TIBCO: Universal Connectivity

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A way to make everything work together.

“Connect every element of your business, on and off the cloud.” 

An average day can feel like a constant process of opening up one application, closing it, and opening up the next. Soon enough, you’re storing pockets of data in different places and keeping a master index of where everything lives. TIBCO is here to change that. Their connectors will transform your business from a complicated web, into an easy to manage ecosystem. Regardless of what your unique business needs are, TIBCO can help you.

Toolkit for Everyone 

Whether you just want an out-of- the-box solution, an API modeling tool or an industry-standard protocol, TIBCO has the perfect connector for you. Facebook, Amazon, Salesforce, SAP— got those covered, too. TIBCO’s helpful sales staff will learn about your unique business and make sure you walk away with the perfect set of connectors for your needs.

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Effortless Integration

When TIBCO creates their products, they’re always looking for ways to make putting them to work as easy as possible. TIBCO’s main goal is to save your IT team headaches and to save you time and money. That’s why all of their connectors require zero code to implement. With TIBCO Connectors, you get one standardized drag and drop interface for all of your on-premises applications and cloud services in one place, and, adding in new connectors is as simple as downloading an app from the app store.

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Connections Go Deep

TIBCO doesn’t just build surface connections that make two services talk to one another. TIBCO creates deep integrations that let you share data and application-specific features between any suite of services. They’re there to make your whole ecosystem work in harmony.

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Fluent in the Services You Use

These are just a few of TIBCO’s dozens of connectors and adapters:

  • Salesforce
  • Facebook
  • SAP CRM
  • Amazon RDS
  • Oracle E-Business Suite
  • NetSuite

Capabilities

1A Prospect Leaves Gives You Info

We help Marketo connect to third-party sources to gain even more information, and then send the enriched data to Salesforce where a lead is generated.

 

2Someone Tweets About Your Product

Our Twitter connector spots it, and uses their profile information to find a match in Salesforce. Then, we add that information to the lead and alert you to take action.

3There’s a Delay in Your Supply Chain

Don’t worry! Not only can we use Hadoop to identify factors that cause delays before they cause trouble, we’ll update relevant opportunities in Salesforce so you can let customers know as soon as possible.

4We’re There When You Seal the Deal

The order is automatically created in SAP, which in turn generates an order number that is automatically sent back to Salesforce. All you need to do is celebrate.

5Setting Up Your Next Steps

Once an opportunity is won, we help Salesforce automatically create an account in ServiceNow so all the tools you need going forward are at your fingertips.

6A Better Process from Start to Finish

TIBCO Connectors lets your sales team manage each step, from lead generation to product support, right in Salesforce. They’ll have a clearer view of their customers, and customers will have a better experience overall.

 

 

 

 

References:
http://www.tibco.com/solutions/universal-connectivity

 

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TIBCO’s API Mashery

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TIBCO’s API Mashery has made it feasible for companies to provide excellent customer service as well as create, analyze and manage APIs in a secure and scalable environment. Fortunately, expertise at iTechtions educate clients on how to use API Mashery, helping clients capture the right information at the right times through interconnection with its current integration platform.

TIBCO API Mashery is able to:

  • Help its clients deliver high productivity and actively monitor the API lifecycle, which incorporates activities such as cloud data, creating API’s, choreography, transformation, managing partners, managing
  • Traffic, productize APIs and, analytics
  • Make sure the needs of developers and applications using the API are being met and handled effectively
  • Automate and control connections between an API and the applicants who use it
  • Provide a codeless developer environment, as well as B2B partnerships, developer engagement, Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile access

The several advantages of API have allowed more than 175 companies, a few being Dubber Pty Ltd, Citibank, Coca-Cola, Sabre and USA TODAY, to have great experiences. Dubber Pty mentions how API Mashery “has been on
e of the smoother integrations/ implementations they’ve been involved in over the last 20+ years” and how it has been “a great achievement for both Mashery and Dubber teams.” Other success stories involve exceptional customer service, such as customers in a Best-Buy store being able to use the barcode of any product and find out on the spot if they have adequate Citi-Reward points from Citibank.  Redundancy, internal innovation, and long-term viability can be achieved with API, and expertise at iTechtions can educate your company about this database and enable you to explore any number of emerging channels.

