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Shopify as a Marketplace? or Lightspeed? or WooCommerce?

Shopify as a Marketplace? or Lightspeed? or WooCommerce? | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

One of the questions I see and hear quite often, is, "can Shopify be a marketplace? Like Etsy or Amazon? I want my sellers to have their own controls". So what exactly is the problem here? Shopify is great for eCommerce. Why can't we just hit an Easy button and make it be a marketplace, too, voila??

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WHY IT MATTERS: shopify as a marketplace is question I've been asking for months (or any other eCom solution). After all, once you build your own eCommerce website on Shopify, all the components are in place to create a marketplace: products, categories, inventory, etc. After all, a marketplace is nothing more than a superset, a combination of all those individual shops?

Well, not really. A marketplace is more than a collection of products. It is a destination that provides a single user account, consolidated shipping and delivery, a single destination to resolve customer issues. It is a service, not a technology.

Thus, even though Shopify has the *technology* to build a marketplace, it does not (yet?) have the infrastructure to provide the *service* that a marketplace requires.

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The #Marketplace market is burning with new solutions and offerings to answer the need for #eCommerce consolidation: its location, location, location again! - check out the SuiteSpot Report from @m...

The #Marketplace market is burning with new solutions and offerings to answer the need for #eCommerce consolidation: its location, location, location again! - check out the SuiteSpot Report from @m... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The Marketplace Suite Spot report evaluates the top technologies businesses can use to create, launch, and grow an online marketplace property.

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WHY IT MATTERS: marketplaces are the next step in eCommerce, as retailers realize that technology is not the issue anymore. Expect hundreds of marketplaces to show up on your radar in the coming years, further splitting the market in multiple zones. Retailers will have to revert back to the old maxim: location, location, location!

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This Hilariously Odd Short Film Was Written by GPT-3, and it shows how far #AI text generation has come in a few years: credible and readable... but not yet "intelligent" - Where would *you* apply ...

This Hilariously Odd Short Film Was Written by GPT-3, and it shows how far #AI text generation has come in a few years: credible and readable... but not yet "intelligent" - Where would *you* apply ... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

People have been training A.I. to write movie scripts for years, but this one is different. It showcases just how far A.I. creativity has come.

Farid Mheirs insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: GPT-3 is one of the most advanced text generation neural network out there. This movie is based on a script generated by this technology. It begs to wonder: where would you apply this technology in your company?

Generating blog posts variations to bring traffic to your site? Summarizing memos and other internal communications? Creating customer interactions for customer support to train against? Generating fake posts and negative reviews on your competitor Amazon store?

Already these are possible and should make us all wonder when we read something: is it real, or is it GPT-3?... ;-)

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Raising your Digital Quotient via @McKinsey is 5 years old and has not aged a day since then, check it out! #lepanierbleu #digitalTransformation

Raising your Digital Quotient via @McKinsey is 5 years old and has not aged a day since then, check it out! #lepanierbleu #digitalTransformation | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

McKinsey has been conducting an in-depth diagnostic survey of 150 companies around the world. By evaluating 18 practices related to digital strategy, capabilities, and culture, we have developed a single, simple metric for the digital maturity of a company—what might be called its Digital Quotient, or DQ. This survey reveals a wide range of digital performance in today’s big corporations (exhibit).

Farid Mheirs insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: I wrote about this when it came out and it feels like the McKinsey Digital Quotient remains as meaningful today as it was 5 years ago. The DQ helps identify the criteria for digital transformation and visualize if your company is above or below average...

See criteria and more here: www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/digital-disruption/raise-your-digital-quotient 

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X-ray vision (actually #thermography) is the #killerApp for #wearables & #AR glasses: giving you superpowers to see & record beyond what you can see or feel: temperature, glucose levels, etc.

X-ray vision (actually #thermography) is the #killerApp for #wearables & #AR glasses: giving you superpowers to see & record beyond what you can see or feel: temperature, glucose levels, etc. | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

ThirdEye's Thermal Camera Can Help First Responders Detect Elevated Body Temperatures In Patients Infected With COVID-19 and Other Viruses Like Influenza.

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WHY IT MATTERS: augmented reality glasses will really be useful when they incorporate sensors that give you superhuman capabilities. Here these AR glasses equipped with thermosensors enable professionals to measure temperature at a distance, giving medical professionals, first respondents, tools to manage covid crisis. Watch the video to get a feel for what's possible https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjWjX4R0kak 

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Survey finds companies struggle with #omnichannel as content is often siloed in different websites and solutions - What they call the digital innovation gap

Survey finds companies struggle with #omnichannel as content is often siloed in different websites and solutions - What they call the digital innovation gap | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The industry’s largest-ever survey of CMS users reveals which technology drives greater business results.

