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GE lately has been getting very aggressive about digitizing its business, and has been pushing its "industrial internet" in a big way. Now, all indications are that this $146-billion-a-year company with 300,000-plus employees and hundreds of product lines is moving as much as it can to the cloud -- the public cloud at that. GE's COO of IT Chris Drumgoole recently unveiled GE's dramatically evolving cloud strategy in an interview with InfoWorld's Eric Knorr.
For starters, Drumgoole said, his company views internal, private and even hybrid clouds as a "stopgap" or "temporary" solution. It's all going to end up in the public cloud eventually, he says. The company already relies on cloud approaches for key applications. He noted that "north of 90 percent" of the company's new applications have been deployed within public cloud settings.
This is shifting the role of IT within GE's organization as well -- to that of a service provider to the rest of the business. Business units can go to IT to buy solutions, or they can directly to cloud environments.
At the core of GE's roadmap for the future -- and industrial internet -- is data. The company, which produces equipment as diverse as electrical turbines, jet engines, and sensors, now tracks data flowing in from all its products to spot real-time issues and improve performance. Last year, I had the opportunity to sit down with Philip Kim, who was the marketing operations leader for GE's Measurement and Control division. (Since the interview, Kim changed jobs.) While data analytics is baked deeply into GE's culture, big data analytics has been still relatively new for the company, as it is for most organizations. "Within the last couple of years, we’ve seen a sea change. We’re starting to understand just how powerful what we are collecting we can use," Kim told me.
Data is also behind GE's cloud decisions. The company is even employing an analytics-driven approach to effectively managing its cloud environments, Drumgoole explained to Knorr. The company encourages the metering of cloud usage. By monitoring usage data, line of business managers can "click on the name of an app, and see exactly how much it costs, how much resources it was using."
It’s Freitag and the weekend is upon us. Each week this column will focus on light hearted musings of the wireless industry and all of the moving parts that make this industry work. Claudia Bacco, Managing Director – EMEA, has spent her entire career the telecom, IT and Security. Having experience at an operator, software and hardware vendors and as a well-known industry analyst, she has many opinions on the market. She’ll be sharing those opinions along with ongoing trend analysis for RCR Wireless News through daily contributions going forward.
A Swiss company named Anemon is working with local dairy farmers to provide a better alternative to knowing when their cows are in heat. Sounds like a strange machine-to-machine application, but just hold on. And first a bit of background, because like me you probably aren’t a cow reproductive expert.
In order for a dairy cow to be able to produce milk she needs to have a baby. This translates into one baby per year to keep milk production at desired levels. If you aren’t successful in having a calf, you are likely out between 300 – 500 Euros in lost milk revenue per cow per year that doesn’t have a calf. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but if you have a high number of cows in your herd it can add up. And if this is your only source of income it’s even more important.
How do you know when your cow is in heat? First of all, only about 60% of cows show external symptoms when they are in heat. This means the farmer must watch the cow’s behavior and take their internal temperature four times per day for signs of it being the right time to breed. Twice during the day and twice during the night the cow’s temperature needs to be checked. So farmers aren’t getting much sleep or having much time for other farm requirements. This causes the prospects for surviving on dairy farming alone to be difficult.
Anemon’s solution not only measures the cow’s temperature but the cow’s movement. There is an internal device which is easily inserted to take the cow’s temperature and transmit that information to a small box on the cow’s bell collar. The temperature and level of movement is transmitted to the farmer’s smartphone to alert him it’s time to breed the cow.
So what do vehicles have to do with this? I spoke with Kurt Hug, chairman of the board of directors for Anemon. He is also a professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Bern, Switzerland, in the Automotive Telemetry division. When he was originally approached to help solve this problem he went to his roots in automotive telemetry to develop a solution. Why couldn’t cows with sensors be tracked in the same fashion as a vehicle fleet? You monitor a moving organism, transmit the data via the cloud to a server and take action as a result of that data. Pretty cool.
In yet another animal-related M2M application, Telit Wireless Solutions is helping to track the threatened Koala population in Australia. The Australian Koala population is targeted to be around 100,000 with 4,000 killed annually by dogs and cars. They are hard to track as they live high up in trees and their anatomy is not conducive to a normal collar.
A Koala specific collar was developed that can track their location, level of moment and if they have been involved in a vehicular accident. Similar to the cow scenario, the information is transmitted via wireless base stations to the cloud where the data can be downloaded and analyzed.
As a self-professed animal lover, it’s great to see technology being used to help provide higher levels of understanding and care for animals. I hope there’s more to come from these companies and others.
PepsiCo India and Coca-Cola India are tweaking their distribution strategy, retail initiatives and advertising plans to fight competition in the Rs 30,000-crore domestic beverage market. While PepsiCo India's game plan includes launch of new price packs, retail initiatives and brand activation programmes, Coca-Cola India is sharpening its focus on e-commerce activities, new ad campaigns and consumer connect programmes.
To start with, deviating from the traditional way, Coca-Cola India has launched its global brand ‘Coca-Cola Zero’ only on e-commerce platform Amazon.in. Coke Zero, which has $1 billion in global sales, will be sold through Coca-Cola India's 1.8 lakh outlets in 100 top towns across the country.
PepsiCo has announced on its website that it plans to roll out Pepsi True, made with sugar and stevia, this month on Amazon in the US.
On the company's new retail initiative, Coca-Cola India's spokesperson said, “E-commerce platforms are a part of the product distribution mix. We have faith in it and we will continue to increase our reach and offerings. Putting the product on Amazon for the first 15 days of launch was part of the strategy to build preference and anticipation for the beverage.” Coca-Cola India sold Coke Zero for only 15 days on Amazon and sales crossed 1 lakh cans within two weeks.
