo curvo e in ultra definizione 4K con le immagini degli ambienti domestici riprese dalle telecamere di sicurezza; elettrodomestici intelligenti e gestibili da remoto via Wi-Fi come il frigorifero Food ShowCase, la lavatrice Crystal Blue, tablet che controllano il sistema di domotica per ridurre i consumi energetici,  Body Scale in grado di inviare il peso rilevato a uno smartphone tramite Bluetooth e dialogare con l’app S-Health per poter controllare la propria forma fisica direttamente sul device mobile.

Ciliegina sulla torta un enorme specchio virtuale in grado di riconoscere il sesso della persona che vi si sta di fronte ed offrire di conseguenza suggerimenti mirati circa le applicazioni da poter utilizzare sullo Smart Tv.

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