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WHY IT MATTERS: sharing content across different websites, eCommerce, in-store displays and new devices (ie. Alexa, siri) is difficult. This survey provides insights into the reasons why sharing is difficult. Be aware this is biased towards headless CMS, but the conclusions appear valid IMHO.

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Emerging Technology Roadmap by Gartner provides one diagram to visualize 200 #technology categories in use in midsize organizations HT @TechnoRousseau for the reference

Emerging Technology Roadmap by Gartner provides one diagram to visualize 200 #technology categories in use in midsize organizations HT @TechnoRousseau for the reference | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Gartner's Emerging Technology Roadmap provides a peer-based view of how organizations plan to adopt technologies over a 12- to a 24-month time period. CIOs and IT leaders at midsize enterprises can use this infographic to benchmark their adoption plans with their peers and to review key adoption trends. Analysis of this year’s adoption plans revealed seven key trends across three themes — remote work, productivity and operations.

Farid Mheirs insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: I like visuals like these to play a game with my CIO colleagues. It goes like this:

1- print the chart in B&W

2- have CIO circle which technologies they have deployed in their organization

3- show the diagram in color and spot

3.1- the red dots they have circled

3.2- the green dots they hav *not* circled

4- guess how much time and $$ you need to align to the chart

5- have a chat about enterprise architecture and digital strategic planning ;-)

Enjoy the game!

 

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Remote control for dogs: US Army trials augmented reality goggles for dogs - is this the killer use case for #AR?

Remote control for dogs: US Army trials augmented reality goggles for dogs - is this the killer use case for #AR? | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The goggles could let handlers direct their dogs from a safe distance, the army says.

Farid Mheirs insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: augmented reality is looking for good use cases to make it a reality. Is this one of them?

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2020 State of the API Report provides tons of insights about the standards, technologies, skills and other characteristics of API development, maintenance and operations

2020 State of the API Report provides tons of insights about the standards, technologies, skills and other characteristics of API development, maintenance and operations | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Read the 2020 State of the API report. Discover insights from more than 13,500 API industry professionals and experts.

Farid Mheirs insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: Application Programming Interfaces or APIs are the basic tools of software developers to easily develop and integrate their solutions with others. This annual report is of course biased to postman but does provide a good overview of the industry.

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Google provides #small #retailers with multiple solutions to prepare for this holiday season #localRetail #buyLocal #achatLocal #lepanierbleu

Google provides #small #retailers with multiple solutions to prepare for this holiday season #localRetail #buyLocal #achatLocal #lepanierbleu | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Help your small business prepare for the holiday season with tools from Google.

Farid Mheirs insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: Google has a number of tools and solutions to help small retailers appear in google maps, google search, google shopping and other areas where customers go when they search for products.

Direct link to the solution: smallbusiness.withgoogle.com/holiday

 

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One of the best visualizations of #collaboration tools: different tools for different tasks in today's #RemoteWork strategies HT @dhincliffe 

One of the best visualizations of #collaboration tools: different tools for different tasks in today's #RemoteWork strategies HT @dhincliffe  | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

At the top of most organizations' priority lists right now is how to keep their workers productive and engaged. Except for in-person businesses and essential workers, the workforce has largely been physically disbanded until the pandemic comes to an end, one way or another. In unprecedented fashion, technology has suddenly become one of the single…

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WHY IT MATTERS: this article shows collaboration best practice and offers useful visuals to understand the perfect use of the collaboration tools out there.

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Still own a store? If YES, then this In-Store Engagement Analytics will help you reshape In-Store Marketing to remain relevant in face of eCommerce rise

Still own a store? If YES, then this In-Store Engagement Analytics will help you reshape In-Store Marketing to remain relevant in face of eCommerce rise | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In this presentation, you'll learn the methodology for deploying in-store shopper analytics software, understanding the metrics that matter most, how to use these metrics effectively, and the teams or roles that should be responsible for it.

Farid Mheirs insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: to make stores relevant in a world that moves to eCommerce, this report is full of useful insights to improve in-store marketing via technology and analytics.

