Link: ‘Amazon-proof’ Home Depot builds on its DIY digital foundations

“Versus prior year, our online sales grew 21% in the fourth quarter and 21.5% in fiscal 2017, now representing 6.7% of our total sales. While we are seeing significant growth in our online sales, these online shoppers see the relevance of our stores as approximately 46% of our online U.S. orders are picked up in our stores”
Original source: ‘Amazon-proof’ Home Depot builds on its DIY digital foundations

Link: Don’t dream big when taking on industrial or enterprise IoT

Stacey says that, even with IoT projects, starting small is good to prove long term ROI. She also describes the problem with doing transformational ROI when the work might just be doing improvements, like adding in more safety to industrial things. This doesn’t measure the creation of a new business ahead of time, innovation, which is an area that up-front ROI/business case stuff is obviously of little value, in trying be precise, at lease.
Original source: Don’t dream big when taking on industrial or enterprise IoT

Link: Largest insurers plan biggest IT budget increases

“Thirty-six percent of those reported premium over $1 billion per year; those companies also said they planned to increase IT budgets by about 11% on average. Carriers between $500 million and $1 billion in premium plan an average increase of 5%.”
Original source: Largest insurers plan biggest IT budget increases

Link: Start a nuclear war? There’s an app for that – US military teams up with Silicon Valley to revolutionise the battlefield

‘And they ended up saving $1million in fuel per week – but more importantly speeding up decision making when time is of essence. “We paired with them and we taught them this new way of building software and we built the software application side-by-side with them,” Mr Salisbury said.’
Original source: Start a nuclear war? There’s an app for that – US military teams up with Silicon Valley to revolutionise the battlefield

Link: Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan form health care mega-company

‘There aren’t many, but the announcement says this new entity focuses on “technology solutions that will provide U.S. employees and their families with simplified, high-quality and transparent healthcare at a reasonable cost,” beginning with the companies’ own workers.’
Original source: Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan form health care mega-company

Link: Appian survey: Big obstacles to digital transformation

Vendor survey done with 463 respondants over on DevOps.com, good news topics:

“A lack of IT skills was reported by 82 percent; 91 percent are struggling with technical debt; 20 percent have huge application backlogs of more than 50 new app requests; and 72 per cent said they don’t have confidence in being able to scale IT to meet the needs of the business.”
Original source: Appian survey: Big obstacles to digital transformation