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How to make an organisation-wide digital transformation project a success still remains elusive for many

"Digital transformation can be viewed holistically as the confluence of SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) technologies, cutting through business processes, enabling agile & secure infrastructure, leveraging IoT & connected devises, driven by seamless integration into (and upgrading) of current IT systems and underpinned by actionable insights for sustainable differentiation across customer experience and business efficiency."
#Social #Mobile #Analytics #Cloud #InternetofThings 
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"The business efficiency theme driving digital transformation projects is all around creating differentiation for organisations through one or more of the following: helping an organisation to become more agile and responsive in its ability to identify either opportunities or to protect against threats; taking cost optimisation to the next level by further automating mundane and routine tasks that can be more efficiently handled by intelligent systems; creating better decision making powered by real-time data and insights, rather than by gut-feel and intuition; and unleashing the ability to innovate through the provision of new offerings or different business models."
#DriveInnovation #Automation #ReduceRisk #DecisionMaking 

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Salesforce to unleash Wave - The Analytics Cloud

For all of you who were wondering if Salesforce was going to be left out of the "big data boom", Marc Benioff, a Salesforce co-founder and the company’s chief executive, has been tweeting about Wave. Here's more details from NYTimes (excerpt):

Wave is intended to create sales, service and marketing analytics, either in packaged or custom forms, which can be read on desktop and mobile devices. It is meant to stress the data within Salesforce products, but it is also possible to import third-party information from companies like Microsoft, SAP and Informatica, as well as machine-generated data.
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Right now, Tableau is one of the few notable companies making it easier to visualize data. Given the millions of customers using Salesforce, in other words, it is the kind of thing that could attract independent software developers to build products on it.
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"It’s been quite a while since we announced a new market this big,” Mr. Dayon [Alex Dayon, the president of products at Salesforce] said. “Analytics is a $42 billion industry, and people need a new cloud-based platform for it.”

#BigData   #Sales   #Analytics   #Cloud   #DataVisualisation   #GrowIncome  

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Gartner lays out its top 10 tech trends for 2015

1: Computing Everywhere.
2: The Internet of Things (IoT)
3: 3D printing
4: Advanced, Pervasive and Invisible Analytics
5: Context Rich Systems.
6: Smart Machines
7: Cloud and Client Computing
8: Software Defined Applications and Infrastructure
9: Web-Scale IT
10: Security

#Security #InformationTechnology #Cloud #FutureTechnologies #Analytics #InternetofThings

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The 2014 update to Garnter's Hype cycle of emerging technologies

Citation: Have you been hearing a lot about “the internet of things” lately? Maybe you even read our recent report collecting expert predictions on the subject. The 2014 Gartner Hype Cycle might help explain why this volume of attention has risen. This annual report plots the rising expectations and enthusiasm (and subsequent disappointment and disillusionment) for various emerging technologies. As Quartz’s Leo Mirani points out, the Internet of Things has “reached the zenith of its hype,” egged on by copious, “breathless” news coverage.
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Already descending into the “trough of disillusionment” are gamification, the idea that turning everyday tasks into a game makes them more engaging; mobile health monitoring technologies that help patients and physicians monitor vital signs and symptoms; and the fascination with the use of “big data” as a gold mine of information on everything from consumer tastes to predictive analytics about when you will die.
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The Gartner hype cycle is widely used and widely accepted in the tech community, according to Lee Rainie, the director of our Internet, Science and Technology research, who added: “Even though the hype cycle is not specifically based on data, the judgment of Gartner analysts about the state of technology adoption often tracks with opinions of other elite observers. There are sometimes disputes about where on the curve any individual innovation might rest, but there have been few challenges to the general trends it outlines.”

#InternetofThings   #BigData   #Trends2014  

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In 2011 IBM's Watson technnology was predicted to revolutionize education industry 

Citation: [According to the] Tech Trends Report surveyed more than 4,000 Information Technology (IT) professionals from 93 countries and 25 industries who provided their views on future IT trends. The results also show a growing need for technical skills in the areas of social business, mobile computing, business analytics and cloud computing.
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The IT professionals surveyed identified Watson’s analytics capabilities as key to adapting customized learning plans for students, equalizing resources for remote areas and changing the approach academics use to solve problems and enable creative thinking. Survey respondents also identified Watson's ability to quickly analyze large volumes of data, as having the biggest impact on the fields of data analytics and artificial intelligence.

http://www.cio.co.ke/news/top-stories/IBM's-Watson-technnology-predicted-to-revolutionize-education-industry

#InformationTechnology   #ArtificialIntelligence   #Education   #Analytics   #Cloud  

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Gadi Amit on designing wearable technology for the quantified self

Citation: Within 10 years we will be wearing up to 10 devices on our body that continually monitor the rhythms of our body and mind, according to designer Gadi Amit.
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‘I’ve been exposed to products in the last year that are capable of telling you whether you are in the right mind state to engage in, let’s say, an intellectual competition—if you want to debate something.’

In this situation, a device would warn you about your stress and anxiety levels, and help you learn about and understand the ideal state of mind for presenting a paper or arguing your case.
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This kind of personal information will be gathered from devices we will wear, and be stored in the cloud.

