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2013: The Year Of Digital Business | Forrester Blogs

2013: The Year Of Digital Business | Forrester Blogs | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
  1. The Communications Evolution
  2. Social Business evolution
  3. 2013: year of digital business
  4. The Great Human Capital Conundrum
  5. The Emerging Chief Digital Officer
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Interesting predictions that all point in the direction of a digital transformation acceleration in 2013.

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Curate Amazon Products While Making a Profit At It: The Wirecutter

Curate Amazon Products While Making a Profit At It: The Wirecutter | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it




Via Robin Good
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This is a trend. At NRF show, Dell presented marketvine, a stealth project that allows customers to creation collections of products for sale. It is a new model for retailers to watch for.

Robin Good's curator insight, January 23, 2013 1:22 PM


Can you curate Amazon products, review and rate them and then make a profit by reselling them from your site? It looks like this business model may have some potential.

Apparent proof comes from TheWireCutter.com, a site I have recently discovered and which does essentially that. Under 20 and more product categories TheWireCutter professionally selects and reviews the most valuable and interesting products while providing lots of good information, references and insight.


All links to products are tagged to identify TheWireCutter as the affiliate reseller, and therefore Amazon pays a commission for any of the products that readers of TheWireCutter will eventually buy.


Great example of how to make the affiliation model pay while curating existing commercial content / products and adding lots of extra value.


Check it out: http://thewirecutter.com/



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WeSeekYou: pour des entreprises plus séduisantes | Yves Therrien | Techno

WeSeekYou: pour des entreprises plus séduisantes | Yves Therrien | Techno | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
L'entreprise a mis au point une manière de recruter du personnel en se situant dans l'espace entre les chasseurs de têtes et les Workopolis et Joboom aux méthodes...
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Recruiting transformation can lead to better, faster, less expensive process. But it also means, as is the case with Via Capitale, to change the way recruitment is performed to leverage the digital medium and the options to connect directly with people.

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Next-Generation Ecommerce With Service Oriented Architecture | Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog

Next-Generation Ecommerce With Service Oriented Architecture | Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Next-Generation Ecommerce With Service Oriented Architecture - Ecommerce Platforms, SOA
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Benefits of a reference architecture is highlighted here with a good comparison between legacy and SOA.

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Wearable Computers the Size of Buttons to Monitor Health - IEEE Spectrum

Wearable Computers the Size of Buttons to Monitor Health - IEEE Spectrum | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

According to an article in October in InformationWeek, “ABI Research has projected that by 2016, wearable wireless medical device sales will reach more than 100 million devices annually. The market for wearable sports and fitness-related monitoring devices is projected to grow as well, reaching 80 million device sales by 2016.”

Farid Mheir's insight:

With advances in wearable devices and the ubiquity of smartphones, it is essential for businesses with workers in dangerous conditions (mining, construction, etc.) to equip their teams with such devices. This may help prevent injuries but also reduce insurance premiums.

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4 Reasons Why Human Resources Must Become the Control Center for any Social Business Enterprise 2.0 Transformation (Part 1)

4 Reasons Why Human Resources Must Become the Control Center for any Social Business Enterprise 2.0 Transformation (Part 1) | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

1. HR to abandon its traditional administrative role and become the company’s cultural citadel and spokesman

2. HR to proactively destroy company silos

3. HR to clearly spell out company mission, vision and shared values

4. HR to become the Enterprise Social Networks (ESN) driving force

Farid Mheir's insight:

Interestingly, digital transformation of HR appears to shift their role from being a recruitment hub - which can easilly and more efficiently be decentralized with the presence of social networks - to the facilitator of the enterprise network. This will require changes to processes and a reskilling of many in the HR field, so I expect this will take a long time to materialize.

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The Future Is Now: What We Imagined for 2013 — 10 Years Ago | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

The Future Is Now: What We Imagined for 2013 — 10 Years Ago | Gadget Lab | Wired.com | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Ten years ago, we boldly declared that we'd be living with phones on our wrists, data-driven goggles on our eyes and gadgets that would safety-test our food for us. Turns out, we were remarkably prescient.