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Debunking seven common #myths about #cloud via @McKinsey

Debunking seven common #myths about #cloud via @McKinsey | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Common misconceptions about cloud are holding companies back from capturing the full benefits available.

Farid Mheirs insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: I wonder if anyone still believes in those myths? Read if any of those sound true.
Myth #1: The main value of cloud business cases is IT cost reductions.
Myth #2: Cloud computing costs more than in-house computing.
Myth #3: The security I can set up and control in my own data centers is superior to the security on cloud.
Myth #4: There is greater latency among applications running on cloud providers’ networks than there is on in-house networks.
Myth #5: Moving to cloud eliminates the need for an infrastructure organization.
Myth #6: The most effective way to transition to cloud is to focus either on applications or on entire data centers.
Myth #7: To move to cloud, you must either lift and shift applications as they are today or refactor them entirely.

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30 Questions to Ask Before You Code

30 Questions to Ask Before You Code | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

I ask these questions before coding my next data science engineering project.

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WHY IT MATTERS: great checklist for software developers and data scientists.

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Contact Tracing Apps must be installed on all phones #doItNOW as 60% adoption is needed to stop #pandemic - even if bluetooth has limits and GPS alternatives have privacy issues via @IEEESpectrum

Contact Tracing Apps must be installed on all phones #doItNOW as 60% adoption is needed to stop #pandemic - even if bluetooth has limits and GPS alternatives have privacy issues via @IEEESpectrum | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Some researchers point to a University of Oxford study that modeled the coronavirus’s spread through a simulated city of 1 million people; it found that 60 percent adoption is needed to stop the pandemic and keep countries out of lockdown (although the study suggested that lower rates of adoption could still prove helpful).

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WHY IT MATTERS: install the contact tracing app on your phone, because without at least 60% adoption it won't be very useful. Know that bluetooth technology will respect your privacy but has limited effectiveness. Alternatives that use more precise GPS data unfortunately also have privacy issues. No perfect solution but everyone needs to install the app we have now.

Download COVID Alert is Canada's free exposure notification app: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html

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The Canadian Digital ID & Authentication is taking shape with the release of the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework #PCTF #DIACC

The Canadian Digital ID & Authentication is taking shape with the release of the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework #PCTF #DIACC | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The purpose of the PCTF Authentication Component is to assure the on-going integrity of login and authentication processes by certifying, through a process of assessment, that they comply with standardized Conformance Criteria.Click here to edit the content

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WHY IT MATTERS: geek must-read just off the press is the framework to enable the Canadian digital ID. 

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Perfect time to be a #technology or #agile professional as the postpandemic workforce will require your skills says @McKinsey global survey of 800 executives

Perfect time to be a #technology or #agile professional as the postpandemic workforce will require your skills says @McKinsey global survey of 800 executives | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Responses to a McKinsey global survey of 800 executives suggest a disruptive period of workplace changes lies ahead due to acceleration of automation, digitization, and other trends.

Farid Mheirs insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: no surprise, companies will hire technologists and agile methodology experts post confinement to enable their remote workforce ... and reduce the need for humans!

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How will #5G transform retail? Forrester CIO’s Guide to 5G In Retail provides some answers and raises some flags #AR #VR #supplyChain

How will #5G transform retail? Forrester CIO’s Guide to 5G In Retail provides some answers and raises some flags #AR #VR #supplyChain | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

This report highlights potential 5G use cases in retail and provides advice on how retail CIOs can explore the potential of 5G.

Key Takeaways
- 5G-enabled augmented, mixed, and virtual reality alters brand-consumer interaction

- 5G-enabled IoT Services will drive supply-chain optimization
- 5G enables many other technologies in the retail sector
Farid Mheirs insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: 5G telecom network promises to revolutionize many industries including retail. This report from Forrester presents use cases for 5G may bring but also puts those in context of what exists today and how fast the transformation will be.

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2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant For robotic process automation #RPA

2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant For robotic process automation #RPA | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

COVID-19 and a global recession could drive further [RPA] adoption: The business disruption and new normal of remote working induced by COVID-19 are prompting customers to have a deeper look into RPA as a tactical automation option, to digitize paper-based, routine human processes. - Gartner

Farid Mheirs insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: robotic process automation is the best way to manage integration in companies that have legacy systems because not all digital transformations can start form scratch or rip-n-replace...

