Solstice Express Day 2017: Innovation Hackathon Recap

For the 6th year in a row, our team just wrapped up Solstice Express Day, our annual 24-hour innovation hackathon. Based on the premise of FedEx Day, the idea behind Express Day is to practice what we believe: “There are no bad ideas or stupid questions.” Together, we take this 24 hours to throw out ideas and question what’s possible not just for our clients, not just with technology, but for humanity itself.

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WWDC 2017

Mike Koleno, Director of Solution Delivery at Solstice, met with some of our iOS developers to talk about the WWDC 2017. Listen to their conversation on Soundcloud, or read the transcript below.

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A Business Primer on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (Part 1)

There's currently a buzz about how artificial intelligence (AI), specifically machine learning, will be the next great disruptor to industry. Some are going as far as to call it the new “electricity.” Similar to the rhetoric about the cloud years ago, many people are talking about AI but relatively few actually understand it. The truth is that AI concepts and technologies can be intimidating. They were intimidating to me, and I’ve been an emerging technology engineer for over twenty years. However, I wanted to have more meaningful conversations with our data scientists and customers about the topic, so I’ve dug in, shored up my understanding, and summarized my learning into a three part primer, the first of which is below. It’s not short, but I’ve tried to make it meaningful, comprehensive, and easy to follow.

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How IIoT is Helping Employees Effectively Achieve Value

With recent advances in machine learning, machine-to-machine communication (M2M) and big data, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is rapidly impacting every industry. In a recent report, this utilization of IIoT “could add US $14.2 trillion to the global economy by 2030.” One of the biggest contributors to this increase is in how IIoT enables employees to effectively achieve value and reach their highest potential. Connecting your company’s devices with sensors and collecting data is just the beginning. Where the true value of IIoT emerges is when employees leverage this new data to improve current processes and better perform their duties.

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Google I/O 2017 Keynote: From Mobile-first to AI-first

At the Google I/O Keynote this year, the theme of the day was the ongoing paradigm shift from mobile-first to AI-first product development. With continuing advancements in voice processing and computer vision, Google is now at a point where they are increasingly approaching product development with an artifical intelligence mindset. The results are on display across a wide range of their products.

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Amazon’s 'Echo Show' Brings Video to the Voice-first Experience

Amazon just released the latest model of its expanding conversational products in the Echo family, the Echo Show. Available for pre-order here (and already hitting #1 in Amazon’s best-selling electronics list), the Echo Show is a first of its kind device for Amazon. With a seven-inch touch screen and built-in video camera, the Echo Show allows users to place a video or voice call over Wi-Fi and interact with Alexa in a new way, visually.

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Pivotal Cloud Foundry's Meteoric Rise in the Enterprise - What's it all about?

As with most new technology paradigms in today’s world, enterprise IT outfits tend to let ideas or products bake and mature before diving in. The same has proven to hold true for the cloud. While we see and work with many enterprise IT organizations at Solstice who have used the cloud to aide in their digital transformation, there are also many organizations who have just started working on their cloud strategy and roadmaps. 

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SoftBank Robotics Introduces Out-Of-The-Box Solution for Pepper in Partnership with Solstice

SoftBank Robotics America, the North American arm of SoftBank Robotics Group, announced the release of the first of several out-of-the box software solutions for Pepper, the humanoid robot. We’re proud to have partnered with SoftBank as their development partner for Promoter, a content management solution for marketers.

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Solstice Expands Conversational UX Practice by Teaming Up with Amazon Connect

Amazon Web Services has announced the launch of their latest product, Amazon Connect, at the Enterprise Connect conference in Orlando. Amazon Connect is a self-service cloud-based contact center service, and Solstice is among the first of Amazon’s partners who have the capability to bring this service to life for clients.

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Solstice 2017 Trends Roadshow: Top 5 Takeaways

In January, we realeased our 2017 Trends Report highlighting the top nine consumer, emerging technology and business trends impacting the enterprise this year. In February, we hit the road.

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