Links for March 16 2014

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  • 6 IT Strategies to Stay Ahead of Data Center Trends – CIO.com

    Quote: Automation, virtualization, cloud computing — these technology trends are transforming the data center and enabling companies to lower costs, increase flexibility and improve reliability. However, these shifts require IT, and their outsourcing providers, to rethink traditional strategies.

  • Volkswagen: ‘The Car Must Not Become A Data Monster’ – ReadWrite

    Quote: Over time, as vendors start to blend together, data control will become a selling point, and so we’ll see vendors giving us control not for our sakes, but rather for theirs. This won’t replace government intervention, but rather complement the legislation. Together, the market and the law can help us tame our appetite for the almighty deal.

  • Failure is a fundamental component of business evolution – O’Reilly Radar

    Quote: Capitalism and entrepreneurial innovation require risk, as it is a fundamental component of business evolution. When companies are allowed to fail, their resources get reallocated in the market, just like a fire that converts sparse undergrowth into fertilizer for the next generation of trees. If instead, the failed companies are prevented from failing but are propped up to maintain the illusion of solvency, they fester and consume more and more resources while creating greater and greater risk. Eventually, bailouts must be followed by even greater bailouts and then bail-ins. Finally, the systemic risk of too-big-to-fail becomes too-big-to-bail and the economy suffers a conflagration of defaults. De-risking increases the risk of failure and turns localized risk into a systemic risk.

  • Goodbye charts: Boston docs using Google Glass for patient history — Tech News and Analysis

    Quote: A Boston hospital created its own way to use Google Glass for real-time patient charts and medical information, already saving at least one life. Doctors scan a QR code with Glass to see patient data, which is securely behind the hospital’s firewall.

  • With data brokers selling lists of alcoholics to big business, the feds have some thinking to do — Tech News and Analysis

    Quote: Private data brokers, which compile everything from our sex habits to our license plate license location, are a growing cause of concern.

  • Better Decisions in Less Time with Bigger Data and Smaller Egos — OCDQ Blog

    Quote: One of the lauded benefits of big data analytics is being able to weigh more options in our decision-making process. The more we can automate the processing and presentation of more decision-making options, the less we have to deal with any of those options becoming conflated with the ego of an individual decision-maker. Big data analytics, therefore, can enable businesses of all sizes to make better decisions in less time with bigger data and smaller egos.

  • Innovate on Purpose: Small, impermanent and sticky – the real innovation world

    Quote: Your business or geographic location will be buffeted by increasing competition and the accelerating pace of change and uncertainty. The real question is whether your firm or location can create a place where interesting, vital, creative and innovative people “stick” regardless of the tos and fros of corporate behemoths chasing transient incentives.

  • You Can Build a Community, But You Will Never Control It | C.C. Chapman

    Quote: Where people fall down all the time is that they think they can control a community. The most successful ones can be guided and directed, but at the end of the day the members are the ones that will determine if it is what they want or not.

Links for March 9 2014

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  • Three Steps to Improving Business-IT Alignment

    Quote: Whether we call it business-IT alignment or not, the desired state for a CIO is to be respected and valued for his or her knowledge and ability to contribute to meeting organizational goals. We want our peers to know that we understand their challenges and have ideas about how to solve them. In order to get that respect, to have that seat at the table, you must communicate in the words of your business. Talk about business goals and capabilities, not hybrid clouds and terabytes of data. Hire knowledgeable people and get them embedded in the business so they can listen, learn and teach. Provide a view into what IT does and why you are doing it, and allow others to help make those decisions. Adopting these strategies will help provide two-way communication, giving you and your business colleagues a common ground for advancing the conversation.

  • Governing Big Data — OCDQ Blog

    Quote: Bridging the divide between unstructured and structured data is one of the biggest challenges involved with managing and governing big data. Most important to note is that unstructured data is also the source of increased data privacy concerns, ranging from organizations providing data to government agencies to people giving away their data for free email. The latter is an example of how we need to take some personal responsibility for self-governing our data, while the former is an example of how we want regulatory protection holding data users accountable for what they do with our data.

  • Innovate on Purpose: Innovation is a double-edged Sword

    Quote: Innovation is a double edged sword – it helps those who use it first, but if those initial pioneers plan to stand on that initial innovation for very long, they’ll find the sword swings back and both edges are sharp.

