Sometimes it’s easy to forget that things could be better. This week’s top 5 blog posts on SAP Business Trends examine ways to improve the way we do business via technology, cultural exchanges and simply getting everyone on the same page.

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U.S. Congressional interest in IoT is growing as the number of Internet-connected devices tops 25 billion worldwide — and experts expect that number to double by 2020.

Internet Of Things Gets Real In Washington, D.C.

The U.S. government got hands-on with cutting edge technology at an IoT showcase in the nation’s capital. SAP’s smart vending machine impressed Tim Clark, congressmen and others with its friendly interface and personalized shopping experience.

Why Korean Films are Now Showing at Theaters Worldwide

The South Korean film industry has spread its wings and soared during the last three decades. Darren Hunter delves into why Korean filmmaking is flying so high, including a council that facilitates international film-based cultural exchanges.

From Tweet to Sale in Two Minutes with the World’s Largest Flooring Company

Social media offers retailers a traveling showroom that is open anytime, anywhere from any mobile device. Ryan Somers lays down how Mohawk Industries uses in-memory analytics to listen and engage with customers — and sell to them — in real time.

Predicting Eclipses is Easier than Predicting Clouds

An almanac in 1983 correctly predicted this month’s solar eclipse down to the minute, but it didn’t predict that the sky would be completely overcast. That got James Marland thinking about how to make more useful predictions, especially in business.

The Coming Containerization of Data

The simple, standardized shipping container increased bilateral trade by almost 800 percent in its first two decades. Similarly Irfan Khan calls for standardized vessels to hold our data, helping IT departments with security and compliance, and reducing the need for data cleansing.

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