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Patents are a good step towards shielding your IP data, but they're not a seamless solution. Legal protection regarding intellectual property isn't definite and has some holes in it. The constant stream of big data has made this problem even worse, obscuring the specifics about original ownership. Data comes in streams from all over the world. Companies have more information about consumers and their closest competitors than ever before. It's an incredible marketing advantage when utilized correctly, and businesses are happy to have it in their arsenal. However, there's a dark side of big data that challenges an organization's brand and even it's reputation. It gives businesses a potential insider perspective on trade secrets, and the lines between intellectual rights become blurred. Suddenly, the hard work you put into creating new ideas and products can be seen by... (more)

Five Tips to Encourage Collaboration | @DevOpsSummit #BI #BPM #DevOps

Fertile ideas that germinate out of internal collaboration are what will set your company ahead of the competition. The era of the open-plan office is over, but that doesn’t mean collaboration should go by the wayside at your firm. Rather, all professionals need to develop new ways to make our workplace conducive to teamwork, through both the physical and technological structures. Where should your office start? Whether you’re building a space from the ground up or adapting your current office layout, here are five ideas you can put to work in your business. Chat Smarter One of ... (more)

Three Tech Tools Every Company in the Travel Industry Needs | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Automation

As soon as the internet became mainstream, the entire travel and hospitality industry quickly pivoted. No longer did people have to visit a travel agent to plan an extensive vacation. They suddenly had control over even the tiniest details of their trips. Today, in order for companies in the travel industry to survive, it's necessary to recognize these changes and utilize the right technology to engage and convert customers. Make Sure You're Using These Tools There's no such thing as maintaining the status quo in today's travel industry. If you're standing still and trying to mai... (more)

How to Use @IBMBluemix | @CloudExpo @IBMCloud #IoT #DevOps #AI #BigData

IBM Offers New Ways to Find Value in Unstructured Data with New Bluemix Features There are many good things to say about IBM Bluemix cloud services. In case you aren't familiar with this cloud computing software, it's a new tool that lets you solve real-world problems with the help of IBM infrastructure, Watson, and IBM's many software programs and services. It all comes together on the Bluemix cloud platform to create a unique and useful data collection for companies to analyze and learn from. It's being touted as one of the best new tools for helping businesses solve their big... (more)

Big Data: The Unrecognized Driving Factor in Consumers’ Lives | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData #Analytics

Big Data: The Unrecognized Driving Factor in Consumers' Lives Big Data is literally everywhere, and consumers interact with it daily. However, it's the marketers who recognize the value of such data and use it to perfect the customer experience. Consumers, on the other hand, are often oblivious to their contribution to the mass data that marketers and businesses use to design their products and services. They don't realize that their phones actually ping location-based data to nearby retailers. Browsing history, social media shares, online transactions, subscriptions, and other o... (more)