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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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Our postnormal times

An excellent overview of our "postnormal times" written in 2010 by Ziauddin Sardar, a London-based scholar called "Britain's own Muslim polymath" by The Independent newspaper. In these times of ours the power to #AnticipateChange  is essential, but also extremely difficult.

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All that was ‘normal’ has now evaporated; we have entered postnormal times, the in between period where old orthodoxies are dying, new ones have not yet emerged, and nothing really makes sense. To have any notion of a viable future, we must grasp the significance of this period of transition which is characterized by three c’s: complexity, chaos and contradictions. These forces propel and sustain postnormal times leading to uncertainty and different types of ignorance that make decision-making problematic and increase risks to individuals, society and the planet.  / #DecisionMaking  
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Welcome to postnormal times. It’s a time when little out there can be trusted or gives us confidence. The espiritu del tiempo, the spirit of our age, is characterised by uncertainty, rapid change, realignment of power, upheaval and chaotic behaviour. We live in an in-between period where old orthodoxies are dying, new ones have yet to be born, and very few things seem to make sense.  / #TodaysChallenges   #BlackSwanEvents  
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...globalisation enhances complexity not simply by making us interdependent but also by increasing our interconnections. In a globalised world, everything is connected to everything else. / #Globalisation  
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We are more connected and interconnected than any other time in history. The entire globe is a network criss-crossed by networks of individuals, groups, communities, institutions constantly connected to each other by e-mails, e-lists, internet newsgroups, mobile phones, text, video conferencing, blogs, twitter, facebook, myspace, interactive digital television and 24-h news broadcasts. There is hardly a place in the world where we can be alone. The mobile phone in your pocket tells those who want to know exactly where you are and enables you to communicate with any one at any time (almost) anywhere. More and more, communication is becoming instant, all encompassing, and ever present. Indeed, it seems that nowadays we do not communicate to live; but live to communicate. / #Social   #Mobile  
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It is now fashionable to argue that we are going through unprecedented change. Things have\always changed but they have not changed with the accelerating pace we are witnessing nowadays. Take, for example, information technology, which doubles its power, as measured in price, performance and bandwidth capacity, every year. In 25 years, it would have multiplied by a factor of a billion as we move from transistors to more powerful technologies such as nanotechnology or molecular computing.  / #InformationTechnology   #FutureTechnologies  
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In postnormal conditions, flexibility, adaptation and sensitivity to markedly different initial conditions require that we develop our ethical acuity to increase the diversity of our response. We are not looking for one solution but many alternatives which create positive feedback and momentum for common principles. Such an approach demands new thinking, effort and participation by everyone. / #Storytelling  

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Data visualisation success hinges on solid storytelling skills

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Data by itself is fairly useless without solid storytelling and narrative skills, according to Jock Mackinlay. Mackinlay is director of visual analysis at Tableau. He's an alumnus of UC Berkeley and Stanford University and a veteran of Xerox PARC. He is also known for coining the term "information visualization" in his 1999 book Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think.

Accessible Storytelling
"Once you have some understanding of your data you have to tell another human. First there is analysis and then there is storytelling. And they blend back together. The classic way of doing this is traditional business intelligence (BI), but that is slow for organisations to do. There is the whole chain of data warehousing [and] getting IT to build reports. Business users should not have to find a statistician or programmer when data is becoming democratised within organisations -- who are increasingly encouraging employees at all levels to use and interpret data."
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"Data scientists are valuable but if you become dependent, then it is like being dependent on IT again. Our focus is on the data enthusiast, partly because of the nature of our technology. We want to empower the data enthusiasts so they can get along by themselves."

#Storytelling   #DataVisualisation     #SelfService     #BusinessIntelligence   #DataWarehouse   #InformationTechnology    

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

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...  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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Oracle delivers PRISM for business in the shape of cloud-based Data as a Service

Citation: In effect, Oracle appears to be offering a service similar to the US government's PRISM intelligence-gathering platform, but intended for business intelligence and marketing purposes. / #BusinessIntelligence #MarketIntelligence 

Speaking at Oracle's launch event, Ovum analyst Tom Pringle said that the timing is right for such DaaS offerings to come to market, but warned that it is early days for this kind of service and that potential pitfalls lay in the way, such as privacy concerns. / #Privacy  

"Data has moved out of the IT department and into the boardroom, so it is now front and centre for organisations around the world. As more and more business processes have shifted into becoming online services, DaaS becomes a natural extension of that," he said. / #InformationTechnology  

But privacy and legal rights are "growing in the public consciousness", Pringle said, and warned that any misstep over use of harvested public data could pose a "danger to the reputation" of the business involved. / #Security  

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A shortage of scientists and techies? Think again

Citation: Hal Salzman, a professor of planning and public policy at Rutgers University, has calculated that twice as many STEM students graduate every year as are able to find jobs in their field. Some half a million grads with these degrees emerge from U.S. colleges and universities annually, and they must compete for roughly 180,000 job openings, he said in a 2013 article.

"Engineering has the highest rate at which graduates move into STEM occupations, but even here the supply is over 50 percent higher than the demand," he wrote. "[Information technology], the industry most vocal about its inability to find enough workers, hires only two-thirds of each year's graduating class of bachelor's degree computer scientists."