 

 

10 Skills to Look For When Hiring Tech Talent (Hard & Soft Skills)

Searching to find the best candidate can sometimes be a difficult and tedious process. There are many aspects to consider, and ultimately, you just want to hire an individual who can adapt well and fit into your company culture. Any employer wants to find individuals who not only have the necessary hard skills for the job, but at the same time embody the soft skills which are just as important to have.

Listed below are the top 10 Skills to look for when hiring tech talent. 5 of which are Hard Skills, followed by the other 5 Soft Skills.

Hard Skills

  1. Database Administration

The challenges and opportunities of big data are making database administration more crucial than ever. Interest in big data have significantly increased throughout the years, since through it, companies can learn more about their customers. Every company should want to be aware of all that is stored in their internal systems and ultimately collect data from sources. These sources can be from but not limited to the Web, social media sites and third parties. Hence, it is advisable to focus on individuals that are able to construct a logical data map of the company’s systems and collect relevant data, and then report to their management team.

  1. Help Desk and Technical Support

There needs to be technical professionals that are able to aid and support non-technical users. Especially when gaining more clients, there will be subsequently more demands, so it is vital to adhere to their needs. A candidate who Blog Image 3is able to communicate clearly and efficiently with customers is tech talent you need to look for. A big role of this skill is to ensure that no clients are left without answers or explanations if they have any questions or concerns with the products or services provided by your company.

  1. Mobile Application Development

In today’s time, mobile devices have become a massive part of the consumer and corporate worlds.  Giving portability to technology is not just an opportunity, but it is imperative to keep up with current trends. The development of mobile applications continues to be a huge advantage in many business companies. A candidate that possess this skill is beneficial to your company with their ability to create mobile applications that can enhance and help boost your company’s status.

  1. Programming and Application Development

Tech talents with software-developingBlog Image 5 skills are extremely fundamental to any company. Software developers and programmers are deemed to be a difficult position to fill. This is why you want to look for candidates who are capable of delivering customized solutions, which is an asset to have in your organization. In recent studies, there aren’t many students who are pursuing information technology. Utilizing a recruitment agency or having a strong recruiter in your company can help to fill this position efficiently.

  1. Networking

Creating effective links between systems is a fundamental skill for today’s IT professionals. Networking is about making connections and building enduring, mutually beneficial relationships. Thus, look for candidates who have experience and the enthusiasm to partake in networking. From using social media sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter, to attending conferences that can advertise your company’s brand to its full potential.

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Soft Skills

  1. Adaptability

Organizations in the IT industry are constant changing, growing and evolving in order to keep up with changing market demands. This is why talent that’s adaptable is a valuable asset to your company. “If you’re not finding the right people who have learning agility, who can listen to feedback and evolve, you’re not going to do well as a company. You are looking for someone with a ‘change orientation,’ who can obviously take on new skills and challenges and thrive”, says Jennifer Shappley, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition.

  1. Potential for Growth

It is important to recognize that many IT companies and start-ups are rapidly growing, which means that it is essential to look for talent that will not only fill today’s roles, but advance and develop with the company. “Can they grow with us? Are they able to take on different roles and succeed?” are questions to consider when looking for talent.

  1. Culture Fit

Although there isn’t a definite definition, cuBlog Image 2lture fit continues to be an important aspect to look into about a candidate. Ask questions like “Do candidates share your values? Do they have a variety of skills they’d need to succeed?” (Shappley, May 2016). Applicants who have similar values as your company are the ones you want to hire.

  1. Leadership

Even though this is a broad term, searching for a candidate who is an independent thinker, has a strong voice and a willingness to speak up are necessary to consider. At the same time, you want to look for candidates who are engaged in their company and community, those who are willing to give back without hesitation.

  1. Collaboration

Another key skill to consider is the ability to collaborate with others from different aspects of the company. Candidates who have worked in a matrixed environment, where they have experience working with teams cross-functionally is proven that they will be successful.  This shows that they are flexible, work well with others and are able to communicate effectively with multiple people.

