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evan kirstel

boston, United States

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As a B2B tech influencer and Key Opinion Leader with 200K Twitter, 40K LinkedIn and 110K Instagram followers I can help massively grow your social audience and leverage social media as a B2B sales networking, lead generation and thought leadership tool. I'm Building an influencer network of fellow B2B thought leaders to help brands achieve massive visibility and scale across the social media landscape in areas like #Mobile #Blockchain #Cloud #5G #IoT and more!

I am an internationally recognized thought leader and social media influencer in IoT (#1 in 2017), Cloud, Data Security (2016), Health Tech (#9 in 2017), Digital Health (#6 in 2016), B2B Marketing (#5 in 2015), AI, Smart Home, Digital (2017), IIoT (#1 in 2017), Telecom/Wireless/5G and am the top 10 most mentioned/re-tweeted by CMOs and CIOs (2017).

I am a Member of influencer marketing programs at Huawei, IBM, DellEMC, Intel and a HIMSS social media ambassador, with clients including CenturyLink, GENBAND, Ericsson, West Corp, Broadsoft, Qualcomm, Frontier, Panasonic and more

See www.evankirstel.com and evirahealth.com

With 25+ years of sales, alliances & Biz Dev experience in the telecom and IT arena, I bring a unique perspective on opportunities in the Unified Communications & Collaboration segment, including deep knowledge of social, mobile, and the voice/video/web collaboration market and cloud technology.

I have a solid understanding of emerging Cloud & mobile technology and market convergence dynamics, along with a strong track record in selling and marketing disruptive technology to enterprise and service providers.

My social media “Klout"? score is 83 and rising!

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Author49
Influencer3495
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Entrepreneur0
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Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Areas of Expertise

Blockchain
Cloud 30.84
Emerging Technology 30.71
Healthtech 31.59
IoT 33.94
Mobility 30.99
Social 30.24
Startups
Innovation 32.39
Autonomous Vehicles 31.49
Digital Transformation 31.09
Analytics 31.04
Digital Disruption 30.39
Management 30.19
Quantum Computing 34.67
Marketing 31.48
Sales 30.32
AI 30.90

Industry Experience

Healthcare
High Tech & Electronics
Professional Services
Telecommunications

Publications

49 Article/Blogs
Going Green in the Cloud - Net Zero Environmental & Business Impact
linkedin
July 25, 2019
In an increasing number of conversations with all levels of business and industries, a new concept is emerging - green cloud. Certainly, green IT is not new but "green cloud" is a rising topic on the CIO agenda. When pressed many CIOs could not explain what it is but seems to resonant with them as a new element in their business operations. What I asked CIOs and IT analysts during conversations about their plans and strategies for cloud, I often ended up in indepth discussions on whether the cloud should be green or not. There was nearly a universal response that moving from on-premise to cloud was not meant to be moving climate changing emissions from one place to another. It was for many the hope that the cloud providers they would using, considering and incorporating into their data IT infrastructure plans was greener than what they are doing now. One CIO said, "we are not trading one black cloud for another one, we expect a greener approach to any cloud provider we use." In other conversations green cloud was just one of the many new challenges for any future plans including understanding political impacts of a "green new deal." Another said, "if what we are doing is not hard enough, adding being green is another smackdown what we do, yet if we don't do it there will be hell to pay." Drilling deeper into conversations to what I was really looking for was, how fast were there plans to move from internal data centers to the cloud? The answers were as vague as with going green cloud. One can summarize some of the collective interviews like this. One CIO mentioned they have one ready-to-retire IT manager keeping a 30-year-old a legacy OSS system working. He said "if Fred retires, we are screwed, while we try to rebuild the OSS on a new cloud platform. He noted, there is "no migration code and no easy button because it takes a number of experts to extract data from the old system and develop use cases to rebuild just this one system, and we have more than 50 other older systems like this one." In other words, there is no one kind of migration strategy to move to the cloud except older systems are replaced..

