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Microsoft Teams to completely replace Skype for Business

Microsoft has announced it's going all in on its new Teams enterprise chat app. The company will phase out Skype for Business as it steps up its promotion of Teams. The two apps have long overlapped each other and the gap will soon narrow further.

Bing for Business helps companies make sense of their data

Microsoft has announced Bing for Business, a new intelligent search service aimed at enterprise users. It expands the company's consumer-facing Bing search engine with Microsoft Graph integration, letting it deliver organisational results.

Waste industry needs to wake up to digital technology

The waste collection industry has been slow to adopt digital technology according to a business analyst group. In unregulated areas, established companies are starting to face challenges from start-ups.

ARM explains how it'll get one trillion IoT devices online

IoT is expected to explode over the next decade as growing numbers of connected devices come online. This poses challenges across several domains, ranging from security and networking to trust. ARM recently explained how it's tackling the issues.

Cloud skills shortage threatens digital transformation

An acute skills shortage is impeding digital transformation at large enterprises across the world. According to a new report, $258m a year is being lost owing to a lack of cloud expertise. IT leaders are finding themselves ill-placed to manage new tech.

Ford uses Microsoft HoloLens to accelerate its car design

Ford has started using Microsoft's HoloLens headset to streamline its car development process. The company is using the mixed reality device to more rapidly iterate over design prototypes, allowing it to test the look of different parts in near real-time.

Aging infrastructure still impeding digital transformation

Digital transformation strategies are being "held back" by a reliance on legacy tech, according to a new report. As companies try to modernise their IT, they remain restricted by aging infrastructure that can't be migrated to the cloud.

Kyle Stevens opens up about digital transformation of journalism Special

New York celebrity interviewer and media personality Kyle Stevens opened up about his inspiration to pursue journalism, and he discussed the digital transformation of contemporary journalism.

Fashion brand Lafayette 148 New York goes digital

New York - Firstborn and Isobar have been hired by fashion brand Lafayette 148 New York to lead digital and e-commerce transformation for the business. This signals changes within the fashion sector.

Digital transformation trends for the fashion industry

The days of consumers solely being altered as to the coming trends from the fashion industry by the major shows is receding and the fashion sector is turning to digital methods to promote the latest lines.

APIs recurring theme in digital transformation

APIs are the driving force behind successful digital transformations. They're enabling growing numbers of digital strategies, offering companies "off-the-shelf" tools to build new technologies. Amid a culture of rapid change, APIs give firms leverage.

Cyberattack risk grows as businesses embrace IoT

The Internet of Things is gaining momentum as businesses aim to get ahead in the race to digital. The rush to adopt IoT tech is raising the cyberattack risk. Often, IoT devices are poorly secured and inadequately maintained, turning them into targets.

British warships to get 'Siri-style' controls for digital warfare

Britain's new warships will be equipped with a voice-control system akin to Apple's Siri. The Royal Navy is bringing itself up to date with the digital era. IT will be used across its vessels and weapons to create a flexible fleet for "decisive" action.

Op-Ed: GE learns that IoT doesn't scale as it rethinks digital strategy

GE faced troubles last week as its stock slipped amid concerns its digital transformation isn't paying off. GE is finding it can't scale industrial IoT, its most important emerging service. This demonstrates the trend towards specialised platforms.

Increased take-up of digital technology by human resources

The image of the old-style personnel manager clutching a cardboard file and using this to check an employee’s record is fading. Today’s human resources departments are taking advantage of the latest digital technology offerings.

Advancements with the digital transformation of shipping

Connected trucks are seen as the future of road haulage; similarly, connected ships are seen as an important step for the development of the transportation of goods by sea. A new generation of digital tools are creating smart ships.

EU could relax banking software rules in response to fintech rise

The EU is considering relaxing banking software rules to help banks resist competition from fintech providers. As fintech usage surges, traditional lenders are finding they're unable to invest in their own web-based platforms due to European regulations.

GE's stock slumps further as digital strategy starts to fall flat

GE's stock has dropped to a two-year low after a J.P. Morgan analyst expressed concerns about growth. The fall has worsened GE's market slump, triggered by lasting problems with its Predix software. Predix is supposed to be a keystone of digital industry.

Travel retail catching up on e-commerce

Travel retail is big business, especially at major airports. This sector has, however, been slow to adopt digital technologies. This is about to change according to industry surveys.

Adobe and Microsoft team up for 'the future of work'

Adobe and Microsoft have announced a partnership designed to define the "future of work" through digital transformation. The two productivity companies are pushing a strategic alliance that will see them work together to digitally transform workforces.

New technology is changing auto shoppers' experiences

The automotive sales industry is experiencing a change in the manner in which buyers are perceiving car ownership, use, and operation. Accompanying this are also changes in the way customers' purchasing experience is modified by new technology.

Is automation creating retail jobs?

Automation could be creating jobs in retail. According to a new report, the rise of ecommerce is driving an increase in employment that’s sufficient to offset industry automation. The unexpected finding has been attributed to improved service quality.

Huawei announces new cloud architecture to rival 'big four'

Huawei has detailed its plan to build a cloud network positioned to rival Google, Amazon and Microsoft. The company is making no secret of its intention to be one of the biggest in the cloud computing industry. It's coming somewhat late to the game.

Soaring commercial drone use heightens 'privacy invasion' fears

The surge in commercial drone usage risks the "invasion of privacy" and personal injury, according to a study released today. As the business applications of drones increase, the survey authors say new tailored insurance policies will be needed.

Lego announces layoffs as it forces itself towards digital

Lego is laying off 1,400 employees after posting its first sales slump in a decade. The company conceded the future is digital as children's toys move onto phone displays and computers. It said it will seek opportunities to "engage with kids and parents."

Catching the digital manufacturing wave

Beyond the debate on global trade, the idea of the Fourth Industrial Revolution has emerged as the focus for prolonged value creation in the sector on the backbone of connectivity and advances in big data, artificial intelligence and automation.

Digital transformation in retail means even more targeting

Retailers are coming under pressure to incorporate digital strategies into their customer experiences. As they find themselves overshadowed by firms like Facebook and Google, retailers are having to employ more aggressive targeting to reach new customers.

Life after death? Companies weighing up digital technologies

The companies maintaining the presence of someone after they have died may not immediately spring to mind when it comes to digital transformation; however several startups have services to maintain a person’s social media presence.

Drummer Chris Nichols talks Brand of Julez, Bret Michaels, future Special

Chris Nichols, the drummer from the hard rock group Brand of Julez, chatted with Digital Journal. He discussed opening for Bret Michaels at Mulcahy's, and talked about the digital transformation of music.

Digital transformation leads to efficient materials cycles

A new report suggests digital transformation can pave the way for resource-efficient materials cycles. The study looks at the German economy and notes only 14 per cent of the raw materials used in industry are recycled. Digital technology can change this.
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