  • The Creep Factor: How to Think About Big Data and Privacy – O’Reilly Radar

    Quote: The right way to deal with data redlining is not to prohibit the collection of data, as so many misguided privacy advocates seem to urge, but rather, to prohibit its misuse once companies have that data. As David Brin, author of the prescient 1998 book on privacy, The Transparent Society, noted in a conversation with me last night, “It is intrinsically impossible to know if someone does not have information about you. It is much easier to tell if they do something to you.”

  • From shadow IT to distributed IT, CIOs are starting to roll with the punches – TotalCIO

    Quote: The service-based economy doesn’t signal the death of the IT; instead, as the shadow IT-embracing audience member revealed, CIOs are figuring out ways to adapt to today’s service-based economy and become partners who support the business. “What we wanted to do was to help embrace what they’re doing and provide the guidance, particularly on security,” he said.

  • It really is time to trust the cloud – The CIO Leader

    Quote: And for any CIOs that are still to be convinced, the survey also revealed that 82% of companies have improved uptime and reliability as a result of moving to the cloud while 75% have successfully reduced pressure on their IT departments. Better security, lower risk, higher availability and reduced workload for IT; what’s not to like? It really is time for IT to trust the cloud.

  • The CIO’s Role in the Internet of Things — CIO Dashboard

    Quote: As the IoT starts living up to its promise, now is the opportunity for CIOs to initiate discussions with their C-Suite peers about conducting IoT pilots to explore the possibilities and risks. The IoT is inevitable. Why wait to get started?

Links for March 2 2014

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  • Midsize Insider: Cloud FTW (For the Win) – How Gaming Developers are Driving a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry Using Open Standards, Cloud

    Quote: We are witnessing a historic inflection point in technology. The power and potential of cloud computing to remove entry barriers and enable creativity is far exceeding anyone’s expectations and its impact on today’s smaller enterprise – the startup, entrepreneur, managed service provider and developer – will be staggering.

  • Why machine learning is still getting the human touch in retail — Tech News and Analysis

    Quote: Although techniques such as machine learning are taking off in the e-commerce and retail spaces as a way to display better recommendations or optimize product presentation, the smart money is still on humans getting the final say in what customers see.

  • Timeliness is the most important Data Quality Dimension — OCDQ Blog

    Quote: Although new prefixes for bytes (giga, tera, peta, exa, zetta, yotta) measure an increase in space, new prefixes for seconds (milli, micro, nano, pico, femto, atto) measure a decrease in time. More space is being created to deliver more data within the same, or smaller, timeframes. Space isn’t the final frontier, time is. Due to the increasing demand for real-time data-driven decisions, timeliness is the most important dimension of data quality.

  • Little Data: Tracking Your Life Through Numbers

    Quote: As more and more people record and store their daily activities, moods, and biometry, we’re likely to see a lot of “little data” turning into Big Data. Just like enterprises that are mining Big Data for business insight and higher margins, these folks are looking for meaning in the constantly moving stream of information.

  • Hurdles to the Internet of Things prove more social than technical – O’Reilly Radar

    Quote: Whether we want the IoT to turn on devices while we sit on the couch (not necessarily an indulgence for the lazy, but a way to let the elderly and disabled live more independently) or help solve the world’s most pressing problems in energy and water management, we need to take the societal and technological steps to solve these problems. Then let the fun begin.

  • Six Reasons Social Marketing is at Risk

    Quote: If we don’t start by admitting that the audience is aware of our motivations and that we are in fact subsidizing the social media platforms, we will continue to spiral downward. We must recognize that our fans are not dumb. They know when we are selling. People do not like to be sold to, unless you are Lego and then you can make millions on a long-form ad. (Well played, Lego!) That being said, it is ok to ask for the sale, just don’t do it ALL the time.

Links for Sunday Feb 23 2014

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  • What’s Your Story?

    Quote: Taking our corporate strategy, translating it into traceable, optimizable metrics, and using our data and models in a disciplined and iterative manner will allow us to be the best possible company we can be

  • IT Language Lessons « The Dark Side Geek

    Quote: So what is the “common language”? The answer was already there. In an IT organization properly aligned to business objectives, it is the business objectives themselves that provide the common language. Don’t think in terms of us vs. them trying to find some middle ground via Finance. Instead, IT needs to learn to speak in terms of “opportunity management”. What better way to be on the same page with your partners than using the most direct language possible?

