People either love or hate convention hotels. They tend to be exhausting to navigate, but there is something to be said about not needing a shuttle or rental car to get to the event.
Over the years, I have had a chance to spend time at 3 of the Gaylord properties in Nashville, Orlando, and last week for Oracle HCM World at National Harbor, MD. These are massive properties with between 5 and 15 restaurants, 2,000 and 4,000 guest rooms and between 400,000 and 600,000 sq feet of meeting space.
The Nashville property has a 20,000 sq foot spa, the Orlando one is set in a campus of over 60 acres. They have waterfalls, waterways and giant atriums. Which means they are converging technologies at convention centers, hotels, restaurants, retail stores, and in some cases museums and amusement parks
Hospitality Technology, in this report (sub required) describes some of the technologies restaurants are investing in (click graph to enlarge)
Hospitality Technology, in this report (sub required) describes technologies hotels are investing in.
Swiss Tech in Lausanne provides a glimpse of how convention centers are evolving – in energy management and in flexibility to even change seating into standing spaces.
Every enterprise vendor talks about making their UX more attractive, especially to Millennial workers.
At HCM World this week in Washington, DC I was pleased to see how Oracle has been leveraging social networks, personal health trackers and other consumer technologies to “digitally transform” the talent management life cycle – in the location, engagement, retention and education of talent.
In a keynote, Chris Leone, Senior Vice President of Development for HCM and in breakouts with analysts, Gretchen Alarcon, in charge of HCM Strategy and Mark Bennett who focuses on Collaboration technologies at Oracle provided details.
They include “work/life” apps focused on reputation management – which provides a clearer picture of how a candidate or employee is viewed by peers and the communities he / she works across enhancing the “social” glimpses LinkedIn and other networks provide.
Another focuses on wellness and competition with peers, leveraging growing “quantified self” data that FitBit, Apple Watch and other personal technology is generating.
More are coming in the “work/life” category including one on “My career development” which allows employees to benchmark themselves against career paths and even their fit for roles in other parts of their enterprises.
Oracle Learning Cloud, highlighted at the event, sources content from both internal and external sources, including YouTube and Massive Open Online Courses (MooCs) and personalizes recommendations.
When I asked Gretchen the risk of leveraging technologies also available to competitors, she pointed out few could match the role of Oracle’s technology infrastructure. That includes its global network of cloud data centers and its investments to support transcoding and bit-rate adaptive video streams which remove latency issues as users publish and consume whether they are on slow 3g cellular or speedier WiFi networks.
The “consumery” vibe for the event was introduced and constantly reinforced by the host, Oracle’s Cara Capretta. She goaded the audience to tweet and had a couple of artists capture the key themes on the “social listening wall” that she projected early and often throughout the event.
The first concept, called BHO3, is designed to charge the batteries of electric cars by transforming the heat generated from a rolling tire into electric. Heat is generated as a tire rolls and materials would be embedded to generate electricity.
Goodyear's second concept is called Triple Tube. The name is largely self-explanatory and includes three tubes that rest under the tread and near both shoulders of the tire and center. An internal pump would automatically adjust air in the tubes based on road conditions.
An eco setting would inflate all tubes to the max to cut rolling resistance. A sport position could cut inflation on the inboard tube for better handling and a wet setting would inflate the center tube to prevent aquaplaning.
In general, these tests ask candidates to agree or disagree with a series of statements intended to gauge hard-to-measure areas such as assertiveness anddependability. The programs use data analyses of the answers to determine when a candidate might shine or struggle in a particular job.
Such tests also help companies scale their hiring. "We want to systematize the hiring process," says Chris Presswood, co-owner of Murray, Kentucky-based Finish Line Car Wash & Detail. The family-owned company, which began using PeopleClues employment tests at the end of 2013, fields about 1,000 applications a year and asks candidates to take the 30-minute online test. Presswood thinks seeing the results helps less experienced hiring managers quickly learn what to look for in a candidate. "We don't want to just hire on a hunch or a good feeling," he says.
Fortune on China phone makers as they grow beyond their Chinese market focus
“In 2011 just two of the top 10 smartphone makers in China were Chinese, according to market researcher Canalys: Huawei and Lenovo. In 2014 eight of the top 10 were Chinese; Samsung and Apple were the only foreign holdouts. In just three years the cast of leaders completely reshuffled as China’s smartphone market more than quadrupled. Today six of the top 10 smartphone brands worldwide are Chinese, according to Strategy Analytics, even though many of them sell only in China—proof of the enormousness of that market relative to the rest of the world.”
Rebellion Photonics, is the world’s first (and only) maker of hyperspectral video cameras–the best way to detect fugitive emissions of methane and other volatile gases escaping from oil-and gas fields and petrochemical refineries.
The existing standard for image-based gas detection was unreliable: single-frame cameras or handheld infrared cameras that required the user to climb all over equipment and storage tanks in order to pinpoint leaks. The biggest competitor was $4.3 billion Flir Systems, a maker of light-intensifying and infrared cameras. Even then infrared discerns only hot from cold. A plume of gas seen that way might be methane–or harmless steam. “Until Rebellion, emissions monitoring was really expensive, really complicated and totally inaccurate,” says Sawyer. “You would get a lot of false positives.”