The Store of the Future: Hype vs. Reality

The Store of the Future: Hype vs. Reality

The headlines filter into our inboxes daily: “Blockchain Will Save Retail.” “Why You Desperately Need to Hire a Data Scientist.” “Brick-and-mortar is Dead!”

To cut through the noise and hear which digital solutions operators are actually investing in and planning to investigate, Mission Data recently hosted an Innovation Forum at FSTEC 2018 titled “Store of the Future: Beyond the Hype.”

Hotels and the IoT: A Smart Home Away from Home

Hotels and the IoT: A Smart Home Away from Home

The hotel and travel industry is poised for a wave of innovation. Emboldened by a strong global economy, consumers are booking more excursions as they seek experiences over goods and services. To remain competitive, established industry players are seizing the opportunity in the upswing to invest in technology that keeps them nimble in the face of a changing market.

Conference Recap: IEEE LANMAN

Conference Recap: IEEE LANMAN

I recently had the opportunity to attend a research conference focused on projects related to computer networking, the IEEE LANMAN conference hosted at George Washington University. Researchers travelled from all over the world to showcase their projects, resulting in a three-day experience comprised of six speaker sessions, a panel, and a demo/poster session. I was particularly drawn to speaker sessions that shared new research in the field of the Internet of Things (IoT), given how much work we do with IoT at Mission Data.

Supply Chain Logistics in Margaritaville

Supply Chain Logistics in Margaritaville

As the weather heats up for summer, those of us that enjoy an adult beverage every now and then might find ourselves thirsty for a crisp summer cocktail, like a minty mojito or a frothy margarita. Most likely, we’ll sip away at the drink while perched at our favorite bar, not giving much thought to how this little luxury arrived in front of us. And no, I’m not talking about the techniques the bartender used to make the drink—while captivating, no doubt—but rather the journey of all the ingredients, from farm to glass.

3 Top Trends in Wearable Tech

3 Top Trends in Wearable Tech

When Apple announced its AirPods last year, initially critics were skeptical of the wireless earbuds’ design — seemingly easy to lose and reminiscent of Q-tips or cigarette butts. Yet, aesthetics aside, the tiny protruding cylinders have become an increasingly prevalent accessory in recent months. Apple recently revealed its wearables revenue — from the Apple Watch, Beats headphones, and AirPods — rose 50 percent last quarter.

A Designer Goes to SpeechTEK

A Designer Goes to SpeechTEK

I recently attended the SpeechTEK conference for the first time in Washington, D.C., an event focused on deploying speech-based solutions for business applications. I went to the event with Stu Gavurin, Mission Data CEO, who had attended previously, but for me, SpeechTEK stood out from other conferences in several ways. I attended because I wanted to have a broader understanding of the voice world beyond building consumer-facing skills for Amazon’s Alexa. I do think I achieved my goal, but it took some work.

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