Starbucks put mobile payments on the menu early, but it's just warming up with cloud computing and big data analytics. Here are 7 ways that Starbucks CIO Stephen Gillett, InformationWeek's 2011 Chief of the Year, utilizes emerging tech.
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With the help of 2-D barcode scanners, Starbucks this year began letting people pay in its U.S. stores with a smartphone app. The app, which ties to Starbucks' loyalty and payment cards, has done more than 20 million transactions in 2011.