Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation
JANUARY 2, 2012
They are highly motivated to bring to market new products which offer significantly improved designs and/or lower costs, and thus gain competitive advantage and market share from the established leaders in their segment of the market. Mandel summarizes the economic research evidence in two words: It depends. markets.”
Learning and Performance Support Systems
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
DECEMBER 4, 2013
What follows is a version of the case we presented to NRC senior executive in order to have this program approved.
How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?
APRIL 7, 2015
Software-intensive systems are generally quite flexible, - able to evolve and adapt to changing product and market requirements. Cyberattacks.
Low-Cost Test and Quiz Tool Comparison
AUGUST 31, 2010
I’ve recently been working with Sameer Bhatia the CEO of ProProfs as I was going through an evaluation of various online tools that support easy, fast, low-cost testing and quiz tools. Evaluation Criteria For the specific need I was looking at, I was looking for the following out of a solution: Cost : Is the tool free or very-low cost to use?
The cost of codification
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
At the highest level of abstraction (you have a conversation with yourself) the cost of codification is very low as you have a 100% shared context (hopefully). On the other hand if you want to share your knowledge with everyone then the cost of codification will approach infinity. Friday's Finds
The Economic Potential of The Internet of Things
JULY 14, 2015
Interoperability requires both standardization in the technology stacks, and the ability to integrate systems and platforms across vendors. .
The Emergence of Cognitive Computing
NOVEMBER 5, 2011
The colloquium, - which was part of IBM’s Centennial celebration, - brought together experts across industry and academia to discuss and debate the direction of four key Grand Challenges at the very leading edge of IT: nano systems, exascale, big data, and cognitive computing. players, is one of the most advanced such cognitive systems.
Reflections on the Longevity of Mainframes
SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
At the end of August, IBM announced the latest member of its mainframe family, the zEnterprise EC12. As pointed out in the announcement, the new system is a result of more than $1B in R&D investments over the past four years, resulting in major improvements in performance, security, availability and other key enterprise features.
The Untethered, Hyperconnected Enterprise
JUNE 8, 2012
With digital platforms, cloud and other such capabilities, the cost of experimentation is much lower than in the past, whereas the cost of missed opportunities is very high. Unlike the academic panel, the CIOs emphasized the need for ROI analysis and careful planning, especially when considering big technology bets.
Is There a STEM Crisis or a STEM Surplus?
AUGUST 9, 2016
Their analysis yielded the following findings: “The STEM labor market is heterogeneous. workforce. level (e.g.,
New Tools Beget Revolutions: Big Data and the 21st Century Information-based Society
MAY 29, 2013
On May 22 I attended the 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. All while the windows of opportunity and response will continue to shrink.
The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization
DECEMBER 15, 2015
Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and Strategy
“Flexible Security”: A Sensible Social Policy for our Digital Age
JULY 7, 2015
First, all important rules should be subjected to cost-benefit analysis by an independent watchdog… More important, rules need to be much simpler.”.
Parallel Supercomputing: Past, Present and Future
JULY 31, 2013
IBM has since become a leader in supercomputing, with 160 of the top 500 systems in the latest Top500 list and 5 of the top 10.
The Big Data Era Is Here
FEBRUARY 2, 2015
We can now leverage science and technology to help us better understand people-centric, sociotechnical systems. Representativeness.
Cloud, Services and the Transformation of Production
MARCH 26, 2014
The value of hybrid services depends on having human capabilities augmented by increasingly sophisticated ICT systems.” .
eLearning Costs : eLearning Technology
SEPTEMBER 10, 2009
Embracing Disruptive Change - Why Is it So Difficult?
MAY 19, 2015
Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and StrategyLet me share some of my thoughts on these questions.
Realizing the Potential of the Digital Economy
SEPTEMBER 8, 2015
The report introduced the Digital Evolution Index , a data-driven analysis of the unique digital trajectory being followed by each of the 50 countries.
