Coding as a school subject – An elective or mandatory? [5 Reading Tips]

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In 2013 Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany said that the Internet was »new territory for all of us«. After that, concepts emerged that should’ve advanced digitisation in Germany. In 2016, this request from the Federal Chancellor followed: »I believe that the ability to code is becoming one of the basic skills for young people, alongside reading, writing, and arithmetic.«

But not much has changed for German students. But is it even necessary to put coding on a par with reading, writing, and arithmetic? Or will this »new« skill soon no longer as necessary as many currently believe?

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Digital business compass: Handelskraft 2019 »Digital DNA« now available for download!

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Twelve years ago Handelskraft saw the light of the virtual world as a blog. Since then we have been reporting day by day on topics and trends of the digital revolution. And six years ago we published our first trend book: Handelskraft 2013 »Trends, strategies and potential in everywhere commerce«.

Old but gold, because going through it, you realise how long so many trends actually last. In 2019, and more than ever before, it’s all about theory becoming a real-life success and how to turn trends into innovations.

To do this, companies need to write their own digital code, because »Digital DNA« is what they need to survive in a highly competitive online business. It’s their evolutionary
advantage in the digital age and our title for this year’s trend book: Handelskraft 2019.

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What rules should economists, researchers, politicians, and society follow for embracing AI?

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Artificial intelligence will fundamentally change our current way of life. Technical progress hasn’t just excited many, but also frightened many. What will our economy and social coexistence look like in the coming years?

Experts around the world are addressing this issue, but it’s hard to pin down a precise forecast.
So that we don’t get lost on the way to the future, the German Federal Association of Digital Economics (BVDW) has developed a navigator with eight guidelines.

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Designing emotional customer relations in the digital era

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Digitisation is all-encompassing — the more digital the business and the business processes, the better. Because the more automated processes taking place, the more time is left for the important things. At the top of this ranking of important things are, from a business point of view, the successful design of digital customer relations, the motivation not only to say customers are the focus but to make it a reality. This was also clearly noticeable at the Internet World Expo 2019 and at the 9thINTERNET WORLD BUSINESS Shop Awards on the eve of the event.

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How content creators and designers benefit from AI [5 reading tips]

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Artificial intelligence is booming. More and more companies are looking for ways to benefit from it. Research and development are starting bring out their first working prototypes. Nvidia, known for their graphics focused hardware showed off what they’ve been up to. Content creators and designers are directly affected.

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»Organisations and brands that implement trends are also determining customer expectations« – Handelskraft speaker Delia Wieser interview

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At the beginning of the year, trends are a recurring theme. But what are trends and where do they come from? How can we recognise them and what are they good for? Trends open up business opportunities, but in order to benefit from them, you need to go deeper, observe attitudes, opinions, and habits and understand changes. This is the only way dealers, manufacturers and brands can deliver what consumers want, even before they know it.

Delia Wieser (formerly Dumitrescu), the co-author of the book Trend-Driven Innovation, explains in her exciting opening keynote speech at Handelskraft Conference 2019, how companies are coming from the many trends to business-specific innovation.

In order to bridge the time until the conference without having to forego trend input, today interviewer Wiesle, lead architect at TrendWatching, used exclusive use cases to reveal exclusively what lies behind the megatrends and how to use them to create their own digital business strengthens.

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AI and IoT in the stores of the future [5 Reading Tips]

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Everyone’s been talking about artificial intelligence but only it is less often actually out there in use outside of the general hype. No one doubts that the technology has great potential, for example, to create individualised shopping experiences in shops, as well as to simplify and optimise the work in each case.

But how realistic is the use of smart solutions in retail and what use cases have the best chance of flourishing?

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»The real role of the CMS is to integrate well with AI systems and services, rather than to provide them itself.« Interview with Handelskraft speaker, Christopher Zimmermann

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Content is no longer just produced and published in one place. Information and data are processed by various devices and distributed over several channels. The classic content management system, therefore, reaches its limits, as it’s not designed to provide data outside of its own template engine.

Headless is the answer to this new scenario and more and more companies are betting on its many benefits. It can be very well combined with other emerging modern approaches, such as a microservices architecture, a progressive web app, and a cloud strategy.

On 28 March, 2019, Christopher Zimmermann, Product Manager of Magnolia, will be giving answers to all questions about Headless CMS at the Handelskraft Conference, even those you wouldn’t even dare to ask. He gives us his first round of insights in the Handelskraft interview.

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MWC19 – What trends are shaping the digital future? [5 Reading Tips]

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MWC 2019 in Barcelona has long been more than just a show for the communications industry. It’s one of the world’s largest storefronts of the latest trends and innovations, as well as all kinds of technological solutions and services for mobile users (private as well as business).

This year at MWC19, “Intelligent Connectivity” was the motto. The emphasis was on an interface between “hyper-connectivity” enabled by 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), and “intelligence” through Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data. In addition to the core elements of intelligent connectivity, MWC19 is dedicated to content, digital trust, digital wellness, and the future. With that in mind, John Hoffman, CEO at GSMA, said:

The combination of superfast 5G networks, the Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence will drive innovation that’ll affect almost every aspect of our lives, from highly efficient transportation systems to intelligent farming and cloud gaming

Looking back on the most interesting and hotly discussed aspects out of Barcelona, today we’d like to address, amongst others, the following questions: What’ll the future look like? And how are these technological advances (already) translated into practice?

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Make better decisions with AI [5 reading tips]

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Today, the mass of available data, studies, and news is so vast that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to oversee, manage, and sort out. As early as 1970, American sociologist and futurologist Alvin Toffler coined the term “information overload” in his book Future Shock. Even then, he explained the consequences of the overwhelming flood of information for people. The growing amount of published information and available channels of communication trigger the feeling that one has done too little, no matter how hard it is.

Staying informed and making well-informed decisions is the ultimate challenge in the digital age for businesses and citizens alike. Artificial intelligence can provide valuable help to bring light into the dark tunnel of information. This has long been recognised by all major software companies. For example, IBM is paving the way for this with Project Debater.

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