July 28, 2013

Gamification is the best way to engage consumers say experts
David Smith, ceo of The GFF, reveals that gamification is being used in both the public and private sector, including government. “Changing the way we interact rather than being prescriptive to being playful and game means we’re being encouraged to do the right thing rather than being forced to do the right thing. It’s a very positive thing if used well.” “San Francisco has gamified the idea of speed control,” Smith explains.

Internet Traffic Jams, Meet Your Robot Nemesis
Remy is not designed to run on individual PCs and servers, but someday it may be used to develop better algorithms to run on those systems, said Hari Balakrishnan, the Fujitsu professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. For now, it's churning out millions of possible algorithms and testing them against simulated networks to find the best possible one for a given objective.

How do you build the right thing?
This eBook, first in a series of three, tries to answer the question “Where did the design phase go?” It collects a series of essays from ThoughtWorks designers around the world who are addressing product design challenges head-on by fusing agile development practices with the disciplines of interaction design.

IBM’s Big Data University Gears Up to Meet Enterprise Demand
IBM is committed to big data because we see the value of big data in every industry. Our goal is to enable the customers to really own their businesses. Not just teaching them how to program, but take them through the technology and its capabilities in the context of the applications and use cases. ... The correct mindset is to be open, bring creativity, do an exploration of the data. There is technology available to explore that data quickly and cost-effectively. That fear factor has to away.

3 Ways to Build Leadership Credibility in Tough Times
The America’s Workforce survey delivered some meaningful insights on areas leaders can focus on to build leadership credibility and lead more effectively. After all, we can keep talking about what is not right or we can focus on what we know we can do to make a difference. The survey results suggest that top leaders do three things effectively in successful organizations.

How to find on-demand expertise using crowdsourcing
Developing reputation systems is challenging. Although LinkedIn leads in terms of access to finding and connecting to professionals, the task of evaluation still falls to clients. But an expanding universe of smaller marketplaces, crowds, and communities provides not only connections but also evaluation in the form of reputation systems.

A New Breed of CFO
“Thinking about the ‘new breed’ of CFO, the analytical piece is a big differentiator and a reason I was chosen for this role over other candidates,” says Hightail’s Sizer, 47. “Folks like me are in high demand today to solve a data problem.” That is, most companies, but especially online technology companies, have massive amounts of data and must figure out how to use it to drive business performance improvements.

How To Help Top Talent Thrive
The smartest people often have unconventional expectations. They’re likely to assume managers don’t understand what they are doing, but they want respect for what they do. They want managers to recognize their ideas, and reward them with access to corporate leadership, information and resources. They want freedom to explore new territory, and permission to fail, because failure ultimately can lead to better outcomes.

Does anyone in IT truly relax on vacation?
Brian Kelley, the CIO of Portage County IT Services in Ravenna, Ohio, said, "Work will always impede upon my vacations to some degree." Similar to de Lima, Kelley says that checking on things makes the return from vacation easier. "By managing some work while on vacation, I can rest assured that when I return to work catching up will not be a major headache nor require that I put in long days to do so," he said.

Quote for the day:

"To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way." -- Pat Riley

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