Sources:
http://www.itnews.com/article/3184920/hiring/6-soft-skills-employers-should-be-looking-for-in-tech-talent.html?platform=hootsuite
http://culturefit.com/chicago-top-skills-tech-talent/
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http://www.infoworld.com/article/3166032/it-careers/the-value-of-soft-skills-in-a-high-tech-world.html
https://thenextweb.com/entrepreneur/2014/11/22/every-company-know-hiring-tech-talent/#.tnw_J7YLbc2h
http://startupheretoronto.com/partners/techvibes/tech-leaders-fed-up-with-talent-shortage-in-canada/
https://www.collegesearch.in/information-technology-in-india

Move over Humans, Software is taking over What You Can Do; Quicker and Beyond Human Capabilities

“Software is eating the world.” This quote is by Marc Andreessen, a Silicon Valley investor who made this statement back in 2011. In retrospect, it was controversial but not opposed.

Five years later, software is everywhere. It powers the current rising trend of robots, drones and artificial intelligence (AI). Your future surgeon, journalist, composer, soldier, translator may not be a person you know — but a thing.

Let’s have a look some unconventional and beneficial things robots, drones and AI can do better than you can today.

What Jobs Robots Can Do better than Humans

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1. Bartender

Already, robots today can be a bartender and mix you a perfect cocktail. At the Royal Caribbean cruise ship of the future, this bartender knows 300 cocktails and complete them promptly. If you’re not sure what you feel like having, you can even pick a theme where it will give you about 20 to 25 suggestions to choose from.

2. Pharmacist

Humans can make various errors when dispensing medication: not providing the correct dosage, drugs that look identical, a mix up of people with the same name, and the dreaded doctor’s illegible handwriting. Here at the University of California, a robot packages and dispenses them through reading prescriptions by computer. It was reported that no errors were made in the 350,000 doses in the first phase-in. Additionally, the robot can identify if medications a person is taking won’t interact with each other.

3. Journalist

In the near future, especially with stories with tons of number analysis, robots can write short stories and search for statistics in industries like sports or market reports. For example, a program by Narrative Science writes short sports recaps. However, robots aren’t creative, so there’s still an open job prospect there.

Alright, enough with the robots, what about drones? How can this little flying thing change the world?

What Drones can do better than Humans

Photo: Drone devliering medical supplies to Rural Virginia Clinic

1. Save lives
Drones can transport medicine, supplies, medical equipment to the site of an accident within a minute! Compared to an ambulance driving to the site, that fraction is really the factor of life-and-death.

2. Handle with Nuclear Waste
Engineers are in process of developing drones that can help transport hazardous nuclear materials for disposal. That way humans won’t be exposed to the dangers. To add,  drones can be developed by protection of the environment and natural habitats, early detection of forest fires, monitoring of pollution levels and humanitarian aid in search and rescue scenarios.

3. Construct Tall Buildings
Drones are already being used by the construction industry for aerial mapping, which is taking a photo at an elevated bird’s eye view. Drones can detect structural problems without risking the lives of humans by climbing into the high-rise structures.

What AI can do
AI superstar Watson is a bunch of processors the size of three pizza boxes that devours and computes data at warp speed.
Photo: IBM’s Watson, the AI supermachine

1. Work in Environments Humans cannot Survive

Areas like deep space, the bottom of the ocean sea, or inside a radioactive reactor, these are places humans physically cannot survive. Today, there are sophisticated robots who can match the dexterity and speed of humans thanks to a UC Berkley team whom used deep learning to teach robots fine motor skills, such as screw caps on bottles, or use the back of a hammer to remove a nail from wood.

2. Translate
Language barriers can be broken today as there are many resources out there.
Google Translate app can immediately translate text in 27 languages. Skype is using neural network technology which attempts to copy the human brain in order to understand human speech and instantly translate from English to Spanish. Microsoft, the owner of Skype, is attempting to expand it to all languages.

3. Deliver the Correct Medical Diagnosis

IBM “Watson”, the AI superstar, was the winner in 2011 against Jeopardy! human champions. Ongoing forward, one of the things this AI has done is focus on oncology and the diagnosis of cancers. In making a diagnosis, Watson’s accuracy in detecting lung cancer was 90%. Human physicians accuracy rate was 50%.

Afterthoughts:
It appears the pace of software development is not stopping or slowing down. The reality is that there still is an huge gap between what many people do and what robots, drones and AI can replace. Where do we draw the line? Is this a concern? Or are we just making our human lives better for the future?