Via Gloria Alvarez, Estelle Metayer
Gloria Alvarez's curator insight, January 8, 2013 12:21 PM

2013 Prediction in tech done in 2003 via @wired

FutureCast's curator insight, February 16, 2013 1:09 PM

Indeed...

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Google looks to kill the password using tiny cryptographic card

Google looks to kill the password using tiny cryptographic card | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Search giant experiments with YubiKey card to automatically log in users into GMail and other websites, not just Google properties.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Again something to consider when going digital. Better than passwords, yet it does not solve all the security issues and concerns...

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INFOGRAPHIC: : Data Breach Review | CloudTweaks

INFOGRAPHIC: : Data Breach Review | CloudTweaks | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Via Peter Azzopardi, Patrick Bouillaud
Farid Mheir's insight:

Security remains at the center of concerns when companies go digital. Of course, going digital incresases the surface of attack and the probability of exposing private information to the general public. However, risks must be weighed against the benefits that digital brings.

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L'e-commerce en France est en croissance de 21% au 4ème trimestre

L'e-commerce en France est en croissance de 21% au 4ème trimestre | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Entre 2011 et 2012, le nombre de transactions réalisées sur Internet par carte bancaire a progressé de 22,7%

Farid Mheir's insight:

France numbers do show progression for eCommerce in terms of $ amounts continue to increase at a rate of 20% a year: this means total transactions are doubling every 4 years! 

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Ten Digital Issues Worth Paying Attention To

In summary, however, Fulgoni’s ten “burning issues” are:

  1. Big Data
  2. e-Commerce
  3. Social Media
  4. Shift of ad spending to digital
  5. Audience targeting vs. media location
  6. Measuring delivery and effectiveness of digital media plans
  7. Growth of smartphones and tablets
  8. Multi-platform media planning and analysis
  9. Real-time marketing insights
  10. Privacy considerations


Farid Mheir's insight:

Also some interesting facts you may or may not already be aware of.

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How Long Does it Take to Build a Mobile App?

How Long Does it Take to Build a Mobile App? | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

we surveyed 100 mobile designers to discover how long they expected it would take to build core front- and backend components of an Android or iOS app.  We averaged the responses and then teamed with the designers at Visual.ly to visualize the time required to develop each component of an MVP-quality native app.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Often I get asked what the cost is to do things digital. 18 weeks at 6K$/week yields an average mobile app cost of 108K$ which is on track with other insights we have gathered.

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Online leaders of the pack: Lessons from Amazon, Nordstrom and Walmart

Online leaders of the pack: Lessons from Amazon, Nordstrom and Walmart | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
  1. leadership matters
  2. play th long game
  3. product mix
  4. customer experience
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As I said, everyone is looking at what MAazon has done and wondering if what walmart will do with its digital transformation.

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Social Net Advocacy: How Dell weaves social data into business processes

Social Net Advocacy: How Dell weaves social data into business processes | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Data from several social sources are fed into the tool, which provides insights into customer sentiment on 37 product lines, each featuring drill-downs to sub-products. “It’s a diagnostic tool to help us make sense of our Net Promoter Score,” Raj explained. “It’s a bridge to NPS. We’re able to measure the advocacy that each product enjoys in the marketplace and funnel that information back to the group responsible for that product.”

Farid Mheir's insight:

Interesting bridge between NPS and social sources. As you transform your business to leverage social media, you need new tools and processes to monitor what is being said.

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Retail's BIG Blog | How to operate in the age of universal commerce

Retail's BIG Blog | How to operate in the age of universal commerce | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The number one fact that retailers need to accept is that the customer is now in control. The retailer’s job is to make sure the brand is everywhere the customer wants to be and to make sure the transaction process as simple as possible. Whether that process takes place on a tablet, a smartphone, a computer or a kiosk, transactions must be simple for customers and tailored for the brand.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Main message appers to be that consumers now have technologies that give them information everywhere. So your brand must also be present everywhere. That now means digital world more and more.

