Business Insights and Tech Tips January 2016

Insights and Technology Tips for Small & Midsize Business Enterprises (SMB & SME)

Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016

During a webinar held by Gartner research firm, Gartner fellow and VP David W. Cearley identified three overarching topics within the top 10 trends supporting a shift to digital business during the 2016 year. “Digital business is evolving to become algorithmic business, which focuses on action,” said Cearley. Among Gartner’s top 10 technology trends for 2016 were an ambient user experience for digital applications, advanced security architecture bolstering company security, autonomous agents such as drones, driverless cars, and digital personal assistants, and greater use of 3D printing for industries such as life sciences, food, and industrial manufacturing. See Gartner’s full list of tech trends for the upcoming year:

(Source: Forbes).

SAP Makes Audience Part of Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK

Long-time partners SAP and Cirque du Soleil are set to collaborate on the performance company’s 37th production, TORUK – the First Flight, based on James Cameron’s blockbuster film Avatar. Using a mobile app powered by SAP HANA, TORUK spectators will immerse themselves into the performance and storyline through interactive images and videos intended to “extend their experience.” Louis Malafarina, Cirque’s senior director of Corporate Alliances, was confident that SAP was the perfect partner to help create this brand new audience experience. “We look forward to continuing to work with SAP to develop new, innovative experiences for audiences of our future shows,” Malafarina said. SAP has worked with Cirque du Soleil since 2001 to simplify operations and streamline logistics to present the highest quality performances and productions possible.

(Source: SAP).

Three Key Holiday Shopping Trends for Retailers to Use in 2016

To identify changing trends that will affect retail businesses during the 2016 holiday season, SAP examined the National Retail Federation’s Cyber Monday Expectations Survey and the SAP Retail Index. SAP determined that the general direction retailers may want to take is to focus on providing a memorable, positive experience for customers, and suggests planning longer lasting promotions and improving the in-store experience as key starting points. Follow the below link to read the full article from SAP.

(Source: SAP).

SAP and Philips Team Up to Make Cities Smarter with SAP HANA

SAP and Philips recently announced a collaboration intended to help cities gather valuable information. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Philips is refurbishing over 90,000 streetlights controlled by Philips’s CityTouch, to provide real-time sensor data to an integrated city database powered by the SAP HANA platform. This broader view of data, which ranges from steeet lighting to parking, storm drains, and various other city assets, should enable the city to improve safety and quality of life for its inhabitants, as well as plan better and manage costs. “Together with SAP, we can rapidly transform the world’s cities into smart cities and help them address a wide range of needs,” said Bill Bien, SVP, head of strategy and marketing at Philips Lighting.

(Source: SAP).

Cutting-Edge Technology Makes 49ers’ New Stadium a Fan Favorite

The home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and the arena chosen to host the upcoming Super Bowl 50 has generated considerable buzz since its 2014 opening. Levi’s Stadium, located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA, was built with high-tech innovation in mind. This innovation goes beyond the arena-wide Wi-Fi network and Stadium mobile application, which fans will enjoy alongside the facilities eco-friendly features. The SAP HANA platform provides the Niners organization with powerful analytics software that aim to reduce operating costs and evaluate player talent. “We try to be creative and innovative,” said San Francisco 49ers’ COO, Al Guido. “We want Levi’s Stadium to be the best in the business.”

(Source: SAP).

Google Brings Its App Streaming Technology to Mobile Ads

Google recently introduced app streaming capabilities for mobile devices. The technology allows developers to produce miniature versions of their applications and mobile games that will be available to stream via advertisements for users to enjoy without installation. These “trial run ads” are expected to increase visibility of apps, as well as better promote app purchases. According to Sissie Hsiao, Google’s head of product for mobile ads, the goal behind this new ad format is to help developers reach the right users. The technology is currently available to a limited number of testers, who can contact their account manager to join the beta period.

(Source: TechCrunch).

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