The innovator’s guide to the digital galaxy


Far out in the uncharted backwaters of different industries sit what once were innocuous organizations — companies that stayed in their own spheres of influence and didn’t disrupt the flow of business as usual.

But now, they are capitalizing on existing and emerging technologies to expand their reach, open up new business models, and make products and services available in new industries — including yours.

You can’t see them yet, or call them by name, but you know they’re out there, eyeing your customers, employees and every unspent dollar, euro and yen in your marketplace. This trend is keeping CEOs and line-of-business leaders up at night. Worldwide, nearly 70 percent of C-suite members expect industry convergence to increase over the next few years.

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日航用 IBM Watson 虛擬助手為乘客提供携同嬰孩旅行相關資訊



【科技特搜】日本 JAL 最近推出了一款利用 IBM Watson 開發的手機程式,方便計劃前往夏威夷的乘客可向程式內的虛擬助手「Makana-chan」查詢有闗携同嬰孩旅行的資訊。





「Hi! Nick,你今天看上去很高興。」 IBM 研究員淺川智惠子 (Chieko Asakawa)「看著」同事的笑臉,第一次主動打起了招呼。

這項讓她「看見」Nick 的發明叫做 NavCog(認知助手)。你可能沒有想到,這項技術正是由智惠子,一位 14 歲開始失明的女性科學家所主導發明的。


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Reimagining Financial Services with Blockchain

(This article is also published in Computerworld Hong Kong on December 14, 2016)


Blockchain is finally getting the attention it deserves. From left to right: Sheila Lam (Computerworld Hong Kong), Larry Campbell (KPMG China), Bob Crozier (AIA Edge), and Ian Mitchell (IBM).

Often confused with bitcoin, a cryptocurrency based on blockchain technology, blockchain itself offers more promises than digital currency. It is also changing the fundamentals of finance.

Understanding the blockchain promise

Before blockchain, most technological advances improved or streamlined transactions and interactions. But they still follow traditional business rules and practices. For example, most companies keep their ledgers for protection against fraud and tampering.

Although well founded, it has traditionally made asset ownership and transfer inefficient. However, this solution worked in a world where trust was not a commodity.

Blockchain aims to change this; it makes trust a commodity leveraging cryptographic technology, transparency and business networks. It does this by encapsulating trust in a shared ledger that is transparent to every participant, and permanently recording all transactions in chronological order.

In a recent panel discussion organized by IBM, industry experts and observers noted that this makes blockchain a potential industry game changer.

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BYOD or CYOD: Which mobile trend is right for your organization?

(Note: This article is a repost from Mobile Business Insights)


These days, it would be surprising – and concerning – if mobility and the consumerization of IT were not part of any mobile enterprise’s strategic roadmap. After all, end users have become more demanding about which devices they use and where they log in from the network. They expect the same user experience that they get from the powerful personal mobile devices they are already accustomed to.

Though the first mobile trend that emerged to address this new world was bring-your-own-device (BYOD), many enterprises are understandably concerned about the security of sensitive corporate data in a BYOD model. Enterprises are increasingly considering implementing a choose-your-own-device (CYOD) program to address those very legitimate concerns.


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在昨晚北京舉行的《VOGUE服飾與美容》十一週年慶典紅地毯上,中國流行文化代表李宇春身穿由 IBM Watson 協助創作的中國首套認知禮服亮相,引起了社交媒體上的關注與熱議,此篇報導轉自漂亮。



今年5月,被譽為“時尚奧斯卡”的Met Gala Ball掀起一陣時尚科技旋風,而昨夜剛剛落幕的《VOGUE服飾與美容》十一周年慶祝派對的主題——Fashion in motion,也無不強調著科技時代下時尚創造力的無限潛能。派對現場,李宇春身著高IQ(Intelligence Quotient)的“認知禮服”(AI禮服)亮相,成為晚宴主題最好的詮釋。

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SAP HANA on Power 推動企業數碼化轉型



科技日新月異,市場瞬息萬變,企業必須進行數碼化轉型 (Digital Transformation),才能快速洞察客戶的要求。企業數碼化將是一個重大而且不斷發生的浪潮,根據市場調查機構 IDC 的最新報告,2017 年亞太區有 6 成企業會以數碼化轉型為企業未來發展策略的重心。

數碼化轉型既為企業帶來挑戰,同時也帶來機遇,IDC 預測,企業將投入 35% 的資金創造全新的商業模式。報告亦預計,企業於 2020 年對數碼化轉型策略的需求,將會比軟件程式建立的需求大兩倍,企業三分二的程式碼將集中在數碼化的程式及服務上。

數碼化轉型的其中一大挑戰是如何有效處理急速增長的數據量,物聯網的普及勢將在產業掀起巨大創新浪潮,伴隨物聯網的高度發展,全球正不斷產出前所未見的數據量,且數據的處理變得越來越棘手,企業間將掀起一場「數據革命」(Data Revolution)。

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