‘We will have a persona in the cloud of digital data that belongs to us—and it will be a somewhat different exponent of us,’ he says.
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‘Legislators will eventually have to recognise something I call the digital persona,’ says Amit. ‘Any treatment of it will have to be taken into account as if it is our home, or private space.’

‘It doesn’t mean prohibiting companies to access it and use it for research, as we currently allow a lot of companies to reach this data today. But for people using it without our will, they will have to go through significant barriers in order to use it.’

Amit argues that our current legislative environment—with its complex checks and balances—will have to change, as it is too slow to keep up with technological advances. 

#Lifelogging #Cloud    #Privacy   #FutureTechnologies  

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Operational Resilience through Managing External Dependencies

Citation: These days, organizations are rarely self-contained. Businesses collaborate through partnerships and close links with suppliers and customers. Outsourcing services and business processes, including into Cloud Computing, means that key operations that an organization depends on are often fulfilled outside their control.

The challenge here is how to manage the dependencies your operations have on factors that are outside your control. The goal is to perform your risk management so it optimizes your operational success through being resilient against external dependencies.
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The Open Group’s Dependency Modeling (O-DM) helps you to plan for success through operational resilience, assured business continuity, and effective new controls and contingencies, enabling you to:

- Cut costs without losing capability
- Make the most of tight budgets
- Build a resilient supply chain
 - Lead programs and projects to success
- Measure, understand and manage risk from outsourcing relationships and supply chains
- Deliver complex event analysis

#SupplyChain   #Managers   #BuildResilience   #SaveMoney   #Partnerships    #Cloud  

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Adjust to the cloud: SaaS data integration steps out into the light

Citation:
...  Cloud applications and infrastructure services can be obtained with little input from IT -- sometimes with just a credit card. Ease of implementation is one thing -- the speed of cloud implementations is another, according to Noel Yuhanna, an analyst at Forrester Research in Cambridge, Mass. Outside data sources, including SaaS data created by business units and stored beyond corporate firewalls, must be made accessible more and more quickly[.] / #InformationTechnology   #Cloud  
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"The future of the data management platform is going to be about access across various domains in real time," Yuhanna said. What is needed, he said, is an "information fabric" that combines central IT systems with SaaS data and information from other external sources, including much of what we've come to know as big data. / #Collaboration   #BigData   #RealTime  

Among the changes Yuhanna anticipates are more lines of business building their own data models and maintaining their own data sets, many residing in the cloud. The challenge is familiar. Data management pros need to give some rein to the departmental leaders who are close to the data and understand it well. Yet they need to fashion an enterprise data fabric generalized enough to handle widely varied data. / #Managers  

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What the #InternetofThings is really about: data

Citation: The value that comes from connecting your thermostat to the internet isn’t that you can now control it from your smartphone, or that it’s a theoretical home for new ads. The value is that you suddenly have access to cheap information about the temperature of your home, and by collating other data points or simple extrapolation techniques, you also have access to detailed information about what is happening in the home. / #Analytics  

This can be cool. It can be creepy. And it can be convenient. But as is always the case when we encounter technological shifts, the internet of things is really a tool. And like a hammer is used to expand the amount of force generated over a small area (allow you to hit something really hard), the internet of things is a tool is for cheaply delivering and gathering information. / #DataMining  

So sensors on your car should be sending information back to the manufacturer about features you use, and your mechanic about how you are driving and wear and tear on the car’s parts. The manufacturer could then change the car’s design, as Ford has done, while your mechanic can offer you a preventative maintenance contract. Shared over a wider network, you can offer real-time traffic information or even improve weather forecasts by acting as a traveling weather station. But you might also open yourself up to tracking by the government or unscrupulous data-miners seeking to help advertisers establish ever-more-granular demographic profiles. / #Manufacturing    #Demographics   #Privacy   #CentralGovernment  

So if we view this as a tool, then let’s stop talking about the internet of things as this monolithic system that will make homes smarter, businesses leaner, and so on. We need to break this tool down and figure out what information we want and where we can get it. We also need to think about what it can unleash on the world and how to set safeguards. /  #DriveInnovation   #Security  

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Affordable Analytics in the Cloud

Re: #BigData:
“As more businesses use ‘Big Data’ to boost profits, track trends and grow, the influx of analytics and “Big Data” will just become ‘Data’. In other words, massive data sets will become common data that more businesses use to propel growth and will be fully integrated within everyday operations.” — Andrew Urbaczewski, PhD
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Re:  #SaveMoney #Cloud #OnDemand
Affordable #Analytics : “Business analytics will become more affordable, with on-demand cloud based services that allow small businesses to spend less money. They won’t require the same massive capital investment of technology, server space and expensive programming, licenses and hardware that formerly only larger or wealthier companies could afford.” — Andrew Urbaczewski, PhD 
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Re: #LocalGovernment   #DecisionMaking  
Smarter Data: “As data becomes more readily available, usable and understandable, local governments will utilize existing data sets to make smarter decisions. For example, cities will utilize crime reports, school information and housing prices to make wiser decisions and more efficient investments.  This intelligent data will mean more government efficacy and smarter consumers.” — Andrew Urbaczewski, PhD  

Also see: #Entrepreneurs Reign http://goo.gl/HB3S0g

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