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Germany drops back to #26 in worldwide comparison of fast web accesses (Michael Kroker auf xing.de, 16.12.2016)

 

Akamai, a provider of web traffic acceleration technologies, released the latest edition of its "The State of the Internet" report on 15.12.2016. The Americans analyzed the most important data in the third quarter of 2016 about the Internet. It shows once again: Germany is marking time on the fastest Internet connections - by taking a step forwards, then a step backwards in the rankings. The average connection speed increased by 19 percent compared to the previous year quarter to 13.7 megabits per second (Mbps). However, by comparison, the Germany has fallen back to 26th place. In spring, the country had made good ground and climbed to 22nd place. The world´s leader with an average speed of 26.3 Mbit / s remains South Korea - or in other words Internet users are traveling almost twice as fast in the East Asian state as in Germany.

 

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R&D with government aid – Public funding is delicate for German companies! (Handelsblatt, 22.11.2016)

 

The scenarios seem all too well known: With help of public funding, a research institution commissioned statistical evaluation or a biotech start-up outsources laboratory services. But more and more companies have to refund the governmental support. Either because they fall under the right to subsidy when purchasing services with public money or because they violate formal requirements. In general, anyone who receives more than 100.00 euros through government grants must comply with the right of granting for the purchase of construction work, supplies and services. Because the public sector wants to make sure that money is used sparingly and economically. A defect in form is sufficient and a claim may be revoked in whole or in part. This is true even if the error does not cause any consequences, so neither additional costs arise nor competition is distorted. Due to the difficult legal situation in German law, companies need know-how for the formal requirements for the public tendering of contracts.

 

10 Tips for a secure Internet of Things (industry-of-things.de, 29.11.2016)

 

"By 2020, there will be 24 billion Internet-connected things. In more than half of the most important new business processes and systems, some elements of the internet of things are to be integrated, "says Güner Aksoy, Sales Director Central Europe at Pure Storage. "The wealth of sensor-controlled devices, business webcams, and business intelligence technologies revolutionize business models and provide unpredictable efficiency and productivity benefits for enterprises." For companies the first step of evaluating relevant costs and benefits of networking can be the most difficult. PureStorage gives ten tips for rolling out networked devices in the enterprise.

 

1. Put security at the heart of your IoT strategy

2. Plan your Technology roll-out

3. Preserve the right abilities

4. Ensure interoperability of equipment

5. Install the right infrastructure

6. Use the right network for the technology

7. Invest in analytics

8. Use cloud-services

9. Consider employee expectations

10. Good things take time to ripen

 

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Artificial Intelligence as a New "Megatrend" (Handelsblatt, 24.11.2016)

 

"AI - Artificial Intelligence" is a concept that sounds more like science fiction than reality. However, in the case of speech recognition, optimization of data centers or help with cancer diagnoses, AI systems already derive important findings from large amounts of data. And the advancing digitization will further shape and change the modern working world. Machine learning plays an important role in the networking of machines. Thanks to artificial intelligence, so-called "Cobots", robots that work with humans hand in hand are a realistic scenario.

With SAP, the market leader for corporate software is therefore keen to invest heavily in these technologies and to intensively drive artificial intelligence and machine learning. About 100 of the 22,000 developers of the software giant will deal with the topic in the future. The market for artificial intelligence offers promising prospects: according to market researcher IDC, this is to grow from today eight billion dollars to 47 billion dollars in 2020. And the application areas of AI are diverse: Google uses intelligent technology for image recognition, IBM analyzes health records and doctor's letters to help with diagnoses and companies like Siemens and GE enable the maintenance of machines by means of data analyzes. Thimotheus Höttgen, head of Deutsche Telekom, therefore draws a suitable conclusion: There are no excuses for German companies to not use the "Megatrend" artificial intelligence.