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Gartner Names 7 'Hype Cycle' Technologies

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Driving your organization down the road to digital business? If you are, Gartner has identified seven emerging and established technologies that may help assure a smoother journey.

The recently published 2014 Gartner Hype Cycle Special Report identifies them as: Internet of Things and operational technologies, mobile infrastructure, enterprise mobility management (EMM), analytics, big data, social and cloud. But don’t get too hooked on these goodies, because there are more technologies just starting to emerge.

The report is the result of an evolution of over 2000 technologies, services and trends in 119 different areas over the past year.

Manage Digital Assets and Customer Experience Simultaneously

2014-19-August-Magic.jpgAs the digital marketing landscape evolves, so too does the practice of digital asset management (DAM). Gleanster’s 2013 report on DAM found 67 percent of survey respondents planning to increase budget for content management tools and initiatives this year. In a world increasingly dominated by digital experiences, digital assets fuel the customer experience — but many brands still separate DAM and other strategies. By siloing their teams and their technologies, these companies effectively stifle their success.

By integrating DAM with customer experience management (CXM), brands can quickly and easily deliver rich media content. This contributes to more personalized, relevant and efficiently-delivered customer interactions. Three magical things happen with the marriage of CXM and DAM.

Social Networks Scale, When Will Social Tools?

Social Business, 2014-19-August-Beehive.jpgI’ve observed a curious arc in the discourse around social networks, especially in the past few years since open (or "consumer") web applications like Facebook and Twitter have gained hundreds of millions of users. The discussions about how we live and work in social networks in real life have changed, and in a subversive way. The enormous scale of these tools have led us to consider the world as an unbounded single network, while in fact we operate in many distributed and discontinuous social networks. 

Turning Data Into Marketer's Best Friend

2014-19-August-Baseball-Score-Card.jpgFrom business to baseball, data is having its moment in the sun. Data provides marketers information that can be used to execute targeted campaigns that can drive revenue. The marketer now more than ever has the ability to deliver personalized experiences across digital channels, and help customers build relationships with their brand.

Library Science, Not Library Silence

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It’s no secret that I’m a fan of adding information professionals to digital asset management teams. While the rest of us are focused on the how-much and how-to of making a new DAM fly, it’s an information professional’s job to ask, What are you trying to do?

It’s a question that can lead to more successful DAM programs, but it’s a question that is best asked by someone who knows what to do with the answer. And those people are all too often not in the room. 

Bloomfire's Collaboration Train Steams On

Bob Zukis has been a busy CEO since taking over Bloomfire in April. He and the enterprise collaboration provider are at it again this week with some updates to the platform in the areas of content creation, discovery, community and mobile.

Zukis has stated his case clearly in talks with CMSWire about the Bloomfire platform: Successful enterprise collaboration drives business results and stands out as more than just another Facebook for the enterprise.

"Most competitors focus primarily on providing static file management or a Facebook-style newsfeed," Zukis said. "Bloomfire enables true team-based collaboration by leveraging multiple types of content — files, videos, web links, questions, announcements — and putting this information in the hands of those who need it when they need it."

A Graceful Exit for Box?

2014-18-August-Exit.jpgJust a little more than two weeks from today, on Sept. 2, Box CEO Aaron Levie will host BoxWorks, the company’s biggest pep rally of the year. There’s a nice line-up of all-stars keynoting — Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, Disney’s Jeff Katzenberg, LinkedIn’s CEO Jeff Weiner and Aneesh Chopra, former CTO of the United States.

And then, of course, there’s Levie himself. Not only is he Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year, but he’s also got celebrity-like status in Silicon Valley. Never mind his Hollywood connections to the likes of Ashton Kutcher, who invested in Box, and Oscar winner Jared Leto who reportedly visited the company earlier this year.

What CMOs Have - and What They Want

2014-18-August-Megaphone Man.jpgAn study of chief marketing officers today revealed some interesting contrasts between their optimism and their realities.

