November 04, 2014

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition
Some have suggested that the internet of things “changes everything,” but that is a dangerous oversimplification. The rules of competition and competitive advantage still apply. ... The increasing capabilities of smart, connected products not only reshape competition within industries but expand industry boundaries. This occurs as the basis of competition shifts from discrete products, to product systems consisting of closely related products, to systems of systems that link an array of product systems together. A tractor company, for example, may find itself competing in a broader farm automation industry.


Gartner Hype Cycle: Exploring the leading-edge technologies for a digital business
"Skinput provides a new input technique based on bioacoustic sensing technology that allows the skin to be used as a finger input surface." Tapping your skin in various places creates distinct acoustic signals, which sensing devices can pick up. The software can process differences based on bone density, size, and effects produced by soft tissues and joints. "Interactive capabilities can be linked to different locations on the body." Skinput is a 21st century approach to the classic computing notion of input.


An open source ERP system built to self-implement
Another key aspect of the industry is that users would need an IT consulting company to implement and customize an ERP. We want to change that. ERPs should be simple enough to be self-implemented. This is why users are selecting ERPNext over other alternatives, because we are completely focused on the do-it-yourself user. There are a couple of good open source ERPs out there, but they are still hard to configure and need a partner to help you get started.


Information Security - Cost Analysis
In the best interests of the investors, any spending or investment should be backed up with an appropriate cost-benefit analysis. Applying this cost-benefit-justifications to Information Security function is gaining focus but remains a challenge. Quantification forms the basis for being able to perform the cost-benefit analysis. The advantages of quanti fication are its accuracy, objectivity, and comparability. In addition, quanti cation is the basis for calculations and statistical analyses. While costing is a comparatively easier aspect, quantifying the benefits is still a challenge as it depends on the occurrence of uncertain events.


Collection Pipeline
Collection pipelines are a programming pattern where you organize some computation as a sequence of operations which compose by taking a collection as output of one operation and feeding it into the next. (Common operations are filter, map, and reduce.) This pattern is common in functional programming, and also in object-oriented languages which have lambdas. This article describes the pattern with several examples of how to form pipelines, both to introduce the pattern to those unfamiliar with it, and to help people understand the core concepts so they can more easily take ideas from one language to another.


A Brain-Inspired Chip Takes to the Sky
The first time the drone was flown into each room, the unique pattern of incoming sensor data from the walls, furniture, and other objects caused a pattern of electrical activity in the neurons that the chip had never experienced before. That triggered it to report that it was in a new space, and also caused the ways its neurons connected to one another to change, in a crude mimic of learning in a real brain. Those changes meant that next time the craft entered the same room, it recognized it and signaled as such.


The next wave of IT fadeouts
IT and its hosting enterprises have passed through monumental changes over the past decade. Through it all, CIOs have maintained a strategic eye on 'next thing' technologies. However, with relatively flat IT budgets, they have also looked for IT investments that are on the decline. Some of these technology 'fadeouts' are internal approaches to IT and general business operations and management that just don't seem to work well any more. Others involve a particular technology solution that has seen its day. ... What are the likely technology fadeouts?


Why LinkedIn’s data science reorg actually makes a lot of sense
And no, the shakeup hasn’t brought product innovation to a halt. Employees still get one “InDay” per month to do things they don’t ordinarily do. Look, for instance, at a project Lutz did a few months ago, right after the reorg happened. Finger, who generally does work for internal consumption, used LinkedIn’s vast supply of information on users to predict the career trajectory of a reporter at Mashable. “It was just an idea,” Finger said. His colleagues thought it was awesome, he said, and supported it.


Forecast 2015: IT spending on an upswing
When it comes to new technology, business leaders don’t know what they don’t know, he says. Therefore, it’s part of his innovation strategy to make all parts of the organization aware of new technologies that can improve business processes and bring in new customers. And why not? With the economy slowly improving, IT leaders are more optimistic that corporate purse strings will loosen up in 2015, and they’re eager to bring new technologies into the fold in addition to just keeping the lights on.


Updated Principles of Service Orientation
A SO ecosystem is “a space in which people, processes and machines act together to deliver those capabilities as services”. In a SO ecosystem, “there may not be any single person or organization that is really ‘in control’ or ‘in charge’ of the whole”  ecosystem. Services in the SO ecosystem are the means by which “the needs of a consumer are brought together with the capabilities of a provider”. Services are the realization of business functionality accessible through defined service interfaces.



Quote for the day:

"Our expectation in ourselves must be higher than our expectation in others." -- Victor Manuel Rivera