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2017 Global Digital IQ Survey: Internet of things

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2017 Global Digital IQ Survey: AI

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2017 Global Digital IQ Survey: Robotics

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2017 Global Digital IQ Survey: 3-D printing

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2017 Global Digital IQ Survey: Drones

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2017 Global Digital IQ Survey: Augmented reality

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2017 Global Digital IQ Survey: Virtual reality

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2017 Global Digital IQ Survey: Blockchain

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Five ways 3-D printing is changing manufacturing

As 3-D printing emerges from prototyping to assume a role in mass manufacturing and production, the industry must adapt.

How 3-D printing is moving from the lab to factory floor

As more manufacturers eye 3-D printers for production, they are learning how it may redefine their entire industry.

Five ways robots are going mainstream

At the same time that robots’ capabilities are expanding, they are becoming easier to use and more affordable.

Machine learning 101 (infographics)

Our visual primers will show you what it is, how it works, and where it’s headed.

How Industry 4.0 changes business

In the industrial IoT, data and AI-based analytics transform complex systems into growth engines.

Besides blockchain, what’s missing from IoT?

The IoT will become a much richer phenomenon, an internet of not just connected things, but a collaboration environment where machines as well as humans can interact, at scale.

Service robots: The next big productivity platform

Innovative new capabilities in robot cognition, the physical manipulation of objects, and interaction with humans—delivered in loosely coupled, modular packages—define the dawn of an emerging market in service robots.

The role materials play in powering the 3-D printing revolution

As resolutions improve, material choices expand, and methods to control their properties evolve, 3-D printing will find uses beyond rapid prototyping.

Software simplifying the 3-D printing experience

As the experience of sourcing, creating, optimizing and printing 3D models becomes simpler and robust, 3D printing will find uses beyond prototyping.

Develop the ability to “think 3-D printing”

3D printing could lead to a gradual, long-term transformation of internal and external value chains that span design, manufacturing, use, and service.

Augmented reality: A catalyst for the coming cognitive revolution

Augmented reality can extend humans’ cognitive potential, reduce cognitive burden, and provide a new view to business operations.

The road ahead for 3-D printing

As 3-D printers become faster, easier to use, handle multiple materials, and print active components or systems, they will find use beyond rapid prototyping.

3D capabilities that are shaping the future of augmented reality

Innovations across 3D perception, 3D modeling, 3D mapping, and 3D display will bring augmented reality solutions to the 3D physical world.

Five ways virtual reality delivers business value

Unlock greater agility, fewer risks, and new ways of working when you open up the enterprise to a new digital reality.

Are commercial drones ready for takeoff?

See why data services—not delivery—will be the real app for drones.

How NoSQL key-value and wide-column stores make in-image advertising possible

Online ad innovators must process hundreds of terabytes a day at the lowest possible cost. How do they do it?

The promise of graph databases in public health

One of the main advantages of a NoSQL graph store is web-scale discovery. The graph store is one of many innovations creating a sea change in database technology: explore the promise and upheaval caused by these new technologies.

How will people create content for augmented reality?

Augmented reality content creation is expected to become easier as 3-D tracking and authoring capabilities are integrated into a seamless environment.

In database evolution, two directions of development are better than one

NoSQL database technology is maturing, but the newest Apache analytics stacks have triggered another wave of database innovation.

How will people interact with augmented reality?

Advancements in gesture, motion, and eye tracking lay the groundwork for natural interaction methods that aid in the success of augmented reality.

Breakthroughs in optics that are reshaping augmented reality

New methods, low-cost manufacturing processes, and adapting to human perceptual capabilities are contributing to better performance for optical systems.

The road ahead for augmented reality

Advancements in optical performance, 3-D capabilities, and new interaction methods will define the success of the smartglasses market.

The rise of immutable data stores

Some innovators are abandoning long-held database principles. Why?

Using document stores in business model transformation

Healthcare providers are finding they need data collection and analysis capabilities that are different from those that relational databases deliver.

Enterprises hedge their bets with NoSQL databases

Without a scalable data architecture, the customer experience suffers. Imagine you’re a retailer offering tens of thousands of products online. You have rich descriptions that include numerous attributes for each product. In standard relational databases, these attributes exist in silos, are poorly described, and cannot be indexed for maximum usefulness. So, if you’re using only a standard relational database and a conventional enterprise search engine, customers who search “17-inch laptop” will retrieve many false positive results that aren’t laptops. NoSQL1 document databases provide the capability to address this problem. With the help of data tagged in Extensible Markup Language (XML) or structured JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), NoSQL offerings such as MarkLogic and MongoDB enable more refined indexing by attribute. Dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of product attributes can serve as search filters (or facets) that a query engine such as XQuery can use to deliver far more relevant results. “Usually the product has features that can easily be attributed with standard values,” says Mark Unak, CTO of Codifyd, a consultancy that helps clients to optimize their use of e-commerce website data. For example, a customer can filter on the brand name of the laptop, and the results will include only …

Agile coding in enterprise IT: Code small and local

Big SOA was overkill. In its place, a more agile form of services is taking hold.

Data lakes and the promise of unsiloed data

Data lakes that can scale at the pace of the cloud remove integration barriers and clear a path for more timely and informed business decisions.

Making DevOps and continuous delivery a reality

Automation, thoughtful choices, and a well-designed workflow are pivotal to making good progress.

A CIO’s DevOps approach to resolving the agility-stability paradox

Real process change to DevOps requires a break with the past.

Powering the innovation life cycle

Several technologies help raise the innovation performance of enterprises.

The strategic CIO’s new role in innovation

Innovation is the next frontier for all CIOs, and now is the time for the CIO to prepare and take action.

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Global New Business & Innovation Leader Tel: +1 (650) 387 4956 Email

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US Technology Industry Leader Tel: +1 (646) 471 6973 Email