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Using XML Schemas and DTDs Together
Using XML Schemas and DTDs Together

XML Schemas are quickly becoming the industry standard that Document Type Definitions (DTDs) used to be. Much has been written about the advantages of XML Schemas over DTDs. Indeed, Schemas do offer advantages. However, with all the focus on the need to transition from DTDs to Schemas, it seems that little attention has been paid to how XML Schemas and DTDs can be used together.

This article focuses on how to validate an XML document against an XML Schema and a DTD at the same time. Additionally, the article focuses on how to transition from using DTDs exclusively to using both XML Schemas and DTDs. This type of transition is especially important for organizations that have heavily invested in DTDs and now have large document inventories based on them. The XML Schema and DTD in this article will be a small version of the DocBook DTD standard - a modular approach to building DTDs that has long been a standard for SGML developers. Although the example is presented in a recognizable DocBook format, it could easily be adapted to work with XML Schemas and DTDs not based on the DocBook standard. The example could also be adapted to work in a developmental environment in which a "full-version" of DocBook might be used.

A first step to consider when moving to XML Schemas is whether to write the schema from scratch, generate it from an XML document, or convert it from an existing DTD. Of these options, the first is probably the least desirable, unless development time is not an issue, which is probably not the case. A good compromise to writing a schema from scratch is to generate it automatically from an existing XML document. To generate a schema from an XML document using XMLSPY, open the XML document, select "DTD/Schema," and then select the "Generate DTD/Schema" option.

If an XML document on which a schema can be based is not available, consider generating one from an existing text file. One way to locate text-to-XML conversion programs is to search on "text to XML" on www.oreilly.com site. Unidex also offers a free trial download of XML Convert - a Java-based program for converting text files to XML (www.unidex.com/download.htm). Also, the example program ConvertToHTML in Chapter 14 of K.N. King's book Java Programming: From the Beginning can easily be modified to convert text files to basic XML.

In many cases though, organizations that are considering moving to XML Schemas are likely to be migrating to them from existing DTDs. The question then is how to convert these existing DTDs to XML Schemas. There are at least two known methods for converting DTDs to XML Schemas. One method is to use the Perl script DTD2Schema, which is available at www.w3.org/2000/04/schema_hack. Unlike many XML conversion utilities written in Perl, this one does not require the installation of any Perl modules. To convert a DTD to a schema using DTD2Schema, use the following command: perl DTD2Schema.pl file.dtd > file.xsd. This script will work well for converting a DTD to a schema if the DTD is contained within a single file and is not overly complex. If a DTD comprises multiple files, then converting it to a schema can best be done by using a tool such as TIBCO's TurboXML (also known as XML Authority), which is available for trial download at www.tibco.com/solutions/products/extensibility/turbo_xml.jsp.

To convert a DTD to a schema using TurboXML, use the following steps:
1.  Open the DTD in TurboXML.
2.  Select File and then select Export.
3.  From the Export options, select the XSD Schema option.
4.  Then provide an output file name and location for the XML Schema.

Note that after completing these steps, there is no "export complete" prompt to the user.

The converted schema will be available in the user-specified output location almost immediately after performing these steps. TurboXML works quite well in converting even the most complex DTDs to XML Schemas.

In transitioning from DTDs to Schemas, there are definitely advantages in using conversion tools such as TurboXML. However, in using these conversion tools, be aware of two issues. First, organizations want to transition to schemas primarily because schemas allow for restricting data based on data types - integer, float, and decimal, for example. The problem in using an automated conversion tool for converting DTDs to schemas is that data types are not automatically added to the converted schema. They have to be added manually after the fact. This often goes unmentioned in discussions of automatically converting DTDs to schemas. Second, if the DTD contains text or document entities, an automated DTD-to-schema conversion tool will not convert these. The conversion tool will simply skip these entities. If they no longer need to be used in XML authoring, then this is not an issue. If there is a need to continue using them, however, two options are available. One is to include the entities in an internal DTD located in the top portion of each XML document. The other choice is to include them in an external DTD. In either case, the XML document will need to be validated against both a DTD and an XML Schema simultaneously if it contains text or document entity references.