  • How To Think

    Quote: If you believe that your school’s mission or your job as a teacher is simply to convey information, then it probably doesn’t seem necessary to subject your students to that kind of rigorous self-analysis. But if you’re trying to help them change their character, then conveying information isn’t enough. And while Spiegel didn’t use the word character to describe what she was teaching, there was a remarkable amount of overlap between the strengths David Levin and Dominic Randolph emphasized and the skills that Spiegel tried to inculcate in her students. Every day, in the classroom and at tournaments, I saw Spiegel trying to teach her students grit, curiosity, self-control, and optimism.

  • The Key For Hadoop Adoption: Learning How To Make Big Data Small – ReadWrite

    Quote: While it remains true that far more people are talking about big data than actually rolling out significant big data projects—Gartner highlights that only 8% of enterprises have actually deployed big data projects despite 64% declaring their intention to do so—the percentage of companies engaging in Hadoop-based big data projects should grow now that its primary proponents are selling substantive, achievable business value rather than Hadoop hype.

  • Do You Really Understand Your Numbers? | Partners in EXCELLENCE Blog — Making A Difference

    Quote: Know the critical numbers for each week. Know the numbers that lead you to achieving your goals. Know the numbers that look at overall organizational performance, effectiveness and efficiency. Look at longer term trends. Slice and dice the numbers across a number of dimensions–you’ll be amazed at what you discover.

  • MIT study says Twitter can predict major public events like protests — Tech News and Analysis

    Quote: An MIT study claims that Twitter can be used to predict major social events, thanks to heavy activity from specific communities.

  • Content Matters When Going Mobile A Smarter Planet Blog

    Quote: In terms of behavior, you need to know when your audience is checking their devices and what kind of information they are looking for when they do. Once you understand your consumer’s behavior, you must then think about your distribution channels.

  • The real promise of big data: It’s changing the whole way humans will solve problems | VentureBeat | Big Data | by Zavain Dar, Innovation Endeavors

    Quote: We’re seeing great emphasis not only in collecting new data, but also in storing and automating the actionability of this data. In the Valley we joke about how the term “big data” is loosely thrown around. It may make more sense to view “big data” not in terms of data size or database type, but rather as a necessary infrastructural evolution as we shift from analytic to synthetic problem solving.

  • How to deal with a Zombie product | On Product Management

    Quote: A zombie product is a product that is not successful by any measure (very few customers, little market share, lacking needed functionality, buggy etc.) but also cannot be “killed” or removed from the market because of some reason or another. Usually the reason for keeping an otherwise failing product on the shelf is that it is viewed as “strategic” or “important” in some way to those higher up in the company.

  • How Good is Your Data? | Big Data Forum

    Quote: Organizations are excited about big data and are looking for ways to incorporate the use of data and analytics, but I rarely hear anyone talking about data management, quality management and lifecycle management of data.

Links for Feb 16 2014

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  • Innovate on Purpose: People are our most important asset

    Quote: Innovation is vitally, critically dependent on good people who are passionate about innovation and fully engaged and committed. Note the adjectives: passionate, engaged, committed. It can be difficult to find passionate, engaged and committed people for any activity, much less one that is unusual, fraught with risk and unlikely to be repeated.

  • Three mathematical innovations to transform mobile data and analytics | IBM Mobile

    Quote: Thus big data analytics in a mobile enterprise is not just about the marriage of efficient data processing and deep insights; it is about delivering the right business value at the right time for the business in motion. Hence a mobile enterprise should be a real-time consumer and publisher of big data analytics capabilities at the same time. Data scientists are busy building smarter algorithms and machines toward this dream as we read this post.

  • Do your customers trust you? | Adrian Reed’s blog

    Quote: In summary, a holistic view of the business, achieved through thorough business analysis will help to ensure a consistent level of service and quality are delivered, and this is one of the cornerstones to building trust with customers. By examining the holistic business problem, backing up our understanding with data and insight, enables us to consider the people, process, organisational and technology changes that might be necessary to keep our business running effectively and efficiently.

