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Why do Transportation Management Systems fail?

Why do Transportation Management Systems fail?
If you are in business and have any sort of logistics operations, chances are that transportation of goods might have occupied your thoughts at some point of time. Transportation Management Systems (TMS) have traditionally been used to manage transport over land. In an increasingly globalized world, they are becoming de rigueur for managing air and sea transport as well. However, recent reports suggest that there is a gap between what most TMSs offer, and what their market needs (or thinks it needs). The result? TMS failure.  In this post, let’s look at five scenarios in which TMS fails to deliver and how to tackle them. Thanks to the American Shipper for conducting the research - Falling Short: Where TMS Fails to meet global shippers’ expectations, by Eric Johnson, 2015 - to which I’ve referred to for this post.  First: Not one, but multiple TMS in use  Simple is good. Good is...
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Mobile App Development with Flutter: What’s all the buzz about?

Mobile App Development with Flutter: What’s all the buzz about?
The developer community is all abuzz with the long-anticipated Beta release of Flutter, Google’s free and open source mobile UI framework for crafting high-quality native interfaces on iOS and Android. I've even been following updates on this framework as it matures. First off, this is Google we are talking about. Second, who doesn’t love Hamilton (their mobile app was built with Flutter)? Okay, okay. I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s all calm down and take in the pros and cons one at a time. So, as we all know, there isn’t one way to develop an app. There’s native development wherein you use the tools and the languages provided by Google or Apple for their respective platforms. Here the difficulty level is high and the code is unwieldy. And then there is the ‘Columbus mode’ wherein you explore and discover what works for you. The options are many and everything depends...
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Do you Believe in Magic? - Key Takeaways from Gartner's 2018 'Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms'

Do you Believe in Magic? - Key Takeaways from Gartner's 2018 'Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms'
It’s that time of year again. The worst of winter is behind us; spring is just around the corner; there’s magic in the air. That’s right, it’s Magic Quadrant season! The Oscars of data analytics just dropped like a new album. I, for one, was salivating to read Gartner’s latest update to their “Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms” in it’s entirety, all 30k+ words, at least a few times through. Yes, I’m painfully aware of how pathetic that sounds. <sigh> You probably have better things to do with your time, so I’m going to boil it down to the key points for you so that you don’t have to spend a Saturday night curled up with your tablet. (If you’re a nerd like me and still want to read the full report, and it’s worth the read, you can purchase a copy through Gartner. Or if you just...
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Four practices to help hire and retain top IT talent

Four practices to help hire and retain top IT talent
That growth rides on innovation, and innovation on learning, is an established fact. However, organizations struggle to maintain the learning curve of their software architects and developers. It is not that they lack talent or drive. These smart, talented, and creative people are boxed into their roles and departments, each working on her own ideas and fulfilling the expected roles. The result? Learning becomes a chore while the tide of innovation seldom reaches the tipping point. The cure for this malaise is surprisingly simple: shake up the system! However, this is easier said than done. Pre-existing targets, deadlines, workflows, the organization’s vision, and commitments to existing clients, together form a gridlock that can disable any organization’s growth. That is why, it is important to inculcate a culture of continuous learning and innovation by exploring new and different modes and methods of collaboration, learning, and team bonding. Here are four of my...
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5 ways mobile app development changed in 2017

5 ways mobile app development changed in 2017
Mobile app development is probably one of the hottest industries now and will remain so for some time. To understand what lies ahead in 2018 and beyond, we must look back at what happened in 2017. In my opinion the following developments during the past year will have a significant impact on how we develop mobile applications in the future. The rise of neural networks APIand Neural Processing Units The appeal of Artificial Intelligence lies in its ability to detect patterns, learn from them, and take some decisions on our behalf. Since the mobile is the de-facto tool of choice for accomplishing a sizable portion of daily tasks, the implementation of AI would tremendously benefit its users. Current AI implementations use cloud technology. But 2017 saw this trend changing in favor of dedicated Neural Processing Units (NPU) in smartphones and for good reason. You see, AI requires computers to calculate too...
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