By Monique Williams, regional manager at Hyland Southern Africa
There are parallels that can be drawn between the requirements for true digital transformation and the story of the “Transformers” – the characters who can convert from ordinary objects into powerful robots, or sentient beings sent from outer space to save our planet. As technology professionals, it is our responsibility to continue to push
A content strategy that includes using document management tools, file shares and email, things that were revolutionary 20 years ago, might still be functional. However, a strategy based on those tools alone might no longer offer a competitive advantage because they are no longer the powerful, efficiency-increasing tools they once were.
Creating an organisation vision for managing related digital content, where companies are merely storing content for the sake of storing content, is no longer a valid concept. Instead, you must deliberately and intelligently connect and present content in a single, complete view.
In the Transformers story, there are three signs for the young protagonist, Sam, that Bumblebee, the dusty old Camaro, could transform into an intelligent, world-saving robot. First, the car began to drive itself; second, it could intelligently speak or play music to express its mood; and third, it finally transformed its entire appearance.
IT professionals should look for the same signs when interacting with their content to determine whether they have completed true digital transformation. Here’s what you should look for:
1. Content that drives itself
When you have fully transformed your content and information management strategy, the content will start to drive itself throughout the organisation. Once captured into a central repository, it will find its way to the appropriate personnel, wherever they might be, with specific business criteria automatically pushing it through its journey.
At this stage, any “human questions” should be answered digitally by technology. For instance, in the case of an invoice, this includes questions like, “Was this an approved order?”, “Did we receive what we ordered?” or “Do we qualify for early payment discount?”. These are business conditions stored somewhere, and if everything checks out then the payment can be automatically processed, without human intervention.
2. Content that speaks to those who need it
When you automate content flowing through an organisation, it will talk to you. In an organisation that is digitally transformed, systems should send notifications to the appropriate employees or audience when something has changed, such as someone submitting a form. Moreover, as someone needs to review or act on a piece of content, that content should find its way to that user through email notifications that give them all they need to complete the task at hand, including all related content.
For instance, during a hiring process, after the initial checks and balances have been put in place, prior applications have been gathered, and a recruiter has verified an application, the hiring manager for that position receives a notification that there is an applicant to review. Upon clicking the link, they will not only see the application but they’ll see all the contextual content, including notes from the HR recruiter who performed a phone interview. Perhaps most importantly, through automation in the systems, an applicant can receive regular updates with regards to the application through email or text message.
3. The content transforms in appearance
Digital information is not digital transformation. That transformation is only complete when the experience of users interacting with that information has completely changed. It might seem like a small difference when you look at the words, but the rubber hits the digital transformation road when users have instant access to the digital information they need, when and where they need it.
Just as important, the technology you utilise should provide views of information that help put context around content, through visuals like dashboards and maps. Users should have a clear picture of information that helps them immediately make decisions instead of needing to analyse individual pieces of content in separate locations.
Just like there’s an army of Transformers, it’s important to realise that this evolution can involve an army of multiple technology solutions. And, like the army of Transformers, it is critical that as you digitally transform, you make sure all your systems are integrated, ensuring you have truly connected your business-critical content and information.
Google announces its ‘Netflix for gaming’
The new gaming platform, Stadia, promises high-definition gaming on TVs, computers, and mobile devices, writes BRYAN TURNER.
Google has announced that it has moved into the gaming space, and it focuses on two big aspects of gaming: streaming of games for gamers, which will allow gamers to game anywhere with a fast, low-latency Internet connection; and audiences that watch gamers in-game.
This is a big move in making gaming accessible to more gamers, as it reduces hardware costs, by utilising the benefits of low-latency cloud computing. This will be achieved by using a globally connected network of Google data centres. Gamers who stream games are most likely already using a high-speed, low-latency Internet connection, so access to the Stadia platform will be an added expense.
Through the Stadia platform, gamers will be able to access a large library of games at all times, with no installation time, on virtually any screen. Scaling of hardware like CPU, GPU, memory, and storage is also possible, as one would for cloud server resources.
Google will be leveraging its other platforms, like YouTube, with Stadia streaming. It claims that 200-million people are watching game-related content daily on YouTube. This allows, for example, Stadia players to jump in with other Stadia players – no downloads, no updates, no patches, and no installs.
For console players, Google has designed a custom controller.
The controller was designed to establish a direct connection from the Stadia controller to Google’s data centre through Wi-Fi for the best possible gaming performance. The controller also includes a button for instant capture, saving, and sharing gameplay in 4K resolution. It sports a Google Assistant button and built-in microphone, as many Google products do, for voice control.
The device is expected to be released later this year, pending FCC approval.
Nintendo announces Stranger Things 3 game
The Netflix Original show is set to launch a retro-style game on the Nintendo Switch.
In collaboration with Netflix, developer BonusXP has created Stranger Things 3: The Game. It is the official companion game to Season 3 of the hit original series. The game and latest season are expected to launch on US Independence Day, the 4th of July, a date that will, of course, stick in American gamers’ memories.
This adventure game blends a distinctively retro 16-bit art style, reminiscent of games from the time when the series was set. It is claimed to have modern gameplay mechanics to deliver nostalgic fun with a fresh new twist. Players will be able to experience their favourite show through a mix of exploration, puzzles, and combat.
Just ad in the show, teamwork is at the heart of Stranger Things 3: The Game. Players can team up in a two-player local co-operative, or in single player mode alongside an AI partner. Players can choose to play as one of twelve characters from the show, each with different abilities and attributes. Together, they’ll play through familiar events from the series, while also uncovering never-before-seen Stranger Things secrets, ensuring a fun experience for those new to the world of Stranger Things as well as for those familiar with the series.
- Experience the show in a new way, exploring the eerie world of Hawkins to uncover new mysteries beyond what’s seen in Season 3.
- Jump right into the action of this pick-up-and-play adventure: gameplay mechanics that allow players from beginner to advanced skill levels to get in on the fun.
- Take your game to a higher level by trying out different character combinations and collecting all the secrets the expansive world of Hawkins has to offer.
- Team up with a friend, leveraging drop-in/drop-out local co-op to take on the mysterious monsters of Hawkins together. While playing solo, use a collection of “buddy commands” to control both characters and still experience all the fun.
- Choose from 12 playable characters, each with their own unique talents and stats.