Transcoding is the process of converting a media file from one format type to another, a higher resolution to a lower resolution and a higher bitrate to a lower bitrate and vice versa. The growing variety of technologies-including different generations of equipment, low-speed to high-speed networks and over-the-top (OTT) services-are creating the need to transcode videos to a common format in order to maintain interoperability across devices and ensure a higher quality of experience.

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Last month (April 2018), I represented Aricent at the MPLS+SDN+NFV World in Paris and in attendance were some of the world’s largest mobile operators including AT&T, DT, Turk Telecom and Reliance Jio. SDN/NFV is coming to fruition and 5G is almost here. The main theme at the show was automation - and what transpired was that while many operators have been making good ground, end-to-end automation of the network was a conundrum.

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Third-party libraries are necessary evils; they offer domain expertise, faster development and cost benefits in application development. It is not surprising that roughly 80-90% of all applications are comprised of third-party libraries and that 50-60% of the code in an application comes from third-party libraries. They are unavoidable because they make the product development process more efficient and speed time-to-market.

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Recent experience has taught us just how devastating software security breaches can be. The losses of the worst software security breaches can be measured in billions of dollars. And it’s not just a company’s reputation that suffers.

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Digital Transformation has become a trending topic for organizations across the globe to enhance their operational processes, customer experience, and business models using technologies such as social, mobile, analytics, cloud, and cognitive computing. Digital Maturity is key to outperforming competitors in this technological era.

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The typical smart home is comprised of internet-connected or Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, which enable the remote monitoring and management of appliances and systems. Some of the most popular IoT applications in the home include security and lighting, according to a survey of 7,000 consumers across seven markets conducted by GfK in 2015. (See Figure 1.)

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