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‘Digitally Mature’ Companies Significantly Outperform Everyone Else

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/digitally-mature-companies-outperform-novices-2012-11

A new report released by Capgemeni Consulting based on years of joint research with the MIT Center for Digital Business found that digitally mature companies are, on average, 26 percent more profitable, have a 12 percent higher market capitalization, and get 9 percent more revenue from current assets. The advantage is there in every industry.

‘Digital maturity’ is defined by two things. The first isĀ digital intensity, which means significant and well thought out investment in digital technology and capabilities. The second is transformation management intensity, actually shaping the practices, governance, and future of the company around digital efforts.

The report divides companies into four different quadrants based on their performance on the above. ‘Beginners’ have barely started, usually because they’re unaware of the opportunities, ‘Fashionistas’ adopt the newest or sexiest digital innovations, but without a cohesive strategy or eye to maximizing business value, ‘Digital Conservatives’ have a cohesive vision, but are slow to invest in new technology, and finally, the ‘Digirati,’ who both invest in digital and integrate it with their whole organization.

Capgemeni’s examples of digitally mature companies include Volvo, Burberry, and Nike. They’ve succeeded by making social media and digital tools a fundamental part of the way they do business, instead of just an ongoing experiment.

The 397 global companies researched exist on a huge spe! ctrum. T he Y-axis is digital intensity, and the X-axis is transformation management intensity:

Digital graph

Here’s the profitability breakdown for the four quadrants:

Quadrant

Read the full report here

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Monday, November 5th, 2012 news No Comments

How HTML5 Will Take Over Mobile Apps

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/bii-report-how-html5-will-take-over-mobile-apps-2012-10

dHTML5 is a new technology that allows developers to build rich web-based apps that run on any device via a standard web browser.

Many think it will save the web, rendering native platform-dependent apps obsolete. 

So, which will win? Native apps or HTML5? 

recent report from BI Intelligence explains why we think HTML5 will win out, and what an HTML future will look like for consumers, developers, and brands.

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Here’s how HTML5 will eventually win out: 

In full, the special report analyzes:
  • What HTML5 is, giving an overview of how it is a technology done by committee

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 news No Comments

Why Facebook Has Banned Some People From Seeing The ‘Want’ Button

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/omBVf-XY-vA/heres-why-facebook-isnt-letting-some-people-see-the-want-button-yet-2012-10

Even though Facebook is actively and openly testing a “Want” button, chances are you won’t be able to see it.

Intrigued since rumors flooded the internet earlier this summer, I wanted to see what the highly anticipated button looked like for myself.

I wanted to “Want” something.

Facebook is currently testing the feature with seven different retailers, so I went to Victoria Secret’s web page to check it out. This is what I found:Facebook want button

Collect? But, I didn’t want to collect, I wanted to want!

Confused, I went to the other six testing retailers (including Pottery Barn, Fab.com, and Michael Kors), but they all would only let me collect, too.

I called a Facebook spokesperson, wondering if it was something I was doing. But when I explained my wantless condition, she said, unsurprised, “Oh, that probably means you’re in the Collect group.”

You see, although everyone’s eyes went to the “Want” button in Facebook’s testing announcement, many overlooked that the social media giant is testing a “Collect” and a “Like” (yes, another “Like,” for products not people) button, too.

Users are pre-selected to only be able to do one action.

“We’re testing to see what does the best,” she said. “Who’s to say what we’re going to do in the future.” Facebook won’t say whether it will launch just one, two, all three … or none.

“As the test progresses you might be able to change, but they act exactly the same. It’s just the actual word is just differ! ent.”

Still determined to see a want button, I forced a healthy chunk of the office to go to the Victoria’s Secret page to see what button popped up. Ten people I approached in a row were also in the “Collect” group, followed by two with “Like.” (Yawn).

It wasn’t until I got to Ashley Lutz, our retail reporter (appropriately enough), that I found someone in the “Want” group.facebook want

So chances are, if you’re desperate to click the “Want” button, you’re going to have to go through a handful of friends before you find it. And enjoy it while you can, because it could easily be scrapped if the other two actions yield a better performance.

Although, the “Collect” button actually appears to offer more features than “Want” or “Like.” Taking a page out of Pinterest’s e-book, you can place the products you’re interested in in different categories like fashion, home, and shoes.

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Sunday, October 14th, 2012 news No Comments

Why The Debate Matters, And Who Will Win

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/XmoIr5uhrZk/html5-vs-apps-why-the-debate-matters-and-who-will-win-2012-10

html5 support

HTML5 is a new technology that allows developers to build rich web-based apps that run on any device via a standard web browser.

Many think it will save the web, rendering native platform-dependent apps obsolete. 

So, which will win? Native apps or HTML5? 

A recent report from BI Intelligence explains why we think HTML5 will win out, and what an HTML future will look like for consumers, developers, and brands.

