June 22, 2014

13 Movies That Explore The Future Of Technology
Perhaps, one could go so far to say that futuristic stories are test-run simulations of what our world could be. And with the rapid evolution and advancements in visual CGI effects and moviemaking tools, even more fantastical, hyper-detailed visualizations of the imagination are possible. The rise in digital filmmaking technology has made it easier to depict a more accurate picture of the digital world of tomorrow.  So, post-Minority-Report and way post-2001: A Space Odyssey, what are filmmakers predicting next? What innovations will their visions inspire? Here are 13 more movies that take on the future of technology.

Sustaining Successful IT Governance Environment
IT governance represents a continuous journey, which focuses on sustaining value and confidence across the business functions. Many companies start on a short term approach and focus on the compliance component of IT governance, without developing a balanced longer term approach. ... People often think they have a choice between "governance" and "no governance," but in reality the choice is between "good governance" and "bad governance." Every organization has a framework of decision-making and some set of often unstated measures. The needs of the business and the role of IT evolve; these unintentional governance solutions do not. Good governance is intentional, and it takes effort and attention.

Smart Cities -- A $1.5 Trillion Market Opportunity
Frost & Sullivan research estimates a combined market potential of $1.5 trillion globally for the smart city market in segments of energy, transportation, healthcare, building, infrastructure, and governance. ... Yet, while the potential is huge, the challenge faced is finding funding and developing the right business model, as many cities in the Western world do not have the finances available to take on some mammoth-sized projects. As such, four main models that will be used, through which companies will engage with city authorities and utilities to tap into this market will be used: Build Own Operate (BOO), Build Operate Transfer (BOT), Build Operate Manage (BOM) and Open Business Model (OBM).

Cloud computing levels the BI playing field for small businesses
Speed ranks as another advantage of DeRoyal's cloud BI deployment. An on-premises rollout would have taken much longer, Sewell says, because of the time involved in selecting software, getting a hardware quote, negotiating terms with vendors and working through installation. DeRoyal inked a contract with MicroStrategy in July 2012; a prototype was operating in November, and the initial rollout took place in December of that year. Upgrades are quicker, too. Sewell says a typical enterprise resource planning (ERP) upgrade involves about 10 people and takes nine months to complete.

Understanding Application Performance on the Network – Part II: Bandwidth and Congestion
Addressing a pure bandwidth constraint is straightforward; the physical (i.e., infrastructure) solution is to increase bandwidth, while the logical (i.e., application) solution is to decrease the amount of data transferred. Data compression is a method for the latter that has been around for decades, and more recent WAN optimization approaches offer further options for data reduction. Caching, interface simplification, and thin client solutions may also provide relief. Similarly, addressing congestion can be as simple as increasing bandwidth. Alternatively, you may take a more studied approach, identifying and classifying the traffic that contends for bandwidth.

Breaking Down Information Governance
“The key factor that has been different in the past few years is that data is suddenly doubling and tripling and it’s more complex and larger than ever. We’re getting to a world that is more overwhelming in terms of the amount of data corporations have to deal with. It is a tremendous exponential curve that we’re seeing.” It should also be acknowledged that in 2012, technology assisted review was first acknowledged in published case law as a reasonable approach in eDiscovery, as an alternative to key word searching and manual review. This validation in the eDiscovery space was a jump start to all of us to have a conversation in our firms about how we use these kinds of techniques in ways that would add value to the law firm.

Single Stream Information Governance
The voice in my head is winning. I refuse to say that term in our office. Information governance has joined “records management” “platform” “metadata” and the myriad other terms destined to be met by the rolling eyes of my coworkers. Don’t ask me to champion this cause because doing so just strengthens their opinion that I don’t get it. I do get it. Those people have a job to do, a business to run and the documents and information artifacts that are consumed and created by those jobs are simply that – artifacts. Artifacts to be curated by someone who cares. Do those artifacts have value? Of course they do, and they are paying my department to bring that value to the table.

Digital Identities for Controlling Money Laundering
The bottom line is that there are huge problems catching and tracking financial crime. Interestingly, this is not cybercrime where criminals are robbing the bank, but terrorism and drug runners who are robbing from the government. Governments view banks as police for financial crime. It’s an interesting nuance in our world of money. Banks are commercial businesses but, for money laundering purposes, they are the police. That is why governments fine banks so heavily when they’re not acting as effective police. If banks do not effectively stop the use of accounts for criminal purposes, it is not the criminal held accountable but the bank.

Demonstrating the Value of Architects Through AVM
There are a number of ways architects can directly derive their value to the company as a team. Some are simply modifications of existing means of ascribing credit within business units that collaborate on programs and projects. For example, sales and marketing both play integral roles which are somewhat hard to untangle when it comes to overall sales performance. Was it the salesperson who closed the deal or the qualification of the lead? Business units have adapted to this by sharing credit or claiming credit for ownership of success and responsibility for failure, and the architect team can do the same. Here are four strategies your team can employ to come to a direct, measurable success figure for their business contributions.

Aligning Compliance Risk Management to Business Priorities
Analytics can help define and track a composite metric that reflects the state of a company’s reputation in quantitative terms, based on observable indicators such as media mentions and customer feedback. Using techniques such as historical analysis and predictive modeling, analytics can also forecast the potential reputational impacts associated with a given compliance incident, as well as the likely financial consequences of the reputational impacts. The good news is that just as compliance failures can potentially lead to a loss in value, effective compliance can lead to value preservation and creation.

Quote for the day:

"Big goals get big results. No goals get no results or somebody else's results.." -- Mark Victor Hansen

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