If a task entails managing XML files with a relatively small number of entities that are used in a predictable way in XML authoring, using an internal DTD may be a good idea. Even if there are several entities to be used in document authoring, it may be advisable to use an internal DTD to define entities that may be unique to a particular XML document. To validate an XML document against an internal DTD and a schema, the following example code would need to be placed at the top of the XML file:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE RootElementName [
<!ENTITY file01.tif SYSTEM "file01.tif" NDATA tif>
<!NOTATION tif SYSTEM "tif">
]>
<RootElementName id="RootElementID"
xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="MySchema.xsd">

In this example, the internal DTD contains a single entity - a .tif image file defined as file01.tif. Any number of entities could be defined in this way within the brackets [ ] at the top of the XML file. The example also contains a reference to an XML Schema named MySchema.xsd.

Probably the most common development scenario would be a need to validate an XML document against an internal DTD, an external DTD, and a schema. Example code for doing this is as follows:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE RootElementName PUBLIC "My Organization//My DTD
Description//LANGUAGE"
"my.dtd" [
<!ENTITY file01.tif SYSTEM "file01.tif" NDATA tif>
<!NOTATION tif SYSTEM "tif">
]>
<RootElementName id="RootElementID"
xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="MySchema.xsd">

In this example, there are really three separate validations taking place. The XML document validates against an external DTD (my.dtd), an internal DTD with an entity declaration (file01.tif), and an XML Schema (MySchema.xsd). The external DTD in this case would contain entity declarations for any text or document entities. The schema in this case would contain element and attribute declarations as well as any data type restrictions on those elements and attributes.

In looking at the example in the sample code (available below), consider the needs of an Internet-based company offering online access to technical white papers. In our fictional example, some of the white papers on the company site are offered free of charge, and others papers can be downloaded from the site for a fee. To better manage the data available on the site, the company has built XML files to store information about each white paper. To manage these XML files, the company has designed an XML Schema, an internal DTD, and an external DTD. Figure 1 is an overview of the schema and DTDs the company has designed.

1.  The schema consists of the following components (which will be described in more detail momentarily): top-level "subject elements," DocBook "information pool" elements, the XML Exchange table model elements, and subject elements added to the XML Exchange table model.
2.  The internal DTD consists of entity declarations for graphics - such as screen shots - that are unique to a particular white paper.
3.  The external DTD is divided into the following parts (which will be described in more detail momentarily): DocBook ISO text entities and document entities.

In our example schema, there are four top-level subject elements - CopyrightNotice, Disclaimer, Abstract, and Biblio- Data. On our fictional site, the white papers offered free of charge contain a CopyrightNotice informing the reader that permission is granted to copy and distribute the paper to anyone, anywhere. The white papers on our site that can be downloaded for a fee contain a CopyrightNotice informing the reader that unauthorized distribution of the paper is punishable by a $1,000,000 fine and 10 years of hard labor in San Quinten. Each white paper contains a disclaimer protecting the company from damages resulting from loss of data or revenue as a result of using the ideas in the paper. Each white paper also contains an abstract summarizing the contents of the paper. Associated with each paper is a BiblioData element, which contains Author, Title, PaperDate, PaperNumber, PaperSubject, FileSize, and NumberOfPages elements.

The seven elements within the BiblioData element will be stored within the entry element of the XML Exchange table model - a subset of the CALS table model. By using subject elements within the entry of element of the XML Exchange model, we can more easily constrain the table data using a schema and more easily search the data using XPath queries. One additional advantage to using a CALS-based table is that the standard elements (such as entry and row) can be inserted automatically into a document using an XML editor such as Epic, which is available from Arbortext at www.arbortext.com.

To help constrain the data in the BibloData element, we assign XML Schema data types to each of seven elements. The Author, Title, and PaperSubject elements are assigned a text data type. The FileSize element has a decimal type and the NumberOfPages element has an integer type. The PaperDate must match a year, month, day pattern (i.e., YYYYMMDD) and the PaperNumber must match the pattern of PNUM- followed by four digits.

Since many of the white papers have multiple authors, we assign a numeric value of 100 or 700 to the "type" attribute of the Author element. The value 100 identifies an author as a primary author of paper, and a value of 700 identifies an author as a coauthor of a paper. The numeric attribute values of 100 and 700 are based on the Library of Congress cataloging record known as the MARC record. For many years, the MARC record has been a standard for cataloging library materials in machine-readable format.

Recently, the MARC record has been converted to XML format. The XML Schema for the MARC record can be downloaded from the Library of Congress site at www.loc.gov/standards/marcxml/schema/MARC21slim.xsd. For more information on the MARC record in general, see http://lcweb.loc.gov/marc/umb.

In addition to the XML Exchange table model, our example schema also contains elements - such as para - that are part of the information pool module of the DocBook DTD. The information pool elements are commonly used elements in many XML document types. Our example schema will contain a handful of these commonly used elements.

