Links for July 13 2014

Innovators overcome the can’ts
Quote: Merely recognizing the can’ts and addressing them in advance can help, but that’s not enough.  Doubt and prior experience always creep back in, so even if you can stymie the can’ts early on, you’ll need to constantly fight the same battles throughout an innovation activity.  Because while the innovation team may be on board to resist the can’ts, often others that they need data, information or assistance from haven’t been inoculated, and their doubts can infect the team again.

Why Healthcare IT Spending Needs to Shift Its Focus
Quote:  Most healthcare IT spending emphasize architecture and electronic health records. This has the dual effect of adding little value and leaving little room for transformative innovation. With healthcare’s business model on the verge of being turned upside down, this spending trend must change.

Immigration Is Changing Much More Than the Immigration Debate
Quote:The immigration debate, now as then, focuses primarily on illegal immigration from Latin America. Yet most new immigrants aren’t Latinos. Most Latinos aren’t immigrants. And, based on the best available evidence, there are fewer undocumented immigrants in the U.S. today than there were in 2007. Even the latest immigration crisis — a sudden influx of unaccompanied minors, for which President Barack Obama requested $4 billion in emergency funding to address on Tuesday — represents a break from past patterns: The children are from Central America, not Mexico, and are primarily escaping violence in their home countries, rather than seeking jobs in the U.S.

No, *I’ll* tell you the answer!
Quote: When are you going to stop, take a breath, think quietly, shut out the cacophony of expectations and press releases and chest-thumping and “disruption” and biased storytelling, and decide what’s right for you?

Why The Cloud You Want Is Not The Cloud You Deserve
Quote: very enterprise wants to be Amazon these days. Tempted by the promise of cheap, elastic cloud computing, companies are rolling out OpenStack and other private cloud solutions, certain that they’re building a winged unicorn. In reality, many of them are building a donkey.

The Path of Our Lives
Quote: As far as we know, this life isn’t practice for the next one. For entrepreneurs the key to living this one to the fullest is the understanding that you can choose – that you do have a choice to effect the journey and change the rules, that you can decide to give it your best shot to do something, something extraordinary.

Links for March 2 2014

  • 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 March 24 2013

  • “Steering your car via the gas tank”, when cost trumps strategy

    Quote: …the budget is not a strategy, it is not a means of leadership, and it is simply an allocation of resources that should support rather than set the direction of where we need to go.

  • Data science is not enough. We need data intelligence too — Tech News and Analysis

    Quote: In his talk at Structure: Data, Quid’s Sean Gourley talked about the meaningful differences between “data science” and “data intelligence.” While one is concerned with correlations, the other is concerned about solving problems

  • What Your Culture Really Says – Pretty Little State Machine

    Quote: Culture is about power dynamics, unspoken priorities and beliefs, mythologies, conflicts, enforcement of social norms, creation of in/out groups and distribution of wealth and control inside companies. Culture is usually ugly. It is as much about the inevitable brokenness and dysfunction of teams as it is about their accomplishments. Culture is exceedingly difficult to talk about honestly. The critique of startup culture that came in large part from the agile movement has been replaced by sanitized, pompous, dishonest slogans.

  • It’s not enough to just have information — intelligence requires context — Tech News and Analysis

    Quote: Military intelligence has reams of information about the regions and individuals it needs to keep an eye on, but a senior U.S. analyst says we still lack an understanding of the real context for much of that information.

  • Human Intervention as a Competitive Advantage | Derek Sivers

    Quote: When everyone else is trying to automate everything, using a little human intervention can be a competitive advantage.

  • Leadership in the Age of Agility & Experimentation –

    Quote: They have been able to overcome some of the cultural barriers by making sure leaders and teams are super clear on what the team’s goals are and they all understand the problems everyone is trying to solve. They have also shifted the internal language of the organization to begin asking leaders questions such as “what were the experiments you can point to that prove your thinking?” or “what are the leap of faith assumptions and when can you start running experiments to prove or disprove them?” By shifting the focus and having the courage and commitment to say no they are seeing some great success and avoiding major failures. As he summed up Intuit’s results in their Indian Fasal business where they have tried 14 experiments. 10 were failures, 2 were successes, 1 was in a pivot and the last one was too early to tell.