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Contactless Touchless Using Your Eyes? Not everything that *can* be done *should* be done #gadget #funny #useless

Contactless Touchless Using Your Eyes? Not everything that *can* be done *should* be done #gadget #funny #useless | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Going contactless with eye control? Pyramid Computer GmbH is pioneering new and exciting ways of interaction.

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WHY IT MATTERS: look at the 1min video. Laugh. Move on.

The Flyy's curator insight, September 1, 5:29 AM
"This is the second post in the series of three blog posts on AppBrowzer’s Viral Referral Program. In September 2018, I read this article about Tez (now Google Pay) getting 7.5 million installs in a month. That’s an average of 2,50,000 installs a day. 

As a marketer, I was intrigued and wanted to know how they did it. Google does spend a lot of money on advertisements every year

— online as well as offline. However, that was their total advertising spend across all products

— Google Maps, Google Duo, Google Pixel Phone, Tez(Google Pay), Google Home, GCloud, etc. I wanted to find out how much they spent on Tez alone and was trying to dig information when I came across these comments (screenshot below) in one of the articles. 
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Preventing future waves of COVID-19 : @McKinsey list of health interventions probably contains many B$ #startup ideas

Preventing future waves of COVID-19 : @McKinsey list of health interventions probably contains many B$ #startup ideas | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
After seven months of responding to the pandemic, we have learned some things. Here are some of the key lessons and how to apply them.
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WHY IT MATTERS: never waste a good crisis. Well if this is true, then companies that will find solutions to tackle the health interventions highlighted by McKinsey should have a bright future. In many cases, digital technologies will be at the center of those solutions...

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Top 10 Live Streaming Platforms for Business in 2020 - why it matters? it is already a 62B$ market in China and may be a post-covid solution #commerce #retailTech

Top 10 Live Streaming Platforms for Business in 2020 - why it matters? it is already a 62B$ market in China and may be a post-covid solution #commerce #retailTech | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Live streaming platform comparison of the top 10 solutions in 2020. A complete guide including key features, pros, cons, and pricing for business.

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WHY IT MATTERS: a review of 10 live streaming technologies - basically video conferencing for shopping. As we move into maturity of eCommerce solutions beyond the simple catalog-search-filter need to be considered. And in a world of massive store closure and covid fears, this may be an attractive solution for retailers.

Also this report on the 62B$ market in China: www.therobinreport.com/livestreaming-its-big-in-china-is-the-us-next 

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#AI to help choose the right outfit by automating the detection of clothing attributes and facilitate discovery and search #fashionTech #retailTech #eCommerce

#AI to help choose the right outfit by automating the detection of clothing attributes and facilitate discovery and search #fashionTech #retailTech #eCommerce | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The challenge of search and recommending products online is increasingly being solved with data science as e-tailers compete on personalisation. New e-commerce platform Psykhe makes recommendations based on personality traits by identifying both the user and the products; its models can assign products a “personality profile”, informed by traits such as openness or neuroticism, in addition to traditional details, without human input. Resale platform Rebag has developed a universal taxonomy for designer handbags to better appraise products. And Facebook recently unveiled GrokNet, a tool that automatically identifies and describes items in pictures to help people sell items on its marketplace.

Farid Mheirs insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: an essential part of shopping is product search and discovery. Easy to do in stores: just walk around, look at products on racks. More difficult to do in eCommerce websites. Technology, and especially AI, is being pulled to help identify product characteristics automatically so that searching for a "confortable summer dress with flower patterns" becomes possible.

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Two #Montreal firms in Constellation ShortList Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Best-of-Breed Platforms #AI #ML

Two #Montreal firms in Constellation ShortList Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Best-of-Breed Platforms #AI #ML | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

This Constellation ShortList™ presents Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Best-of-Breed Platforms relevant to early adopters pursuing digital transformation. Offerings included in this document meet the threshold criteria for this category as determined by Constellation Research.

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WHY IT MATTERS: because 2 / 14 are Montreal-based!

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A summary of Elon Musk product demo of Neuralink brain implant working in a pig

A summary of Elon Musk product demo of Neuralink brain implant working in a pig | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

"It's like a Fitbit in your skull," the SpaceX and Tesla leader says of Neuralink's brain-computer link technology.

Farid Mheirs insight:

WHY IT MATTERS: if you don't have time to spend an hour and listen to neuralink product demo this article provides a good enough summary.

I encourage you to spend the hour though (less at 1.5x ;-) and make sure you listen to the Q&A at the end: 

Neuralink product demo of Aug 28, 2020: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVvmgjBL74w

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