The external DTD in our example contains ISO text (or character) entities and document entities. The text entities allow a document author to insert special characters or symbols into an XML document. Our example DTD contains these entities "as is" from the DocBook DTD.

Added to the DocBook entities are modules for document entities. In our example we have three document entities, which reference text file information for CopyrightNotice and Disclaimer information associated with each white paper. Declaring document entities in an external DTD allows text files to be reused in multiple XML documents as a user has a need to reference the data.

Now that we've described our XML Schema and DTDs, we can view the results in XMLSPY and Internet Explorer. Figure 2 provides a view of validating a sample XML document in XMLSPY using our example schema and DTDs. Figure 3 provides a view of this same XML document in Internet Explorer.

Summary
I've explained the ease with which you can validate an XML document against both a DTD and an XML Schema. I've also discussed how to convert a DTD to a schema and transitioning from DTDs to schemas. The DTD and schema design methods described in this article can be adapted to a variety of XML development projects. These methods provide an effective way to manage data using both DTDs and an XML Schemas.

I hope that the example in this article is helpful. Any questions about the sample code may be directed to me via e-mail; I'll be happy to help.

About Greg Watson
Greg Watson is a Computer Systems Analyst working in the area of XML development at the
Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center. In 2002, he spoke at the
Intelligence Community Conference on XML Metadata.

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To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to ...
An increasing number of companies are creating products that combine data with analytical capabilities. Running interactive queries on Big Data requires complex architectures to store and query data effectively, typically involving data streams, an choosing efficient file format/database and multiple independent systems that are tied together through custom-engineered pipelines. In his session at @BigDataExpo at @ThingsExpo, Tomer Levi, a senior software engineer at Intel’s Advanced Analytics gr...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things’). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing? IoT is not about the devices, it’s about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. In his session at Internet of Things at Cloud Expo | DXWor...
Everything run by electricity will eventually be connected to the Internet. Get ahead of the Internet of Things revolution. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Akvelon expert and IoT industry leader Sergey Grebnov provided an educational dive into the world of managing your home, workplace and all the devices they contain with the power of machine-based AI and intelligent Bot services for a completely streamlined experience.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Synametrics Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Synametrics Technologies is a privately held company based in Plainsboro, New Jersey that has been providing solutions for the developer community since 1997. Based on the success of its initial product offerings such as WinSQL, Xeams, SynaMan and Syncrify, Synametrics continues to create and hone inn...

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@ThingsExpo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers Include