Sources:
‘Software is eating the world’: How robots, drones and artificial intelligence will change everything
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/9-jobs-robots-already-do-better-than-you-2014-01-27
http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/21/7256437/i-spent-a-weekend-on-the-high-tech-cruise-ship-of-tomorrow
http://www.mtv.com/news/2219507/good-things-about-drones
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http://www.wsj.com/articles/drone-delivers-medicine-to-rural-virginia-clinic-1437155114

Internet of Things: the Dangerous Revolution?

Internet of Things: the Dangerous Revolution?

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been dubbed many names: Internet of Systems, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0; despite the multiple names, there are universal concerns.

1. Security

Security is one of the biggest key issues when it comes it IoT.  There is a greater potential to hack more systems. Products need to find a way to stay updated. They should be changed frequently or be strong. Otherwise, these are some of things that had happened:

  • “Smart” traffic lights were hacked; driving could be a nightmare
  • Hackers at the Black Hat security conference compromised a Nest thermostat in front of a live audience:  the thermostat transformed into spy that can learn routines of the inhabitants of a certain home or office
  • Bugging and hacking an entire home: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27373328
  • Car electronics taken over remotely: The electronics within a car can be hacked, taking control of the headlights, locks, steering and even the brakes.
  • IoT botnet – thingbot: An IoT botnet (or thingbot) is a group of hacked computers, smart appliances and Internet-connected devices that have been co-opted for illicit purposes

2. Privacy

Privacy, although similar, is not the same as security. There is a high risk for identity theft, going after financial information, obtaining information from corporations or governments. And guess what — the Big Money in IoT is in Big Data. This is dangerous because these sensors are learning everything about you. Your routine, habits…the more they know about you and how you behave, the easier of a target you’ll be.

3. Device Interaction

Things will be full of bugs, constantly requiring updates, newer versions will come out. Also, how do we know how to track and monitor things? Measure and optimize performance? How will the devices communicate with each other? Are smartphones the constant link to the devices? How do we deal with malicious attacks? There’s a lot of questions and issues to address

Protection: Fight Back!

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Despite these concerns, IoT is a growing investment being made. We can only well equip ourselves. What can we do?

1. Strengthen your networks:

Ensure that only authorized devices and people can get access; consent and knowledge is always the first line of defense against attackers

2. Stay up to date

Make sure your software is up to date: security updates, but also staying on top of potential issues your devices might have

3. Know what you are putting in or on your body

WiFi pacemakers can’t hurt you if you’re not using it. Smart contacts might be a thing of the future but what happens if it goes wrong? You’ll only be hurt if you allow them to and consent should be given by you. For example. if you will be getting something new implanted on yourself, get all the details on what device is capable of. Read the fine print or seek professional opinion if necessary

The Internet of Things still has a bright future. It may always be vulnerable and unsafe, but we can do our best to prepare ourselves, as a producers and consumers of the new world that is coming.

Sources: http://anandmanisankar.com/posts/IoT-internet-of-things-good-bad-ugly/

http://www.networkworld.com/article/3026315/internet-of-things/6-critical-issues-facing-the-internet-of-things.html

http://www.slashgear.com/the-internet-of-things-will-always-be-vulnerable-12451599/

 

 

 

Smartphones: Yesterday, Today and the Future

It is no secret the future we thought we’d only see in movies is a reality today. Looking at the cell phone we went from physically big to small, to big again, but equipped with amazing features and endless apps to equip and personalize it to you. Once upon a time, a phone was simply used to send and receive calls. Today, we can e-mail, browse the web, banking, and so on.

Let’s commemorate by looking at the typical cell phone 20 years ago.

Yesterday: 1996

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When the Motorola StarTAC came out, it was revolutionary as the first flip phone. External antennas got shorter and if you owned this phone, you were lucky to have such a slim phone.

Yesterday: 2006

 

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10 years doesn’t seem so far away, but having a look at our phones may make us feel old. Kids today will never realize the struggle of texting with T9, what a luxury it was to have data and internet on our phones. Watching videos have never been so hard on our eyes. These phones took a more personalized approach to cater to the end user.

Today: 2016

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You might be living under a rock if you don’t own a smartphone today…or we’ll say you’re old fashioned 🙂 Today’s smartphone is your mp3 player, camera, camcorder, alarm clock, personal trainer, newspaper…you name it! We’ve gone buttonless touchscreen technology and even cooler features like fingerprint recognition to get into that movie sci-fi vibe.