  • assertTrue( ): The “Good Data” Problem in Science

    Quote: In the long run, I think Open Access online journals will completely redefine academic publishing, and somewhere along the way, such journals will evolve a system of transparency that will be the death of dishonest or half-honest research. The old-fashioned Elsevier model will simply fade away, and with it, most of its problems.

  • Big data needs people, leaders and real-time analytics: A Structure:Data 2013 recap — Tech News and Analysis

    Quote: A few trends emerged in more than 30 talks at this year’s GigaOM Structure:Data conference in New York on March 20-21. The big one: people play a crucial part in the big data equation.

Links for Feb 24 2013

  • “Because that’s the way it’s done” — should a founder listen? by @ASmartBear

    Quote: Do it your own way, but you’d better have your eyes open so you can address the special challenges you’re bringing on yourself. Once you buck “Their” wisdom, you can’t rely on “Them” when you get yourself into an unusual pickle. You’ve exited the safe and well-travelled road.

  • Steve Blank on Why Big Companies Can’t Innovate – Ron Ashkenas – Harvard Business Review

    Quote: the focus of an established firm is to execute an existing business model — to make sure it operates efficiently and satisfies customers. In contrast, the main job of a start-up is to search for a workable business model, to find the right match between customer needs and what the company can profitably offer. In other words in a start-up, innovation is not just about implementing a creative idea, but rather the search for a way to turn some aspect of that idea into something that customers are willing to pay for

  • When culture turns into policy by Mig Reyes of 37signals

    Quote: Culture empowers. Policy mandates.

  • Scott Adams Blog: Follow your Passion? 02/21/2013

    Quote: It’s easy to be passionate about things that are working out, and that distorts our impression of the importance of passion. I’ve been involved in several dozen business ventures over the course of my life and each one made me excited at the start. You might even call it passion. The ones that didn’t work out – and that would be most of them – slowly drained my passion as they failed. The few that worked became more exciting as they succeeded. As a result, it looks as if the projects I was most passionate about were also the ones that worked. But objectively, the passion evolved at the same rate as the success. Success caused passion more than passion caused success.

  • Amazon gets (more) serious about the enterprise. No kidding — Tech News and Analysis

    Quote: The fact that Amazon Web Services is targeting enterprise accounts is nothing new. The company’s just getting more blatant about it.

  • Organizing product management | On Product Management

    Quote: For the ideal product management team, you’ll want to supplement this core set of experts with an expert for each of the markets you serve. That’s right: a product marketing manager or market expert for each major geographic area and for each vertical industry—at least the ones you care about.

  • New crime-prediction research highlights the promise of big data — Tech News and Analysis

    Quote: New research from the University of Michigan highlights the potential for tackling tough problems like crime by getting creative with data, so we can fight the disease instead of the symptoms.

  • Michael Fauscette: Making Decisions – People and Data in the New Enterprise

    Quote: I don’t want to oversimplify, because what I’m talking about is technically not easy by any means. But at the core of the new way of working it’s about people and data, and finding ways to systematically identify and bring these resources together in real time in some business context to collaboratively make the business decisions necessary to operate and be competitive in the current business environment. Real Time sense and respond in an iterative loop with the relevant people and data working together to make business decisions and craft flexible business strategies is the operational model for businesses in the information economy. 

Links for Feb 3 2013

  • Be Vulnerable – Feld Thoughts

    Quote: The great leaders I know are vulnerable. Maybe not to everyone, maybe not all the time, and maybe not in all contexts. But the allow themselves to be, simply, themselves. Human. They allow others in. They know they can be wrong. They know they can fail. And they know they can improve. Vulnerable.

  • We need a good business reason for investing in IT

    Quote: Without a good business reason, IT has become insular in its outlook. IT has become functional in its orientation.  IT has become a cost of doing business part of SG&A expenses rather than central to the company’s revenue and margins.   In the 2013 CIO survey, CIOs reported that on average enterprises realize only 43% of technology’s potential.  43%! After years of investment, major operating budget outlays, blown products and new the technologies IT’s average score doesn’t even rate a grade of D.

  • Science as a service – O’Reilly Radar

    Quote: These facets of science as a service are just some of the ways that IT principles are being applied to the realm of research. There’s also exciting activity happening around crowdsourced science, open science, and crowdfunding for scientific research. If you’re a scientist, lab head, or SciAAS startup founder who’s reading this, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the changing face of scientific research in the comments below.

  • Michael Fauscette: Is Social Business Dead?