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Tags: Cloud, Emerging Technology

Show Me the Money - The New Digital Model for Business & Sports Part 2
linkedin
June 17, 2019
In part 1 of an analysis of the Tata Communications Show Me the Money paper I explored how sports and business have many similar traits and how digital transformation is bring these often different concepts closer together. Now I will expand the analysis and explore as Tata points out, " Given the huge figures the global sports industry now commands, it is astounding to think that we are at the tipping point of the next big growth opportunity: the impact of digital technology innovations. New applications and platforms are tearing down the barriers which once existed for sports looking to grow their fan base and take their fan experience to the next level." Indeed, there are many management strategies to digital transformation, integration and foundations for future applications. One of the interesting points where future applications and sports meetup is in the area of artificial intelligence. Often what I find is that AI applications solve one problem but not others and the AI applications venue is not applicable to other areas. Humans are, though we really don't like change that much, very versatile. Humans can go from flying an airplane to driving a car, riding a bicycle and then climbing a mountain often effortlessly. Each of these are different but are alike in the sense that they are all physical and some are competitive sports. By integrating AI and digital transformation within sports, we can bring benefits to the often very competitive nature of many humans. For example, many humans love sports for the physical experience and in the case of esports for the mental engagement. Through digital applications, "sports can use digital to broaden their appeal, particularly when it comes to increasing interaction with younger audiences. It’s about acquiring and maintaining eyeballs.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation

Storm Clouds Ahead - Curious and Caution
linkedin
June 12, 2019
Clouds in the real world are nothing that airplanes fly into but avoid at all costs. Clouds in the business world are concepts that few really understand but business are flying into them seemingly without reservation. The reasons for cloud computing are compelling from service agility, OPEX/CAPEX reduction, business agility, business opportunity, security new business revenue, operational effectiveness, vendor lockdown or plethora of other issues. Ericsson issued a very insightful report on the cloud with progress charts on where companies are in their cloud journey. They reviewed where companies are in terms of what data they are putting on the cloud and what they are not. This leaves me to review a few of their findings and ideas on storm clouds ahead. One of the real takeaways is there is a reluctance to trust any cloud any time or anywhere. I would like to focus this short briefing on how cloud transformation is being deployed. First, Ericsson points out that companies have:

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation

Crossing the Digital Divide in Digital Transformation
linkedin
May 05, 2019
The digital divide being of digital natives and digital immigrants also applies to digital transformation. Digital transformation, as often is the case with new technology, is having an even greater impact on new technologies like IoT, blockchain and even the hyped efforts in AI. However, much of the need for digital transformation is desperately needed in transforming the legacy systems and processes that have existed in some cases for many decades. Companies are built on cobbled-together systems and when a new need or problem is arises such as cybersecurity, they band aid the issue and go about their way. Years or even decades later they find that what was once an innovative solution is now an albatross hanging over them and have really don't know how to solve or what to do. The team who implemented the system(s) are long-gone and the technology while maybe current or patched with updates is rarely even close to solving the current set of problems of today much less for where the company wants to be next year or beyond. At the C-level, "CEOs should ask their teams more probing questions and not get carried away by the digital transformation hype. This reality check will help businesses make the most of the latest technology innovations to deliver new customer experiences and re-imagine how they operate,” noted Srinivasan CR, Chief Digital Officer, Tata Communications. Indeed, a reality check at all levels of the organization is a key stating point of where we are and where we need to go. Actually, the reality check should also be looking 1-3-5 years ahead because you aim where you want to go not where you are at now.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

The Impact of Disruption on Connected Experiences: from Roadways to the Skies @EvanKirstel
LinkedIn
October 16, 2018
The Internet of Things (IoT) has evolved the way consumers, businesses and governments communicate, collaborate, and process key information and data. This idea of connected everything has become commonplace, from consumer applications, like smart home devices, to a wide variety of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, energy management and transportation.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, IoT, Management

From Tempest in a Teapot to the new Tempest in Digital Transformation
LinkedIn
September 24, 2018
Shakespeare’s Tempest has been adapted by many notable composers and even in movies such as the Forbidden Planet one of the most interesting and great sci-fi movies of all times. Forbidden Planet among other things suggest that a former humanoid species who had inhibited the planet known as the Krel had evolved beyond the need for physical bodies to pure thought.

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Tags: Digital Transformation

Trillions and Trillions in Digital Transformation By @evankirstel
LinkedIn
September 18, 2018
If you look back at the history of technology you find that what we know is not often what will be. What we forecast is likely though not often the result. Only one can guess how many trillions of messages of all types will be sent and shared by 2020. Forecasters say close to 3 trillion messages will be sent annually but if you look around the room and around the globe you only see the tip of the iceberg in user growth and use cases for messaging.

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Tags: Digital Transformation

KPI-Key Performance Indicators: Challenges or Real Performance ROI Indicator by @evankirstel
LinkedIn
August 14, 2018
KPI-key performance indicators have always been a challenge to me as they as supposed to mean something that really doesn’t translate into any real business benefit. Moreover, there are often too many of them to make sense of what any one of them means to either the technician in the field or the CEO.

