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  51. <title>Out-price the competition with Watson and Dynamic Pricing</title>
  52. <link>https://blog.balfes.net/2017/04/06/out-price-the-competition-with-watson-and-dynamic-pricing/</link>
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  54. <pubDate>Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:47:44 +0000</pubDate>
  55. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Bob Balfe]]></dc:creator>
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  62. <description><![CDATA[Are you tired of the internet price wars? Are you sick of managing prices across all of your channels and competing with the likes of Amazon and other retailers? Do customers browse your brick and mortar store and use smartphone applications &#8230; <a href="https://blog.balfes.net/2017/04/06/out-price-the-competition-with-watson-and-dynamic-pricing/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=blog.balfes.net&#038;blog=21337034&#038;post=6910&#038;subd=balfes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  63. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Are you tired of the internet price wars? Are you sick of managing prices across all of your channels and competing with the likes of Amazon and other retailers? Do customers browse your brick and mortar store and use smartphone applications like RedLaser and QR Code scanners to scan your bar codes only to find it cheaper on the internet?</p>
  64. <p>If so, then you may want to see how Watson and Dynamic Pricing can help you stay competitive across all of your channels. Here are some of the key benefits you get from IBM Dynamic Pricing:</p>
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  66. <li class="_text-group--secondary-heading--REG">Re-price in real time</li>
  67. <li class="_text-group--secondary-heading--REG">Bring together online and offline prices</li>
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  69. <li class="_text-group--secondary-heading--REG">Empower business users</li>
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  71. <p>Best of all, you get intelligent pricing at digital speed while getting competitive data in real-time enabling you to create customized strategies using product groups and rules. You can also schedule pricing strategy run times and it all quickly integrates with the IBM Digital Commerce platform.</p>
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  73. <p>Watch this video below to see how it works or go directly to the <a href="https://www.ibm.com/us-en/marketplace/dynamic-pricing?src=balfes.net">Dynamic Pricing page</a> to read more about this cool new product.</p>
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  89. <title>IBM Skills Gateway: Refreshing your technical arsenal!</title>
  90. <link>https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/30/ibm-skills-gateway-refreshing-your-technical-arsenal/</link>
  91. <comments>https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/30/ibm-skills-gateway-refreshing-your-technical-arsenal/#comments</comments>
  92. <pubDate>Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:00:14 +0000</pubDate>
  93. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Bob Balfe]]></dc:creator>
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  102. <description><![CDATA[I have been hearing a lot about the different courses offered on the IBM Skills Gateway so I decided to try one.  <a href="https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/30/ibm-skills-gateway-refreshing-your-technical-arsenal/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=blog.balfes.net&#038;blog=21337034&#038;post=6863&#038;subd=balfes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  103. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I have been hearing a lot about the different courses offered on the <a href="http://ibm.co/2nPR6Ja">IBM Skills Gateway</a> so I decided to try one. Since I have been working with BlueMix for a bit I figured it would be easy to go through the <a href="https://www-03.ibm.com/services/learning/ites.wss/zz-en?pageType=badges&amp;id=617c3824-0c53-472c-94fc-72932e884234">BlueMix Essentials</a> course and earn the badge, I squeaked by the test with a 90% (you need an 80% to earn the badge, so make sure you REALLY pay attention as there are only 10 questions).</p>
  104. <p><a href="https://www-03.ibm.com/services/learning/ites.wss/zz-en?pageType=badges&amp;id=617c3824-0c53-472c-94fc-72932e884234"><img data-attachment-id="6873" data-permalink="https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/30/ibm-skills-gateway-refreshing-your-technical-arsenal/bluemix-essentials/" data-orig-file="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bluemix-essentials.png?w=584" data-orig-size="449,157" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="BlueMix Essentials" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bluemix-essentials.png?w=584?w=300" data-large-file="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bluemix-essentials.png?w=584?w=449" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-6873 aligncenter" src="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bluemix-essentials.png?w=584" alt="BlueMix Essentials.png" srcset="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bluemix-essentials.png 449w, https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bluemix-essentials.png?w=150 150w, https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bluemix-essentials.png?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 449px) 100vw, 449px"   /></a></p>
