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Enabling Edge AI

This week we saw a big announcement that gets us further on our hybrid cloud journey—one where cloud strategies will also include edge and hybrid investments and companies can extend compute and AI (artificial intelligence) to the edge of the network.Microsoft introduces Azure Percept at its Ignite digital conference this week, which is a platform with added security for creating Azure AI technologies and solutions on the edge. The end-to-end edge AI platform includes hardware accelerators integrated with Azure AI and IoT (Internet of Things) services and pre-built AI models—for vision capabilities including object detection, shelf analytics, …

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5G: What’s Next

In my last blog, I explained how in the next three years, 5G and Wi-Fi 6 are expected to more than double in importance, becoming the most critical wireless technologies for businesses. I started by narrowing in on Wi-Fi 6, but now let’s turn our attention to 5G.
According to PwC’s US Mobile Index, as of January 2021, coverage continues to make gains, reaching 75%. By July 2021, 80% of the U.S. population is expected to have 5G coverage available at home or work. Meanwhile, device penetration gained traction as pre-holiday purchases were activated. It is expected that 12% of mobile devices in use …

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Crowdsource Transportation

Many of you might remember when crowdsourcing was all the range back in the early 2010s. While the concept of gaining information by enlisting help of people picked up steam as technology advanced, the history of crowdsourcing dates back in the early 1700s, when the British government offered a prize for developing a reliable way to compute longitude. The bottomline: the power lies in the crowd and we now have the tools to tap into it.
The U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Federal Highway Admin., recognizes this and is crowdsourcing data from multiple streams to improve operations. This is …

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Sustainability, AI, and the Generations

Walid Ali, artificial intelligence in manufacturing, Microsoft, joins Peggy to talk about sustainability and its importance now and into the future. They discuss how AI (artificial intelligence) is changing in business and what makes it so essential now and how AI technology can help us achieve greater sustainability along with the adoption rate to enable sustainability initiatives. He provides advice to organizations looking to achieve greater sustainability, how different generations help achieve these goals, and adds insight into what we all can do to come together to bring greater sustainability to fruition and reskilling, retooling, and retraining of employees.
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How the Generations Shape Sustainability

In our workforce today, we have as many as five generations to consider for the first time in history (although there are varying schools of thought on the matter)—all with differing views about the world. But interestingly, and perhaps more importantly, they have some overarching values that cross generations.
To further illustrate what works for each generation and cross generationally, in my new book, Sustainable in a Circular World, I identify how to overcome conflicts, shift values and environmental priorities of the various generations, and work toward collaboration for decades to come. Perhaps, even more significantly, I predict the …

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Strategizing for 2021 With Sentiment Analysis Using Product Review Data

2020 started with a lot of concern; individuals, businesses, and governments were all thrown into a state of confusion. COVID-19 ravaged the world and there was no known remedy.
2021, however, promises to be a year full of hope. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech have filed for emergency authorization in the US of their Covid-19 vaccine; the advanced trial showed the vaccine protects 94% of adults over 65.
With the view of a remedy at our reach, organizations will start strategizing for 2021. One thing we must learn to live with as a result of the pandemic is home working.
Most business will have to …

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Futurespective on Voice Technology from the Google Assistant Product Team

Technology isn’t silent anymore. It talks, and its voice shapes the way we live — working and virtual learning, shopping for cleaning supplies, playing daily music mixes, cooking new recipes, or exercising — all by just asking for it out loud. Since the pandemic hit, more and more brands realize the endless possibilities for interacting and engaging with users in a natural, contactless way.
Whether for working, learning, or playing, here’s why voice is the “natural,” touchless solution for next-level brand engagement.
Some of the world’s leading companies like American Express, Estée Lauder, Nike, Headspace, Campbells, Dunkin’, Snapchat, Tide, …

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Why are Enterprises Moving to Instant Messaging? Top Conversational AI Platforms for 2021

Not so surprisingly, people today are more active on messaging platforms than on conventional mediums like on Email or call. According to the Gartner report 2021 Planning Guide for Customer Engagement, Enterprises and SMBs need to focus on the adaptation of cloud-based AI-driven technology to drive the effectiveness of self-service.

Today, more than 2.1 billion people use Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger every day. WhatsApp recently announced that it had in excess of 2 Billion users — the majority of user reside in India.

Messaging platforms are popularly used to interact with acquaintances, particularly friends, family, or co-workers for informal and formal interactions.
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Security: Who Is Responsible?

If you know me, then you know my stance on security already, but there are some new studies with statistics that are downright scary and we need to carefully consider what we are teaching our workforce.First, let’s back up. We already know there is increased security risk due to remote work. Employers at 66% of companies took work devices home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now we are seeing that roughly 71% of businesses do not have a plan to deal with potential cyberattacks and in the last year, small-to-medium size enterprises actually decreased their IT security by an average of $4.9 …

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THE YES founder and e-commerce expert, Julie Bornstein, sheds lights on the future of retail

THE YES founder and e-commerce expert, Julie Bornstein, sheds light on the future of retailBornstein launched the new women’s shopping platform THE YES, alongside co-founder and Google alum Amit Aggarwal in May of 2020, in the middle of a pandemic when just about everything, including shopping, was virtual. With a resume including Chief Operating Officer of Stitch Fix, Chief Digital Officer of Sephora, and credited for launching Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters e-commerce websites, we believed that if someone was going to transform e-commerce, it would be Bornstein.THE YES platform was created to revolutionize the online shopping experience using machine …

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