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Factors that affect a Bot’s success

If you build a Bot, it goes without saying that you want it to be successful. In other words, that the Bot will provide a better user experience than traditional resources, such as an app, website, manual or telephone call. Otherwise, there would be no need for the Bot. What is a better user experience? There are a number of crucial questions to help you determine whether a Bot will lead to an i…

Connected Factory: added value, uses and how to start?

Today smart products and digitization can be found all around us in the market. June is a good example of this. This service makes decisions based on external data such as energy prices and real-time information from your meter readings. This gives you, as a private individual, more insight into your energy consumption, and the lowest rates and the cheapest supplier are automatically selected for …

Intelligent bots and IoT: a mix of live data and knowledge

“Industrial systems would be capable of telling you that they are not feeling well, provided that you give them the brains and a voice”. The principle is quite simple if we make an analogy with a doctor’s visit. An industrial system can use sensors and PLC controls to feel and register. Data storage helps the system to memorize symptoms, and, by registering these, you can build a history. Based …

Intelligent bots in a business environment

Just imagine the many options bots could provide within a business environment, such as service in a company's administrative departments. For example, in a secure Office 365 environment with authentication. HR-related bot activities: Requesting leave; Requesting the number of remaining holiday days; Questions about submitting your expenses (e.g. for new employees). Project and te…

Intelligent bots in a customer and marketing-oriented environment

In a business-to-customer environment, you can provide customers with superlative assistance using chatbots: They can be a customer-friendly alternative to the traditional multi-click menu structures of websites or apps. You can answer customers’ questions - even outside of office hours - and link automatic actions to the answers without the need for human intervention. You can pr…

Intelligent bots: better service, higher productivity, smarter products

User-focused Last year, I placed an online order at around 23h00. After pressing the ‘Complete order’ button, I suddenly realized I had selected the wrong colour smart watch. So there it is… it's 23h00 and you think: “Now what?” I was already resigned to the familiar scenario: receiving the wrong product, creating and printing the return label, taking the package back to the courier and orderin…

What impact will the GDPR have on your cloud endeavours?

Karim Vaes
22/06/2017
Introduction The General Data Protection Regulations or GDPR came into force in April 2016. Some people think they are a thorn in the side of cloud providers, but I beg to differ. I regard these regulations as an aid rather than a threat to investment in the cloud. What are the "GDPR" about? In essence, the GDPR define the rules that apply to using and processing personal data of EU residents. …

Is the cloud really better, safer and cheaper?

Kurt Callens
13/06/2017
It seems impossible to have a conversation about IT without mentioning the cloud. And quite rightly so, because the cloud offers many advantages. For almost every company, a hybrid customized cloud configuration is an improvement over an on-premises solution. This means that a change is definitely worth considering. However, it isn’t quite that simple, since it brings with it new challenges and …

Keep track of usage and costs in the cloud

Geert Baeke
18/09/2015
The cloud makes it extremely easy to spin up resources such as virtual machines, data analytics clusters or storage accounts. It is not uncommon to see temporary resources that are kept running or overprovisioning of resources. Your budgets however, are not going away and you need to keep track of what you are paying in the cloud. A growing number of IT Financial Management (ITFM) tools can help y…

Azure Resource Manager REST API from node.js

Geert Baeke
09/06/2015
In our video about Fault Domains in Azure IaaSv2, we mentioned Azure Resource Manager and the use of templates to deploy IaaSv2 resources such as virtual machines in a fault domain, a load balancer, a public IP address and more. Azure Resource Manager also has a REST API that can be used from any language. This post discusses the use of the REST API from node.js, including obtaining a token from A…