  105. <p>I have to say I am pretty impressed with the way the course played out; mixing video, text, and lab content into a seamless straightforward experience. You can stop and start as you will, it will just keep track of where you left off. I got a little impatient with a few videos but that was only because I was familiar with most of the material, however it makes you finish watching each video &#8211; so no skipping around! I really like this course because if anything, it teaches you how to setup an application, make code changes locally, and then deploy those changes to the BlueMix cloud. Make sure you before you actually do the lab you watch the lab video. I kept making the mistake of just doing the lab as described and then I was forced to watch a 10-12 minute video of the instructors walking through the lab. It explains how to install the different tools you may need, walks you through all configurations, using the command line Cloud Foundry tools (cf), and using Eclipse as your IDE for your project.</p>
  106. <p>Finding courses is very easy and many are free! You can filter courses by duration, category, product group, and skill level.</p>
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  108. <p>You can take courses that are instructor led or self-paced. Some courses are a combination of reading material and videos, while others may contain hands on labs, or may just be a simple article like <a href="https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/analytics/library/bd-streamsintro/index.html?ca=drs-">An introduction to InfoSphere Streams</a>. If you really like the concept of badges, which in my opinion are similar to certfications, then you can search for them <a href="https://www-03.ibm.com/services/learning/ites.wss/zz-en?pageType=badgesearch">here</a>. The badge system is a partnership with Acclaim and it uses Open Badges which can then be posted to your social profiles, like on LinkedIn.</p>
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  110. <p>I am still waiting for my first badge, I guess some badges could take from 1-2 weeks to get. I would be interested to hear others experience with this process. Meanwhile, I think I might earn a few more badges and beef up my own technical arsenal!</p><br />Filed under: <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/category/bluemix/'>bluemix</a>, <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/category/info/'>info</a>, <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/category/watson/'>watson</a> Tagged: <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/tag/badge/'>badge</a>, <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/tag/badging/'>badging</a>, <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/tag/bluemix/'>bluemix</a>, <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/tag/skills/'>skills</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/balfes.wordpress.com/6863/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/balfes.wordpress.com/6863/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/balfes.wordpress.com/6863/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/balfes.wordpress.com/6863/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/balfes.wordpress.com/6863/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/balfes.wordpress.com/6863/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/balfes.wordpress.com/6863/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/balfes.wordpress.com/6863/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/balfes.wordpress.com/6863/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/balfes.wordpress.com/6863/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/balfes.wordpress.com/6863/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/balfes.wordpress.com/6863/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/balfes.wordpress.com/6863/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/balfes.wordpress.com/6863/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=blog.balfes.net&#038;blog=21337034&#038;post=6863&#038;subd=balfes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  135. <title>Is the future of photo libraries with auto-tagging and Watson?</title>
  136. <link>https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/29/is-the-future-of-photo-libraries-with-auto-tagging-and-watson/</link>
  137. <comments>https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/29/is-the-future-of-photo-libraries-with-auto-tagging-and-watson/#respond</comments>
  138. <pubDate>Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:59:12 +0000</pubDate>
  139. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Bob Balfe]]></dc:creator>
  140. <category><![CDATA[bluemix]]></category>
  141. <category><![CDATA[watson]]></category>
  142. <category><![CDATA[cognitive]]></category>
  143. <category><![CDATA[tagging]]></category>
  144.  
