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AI Seen Helping to Add Jobs as Small Manufacturers Pursue Automation 

More people will be needed to digest the vast amounts of data generated from the floor as manufacturers pursue AI and automation, dispelling the notion of job loss.  
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor  
The emergence of an advanced plastic manufacturing plant in Brookneal, Va. tells a story about the impact of AI on small manufacturing firms.   
Local entrepreneur Hugh E. Williams started American Plastic Fabricators to shape small plastic parts needed by a range of customers. Eventually the company became competitive in the manufacture of polyethylene and high-density plastics fabrication. The plant was visited recently by Kevin Scott, …

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3 steps to ease the transition to a no-code company

Katherine Kostereva
Contributor

Katherine Kostereva is CEO and managing partner of Creatio, a global software company providing a leading low-code platform for process management and CRM.

Gartner predicts low/no-code will represent 65% of all app development by 2024. Clearly, it’s the future, but what is it, and how can you turn your organization into a no-code company to get ahead of the trend?
No-code is changing how organizations build and maintain applications. It democratizes application development by creating “citizen developers” who can quickly build out applications that meet their business-facing needs in real time, realigning IT and business objectives by …

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Digitizing Human Teams: Leveraging Digital Technology to Improve the Performance of Teams | Mirhan Mandour

Digitizing Human Teams:
Leveraging Digital Technology to Improve the Performance of Teams

Mirhan Mandour
Managing Director, SalesARM, digiteam


Mirhan Mandour is the founder and Managing Director of SalesARM – Digiteam; the award-winning sales digitization and gamification solution used by top tier financial institutions. She is a passionate entrepreneur and a seasoned professional in the banking field. Besides her experience at SocGen, Mirhan was a Senior Consultant for major banks in the Middle East, helping them improve their methodology in the areas of Wealth Management and Retail Banking sales.

Through her current role in Digiteam, Mirhan continues to help organizations to grow their businesses, leveraging mobile technology to digitize sales and relationship management.

Mirhan is also a founder member of the MENA FINTECH ASSOCIATION where she leads the Women In Fintech Committee: WINTech.


Digiteam is a sales digitization and gamification mobile solution
that helps guide, engage and track sales teams.

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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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Creating a New Customer Experience

Peggy Smedley: So Dave, it’s exciting to have you talk to us today because you’re based in a beautiful part of the world, so it’s exciting to have you on the show. So, you’ve had an opportunity to see the world, because you’ve had an opportunity to see business and innovation from a whole global perspective. And, with everything going on in the world today, we’ve seen the pandemic shut us down in a different way. But, I’d like to take a view from your perspective. So, let’s talk about business technology …

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EdgeOps for IoT: A Vision For Edge

Of the many complementary technologies that enable IoT (internet of things) deployments, there are none quite as critical as the distributed architecture commonly known as edge computing. Technically, edge computing and its concepts are nothing new. In the 1960s, the Apollo missions that brought humanity to the moon relied on a distributed network of mainframes (see Figure 1). One was located in Houston and powered the console displays in the Apollo Mission Control Center. The others were positioned at antenna sites in California, Spain, and Australia. Even in those early days of computing there was a need to position compute resources …

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Reckoning and Remedy for Retail: How 5G and IoT Can Advance the Retail Industry

Illustration: © IoT For AllFor every retail sector, from clothing to electronics, keeping pace with ever-evolving consumer expectations has been a major challenge. Consider purchasing options alone. Today, retailers must be prepared to accept everything from cash and credit cards to mobile and smartphone payments—or risk turning away a customer.The State of RetailIn 2018, Customer Think reported that nearly 50 percent would cancel an order if their preferred option weren’t available. That was before online ordering, curbside pickup, and home delivery became essential for survival. Now, with the pandemic drastically changing consumer behavior, retail faces a reckoning like never …

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Technology Decisionmakers Weigh in on 5G

It’s been said repeatedly that 5G is one of the biggest market opportunities in the next decade, but an unclear roadmap has been a hurdle up to this point. Is this still the case going into 2021? At CES, 2021 was heralded as the year of transition from readiness and availability of 5G. But, then again, 2020 was predicted by many to be the year of 5G, but now that the year is over, it’s safe to say 2020 will be known for other things. New research provides a glimpse into how business technology decisionmakers and their companies are positioned toward 5G …

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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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Manufacturing: Workforce, Sustainability, and Transformation

Peggy Smedley: There are the misconceptions about understanding manufacturing. What do we need to do to encourage the next generation and the workforce that’s in there now, but where do we have to go for tomorrow?Çağlayan Arkan: No, absolutely, Peggy. I think this is a wonderful topic to discuss, because you said I was passionate about what I do. I am indeed, because manufacturing is about innovation. It’s about building capacity. It’s about employment. It’s about competitiveness. It’s about a lot of things that are near and dear to all of our …

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