What is AVS?
AVS is Amazon’s intelligent cloud service that allows you as a developer to voice-enable any connected product with a microphone and speaker. Users can simply talk to their Alexa-enabled products to play music, answer questions, get news and local information, control smart home products and more.
Join the community of developers who are revolutionizing how consumers interface with technology through the power of voice, with the Alexa Voice Service Developer Preview.
AVS is coming to the UK and Germany in early 2017. Sign up to be notified when the service is available.
Fuente: Alexa Voice Services
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016 Hype Cycle Special Report Distills Insight From More Than 2,000 Technologies
The technologies on Gartner Inc.’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2016 reveal three distinct technology trends that are poised to be of the highest priority for organizations facing rapidly accelerating digital business innovation.
Transparently immersive experiences, the perceptual smart machine age, and the platform revolution are the three overarching technology trends that profoundly create new experiences with unrivaled intelligence and offer platforms that allow organizations to connect with new business ecosystems.
The Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report is the longest-running annual Gartner Hype Cycle, providing a cross-industry perspective on the technologies and trends that business strategists, chief innovation officers, R&D leaders, entrepreneurs, global market developers and emerging-technology teams should consider in developing emerging-technology portfolios.
“The Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies is unique among most Hype Cycles because it distills insights from more than 2,000 technologies into a succinct set of must-know emerging technologies and trends that will have the single greatest impact on an organization’s strategic planning,” said Mike J. Walker, research director at Gartner. “This Hype Cycle specifically focuses on the set of technologies that is showing promise in delivering a high degree of competitive advantage over the next five to 10 years.” (see Figure 1)
Figure 1. Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2016
Source: Gartner (August 2016)
“To thrive in the digital economy, enterprise architects must continue to work with their CIOs and business leaders to proactively discover emerging technologies that will enable transformational business models for competitive advantage, maximize value through reduction of operating costs, and overcome legal and regulatory hurdles,” said Mr. Walker. “This Hype Cycle provides a high-level view of important emerging trends that organizations must track, as well as the specific technologies that must be monitored.”
Key Technology Trends
Transparently immersive experiences: Technology will continue to become more human-centric to the point where it will introduce transparency between people, businesses and things. This relationship will become much more entwined as the evolution of technology becomes more adaptive, contextual and fluid within the workplace, at home, and interacting with businesses and other people.
Critical technologies to be considered include 4D Printing, Brain-Computer Interface, Human Augmentation, Volumetric Displays,Affective Computing, Connected Home, Nanotube Electronics, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Gesture Control Devices.
The perceptual smart machine age: Smart machine technologies will be the most disruptive class of technologies over the next 10 years due to radical computational power, near-endless amounts of data, and unprecedented advances in deep neural networks that will allow organizations with smart machine technologies to harness data in order to adapt to new situations and solve problems that no one has encountered previously. Enterprises that are seeking leverage in this theme should consider the following technologies: Smart Dust, Machine Learning, Virtual Personal Assistants, Cognitive Expert Advisors, Smart Data Discovery, Smart Workspace, Conversational User Interfaces, Smart Robots, Commercial UAVs (Drones), Autonomous Vehicles, Natural-Language Question Answering, Personal Analytics, Enterprise Taxonomy and Ontology Management, Data Broker PaaS (dbrPaaS), and Context Brokering.
The platform revolution: Emerging technologies are revolutionizing the concepts of how platforms are defined and used. The shift from technical infrastructure to ecosystem-enabling platforms is laying the foundations for entirely new business models that are forming the bridge between humans and technology. Within these dynamic ecosystems, organizations must proactively understand and redefine their strategy to create platform-based business models, and to exploit internal and external algorithms in order to generate value. Key platform-enabling technologies to track include Neuromorphic Hardware, Quantum Computing, Blockchain, IoT Platform, Software-Defined Security and Software-Defined Anything (SDx).
“These trends illustrate that the more organizations are able to make technology an integral part of their employees’, partners’ and customers’ experience, the more they will be able to connect their ecosystems to platforms in new and dynamic ways,” said Mr. Walker. “Also, as smart machine technologies continue to evolve, they will become part of the human experience and the digital business ecosystem.”
