April 03, 2014

Public Wi-Fi speeds to get a boost from Qualcomm's new antenna technology
On Thursday, Qualcomm announced radios for network equipment that can send three or four data streams as well as chipsets for mobile devices and consumer electronics with up to two streams. The number of streams decides the maximum theoretical speed, and two streams are capable of transmitting more than 600Mbps (bits per second), Qualcomm said. A version of MU-MIMO that can receive one stream is already integrated with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 processor, which powers smartphones including the HTC One M8, Samsung's Galaxy S5 and the Z2 from Sony.

5 Steps to Choosing a Gamification Platform
When valued customer visiting cards and buy-9-get-1-free engagement techniques are not enough anymore, many business owners are at a loss how to grow and develop their loyalty programs or engage their long-time employees. Gamification platforms are developed by companies specializing in user engagement. They can make the life of a non tech-savvy owner much easier by centralizing and organizing all engagement efforts. However, new engagement solutions seem to be popping up every day.

White House-MIT Big Data Privacy Workshop – Top Researcher Reports
Due to the massive scale of Big Data, previously top-down solutions for security, e.g., anticipating and preventing security breaches, will simply not scale to Big Data. They must be augmented with new approaches including bottom-up solutions such as Stonebraker’s logging to detect and stem previously unanticipated security breeches and Weitzner’s accountable systems. “Big data” has rendered obsolete the current approach to protecting privacy and civil liberties[1]. Hence, Big Data requires a shift from a focus on top-down methods of controlling data generation and collection to data usage.

Emergent Leadership Topples the Pyramid
Anyone who has been a member of a high performing team knows that leadership flows among team members, depending on who has the needed skills, knowledge or attitude in the moment, and that at various times each team member significantly influences the team. A team that is dependent on one person will never fulfill its full potential. Over the years, I have asked hundreds of people to list the top five qualities of a high performance team, and “shared leadership” is always on the list. Perhaps you agree emergent leadership can work for a team, but think it’s not possible for a complex organization. Actually, the idea of a non-hierarchical company is not far-fetched at all.

Top Trends in Cloud Innovation
Most of the providers today only do a piece of the needed puzzle – just SFA or just HR. And most only offer cloud, so using them requires a “rip and replace” approach. At SAP we realize that most companies have existing software assets that are working well for them. Hybrid solutions will be the norm, and we’re perfectly situated to take advantage of that trend. It’s just one of the reasons our cloud solutions have been growing at more than 160% year over year.

How Boeing is using the cloud
This week at Interop, Boeing’s chief cloud strategist, David Nelson, outlined a couple of ways the aircraft manufacturer is not only using the public cloud, but combining that that with on-premises virtualized workloads to create a hybrid environment. The results are applications that Nelson says run more efficiently, are less expensive and serve the needs of Boeing better than if the company had done it all in-house. Nelson first described an application the company has developed that tracks all of the flight paths that planes take around the world. Boeing’s sales staff uses it to help sell aircraft showing how a newer, faster one could improve operations.

How Employee Engagement Can Improve a Hospital's Health
For healthcare providers and their employees, ongoing uncertainty can lower employee engagement, which in turn can have a negative effect on organizational success and patient care. Research by Gallup and Loma Linda University Medical Center shows that employee engagement and employee safety work together to enhance patient safety. When healthcare employees work in a safe environment and are engaged, the chances are much greater that they will perform activities that are known drivers of patient safety outcomes better.

Medical Software Brings Intuitive Interface To Health Records
Understanding the importance of the user interface was one of the things Cane learned at his previous company, Blackboard, which he co-founded in the late 1990s. Blackboard became one of the leading e-learning and education technology companies. Cane left in 2009 after moving back to Florida, where he had grown up. While he was between ventures, his wife told him he needed to take time to get a thorough physical, which in turn led to a referral for a skin check. That was how he met his co-founder, dermatologist Michael Sherling.

Enterprise cloud outlook: Inevitably hybrid, surprisingly agile and (eventually) cheap
For all its promise and potential, the cloud still remains a relatively immature market. Major players such as Google and Amazon have both slashed on-demand prices in the past couple weeks as infrastructure providers race to lock down top-tier enterprise customers through a variety of pricing and service options. This sorting out of the how and the how much is exactly the kind of thing that keeps some CIOs on the sidelines. "The cloud will be way, way cheaper than on-premise within five years or so," said Amr Awadallah, Cloudera's chief technology officer. "There's no doubt that this will be much cheaper in the future, but it's still not cheaper today."

Are Enterprises Leveraging M2M Technology?
Are enterprises willing to go the IoE way? What would be the requirement for enterprises to adopt IoE? Does t make sense for enterprises to bank on the new technology trend? The list goes on. We spoke to IT heads to understand how they are planning to exploit the technology in coming days. Subhamoy Chakraborti, General Manager – IT, Magma Fincorp , says, “We are definitely looking forward to adopt IoE. We have around 280 branches and most of our assets are managed manually. There is a lot of scope in our organization. We are looking forward to automation in a big way. In the future, we plan to embrace machine to machine communication for our field work as well.”

Are You Dutiful or a Disruptor? Career Advice for the Innovator in All of Us
The greatest innovations are inherently disruptive and the sub-trait of disrupting underlies all of the discovery skills. In a Forbes piece, “Disruption vs. Innovation: What’s the difference?” author Caroline Howard wrote, “Innovation and disruption are similar in that they are both makers and builders. Disruption takes a left turn by literally uprooting and changing how we think, behave, do business, learn and go about our day-to-day.”

Quote for the day:

"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant." — -- Max DePree

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