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Tags: Analytics

Whats NEXT with Google Cloud By Evan Kirstel @evankirstel
LinkedIn
August 01, 2018
Google gatherings always bring together the best of minds to find solutions that embed Google technology into their applications.

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Tags: Analytics

Changing the Chains in the Supply Chain
LinkedIn
May 24, 2018
The supply chain may be the oldest industrial concept we have in history. Even the Egyptian pyramids were built in a complex supply chain where stones were carved from mountains, brought down the Nile, hauled by many methods to the site and then moved into place by the hands of thousands of slaves.

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Tags: Supply Chain

Are you a Disruptor or Disrupted?
LinkedIn
May 14, 2018
In reviewing the revealing research from a new Panasonic Study: Adoption of 10 disruptive technologies by industry, I was taken by the real issue of the spectrum of disruption and also by the lack of disruption by industries market and technologies.

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Tags: Digital Disruption

VoIP reliability and quality, a patented path to customer satisfaction and IoT
LinkedIn
May 12, 2018
In the rush to embrace convenience and lower operational costs, voice quality often gets the short end of the stick. Cellular service and voice over IP (VoIP) are two examples where individuals and businesses have, at first, been willing to accept dropped calls and compromises in audio in exchange for mobility, more features, and smaller bills.

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Tags: IoT

Caught in the CrossHair & Crossfire Public Safety Communications, Collaboration, Coordination & Command
LinkedIn
May 12, 2018
Few would argue that any kind of public safety incident represents a potentially complex problem to solve but what are viable and lasting solutions to problems that have existed for a very long time? Just this week, yet again the race issue in a coffee shop brings to bear that even the simplest problems are complex beyond any simple or singular answer.

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Tags: Health and Safety

Where’s the Beef? Turning AI and IoT Hype into Action
LinkedIn
April 22, 2018
As Shakespeare might say if he was still around today, there is “much ado about nothing” when it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT). Companies are eager to talk about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming IoT by connecting devices, automating tasks and analyzing large chunks of data.

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Tags: AI, IoT

The Great Network Transformation
LinkedIn
March 27, 2018
I began my telecom career on the vendor side with Dialogic fresh out of college in 1992. All these years later and the telecom/networking industry is the in the midst of the most exciting and transformative period in my adult lifetime.

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Tags: Digital Transformation

The Effect of 5G Technology on the Healthcare Industry
LinkedIn
March 06, 2018
Has your healthcare experience been markedly improved by technology yet? Perhaps you’ve been using a fitness tracker, or enjoy easy access to your medical notes through a provider portal.

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Tags: Healthtech

5G and Beyond to Infinity
LinkedIn
February 07, 2018
For nearly two decades I have been saying there is “infinite demand for bandwidth.” Now we are poised for global 5G expansion which Qualcomm and others are leading and innovating to bring global users and audiences faster speeds than we ever imagined.

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Tags: Innovation

Cybercriminals Focusing On Small Healthcare Providers in 2018
LinkedIn
February 02, 2018
With the increased implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in healthcare, it has become simpler for cybercriminals to do damage. The 2017 Health Care Cyber Research Report stated 140 hacking events took place in 2017 and the number had risen 27% since 2016. Based on ongoing research, 2018 is going to see a continual rise in these cyber attacks because of potential vulnerabilities in the current setup

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Tags: IoT

Moving Us Beyond How We Move Us
LinkedIn
December 15, 2017
Historically, carriages, trains, buses, planes and taxis have all moved us in way we really didn’t have to think about. We just got in and went on our way with someone else doing the driving at the wheel

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Mobility

Driving to the Future Giving Time Back
LinkedIn
December 04, 2017
One of the many challenges in car ownership is car service and repair. As we drive cars harder and increase demands on vehicle performance and reliability we also know they need the TLC that we don’t really have time for anymore.

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Tags: Emerging Technology

The New “Big Data Car”
LinkedIn
December 04, 2017
Big cars used to mean muscle cars racing down the highway. Today, it’s cars that provide huge amounts muscle in the form of “big data” to other cars, road ways and guidance systems and operations that make everyone safer.

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Tags: Big Data

The New Inflight Experience
LinkedIn
November 30, 2017
As a flyer with usually more than 100,000 miles in anyone year my home is really an airplane seat and my inflight experience is really vital and critical to my performance. What I look for and what I think every other passenger looks for is less waiting, fewer delays and never-lost baggage.

