The tech industry is working hard to destroy the virtual Tower of Babel. If you only speak English and Skype a Spanish speaker Microsoft will now translate your conversation in real-time. Google Translate will soon recognize popular languages and text you an instant translation.
We’re several years into the cloud revolution, and IT departments are officially on board: they’re slated to spend $13B on cloud computing this year. In-house racks and thick clients are cumbersome compared to cheap, hands-off cloud services. With costs shaved off in-house servers, IT teams can finally focus on those projects that engage users and boost company ROI.
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If your smartphone can’t read your mind yet, it will soon. Innovators and early adopters are sprinting towards the dream of a connected world, connecting everything from cars to toasters. Their exuberance is contagious. Some 10 billion devices are connected to the internet today; that number is expected to increase 10-fold by 2050. Investors are on board wanting to get in early on what is projected to be a $7.1 trillion market in less than a decade.
Remember the days when the biggest user interface (UI) challenge was how to get your website to work both in Internet Explorer and Netscape?
It’s a matter of opinion whether those were the good old days or bad old days, but one thing is clear. Now that mobile dominates online interactions, content creation has become a lot more concise and nuanced -- and the Internet of Things (IoT) is about to complicate matters. In the not-too-distant future, “do you speak my language” is going to mean more than it ever has before.
In the typical Web project, there are many steps to get your work done. You have to define the site structure, setup necessary modules, create content, make sure everything works, deploy, fix, repeat.
If you go global, the busywork gets compounded. You multiply your process by the number of languages, pages, words per page, people involved, steps involved and time zones. Some people keep track of pages in a spreadsheet, and every time a page changes, they have to copy and paste out the content, send it for translation and wait for the translation provider to email it back. Good luck avoiding errors in this process, too—by virtue of sheer volume, mistakes are bound to happen.
Throughout history, all technological revolutions have started with infrastructure, according to London School of Economics Professor Carlota Perez. The cloud revolution has born out her idea. Half a decade ago, Amazon Web Services, Google, Box and Dropbox built the infrastructure for the cloud, and saw explosive initial adoption. Now they are in a price war to see who can make cloud storage the cheapest, if not free.
From number of users to social impact score, everyone today is determining value in different ways. But there is and will always be only one true way to measure success, namely the good old bottom line.
As simple as it may sound, without positive cash flow, all companies go the way of the car phone. Generating revenue isn’t easy in today’s sophisticated business environment, which threatens constant annihilation by global competitors, commoditization or new customer demands.