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  146. <description><![CDATA[Tagging digital content is time consuming for a person and very hard for a computer. Who remembers when Flickr&#8217;s auto-tagging was called out? (read more here) So needless to say its not a trivial task, unless you are Watson&#8230; I am fascinated by &#8230; <a href="https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/29/is-the-future-of-photo-libraries-with-auto-tagging-and-watson/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=blog.balfes.net&#038;blog=21337034&#038;post=6860&#038;subd=balfes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  147. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Tagging digital content is time consuming for a person and very hard for a computer. Who remembers when Flickr&#8217;s auto-tagging was called out? (<a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/323448/flickrs-lame-auto-tagging-feature-infuriates-users/">read more here</a>) So needless to say its not a trivial task, unless you are Watson&#8230;</p>
  148. <p>I am fascinated by this technology. To be able to actually pull apart an image and apply tags that describe what is in the image is amazing. If you think about the applications here, they are endless. I was thinking about how I constantly look for images on my Mac. I have over 10,000 photos on my mac and the only way I can find them is using the map if I recall where I took it or I remember the time frame and find it based on date. Imagine if you could do a search based on tags!</p>
  149. <p>Since Watson Content Hub(WCH) does the auto-tagging for me I decided to whip up a short video showing the power of this amazing feature using WCH. Remember, you could always build your own application like <a href="https://www.ibm.com/blogs/bluemix/2016/02/openwhisk-and-watson-image-tagging-app/">this article explains</a> using OpenWhisk and the API&#8217;s on BlueMix. To get you started, below is a screen shot of the <a href="https://console.ng.bluemix.net/catalog/?taxonomyNavigation=watson&amp;category=watson">Watson API&#8217;s on BlueMix</a>:</p>
  150. <p><a href="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/watson-bluemix-catalog.png"><img data-attachment-id="6861" data-permalink="https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/29/is-the-future-of-photo-libraries-with-auto-tagging-and-watson/watson-bluemix-catalog/" data-orig-file="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/watson-bluemix-catalog.png" data-orig-size="1654,867" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Watson BlueMix Catalog" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/watson-bluemix-catalog.png?w=300" data-large-file="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/watson-bluemix-catalog.png?w=584&#038;h=306" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-6861" src="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/watson-bluemix-catalog.png?w=584&#038;h=306" alt="" width="584" height="306" srcset="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/watson-bluemix-catalog.png?w=584&amp;h=306 584w, https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/watson-bluemix-catalog.png?w=1168&amp;h=612 1168w, https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/watson-bluemix-catalog.png?w=150&amp;h=79 150w, https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/watson-bluemix-catalog.png?w=300&amp;h=157 300w, https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/watson-bluemix-catalog.png?w=768&amp;h=403 768w, https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/watson-bluemix-catalog.png?w=1024&amp;h=537 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 584px) 100vw, 584px" /></a></p>
  151. <p>Now for the video. Like I mentioned, I was really just playing around with various photos in my collection to see how well Watson did at tagging. All in all, I am very impressed&#8230;</p>
  152. <p><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='584' height='359' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/YSXl5Q2djZk?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></p>
  153. <p>Where do you think this technology is going? Will you expect your photo albums to have this ability in the future?</p>
  154. <p>&nbsp;</p><br />Filed under: <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/category/bluemix/'>bluemix</a>, <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/category/watson/'>watson</a> Tagged: <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/tag/cognitive/'>cognitive</a>, <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/tag/tagging/'>tagging</a>, <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/tag/watson/'>watson</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/balfes.wordpress.com/6860/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/balfes.wordpress.com/6860/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/balfes.wordpress.com/6860/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/balfes.wordpress.com/6860/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/balfes.wordpress.com/6860/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/balfes.wordpress.com/6860/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/balfes.wordpress.com/6860/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/balfes.wordpress.com/6860/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/balfes.wordpress.com/6860/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/balfes.wordpress.com/6860/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/balfes.wordpress.com/6860/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/balfes.wordpress.com/6860/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/balfes.wordpress.com/6860/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/balfes.wordpress.com/6860/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=blog.balfes.net&#038;blog=21337034&#038;post=6860&#038;subd=balfes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  169. <title>Using Watson Content Hub as a central repository and tag generator</title>
  170. <link>https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/28/using_watson_content_hub_as_a_central_repository_and_tag_generator/</link>
  171. <comments>https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/28/using_watson_content_hub_as_a_central_repository_and_tag_generator/#respond</comments>
  172. <pubDate>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:53:53 +0000</pubDate>
  173. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Bob Balfe]]></dc:creator>
  174. <category><![CDATA[bluemix]]></category>
  175. <category><![CDATA[watson]]></category>
  176. <category><![CDATA[cognitive]]></category>
  177. <category><![CDATA[IBM]]></category>
  178.  