Gartner clients can read more in the report “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2016.” This report is part of Gartner’s Hype Cycle Special Report for 2016. This Special Report provides strategists and planners with an assessment of the market hype, maturity, business benefit and future direction of more than 2,000 technologies, grouped into 11 topic areas. Learn more in the complimentary webinar “Gartner Hype Cycles 2016: Major Trends and Emerging Technologies.”
Emerging technologies will be further discussed during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016, the world’s most important gathering of CIOs and other senior IT executives. Follow news and updates on Twitter using#GartnerSYM.
Artificial intelligence is poised to pervade every area of business to boost revenue and improve operations.
ATLANTA — With artificial intelligence built into virtually every portion of its software stack, Microsoft’s grand vision is to make workers far more productive. But many workers are still warming to the company’s cloud productivity suite, which requires new ways of collaborating and working.
Over the past three years, Microsoft has touted Office 365services as part of its cloud-first, mobile-first vision, enabling companies to work from anywhere easily and securely. It envisions customers using services like SharePoint Online, the cloud-based collaboration tool, to exchange documents without email attachments; OneDrive to centralize file storage; and Skype for Business to enable teleconferencing and video chat.
Office 365 helped Dusseldorf, Germany-based Henkel Corp., a 140-year-old manufacturer of products including Dial soap and adhesives, step into the future.
“The demand was so strong among business users for more collaboration,” said Markus Petrak, Henkel’s corporate director of IT digital workplace. “We had such an outdated workplace.”
Rather than upgrade its Office 2003 applications, the company migrated to Office 365.
“It was rocket science two years ago, and now the business is adapting,” he said.
At the Microsoft Ignite conference here this week, the vendor fleshed out its strategy for companies like Henkel to use the entire stack of services — from the Azure cloud to Office 365 integrated with Dynamics CRM to Cortana natural language digital assistant to new Microsoft artificial intelligence (AI) technologies — to become modern, agile and customer-focused.
We recently released the Watson Conversation service to make the difficult task of automatically understanding and responding to customers as simple as possible. The service provides a nifty GUI for training and configuring intents and dialog flow. As part of the launch, we’ve created some handy getting started resources, including a video, a demo, and a basic tutorial.
At an event in South Africa, Gartner analysts look ahead to an era of mobility that goes beyond apps
As the convergence of devices, bots, things and people accelerates, businesses will need to learn how to excel at mainstream mobility, as well as prepare for a post-app era, according to analysts at Gartner.
Speaking at a symposium in South Africa, Gartner vice-president and distinguished analyst David Willis laid out his version of a possible future for the mobile world.
Willis said although users would continue to use mobile apps, the overall importance of apps in terms of delivering services would begin to diminish in the next few years, and bots and virtual personal assistants (VPAs) will begin to replace some app functionality.
“The post-app era means that there will be more data and code in the cloud and less on the device, thanks to the continuous improvement of cellular network performance,” said Willis.
“The post-app era will be an evolving process through 2020 and beyond. It has already begun and organisations should prepare for it by being agile and tactical, planning for new skills, assessing the opportunities created by the post-app era, and developing a digital business strategy that integrates different technologies.”
A driving force behind the move to models of mobility that are less reliant on apps will be the anticipated growth of the internet of things (IoT), said Gartner.
Willis predicted with bring your own device (BYOD) and bring your own application (BYOA) becoming the norm for the majority of organisations, a new trend – predictably dubbed bring your own thing (BYOT) – will emerge, and it will help introduce some of these new interaction techniques and platforms that will dilute the need for dedicated apps.
According to Gartner, in the next 18 months a quarter of new mobile apps will be able to talk to IoT devices. For now, said Willis, an app or browser will be the preferred mode of communication between an IoT device and a smartphone, but it will quickly be challenged by a number of trends and emerging technologies.
This editorial covers the pros and cons of HTML5 and native mobile app development. See how native app development can give you an edge.
Marketplace analysts and mobile strategists love telling us that the debate of HTML5 vs. local apps is highly overstated. What’s more important is the general approach, they say. The readiness of your enterprise systems for mobile. The supply of mobile talents. The options of your improvement groups. The fee/gain analysis, etc.
But from what we’ve seen, the debate is pretty much over. While HTML5 has made good progress within the past few years, and while app builders still cite HTML5 as their most-used mobile platform (understandably, given their generic ability units!), the market definitely dictates the selection of native mobile structures.
