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What Apple’s App Store can teach us about digital transformation

To help drive the company vision forward, CIOs need to decentralize IT and foster a culture of self-service not unlike that of Apple’s App Store.

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Why rate of change should be the most important metric in your company

Rate of change is your company's capacity to generate new ideas, and act on them. Most disruptive companies that challenged the status quo, and became industry leaders were not interested in looking for mere strategic advantages, or...

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Microsoft, Amazon go after enterprises with new SAP cloud offerings

There are some fresh public cloud offerings on the horizon for SAP database customers, thanks to Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. Both companies have announced new infrastructure services for the HANA database software aimed...

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iPhone Users Don’t Need an Echo Show | The iPhone Show

Amazon has unveiled its latest Echo Show smart speaker with a touchscreen, but it’s main selling points – hands-free voice assistance and video calls – are not very compelling to iPhone users with Hey Siri and FaceTime.

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Amazon Echo Dot gets more portable and better sound from Vaux

A new speaker/dock called Vaux gives Echo Dot two things Amazon left out. But does that make Echo Dot and Vaux a better buy than Amazon Tap?

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Ecommerce giants look to dominate payment gateways

Success for ecommerce giants like Amazon and eBay involves building a ecommerce ecosystem. A critical component of that is the payment system.

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Here's everything announced at Wednesday's AWS Summit

AWS unveiled a smorgasbord of new functionality, including new billing for software-as-a-service applications, a new continuous integration tool, and enhancements to the company’s database services. Here’s the rundown of what got...

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Could Amazon become an enterprise collaboration contender?

Amazon has a series of apps that compete with Office 365 and G Suite, but they currently aren’t packaged and sold as a collective portfolio. Here’s how Amazon could become a major player in business software.

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AWS offers Alexa developers free cloud credits

Developers interested in extending the capabilities of Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant have some more free tools in their arsenal, thanks to a program the company announced Wednesday.

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AWS follows Google with Reserved Instance flexibility changes

Customers who have Reserved Instance contracts with Amazon Web Services will be able to subdivide some of their Linux and Unix virtual machine instances while maintaining their capacity discounts, thanks to pricing changes announced...

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Will Amazon Go be a game-changer for retail?

Should retailers worry about Amazon Go, the internet giant’s no-checkout-required store? The answer is both yes and no.

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AWS says a typo caused the massive S3 failure this week

Everyone makes mistakes. But working at Amazon Web Services means an incorrectly entered input can lead to a massive outage that cripples popular websites and services.

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Ordering Starbucks coffee on Amazon Echo easy but not fast

Starbucks recently introduced voice ordering via Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant. After the initial setup, ordering your favorite caffeine fix is effortless — but ordering from the mobile app is faster.

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Amazon's Alexa gains support for Outlook calendars

Users of Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant can now ask her questions about the contents of their Microsoft-hosted calendars. On Wednesday, the assistant gained the ability to interact with calendars from Outlook.com and Office 365,...

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AWS Roundup: IoT buttons hit the enterprise, Directory launch and more

Amazon Web Services got off to a slow start in January, taking its time to sleep off the New Year’s festivities. But the cloud provider got up to speed by the end of the month, launching a handful of new products for its customers to...

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Amazon Chime goes after WebEx, Skype for Business and more

On Monday, AWS announced the launch of Amazon Chime, a new service that’s designed to compete with the likes of WebEx, Skype for Business and GoToMeeting. It’s a powerful swing at some very entrenched enterprise software players by...

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AWS quarterly revenue continues to rise, but growth slows

The rocketship of cloud growth continued at the end of 2016 for Amazon Web Services. The public cloud provider announced Thursday that brought in a little more than $3.5 billion during the fourth quarter of last year, up 47 percent...

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Why Amazon is the current king of the virtual assistants

Amazon surprised many analysts and competitors with its Alexa cloud-based voice assistant, and the company seems determined to help partners pack the tech into every product imaginable. Alexa has a clear lead in the smart home, but...

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