The Internet of Things Is a Boon for B2B: Report


Businesses have been focusing on the Internet of Things as an enabler of growth and increased operational efficiency, as well as the means to provide a better experience to customers and partners, according to the State of the Market: Internet of Things 2017 report Verizon released this week. Seventy-three percent of executives surveyed said they either were researching or currently deploying IoT, according to the report. However, a variety of factors have dampened IoT momentum, including long capital cycles and organizational inertia.

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6 Reasons You Need CPQ


Many businesses still don’t use configure, price, quote software in their routine sales processes. Maybe they don’t need it, but for businesses that still cling to spreadsheet-based approaches to track things like price lists and product catalogs, chances are good that they’re dealing with more overhead than they need to. Worse, they’re wasting time and therefore money. The choice between quote accuracy and timeliness is a false dichotomy. Today you need to have both, or risk always being the best second choice.

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Online Trust Alliance Launches IoT Security Campaign


The Online Trust Alliance is calling on businesses, consumers and government to share responsibility for ensuring that Internet of Things devices are not weaponized, outlining actions that businesses, consumers and government can take to ensure the security and privacy of IoT devices. It calls for a campaign to have retailers and consumers reject IoT products that pose a security threat. OTA Executive Director Craig Spiezle will meet with White House staff, and FTC and FCC commissioners to kickstart efforts to harden IoT security measures.

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Instagram Stories to Feature Video Ads


Instagram on Wednesday announced that businesses will be able to place immersive, full-screen video ads in its Stories feature, which has attracted 150 million daily users since its launch five months ago. Further, Instagram Business Tools will include insights on stories, which will allow business users to view the reach, impressions, replies and exits for each individual story. One in five stories generates a direct message from viewers, and 70 percent of Instagram users currently follow a business, according to the company.

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Leveraging IoT to Redefine Your Business


While most businesses are focusing their efforts to capitalize on the Internet of Things in areas that will generate immediate cost-savings and operating efficiencies, a number of IoT pioneers already are leveraging a new generation of connected products to fundamentally change their business models. There is no question that the safest bet in today’s IoT environment is targeting narrowly defined deployments aimed at producing quick results. In most cases, this means adding sensors to existing products.

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Brexit could cause havoc with .eu registered domains

Businesses that are reliant on ecommerce or web traffic may soon be scrambling to find new domain names as Brexit will make many with .eu domain registrations ineligible after the UK exits the EU.

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What SMBs Want From IT Services


When small businesses choose an IT and support service provider, the two most important considerations are the provider’s ability to include all of the company’s devices and provide a comprehensive IT service plan. More than half of small businesses that use professional IT services use two or more services. However, small businesses may have to rely on multiple vendors to address their IT needs, resulting in a highly fragmented IT and support services market.

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Osterloh's Return Suggests Google Just Got Serious About Hardware


Google has rehired former executive Rick Osterloh to lead its hardware businesses, which it plans to consolidate under a single division, according to news reports published last week. Osterloh, who recently stepped down as president of Motorola, reportedly will head up Google’s Nexus business, which will include a suite of products dubbed the “living room.” “It looks like Google is trying to develop a coherent hardware product strategy and fix the hodgepodge collection of hardware products,” analyst Kevin Krewell said.

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Fake Loyalty


There’s an interesting connection between customer relationships in subscription businesses and loyalty, according to a recent article by Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo. It had particular resonance for me, since I just wrote a book about customer loyalty myself. My research is full of old-style approaches to customer loyalty that aren’t really about loyalty so much as they are about, shall we say, customer coercion. You can coerce customers into being loyal — what I consider performing loyal behaviors — but they don’t exhibit true loyalty.

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USB-C devices can now have safety, authenticity verified with new certification program

Article Image It will soon be much easier for consumers and businesses to determine whether a USB-C device is genuine and can be trusted, thanks to the newly introduced USB Type-C Authentication specification.

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iOS 9.3 will let IT managers define home screen layout, hide and blacklist apps

Article Image For businesses and other organizations, Apple’s forthcoming iOS 9.3 update will let them lock the layout of a device’s home screen — and exert more control over apps in general.

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Twitter Puts Some Eggs in Customer Service Basket


Twitter last week announced two tools designed to help businesses improve their customer service capabilities. One product would allow users to move from sending companies tweets to using Direct Messages, according to product manager Ian Cairns. Companies will be able to embed on their sites a Direct Messages link. The link would display a call-to-action button that would let customers directly send information they may not want to share publicly. Hyatt and Kaiser Permanente have begun to implement the technology.

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New PayFinders app for locating Apple Pay merchants reports 750% increase in users in two days

Article Image A new app designed to crowdsource an interactive map of businesses that accept Apple Pay just reported adding 12,673 new merchants in North America, 95 percent of them being small businesses. In parallel, its developer reported that the new app’s users have increased an incredible 750 percent over the past two days, indicating a lot of interest in Apple Pay.

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What's in a name? Google's Alphabet and the quirky science of corporate naming

What’s in a name? Most corporate naming experts say Google’s decision to reorganize its businesses under a new holding company called “Alphabet” is close to letter perfect.

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Wrangling Big Data: When in Doubt, Think Like a Customer


As businesses gain a new appreciation of the power of data, they’re discovering new tactics for sales and marketing that go far beyond what was possible in the past. It’s not just big data and a technology-driven revolution — it’s also a shift in attitudes about data’s place in the selling process, its role as a guide or as a reality check, and its ability to fuel new processes that drive greater sales performance. However, it’s important to keep in mind the customer’s perception of how data is being used.

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The best tech for your summer trips

Vacation season is in full swing and tech companies, like most businesses, are trying to appeal to our wanderlust. The biggest pitch so far has come from wireless carrier T-Mobile, which will eliminate roaming charges (for voice—and data) in Canada and Mexico starting on July 15. But there’s plenty of other personal technology to consider, no matter where you’re headed this summer.

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Why Nokia could get big bucks for its Here digital mapping business

Maps have become a crucial centerpiece of a host of digital technologies and businesses, ranging from smartphones to cars. Now there’s a major bidding war pitting software companies, Internet firms, and automakers against one another to acquire one of the foremost mapping companies in the world.

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