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  180. <description><![CDATA[Want to learn how to integrate Watson into your applications? Well, it&#8217;s as easy as clicking on this link and getting started. From image recognition to financial services API&#8217;s there is an entire catalog of Watson API&#8217;s right at your &#8230; <a href="https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/28/using_watson_content_hub_as_a_central_repository_and_tag_generator/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=blog.balfes.net&#038;blog=21337034&#038;post=6857&#038;subd=balfes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  181. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Want to learn how to integrate Watson into your applications? Well, it&#8217;s as easy as <a href="https://developer.ibm.com/api/list">clicking on this link</a> and getting started. From image recognition to financial services API&#8217;s there is an entire catalog of Watson API&#8217;s right at your finger tips. I personally have been playing with the <a href="https://developer.ibm.com/api/view/id-618:title-IBM_Watson_Content_Hub_API">Watson Content Hub API&#8217;s</a> and they are very cool. A project I worked on used the Watson Content Hub(WCH) API&#8217;s with WebSphere Commerce where we used WCH as not only a central repository but also extracted the tags Watson generated for product images and pushed them into the product record in WebSphere Commerce. This enhanced the searching for products by a customer greatly. Watson generated key words we didn&#8217;t think of at first, making search and type-ahead much better.</p>
  182. <p>Here is a quick video where we used a City Cool product called Minimals Moped. We pushed the images to WCH, Watson generated new tags, then we used those tags in the products keyword field. The search indexer did the rest and viola, the search experience was greatly enhanced to have a broader set of key words per product.</p>
  183. <p><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='584' height='359' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/LaxphZrzM1k?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></p><br />Filed under: <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/category/bluemix/'>bluemix</a>, <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/category/watson/'>watson</a> Tagged: <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/tag/cognitive/'>cognitive</a>, <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/tag/ibm/'>IBM</a>, <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/tag/watson/'>watson</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/balfes.wordpress.com/6857/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/balfes.wordpress.com/6857/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/balfes.wordpress.com/6857/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/balfes.wordpress.com/6857/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/balfes.wordpress.com/6857/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/balfes.wordpress.com/6857/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/balfes.wordpress.com/6857/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/balfes.wordpress.com/6857/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/balfes.wordpress.com/6857/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/balfes.wordpress.com/6857/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/balfes.wordpress.com/6857/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/balfes.wordpress.com/6857/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/balfes.wordpress.com/6857/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/balfes.wordpress.com/6857/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=blog.balfes.net&#038;blog=21337034&#038;post=6857&#038;subd=balfes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  196. <title>Beautiful B2B sites with BlueSky</title>
  197. <link>https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/02/beautiful-b2b-sites-with-bluesky/</link>
  198. <comments>https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/02/beautiful-b2b-sites-with-bluesky/#respond</comments>
  199. <pubDate>Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:56:28 +0000</pubDate>
  200. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Bob Balfe]]></dc:creator>
  201. <category><![CDATA[commerce]]></category>
  202.  
