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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Harnessing Data to Create New Revenue Streams with IoT

With over 28 billion Internet connected devices currently in use, and a projected 50.1 billion connected devices in use by 2020, there is more data being collected than ever before.

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Experience API’s: The linchpin of any great digital experiences

As the digital evolution continues to grow, enterprises own and control less and less of the solutions they build. From the channels that they’re targeting (ex. mobile app stores) to the experiences that certain platforms dictate (ex. Amazon Echo, Facebook Messenger, etc.) - the enterprise is regularly working to conform their solutions to the rules and guidelines that are being set by such governing bodies.  

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How to Manage and Retain Top Talent for IoT Projects

Internet of things (IoT) projects are as complicated as they come. Development teams that rarely used to occupy the same buildings are now coming together to make a complex ballet of data exchanges appear simple and effortless. Combine that with the demands of the modern user experience and you’re in for a challenge.

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The Solstice Siena Conversational Framework is Slack Enterprise Grid Ready

Slack moved further into the enterprise environment this week with the launch of their new product, the Slack Enterprise Grid.

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Solstice Launches Bosch VR Automated Driving at CES 2017

At CES 2017, Bosch debuted their Bosch Virtual Reality application featuring an Automated Driving VR experience. Solstice is proud to have partnered with Bosch to build and deliver this application for both Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard-enabled iOS and Android platforms. The Automated Driving VR experience is the first offering to be released on Bosch’s VR platform, with plans to release additional VR experiences in the future.

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How AWS Greengrass Brings Lambda Functions to IoT

At Amazon Web Services' latest developer conference, AWS re:Invent, AWS announced it’s expanding its serverless push by allowing IoT devices to execute AWS Lambda functions locally using a new software, AWS Greengrass. Greengrass lets developers build IoT solutions that connect different types of devices to the cloud and to each other. Greengrass allows for increased security, speed, reliability and control - all while operating at a lower cost than the AWS IoT platform.

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Creating a Culture of Gratitude

Creating a culture of gratitude can super power an organization. All of my research, observations and personal experiments around creating an engaged workplace keep coming back to prioritizing this one simple practice. Organizations that exhibit a culture of gratitude create happy and engaged employees. It encourages individuals to think and work outside of their daily roles, it empowers individuals to be more creative and it creates a web of strong social relationships that increase employee retention and inevitably helps define an organization's identity.

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AWS Unveils New AI and Machine Learning Offerings at re:Invent

At Amazon Web Services (AWS) annual AWS re:Invent conference, the company made several announcements around its growing portfolio in artificial intelligence. The announcements can be grouped into two major areas: applied artificial intelligence API’s and general purpose AI.

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Robots as a Platform for Customer Experience

Until now, robotics has seemingly been stuck in a perpetual limbo. We were given incredibly high expectations by Hollywood and the Jetson’s for what robots are capable of. Over the last few years, however, an explosion of robotics startups have emerged. These robotics companies are enabled by breakthroughs in computer vision, sensor technologies, and machine learning. These technologies have allowed robotics to move out of highly predictable environments, like manufacturing, warehouses and factory floors, where robotics has become increasingly common over the last few decades, and into customer-facing roles.

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