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Pandemic Drives Digital Transformation in Retail

pandemic drives digital transformation in retail

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The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves through our world as we know it, changing just about every facet of how business is done. One area that was immediately hit due to stay-at-home orders was the retail industry. Revenue in clothing stores was down 78 percent in April, leading J.C. Penney, Neiman Marcus, and J.Crew to file for bankruptcy. May retail sales showed a positive uptick, but the long-term COVID impacts are still highly uncertain.With shutdowns occurring, much of the retail business rapidly moved online. Those companies with scalable digital capabilities and infrastructures adjusted relatively well, while those without them were left scrambling to not just figure out immediate actions, but also to figure out their online and digital commerce strategies in the post-COVID world. Even with the country opening up, it’s unclear how much demand there will be for brick-and-mortar retail. COVID has accelerated the move to e-commerce, which will continue to take a much larger share of consumer dollars on an ongoing basis.
Organizations are taking stock of the channels needed to conduct digital commerce. This not only includes websites’ e-commerce capabilities, but also sales through partnership channels, social platforms to engage and inform customers, chatbots to …

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Manchester Community College announces free tuition, hybrid course offerings and virtual reality labs

manchester community college announces free tuition, hybrid course offerings and virtual reality labs

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Manchester Community College
MANCHESTER, NH — When Manchester Community College launches its fall semester on August 31, there will be a number of enhancements available to students to help them navigate through the challenges of the pandemic. From free tuition to hybrid course offerings to exciting new technology, this semester promises flexibility and wide-ranging options for those pursuing associate degrees or enrollment in certificate programs or individual classes.
There is new help available for students trying to figure out how to pay for community college during these difficult times. As part of the CARES Act, federal funds have now been made available to families who, because of COVID-19, are facing new challenges in trying to pay for college. This money is for tuition support for the fall of 2020 – for both current and new students, and can be used in all of MCC’s programs, including Workforce Development Center classes.  Many programs offer short-term certificate options which are building blocks to associate degrees or can be stand-alone professional credentials that can assist in employment. As of August 10, more than $200,000 has been awarded to MCC students.
 “MCC has struck a balance between minimizing risk and maximizing educational opportunities,” explains MCC President Brian Bicknell. “Many …

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Jessica Brillhart discusses the power of immersive virtual reality

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Futurists follows industry leaders across all different disciplines who are advancing their fields with technology, innovation, and fearlessness. This is a look into the future of our world as we know it – and as we don’t yet. Come back every Thursday this fall to learn about more trailblazers. Despite graduating with a degree in film and television production from New York University and working extensively at Google as a filmmaker, Jessica Brillhart believed she was capable of accomplishing more. In 2018, she founded Vrai Pictures, an XR content studio based in New York City, with the goal of giving people an immersive virtual reality experience. 

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COVID-19: Kicking Digital Transformation into Overdrive | The Union Jo

covid-19: kicking digital transformation into overdrive | the union jo

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While many businesses considered going digital, the COVID-19 pandemic has served as a massive accelerant. Businesses have moved operations remotely, with 43% of U.S. workers working off-site some or all of the time. However, many are experiencing major disruptions due to the unexpected and forced adoption of remote work, as they must quickly scale to meet the demands of customers and a decentralized workforce. Here is how COVID-19 is kicking digital transformation into overdrive.Many businesses are now realizing that investments into digital transformation are no longer simply an option; it’s vital to survival.While digital adoption or moving to remote working conditions typically takes months or even years to implement — businesses of all sizes have been thrust into digital transformation whether they planned for it or not.Businesses should devise contingency plans and strive to continually innovate to improve customer experiences and ensure steady growth. As remote work and reformed social practices are forced upon us, digital transformation is the solution to changed employee and customer expectations across all industries.The New Digital NormalIn the new normal, digital will rule as the world operates with significantly less physical interaction. To sustain remote work, companies need to modernize outdated, …

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Device-as-a-Service’s (DaaS) role in supporting digital transformation

device-as-a-service’s (daas) role in supporting digital transformation

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CIOs say that the current scenario of WFH will change the hardware industry in a major way
IT leaders point out as organizations shifted to the work-from-home; it gave rise to the new trend of Device-as-a-Service for both vendors and organizations. When the DaaS trend started in late 2019 key PC makers offered these services to their clients. Most organizations today prefer to opt for vendors with Everything as a Service option. CIOs say that in the current scenario vendors and PC makers have to opt for this service as a way of surviving through the pandemic. Such a service option will ensure meeting the consumer and business demands and expectations.
IT leaders say that when opting for DaaS service, vendors will take the devices like desktops, laptops, etc., and customize them with pre-configurations. This will ensure better security and productivity for the organizations. The monetary value for value-added services is also reduced, as firms can choose which services are on high priority. Such devices are used by the firms on a paid by consumption model rather than outright buying.
Employees Feel More Productive with WFH Model than In Office
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Virtual Reality is completely different from how you think it is?

virtual reality is completely different from how you think it is?