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Tags: Innovation

Driving to Distraction
LinkedIn
November 20, 2017
It was exciting to see Panasonic demonstrate their product leadership at ITS World Congress 2017 Montreal. The ITS World Congress is an international conference sponsored by ITS organizations that represent three regions in the world (Europe: ERTICO-ITS Europe, United States: ITS America, Asia Pacific: ITS Japan) and is attended by research scientists, industry experts and academic leaders.

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Tags: Innovation

Technologies That Really Do Move Us – Panasonic Achieves Marketing Excellence
LinkedIn
November 20, 2017
It was exciting to see Panasonic win the Gold Marketing Excellence award from ITSMA for Strengthening Brand Definition resulting from their efforts to accelerate global trends and technologies. For more than 20 years, ITSMA has led the way in defining, building, and inspiring B2B services and marketing excellence.

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Tags: Marketing

Trade Show Turning Point: Not Vendor but Customer Run – Part 1
LinkedIn
November 13, 2017
For thousands of years people would gather and show they wares. As industries grew the number and size of trade shows around the world is extraordinary. Yet with all the growth in number and size the way trade shows work hasn’t really changed at all. People really go for the parties, sight-seeing and maybe attend a few workshops, demos and maybe even visit a booth.

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Tags: Customer Experience

SEO vs SEM
LinkedIn
November 06, 2017
In the beginning people searched and wandered through large yellow books for people and services they needed. Search marketing was easy: You had to place ads in each book in the cities or regions you served and your ads could only be changed once a year. Flash forward you can place search engine ads based on key words, places, demographics, websites and many more ways.

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Tags: Marketing

Business-To-Business Uses Encouraged For 5G Operators
LinkedIn
October 29, 2017
Business-to-business (B2B) use cases have been difficult to define in the past and remain a lingering problem with 5G. Most mobile operators are reliant on essential features such as increases in speed, which do little to create intrigue in the market.

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Tags: Innovation

5G: Revolution or Evolution?
LinkedIn
October 25, 2017
Prior to the unveiling of the first iPhone back in 2007, mobile phones were solely designed for communications. Soon after smartphones were introduced, the application of mobile phones expanded to include global connectivity through the internet.

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Tags: Innovation

Can IoT and wearable health technology fill the gaps in healthcare?
LinkedIn
October 05, 2017
Healthcare is one of the top concerns in the nation today, because of growing costs and unending political debate and uncertainty about the future of ACA. Another aspect is that baby boomers are reaching the age where chronic disease and illness are prevalent.

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Tags: IoT, Health and Safety

Mobility Really Means Being More Human
LinkedIn
September 22, 2017
It was great catching up with Ericsson last week in San Francisco at the inaugural Mobile World Congress Americas conference. Ericsson is doing incredible work to advance innovation by partnering with operators globally around IoT and 5G deployments, ranging from testing new radio technology, like advanced MIMO, to new core 5G systems for providing network slicing, to applications like Autonomous vehicles.

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Tags: Mobility

Leveraging Network Infrastructure In Business Operations
LinkedIn
August 24, 2017
Security, collaboration, and datacenter analytics are among the top priorities in the digital transformation. Nonetheless, the network infrastructure forms the foundation of digital transformation, which is in essence at a unique position to leverage not only the infrastructure, but also the innovation that occurs across it.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation

Rise of the Autonomous Vehicle
LinkedIn
August 07, 2017
The self-driving vehicle has become a prominent part of the new wave of automotive advancement.
Various automakers are now looking at diving in headfirst to get a piece of the pie while improving their cars. A lot of research has gone into perfecting the self-driving vehicle to make sure it passes all regulations and doesn't harm those who get behind the wheel.

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Tags: Innovation, Autonomous Vehicles

The Benefits of One-Stop Selling
LinkedIn
July 31, 2017
Integrating your CRM-UC provides you with the tools for one-stop selling communications. Here’s how this integration works: After the initial sales call or presentation, a decision-maker goes through a series of private evaluations to which you’re generally not privy.

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Tags: Marketing, Sales

What Is Fog Computing And How Does It Relate To Both Cloud and IoT?
LinkedIn
June 26, 2017
Fog computing is a distributed infrastructure in which various specific application processes and/or services are managed at the most efficient place between the actual source of the data and the cloud.

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Tags: Cloud, IoT

Who Is The Real Elon Musk?
LinkedIn
May 30, 2017
Elon Musk has become a superstar in Silicon Valley with his unique mannerisms, creative business decisions, and thirst for innovation.
He's become an inspirational figure for millions of people around the world.
The real question is, who is Elon Musk and what are his plans for the future? This article will sift through his life and pinpoint what he intends to do in the coming years.

