November 29, 2014

First Robot, Networked Tablets Head to West Africa to Fight Ebola
"I think that this system is critical to fighting the outbreak," Theobald told Computerworld."This is the first time they'll be using digital records at all in any of the ETUs. Everyone has been using paper. If they have had a tablet, all the information they're capturing is stuck on that tablet because they haven't been able to data share across tablets." Theobald, who worked with VGo, a Nashua, N.H.-based robotic telepresence company, is focused on having the electronic medical record system -- it includes the wireless network, the tablets and a VGo telepresence robot -- up and functioning by Tuesday, when a new Ebola clinic is set to open in Monrovia.

China’s Future City
If it succeeds, Tianjin Eco-City would become a model. The country has 171 cities with populations over one million, and its total urban population is projected to rise to about one billion by 2030. By that time, close to 70 percent of China’s population will be living in urban areas. China’s cities can be difficult places to live. Beijing’s smog has become internationally famous. Water is an issue too. According to China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, 57 percent of the groundwater in 198 cities tested in 2012 was rated either “bad” or “extremely bad.”

Forrester 2015 predictions report explains how cloud will be “the motivator”
Forrester also predicts 2015 to be the year when back end systems will use REST to communicate with one another. REST is an architecture style for designing networked applications, and is increasingly being used to drive agile development, ahead of other protocols such as SOAP. “If you want your back-office applications to be part of this move forward, relying on traditional integration methods such as enterprise service buses, JDBC connections and SOAP is inadequate for modern applications,” the report notes. “You’ll have to evolve your integration architecture to REST in 2015.” Other trends, according to ZDNet, include the prevalence of Docker, an open source platform to ship and run apps from anywhere.

Business Innovation through Big Data
Have you any idea of the impact innovations such as the cloud, mobile, in-memory and Big Data have on you and your business? Innovation Evangelist Timo Elliott treats you to a whirlwind tour of a whole series of inviting uses for Big Data. Big Data is the ocean of information we swim in every day – vast zetabytes of data flowing from our computers, mobile devices, and machine sensors. With the right solutions, organizations can dive into all data and gain valuable insights that were previously unimaginable. Discover how Big Data technologies and analysis tools can transform your business today. Listen to the story of Timo Elliott!

The Agile Data Center
Thinking about agility within the data center opens up many new avenues for companies to explore. With agility in the forefront of data center planning combined with proper planning around security and operations, organizations can begin to think about utilizing their data center in new and innovative ways. With an agile mindset, the concept of the data center moves away from being a liability that continuously consumes resources to being an efficient and effective way to deliver services to internal and external clients. With all of this in mind, we can now take a stab at making a generalized answer to the question posed previously.

Accelerate Load Testing Cycles With SmartBear’s New LoadComplete
Load testing is often left to the last minute by many organizations since new revenue enhancing features almost always taking precedence over basic performance testing. By leaving performance testing to the end, companies erroneously believe that simple, quick and minor tweaks are all that are needed to meet application performance requirements. Teams are frequently left with a short amount of time before the deployment of an application, to identify, uncover and resolve serious performance issues. While these challenges affect all applications, they are especially poignant with mobile applications.

Tech set to revolutionise healthcare
Other tools, including smartwatches and wearable technology, could monitor a patient's voice and watch for notable changes in language patterns. Mr Grimm admits there challenges around data security and privacy, but says the potential for positive change is too strong to ignore. "Our approach to this should be, how do we collectively work through and resolve these issues so we can unlock the benefits?" he asks. "I note the concerns around data security, but I invite some positive dialogue and collaboration with people so we can resolve these problems." The mental health promoter believes the technology could help the country manage problems such as the high youth suicide rate.

How IT Will Change Healthcare Patient Engagement
Over the next decade, look to several sources of investment and several paths of research and development to take place to even more tightly couple software with care. In the years from 2020 to 2030, look for the vast array of innovation to be made globally operational as some of these significant investments start to affect the way in which most humans receive care. Creating electronic medical records and personal health records, taking in signals from wearables such as the watches that measure your sleep and activity, and embedding patient and administrative tools into the fabric of care so that patients will take more responsibility for their care is a beginning that is flourishing. But there is a darker side to all of this.

Machine Learning Will Make Its Mark On The Sciences
Things can get sticky when moving up the inference stack to discovery, though, because the data – the images taken by the telescopes – tends to be dirty and noisy, making it difficult to find new and real astrophysical objects. “We wanted to discover transients and variable stars in the sky without any people actually having to look at data,” Bloom said. Being able to use machines to do even such simple inferencing – to discover whether something in an image is real or bogus – can lead to great things, he said: It’s fast; it’s transparent as to why you got the answers you got; it’s deterministic so that you can go back and do the science on it without requiring humans to make potentially conflicting statements about the same data; and it’s versionable.

It's time for digital governance
Designing digital governance frameworks in an organization can be a challenge because working together collaboratively in large groups is hard. And more often than not, those who would lead a digital governance framework design effort (namely, your digital teams) are scrambling to keep up with the practical day-to-day work of maintaining websites and keeping on top of social channels. So, sometimes taking the time to work on a governance framework seems like it's beside the point. But it's not. As Vint Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee pointed out at Internet 2020, governing our online channels intentionally is important.

Quote for the day:

"Regardless of the changes in technology, the market for well-crafted messages will always have an audience." -- Steve Burnett

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