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For a phrase that’s being thrown around a lot recently, what does “Digital Transformation” really mean? When someone says that they want to digitally transform their business, what does one really mean, why do they want to do it, and should they approach this “digital transformation” process? First off, let’s start with a definition. If we don’t know what we are trying to achieve, then how do we know how to get there? Or to quote the famous Greek philosopher Yogi Berra: “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” In a recent blog “How To Achieve Digital Transformation,” I stated with the following definition of Digital Transformation: “The coupling of granular, real-time data (e.g., smartphones, connected devices, smart appliances, wearables, mobile commerce, video surveillance) with modern technologies (e.g., cloud native apps, big data ... (more)

EBay Hits It Big in Quarter

EBay's dimmed luster turned bright as the online marketplace reported a strong second quarter, sending its shares up 14 percent in after-hours trading. The report mollified fears about the San Jose company's growth after a year marked by a depressed stock price and a user revolt over higher fees. EBay's stock vaulted $4.95 to $39.82, or 14.2 percent, in the after-hours market following the earnings announcement. In an interview, Rajiv Dutta, eBay's chief financial officer, said he was pleased with the results, especially the performance of the company's two largest marketplaces, the United States and Germany. The value of products sold on the Web site accelerated in the two countries during the quarter, reversing an ominous slowdown. "I think this was a very good quarter," Dutta said. "It's good to see these key volume metrics accelerate." During the second quarter... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: "Personal Blogs Will Be Dead in Another Two or Three Years"

Web 2.0 has been a buzzword shrouded in mystery. Although I've heard it used hundreds of times in the past year, I've never been able to find a good definition of what it actually means. This is in part because, as Paul Graham points out, Dougherty coined the term before defining it. When brainstorming on Web 2.0, O'Reilly laid out a list of services that seemed qualitatively different than those that had come before and looked for patterns. What he eventually came up with was a list of seven principles and eight patterns. O'Reilly hits the nail on the head here with his inductive approach. However, I still come away from O'Reilly's manifesto wishing for definitive clarity. So here I set out to put forth a working definition of what Web 2.0 really is, how it differs from Web 1.0, and how it will differ from what may come after. I am not proposing that these are abso... (more)

SOA and Integration-as-a-Service

Customers want smooth fast purchase transactions. They want to connect to vendors' sell-side systems transparently - accessing online catalogs and issuing purchase orders without leaving their native procurement environments. Companies that offer this capability differentiate themselves from competitors. Integrating suppliers into the supply chain is nothing new. Many global enterprises have increased operating efficiency by requiring key players to adopt their integration technologies. Batch-oriented EDI messaging has typically been used to link organizations and, despite some limitations, has been adequate to the task. Customer integration is altogether different. First, customers expect sellers to conform to their integration methodologies. Second, e-procurement application providers promote access through their particular pathways. Finally, real-time communica... (more)

Report: Consumers Are Suffering From "Web Search Fatigue"

Recent research conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Yahoo! on the state of the Web shows that consumers are suffering from "Web search fatigue." The study revealed that while 99% of online adults use a search engine to find information on the Internet, a mere 15% of them find what they're looking for with their first search, with most needing to conduct three to four searches. In response, Yahoo! Search yesterday announced Search Assist, calling it "the most advanced assistance technology available on the Web, and the integration of audio, video and photos directly into the search results to help make Web search effortless for consumers." The new Yahoo! Search was designed to better understand user intent and get consumers to the results they are looking for in one search. "The new Yahoo! Search is focused on getting consumers the most relevant information as... (more)

Leasing and Flying

Part 1 of this series appeared in JDJ June, Part 2 in JDJ July, Part 3 in JDJ September This is the fourth in a series of articles focused on using Java and ColdFusion technologies to develop an Online Ticket Store application. As JDJ's September issue had an XML focus, we went with the flow and discussed data formatting aspects of our store and developed XML objects to pass date structures between the Merchant Server and Service Access tiers. This month's article focuses on the online store portion of our application, beginning with a description of the business offerings of the store. This is followed by a use-case analysis of the store, a methodology similar to the one in the July issue. We then design the classes for implementing the use cases and discuss the code needed to make our store a "reality." We'll also make use of the XML objects developed in the Septe... (more)

Urban Outfitters Selects AJAX Company Allurent

Allurent, the Rich Internet Applications for Commerce Company,  announced that Urban Outfitters, Inc. has selected Allurent BUY to bring its customers an extraordinary and highly-functional online shopping experience. Allurent BUY, a rich Internet shopping cart and checkout program, will be rolled out across all Urban brands, including Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Free People. As a billion dollar multi-channel retailer, Urban Outfitters is known for providing customers a fun and unique in-store experience, filled with items that they won't find at other retail stores. The company recognizes that it has the opportunity to deliver the same, extraordinary experience to its online customers. With the adoption of Rich Internet Applications (RIA) on the rise, the company is looking to Allurent and its Allurent BUY application as a key step in the company's efforts ... (more)

Mixing Open Source and Commercial Software - The Best of Both Worlds

Mixing Open Source and commercial software isn't a new concept. IT departments have been doing it for years, especially when building out their core server, networking, and database infrastructures. But using a novel "blended" application development strategy - one that combines Enterprise Java APIs and Open Source Java application frameworks - offers the best of both worlds. Better Java-based Enterprise Apps with Open Source and Commercial Tools Many IT organizations already depend on Open Source software for some of their application development or deployment. But pure Open Source solutions don't always meet enterprise requirements. Using a blended application development and deployment model lets developers pick the right tool for the job and results in more flexible deployment options. Managing the lifecycle of Java-based enterprise applications presents special ... (more)

IBM Helps Retailers With SOA-based Solutions

IBM has announced the IBM Retail Integration Framework, an enterprise software architecture designed to help retailers accelerate the implementation of new customer-focused strategies. For example, the new framework, which is based on a service-oriented architecture (SOA) strategy, could help retailers introduce new product assortments and provide a multi-channel customer experience whether a consumer is shopping online, in a store, at a kiosk, or through any other sales channel including mobile devices. Retail companies are increasingly turning to solutions based on SOA to enable them to integrate fragmented applications and processes and increase reuse across their enterprise. IBM's Retail Integration Framework delivers a retail blueprint that can accelerate the deployment of agile business processes. The new framework features retail-specific components, templat... (more)

Technology Update (2012 Q2) – Key Trends and Events

June 6, 2012 was the iPv6 day – we no longer have to worry about running out of IP addresses. World IPv6 Launch: June 6: The Internet Society, an international nonprofit organization that advises on Web standards, policy and education, has selected June 6, 2012, as the World IPv6 launch day. This date will mark the beginning of a new phase in the life of the Internet, when IPv6 begins to become a normal part of the Internet experience for everyone—taking over from IPv4. Not only is it the end of iPv4 era it also is the end of IE era – Chrome first overtook IE on Sundays! Chrome overtakes IE on weekends: Over the past three weeks, Google Chrome has beaten out Internet Explorer as the No. 1 browser in the world — but only on Sundays. Monday through Saturday, IE has remained the browser with the highest worldwide market share, although its lead is slipping. And then af... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of March 31, 2013

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read SMAC News Weekly A study conducted by GlobalWebIndex reveals China is the country with the world’s highest mobile purchase penetration rate. Fifty-five percent of Internet users in the country made a purchase via mobile device in the fourth quarter of 2012.  South Korea comes in second with 37 percent.  Read Original Content According to managed consulting firm Condition Zebra, Malaysia has los... (more)