Wednesday, 26 December 2018 14:00

EPCs Position Themselves for a Rebound

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By Paul Donnelly, Director Industry Marketing, AspenTech

 

As we move into 2019, the future for the engineering and construction sector is looking more positive than it has for several years. We expect to see a continued slow but steady recovery over the next 12 months.  Despite persistent instability in oil prices, energy firms have unleashed a new wave of capital spending and money is flowing again, albeit with a sharp focus on capital efficiency.

By Garland J. Nichols, PhD, Xerox Vice President Information Security, Research & Product Development

 

The Internet of Things — really the Internet of Everything — has disrupted how we view security. It’s not just locking the front door and installing an alarm system as we do to protect physical things. We must secure every aspect of our digital presence on the Internet to be assured we are indeed secure.

By Paige Marie Morse, Chemicals Industry Lead, AspenTech

 

The chemicals sector continues to grow strongly across all regions and we expect that strength to continue during 2019. Specialty chemicals have been performing particularly well in recent times. Bulk chemicals markets are growing well too, especially in Asia where demand is strong and there is a clear drive towards self-sufficiency, and in the US, where there is a feedstock advantage. Indeed, access to cheap feedstocks continues to provide North American chemicals manufacturers with a significant cost advantage. We have already seen a huge wave of new capacity and we expect a second wave to emerge in the 2021-2024 timeframe.   

By Allison Zimmer, Communications Specialist, Commercial Excellence, Xerox

 

Between holiday stress, distracted or vacationing employees, unusual sales patterns, and managing your year-end budget, the fourth quarter isn’t the easiest time of year for business owners – especially the small business owner. Not only is everyone looking to you for answers, but keeping your business running smoothly while also trying to grow is no easy task.

Sunday, 16 December 2018 07:19

Facebook Watch: What We've Built & What's Ahead

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By Fidji Simo, Head of Video

 

2018 was a big year for Facebook Watch. Watch launched to every country around the world, we opened the platform to videos from all Pages, and debuted dozens of Facebook Originals. Amazing new content on Watch really got people talking — from Jada Pinkett Smith's breakout talk show Red Table Talk, to the critically acclaimed dramas Sorry For Your Loss starring Elizabeth Olsen and Sacred Lies from showrunner Raelle Tucker, to live LaLiga football matches in the Indian subcontinent. We also kick-started our slate of global shows with our first interactive game show Confetti expanding to six new markets this year, and MTV's The Real World arriving next year in the US, Mexico, and Thailand. And creators around the world, like Nas Daily, Jay Shetty, and Laura Clery, are thriving on the platform with their own brands of humor, insight, and creativity.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 15:37

What a Security Breach Looks Like for Your Business

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By Allison Zimmer, Communications Specialist, Commercial Excellence, Xerox

 

Cybersecurity isn’t a new issue, but it’s one that’s gaining attention. Businesses of all sizes are realizing the increasing importance of protecting their critical data, and for good reason. As we’ve written before, the cost of cybercrime is expected to rise to $6 trillion by 2021 according to market research firm Cybersecurity Ventures. And it’s a landscape that is constantly changing, which means your strategies for addressing it need to keep up.

By Islam Zeidan, General Manager UAE & MEAD, Teradata

 

In today's digital world of cloud, mobility, analytics and data, the focus for both business and consumers is to find answers to their problems. Just building a solution or buying devices and applications, without coming up with an answer, in the shortest possible time and most economical manner, will sooner or later prove meaningless and futile. The upcoming field of data sciences is focused on resolving problems raised by end-users, using a number of tools such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning.

By Rami Hmadeh, CEO, Serviceplan Group Middle East

 

Influencer marketing might be a popular new way of getting word of your product out, but its roots are in the traditional word-of-mouth (WOM) approach that’s been relied upon to build trusted brands for decades. The essence of WOM is authenticity and reliability. When someone you know or trust recommends a service or a product, it carries weight. Historically, this medium was a challenging one for brands to influence. While celebrity endorsement adds credibility, it lacks authenticity and trust. Influencer marketing attempts to bridge this gap and, as a young medium, continues to evolve.

By Gautam Kumar, Co-Founder & COO, FarEye

 

Thanks to customer expectations, the supply chain, and logistics industry have evolved significantly over the past few years. Brick and mortar processes of delivering goods and services are just not good enough. Hence, surfaces the need to deploy technologies that empower business to keep up with customers.

By Morey J. Haber, Chief Technology Officer, BeyondTrust

 

Privileged attack vectors and stolen personally identifiable information (PII) obtained have been a constantly paired news item throughout 2018. In 2019, expect privileged attack vectors to continue to reign as the number one root cause of breaches for both consumer and business data theft.

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