The 8th annual "State of Marketing" report from the CMO Council, a 7,000-member group stretched across 110 countries, showed senior marketers are gaining status within their companies, but still want closer ties to their fellow "chiefs."

It also found that while they're optimistic about their ability to meet the shifting demands of their employers, most of them are behind their targets for the current year.

Samsung Pushes Open IoT with SmartThings Buy

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Samsung has just made a play for a bigger stake in the Internet of Things. It plans to buy SmartThings’ open platform for monitoring, controlling and automating homes from a single device.

The deal, which was announced late last week, will see Samsung buying SmartThings — reportedly for the relative pittance of $200 million — which will then operated as an independent entity under its founder and CEO, Alex Hawkinson.

A Career in Marketing? Sure Beats Being a Doctor or Engineer

It's easy to second guess your career choices. How often have you wondered what your life would be like now if you'd have listened to your parents, teachers — or your own intuition — and embarked on Path A rather than Plan B?

So there's reassuring news today for everyone who bypassed oh so many possible careers to instead become a marketer. In a blog post provocatively titled Pass on Math and Science to Embrace the Power of Marketing, Marcie MacLellan, a writer for the London School of Marketing, explains:

In many cases, we are pushed toward stable, rewarding and lucrative career options such as doctors or engineers. But what if you do not possess the ability or desire to crunch numbers? What if your passion lies in more creative pursuits?"

In that case, she suggests, "there are some sectors that will never stop growing no matter how the world evolves — and marketing is one of them."

Where is Apple Going With Its New Social Media Hire?

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Does Apple need a face(book) lift? 

Doesn't seem that way. Just show us that white apple with the chunk taken out, and you've finished your branding work for the day.

Right?

For a brand that essentially doesn't need branding help, Apple's certainly thinking about social media. 

We're just not sure which way yet.

Proof — its hire this month of Musa Tariq, the former digital marketing big shot at Nike and Burberry.

Apple doesn't even have a real presence on Facebook or Twitter for Apple itself, leaving that heavy lifting to the iTunes brand

Why Infor is Buying Saleslogix

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Why would any company want to go into competition with Salesforce in the customer relationship management (CRM) field? Infor wants to do just that with its acquisition of Saleslogix.

Infor, based in New York City, reportedly plans to transform the Software-as-a-Service-based CRM company into Infor CRM. Translation: it plans to build the better mousetrap by blending Saleslogix' strength in CRM with its own cloud-based product, Infor CloudSuite.

This is no small task. Infor, which did not disclose the purchase price, said it plans to make a major investment in the existing Saleslogix system to make it more scalable, improve usability and then  tap into Infor's "deep expertise" in industry processes.

Corralling Non-Microsoft Content in the Cloud

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Ten years ago, Yahoo and Google offered rapid creation of free file sharing and collaboration spaces — perfect for group papers, sports teams, families — in short, any group of people who needed to see a common, centralized set of files.

There's no shortage of Web hosted business-oriented file services in today's cloud era: OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, Box, Google, Dropbox, Salesforce Chatter, among others.

Most recently, Amazon announced its new enterprise cloud file sharing service, Zocalo. Zocalo will offer simple document feedback, centralized repositories, offline sync to laptops, phones and tablets, security and directory integration. As with many of these services, the costs are minimal to none, allowing users to stand up a new repository in minutes for a project with a credit card.

These services pose a real challenges for the Microsoft enterprise.

Confronting the New (and Not So New) World of DAM

DAM, 2014-18-August-Rose-Reading-Room.jpgAlthough digital asset management has arguably been around since at least the 1990s, the virtual explosion of multimedia has catapulted it near the top of the stack for many organizations. Despite its middle age, DAM is often presented like a new answer to the growing reliance on multimedia digital content and delivery.

There is a debate between: a. Those who see DAM as sufficiently different from other content management challenges and their solutions that it needs new strategies and new computer systems designed specifically with DAM in mind. And b. Others who see DAM as just a unique form of enterprise content management (ECM) for which today’s ECM systems, with a little tweaking, can do just fine.