#Demographics   #Education   #USA   #InformationTechnology   #HumanResources  

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Some of the basic benefits of #BusinessIntelligence

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With today’s BI tools, business folks can jump in and start analyzing data themselves, rather than wait for IT to run complex reports. This democratization of information access helps users back up—with hard numbers—business decisions that would otherwise be based only on gut feelings and anecdotes. / #DecisionMaking   #SelfService   #InformationTechnology  
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Sharing is vital to the success of BI projects, because everyone involved in the process must have full access to information to be able to change the ways that they work. BI projects should start with top executives, but the next group of users should be salespeople. Because their job is to increase sales and because they’re often compensated on their ability to do so, they’ll be more likely to embrace any tool that will help them do just that—provided, of course, the tool is easy to use and they trust the information. / #Collaboration   #Executives   #Sales  
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A broad range of applications for BI has helped companies rack up impressive ROI figures. Business intelligence has been used to identify cost-cutting ideas, uncover business opportunities, roll ERP data into accessible reports, react quickly to retail demand and optimize prices. / #SaveMoney #GrowIncome

Besides making data accessible, BI software can give companies more leverage during negotiations by making it easier to quantify the value of relationships with suppliers and customers. / #SupplyChain   #Purchasing  

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We’ve struck #BigData! Now what do we ask it?

Citation re: #InformationTechnology   #Analytics  
The IT industry has progressed from the iron age (mainframes and minicomputers) to the software age (operating systems, databases and applications) to the age of data, according to Mike Hoskins, CTO of Actian. Google, Apple and Amazon epitomize this content-delivery era, though the search-engine giant is the only one built primarily on data analytics.

If, as Tim O’Reilly posits, data is the new oil, the question isn’t where to find it, but what to ask it. 
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Re: #BusinessIntelligence  
Some experts now say BI is bifurcating again, thanks to Big Data, and the winners will be in “data discovery,” not BI.
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Despite the buzz around discovery and personalization, traditional BI tools haven’t seen an uptick in adoption, according to Howson’s survey of 513 respondents in 2013. Her firm measured adoption as a percentage of total employees at 22%, down several percentage points since the survey was first conducted in 2006. That dovetails with findings in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms report of February 2014. The study claimed that large-scale, IT-centric systems-of-record reporting with online analytical processing and ad hoc query that traditionally comprised BI never caught on. Rather, a five-year trend shows legacy BI platforms are being complemented or replaced by “business-user-driven data discovery techniques.”
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Re: Data Scientists & Chief Data Officers #HumanResources  
“‘Data scientist’ dates back to 1974, when computer scientist Peter Naur used it,” said Carla Gentry, founder of Analytical Solution in Louisville, Ky. She has more opinions about the topic than a BI vendor can shake a stick at, and has shared them widely on blogs and at conferences.
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According to Gartner analyst Mark Raskino, in 2014, Chief Data Officer “is one of those titles that has been rising in visibility over the last two or three years,” he blogged. To be precise, he found more than 100 chief data officers in large companies, “more than double the number we counted in 2012.”
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Re: Dark Data #TextAnalytics   #PreventFraud  
“The category of dark data is very broad. Gartner says it’s data you collect, process and store, but fail to use for other purposes,” said Don Dew, director of marketing for Parascript, who said that call data and images can also be included in this category. His company’s longstanding handwriting-recognition solution, already employed by the US Postal Service, FiServ, IBM and others, could be part of a solution designed to convert the meanings of dark data into something businesses can act on.
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“Dark data is starting to get a lot of mileage,” said Bob Larrivee, director of custom research at AIIM. “The idea is that all this information is sitting out there, but nobody accesses it and gains the maximum benefit from it.” Possible applications range from fraud detection, large analog conversions, litigation discovery, signature detection or comparison, and sentiment analysis of hand-written annotations to documents.

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More Data, Less Time Adding to IT Pressures

Citation Re: #Managers #BusinessIntelligence   #OnDemand  
New research from the Aberdeen Group shows 28 percent of business managers want a business intelligence (BI) report on their desk within an hour of an event. If that's not bad enough, 18 percent -- nearly one in five managers -- want that report within "minutes," the report says. Another 42 percent are content if the information find its way to them within a day.

Re: #DecisionMaking  
And that time window is narrowing. Citing a separate study that has yet to be published, Aberdeen says 64 percent of business managers "have seen their decision window shrink in the last 12 months."
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Re: #InformationTechnology   #Dashboards  
IT organizations are typically responsible for collecting the data, assembling it into usable reports, populating some charts, and delivering the results to the business managers. But simply adding a column to a BI report takes the IT department eight days on average, according to Aberdeen's survey. To build a new dashboard giving clarity on the data can take a month.

Worse, a work order for such a change generally would be added to the backlog of work facing the IT department. And the research firm reported in March that backlogs for BI projects averaged 143 days.
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Re: #SelfService  
Aberdeen argues that this "self-service" approach is preferable for two reasons. First, it shifts the burden away from the IT staffers who are "so overburdened that they cannot realistically achieve this quest anyway." Second, it represents "the only hope for those managers to gain the insights they need in the time required to support their decisions." #SaveTime  

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