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  204. <description><![CDATA[B2B has traditionally never been sexy. They are usually mean and lean and very functional; but in recent years the expectation is they look and feel like a  B2C site but still remain powerful for the B2B users. IBM has &#8230; <a href="https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/02/beautiful-b2b-sites-with-bluesky/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=blog.balfes.net&#038;blog=21337034&#038;post=6816&#038;subd=balfes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  205. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>B2B has traditionally never been sexy. They are usually mean and lean and very functional; but in recent years the expectation is they look and feel like a  B2C site but still remain powerful for the B2B users. IBM has invested a lot in the B2B space and our partner <a href="https://www.blueskytp.com/positioning-b2b-business-success/?utm_source=balfes.net&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=2017-3-BlueSky-Newsletter%20%281%29&amp;utm_content=&amp;spMailingID=10534787&amp;spUserID=MTEzODczODE5Mjk2S0&amp;spJobID=1120092277&amp;spReportId=MTEyMDA5MjI3NwS2">BlueSky</a> augments that with premier solution, hosting, and services package.</p>
  206. <blockquote>
  207. <h2 class="secondary-callout">B2B eCommerce websites are often thought of as dull and boring with outdated UX and uninteresting business challenges when compared to modern B2C sites.</h2>
  208. </blockquote>
  209. <p>As a premier partner and expert in implementing B2B and B2C sites, I urge you to check out <a href="https://www.blueskytp.com/positioning-b2b-business-success/?utm_source=balfes.net&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=2017-3-BlueSky-Newsletter%20%281%29&amp;utm_content=&amp;spMailingID=10534787&amp;spUserID=MTEzODczODE5Mjk2S0&amp;spJobID=1120092277&amp;spReportId=MTEyMDA5MjI3NwS2">their blog</a> and see what they have to offer. I like the image they put together, see below, because it showcases the B2B starter store and all it has to offer. The store is a launch point for your store development efforts and it is a fully functional site out of the box. While the shopping experience is identical to a B2C site it offers the power of everything you would expect from a B2B site: contracts, requisition lists, organization/member management for your B2B sellers, and the primary business models for B2B and B2B2C.</p>
  210. <p><a href="https://www.blueskytp.com/positioning-b2b-business-success/?utm_source=balfes.net&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=2017-3-BlueSky-Newsletter%20%281%29&amp;utm_content=&amp;spMailingID=10534787&amp;spUserID=MTEzODczODE5Mjk2S0&amp;spJobID=1120092277&amp;spReportId=MTEyMDA5MjI3NwS2"><img data-attachment-id="6825" data-permalink="https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/02/beautiful-b2b-sites-with-bluesky/screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-8-24-38-am/" data-orig-file="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-8-24-38-am.png?w=584" data-orig-size="1926,960" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-8-24-38-am" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-8-24-38-am.png?w=584?w=300" data-large-file="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-8-24-38-am.png?w=584?w=584" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-6825" src="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-8-24-38-am.png?w=584" alt="Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 8.24.38 AM.png" srcset="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-8-24-38-am.png?w=584 584w, https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-8-24-38-am.png?w=1168 1168w, https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-8-24-38-am.png?w=150 150w, https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-8-24-38-am.png?w=300 300w, https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-8-24-38-am.png?w=768 768w, https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-8-24-38-am.png?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 584px) 100vw, 584px"   /></a></p>
  211. <p><a href="https://www.blueskytp.com/join-us-amplify-2017/">BlueSky</a> will also be at Amplify 2017 featuring these key sessions from two of their customers: <a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/events/global/amplify/sessions/#/search/id/CDC-1725">Performance Bicycle</a> and <a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/events/global/amplify/sessions/#/search/id/CDC-1618">Cardinal Health</a>. Here is a quick reference to those sessions:</p>
  212. <h3 class="ibm-h3"><span class="ibm-light ng-binding">Performance Bicycle’s Smooth Migration to the Cloud: A Success Story</span></h3>
  213. <p>Performance Bicycle is the largest bike retailer in the US. Join this session to hear how Performance Bicycle worked with BlueSky Technology Partners to rapidly and painlessly move from an IBM WebSphere Commerce on-premise solution to IBM Commerce on Cloud. You’ll hear why Performance Bicycle made the move, lessons learned, and best practices. If you are looking to move to Version 8 or to the cloud, this session will help you on your path to success! (<a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/events/global/amplify/sessions/#/search/id/CDC-1725">link to session abstract</a>)</p>
  214. <h3 class="ibm-h3"><span class="ibm-light ng-binding">The &#8220;Four P&#8217;s&#8221; of Success to Build a New eCommerce Site at Cardinal Health Canada</span></h3>