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The Wonderful World Of Quora

The Wonderful World Of Quora | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Quora, the social Q&A platform, is beginning to get its sea legs. There are so many ways to use Quora, well beyond just asking and answering questions. Some people like to answer and ask questions.

Via Ivo Nový, Zbynek Kysela ✔, Dona Chakraborty, Mark Strozier
Farid Mheir's insight:

social Q&A is all about increasing collaboration and flattening the enterprise. Quora is a great resource in the public space, and other solutions also exist as private spaces.

Andreia Pinto de Sousa e Filipa Rodrigues Pereira's curator insight, January 16, 2013 6:49 PM

Uma plataforma social para a troca de conhecimento que está a crescer a olhos vistos. Quora é uma rede social que nos liga ao conhecimento. Coloca-se uma questão e ao fim de alguns minutos temos pelo menos uma resposta. Está a tornar-se uma ferramenta de aprendizagem. 

Dipanjan Chakraborty's curator insight, January 17, 2013 3:59 AM

Quora trends.

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Security worries still keep some consumers from shopping online

Security worries still keep some consumers from shopping online | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The single biggest reason for not shopping online, cited by 32% of those who don’t, is that they want to purchase in person so they can see merchandise and avoid returns. But 26% are concerned that personal information will be used fraudulently, 21% that credit or debit card data could be used to commit fraud, and 18% that personal information will be sold to other merchants. 20% say shipping costs are too high.

Farid Mheir's insight:

Sounds about right: people still want to touch and see things - thus the "showrooming" wave we are seing - and are afraid their credit card will be stolen.

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Trello. Your entire project in a single glance.

Trello.  Your entire project in a single glance. | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Organize anything, together. Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, know what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process.
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Trello changes the project management by bringing a simple solution based on cards and the Kanban approach. they have 1M after 16 months and they provide a free solution.


Trick with Trello is simplicity. It replaces a whiteboard with post-it notes. It is visible on multiple monitors, iPad, iPhone, Android. It just works.

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Economics is pushing sales online. Handling a sale via the Web can cost as little as $25, whereas a traditional sales call can cost up to $500.

Economics is pushing sales online. Handling a sale via the Web can cost as little as $25, whereas a traditional sales call can cost up to $500. | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
  • Inside selling, which keeps pitchmen off the road, is growing far faster than in-person sales—and by some estimates it’s 10 times cheaper.
  • Industry estimates show each contact with an inside salesperson might cost a company $25 to $30, compared with $300 to $500 for a field staff person with travel expenses
Farid Mheir's insight:

Sales are being transformed, not eliminated, with digital collaboration technologies. It can help cut costs and improve productivity not only with high tech companies like Verizon or Rosetta Stone but also with Ulrich Barn builders which sells barns and sheds, made out of wood and other real world materials.

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Competitive Intelligence – Social Media Tools and Tactics

Online competitive research can reveal a wealth of valuable intelligence about your competition and also about your industry as a whole.


Via Estelle Metayer
Farid Mheir's insight:

Lots of tools out there to perform ethical competitive intelligence for the digital worker to gather facts freely available on the web. Also makes you think about how much surface of attack your company is making available out there on the web for others to see...

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2012 Guide to E-Commerce Technology

2012 Guide to E-Commerce Technology | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
The 416-page guide was developed with one goal in mind: helping e-retailers find the right e-commerce tools and services for their business. In the 2012 edition, there are 1,200 e-commerce vendors identified, categorized and profiled.
Farid Mheir's insight:

416 pages just shows how varied the field of eCommerce has become and how difficult it is for most business users to find their way when they want to go digital and sell online. Funny that this is a "paper" catalog. But a ebook also exists.

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Sustainable Business Models for Commercial Journalism Startups: Chasing Sustainability on the Net

Sustainable Business Models for Commercial Journalism Startups: Chasing Sustainability on the Net | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Robin Good: How can journalists and small news companies become/remain profitable in the years to come? What are the business moels that news-based outlets and professionals can consider adopting in their effort to become/remain sustainable?


