February 17, 2013

How to Design an Effective Culture
Jim & Michele discuss designing culture and making really true teams that have collaborative intimacy and solving really hard problems with great teams. Building on their 16 years research, experiments and working with teams they talk about how their approach can build environments of hyper-productivity and joy in work.


Turning Data Into Profit
The unused 95% data could very well be the most significant chunk. If it is used efficiently then it can refine complex business initiatives, identify operational roadblocks and help in developing new services and products. The productivity of Big Data is clear but for extracting those data investment in technologies and updated workforce is desirable. But first of all, a clear idea about Big Data is necessary to start with.


AI Found Better at Diagnosing, Treating Patients, Than Doctors
New research by Indiana University shows using artificial intelligence to understand and predict the outcomes of medical treatment could reduce healthcare costs by more than 50% while also improving patient outcomes by nearly the same amount.


KPMG Report Shows Cloud Implementation Challenges and Higher Costs Than Expected
One of the most important lessons uncovered by this research is that business process redesign needs to be done in tandem with cloud adoption, if organizations hope to achieve the full potential of their cloud investments. Executives have found that simultaneous process redesign is central to addressing the complexities that often arise in the implementation and operational phases of cloud adoption.


Big Data is a solution looking for a problem: Gartner
While businesses are keen to start mining their data stores for useful insights, and many are already experimenting with technologies like Hadoop, the biggest challenge is working out what question you are trying to answer, said Debra Logan, VP Distinguished Analyst at Gartner.  “Even banks are not doing Big Data in a production sense, because most of what they've got is pretty well organised and in mainframes,” she said.


Entrepreneurs: Do you have a People Strategist?
This would be a consulting role that feels like a partner in the organization – to help achieve business through strategic people management. By serving the entrepreneur and questioning him as an insider, while bringing the perspectives of an outsider. A fundamental pre-condition for Human Capital management is a strong will at the executive management level of the company, combined with the skill of strategic people management. A Human Capital Strategist can provide just that.


Watch out HP, IBM, Teradata, Oracle: Amazon Redshift is here
Redshift, based on technology from ParAccel, claims to offer big-time data warehouse capability for a tenth of the price of legacy suppliers and, as of today, customers can start finding out for themselves if it lives up to the hype. If it does, it will uphold Amazon’s reputation for disrupting tech giants. Redshift availability was announced on the AWS blog.


Big Data success depends on better risk management practices like FAIR
The panel of experts explores new trends and solutions in the area of risk management and analysis. Learn now how large enterprises are delivering better risk assessments and risk analysis, and discover how big data can be both an area to protect, but also used as a tool for better understanding and mitigating risks.


Projects, errors, the user experience and planning in 2013
As we reflect on the work that was done, projects completed, our operational effectiveness, and hopefully how IT contributed to the successes of the business, and document these achievements using your company's format of choice, don't forget to use business terms and avoid buzzwords and IT jargon. Once completed, make sure you share this record with everyone within IT so that they can see how their hard work contributed not only to the department's success, but to the company's overall goals as well.


Designing the next programming language? Understand how people learn!
If we, for example, look at the "programming" languages created in the Model-Driven Development there, we see quite some focus on involving domain experts in development by creating higher level, domain-specific, or sometimes even visual languages. Although there are much more reasons to do Model-Driven Development, it is the ease of use and the lower entry barrier that captures the imagination.



Quote for the day:

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak - and to sit down and listen" -- Winston Churchill