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Tags: Innovation

What Is The LiveWorx Conference?
LinkedIn
May 22, 2017
LiveWorx is an international technology conference and marketplace for solutions designed for an increasingly connected and smart world. Whether your focus is the creation of elegant product designs, delivery of efficient service, management or brilliant factories, or disrupting entire market, LiveWorx provides a platform for showcasing what is currently happening and what the future holds.

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Tags: AI, AR/VR, Innovation, IoT

A Brief History Of Jeff Bezos And Amazon
LinkedIn
May 17, 2017
Jeff Bezos - founder of Amazon and e-commerce pioneer - was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 12, 1964. From his childhood days, Bezos was passionate about computers and computer technology.

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Tags: Innovation

Network Insights Beyond Scaling
LinkedIn
May 16, 2017
Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is way beyond any traditional concept of networking and provides great insights and guidance for future generations of networking technology.

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Tags: Cloud, Innovation, IoT

The Benefits Of SMS and Messaging For Customer Service and Customer Care
LinkedIn
May 04, 2017
More than ever, businesses need to emphasize and improve customer service. As consumers share more experiences online, they influence ever increasing numbers of other, like-minded consumers, driving the importance of customer service to an all time high.

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Tags: Customer Experience

Applications Synchronization in the New Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) World
LinkedIn
May 01, 2017

Software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) are driving the world faster and farther than any concept yet in managing and creating new approaches to complex global networks.

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Tags: Innovation, IoT

History Of Red Hat Software And Its Role In The Open Source Movement
LinkedIn
April 28, 2017
The open source movement has grown phenomenally over the past decades. A large portion of that growth can be attributed to Red Hat Inc., which is a software company that is known for providing high-quality open source software to the public.

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Tags: Innovation

The History Of Speech Recognition And A Glimpse Into Its Future
LinkedIn
April 26, 2017
With the release of Apple's Siri and comparable voice search assistance from Microsoft and Google, you might have speculated why it took so long for speech recognition innovation to progress to this stage.

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Tags: Innovation

Quantum Computing and Its Disruptive Nature
LinkedIn
April 22, 2017
What is quantum computing and why is it so disruptive? What exactly is quantum computing? Quantum computing exploits the bizarre capacity of subatomic elements to be in various states at any time.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Quantum Computing

Introduction to Data Over Sound Tech: CHIRP
LinkedIn
April 18, 2017
CHIRP is a powerful communication technology that enables the transmission of data between devices. It can readily be encoded into a specific audio stream. Any device that has a speaker can transmit a CHIRP, and most devices that have a microphone can decode the information.

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Tags: Innovation

Machine Learning And Artificial Intelligence: Are My Freelance Writing Days Numbered?
LinkedIn
April 17, 2017
Take a look around, wherever we may be, artificial intelligence is already upon us. It is no longer something that is coming in the distant future. Rather, it is something that we have been living with and will continue to live with for years to come.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation

B2B Vs. B2C Marketing: Which Social Networking Sites Are Best?
LinkedIn
April 14, 2017
There are so many different social media websites that some marketers have a tough time figuring out where they can find a good audience for their marketing message. Of course, the best way to find the best platforms for your own own business is to spend some time testing.

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Tags: Marketing

The Future Of IoT, 5G And M2M In The Automotive Industry
LinkedIn
April 13, 2017
Although many people expect the car of the future to be a self-driving car, there is much more to the digitalization of cars. The concept of a connected car has already taken root in the minds of the experts in the automobile industry.

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Tags: IoT

Using Twitter for B2B Marketing and Social Selling: Most Effective Techniques
LinkedIn
April 12, 2017
Social media marketing and social selling rank among the most effective inbound techniques today. Twitter is one of the channels that still deliver the best results for B2B sellers. About 13 percent of B2B leads come through a Twitter campaign, Oktopost statistics suggest. In addition, B2B marketers who use Twitter generate two times the leads of marketers who don't use the network.

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Tags: Social, Marketing

The Fourth Industrial Revolution - The Industrial Internet Of Things And Industry 4.0
LinkedIn
April 12, 2017
Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things or IIoT are related but different concepts. Industry 4.0 began as a German initiative to improve their industrial processes and develop a competitive manufacturing base. Industrial Internet of Things takes the Industry 4.0 concept further and refers to the process of connecting smart machines which can communicate and sense each other.

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Tags: IoT

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