MATTHIEU
Octoblu

MAHADEV
Cisco

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

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AMDG

PAUL
VenueNext

SMITH
Eviot

BEAMER
goTraverse

GETTENS
goTraverse

CHAMBLISS
ReadyTalk

HERBERTS
Cityzen Data

REITBAUER
Dynatrace

WILLIAM-
SON

Cloud
Computing

SCHMARZO
EMC

WOOD
VeloCloud

WALLGREN
Electric Cloud

VARAN-
NATH

GE

SRIDHARA-
BALAN

Pulzze

METRIC
Linux

MONTES
Iced

ARIOLA
Parasoft

HOLT
Daitan

CUNNING-
HAM

ReadyTalk

BEDRO-
SIAN

Cypress

NAMIE
Cisco

NAKA-
GAWA

Transparent
Cloud

SHIBATA
Transparent
Cloud

BOYD
Neo4j

VANDER-
MINDEN

Flatiron
Strategies

JAME-
NSKY

Embotics

KOCHER
Grey Heron

SPROULE
Metavine

BLACK
SQLstream

WARD
DWE

MILLER
Covisint

EVAVOLD
Covisint

MEINER
Oracle

MEEHAN
Esri

WITECK
Citrix

LIANG
Rancher Labs

BUTLER
Tego

ROWE
IBM Cloud

SKILLERN
Intel

SMITH
Numerex
@ThingsExpo New York All-Star Speakers Include

CLELAND
HGST

VASILIOU
Catchpoint

WALLGREN
Electric Cloud

HINCH-
CLIFFE

7Summits

DE SOUZA
Cisco

RANDALL
Gartner

ARMSTRONG
AppNeta

SMALLTREE
Cazena

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

DELOACH
Infobright

QUINT
Ontegrity

MALAUCHLAN
Buddy Platform

PALIOTTA
Vector

MITRA
Cognizant

KOCHER
Grey Heron

PAPDO
POULOS

Cloud9

HARLAN
Two Bulls

GOLO
SHUBIN

Bit6

PROIETTI
Location
Smart

MARTIN
nfrastructure

MOULINE
Everbridge

MARSH
Blue Pillar

PARKS
SecureRF

PEROTTI
Plantronics

HOFFMAN
EastBanc

WATSON
Trendalyze

BENSONOFF
Unigma

SHAN
CTS

MATTELA
Redpine

GILLEN
Spark
Coginition

SOLT
Netvibes

BERNARDO
GE Digital

ROMANSKY
TrustPoint

BEAMER
GoTransverse

LESTER
LogMeIn

PONO
-MAREVA

Google

SINGH
Sencha

CALKINS
Amadeus

KLEIN
Rachio

HOASIN
Aeris

SARKARIA
PHEMI

SPROULE
Metavine

SNELL
Intel

LEVINE
CytexOne

ALLEN
Freewave

MCCALLUM
Falconstor

HYEDT
Seamless

@ThingsExpo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers Include

SCHULZ
Luxoft

TAMBURINI
Autodesk

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

THURAI
SaneIoT

TURNER
Cloudian

ENDO
Intrepid

NAKAGAWA
Transparent

SHIBATA
Transparent

LEVANT-LEVI
testRTC

VARAN NATH
GE

COOPER
M2Mi

SENAY
Teletax

SKEEN
Vitria

KOCHER
Grey Heron

GREENE
PubNub

MAGUIRE
HP

MATTHIEU
Octoblu

STEINER-JOVIC
AweSense

LYNN
AgilData

HEDGES
Cloudata

DUFOUR
Webroot

ROBERTS
Platform

JONES
Deep

PFEIFFER
NICTA

NIELSEN
Redis

PAOLALANTORIO
DataArchon

KAHN
Solgenia

LOPEZ
Kurento

KIM
MapR

BROMHEAD
Instaclustr

LEVINE
CytexOne

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

GORBACHEV
Intelligent
Systems

THYKATTIL
Navisite

TRELOAR
Bebaio

SIVARAMA-
KRISHNAN

Red Hat
Cloud Expo New York All-Star Speakers Included

DE SOUZA
Cisco

POTTER
SafeLogic

ROBINSON
CompTIA

WARUSA
-WITHANA

WSO2 Inc

MEINER
Oracle

CHOU
Microsoft

HARRISON
Tufin

BRUNOZZI
VMware

KIM
MapR

KANE
Dyn

SICULAR
Basho

TURNER
Cloudian

KUMAR
Liaison

ADAMIAK
Liaison

KHAN
Solgenia

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

SUSSMAN
Coalfire

ISAACSON
RMS

LYNN
CodeFutures

HEABERLIN
Windstream

RAMA
MURTHY

Virtusa

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE MENO
CommVault

GRILLI
Adobe

WILLIAMS
Rancher Labs

CRISWELL
Alert Logic

COTY
Alert Logic

JACOBS
SingleHop

MARAVEI
Cisco

JACKSON
Softlayer

SINGH
IBM

HAZARD
Softlayer

GALLO
Softlayer

TAMASKAR
GENBAND

SUBRA
-MANIAN

Emcien

LEVESQUE
Windstream

IVANOV
StorPool

BLOOMBERG
Intellyx

BUDHANI
Soha

HATHAWAY
IBM Watson

TOLL
ProfitBricks

LANDRY
Microsoft

BEARFIELD
Blue Box

HERITAGE
Akana

PILUSO
SIASMSP

HOLT
IBM Cloudant

SHAN
CTS

PICCININNI
EMC

BRON-
GERSMA

Modulus

PAIGE
CenturyLink

SABHIKHI
Cognitive Scale

MILLS
Green House Data

KATZEN
CenturyLink

SLOPER
CenturyLink

SRINIVAS
EMC

TALREJA
Cisco

GORBACHEV
Systems Services Inc.

