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What is Digital Transformation?

The way in which society operates is fundamentally changing due to the world becoming increasingly digital. Companies are under greater pressure than ever to innovate quickly or risk being disrupted.

"Digital transformation is the profound and accelerating transformation of business activities, processes, competencies and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of digital technologies and their impact across society in a strategic and prioritized way, with present and future shifts in mind."

(https://www.i-scoop.eu/digital-transformation/)

Business APIs Are A Key Component of A Digital Transformation Strategy

Industry boundaries are being disrupted as new entrants and transformed businesses move into marketplaces or extend their capabilities outside of traditional categories. Uber has disrupted the taxi industry, Netflix the Movie rental industry while companies like Apple and Starbucks have incorporated digital payment options for consumer orders.  Banks, insurance companies and retailers continue to emerge without physical locations.  Without a doubt, the API economy is a key contributor to fueling this disruption.

Traditional APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) were extremely complicated and meant for connecting to other software programs or a limited internal or external audience. In the emerging API economy, thousands of secure and easily consumed business APIs should be leveraged and managed to extend business assets, data or services as well as to connect to external assets, data or services.

Digital Transformation Case Studies and Examples:

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Goldman Sachs

Used artificial intelligence to do forex trading. In 2001, they had 600 cash traders. In 2016, they had only 2.
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Canadian banks

Are shifting towards digital. Consumer behaviour is moving increasingly towards convenience, and this is disrupting the traditionally brick and mortar banking industry. As a result, young startups who are digital first are gaining traction in the market.
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Mercedes

Is one of the most recognizable and reputable worldwide brands. That isn’t stopping the company in being proactive in challenging competition. They are being aggressive in adopting and challenging Tesla in the electric vehicle space.

 

Steps for Launching Digital Initiatives: 

Step 1 - Gather feedback internally from clients, leadership, and staff. Ask them about what the company needs to do to be better? What is inefficient? What are other people doing? Where is the pain points?

Step 2 - Quick Win - Pick an initiative that is critical for the team to invest time into and pursue that with focused energy. Classic Team Psychology - Go after a quick win to gather support and momentum for the future.

Step 3 - Take a long-term approach from the beginning. Document the process for implementing this new initiative so that the learnings can be applied to future opportunities. Adapting to change isn’t a one time thing and therefore, change management is a skill to be developed.   

I need help with my Digital Transformation Strategy

Able-One Systems offers consultations for executives and companies looking to understand how technology can unlock extra value. Able-One Systems is a trusted partner when it comes adopting and implementing digital transformation initiatives within organizations. Consider leaning on Able-One Systems’ expertise. Digital transformation is a journey and not a destination.

Want More?

If you would like to learn more about ways companies are improving their customer experiences with digital transformation strategies pleasse join our webinar:

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(http://info.ableone.com/api_economy_for_improved_customer_experience-0)

 

Or listen to our podcast on adopting process and leveraging technology to Succeed in the future:

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Topics: Modernization

Linux on Power -  An introduction

With the continued growth in Linux and open source solutions, it is no surprise that IBM has increased their focus on Linux on IBM Power Systems.  IBM has been an active Linux participant for over 15 years and continues to be one of the leading commercial contributors to the Linux community today.  In September 2013 IBM made an additional $1 billion dollar Linux investment which included the opening of a new Power Systems Linux Center & many innovations around the world.  One of the game changing innovations that came from that investment was IBM Watson, IBM’s self-learning computer that beat Jeopardy (check out the video below), but can you guess what platform it is built on?  That’s right, Linux on Power.

 

In the spirit of Open Source, IBM has developed specific tools for Power (free of charge of course) to ensure their users are provided additional value.  Some of the most popular are the IBM installation toolkit for Power Linux, Software Development Kit, and Advance Toolchain.

IBM made a very strategic move with the announcement that Little Endian is supported with the introduction of the Power 8 processors.  The x86 Linux application ecosystem is very large and x86 platforms use Little Endian mode. That announcement definitely contributed to a significant increase in interest in PowerLinux by both customers and Linux application providers. The list of Linux applications now supported on PowerLinux is growing rapidly.  A good blog to read on this topic is “Just the FAQs about Little Endian” by Jeff Scheel, IBM Linux on Power Chief Engineer.  https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/fe313521-2e95-46f2-817d-44a4f27eba32/entry/just_the_faqs_about_little_endian?lang=en

In comparison to x86, many people now accept that running Linux applications on IBM Power will lead to better performance and reliability.  What surprises many is the lower total cost of ownership (TCO) typically found for PowerLinux solutions versus x86. The lower TCO is a result of IBM’s aggressive Linux on Power pricing combined with lower total costs for databases and Linux applications that are often priced per core.  Typically many more cores are required in an x86 environment to adequately run the same workload versus what is required with PowerLinux.

IBM’s Power Systems support the industry standard SUSE, Redhat and Ubuntu Linux distributions as highlighted below:

IBM and SUSE http://www.ableone.com/linux-on-power-suse/)

"IBM believes open standards and open-source software are absolutely critical to the future of IT, and IBM actively supports and encourages the adoption of Linux. Our partnership with SUSE is a key component of this Linux strategy."