A joint project of the University of Tampere, USC Annenberg and Waseda University in Tokyo, has decided to tackle these very set of questions by researching existing journalistic startups and analyzing their approach and results.


"...there has been much lively discussion about the future of journalism and its business model. However, there has been little research or academic focus to date on the business models for for-profit journalism startups..."


From the report Introduction: "Overall, advertising models that supported media offline seem – for the most part – unable to do so online.

Most attempts to shift business models online fail as they trade “old media dollars for new media pennies” (Nichols and McChesney 2009).


The fundamental trade on scarcity of space cannot hold value in abundant space. Yet advertising remains one of the bedrocks of revenue for most media organisations."


"This report outlines how online-based journalistic startups have created their economical locker in the evolving media ecology.


The research introduces the ways that startups have found sustainability in the markets of nine countries. The work is based on 69 case studies from Europe, USA and Japan.


The case analysis shows that business models can be divided into two groups.


a) The storytelling-oriented business models are still prevalent in our findings. These are the online journalistic outlets that produce original content – news and stories for audiences.


b) But the other group, service-oriented business models, seems to be growing. This group consists of sites that don’t try to monetize the journalistic content as such but rather focuson carving out new functionality.


The project was able to identify several revenue sources that include:  1. advertising,

2. paying for content,

3. affiliate marketing,

4. donations,

5. selling data or services,

6. organizing events,

7. freelancing and

8. training or

9. selling merchandise.


Where it was hard to evidence entirely new revenue sources, it was however possible to find new ways in which revenue sources have been combined or reconfigured.


The report also offers practical advice for those who are planning to start their own journalistic site."



Useful. Informative. Pragmatical. 9/10



Report: Table of Contents - http://www.submojour.net/archives/989/table-of-contents/


Full report (PDF): http://tampub.uta.fi/handle/10024/66378






Via Robin Good
Farid Mheir's insight:

Great reference to help start your digital transformation if you are in the journalism business. Very interesting collection of actual examples of business models exploring the different ways to make journalism websites profitable. goes way beyong advertising model.

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Digital to Account for One in Five Ad Dollars - eMarketer

Digital to Account for One in Five Ad Dollars - eMarketer | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
eMarketer’s latest forecast for worldwide digital ad spending finds digital taking an ever-greater share of total media ad dollars. By 2016, more than one-quarter of spending will go to online and mobile internet formats.
Farid Mheir's insight:

No surprise, advertising digital transformation is well under way and accounts for a substantial part of the total already. Growth, however, is predicted to slow down and stay at 11% in Canada for example.

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Top 30 QR code uses

QR codes have really taken off recently as marketers find creative ways to integrate them into campaigns. Below is a roundup of some of the best campaigns
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Mostly used for information providing, some translate into actual sales for Verizon, Scandinavian airlines, The Melt restaurant.

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Virtualisation : la bombe à retardement des licences

Virtualisation : la bombe à retardement des licences | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

"Selon License Dashboard, spécialiste des solutions de gestion des licences logicielles, les entreprises adoptent la virtualisation sans avoir conscience des implications du provisionnement dynamique de ressources dans ces environnements. Jusqu’à parler de bombe à retardement. ..."


Via Patrick Bouillaud
Farid Mheir's insight:

(in french) To me this is a governance problem that is hiding under the cover of cloud computing and new software as a service. In most organization, licences are not managed centrally and with pay-per-use, you know only after the fact how much something will cost you. And it is all in OPEX, which could hurt many bottom lines if not careful. But other than planning carefully and managing centrally, I am not aware of software solutions that help manage the number of licences and their costs globally.

Patrick Bouillaud's curator insight, January 9, 2013 8:28 AM

LA question avant de faire un choix éclairé ... Open Source devient une réponse tellement évidente ... Et une si belle manière d'échapper au "lock-in" en vue ... Tant pour les applications que pour le Cloud OS d'ailleurs ...

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