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Today’s era of Virtual Reality is still undergoing major change and rapid development. What we see with the help of media is just one-third of the whole deal. In the current world, where we are entitled to work on digital mediums, Virtual Reality holds a major name and surely is a game-changer. For example, last week my brother asked me to attend a VR meditation and I was completely oblivious of the fact to what it is. With the help of VR, now meditation groups can entice everyone to a common platform, two or three times a week, and conduct teaching sessions.I believe, that most people have a vague idea of Virtual Reality in today’s world. What they tend to see is more like a 3d TV or a gaming headset (thanks to Youtube, for which we have a common perception of VR). VR is indeed cool but if we take the thinking horizons and expand it, we can check to see that it is much cooler. The 3D part of VR is just a third level matter. Being a digital marketing specialist, the concept of technology baffles me. Technology advances every single moment and you need …

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Smart building tech start-up bags UK-wide build to rent deal

smart building tech start-up bags uk-wide build to rent deal

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Hamilton-based start-up Utopi has secured a deal to install its Internet of Things (IoT) technology across Moda Living’s UK-wide build-to-rent estate. Utopi’s smart building sensors measure humidity, temperature, CO2, light, noise, motion and occupancy and create a wellness score which feeds back in real-time to a database.
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Its software platform enables the sensors to automatically adjust air-conditioning, security and lighting systems, which saves money on energy costs and maintenance. Utopi was founded last year by a team including COO John Trower, a founding manager of Scottish Telecom and current chairman of Commsworld, and CTO Falk Bleyl, who held the equivalent role with Glasgow IoT firm Boston Networks. Utopi employs 12 staff. CEO Jonathan Burridge said: “We are thrilled to be working with Moda – the biggest and fastest growing purpose built BTR company in the UK – to help deliver innovative smart building technology for their portfolio, creating safer buildings and better places to live. “We’re very proud of our Scottish roots and look forward to helping Moda across all of their developments as they continue to lead the charge in UK BTR. Most exciting is that it is Moda’s mission to become the greenest …

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Schneider Electric Partners with Fortinet to Secure the Digital Transformation

schneider electric partners with fortinet to secure the digital transformation

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BOSTON, Aug. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, and Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, have joined in a strategic partnership to provide cybersecurity solutions that address the unique needs of OT networks. Under the terms of the agreement, Schneider Electric will integrate Fortinet’s firewalls, secure access and other device protection solutions into its own cybersecurity solutions to help customers secure and protect their increasingly digital operations.  
“Businesses must address cybersecurity at all levels of their operations and continuously throughout the lifecycle, especially as they continue to take advantage of new digital technologies to extract more value from their operations,” said Jay Abdallah, vice president, Cybersecurity Services, Schneider Electric. “Today, more than ever, it is critical for owner-operators to address cybersecurity risks upfront and then implement the best cybersecurity solutions for their specific needs and environments. By combining our technology, experience and expertise with Fortinet’s products, we are better able to develop and implement custom, holistic solutions that not only enable our customers’ digital transformations, but improve their ability to manage their cybersecurity risks across the operations lifecycle.”
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PCCW Global and SURE Universal combine to launch groundbreaking IoT home care medical solution

pccw global and sure universal combine to launch groundbreaking iot home care medical solution

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TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — PCCW Global and SURE Universal, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) software and platform developer, have signed an IoT Ecosystem Partnership Program (IEPP) agreement to deliver IoT home care medical solution. The collaboration aims to address the urgent need to deliver connected medical care from home, thereby reducing hospital visits for simple medical diagnostics, which in turn will help to prevent overloading medical facilities and reduce exposure to hospital-acquired infections.
The current global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the quarantine measures that have been put in place highlight the importance of reliable, cost-effective home healthcare and the role it can play in helping to address public health and safety resources. IoT medical devices, including measuring equipment and wearables used for monitoring and diagnostics, will now be able to communicate important healthcare information among patients, family members, doctors and other medical personnel.
PCCW Global’s Console Connect IoT connectivity service will support the SURE Universal platform by providing a customizable platform and interface to deliver global connectivity, simplify device management and IoT operations. The IoT connectivity service also features real-time monitoring from a single interface across multiple operator networks. The service covers over 180 countries, providing …

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Centric Software® Launches Market-Leading Digital Transformation Solutions in Russia

centric software® launches market-leading digital transformation solutions in russia

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Russian fashion and retail companies choose Centric PLM™ to empower digital transformation, remote collaboration and greater productivityCAMPBELL, Calif., Aug. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Centric Software is bringing its best-in-class Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions to brands, retailers and manufacturers in Russia, recently signing partnerships with four customers in the region. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to fashion, retail, footwear, outdoor, luxury, consumer goods and home décor companies to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.Centric PLM provides an actionable, single source of the truth for product-related data enabling fast go to market and efficient product management. Considered a necessary foundation technology for brands, retailers and manufacturers, Centric PLM enables streamlined digital collaboration across internal and external teams in order to drive product innovation, speed time to market and optimize costs. Centric Software’s PLM solutions have been developed hand-in-hand with 370+ companies representing 1,350+ brands worldwide, combining Silicon Valley expertise with industry best practices.”Fashion and retail companies in Russia realize that digital transformation is imperative, especially in the wake of the massive disruption all markets are facing,” explains Konstantin Galkin, Sales Director in Russian Federation at Centric Software. “Companies have suddenly transitioned to remote collaboration and are facing considerable uncertainty. …

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