  215. <p class="ng-binding">Cardinal Health Canada is wholly owned by Cardinal Health, a Fortune 21 company. Cardinal Health Canada’s eCommerce site experienced exponential growth in the early years, but stabilized and flat-lined after the first decade. With over 2,500 customers and 120,000 products, their goal to launch a brand new site with a modern design and focus on an exceptional user experience seemed insurmountable. With the power of the right Platform, the right Partners, top-notch People and Agile Processes, Cardinal Health launched in eight months! How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. This story is about delivering incremental value&#8230; step by step! (<a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/events/global/amplify/sessions/#/search/id/CDC-1618">link to session abstract</a>)</p>
  216. <h3 class="ibm-h3"><span class="ibm-light ng-binding">Cardinal Health and IBM Predictive Customer Intelligence: Personalizing eCommerce Marketing</span></h3>
  217. <p>Cardinal Health, a Fortune 25 healthcare services company, sells $40 billion annually via its B2B eCommerce portal. The eCommerce Digital Marketing department drives incremental sales via this portal by personalizing product promotions to targeted pharmacies, and is on a journey to scale using IBM Predictive Customer Intelligence. The solution learns from past customer behavior, predicts future purchase patterns, and optimizes and targets audiences for marketing offers. Combining propensity models with customer profitability data will allow Cardinal Health to optimize its promotional mix and maximize profit. The solution self-optimizes based on new products, changes in consumer behavior, and other trends—it is cognitive analytics in action.(<a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/events/global/amplify/sessions/#/search/id/MMI-1396">link to session abstract</a>)</p><br />Filed under: <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/category/commerce/'>commerce</a>  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/balfes.wordpress.com/6816/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/balfes.wordpress.com/6816/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/balfes.wordpress.com/6816/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/balfes.wordpress.com/6816/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/balfes.wordpress.com/6816/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/balfes.wordpress.com/6816/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/balfes.wordpress.com/6816/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/balfes.wordpress.com/6816/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/balfes.wordpress.com/6816/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/balfes.wordpress.com/6816/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/balfes.wordpress.com/6816/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/balfes.wordpress.com/6816/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/balfes.wordpress.com/6816/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/balfes.wordpress.com/6816/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=blog.balfes.net&#038;blog=21337034&#038;post=6816&#038;subd=balfes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  234. <title>Working in the BlueMix Garage</title>
  235. <link>https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/01/working-in-the-bluemix-garage/</link>
  236. <comments>https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/01/working-in-the-bluemix-garage/#respond</comments>
  237. <pubDate>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 19:31:05 +0000</pubDate>
  238. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Bob Balfe]]></dc:creator>
  239. <category><![CDATA[bluemix]]></category>
  240. <category><![CDATA[garage]]></category>
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  243. <description><![CDATA[I have always been a fan of gamification and now I can be manly and say I am working in the garage, the BlueMix Garage!  You can earn points by completing different tasks in the BlueMix Garage Method site.Filed under: &#8230; <a href="https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/01/working-in-the-bluemix-garage/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=blog.balfes.net&#038;blog=21337034&#038;post=6809&#038;subd=balfes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  244. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href="https://www.ibm.com/devops/method/dashboard" target="_blank"><img data-attachment-id="6812" data-permalink="https://blog.balfes.net/2017/03/01/working-in-the-bluemix-garage/screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-26-39-pm/" data-orig-file="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-26-39-pm.png?w=584" data-orig-size="1042,546" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-26-39-pm" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-26-39-pm.png?w=584?w=300" data-large-file="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-26-39-pm.png?w=584?w=584" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-6812" src="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-26-39-pm.png?w=584" alt="screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-26-39-pm" srcset="https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-26-39-pm.png?w=584 584w, https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-26-39-pm.png?w=150 150w, https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-26-39-pm.png?w=300 300w, https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-26-39-pm.png?w=768 768w, https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-26-39-pm.png?w=1024 1024w, https://balfes.