Customers Decide on Local Apps
Studies indicate that mobile experience has a massive effect on how purchasers view an emblem and interact with it. Oracle recently had a look at has discovered that more than half (55%) of surveyed customers said a bad app might put them off using a company’s services or products.
If you are a consumer-targeted, market-pushed company, probabilities are that your customers have already spoken — and you’ve taken notice. What we see again and again is organizations choosing an HTML5 or hybrid app and getting bitterly disenchanted with their customers’ reaction. The organizations who put out local apps, on the other hand, have an immediate, aggressive advantage.
Working example: Delta’s native Fly Delta app and its superior overall performance vs. its competitors’ web-based apps. Customers who fly often depend upon consumer-pleasant native features to quickly get records, submit itinerary modifications, and more. Web (HTML5) apps clearly do not offer the easy experience local apps are well-known for. Domino Pizza, likewise, dazzled users with its overhauled local app, leaving its competition to play catch-up.
Why Do Local Apps Stand Out?
Allow’s look at some variations between the dominant mobile strategies currently in play in establishments.
- A brief choice for making existing content available via a mobile tool.
- Simplest needs to be built once and could be usable for every tool.
- Inferior user experience: Users anticipate their mobile apps being specific: a compelling person interface; unique functions taking benefit of mobile device hardware; applicable push messaging. Those are notably limited with mobile websites, which are commonly supposed to genuinely show information.
- Inferior performance: Prolonged load instances and incapability to feature in offline or low-bandwidth mode may be a prime turnoff. In line with Flurry, mobile users spend 86% of their time on mobile internal apps rather than in the browser.
HTML5 or Hybrid Mobile App
- A mobile app built with HTML5 or comparable technology can come up with the ‘area’ on a consumer’s mobile phone that can be used to bridge some of the gaps among native apps and a mobile website.
- HTML5 or hybrid (wrapped) apps are an appealing route for teams that have Internet development capabilities and want to build mobile apps to provide extra engagement.
- An HTML5 app is, basically, a mobile website wrapped in ‘sheep’s clothing.’ all the UX/overall performance issues mentioned above will nonetheless follow. As those apps require a constant net connection, they restrict the customers’ functionality to utilize them in low/no bandwidth areas.
- Those apps could be built with the exact same feature for every tool; without a unique function that customers have come to expect in a mobile experience.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stated that making a bet on HTML5 became his biggest mistake with mobile.
Native Mobile App
Custom, native mobile apps offer excellent consumer enjoyment with the most functionality.
- Rich, clean UI.
- Use of cutting edge device talents.
- Faster load instances compared to web apps.
- Sturdy performance in online or offline.
- Higher discoverability.
- Superior security in comparison to HTML5.
- Require improvement for each mobile platform.
- Local improvement capabilities are expensive!
It’s still a relatively new area, but a CI/CD pipeline exists to be speedy. Expert Abraham Marin Perez shares his secrets for getting to a quick build.
If your builds aren’t happening fast enough, the culprit is probably your pipeline. Expert Abraham Marin Perez explains how to diagnose and treat the problem.
Abraham Marin Perez is an independent Java developer, speaker and Agile advocate. He is speaking at JavaOne 2016 in San Francisco about keeping your continuous integration and continuous delivery, or CI/CD, pipeline as fast as possible. SearchSoftwareQuality caught up with Perez right before the conference began.
In your experience, is it common for companies to lose control of their CI/CD pipeline? Is there a way to set up the pipeline from the beginning to avoid this?
Abraham Marin Perez: In a way, yes. They wouldn’t call it ‘losing control,’ but I think that, although there are some really innovative companies that have some very sophisticated CI/CD pipelines, most companies are still at the point of simply trying to get a fully functional automated build. I mean, I have seen places where they don’t even have a reproducible way to produce a deployable package — everything is still a manual compendium of independently built modules that have to be put together on site … you can imagine that amount of trial and error that this requires. For these companies, simply achieving automation, without worrying about how long the build takes, is already a huge win.
The problem with achieving a fast build is that this is a relatively new practice, and we haven’t figured out yet a standardized or normalized process for it. There are some guidelines or practices, but when you look at different CI/CD pipelines in different places, you realize everything is quite customized. But, also, even if such a way was possible, I don’t think it’s a general concern right now: The first thing is making sure you have an automated build, then you can worry about making it work fast.
CONTINUAR LEYENDO: Here’s how to speed up your CI/CD pipeline and get a fast build