- Jean Staten Healy Director, Linux Strategy, IBM

 

IBM and Redhat - http://www.ableone.com/linux-on-power-redhat/

“As prominent members of the open source community, Red Hat and IBM have a long history of making significant investments in Linux technology. Red Hat is a leading provider of open source solutions and IBM is one of the largest Linux contributors”

 

IBM and UBUNTU - (http://www.ableone.com/linux-on-power-ubuntu/

“The leading platform for scale-out computing, Ubuntu Server helps you make the most of your infrastructure. Whether you want to deploy an OpenStack cloud, a Hadoop cluster or a 50,000-node render farm, Ubuntu Server delivers the best value scale-out performance available.”

If you would like to discuss more of what Linux on Power can do for you and your organization or have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us today! (http://www.ableone.com/about/contact/ )

Topics: Infrastructure, PHP, linux on Power

24 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Tech Person in Your Life

The holiday season is upon us and gift-giving can be stressful if you don't know what to get for the people in your life. To help, we've curated a list of 24 unique gift ideas for the tech savvy person in your life; best of all, many of these can be purchased online so you can avoid the crowds at the store.

1. Navdy Mounted Windshield Projector

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Say goodbye to fumbling around with a smartphone with the Navdy ($319, preorder). It's a portable device that includes a mounted projector that keeps you distraction-free and still headed to the correct destination. You can control different aspects of your phone with both hand gestures and voice control. It works with both iOS and Android. 

2. iHome Flask-Shaped Speaker

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While you can't actually put alcohol into the iBT12 iHome speaker ($50), it's a flask-like product anybody would enjoy. It's Bluetooth-enabled and includes a leather-style case for on-the-go use.  

3. Surface Pro 4

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Never hear them complain about a tablet again with the Surface Pro 4 ($899 and up). The latest Surface has a fingerprint reader, a new pen, and more capabilities that could make it suitable for replacing a laptop. 

4. Amazon Echo

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Get some hands-free help around the house with the Amazon Echo ($180). You can ask Alexa to do almost anything, like play a song or update a list on a smartphone.

5. SuperStar BackFloat Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

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Yes, the SuperStar BackFloat Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker ($150) floats — perfect for when you’re lounging in the pool. The incredible sound can be connected via Bluetooth, so you won't miss any calls while sitting back on vacation. Not planning to be by a pool anytime soon? It's also great for the shower or bath.

6. Skylock, the Keyless U-lock

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Skylock ($159 to preorder, ships 2016) is a Bluetooth-enabled, solar-powered lock that automatically unlocks when you approach, and it locks automatically when you snap the shackle into the lockbar. If your phone dies, just enter in the numeric code you chose during initial setup manually. If someone attempts to steal the bike, Skylock will send an alert. 

7. Mophie Juice Pack H2PRO

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Whether they’re an adventurer or just slightly clumsy, the Juice Pack H2PRO ($130) for the iPhone 6s and 6 is a perfect gift. It doubles as both a waterproof case and an extra battery.

8. Truffol Station 5 USB Charger

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This portable USB charger ($39) is both stylish and functional. Whether he or she is heading to a music festival or going backpacking for the weekend, this universal battery pack can keep phones, tablets, speakers, and cameras charged. It has five outgoing outlets and a built-in surge protector. 

9. MonoRover R2

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If you’ve always wanted a product like a hoverboard, the MonoRover R2 ($599) is what you need. It moves based on ankle and feet gestures and almost looks like something from Back to the Future II.

10. Marshall Stanmore Speaker

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Feeling like splurging on your audiophile? This Marshall Stanmore Speaker ($400) is the ultimate gift for any music junkie. It's vintage-inspired but updated for the 21st century. The speaker connects via Bluetooth or the included coil cord that can plug into any standard headphone jack.

11. Smartwatches

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There's no doubt that smartwatches are the new It gadgets to have. While most people would want an Apple Watch ($350-$10,000), there are other alternatives. The Pebble Steel watch ($150) offers similar features, as does the Moto 360 ($300 and up).

12. Fitbit Charge HR

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The Fitbit Charge HR ($150) is a great activity tracker for the anyone who wants to keep an eye on their health. It has a battery life of up to five days, tracks sleep, and, most importantly, can effectively monitor your heart rate. 

13. GoPro Hero4 Silver

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The Hero4 Silver ($400) is the first GoPro with a convenient touchscreen display, which means that filmmakers no longer need GoPro's mobile app to see what they're shooting. It weighs only 2.9 ounces but can capture incredible 4K video at 15 frames per second and 1080p at 60 frames per second. The action camera, released earlier this year, will also be available in a surf edition (with board mount) and music edition (with mic stand and instrument mounts).

14. R2-D2 Car Charger

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R2 units are the ultimate helpers, and this R2-D2 car charger ($32, originally $40) is no exception. The charger sits in a cup holder and plugs into a cigarette lighter. It can charge up to two USB devices at once, and R2's dome even rotates and lights up. When power is connected, the bot will whistle and beep.