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-26-39-pm.png 1042w" sizes="(max-width: 584px) 100vw, 584px"   /></a>I have always been a fan of gamification and now I can be manly and say I am working in the garage, the BlueMix Garage!  You can earn points by completing different tasks in the BlueMix Garage Method site.</p><br />Filed under: <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/category/bluemix/'>bluemix</a> Tagged: <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/tag/bluemix/'>bluemix</a>, <a href='https://blog.balfes.net/tag/garage/'>garage</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/balfes.wordpress.com/6809/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/balfes.wordpress.com/6809/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/balfes.wordpress.com/6809/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/balfes.wordpress.com/6809/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/balfes.wordpress.com/6809/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/balfes.wordpress.com/6809/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/balfes.wordpress.com/6809/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/balfes.wordpress.com/6809/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/balfes.wordpress.com/6809/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/balfes.wordpress.com/6809/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/balfes.wordpress.com/6809/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/balfes.wordpress.com/6809/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/balfes.wordpress.com/6809/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/balfes.wordpress.com/6809/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=blog.balfes.net&#038;blog=21337034&#038;post=6809&#038;subd=balfes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  261. <title>Trilibis PSD to HTML converter</title>
  262. <link>https://blog.balfes.net/2017/01/18/trilibis-psd-to-html-converter/</link>
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  264. <pubDate>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:02:11 +0000</pubDate>
  265. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Bob Balfe]]></dc:creator>
  266. <category><![CDATA[coding commerce]]></category>
  267. <category><![CDATA[commerce]]></category>
  268. <category><![CDATA[IBM]]></category>
  269. <category><![CDATA[partner]]></category>
  270. <category><![CDATA[trilibis]]></category>
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  273. <description><![CDATA[In this segment of Partner Connect I demonstrate how the Trilibis PSD2HTML API is used to create responsive HTML from three versions of the same PSD. The new Triblibis API can take a Web, Mobile, and Tablet version of the design &#8230; <a href="https://blog.balfes.net/2017/01/18/trilibis-psd-to-html-converter/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=blog.balfes.net&#038;blog=21337034&#038;post=6802&#038;subd=balfes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
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  281. <p>In this segment of <strong>Partner Connect</strong> I demonstrate how the <strong>Trilibis PSD2HTML</strong> API is used to create responsive HTML from three versions of the same PSD. The new Triblibis API can take a Web, Mobile, and Tablet version of the design along with a configuration file to identify HTML elements at a very granular level.  Watch this video to see the new API in action.</p>
  282. <p><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='584' height='359' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/peJTDhvy5V8?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></p>
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  301. <link>https://blog.balfes.net/2016/12/15/be-a-social-super-hero-with-dynamic-signals-voicestorm/</link>
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  303. <pubDate>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 01:07:19 +0000</pubDate>
  304. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Bob Balfe]]></dc:creator>
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  313. <description><![CDATA[I use the VoiceStorm mobile application powered by Dynamic Signal to share content throughout my social networks by scheduling posts a few days in advanced. Watch this video to learn how I use the application and how IBM uses it &#8230; <a href="https://blog.balfes.net/2016/12/15/be-a-social-super-hero-with-dynamic-signals-voicestorm/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=blog.balfes.net&#038;blog=21337034&#038;post=6800&#038;subd=balfes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  314. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I use the VoiceStorm mobile application powered by Dynamic Signal to share content throughout my social networks by scheduling posts a few days in advanced. Watch this video to learn how I use the application and how IBM uses it to amplify content throughout the social networks</p>
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  326. <pubDate>Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:54:39 +0000</pubDate>
  327. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Bob Balfe]]></dc:creator>
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  334. <description><![CDATA[Selling software can be really easy or really hard and the harsh reality is it depends on the product. Great sales people use to say &#8220;I can sell ice to an Eskimo&#8221; but today, with the internet, the level of &#8230; <a href="https://blog.balfes.net/2016/10/03/top-5-things-that-make-a-saas-product-great/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=blog.balfes.net&#038;blog=21337034&#038;post=6694&#038;subd=balfes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