Forget Community - 'Social' is Now a Commodity

Social Business, 2014-18-August-For-Sale.jpgRemember the glory days of Enterprise Social software? When startups were acquired and innovations were exciting? When we all believed that social technology could help us change the way we worked for good? Death to email!

The ESN crickets have been chirping for some time, because corporate social networking software is now a commodity, not a community. Disappearing are the days of hoping for ideation, serendipitous discovery, executive dialogue with worker-bees, and earning millions of dollars from new product ideas gleaned from conversations. The enterprise is tired of the hype; companies who have not seen success are ready to give up. With myriad ESN vendors, the proliferation of social features across productivity, storage and project management products, and an inability to prove that standalone enterprise social software has ROI, the commoditization will continue and eventually bury the industry as we know it. Think it’s not possible? I beg to differ for two reasons.

Teradata Offers Retailers New Advanced Analytic Reporting

Data warehouse giant Teradata has updated its existing demand chain management  (DCM) forecasting and replenishment solution with advanced analytic reporting for retailers in the area of supply chain analytics.

"The Teradata DCM solution is uniquely architected to calculate all forecasts and orders at the lowest level of product, location, day and week with our proprietary algorithms and processes," Mardie Noble, DCM solution partner at Toronto-based Teradata, told CMSWire. 

The Internet of Things Could Empower People with Disabilities

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Ubiquitous sensors are one of the driving ideas behind the Internet of Things.

The ideas is that we will put on and wear more and more sensors until they become pervasive — enabling everything we interact with on a daily basis to have the potential to offer us greater insight or context for our activities.

It's not hard to see how many of the devices already available are impacting our lives, even in small ways. There are thermostats that can learn from our habits and even be controlled remotely through our phones, window shutters that adjust automatically, depending on how much sunlight is coming through and objects fitted with RFID devices, which let us know when they pass through checkpoints.

All of these devices make life a little easier. But one segment of the population could potentially benefit even more than the rest from IoT technologies: People with disabilities — not just at home, but at the office and everywhere in-between.

Lindsey Pollak: Understanding Those So-Called Entitled Millennials

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Millennials been called a lot of things, including confident, connected and open to change. They're an important voting block in the US, but aren't very impressed by government solutions to problems. They like workplace flexibility, but crave in-person collaboration.

So how do you know what members of the Millennial Generation or Generation Y or whatever you want to call people who people who were born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s really want? You might want to ask Lindsey Pollak, a New York City-based nationally recognized expert on millennial workplace issues.

LeadSift Promises Smarter Ad Targeting through Twitter

Twitter has yet to reach its full potential when it comes to ad targeting. The social networking site has long been playing catchup to Facebook, which launched its email-based targeting service in 2012. Twitter didn’t announce its “tailored audiences” service until this past January.

With Facebook, advertisers can also target people by the “interests” the site asks new users to fill in when creating an account. Twitter’s answer to this was to let advertisers push their marketing messages to users based on who the user follows.

For example, if a user follows several football players, coaches and commentators, they may receive a targeted ad from a company selling sports drinks. More recently, Twitter announced the ability for advertisers to target consumers based on keywords found within a user’s tweets.

Week in Review: Customer Experience is Everyone's Job + Social Business Myths

Not My Job
Customer experience transcends work silos.

Tell Us a Story
Brands pursuing customer engagement are turning to multimedia digital storytelling.

Land of Social Business Make Believe
Some social enterprise deployment issues are based on myths, fairytales and falsehoods.

Build the Future of Work
Networks provide companies increased resiliency, efficiency and innovation.

Microsoft Moves Into the Home
Microsoft named 10 start-ups to its home automation accelerator program.

Weed Out Bad Processes
IT professionals must act as gardeners to allow businesses to flourish.

3 Innovative Vendors in Knowledge & Collaboration 2014 (New)
This report highlights three innovative vendors of note in 2014.
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