September 11, 2015

iPad Pro’s potential as a laptop replacement excites CIOs

Rohinee Mohindroo, CIO of Rakuten Marketing, says that the combination of the iPad Pro's size, smart keyboard and stylus make it an attractive package that could potentially replace laptops and desktops at the digital marketing company, many of whose 800 employees use iPads to show clients presentations. "What's exciting about the iPad Pro is the possibility of replacing desktops because of the usability factor," Mohindroo says. "The Pencil and the keyboard definitely make the usability a lot more appealing and I think we'll have a lot more people interested in moving to the iPad Pro."


People in CIO positions should stay off this list

A CIO also won't be trusted, Cameron explained in the report, if the IT department doesn't build systems that are "end-to-end" -- integrated into all the other applications a business uses on a daily basis. At Home Depot, Cameron told me, a checkout clerk can ring you up, of course, but he can also let you know about a sale the store is having that day or check on the availability of another item you might need. "All of a sudden it's not a point-of-sale transaction," he said. "I'm now invoking marketing systems, bundling systems, inventory systems, shipping."Integrating these systems and making the data available to that checkout person is how IT organizations help their companies compete for today's customers.


What to Do To Create a Continual Improvement Culture

In many organization CEOs are not aware of what is going on. This is a weakness that must be addressed systemically. Many of the better management methods proposed by W. Edwards Deming address this issue. CEOs are given a false picture when they focus on results instead of the management system. CEOs are given a false picture when they crate a climate of fear. CEOs are given a false picture in organizations focused on achieving bonuses instead of continual improvement. These weaknesses in CEOs effectiveness cascade down the organization with each level experiencing their own versions of these weaknesses. In order to create the right culture requires a management system that is built to support the organization in growing into such a culture.


What will the Internet of Things mean for project management?

If it’s connected to a computer, then it’s still part of that computer and not considered part of the IoT. That will change in the next 6 months, right? Be ready. Will smart watches ever become a viable part of project engagements? Probably. More IoT considerations. The IoT can include heart monitoring implants, animal chips, onboard car sensors, and various field operational devices used by workers in both the private and public sectors – including policemen, firemen, etc. So, could those include something like a handheld device that scans bar codes without a computer and transits data in real-time? Yes, most definitely. These things, while not prominent today, could be requested and included in tomorrow’s IT organization and project customer base.


Salaries by Roles in Data Science and Business Intelligence

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How the Internet of Things will revolutionise medicine

Over the next five years the traditional 'doctor-patient' model will completely open up as self-monitoring devices do away with the need for routine check-ups and appointments, and IoT sensors in our homes and on our bodies increasingly allow us to look after ourselves. "The opportunities for connected devices to revolutionise healthcare are vast, and many go beyond individual doctor to patient relationships," says Nick Braund of the Technology & Innovation team at tech agency PHA Media. Its 'bionic doctor' project picked out gadgets including the Dario smart glucose meter, the Tricella Liif Pillbox, the Pancreum Genesiswearable pancreas and the Lechal vibrating navigational shoes for the blind as IoT products at the forefront of a new era of digital health.


Flap over Zappos holacracy puts spotlight on 'bossless' workplace

There are lots of names coming about: Holacracy is one. I call it wiki management. Steve Denning calls it radical management. It's known in the software development world as Agile management. They are all forms of peer-to-peer networks. Some of them have supervisors, and some of them don't. So, it isn't necessary that they eliminate supervisors, but it is necessary that the supervisors don't have the sovereign authority that they do in top-down hierarchies. In these organizations, everyone gets to evaluate everyone else in a way that affects compensation in some way, shape or form. So, there is what I call a wider band of accountability, which is what I think makes them so highly effective. In a top-down hierarchy, evaluations go one way: The boss evaluates the subordinate. The subordinate rarely gets to evaluate the boss in a way that affects their compensation.


Taking care of business: Why IT needs to change its ways

As a way of preventing the possible consequences of IT not being run like a business, industry leaders have recently formed a consortium to look at how to better run the business of IT. With billions of dollars invested in IT each year, consortium members realised their investments must be made prudently with tangible results in order to succeed. The result of their efforts is The Open Group IT4IT Forum, which released a Snapshot of its proposed Reference Architecture for running IT more like a business in November 2014. The Reference Architecture is meant to serve as an operating model for IT, providing the “missing link” that previous IT-function specific models have failed to address. The model allows IT to achieve the same level of business, discipline, predictability and efficiency as other business functions.


The real problem with artificial intelligence

AI is basically smart software that enables machines to mimic human behavior. For many people, it is already a part of daily life. Apple's Siri, Google Now, and Skype's Real-Time Translation tool are all examples of artificial intelligence.  Some AI systems incorporate many different components like computer vision, speech recognition, tactile feedback and touch systems. All of these sensory modalities give computers the ability to sense as well as, or even better than humans. The collected data can then be used to plan or take action.  ... But when people like Musk or Hawking warn about AI, they are cautioning against giving AI systems complete autonomy — which isn’t something that happens naturally, Dietterich said.


The Power of Search to Analyze Business Data

Despite promises that self-service BI would deliver on this desire, typical business users, such as marketers and sales managers, can still do little with the current crop of tools unless they go through costly and time-consuming training. As a result, very few organizations are realizing the full potential from their BI investments. The solution to providing every business user with full access to up-to-date information from every corner of the enterprise lies in search technology. While this idea has been floated in the past, recent advances, including increased computing performance and scale out architectures, have now made powerful search-driven analytics products feasible.



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"Leaders who won't own failures become failures." -- Orrin Woodward