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Automation

What Winding Tree's ICO And Its Blockchain-Based Technology Mean To The Travel Industry

The Internet was supposed to disrupt the middlemen. Yes, it created some peer-to-peer technology and services.<p>However, middlemen are doing better than ever. Uber and Airbnb, with their lack of hard assets, are quintessential middlemen.<p>In the travel world, Expedia, Priceline, Kayak, and Booking.com …

Blockchain

Microsoft's New Teams Integrations Squarely Target Slack

With more than 9 million weekly active users, there's little question that Slack is a dominant force in the online collaboration space. Since its launch in 2013, its name has become almost synonymous with chat itself. So it comes as no surprise that it's being hunted by a fast-growing pack of …

NAB sees Amazon Alexa integration as pointing to the future of banking

NAB said the use of voice assistants and other third-party banking channels is a 'natural evolution' of the use of digital channels.<p>The National …

Automation

The success of retail bots depends on quality human relationships

We’re only as good as the moment, that fragile moment when we please or hopefully don’t disappoint the customer.<br>— Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks<p>That quote comes from an interview with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz back in 2011. Retail has always been an industry where service quality informs …

IBM and shipping giant Maersk launch blockchain company for global logisics

IBM and Danish transport conglomerate Maersk announced today they are launching a joint venture to redefine the global shipping industry for the blockchain age. The new company, which hasn’t yet been named, will focus on simplifying the complex process of moving goods across different trade …

How to Make Sure People Won’t Hate Your New Open Office Plan

Organizations are rushing to implement open office spaces in hopes of retaining talent, encouraging cross-functional collaboration, enhancing exposure to different kinds of expertise, and accelerating creativity and innovation. Sometimes this works, but often it doesn’t. In our research, we …

OpenOffice

How to Make Agile Work for the C-Suite

Many companies are attempting a radical — and often rapid — shift from hierarchical structures to more agile environments, in order to operate at the speed required by today’s competitive marketplace. Companies like ANZ, the Australian-based banking giant, have made explicit commitments to adopt …

Management

‘Facebook Rewards’ QR codes dangle discounts for offline purchases

Facebook wants to prove it drives brick-and-mortar foot traffic with its latest feature test. TechCrunch has discovered a previously unreported Facebook feature where users can scan a personalized QR code to score discounts or bonuses when they buy something in-person at certain shops. Some users …

eCommerce

Snowflake cloud data warehouse startup raises $100M; Madrona’s role reunites ex-Microsoft execs

Snowflake Computing, the Silicon Valley-based cloud data warehouse startup that just announced a new engineering center in the Seattle region, has …

Venture Capital

The Slow Death Of Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise's double-digit revenue decline in the last two quarters may be an indication of a longer-term trend for the company.<p>The …

Profit

How to Choose the Best Cloud Hosting Service Provider

Cloud computing offers a great deal of benefits to businesses. They allow enterprises to develop their applications, test them and put them to use …

Machine Learning

Serverless Computing: AWS vs. Azure

Both Amazon and Microsoft have function as a service offerings. Which serverless solution you should choose depends on several factors.

Microsoft Azure

Google is turning a key technology into a weapon in its cloud war with Amazon and Microsoft

Nowadays, Spanner is the database behind Google services like Gmail, Google Photos, and AdWords.<p>But getting Spanner off the ground over the course of five years required Google to rethink how it built systems.<p>The most dramatic example is "TrueTime," a system for making sure that every single one of …

Databases

Amazon cloud leader Andy Jassy sizes up the competition in rare public remarks about rivals

Amazon likes to say that it focuses on customers, not competitors, which means it’s rare for the company’s top executives to talk about their rivals …

Emerging Technology
Mentoring

A to Z of the cloud: Part one

Cloud computing is becoming ubiquitous within businesses, with those not having made the move now asking “when?”, not “if?” In fact, according to a …

IaaS

Cloud Computing Is Moving Technology Executives Closer To The Boardroom, Survey Shows

There’s a raging perception that cloud computing is diminishing, or even eliminating, the roles of information technology departments in organizations. However, IT skills and expertise may be even more critical as cloud adoption grows.<p>“Cloud is no longer just a discussion among IT professionals,” …

DevOps

Why Cloud Vendors Aren't Talking So Much About Price Cuts Anymore

What do companies say when they want to end a price war for their products and services? Typically something along the lines of, “we compete and win …

Deutsche Bank
Venture Capital
Startups

IaaS: What you need to know about pricing, options, best practices

The infrastructure-as-a-service market is booming, but it's not always easy to understand. Here are the basics to help you understand what's out …

IaaS

IaaS in 2016: Who can challenge Amazon?

As businesses of all sizes migrate ever more workloads to cloud-based infrastructure, we examine the dynamics of this rapidly changing …

Amazon Web Services

You hired some star designers. Great! Now what?

Memo to the C-suite: Lean into design thinking, building and communication as core to your leadership team.<p>Innovative tech companies know that great technology and marketing will get you partway to success. Great design — and talented designers — must be central to your company to truly unlock the …

Design

A bot walks into a bank …

It’s hard to believe that only eight years ago, Steve Jobs stood on stage and announced Apple’s App Store — providing unparalleled distribution for apps to anyone who owned an iPhone. With respect to personal banking, this game-changing event forced banking executives to huddle inside a board room …

Salesforce chooses AWS as ‘preferred’ public cloud provider, will run Sales Cloud on it

Public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced that cloud-based customer relationship management software provider Salesforce will be moving more workloads to AWS.<p>AWS is now Salesforce’s “preferred public cloud infrastructure provider,” according to a statement. Specifically, …