Successful retailers that attract today’s millennial shoppers have three key ingredients in their retail experience delivery:
Help find things that inspire
Help choose what is right
Help buy effortlessly
Online stores are increasingly better at attracting these shoppers and converting them into profitable customers. Physical storefronts are experiencing less foot traffic and conversion rates are lowering. The transformation challenge is thus clear. How can retailers deliver these same customer experience ingredients in the brick-and-mortar environment in ways that are simple, easy and memorable?
To drive traffic both storefronts focus on search and marketing. Ecommerce obviously has the advantage in terms of offering the customer convenience to explore the storefront anytime and from anywhere. For conversion, ecommerce storefronts focus on the following:
Extensive catalogs with digital content that showcases the merchandise.
Customer intimacy based on customer information.
A frictionless shopping journey with ease of search and navigation.
Physical storefronts have…
Last month, Microsoft released a set of features in preview designed to make it easier than ever to display real-time streaming data in your Power BI dashboards. Check out the announcement if you haven’t already. Today, Microsoft wants to show you just how easy this can be.
Many of you have expressed interest in using Power BI to display real-time sensor data. In this tutorial, Microsoft will walk you step-by-step through the entire process of setting up a Raspberry Pi weather station, and showing the resulting temperature and humidity data in real-time with Power BI. Here’s a sneak peek of the end result:
Have other use cases in mind? Don’t have access to the materials below? No sweat. The lessons and sample code in this tutorial are broadly applicable for a wide range of IoT scenarios. And, as always, please let Microsoft know if you have…
As cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) continue to transform the global economy, businesses recognize that securing enterprise data must be viewed as an ongoing process. Securing the ever-expanding volume, variety, and sources of data is not easy; however, with an adaptive mindset, you can achieve persistent and effective cloud security.
The first step is knowing the key risk areas in cloud computing and IoT processes and assessing whether and where your organization may be exposed to data leaks. File sharing solutions improve the way people collaborate but pose a serious point of vulnerability. Mobile workforces decentralize data storage and dissolve traditional business perimeters.
SaaS solutions turn authentication and user identification into an always-on and always-changing topic. Second, it’s worth developing the habit—if you haven’t already—of reviewing and adapting cloud security strategy as an ongoing capability. To that end, here…
When we hear the word “disruption” we usually think of start-ups taking over a particular space through an innovative approach. Instead of renting an expensive hotel room or car, start-up companies utilize the power of the shared economy and built apps for us to save money and access those resources on demand. Another example can be with music. No longer do we buy music and deal with storage. Instead, streaming music is easy, painless, and we can use our storage for other apps and files. However, start-ups shouldn’t be the only companies that should have the disruption mindset. Businesses of any type, in any industry, should embrace disruption to break away from the status quo. If they don’t, eventually, somebody else will do the job better and grow bigger as a result.
Companies which fail to embrace the application network and adapt to…
When MuleSoft engineering recently organized a two-day internal hackathon, their team of four:
Jeff Harris – Principal Engineer
James Hall – Interaction Designer
Steven Butt – Senior Software Engineer
James Nieper – Senior DevOps Engineer
immediately got to work brainstorming what to build. Very quickly they gravitated towards creating an interactive IoT installation that would illustrate how MuleSoft’s technology makes it easy to connect the world’s data and devices together in interesting and useful ways. Moreover, MuleSoft also wondered how far they could stretch the limits of connectivity. What if they could connect to something that didn’t have an API ready for them to use? What if they could connect to something that had never been a part of the internet before? That was when MuleSoft decided to try and turn a Commodore 64 into an IoT device!
The Commodore 64 was introduced in 1982 and was the best selling personal computer in history. In its day, it…
With the introduction of Azure IoT Suite and IoT Hub, Microsoft is making a serious play for the millions of devices and billions of messages that are already out there, or will be as the Internet of Things takes off. The future of IoT is very bright, but it is also extremely disorganized — security and proper design of device architecture is a major concern and liability, as can be seen in numerous recent hacks. The creation of IoT Hub is a strong play to better facilitate the communication methods with, security of, and administration for a large-scale IoT network.
IoT Suite is, at its core, a package of functionality built on top of the IoT Hub, which is similar to the Azure Event Hub platform that already exists. Azure Event Hub is a proven method of pushing large amounts of data from many devices, but on its own it provides only…