Will firms release their own currencies? They already are.
Crypto investors are now beginning to look at takeovers and buyouts to deploy their billions of liquid funds. One disturbing idea is to perform ICOs on firms without permission. Here is a writeup:
Hostile ICOs can damage your company reputation and worse
Watch out. Be aware, and become literate in ICOs and crypto tokens. These are the next wave of the technology industry, like mobile or cloud, or a dozen other waves. As a tech executive, you have no choice but to become educated and surf this wave, or else you get slammed by it.
ICOs are "Initial Coin Offerings" -- a new type of startup funding technique that has grown quickly in the past 6 months. In some cases startups have raised $35 million dollars in 30 seconds. In other cases they've raised $200 million in a matter of days.
Links: New York Times TechCrunch Forbes
OK that's a teeny exaggeration.
We've been testing indoor localization for so many years and seen so many false promises. The use cases are so wide and profound. Perhaps this the enterprise product developer's pot of gold.
But then, it works. There's nothing like walking around a building and seeing it right there in your hand. We used a few iBeacons of course, these are the obvious choice for the fine detail work, but they won't work for the larger building. Nor would we want to use them, since that requires "too much" hardware, which mandates both IT and Facilities approval, which torpedoes most enterprise installations.
It's not enough to have indoor localization. You need indoor localization that is politically acceptable to big enterprise organizations.
We'll publish more later in our paper on SAIL (Statistically Acceptable Indoor Localization).
15 years ago, a few of us realized that workforce scheduling and timekeeping systems must be fully integrated...the flow of schedule-to-track made it impractical to sync time data between two different vendors.
We won this argument, and fully integrated scheduling/timekeeping suites from vendors like Kronos were the result.
Now there is a new realization just dawning on the HCM world: we need much more integration. The potential cost savings, and the demands of mobile-savvy employees, will demand it.
"In the mobile millennial future workplace, perhaps 5 years from now, Payroll, Timekeeping, Scheduling, Daily Supervision, and Performance Management will be integrated into a single mobile app used every day, all day by employees and supervisors alike. This will create double-digit productivity gains across the corporate world. Managers of the future will look back and scratch their heads, wondering how we could have allowed these functions to exist in silos."
All of the innovation in the HCM and WFM markets happening today, lead to this inevitable goal. Vendors who being working now will be the winners later.
This system will be:
Analytics plays a part in everyday healthcare management, but today's providers don't have time to sit down and use complex tools. They need information that appears when needed, on phones or iPad.
Introducing Mobile Health Analytics from iOptimal. This system automatically sends Phone or Pad-sized graphs of key information, based on your location or based on a recent event or set of data. Our MHA server is constantly evaluating data from your other HIMSS systems to find situations that need to be alerted. When found, it sends a text message to your phone. Tap that message and the full graph appears.
At Booth # 1209 we gave a peak into the future of iBeacons and the mobile event economy!
iBeacons link event apps to attendees in a way that mobile apps alone cannot rival.
That was the message at Macworld in San Francisco, on 3/29 at 11:45. We demonstrated our new event manager, a dashboard for creating event apps with iBeacons fully integrated.
iOptimal was one of the teams chosen to design and run the Macworld Passbook event. We ran a scavenger hunt, but even better, showed off how iBeacons can dramatically enhance the show itself, in tandem with mobile event apps, to delight convention attendees and optimize operations.
Our researchers this week tested the use of iBeacon (Apple Bluetooth radio transmitters, which are being pumped out in massive quantities very cheaply these days) as tools to make iPad and iPhone apps dramatically more secure and more productive for Physicians, Radiologists, etc.
Proximity-based iBeacons as a convenient new way for hospitals to increase security...and revenue.
The Beacons serve a triple use:
1. for adding security and reducing HIPAA risk.
2. increasing health system revenue through improvement in patient satisfaction and patient recovery times. This is crucial under the new AHA rules that change how hospitals pursue income.
3. and finally a raft of different ROIs by increasing hospital productivity, nurse utilization, etc.
For example in case of security, they make devices more HIPAA compliant, at a root level, since removal of the device from the hospital by a non-approved, non--checked out person can trigger the device to automatically delete all data. This can be triggered whether the app is open, closed, or even deactivated (the new iOS7.1 allows apps to save this behavior permanently into the Core Location manager, resident on the iOS operating stack). You can also establish "zones" -- for example, an iPad might be set up for use only on the 7th floor of a building, and if it's removed from the 7th floor, it intelligently deletes the PHI related to that floor. Conversely when you take the device to the 6th floor, it can intelligently load data relevant to that floor, based on it's detection of it's arrival on that floor. It can use time, date, and role of the person who is carrying it as well, to determine the level of data load or delete.
Stay tuned for a seminar where we'll describe this work and ask the audience for suggestions of areas they'd like to get more solutions.
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Researchers this week reviewed 3 new products for 2014 that dramatically reduce the effort required for Microsoft-centric enterprise IT teams to develop cross-platform mobile apps for ERP/SCM/CRM. These products "look and feel" like Visual Studio or .NET products, yet they build extremely powerful iOS/Android phone and tablet tools for the enterprises. This is part of a wave of products in this category.
This has huge implications for the future of IT and of the Microsoft-centric IT workers:
In Part II: Product Reviews
(Like or Follow on Linkedin to Get Them!) In Part II of our post, we'll look at these 3 new products and how they work. We'll also compare them to Xamarin, which is the other product on the market that supports Microsoft world fully.