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Are you new to cloud computing? Here we explain some of the basic thought processes you’ll need to make an intelligent decision and also some of the practical analysis that you actually need to be done before you actually take the leap.

Mobile apps and services to the Cloud is a long term trend. While Cloud environment is generally reliable and flexible, cloud migration is not right for everyone. If one follows the growth path of cloud carefully, he will be able to understand the services and will adopt accordingly.

Cloud migration can be done in various fields like manufacturing, banking, retail, education, and healthcare. The individual challenges and requirements of your business should be the only thing shaping your cloud migration strategy. Here are some of the key advantages of opting cloud services.

1) Cloud migration is something that is flexible

Flexibility is something which comes to our mind when we speak about cloud migration. It is best suited for organizations with fluctuating bandwidth demands as the services will be customized accordingly. If the needs increase, it is easy to scale up the cloud capacity.

2) Your data will be secured in the cloud

Unauthorized entry into the system like hacking, data theft, and identity theft often draw the organization back. Cloud computing often provides greater security in such cases. Since the data is stored in a parametric environment, only those who have access can open it.

3) Competition in the market

Competitiveness is one of the important factors to choose cloud migration. Cloud computing environments allow remotely located employees to access applications and work via the internet. This is becoming an asset not only to an organization but something upon which the entire industry can safely trust.
Cloud allows the companies to focus on their core business model and leave the management of the environment to the provider to a greater extent.

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Amazon Opens Automated Grocery Store – Amazon Go

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Amazon.com Inc., the global ecommerce giant will launch the first of its kind supermarkets without checkouts, human or self service on Monday in Seattle. According to BBC, this revolutionary supermarket, Amazon Go, has been tested by Amazon staff for the past year.

Amazon Go store relies on cameras and sensors to track shoppers and maintain a list of what shoppers remove from the shelves and what they put back. Making cash registers and checkout lines superfluous, customers buying products from the Go store will be billed after leaving the store using credit cards on file.

A row of gates guards the entrance to the store and shoppers can only enter after they scan their Amazon Go app. The 1,800 square foot mini market is packed with shelves of food and will be open from 7 A.M. To 9 P.M. Monday to Friday. Speaking about the newest venture, the Vice President of Technology, Dilip Kumar said, “(the idea behind Amazon go is to) push the boundaries of computer vision and machine learning and to create an effortless experience for customers.

According to Amazon, the technology used in the Amazon Go store is so accurate that the sensors can detect minute changes and distinguish between multiple people standing side by side at a shelf. The tracking is precise enough to detect which customer picked up a yogurt or a cupcake and track which customers are simply browsing. Technology website GeekWire reported, the system also knows when people pick up items and put them back in case customers simply wanted to read the label. While the company has remained tight lipped about the technology it’s using in its sensors and tracking devices, can see and identify every item in the store, without attaching a special chip to every item.

Amazon further added the technology will not replace employees but streamline the shopping process. Associates and employees will be put on different tasks including restocking shelves and helping customers troubleshoot any technical problems and help customers find items. According to people who have tested the store, Amazon sends an electronic receipt for purchases only a few minutes after walking out of the store. The Head of Amazon Go, Gianna Puerini, speaking about the technology said, “This technology didn’t exist, it was really advancing the state of the art of computer vision and machine learning.” The company has already released official Amazon Go apps on iOS and Android and customers can use their existing Amazon credentials to log in to the Amazon Go app.

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Bitcoin Slips Below $ 13,000

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Bitcoin, the world’s fastest growing cryptocurrency fell more than 21% on Friday dropping to $ 12,191.80 as of 3:47 P.M. in Hong Kong. The value of the cryptocurrency fell down as much as 38% from its peak of $ 19,511.

Despite the steep decline in value, the digital currency is still up in value by more than 1,100% since the beginning of the year. According to coinmarketcap.com, with Bitcoin’s decline in value, other cryptocurrencies also plunged with Ethereum losing as much as 26% over the past 24 hours.

On Sunday, Bitcoin rose to as much as $ 19,666 in the lead up to exchange giant CME Group’s launch of bitcoin futures. Nevertheless, the currency seems to have lost steam post the launch. The current plunge comes amid growing signs of mania among regulators and investors for anything cryptocurrency related.

However, this is not the first time the cryptocurrency saw a steep decline in value. In November this year, Bitcoin tumbled by almost 30% in 4 days, falling to $ 5,555 from $ 7,888. Similarly, in September, the virtual currency fell by 40% to $ 2,972 from $ 4,979. Overall, in 2017, Bitcoin soared about 19 times reaching bubble territory.

Many policymakers and market analysts spurred caution and alarm calling all forms of cryptocurrencies ‘dangerous’ due to the lack of regulations. Indian market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) also issued a warning against all Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) claiming Bitcoins or any such cryptocurrencies, is not an approved product by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) or any other agency. China was one of the first countries to ban all local cryptocurrencies exchanges and tradings. Post China’s decision to ban ICOs, South Korea also banned raising money through ICOs in an effort to protect investors from fraud by the use of any forms of virtual currencies.

Although CME and its rival Cboe Global Market’s move to list bitcoin futures has given the digital currency some perceived legitimacy, a majority of the policymakers are still on the fence and remain skeptical.

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Flipkart To Launch Artificial Intelligence Unit, AIForIndia

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After launching the first data analytics brand, Billion, Flipkart is all set to create an Artificial Intelligence unit called AIForIndia in order to strengthen its business offerings.

The ecommerce giant is looking at expanding its services by investing millions of dollars into the venture and has already initiated its hiring process. Flipkart is looking to hire AI specialists for this particular project and is considering hiring people from the IIT sector for the project.

The AIForIndia project will be headed by Chief Data Scientist, Mayur Datar, Bansal and Flipkart’s Chief Executive Offidcer, Kalyan Krishnamurthy. The company is expected to reap benefits of the new technologies to solve issues both on the consumer and supply sides.

Not just in India, this ecommerce giant is also looking at expanding their reach into the United States as well. Flipkart has been on an acquiring spree since earlier this year when it acquired Silicon Valley based F7 Labs. According to reports, F7 Labs has already started working on an AI project called Mira.

Apart from this, Flipkart has also tied up with Microsoft in order to leverage its position in the AI and machine learning space. This is being done in order to better understand the world of machines and t0 foster a better relationship with sales.

Flipkart has been making a lot of new additions, thereby securing its position as a leading ecommerce platform. To make matters interesting, Flipkart’s fashion arm, Myntra, has started using these new technologies in order to sell products more efficiently.

Through this artificial intelligence process, customers can order online using their voice only. The ecommerce giant is all geared up to double down its work with artificial intelligence technologies, across operations ranging from conversational search, visual similarity, better last mile delivery, fraud detection, personalization to warehousing.

Right now, the use of AI is moderate. There are some interesting projects in the marketplace, customer support, search and personalization. You will see much more innovation coming out of Flipkart in the next year…this is going to be a big game changer for us,” said the Executive Chairman of Flipkart, Sachin Bansal.

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