15. Chromecast Audio

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Chromecast Audio is a small device that plugs into your speaker for streaming music through Wifi. At $35, Chromecast Audio is an affordable way to enjoy the music you love on your existing speakers. Chromecast Audio uses Wifi to stream lossless high-resolution audio to your sound equipment. 

16. NFL Otterbox Cover

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Hardcore NFL fan? Show your pride and protect your phone with the hardcore NFL Defender Series case. Built gridiron tough, the NFL Defender Series case protects your device from drops, scrapes, fumbles and tailgating penalties. The OtterBox roster features all 32 NFL teams – $45 sale price, $60 regular.

17. Bluesmart Smart Carry-On Luggage

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Bluesmart is a high-quality carry-on suitcase that you can control from your phone, like a boss. From the app you can lock and unlock it, weigh it, track its location, be notified if you are leaving it behind and find out more about your travel habits. You can also charge your phone 6 times over with a built-in battery. Price ranges from $150 - $500. 

18. KOHLER Moxie 1-Spray Showerhead

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Moxie lets you stream your favorite music, news or talk radio right in the shower with you. The Moxie showerhead holds a portable wireless speaker that pairs wirelessly with Bluetooth-enabled devices to deliver high-quality audio to your shower. On sale on Amazon for $100.

19. Walnut Laptop Stand

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Upgrading the workspace is easy with the Walnut Laptop Stand ($129). Constructed at an angle, the stand is perfect for anyone who regularly uses his or her computer at home.

20. Nest Protect


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Nest Protect reliably detects and alerts you to the presence of smoke or carbon monoxide in your home for a one-time purchase of $228. The alarm speaks to you in a calm, clear, human voice, telling you the location of the danger. It also provides smartphone alerts and battery status updates to help protect your home while you're away.

21. Ringly Ring

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Ringly creates beautiful smart jewelry and accessories that keep you effortlessly connected to the things that matter most. Ringly connects to your phone so you can receive subtle notifications about what’s important. Through the Ringly app, you can set custom color and vibration patterns for different types of notifications. The accompanying ring box also acts as a charging station; simply place your Ringly in the box to recharge when the battery is low. At $195, Ringly is a great gift for the tech and jewelry-loving person in your life. 

22. Tranquil Moments Pro Sleep System

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Backed by more than 25 years of clinical research, Tranquil Moments sound programs are based on the DELTA, ALPHA and THETA brainwave patterns associated with deep states of sleep, relaxation and renewal. Tranquil Moments Pro Sleep System ($199) has gentler ways to wake you and help you feel more refreshed in the morning: gradual-on wake-up light, blue-enriched white energy light, wake to any combination of chimes, sounds and soothing light. 

23. Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale

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Fitbit Aria Scale is the only smart scale that wirelessly talks to your computer. The scale measures weight, percent body fat and wirelessly transmits the information to your online profile at Fitbit.com (no subscription fee required) where your body mass index is automatically calculated for $129.95. You can keep these results private on your profile. Track your weight, body mass index (BMI) and percent body fat over time with the online graphs and mobile tools to help you reach your goals.  

24. BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero

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Bringing a new part of Star Wars: The Force Awakens into your home, BB-8 is the app-enabled Droid whose authentic movements are at your control with iPhone or iPad.

BB-8 relates to your interactions, showing a range of expressions and actually perking up at the sound of your voice commands. Set it to patrol and watch your Droid explore autonomously. Rather than using the Force, BB-8 is powered by induction charging and connects via Bluetooth Smart BLE with your iPhone, iPad, or other device. Its tough polycarbonate shell keeps it safe from water and the dark side. This gift is extremely popular and just in time for the new Star Wars movie; get it for $149.95 before it sells out.

What other must-have tech gifts would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!

Topics: Able-One News

Vote for Able-One Systems in the Veeam Video Contest!

veeam_contest.pngAble-One Systems is a proud reseller of Veeam, a provider of backup, disaster recovery and virtualization management software for VMware and Hyper-V virtual environments.

The Veeam video contest asked their reseller community why they recommend Veeam over legacy backup to their customers.

In Able-One’s video, Todd Cox, our Chief Technology Officer, explains how easy Veeam is to use. Todd manages a large group of technicians and technicians love it for customers because of how reliably the service is.

Vote for our video entry in the Veeam Video Contest here: http://go.veeam.com/video-contest-voting-canada.html

Vote today for your chance to win:

  • 2 NHL prime seat tickets for a Toronto Maple Leafs vs Chicago BlackHawks game on Friday Jan. 15th at 7:00 pm; plus a $200 Visa gift card to enjoy!
  • 2 NHL prime seat tickets for a Calgary Flames vs the Boston Bruins game on Friday Dec. 4th at 7:00 pm; plus a $200 Visa gift card to enjoy!

2 lucky voters will win one package!

The last day to vote is Wednesday Dec 2, 2015, so vote now at http://go.veeam.com/video-contest-voting-canada.html!

Topics: Able-One News

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