    Quote: We’re at a critical phase for many businesses trying to socialize business processes. I think that unfortunately many companies have expected the changes to move faster that is really possible. Changing behavior is hard and requires a lot of focus and support. Behavior and culture are intertwined, changing behavior changes culture over time, and the changed culture can move and change behavior. When we went through the business process reengineering phase in the 1990’s the change process, although hard, was faster and different than what we’re facing today. We’re talking about finding new ways of working together, not just adding automation and changing the business process to accommodate it

  • Bringing big data to bear on big security — Tech News and Analysis

    Quote: Vendors from tiny startups to giants like RSA, IBM and Cisco are rushing to incorporate big data expertise to beef up IT security.

  • Internet Evolution – IT Clan Editor’s Blog – Open Letter to Business From IT Re: Big-Data

    Quote: Many failed big-data projects don’t succeed because they lacked data context and didn’t connect the dots; in other words, there was a data-analysis talent gap, the survey found. We have a lot of information scattered throughout siloed repositories; without an accurate assessment, we cannot create a cohesive big-data solution that meets our organization’s needs. We need to do that together.

  • The World Needs Your Story | Becoming Minimalist

    Quote: Be bold with this truth. Don’t be afraid of the questions or the rejection of the message. No matter how your story is received in the moment, it will always spark a new thought-process in the mind of your listener. And for some, it will become the first step in their own personal journey of discovering a better life.

  • Empathize Not Sympathize : CloudAve

    Quote: It’s the job of a product manager, designer, and a developer to assess the end user needs—have empathy for them—and then design software that meets or exceeds their needs in a way that is usable. That way they don’t have to sympathize later on.

Links for Jan 27 2013

  • Placing Strategic Bets in the Face of Uncertainty – Roger Martin – Harvard Business Review

    Quote: Strategy means making the best possible choices you can make today and then being responsive when the bets do or do not come in as hoped. In essence, the strategist says “this is what I think will happen,” watches what does happen, and then updates the strategy and bets based on the newest information.

  • New Meme: Business Users Are The IT

    Quote: We are moving into an era where everything from infrastructure to platforms to applications will be consumed as services. In fact, at the application level, we have already moved from a world of monolithic applications to consumption of different features on different apps using different devices. As we slowly evolve into the services model (which at Rishidot Research, we call as Services Ocean Model), organizations will start adopting the Amazon’s service oriented architecture model of consumption. When this shift happens inside the organizations, we will also slowly see a shift where the entire IT will be exposed as services for the end users to consume based on their needs.

  • The War On Computing: What Happens When Authorities Don’t Understand Technology | Techdirt

    Quote: But there is a fundamental disconnect between an older, non-digital generation who doesn’t get this. They think in terms of walls and locks, and clear delineations. The younger generation, the digital native, net savvy generation looks at all of this as information that is available and accessible. The limitation is merely what they can reach with their computer. But this isn’t a bad thing — this is how we discover new things and build and learn

  • CMOs must become systems thinkers and culture champions – Chief Marketing Technologist

    Quote: Every day, consumers are judging brands by what they do and what they say, and people don’t hesitate to tell their friends — or tell the world — about gaps between the marketing promises and the actual experience. So much of a company’s operations are shaped by its culture. As a result, we’re finding more CMOs engaged in discussions about the company’s culture and how this impacts the brand.

  • Are You Playing Your Game Or Someone Else’s? | Partners in EXCELLENCE Blog — Making A Difference

    Quote: We are not playing against the customer!  We are not playing a win lose game!  We need to earn the right to be on the customer’s team.  We’re there to help them achieve their goals and to demonstrate–in every exchange–that we are superior to every alternative.  Ultimately, we’re helping the customer play their game in the best way possible.

  • Three Steps to Big Data Discovery – Social, Agile, and Transformation

    Quote: A top down approach would attempt to document databases, data flows, business rules, data quality, transformations, and application integration. While some of this is clearly needed and important for IT organizations to develop, the task of developing and maintaining rigorous documentation is daunting.

  • Is IT isolated in your organization? Here are ten telltale signs in your IT strategy.

    Quote: It is time for the annual IT kickoff and presentation of the 2013 IT strategy. The kickoff meeting offers a unique opportunity to assess IT, its role in the enterprise, its goals for the coming year, etc.  These sessions provide insight into how isolated IT is from the rest of the enterprise.  Here are ten telltale signs that IT is on an island and seen as apart rather than a part of your company.

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