What Is Mixed Reality, and Can It Take Augmented Reality Mainstream?

Microsoft's Mars demo is one of the most compelling MR demos

In a quest to stand out from the crowded field of VR and AR vendors, many companies are hyping what they call Mixed Reality, a mashup of the best of both. We take a look at how they are doing and where they need to go from here.

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Salesforce Rejiggers Enterprise Apps Partner Plan

Salesforce on Tuesday launched the AppExchange Partner Program, or APP, for developers, independent software vendors and startups, as a replacement for its current ISV Partner Program. The APP will cost much less. Its baseline percent-net-revenue model for all new APP partners has been slashed from 25 percent to 15 percent. Current partners will be eligible for the new PNR terms on contract renewal. Partner tiers will be eliminated. The APP provides enablement and support based on the partner’s AppExchange Trailblazer Score, a new point-based system.

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Analytics and Workflow

There’s a big difference between B2C and B2B analytics that no vendors seem to be addressing, and it involves the consumption model. I recently spoke with K.V. Rao, founder and chief strategy officer of Aviso, an analytics company focused on sales, and his unabashed opinion is that “if you’re trying to expose insights and make things consumable, you have to address workflow.” He made a very good point — especially for buyers who may be having trouble figuring out what they need. What processes or workflows are they trying to influence?

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US Pushes Cybersecurity Acquisition Tools as Contracts Flow

Vendors of cybersecurity offerings are finding that the U.S. government is serious about improving the protection of federal IT assets. A steady stream of data protection contracts has been flowing to providers, including some notable high-value transactions during the last half of 2016. One example is a Department of Homeland Security contract, with a potential value of $395 million, for various cybersecurity protection services designed to prevent, detect, contain and eradicate cyberthreats.

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Coping With Software Licensing Challenges in the Cloud

A majority of independent software vendors were dealing with an escalating assortment of organizational issues monitoring and monetizing their software capabilities, according to a survey of ISV executives, which Vanson Bourne conducted last year on behalf of Gemalto. As many of those ISVs move to the cloud and Software as a Service delivery models, they face even greater obstacles achieving their business objectives. Corporations and consumers alike no longer are interested in acquiring on-premises or even downloaded software.

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Feds Seek Vendor Help for Payroll Processing Upgrade

Technology vendors that support the different missions of U.S. government agencies may have a major opportunity to provide innovative IT assistance for a task that is common to all: payroll preparation for 2.3 million federal workers. The General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management have been sifting through responses from IT vendors on a request for information on significantly upgrading federal payroll processing. The initiative includes the potential for converting existing payroll systems to cloud-based platforms.

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The 4 Fundamental Attributes of Customer Loyalty, Part 2

Lots of CRM vendors talk about personalization, but their idea of how to do it leaves much to be desired. They address personalization very late, using a just-in-time approach to accessing customer data to support a sales or service encounter in the moment. This certainly is important, and it achieves the goal of personalizing the encounter by producing a catalog of data points, including the customer’s history, demographics, and other relevant information that a customer-facing employee can use.

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Feds Seek to Cut Software Costs and Expand Licenses

Software vendors who sell their wares to the U.S. government soon will face a significantly different marketing environment in terms of how federal agencies acquire the programs and technologies that keep IT systems going. Federal agencies spent nearly $9 billion in 2015 on software, according to a recent congressional report.
The OMB has directed federal agencies to adopt practices that will simplify and streamline software acquisition. Current software procurement practices are grossly inefficient, according to OMB.

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Loyalty Failures

Software vendors and their business customers have tried many things to increase customer loyalty, but they have been disappointed more often than not. Rewards, delight, and daily deals were good ideas to help spur customer loyalty. Unfortunately, they weren’t enough to move the loyalty needle in today’s highly competitive markets.
Some businesses have rechristened their rewards programs as “loyalty” programs. Changing the name isn’t going to change the basic customer-facing process, though, and rewards programs often reward the wrong thing.

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Defense IT Contract Rekindles Pricing Complaints

What’s not to like about the U.S. government offering information technology vendors $17.5 billion for products and services? The opportunity is attractive, and many vendors have expressed interest in a U.S. Department of Defense contract that covers the acquisition of a broad range of IT capabilities. Offered through the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA, a request for proposals for the Encore III contract was issued in March. Bids were accepted through late April.

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White House Wants Feedback on IT Contract Security

Cybersecurity is a key component of all contracts between U.S. government agencies and information technology vendors. Yet cyberbreaches continue to occur — some of them with alarming scope and depth. The White House is seeking input from private sector vendors and others on how to improve the cybersecurity elements involved in federal government purchases of IT equipment and services. The Office of Management and Budget recently released draft guidance dealing with that issue, and it will accept input on the proposal until Sept. 10.

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Vendors Should Keep a Weather Eye on Defense IT

The U.S. Defense Department is seeking vendors to participate in a multiyear information technology support program with a total contract value of US$12 billion. DoD has indicated it will release a Request for Proposals for the Encore III program, which covers a wide range of IT services, by the end of this month. The amount of the tech support contract is a reminder that DoD spends more money on information technology — by far — than any other U.S. government department or agency. The Defense Department presents a perpetual prime marketing target for IT vendors.

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Apple Watch sales expand to more third-party retailers with France's Fnac

On Thursday Apple continued to expand the number of third-party vendors for the Apple Watch, adding France’s Fnac to the list of retailers, though initially only in a limited fashion.

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Dodging Disorganization: Showing Sellers a Sharper Image

Despite vendors’ assertions to the contrary, CRM is not all about technology. Technology helps it scale, but CRM is really a discipline. It’s the discipline of creating relationships that benefit both the buyer and the seller. The product we call “CRM” is really great at organizing the data that makes it possible to build relationships. It stores facts and drives some of the activities you need to maintain their health. However, many things that aren’t driven by your CRM technology can have a major impact on relationships.

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Apple Pay decals begin arriving with supporting merchants

Vendors who accept Apple Pay can advertise their support with new decal stickers supplied by Apple itself, which began arriving in the mail for merchants on Thursday.

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Intel partners with Samsung to halve the price of 4K monitors, but it’s useless without support from GPU vendors and Microsoft

Lenovo's ThinkVision 4K monitor with built-in Android
Intel wants to push Samsung and other vendors to dramatically cut the price of 4K panels and AIOs, but the company is targeting the wrong screen size for the effort. 24-inch panels are simply too small for 4x the resolution — and if you have to scale software upwards by 2-4x, you lose the advantages of the effect.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/183720-intel-partners-with-samsung-to-halve-the-price-of-4k-monitors-but-its-useless-without-support-from-gpu-vendors-and-microsoft

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Why we can’t have nice things: Valve programmer discusses wretched state of OpenGL

A Valve developer has unloaded on all three of the major GPU vendors for their lousy support for OpenGL development — and while they all have different problems, the end result is a weak ecosystem with erratic drivers and half-baked API implementations.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/182343-why-we-cant-have-nice-things-valve-programmer-discusses-wretched-state-of-opengl

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