COLLISON
Apcera

PRABHU
OpenCrowd

LYNN
CodeFutures

SWARTZ
Ericsson

MOSHENKO
CoreOS

BERMINGHAM
SIOS

WILLIS
Stateless Networks

MURPHY
Gridstore

KHABE
Vicom

NIKOLOV
GetClouder

DIETZE
Windstream

DALRYMPLE
EnterpriseDB

MAZZUCCO
TierPoint

RIVERA
WHOA.com

HERITAGE
Akana

SEYMOUR
6fusion

GIANNETTO
Author

CARTER
IBM

ROGERS
Virtustream
Cloud Expo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers

TESAR
Microsoft

MICKOS
HP

BHARGAVA
Intel

RILEY
Riverbed

DEVINE
IBM

ISAACSON
CodeFutures

LYNN
HP

HINKLE
Citrix

KHAN
Solgenia

SINGH
Bigdata

BEACH
SendGrid

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE SOUZA
Cisco

PATTATHIL
Harbinger

O'BRIEN
Aria Systems

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

BIANCO
Solgenia

PROCTOR
NuoDB

DUGGAL
EnterpriseWeb

TEGETHOFF
Appcore

BRUNOZZI
VMware

HICKENS
Parasoft

KLEBANOV
Cisco

PETERS
Esri

GOLDBERG
Vormetric

CUMBER-
LAND

Dimension

ROSENDAHL
Quantum

LOOMIS
Cloudant

BRUNO
StackIQ

HANNON
SoftLayer

JACKSON
SoftLayer

HOCH
Virtustream

KAPADIA
Seagate

PAQUIN
OnLive

TSAI
Innodisk

BARRALL
Connected Data

SHIAH
AgilePoint

SEGIL
Verizon

PODURI
Citrix

COWIE
Dyn

RITTEN-
HOUSE

Cisco

FALLOWS
Kaazing

THYKATTIL
TimeWarner

LEIDUCK
SAP

LYNN
HP

WAGSTAFF
BSQUARE

POLLACK
AOL

KAMARAJU
Vormetric

BARRY
Catbird

MENDEN-
HALL

SUPERNAP

SHAN
KEANE

PLESE
Verizon

BARNUM
Voxox

TURNER
Cloudian

CALDERON
Advanced Systems

AGARWAL
SOA Software

LEE
Quantum

OBEROI
Concurrent, Inc.

HATEM
Verizon

GALEY
Autodesk

CAUTHRON
NIMBOXX

BARSOUM
IBM

GORDON
1Plug

LEWIS
Verizon

YEO
OrionVM

NAKAGAWA
Transparent Cloud Computing

SHIBATA
Transparent Cloud Computing

NATH
GE

GOKCEN
GE

STOICA
Databricks

TANKEL
Pivotal Software


Testimonials
This week I had the pleasure of delivering the opening keynote at Cloud Expo New York. It was amazing to be back in the great city of New York with thousands of cloud enthusiasts eager to learn about the next step on their journey to embracing a cloud-first worldl."
@SteveMar_Msft
General Manager of Window Azure
 
How does Cloud Expo do it every year? Another INCREDIBLE show - our heads are spinning - so fun and informative."
@SOASoftwareInc
 
Thank you @ThingsExpo for such a great event. All of the people we met over the past three days makes us confident IoT has a bright future."
Yasser Khan
CEO of @Cnnct2me
 
One of the best conferences we have attended in a while. Great job, Cloud Expo team! Keep it going."

