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Aricent: How to be Digitally Durable

June 20, 2016

"APIs are now a business model!"
"A company that has more APIs has more value."

If every industry is being digitally disrupted (it is) then the question companies need to ask is how to remain digitally durable. If you want insight into how to fight off the next wave of innovation before it makes you obsolete, a great place to start is talking to Frank Kern, the CEO of Aricent, the company responsible for helping other companies be disruptive.


If you don't know them, Aricent has a few different practices from security and IoT/embedded to cloud and software defined everything. I last interviewed Frank in 2015 where he shared with us his vision for the future of technology.

Microsoft's LinkedIn Acquisition is API Integration on Steroids

June 18, 2016

Redmond just turned ecosystem lemons into lemonade



Microsoft has been uniquely positioned in the IT space for decades meaning it’s a massive target for the whole industry. In fact, the company is now in a similar position to Novell in the 1990s when it owned the corporate network server space. Redmond used its dominant position in supplying endpoint software to also sell server operating systems and wiped out Novell.

Uber Picks Dialpad to Fuel its Growth

June 14, 2016



We’ve been covering cloud here at TMC for two decades – back when we called  these companies in this space ASPs and over these twenty years or so, there has been one constant in how they've gone to market. The initial target is small companies known as SMBs and then later they work up to larger companies. Grasshopper is an extreme example… They call themselves the entrepreneur’s phone system and while most have tried to move to larger installs, they seem to be stuck in place. Not that there is anything wrong with the approach, it’s just unusual.

API of the Week: Trulioo Provides Instant Identity Verification

June 13, 2016

As hackers have become more successful, they have become emboldened and are able to attack companies via ransomware and malware as well as individuals via password theft. As ever-increasing amounts of crucial information are available electronically, the challenge then is how to verify identity on a global scale.



Founded in 2011, Trulioo launched GlobalGateway, its online electronic identity verification service, in 2014. Developed for an international market, the product was created to help businesses and organizations verify identities online to mitigate fraud and financial crime activities.

Did AI Just Kill Your SEO Strategy?

June 6, 2016

Online communities solve the problem of Google RankBrain AI destroying your search rank

Confusion! In the past five years the world of SEO has been thrown into a frenzy with competing ideas and actions at odds with one another. For example, Our media site TMCnet and its numerous family of sites have millions of pages of content and on a given day, we will get emails from one company asking us to add links to an article and another email from a similar company asking us to remove the links. We try to comply in all of these cases but it is obvious that the SEO industry is spending tens of millions of dollars on driving in circles.

Your API Could Get You Sued by the FTC

June 4, 2016

A Harvard Business School Professor makes the case why Uber and other companies could violate antitrust laws via their APIs





Uber routinely argues their service shouldn’t be regulated like taxis – the company is increasing competition and should be left alone. This is a compelling case on many fronts as the service is better for consumers as it can provide lower prices than taxis. In addition, because prices are lower, they can make a solid case that employment increases as more people are inclined to let others do the driving.

Twitter and Yahoo to Merge?

June 3, 2016

Windows 10 Includes Flipboard and Candy Crush Bloatware

May 29, 2016

Its Memorial Day weekend and while most of you are out in the park, having hot dogs, etc., I'm captivated with my new Microsoft Surface Book and how productive its making me. I may review it at some point in the future but for now the only problem I seem to have noticed with the hardware is the latch seems to lock and unlock repeatedly (when I press the button) - its not a very well-designed system. I don't plan on using it as a tablet so I am not too concerned about this issue. What is annoying though is for a device which is supposed to get 11-12 hours of battery life, it seems to tell me I will get 7:30.



But what is even more upsetting is I found Candy Crush Soda Saga in my Task Manager but when I went to Programs and Features to get rid of it, it isn't there.



EEOC Finds Silicon Valley filled with Racist, Sexist Criminals

May 27, 2016

Expect the summer of deflection to continue.

I have discovered the reason that there is a lack of diversity in Silicon Valley. It is because HR managers there are actively discriminating against women and minorities.

Michelle Maisto over at eWeek explains it all in a piece titled, Tech's Problem Is Bias, Not Qualified Candidates: Report.

API of the Week: Stitch Labs Adds Flexibility to Omnichannel Commerce

May 24, 2016



As the number of sales channels explodes, companies look to automation to help them manage inventory across them all. From Amazon to an internal ecommerce site and bricks and mortar, companies need a way to sync inventory, orders and data. This is where solutions from Stitch Labs come in… In addition to business analytics, they have over 30 integrations with sales and accounting solutions. They also have an API which gives customers such as Nomad, tremendous flexibility.

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