At present, Coca-Cola India has a pilot e-commerce project called Coke2Home.com which sells the company's brands in five cities in Gujarat. "If the results are encouraging, we will scale it up," said the company spokesperson.
Like Coke, PepsiCo India is also leveraging e-commerce platform for its programmes like the ‘Perfect Match kit’ this year and plans to roll out programmes across its portfolio which are sustainable. ''In today’s digital age, e-commerce has become a significant platform to engage and directly reach out to the end consumers, especially the millennials," said a PepsiCo India spokesperson.
In addition to e-commerce plans, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are launching new advertising campaigns, ground promotions and consumer activations to woo consumers. ''We have launched a slew of marketing and consumer activations across our beverage portfolio. This includes a mix of national and regional activations, launch of new price packs and expanding the footprint of our recent innovation," explained PepsiCo India spokesperson.
The company has recently introduced two new price packs — 400 ml and 750 ml — in signature Pepsi packaging.
The company has recently launched a new television campaign featuring its brand ambassador Virat Kohli.
As Walmart is conceding lower expected revenues this year, along with what appears to be a challenging holiday shopping season, it is moving to boost investment in E-Commerce and pull back from opening new physical stores.
Walmart has historically been aggressive with new store openings, but the market now has become less hospitality to that strategy, noted The New York Times. “Growth in sales in the United States, excluding new stores, has stalled for six consecutive quarters, hurt by slowing customer traffic and intense competition from both online retailers and smaller discounters like dollar stores,” the story said.
Walmart said Thursday (Oct. 16) that it will as much as $1.5 billion into E-Commerce and other digital efforts in FY 2016, which runs from Feb. 1, 2015, through Jan. 31, 2016. That’s up from $1 billion in FY 2015.
Walmart CFO Charles Holley said the world’s largest retailer needs to rethink its strategy.
“Our business and customers continue to evolve and so will the way we deploy capital,” said Holley,according to a report in Internet Retailer. “We will invest more heavily in e-commerce initiatives, while temporarily moderating our global physical growth, particularly larger stores. We are focused on creating an endless aisle and appealing to our customers’ changing needs.”
Holley also said Walmart expects to finish with the year with $12.5 billion in global e-commerce sales,” the Internet Retailer story said. “The company expects web sales to increase 25 percent in fiscal 2016, and growth from 2016 to 2018 to average 30 percent to 40 percent, Holley said. At the same time, Wal-Mart expects net sales growth to increase just 2 percent to 4 percent next year.”
1. Don’t keep your email tab open (or your cell phone volume on)
Distractions are the bane of entrepreneurial existence, and the greatest culprits are cell phones and email. Have you ever thought to yourself, “Oh yeah, let me just check real fast to see if that email come through,” or “Just making sure there are no emergencies” and then discovered 30 minutes later you’re still in your email? (Worse still are the times you forget why you came.)
Practice putting aside specific times during the day to check your email and phone, even if the time you set aside to begin with is once every 30 minutes or hour. Having the mail and phone open and on right next to you is far too big of a temptation for most. Remove the temptation, and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to set the distractions aside once you’re fully focused on the project at hand.
EOFire host and entrepreneur John Lee Dumas
2. Prepare for the week ahead (or day, if you prefer)
Yes, this habit harks back to Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits, however, the ability to plot out the things you most want to accomplish over the next week or day continues to be one of the top success habits of thriving modern-day entrepreneurs. Be sure that you are not just creating a list, but that your game includes priorities and timelines as well.
“I can guarantee that if you plan out your schedule, you will get a lot more done in a lot less time than if you leave the process at simply asking yourself, ‘What should I work on next?’” says Dumas.
3. Celebrate the little successes
Too often we get wrapped up in the craziness of entrepreneurship and we forget to celebrate the incremental successes we have during each week, each month, and each quarter and year. These little successes can strengthen us for the big goals that are exceeding difficult to come by, and by doing so can make it easier to abide the life of an entrepreneur.
Make time for hard work, but also make sufficient time for relaxation and play. By allowing for relaxation and celebrating your successes you allow yourself to recognize progress, which is key for continued inspiration and growth. Entrepreneurs seldom fully retire, so enjoy your journey.
4. Don’t stress the small stuff
As easy as it is to think that our lives and our current businesses are the end-all of the world, they aren’t. Some days are difficult. Not every entrepreneur is meant to save the day every day, and humans make mistakes. Everything will be okay.
5. Throw fear (and frustration) to the wind
Fear and frustration are two of the biggest roadblocks to success as an entrepreneur. Get rid of them!
Practice telling yourself that it’s not that scary to experience fear. You’ve felt it before, and you’ve found your way through. Remind yourself that frustration is only playing a game with your head, and it wants to win really bad.
6. Learn to focus on the task at hand
“I love this word, focus, and it’s for good reason,” says Dumas. “Without focus, we find it difficult to take a step forward, and being able to start and complete an accomplishment–whether it be a huge project or a simple task–is integral to our success.”
The next time you find yourself getting distracted, Dumas says, remind yourself that FOCUS stands for this: Follow One Course Until Success.
7. Ask for help
No entrepreneur has all of the answers, and this is a good thing. But there are other people we can collaborate with who can help us move forward in all of the ways we have need. Don’t hesitate to reach out to others and ask for help. You’re an entrepreneur in your own niche for a reason. No one expects you to know everything beyond your area of specialization, so there’s not need to act like you do.
None of these habits are overly difficult. They simply require a bit of motivation, dedication and passion for your overall goal, along with a bit of practice each day.
“Practicing these simple habits will propel your business forward,” Dumas says.
And for a diet of daily reminders, you can find all 700-plus of the EOFire podcasts on iTunes or via the Entrepreneur On Fire website here.