@Peak_Ten


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@ThingsExpo Blogs
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to iterate use cases, bring understanding to those seeking to explore complicated technical concepts and ...
So data warehousing may not be cool anymore, you say? It’s yesterday’s technology (or 1990’s technology if you’re as old as me) that served yesterday’s business needs. And while it’s true that recent big data and data science technologies, architectures and methodologies seems to have rendered data warehousing to the back burner, it is entirely false that there is not a critical role for the data warehouse and Business Intelligence in digitally transformed organizations.
Since releasing the University of San Francisco research paper on “How to Determine the Economic Value of Your Data” (EvD), I have had numerous conversations with senior executives about the business and technology ramifications of EvD. Now with the release of Doug Laney’s “Infonomics” book that builds upon Doug’s EvD work at Gartner, I expect these conversations to intensify. In fact, I just traveled to Switzerland to discuss the potential business and technology ramifications of EvD with the management team of a leading European Telecommunications company.
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
From government to retail to oil and gas, it seems like everyone is exploring how to use AI in their industry or business. It’s time for you to do the same. There’s no question that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is on a lot of people’s minds these days, and is beginning to grow rapidly in adoption. Quoting Accenture, Forbes reports AI-driven productivity gains of perhaps 40% by 2035, and publications like the New York Times are noting the buzz, even as they ask, why now? Even if you don’t think you’ll be adopting AI for yourself just yet, you need to at least consider the broader impact the te...
There is a war a-brewin’, but this war will be fought with wits and not brute strength. Ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declaration that “the nation that leads in AI (Artificial Intelligence) will be the ruler of the world,” the press and analysts have created hysteria regarding the ramifications of artificial intelligence on everything from public education to unemployment to healthcare to Skynet. Note: artificial intelligence (AI) endows applications with the ability to automatically learn and adapt from experience via interacting with the surroundings / environment. See the b...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, which can process our conversational commands and orchestrate the outcomes we request across our persona...
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and optimization to employee training and insights, all ultimately create the best customer experience b...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Evatronix will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Evatronix SA offers comprehensive solutions in the design and implementation of electronic systems, in CAD / CAM deployment, and also is a designer and manufacturer of advanced 3D scanners for professional applications.
This month, an AI (artificial intelligence) system passed a medical exam in China for the first time. I wonder how its bedside manner will be? In addition, Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a robot named Sophia. With all these rapid advancements, I think it is time we explore the spiritual life of robots. Up till recently, programmers coded and configured algorithms, AI, automation and machine learning system and took personal responsibility for all the code. Today, however, AI has escaped the confines of human oversight and has been empowered and employed to self-program, self-optimize, ...
The Federal Communications Commission announced that it will vote on December 14 to enact the exceptionally misleadingly titled “Restoring Internet Freedom” order. If passed, it will do the opposite of restoring anything resembling freedom — it will repeal the current net neutrality rules which were enacted to ensure that Americans would have equal access to the Internet. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re already interested in the topic. Still, some quick background: Renamed “Open Internet” a while back, net neutrality provided a regulatory framework that specifically prohibited:...
Digital technologies have altered how people and businesses interact. The potential for dislocation from ongoing digital transformation has created unprecedented levels of C-suite discussion. The decisive market leaders have heeded the warnings and taken bold actions. That said, if you’re one of those Chief Technology Officers (CTO) that previously responded to this scenario by making small incremental adjustments to your IT agenda, then you’re potentially at risk. Any relief from those prior tweaks tend to be short lived. The same issues will likely resurface.
Over the last few years, the Internet of things (IoT) has become a trending phrase for consumers and a top priority for businesses embarking on their digital transformation. Even with the growth and interest in IoT however, the meaning can still confuse people. So, what is IoT? IoT is a network of things connected to the internet and is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system. These “things” may include a variety of devices like home appliances, commercial vending machines, fitness trackers, industrial gateways, connected cars, and smart factories.
I love it when I get feedback from a blog that I’ve written. I appreciate the different perspectives and insights that others bring to a topic of interest. And no blog that I’ve written has drawn more comments than my blog, “Isaac Asimov: The 4th Law of Robotics.” The section of the blog that fueled the most comments stem from a scene in the movie I, Robot where Detective Spooner (played by Will Smith) is explaining to Doctor Calvin (who is responsible for giving robots human-like behaviors) why he distrusts and hates robots. He is describing an incident where his police car crashed into anot...
The human work of solving problems, facing challenges and overcoming obstacles tends to share a common goal: creating stable, secure and predictable environments. The tendency for most humans is that once we solve a challenge, we want to be done with it. That propensity, however, does not fit with today’s reality of perpetual change. In the digital business world, organizations have no choice but to operate in an unclear, uncertain and continuously shifting environment that requires a new mindset and approach to formulating business strategies. Digital winners recognize that change is pa...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Google Cloud has been named “Keynote Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Companies come to Google Cloud to transform their businesses. Google Cloud’s comprehensive portfolio – from infrastructure to apps to devices – helps enterprises innovate faster, scale smarter, stay secure, and do more with data than ever before.
Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo have announced the conference tracks for Cloud Expo 2018. Cloud Expo will be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, and November 6-8, 2018, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DX Expo within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of busin...
Digital Transformation is amplifying mainframe as mission critical to business growth more than ever before. With 70% of the world's corporate data and over half of the world's enterprise applications running on mainframe computers, they are at the core of just about every transaction. A single transaction can, in fact, drive up to 100 system interactions. The continued increase in mainframe transaction volumes, growing on average 7-8% a year for 78% of customers, has even led to a new buzzword: The Connected Mainframe.
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
What's disruptive innovation, and why does it matter to leaders in the C-suite? It's how the savvy non-conformist will target market opportunities. How does this happen, when established companies seem to have the advantage? Creative software developers can quickly apply new technologies and digital business models to capture untapped demand.

Moreover, the most disruptive new companies will eventually reshape entire industries, swiftly pushing aside the legacy incumbent players -- it's a form of Digital Darwinism. The global networked economy will blossom, thanks to the pervasive In...