It’s an exciting time in the payments industry. There are several hundred million people in the U.S. walking around with plastic in their wallets. Developers are now poised to build and launch a wide range of promising new applications to super-charge these cards. Game on!

Forget The Register: Stores Use Mobile To Make Sales On The Spot : All Tech Considered : NPR
A Nordstrom salesperson shows a customer an online selection of shoes on an in-store iPad. Like some other retailers, Nordstrom is using mobile devices to make on-the-spot sales and check companywide product inventory instantly.

Forget The Register: Stores Use Mobile To Make Sales On The Spot : All Tech Considered : NPR

A Nordstrom salesperson shows a customer an online selection of shoes on an in-store iPad. Like some other retailers, Nordstrom is using mobile devices to make on-the-spot sales and check companywide product inventory instantly.

Watson’s New Job: IBM Salesman - Technology Review
IBM’s Watson supercomputer reached a milestone in artificial intelligence last February when it beat two Jeopardy! champions. Millions watched, and while some experts dismissed it as a publicity stunt, IBM said Watson would soon be helping doctors diagnose illness, and hinted at talks with gadget companies about Watson helping consumers with questions.
As IBM prepares to celebrate the first anniversary of the televised  contest on February 16, though, it is not yet offering the  question-answering system for sale. Although limited trials using Watson  technology are underway in health and financial services businesses,  the AI prodigy is having its biggest impact by pulling in new customers  for existing business products—as IBM persuades them to organize their  data into formats that an AI like Watson can better understand. IBM has  created a slogan, “Ready for Watson,” to help sell its products that  way.
IBM hasn’t disclosed how much it spent developing Watson, but the  lengthy research and development process is believed to have cost in the  tens of millions of dollars. To play Jeopardy, the system  needed to understand the meaning of the answers posed as clues, and to  rapidly apply general knowledge—distilled from the Internet and other  sources—to identify possible answers. That required novel software and  an expensive supercomputer.
"Customers are coming to us and saying ‘I’d like a Watson,’ " says  Stephen Gold, IBM’s director of worldwide marketing for Watson.  Eventually, that might be possible, but first they need to have the  right data sets for Watson to operate on.

Watson’s New Job: IBM Salesman - Technology Review

IBM’s Watson supercomputer reached a milestone in artificial intelligence last February when it beat two Jeopardy! champions. Millions watched, and while some experts dismissed it as a publicity stunt, IBM said Watson would soon be helping doctors diagnose illness, and hinted at talks with gadget companies about Watson helping consumers with questions.

As IBM prepares to celebrate the first anniversary of the televised contest on February 16, though, it is not yet offering the question-answering system for sale. Although limited trials using Watson technology are underway in health and financial services businesses, the AI prodigy is having its biggest impact by pulling in new customers for existing business products—as IBM persuades them to organize their data into formats that an AI like Watson can better understand. IBM has created a slogan, “Ready for Watson,” to help sell its products that way.

IBM hasn’t disclosed how much it spent developing Watson, but the lengthy research and development process is believed to have cost in the tens of millions of dollars. To play Jeopardy, the system needed to understand the meaning of the answers posed as clues, and to rapidly apply general knowledge—distilled from the Internet and other sources—to identify possible answers. That required novel software and an expensive supercomputer.

"Customers are coming to us and saying ‘I’d like a Watson,’ " says Stephen Gold, IBM’s director of worldwide marketing for Watson. Eventually, that might be possible, but first they need to have the right data sets for Watson to operate on.

IBM - Smarter commerce - Overview
It all starts with the customer
In business, this has always been true. But now a new breed of  customer is dictating a new set of terms in the dynamic between buyers  and sellers.
Customers approach a sale empowered by technology and transparency,  with more extensive information from more sources than ever before.  They expect to engage with companies when and how they want, in person,  online and on the go. And they want these methods to tie together  seamlessly.

IBM - Smarter commerce - Overview

It all starts with the customer


In business, this has always been true. But now a new breed of customer is dictating a new set of terms in the dynamic between buyers and sellers.

Customers approach a sale empowered by technology and transparency, with more extensive information from more sources than ever before. They expect to engage with companies when and how they want, in person, online and on the go. And they want these methods to tie together seamlessly.

Analyze This: Cincinnati Zoo Promotes Mission to Protect Wildlife with IBM Business Analytics

The Cincinnati Zoo is using IBM business analytics software to drive new revenue, improve member visits and integrate all ticketing, retail, and food sales operations. The zoo projects a $350,000 increase in revenue in year one and an additional 50,000 new visits per year using the IBM analytics solution.

The Evolution of Social Media and Business | Brian Solis
Social Media is fundamentally transformative and is rapidly evolving the architecture of business, communications, and the dissemination of information and influence. Today, there are businesses that engage in social media and those that do not. Those at least experimenting with the formidable, yet shifting landscape of intelligence and communication are learning how to adapt and connect in a new world of conversation, networking, and influence. Those that have yet to evaluate the opportunities and advantages for socialized marketing, service, sales, and branding will find it increasingly difficult to learn, adapt, and magnetize customers, prospects as well as their influencers.

The Evolution of Social Media and Business | Brian Solis

Social Media is fundamentally transformative and is rapidly evolving the architecture of business, communications, and the dissemination of information and influence. Today, there are businesses that engage in social media and those that do not. Those at least experimenting with the formidable, yet shifting landscape of intelligence and communication are learning how to adapt and connect in a new world of conversation, networking, and influence. Those that have yet to evaluate the opportunities and advantages for socialized marketing, service, sales, and branding will find it increasingly difficult to learn, adapt, and magnetize customers, prospects as well as their influencers.

"We are trying to understand the mechanisms behind the metrics," says Qing Wu, one of Varian’s minions. His specialty is forecasting, so now he predicts patterns of queries based on the season, the climate, international holidays, even the time of day. "We have temperature data, weather data, and queries data, so we can do correlation and statistical modeling," Wu says. The results all feed into Google’s backend system, helping advertisers devise more-efficient campaigns.

Lucidera has a unique value proposition. Yes, they do BI – so do many other vendors. Yes, they do a SaaS model – ditto. How to set yourself apart? Focus on improving performance, not just reporting and leaving that to the person on the other side of the glass. Add context, best practice and benchmarks, guidance – and service. Lucidera calls it “domain specific analytic applications.” (via Lucidera Targets Applied BI as a Service – And Wins « Market Strategies for IT Suppliers)

Lucidera has a unique value proposition. Yes, they do BI – so do many other vendors. Yes, they do a SaaS model – ditto. How to set yourself apart? Focus on improving performance, not just reporting and leaving that to the person on the other side of the glass. Add context, best practice and benchmarks, guidance – and service. Lucidera calls it “domain specific analytic applications.” (via Lucidera Targets Applied BI as a Service – And Wins « Market Strategies for IT Suppliers)