  • Optimize For Competitive Advantage

    Quote: Whilst competitive analysis is huge topic, the value of even a basic competitive analysis can be considerable. By doing so, we can adjust our own offering to compete better, or decide that competing directly is not a great idea, and that we would be better off entering a closely-related market, instead . We may create a whole new niche and have no competition. At least, not for a while.

  • Cloud, DevOps and Herding Cats : CloudAve

    Quote: Cloud and DevOps is more about business transformation than it is technology, which makes it different than client / server, the internet, and other waves of change that have hit enterprise IT. Communicating the impact of this change to business and IT stakeholders will likely be a key success factor for CIOs as they drive cloud and DevOps transformation.

  • Giving less advice by Jason Fried of Basecamp

    Quote: Advice, like fruit, is best when it’s fresh. But advice quickly decays, and 15 year-old advice is bound to be radioactive. Sharing a life experience is one thing (grandparents are great at this – listen to them!), but advice is another thing. Don’t give advice about things you used to know. Just because you did something a long time ago doesn’t mean you’re qualified to talk about it today.

  • Better data means better education, online and in the lecture hall — Tech News and Analysis

    Quote: Collecting student data digitally isn’t solely something for massive open online courses. Even university professors and their students can benefit from transforming the lecture experience into one designed to go anywhere and collect data all along the way.

  • Design is Purpose Driven and Solves Problems

    Quote: Changing behavior is very hard. Good design, which solves a fundamental problem, plays an important part in effecting that change.

Links for Sunday Feb 9 2014

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  • Ford’s data scientist: Keep all the data and sort it out later — Tech News and Analysis

    Quote: Ford Data Scientist Mike Cavaretta, talks about just how important all that social media output along with machine data could be to drive (ha!) the design and production of better cars. Oh, and sell more of them. As we enter the connected car era, the importance of accurate, actionable data will only get more critical.

  • Poor Results Should be Addressed by Improving the System Not Blaming Individuals » Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

    Quote: Even when the person did totally mess up, why did the system allow that? Why did the system put that person in a place where they were not qualified? Answering and fixing these types of questions would help improve the system and the results going forward.

  • The Enterprise Strikes Back On Open Source Contributions – ReadWrite

    Quote: But it is the Web companies that are building data superstructure on the Internet. Do they owe a huge debt of gratitude to yesterday’s open source pioneers? Yes. But does this make it wrong to call them out for the exceptionally exciting work they’re doing enabling a new future built on data at unprecedented scale? No way.

  • How does the Collaborative Economy Weed out the Jerks? | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business

    Quote: The system will break, then fix. Accidents will happen and jerks will game the system. Then the system will self-correct. Expect this self-healing process to go on for many years. The process of self-correction is a component of nearly anything systemic.

  • IBM Smarter PlanetVoice: Three Ways Social Networking Leads To Better Business – Forbes

    Quote: Companies that are not taking advantage of social tools and technologies are already falling behind, and this trend will only accelerate. Instead of just pushing messages out to people, successful businesses are becoming social businesses. They are creating dynamic connections and personalized experiences that pull people in by means of social networks, which define and deliver the information and value to customers. And they are constantly analyzing and improving the way that they are transforming themselves to become even more successful.

  • Canceling eFax by David of Basecamp

    Quote: If you allow a customer to signup 24/7/365, you should damn well allow that customer to cancel their service 24/7/365. If you allow them to signup self-service, you should damn well allow that customer to cancel by self-service. Anything less is just crummy.

  • The Value of Marginal Gains

    Quote: But the truth is that most of the significant things in life aren’t stand-alone events, but rather the sum of all the moments when we chose to do things 1 percent better or 1 percent worse. Aggregating these marginal gains makes a difference. There is power in small wins and slow gains. This is why average speed yields above average results. This is why the system is greater than the goal. This is why mastering your habits is more important than achieving a certain outcome.

  • “I Need To Hire A Rainmaker!” | Partners in EXCELLENCE Blog — Making A Difference

    Quote: In complex B2B sales, I don’t believe rainmakers exist. There may be that executive or person that participated in a significant call, helping move the ball forward. But what about all the work required to get the ball in position in the first place. What about all the work that continues after that call. That’s the real stuff of high performance B2B sales, that’s where the high performers live, consistently executing, every day, with each customer and each deal. It’s about making things happen, small and large, every day, week after week, month after month.