Monthly Archives: April 2012

Are Businesses Ready to Put Augmented Reality to Work?

There is a new buzz in town, and just like “big data” received a lot of attention last year, the new trend is around “augmented reality.” True techies will scoff at this being a new idea and movies have had some fun with this idea for years, but with the rise of phones and smart devices, is this now something REAL and useful to the enterprise? TIBCO’S Matt Quinn, CTO, and Sriram Chakravarthy, Senior Director of Product and Engineering for Social Computing, think so. IT Business Edge spent some time talking with them both on the subject. Quinn summed it up nicely saying “We expect the industry to evolve very quickly as enterprises see value in augmented reality. We expect an explosion in the types and approaches to augmented reality. We expect to move out of games as a proof of concept to business apps.”

Read the full article here: Augmented Reality Gets Real

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What Do Bananas and Social Computing Have in Common?

This past year’s TUCON had some amazing Keynotes; some inspirational, others educational, and of course there where those that were entertaining. But when Chris Robinson, CIO of KPMG Australia, came out on stage holding a large banana, I realized this was going to be all of the above. He related the story of a client who threw something of a curve ball at the firm. The client, who’s in the fruit smoothie business, asked KPMG to help solve a vexing problem: “How to automate the task of peeling lots of bananas quickly and cheaply?” Employing humans to do this would cost too much, while machines tend to smash the fruit, since bananas come in all shapes and sizes. Even for a consultancy that boasts all kinds of experts in retail, manufacturing and technology, KPMG was stumped.

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