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  • New York City has always been a global hub for commerce and innovation, which made it an ideal location to host AppDirect’s latest Digital Economy Series event. Held last week at the Parker Hotel just off of Central Park, DESNY featured fresh insights and detailed the latest best practices for succeeding the digital economy.  AppDirect’s co-CEO Dan Saks kicked off the event by detailing the ...

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  • Last month, Dell EMC released the results of a survey that provides some blockbuster new evidence that digital transformation can have a huge impact on an organization. According to the survey, businesses that have digitally transformed are: 22 times faster than competitors when bringing new products and services to market 18 times more likely to make better and faster data-driven decisions ...

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  • Here’s a selection of recent digital economy news from around the world that we’re talking about at AppDirect. McKinsey Quarterly Five Fifty: Platform Plays Digital McKinsey, May 2018 “Platforms are the favored operating model for seven of the world’s 12 largest corporations… Despite strong payoffs in revenue and profit growth, less than two percent of incumbent companies have adopted a ...

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  • “The SaaS business model is broken. There, I said what's needed to be said.” That tough but true statement comes from a recent column by Sunir Shah, President of the Cloud Software Association.* He goes on to say: “How many products are made that you are forced to buy directly from the manufacturer? Do you buy your shoes, your toothpaste, or your cars direct from the manufacturer?” The obvious a.....

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  • Earlier this year, Jon Fredrik Baksaas, former CEO of Telenor and current chairman of the GSMA, sat down with McKinsey to discuss what operators need to do to adapt in the fiercely competitive telecom landscape. As he explained, the biggest challenge facing operators is “to remain relevant to customers.” He continued: “Since the financial crisis of 2008, the value of over-the-top (OTT) companies&....

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  • Here’s a selection of recent digital economy news from around the world that we’re talking about at AppDirect. Digital Transformation Pays Dividends TechCentral, April 12, 2018 “While some have said it is a mere buzz-term, Dell EMC has released a survey report that found organizations that have achieved digital transformation (DX) maturity are more than 20 times more likely to get new products ...

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  • Microsoft’s momentum continues to pick up steam. Commercial adoption of its popular cloud-based productivity suite—Office 365—is growing 45 percent year over year, with the software behemoth adding 50,000 new Office 365 customers each month for 28 consecutive months. Thanks to this tremendous growth, managed service providers (MSPs) and value-added resellers (VARs) increasing their own...

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  • Here’s a selection of recent digital economy news from around the world that we’re talking about at AppDirect. What Traditional Businesses Need To Know When Beginning A Digital Transformation Peter Horst, Forbes, March 29, 2018 “The digital imperative came earlier to some sectors, such as media and financial services, while others have not yet been driven to re-invent their businesses around bi...

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  • Next month will mark a monumental shift in the protection of personal data in Europe. On May 25th, 2018, the European Union (EU) will begin to enforce the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a law that regulates data privacy for all individuals in the EU. The GDPR also marks a new phase in the digital economy, one that is set to have a major ripple effect around the world. Since the law is....

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  • At the beginning of this year, the Engineering team at AppDirect finally rolled out the first deployment of the Workflow Service (WFS) in production for a large European telecom customer.  In this blog, we will explain what the workflow service is and why we built it. We will also share the challenges we encountered and the lessons we learned along the way and finally, we'll discuss our thou...

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  • Traditional, consumer-oriented businesses do a good job of turning employees into brand advocates with free products, discounts, product previews, and more. When employees are brand advocates, their enthusiasm for products shines through in an authentic way when they interact with customers. They come across as knowledgeable and engaged because they use the products themselves, find new uses for t...

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  • Traditional, consumer-oriented businesses do a good job of turning employees into brand advocates with free products, discounts, product previews, and more. When employees are brand advocates, their enthusiasm for products shines through in an authentic way when they interact with customers. They come across as knowledgeable and engaged because they use the products themselves, find new uses for t...

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  • The definition of manufacturing has always been straightforward: to make products on a large scale using machinery. With the dawn of Industry 4.0, however, that meaning is rapidly changing.  Today, it isn’t enough for manufacturers to simply create things; they must focus on creating product experiences that set their products, brands, and companies apart. The reason? Digital technologies ar...

