Internet of Things Was Only the Beginning – Here Comes »Smart Dust« [5 Reading Tips]

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The development of the Internet of Things is nowhere near slowing down. Quite the opposite: by the end of this year, presumably 4.8 billion networked endpoints will be used in the enterprise segment and car industry. According to a forecast by Gartner, this figure will even rise to 5.8 billion by 2020 which is equivalent to an annual growth of 21 per cent.

Two forces are driving this development forward: speed and size. On the one hand, companies use an improved broadband connection to make real-time analysis and on-demand intelligence possible. In B2C as well as B2B, several use cases have already shown their potential. On the other hand, sensors – an essential component of the Internet of Things (IoT) – become smaller and smaller and more and more sophisticated.

In this context, Gartner states that companies will use physical space to interact with their customers through these tiny sensors. Smart Cars, Smart Cities, Industry 4.0 or Smart Farming are familiar terms surrounding a phenomenon that covers way more – for example the next stage of the IoT technology called »Smart Dust«, which currently attracts a lot of attention.

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Adobe Updates Strengthen Commerce Cloud in DXP Portfolio [5 Reading Tips]

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In May 2018, Adobe acquired Magento for 1.68 billion dollars. Even back then, it was only a matter of time until the giant from San Jose would integrate Magento into its tech stack. In April 2019, Adobe launched the Magento-based Adobe Commerce Cloud. By doing so, Adobe complemented its portfolio with the missing e-commerce platform which works in B2B as well as B2C relationships and fits in seamlessly with the Adobe Enterprise Cloud.

Recently at the MagentoLive conference in Amsterdam, important updates and key integrations with Adobe were announced. They will enable Magento users to deliver more personalised shopping experiences and to use the huge amounts of collected data more intelligently.

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Super Apps – The New Way To Attract Customers [5 Reading Tips]

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If you want to book an accommodation, order something to eat, transfer money, chat with friends or colleagues and shop some new shirts, how many apps do you need? In the Western world, you certainly need six different ones. In Asia, however, a new model that centralises all these actions in one single place is establishing itself: the super app.

The Chinese pioneers WeChat and Alipay are the largest exponents of this super app revolution and are therefore considered to be role models. Companies from all over the world now aspire to put this successful Chinese model to use in their own region. But what actually is a super app, which advantages does it have and in which other regions does it already experience a boom? Will super apps even be able to gain a foothold in the Western world?

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Microservices Instead Of Monolith: The Publisher C.H.BECK Is Restructuring Its Online Shop With Commercetools [Case Study]

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Faster, more flexible, more efficient, more scalable, more performant. These five requirements are the Holy Grail of each online shop nowadays because customers expect lightning-fast loading times, simple operation and an up-to-date product range at all times. Companies, in turn, want to develop innovations quickly, optimise cost savings and attain maximum productivity.

With increasing growth and rising ambitions, however, outdated structures and solutions quickly reach their limits. Courage is required when it comes to digitalisation. C.H.BECK, the German market leader in the field of legal literature, therefore decided to break with its 15-year monolithic platform developed in-house and to rely on modern and flexible technologies. Keywords are microservices and cloud, technology partners are commercetools and Microsoft Azure.

In our new success story, we show how C.H.BECK managed to restructure its online shop with commercetools to make it fit for the future.

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CRM Is More Than Software – Technology On Its Own Does Not Create A Competitive Advantage [5 Reading Tips]

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Personalisation is essential to the successful creation of digital customer relationships and thus for long-term success. Addressing customers individually is far more than sending an e-mail with the correct name. 360-degree customer focus is required, which in turn covers all touchpoints of the customer journey. In order to master all these mammoth tasks, companies need a reliable and central source of supply, the so-called »Single Point of Truth« for customer relationship management.

Therefore, it is no surprise that the topic CRM has recently become more and more important for companies. Consequently, more and more money is invested in CRM projects as well. However, according to a study conducted by Uniserv, 62 per cent of companies are not satisfied with the management of their customer data. What does this tell us about the status quo of this important technology in digital business and which challenges do retailers, manufacturers and brands currently face in this regard?

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20 Years Of Alibaba: Developing an Internet Empire

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2019 means it’s Alibaba’s 20th birthday! In China, the Alibaba Group is already the largest e-commerce company, but the company continues to grow in the west. From a small, quick deals marketplace to multinational Internet giant that pleases its customers.

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Digital Solutions For Preventing Food Waste: Smartphones Telling Us What To Eat

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Apples and pears falling from trees, grapes hanging from vines, and here in the office, home-grown zucchini are given away in all sizes, because colleagues with their own garden aren’t able to eat everything on their own.

Nature itself might be wasteful, but the food industry and humankind are even worse. One in eight items bought at the grocery store will be thrown out without ever being eaten. Restaurants, cafes and bakeries have to follow very strict requirements and dispose of much at the end of the day. And a lot of products that were produced and grown, don’t even make it to the market… Carrots are deemed too crooked and a yoghurt container could me missing a lid.

A digital transformation is helping everyone fight food waste. Buying food at reduced prices, cooking interesting recipes from ingredients you might not even think go together, and even artificially and automatically reducing prices for certain soon to expire products in supermarkets.

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Microbrands: An Underestimated Danger for Established Players? [5 Reading Tips]

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Microbrands have been producing more and more B2C brands for years. They are incessantly taking market share from traditional companies, putting some of them in distress.

But what do these small companies have that the big players don’t? And what can market leaders still learn from small companies?

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3D Printing Is Shaking Up The Manufacturing Industry [5 Reading Tips]

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Parts for cars and aeroplanes and even implants for humans… All could be manufactured on demand with 3D printing. 3D printing/manufacturing is getting trendy again. According to market research firm IDC, four out of ten manufacturers will utilise it in the next three to five years. Factors contributing to the boom include advances in hardware and software as well as an increasing variety of materials that can be used in such processes.

3D printing or additive manufacturing is becoming a major pillar of the fourth industrial revolution. More and more manufacturing companies are discovering 3D printing technology for themselves. Which sectors are using it more and more today? And more importantly, what are its strengths compared to traditional manufacturing approaches?

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Content Management Systems: Four Basic Questions, Four Great Answers

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Today, brands are made more visible with websites, we look at blogs about home furnishing, and fashion brands for inspiration, we Google services, and that’s how we all end up on a corporate website. The importance of creative content for customer acquisition and retention is undeniably high. There’s competition for users’ attention as well.

So it’s important to show off a company again and again, as well as its products and brands, in a fun and informative way. But good web content requires good content management software behind it all.

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