Access The Full Report By Signing Up For A Free Trial Today >>

Here’s why the Apps-vs-HTML5 debate matters:

  • Distribution: Native apps are distributed through app stores and markets controlled by the owners of the platforms. HTML5 is distributed through the rules of the open web: the link economy.
  • Monetization: Native apps come with one-click purchase options built into mobile platforms. HTML5 apps will tend to be monetized more through advertising, because payments will be less user-friendly.
  • Platform power and network effects: Developers have to conform with Apple’s rules. Apple’s market share, meanwhile, creates network effects and lock-in. If and when developers can build excelle! nt iPhone and iPad functionality on the web using HTML5, developers can cut Apple out of the loop. This will reduce the network effects of Apple’s platform.
  • Functionality: Right now, native apps can do a lot more than HTML5 apps. HTML5 apps will get better, but not as fast as some HTML5 advocates think. 

In full, the special report analyzes:

  • What HTML5 is, giving an overview of how it is a technology done by committee.

When People Use Mobile Devices (AAPL, GOOG, MSFT)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-mobile-and-pc-content-2012-9

Ad company Kontera tracked data from 15,000 publishers to find out when people are using their PC versus iPhones, Android phones, and tablets, which are lumped as “mobile” in the chart below.

This chart shows for each hour of the day what percentage of total mobile and PC content is consumed. As you can see, mobile usage is strongest from 6 PM to midnight. PC usage is strongest from 11 AM to 5 PM.

What this tells us is that people are using PCs at work, and mobile gadgets at home. Sort of a duh, right? Maybe, but it suggests a big shift in what “personal computing” really means. If we’re doing mobile computing largely during our personal time, which is when we’re out of work, it means people are more likely to buy tablets than traditional PCs in the future.

chart of the day, mobile and pc content consumption, september 2012

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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 news No Comments

Urban Outfitters Says It Will Never Buy Another Cash Register Again

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/urban-outfitters-replaces-all-cash-registers-with-ipads-2012-9

urban outfitters ipad

Retailer Urban Outfitters had its first ever annual analyst day today.

You can listen to the whole presentation here, but about halfway through CIO Calvin Hollinger makes some interesting comments about the future of point-of-sales systems in retail.

Specifically, the company is going all Apple devices for its stores. Sales people will have iPod touches, and cash registers are being phased out in favor of iPads on a swivel.

In fact, he says: “Two or three weeks ago, we placed our very last register order… once we make sure this ipad works.. all stores will be equipped with iPod touches and iPads.”

iPads, he explained, cost about 1/5th as much as a cash register, and can be used for so much. As shown in the picture, they can be turned towards the customer, who can view content, put in personal information, use it as a gift registry and so forth.

What’s more, it makes a lot more sense from a space usage standpoint. An iPad on a swivel that’s not in use can quickly be taken off, with that space being used for packing or more merchandising or anything else.

SEE ALSO: The 29 best stocks in the market right now >

(Via @montoyan)

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Thursday, September 27th, 2012 news No Comments

When People Use Mobile Devices (AAPL, GOOG, MSFT)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-mobile-and-pc-content-2012-9

Ad company Kontera tracked data from 15,000 publishers to find out when people are using their PC versus iPhones, Android phones, and tablets, which are lumped as “mobile” in the chart below.

This chart shows for each hour of the day what percentage of total mobile and PC content is consumed. As you can see, mobile usage is strongest from 6 PM to midnight. PC usage is strongest from 11 AM to 5 PM.

What this tells us is that people are using PCs at work, and mobile gadgets at home. Sort of a duh, right? Maybe, but it suggests a big shift in what “personal computing” really means. If we’re doing mobile computing largely during our personal time, which is when we’re out of work, it means people are more likely to buy tablets than traditional PCs in the future.

chart of the day, mobile and pc content consumption, september 2012

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Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 news No Comments

How HTML5 Will Take Over Mobile Apps

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/bii-report-how-html5-will-take-over-mobile-apps-2012-9

html5 support

HTML5 is a new technology that allows developers to build rich web-based apps that run on any device via a standard web browser.

Many think it will save the web, rendering native platform-dependent apps obsolete. 

So, which will win? Native apps or HTML5? 

recent report from BI Intelligence explains why we think HTML5 will win out, and what an HTML future will look like for consumers, developers, and brands.

Access The Full Report By Signing Up For A Free Trial Today >>

Here’s how HTML5 will eventually win out: 

In full, the special report analyzes:
  • What HTML5 is, giving an overview of how it is a technology done by committee

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Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 news No Comments

up sales, can tell if you’re a cheapskate

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/05/google-patents-buyer-specific-price-drops-for-follow-up-sales/

Google patents buyerspecific price drops for followup sales, can tell if you're a cheapskate

Ever been tempted to rent a movie again, but thought the price was just a little too dear? Google may soon be willing to haggle a deal. One of its newly-granted patents could automatically lower the price of repurchase-friendly content, such as a Google Play Movies rental, depending on how likely you are to pull the trigger. Its algorithm weighs your personal tastes and repurchasing habits against those of your peers: if the code senses you’ll be relatively stingy, you’ll get a better discount. The analysis could even factor in the nature of the content itself. A thoughtful movie, ownership of the soundtrack or just a lot of related searches could lead to a repurchase at the usual price, while a simple action flick with no previous interest may bring the discount into effect. We don’t know if Google will offer these extra-personal discounts to the public at any point in the future, but if you suddenly notice a lot of follow-up bargains in Google Play, you’ll know how they came to be.

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