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  • The definition of manufacturing has always been straightforward: to make products on a large scale using machinery. With the dawn of Industry 4.0, however, that meaning is rapidly changing.  Today, it isn’t enough for manufacturers to simply create things; they must focus on creating product experiences that set their products, brands, and companies apart. The reason? Digital technologies ar...

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  • Here’s a selection of recent digital economy news from around the world that we’re talking about at AppDirect. Digital Transformation by Sector: 6 Different Industries Compared NetImperative, March 21, 2018 “In the age of the customer, empowered, demanding customers can exercise more choice than ever before in deciding which companies will earn their business, and which will fall by the wayside...

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  • Here’s a selection of recent digital economy news from around the world that we’re talking about at AppDirect. Digital Transformation by Sector: 6 Different Industries Compared NetImperative, March 21, 2018 “In the age of the customer, empowered, demanding customers can exercise more choice than ever before in deciding which companies will earn their business, and which will fall by the wayside...

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  • A key success metric for companies in any industry are repeat buyers, and manufacturers are no different. Not only do repeat customers often spend more money, they are easier to sell to and don’t drive up the cost of customer acquisition.  In the digital economy, however, customer retention can be even more valuable. Many digital products and services are offered as subscriptions; that means...

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  • A key success metric for companies in any industry are repeat buyers, and manufacturers are no different. Not only do repeat customers often spend more money, they are easier to sell to and don’t drive up the cost of customer acquisition.  In the digital economy, however, customer retention can be even more valuable. Many digital products and services are offered as subscriptions; that means...

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  • Here’s a selection of recent digital economy news from around the world that we’re talking about at AppDirect. Platform: The Trillion-Dollar Economy You’ve Never Heard Of Rebecca Hobson, MinuteHack, March 5, 2018 “‘The platform economy touches everyone and there are hundreds of platforms out there. We tend to speak about the big ones like Uber and Airbnb, but there are so many more: it’s B2B, B...

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  • Here’s a selection of recent digital economy news from around the world that we’re talking about at AppDirect. Platform: The Trillion-Dollar Economy You’ve Never Heard Of Rebecca Hobson, MinuteHack, March 5, 2018 “‘The platform economy touches everyone and there are hundreds of platforms out there. We tend to speak about the big ones like Uber and Airbnb, but there are so many more: it’s B2B, B...

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  • Steam-powered engines, electric mass production, computers and robots on the factory floor—the manufacturing industry has seen tremendous change over the past 200 years. Now, with the dawn of the fourth Industrial Revolution, things are about to get even more interesting.  Today’s new era in manufacturing goes by many names: Industry 4.0, digital factory, the Industrial Internet of Thi...

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  • Steam-powered engines, electric mass production, computers and robots on the factory floor—the manufacturing industry has seen tremendous change over the past 200 years. Now, with the dawn of the fourth Industrial Revolution, things are about to get even more interesting.  Today’s new era in manufacturing goes by many names: Industry 4.0, digital factory, the Industrial Internet of Thi...

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  • There’s a menace stalking your digital transformation project. You may think you’re ready for it, but it can sneak up and strike even the best-prepared company. The threat? The high cost of software integration. In fact, out-of-control software costs strike the vast majority of companies. According to the Standish Group, 94 percent of large software projects, including digital transformation init....

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  • There’s a menace stalking your digital transformation project. You may think you’re ready for it, but it can sneak up and strike even the best-prepared company. The threat? The high cost of software integration. In fact, out-of-control software costs strike the vast majority of companies. According to the Standish Group, 94 percent of large software projects, including digital transformation init....

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  • Here’s a selection of recent digital economy news from around the world that we’re talking about at AppDirect. Digital Transformation Requires a Fundamental Shift in Leadership Tim Sandle, Digital Journal, February 18, 2018 “A new study from Accenture concerning factors that are hampering digital transformation with businesses focuses on leadership. The report finds that a fundamental shift in ...

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  • Here’s a selection of recent digital economy news from around the world that we’re talking about at AppDirect. Digital Transformation Requires a Fundamental Shift in Leadership Tim Sandle, Digital Journal, February 18, 2018 “A new study from Accenture concerning factors that are hampering digital transformation with businesses focuses on leadership. The report finds that a fundamental shift in ...

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