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World Economic Forum announces the top 10 emerging technologies
According to World Economic Forum, new technology is arriving faster than ever and holds the promise of solving many of the world’s most pressing challenges, such as food and water security, energy sustainability and personalized medicine. In the past year alone, 3D printing has been used for medical purposes; lighter, cheaper and flexible electronics made from organic materials have found practical applications; and drugs that use nanotechnology and can be delivered at the molecular level have been developed in medical labs. However, uninformed public opinion, outdated government and intergovernmental regulations, and inadequate existing funding models for research and development are the greatest challenges in effectively moving new technologies from the research lab to people’s lives. At the same time, it has been observed that most of the global challenges of the 21st century are a direct consequence of the most important technological innovations of the 20st century. Understanding the implications of new technologies are crucial both for the timely use of new and powerful tools and for their safe integration in our everyday lives. The objective of the Meta-council on Emerging Technologies is to create a structure that will be key in advising decision-makers, regulators, business leaders and the public globally on what to look forward to (and out for) when it comes to breakthrough developments in robotics, artificial intelligence, smart devices, neuroscience, nanotechnology and biotechnology.

Xtrategit Opens Office in Miami
We are excited to announce that we have open our new office at the Wells Fargo Center in Downtown Miami. Our old office served us well leaving us with great memories; nonetheless we are very excited of the opportunities ahead. It has been an exciting 13 years for XTRATEGIT, and we look at this new location as the start of another chapter in our history. We're still working on getting settled in and adding artwork to the walls, but we're incredibly excited to be in the new space. Thanks for everyone's support through the years and with the move. Our main telephone number remains 787-622-7077.

Digital May be the Defining Force of a Consulting Generation
Digital may be the defining force of a consulting generation… and double-digit demand has firms scrambling to define, structure, expand, deploy and differentiate their digital-consulting offerings. What, exactly, is digital consulting? This pressing question generates an evolving set of answers. Digital consulting is blurring delivery channels, expanding across client functions, driving acquisitions of digital and design agencies, injecting more agility into consulting playbooks, and notching double-digit growth rates. Annual digital consulting service revenues are projected to increase more than 12 percent this year, according to ALM Intelligence; that’s more than twice the 4.7 percent projected annual growth rate for all overall, global consulting services. This demand has firms scrambling to define, structure, expand, deploy and differentiate their digital-consulting offerings. Some firms are doing so via formal practices with P&Ls and nifty new names. Others are intentionally forgoing that type of structure in favor of digital networks and “ecosystems.” Despite the variety of digital-consulting definitions and delivery mechanisms streaming into the market, digital consulting leaders agree on the offering’s potential. “We think of digital as the defining force of our consulting generation,” says EY Americas Advisory Digital Leader Woody Driggs, who has three decades of consulting experience under his belt. Sanjay Srivastava, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at Genpact, drops the phrase “world-changing” when describing his firm’s approach to digital consulting. “We don’t say this lightly,” Srivastava continues. “We think that the combination of Lean principles, design thinking, and process-centric digital technology, coupled with deep business domain expertise, gets to results faster.” C-level buyers across all industries are hungry for these types of results, which are being delivered through technology- and design-related engagements whose unique qualities are cementing digital’s status as a prominent consulting practice.

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Oracle does what we all expected and snaps up Netsuite
Ben kepes December 15, 2016
For several years now I (along with a number of my colleagues) have been predicting that Oracle would acquire pure-play cloud ERP vendor NetSuite. This wasn't exactly a rocket-science prediction to make -- both NetSuite's founder, Evan Goldberg, and its current CEO, Zach Nelson, are Oracle alumni. Add to that the fact that Oracle's founder, Larry Ellison, actually funded NetSuite originally (back when it was called NetLedger) and is still a significant shareholder, and the links were obvious. Not to mention the fact that Oracle has stated an intention -- after years of denying the cloud -- to be a substantive player in the space, along with the fact that NetSuite is increasingly seeing traction in terms of so-called "two-tier ERP" (when organizations use a product like NetSuite for branch units and roll financials up into a big ERP).

Your Data is not safe!
Selena Larson December 15, 2016
If you haven't already heard, you should probably download encrypted messaging app Signal. At least, that's experts' advice for people after the U.S. election. Between high-profile security failures and the Russian hacks before the election, we should know by now to secure our personal data. But some people worry that government surveillance will expand under a Donald Trump presidency, especially because he tapped Mike Pompeo, who supports mass surveillance, for CIA chief. A recent poll of 160 government and intelligence officials found that the majority are concerned about cybersecurity under a Trump administration and 73% think it won't improve during his presidency. Encrypted apps can shield communications from hackers and the government. And Signal, from Open Whisper Systems, is the easiest place to start.

Microsoft's new Dynamics 365 will bundle ERP and CRM in the cloud
Cloud Computing Software as a Service (SaaS) Data Analytics Enterprise Applications Microsoft COMMENTS Microsoft is working on Dynamics 365, which will combine its current ERP and CRM cloud services into a single bundle and include applications purpose-built for specific business functions. Due to be available this fall, Dynamics 365 will feature apps for functions including financials, field service, sales, operations, marketing, project service automation and customer service. The apps can be independently deployed, allowing users to buy only what they need. smartphones tablet mobile devices Mobile management takes on apps, content Enterprise mobile management suites are adding app- and content-management features to the roster of READ NOW Microsoft's Power BI and Cortana Intelligence tools will be natively embedded for predictive capabilities. With Cortana Intelligence, for instance, sales reps will be able to predict which products and services a customer will need next, thereby helping to focus their cross-selling efforts. Dynamics 365 will also be tightly integrated with Office 365. Apps will use a common data model that's shared with Office 365, and they'll also come with connectors that let you integrate with applications and services from Microsoft and its partners, including custom APIs and on-premises systems.

Antivirus merger: Avast to buy AVG for $1.3 billion
Antivirus vendor Avast Software has agreed to buy rival AVG Technologies for $1.3 billion in cash. The deal will give Avast access to more than 400 million "endpoints," or devices running its and AVG's software, 160 million of them phones or tablets, the company said Thursday. smartphones tablet mobile devices Mobile management takes on apps, content Enterprise mobile management suites are adding app- and content-management features to the roster of READ NOW Avast hopes the deal will make the combined company more efficient, as well as allowing it to take advantage of new growth opportunities such as securing the internet of things. "This combination is great for our users. We will have over 250 million PC/Mac users enabling us to gather even more threat data to improve the protection to our users," Avast CEO Vincent Stickler wrote on the company blog.

RIP: BlackBerry kills its Classic phone
http://money.cnn.com/2016/07/05/technology/blackberry-classic-phone-qwerty/index.html July 05, 2016
It was a good run. But the BlackBerry that you all once knew and loved has passed away. BlackBerry announced on Tuesday that it would no longer make the BlackBerry Classic -- a model that used the old QWERTY keys and was popular before the age of touchscreen smartphones. Ralph Pini, chief operating officer and general manager for devices at BlackBerry, wrote in a blog post Tuesday that the Classic and its predecessors were an "incredible workhorse device for customers, exceeding all expectations." "But, the Classic has long surpassed the average lifespan for a smartphone in today's market. We are ready for this change so we can give our customers something better," Pini wrote ... in what essentially is the device's obituary. The title of the post was "Change is Only Natural: A Classic Model Makes Way."

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