hackathon

We may have reached peak hackathon — here’s how enterprise innovation gatherings must evolve

As a means to foster innovation by giving developers and other smart people a creative challenge, there has arguably been nothing as popular as a hackathon — in fact, research suggests they may almost have become too popular. In its most recent Developer Marketing survey report, Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Evans Data showed a 13 per […]

McAfee device to cloud ads

McAfee TV ad shows how it can protect enterprise data ‘from device to cloud’

McAfee has unveiled its first B2B ad campaign in more than 15 years, including a TV commercial and other assets that aim to shift its perception as an antivirus software provider to a firm that protects business professionals’ information from their devices to wherever it might reside in the cloud. The 30-second spot shows people […]

Slack's enterprise growth

Slack’s VP of engineering breaks down the message he’s using to convert e-mail holdouts

It’s already one of most talked-about startups innovating in workplace productivity and collaboration, but Slack’s Michael Lopp is working hard to respond to enterprise decision-makers who say they just can’t let go of traditional e-mail. Though it is based in San Francisco, the firm’s vice-president of engineering has been making a series of in-person appearances […]

martech solutions

Instead of trying to keep up with martech solutions, CMOs should . . .

There are more than 5,000 martech solutions available today, a nearly 40% increase in just a year (Chief Marketing Technologist Blog). Tomorrow, there will be more. The next day, more. For many chief marketing officers and CEOs alike, this constantly growing landscape can leave many feeling like they are behind, like they are missing out […]

Adobe Sensei

Adobe shows how Sensei AI technology is helping marketers search for stock images without words

Adobe is working on enhancements to its Sensei artificial intelligence tool that will make it easier for marketers to search for images through its stock service without having to use words to describe what they need. In a presentation to designers at the Flash In The Can Toronto event on Monday, Adobe stock group product […]

innovation

Editor’s Note: There’s only one way to overcome innovation fatigue

I won’t shame the speaker or the event that recruited him for a keynote, but let’s just say that a few weeks ago I experienced one of those moments at a conference that prompted more eye-rolling than insight. It happened when the speaker in question put up a slide which suggested organizations that adopt artificial […]

NetApp

NetApp EVP offers an inside look at how a sales shift contributed to the storage firm’s turnaround

For Henri Richard, starting his job at NetApp during the enterprise storage technology firm’s annual sales kickoff was something of a double-edged sword. “It was my first exposure to the company, and on the one hand, it gave me a really good feel for the organization at large,” he told B2B News Network in a […]

Fision

Fision explores patenting the use of blockchain in its digital asset and sales enablement portfolio

Fision may soon build upon its track record of putting marketing and sales teams on the same page by obtaining a provisional patent for using blockchain to exchange critical business information. Based in Minneapolis, Fision Corp. offers a cloud-based sales enablement tool that manages digital assets like marketing materials as they are distributed to sales […]

Next Pathway big data Fuse

Next Pathway says it can fast-track the process of preparing business data for analytics and AI applications

A firm called Next Pathway is offering marketers, sales leaders and other business a short cut to taking advantage of big data and artificial intelligence by alleviating the manual and onerous process of having developers create code to meet their requirements. Headquartered in Toronto and with a recent sales office opened in New York, Next […]

Voice search

Voice search and SEO – What B2B owners need to know

Artificial Intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), Blockchain, and more are here to help B2B owners grow their businesses. But, if you are not technologically-savvy, these new advances may make you nervous. Well, instead of running away, it’s important to learn how these new technologies work and ways to use them to grow your business.  To […]

Crowd Machine

Crowd Machine seeks to ‘democratize’ blockchain technology for non-developers who want to make decentralized applications

Marketing and sales teams might cringe at the thought of asking their IT department to help them with a blockchain project today, but a startup called Crowd Machine is promising an easy way to create decentralized applications without any technical skills. Based in San Jose, Calif., Crowd Machine has set up a system whereby everyday […]

artificial intelligence buzzword

Artificial Intelligence Isn’t Just a Buzzword

There’s a common misconception that I keep hearing when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) implementation in marketing and sales. It often comes across that companies are expected to implement AI in-house. But that’s not the case at all. Your typical B2B marketing and sales organization can’t buy AI, but they can access AI-powered services. […]

Microsoft FutureNow

Microsoft FutureNow gathers AI experts to map the best routes to enterprise adoption

Enterprises that want to accelerate their adoption of artificial intelligence should prioritize the most feasible projects with the greatest impact and take a “combinatory approach that includes analytics and the Internet of Things, experts told Microsoft’s FutureNow event. A day-long conference hosted in Toronto, FutureNow keynotes included Mark Skilton, a professor at Warwick Business School […]

IBM Think

IBM Think positions ‘analytics governance’ as the key to enterprise data-driven decision-making

When Deborah Leff was preparing her presentation for IBM Think, she looked online to find the best antonym to the word “insight.” The top results were “ignorance” and “stupidity.” While not exactly an example of data science in action, the findings showed Leff, IBM’s global sales leader of business analytics, the stark difference between those […]

Conversocial

Conversocial CEO predicts customer service shift from phones to private messaging applications

We tend to think of social media services as public forums where everything we say or do is visible, but the CEO of Conversocial predicts a rise in the use of private messaging functions will soon change the way businesses solve some of the most sensitive customer service challenges they face today. Conversocial, which has […]