The Smartphone of Tomorrow?

What would we like to see in our smartphones of the future?

Flexibility

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Flexible display screens are already becoming a thing. The technology used in flexible smartphones is known as OLED or Organic Light-Emitting Diode. Here are some of the benefits:

1. Better Durability – 
Since flexible displays employ OLEDs made out of plastic, they provide more durability as compared to traditional glass displays. In other words, this reduces the chances of your smartphone display being smashed to smithereens when you drop it.

2. Lighter Weight – Did you know that plastic is lighter than glass? The atomic composition of plastic makes it relatively lighter in mass than glass of equal size. Plastic OLEDs can make the devices lighter.

3. Thinner Dimensions – Flexible displays can allow smartphone devices to be manufactured with thinner dimensions and in shapes different than the conventional rectangular screen.

Holographic

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Holographics would make an interesting use of our phones. Being able to see things in 3D light projection could take mobile games to newer heights. In the picture above, Holoflex claims to be the first smartphone to combine flexibility with holography.

Transparency

Let’s face it, it just look really cool. Imagine the capabilities with 360 degree camera. Makes taking that selfie a little easier.

This ends our trip down memory lane. What future trends would you like to see in your smartphone?

Sources:
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/flexible-smartphones/
http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/5/11604680/holoflex-flexible-holographic-smartphone

 

 

Virtual Reality vs. Augmented Reality: Match-Up

With the recent release of Pokemon Go, augmented reality has been on the rise. However, it isn’t the only reality that is being challenged. Virtual reality has also been a game-changer in today’s world. Which will be more prevalent in the future? Here’s our match-up. Before we begin…

What is Virtual Reality (VR)?

According to Augmented.com, Virtual reality (VR) is an artificial, computer-generated simulation or recreation of a real life environment or situation. It delivers an experience of being in the simulated reality, mainly with visual and hearing sense enhancement.

Virtual reality is is done through VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language), a coding language which can be used to create a series of images, and specify what types of interactions are possible for them.

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What is Augmented Reality (AR)?

Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that layers computer-generated enhancements atop an existing reality in order to make it more meaningful through the ability to interact with it. AR is developed into apps and used on mobile devices to blends digital components into the real world in such a way that they enhance one another, but can also be told apart easily.

AR technology is quickly coming into the mainstream. It is used to display score overlays on telecasted sports games and pop out 3D emails, photos or text messages on mobile devices. Leaders of the tech industry are also using AR to do amazing and revolutionary things with holograms and motion activated commands.

Similarities

  • Technology: both utilize same types of technology and exist to give the end-user an enhanced or enriched experience
  • Environment: new artificial worlds come to life under the user’s control, and deeper layers of interaction with the real world are also achievable
  • Science and Medicine: huge potential in changing the landscape of the medical field by making things such as remote surgeries a real possibility. These technologies been already been used to treat and heal psychological conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). They have also been key to training medical students by replacing textbooks by using the technology to teach anatomy

Differences

  • Purpose: Augmented reality enhances experiences by adding virtual components such as digital images, graphics, or sensations as a new layer of interaction with the real world. Contrastingly, virtual reality creates its own reality that is completely computer generated and driven.
  • Delivery Method:
    • Virtual Reality is usually delivered to the user through a head-mounted, or hand-held controller. This equipment connects people to the virtual reality, and allows them to control and navigate their actions in an environment meant to simulate the real world.
    • Augmented reality is being used more and more in mobile devices such as laptops, smart phones, and tablets to change how the real world and digital images, graphics intersect and interact

Can they work in conjunction?

Yes! The two don’t always have to go head-to-head. Sometimes, the two are blended to create a more immersing experience. For example, haptic feedback-the vibration and sensation that occurs when interacting with graphics-is considered an augmentation. It is commonly used within a virtual reality setting, thus, making the experience feel more real with the sensation of touch.

Conclusion:

VR and AR can influence the world by changing how one user experience various areas, whether it is learning or gaming. It definitely adds a new element of interaction between digital devices and the real world. Whether it is used by itself or integrated, they are undoubtedly opening up worlds-both real and virtual alike.

Sources:

http://www.wareable.com/vr/virtual-reality-vs-augmented-reality-which-is-the-future

http://www.augment.com/blog/virtual-reality-vs-augmented-reality/