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A Look at How Virtualization Is Setting Business Free from Physical Constraints Instead of trying to determine whether or not virtualization is a good general business practice, you need to ask yourself one simple question: Does it make sense for my business? The floodgates have officially opened. Businesses that were once reluctant to invest in virtualization are now willing participants, looking for any opportunity to reduce their dependence on physical assets and environments. But is it worth the cost? This is a question that many businesses find themselves wondering and the answer isn't always clear. Four Trends in Virtualization For the purposes of this article, the term virtualization will be used to describe any activity that involves digitizing processes that were otherwise physical and/or manual in nature. In other words, virtualization is the process of mo... (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)

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)

Marketing in the Digital Age | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Analytics #DigitalTransformation

Mastering Word-of-Mouth Marketing in the Digital Age In 2017, word-of-mouth marketing will be a lucrative strategy and should allow small businesses and startups to carve out powerful niches in a marketplace that's noisier than ever. When was the last time you paused to consider the noise on the internet? If you really take a look, it’s astonishing. Data shows that every single day, 500 million tweets are sent out, 4 million hours of content is uploaded to YouTube, and 205 billion emails are sent. On top of that, roughly 3 million Facebook posts are shared every single minute. T... (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)