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  336. <p>Here are my top 5 elements that make a SaaS product great:</p>
  337. <p>1 &#8211; <strong>Platform, Availability, and Scale</strong></p>
  338. <p style="padding-left:30px;">In almost every discussion I have, availability and scale is always a number one concern and &#8220;is it a platform&#8221; frequently comes into question. Many times the platform question may be for API interfaces or extensions from other platforms since micro-services based architectures are the &#8220;in thing&#8221;. Questions like:</p>
  339. <ul>
  340. <li style="padding-left:30px;">Do you support in place upgrades with zero down time?</li>
  341. <li style="padding-left:30px;">Are you distributed and support a world wide content delivery network?</li>
  342. <li style="padding-left:30px;">Can I scale up during peek times?</li>
  343. <li style="padding-left:30px;">Are all the API&#8217;s REST based?</li>
  344. </ul>
  345. <p style="padding-left:30px;">Those questions and more are almost always asked. Remember, eople are putting the IT tasks in your hands and they know the pains of their business and you better be able to answer their questions in their context.</p>
  346. <p>2 &#8211; <strong>On-boardin</strong><strong>g</strong></p>
  347. <p style="padding-left:30px;"><strong>On-boarding needs to be dead simple</strong>. A few fields on a form, a verification email, and you should be up and running in minutes. That is the expectation today. If your SaaS product works with data, images, or videos, then uploading those assets need to be just as simple. Searching and managing those assets need to be as intuitive as using a Microsoft Office Application or using your iPhone. If it&#8217;s not, you have failed.</p>
  348. <p>3 &#8211;<strong>Video Library/Training Webinars</strong></p>
  349. <p style="padding-left:30px;">Almost every company has a YouTube channel of some sort. But do you have self paced videos showing off your products best features? Do you have videos of your products solving a business user problem? Those are the videos customers look for. This generation searches for videos to figure things out more than ever before. Video is the new encyclopedia and that includes webinars.  Webinars play a big part in building a community around your product. It brings your customers together while giving out the latest and greatest information for how your product can help solve their problems. Recorded webinar videos are also becoming a popular reference for education and should be included in your library.</p>
  350. <p>4 &#8211; <strong>Self-paced tutorials and gamification</strong></p>
  351. <p style="padding-left:30px;">The last two generations, mainly because of online gaming, are conditioned for being rewarded for their accomplishments. From the almost certain participation awards in AYSO and Pop-Warner to ranking systems in games like Call of Duty it is almost expected. Having self paced tutorials and badges for completing work benefits you in two ways:</p>
  352. <p style="padding-left:60px;">1 &#8211; it entices your customers to really learn and understand your software while getting rewarded and</p>
  353. <p style="padding-left:60px;">2 &#8211; their badges, certifications, and rewards can be posted to online social profiles like LinkedIn, an instant resume bonus!</p>
  354. <p>5 &#8211; <strong>Know exactly what your customers are doing</strong></p>
  355. <p style="padding-left:30px;">Analytics are so critical in software today you simply can not be competitive without it. Data and the internet of things is quickly proving that big data really is <strong>BIG</strong>. So big in fact most companies have no idea how to handle the amount of data or make heads or tails of it. This is where having cognitive assistance will differentiate you from your competitors. The companies who can <strong>understand</strong> this data are the ones with the competitive advantage, they will be the winners. More and more <strong>augmented intelligence</strong> systems are coming into play &#8211; you are probably thinking, don&#8217;t you mean &#8220;artificial intelligence&#8221;? No, I really do mean augmented. I say augmented because as it stands today you most likely won&#8217;t let the computer fully make a decision for you. I am talking about serious business impacting decisions like sending out a million emails of $20 off coupons &#8211; that could get rather costly. So essentially what systems do today are <strong>suggest</strong> actions to take and a human makes the final decision &#8211; augmented intelligence. Understanding how your customers use your software is extremely important to your success. You can optimize click paths, find best/popular practices, understand customer journeys, and most of all know which features are used most and understand where to further your investment.</p>
  356. <p>Three out of the five items in the list directly impact your customer. The first one directly impacts your customer and potentially their customers. The last one affects your overall product growth and strategy. I could have picked very different topics for my top five but after much reading I think these five are definitely at the top of the list. I know there are many more out there and I would really like to hear what you think should be in the top five!</p>
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