The Changing Nature of Globalization in Our Hyperconnected, Knowledge-Intensive Economy
JUNE 18, 2014
McKinsey’s analysis found an overall positive correlation between increased flows and GDP growth. According to McKinsey: .
Leveraging the Passions of Fans
DECEMBER 10, 2014
The analysis of all that data was then used to develop a new framework to better understand the behaviors and motivations of World Cup fans.
Big Data Takes Center Stage
JULY 3, 2013
When collecting data was costly and processing it was difficult and time consuming, the sample was a savior.
Business Winners: Combining Scale with Agility
FEBRUARY 25, 2011
Operational excellence entails improving the existing products and services of the company with a string of incremental innovations that will add new features, lower cost and improve quality. It means nurturing employees, business partners and customers, so they will all be happy to be associated with the company. Companies are born.
Pareto Paring - Achieving Strategic Cost Reduction
NOVEMBER 18, 2008
As revenues erode, cost cutting becomes a top priority for all firms. There is the great leveler – everyone is mandated to take the same percent out of their cost base. Most can see that this makes no sense – all costs are not equal and some parts of the business are much less productive than others. So, what is the alternative?
A Data Science Approach to Organizational Health
MAY 7, 2014
A 2013 Deloitte report, Success or Struggle? Strong competitors keep appearing from all corners of the world.
Strategy and Execution in an Increasingly Complex World
JULY 12, 2012
Often, this is because they associate strategy with analysis and execution with getting things done, and they attribute more value to doing than to analyzing.” . Our world is increasingly subject to failures that require systems-level and cross-systems-level thinking and approaches. Let me say a few words about each. .
Shaping the Future of the Internet
FEBRUARY 16, 2016
As is the case with any complex system, the Internet’s design has been the result of many different choices. The Technical is Political.
Is a College Education Still Worth It?
JUNE 11, 2014
Over the long run, college is cheaper than free,” remarks Leonhardt. “Not going to college will cost you about half a million dollars.”
The IT-based Transformation of Services
OCTOBER 13, 2011
How can you offer higher quality offerings and overall customer service at affordable costs? While the potential for fully automated service activities will continue to expand as digital technologies continue their relentless advances, Zysman believes that hybrid systems have the most potential for innovation and deep economic transformation.
Complex Organizational Systems: Some Common Principles
JUNE 20, 2009
Last week I attended the second Engineering Systems Symposium at MIT. Large-scale system challenges, he added, offer us the opportunity to reinvigorate engineering education and capture the imagination and intellect of the next generation of engineering leaders. What are the key objectives of the system? Only 4.5
The Science of Information-based Predictions
DECEMBER 12, 2012
This enable the system to assign a probability to different career trajectories for the player being evaluated. . Wizard, indeed.” .
The right tool for the right job
MARCH 12, 2013
However, HPT, especially performance analysis can be a useful tool, if used selectively and appropriately. Performance Improvement
The Limits of Strategy
SEPTEMBER 17, 2010
first met Ernie some time in the mid 1980s when I was VP of development in IBM’s large systems division. The leaders of DEC, Wang, HP and IBM were very smart and experienced. “But all of them were simply overwhelmed by the profound changes in technology, cost structures, business models, and markets disrupting the computer industry.” .
The Employment Challenge in the US Economy
JUNE 26, 2011
Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategynumber of eminent economists also contributed essays on Growth and Productivity. I was truly humbled to have my essay posted alongside theirs. Here's why , by economists Michael Mandel and Susan Houseman.
The Long Term Impact of AI on Jobs - Some Lessons from History
JULY 26, 2016
Governments took a century to respond with new education and welfare systems.”. What impact will AI have on jobs? How should we respond?
Cloud Computing: Lots of Progress; Lots to Do
JANUARY 22, 2014
Companies need to manage those costs and get them as low as possible, and then use the saved money for innovation.
Openness: Why learners should know about, and influence, how decisions are made about their learning
FEBRUARY 10, 2012
Systems can be closed and blackboxed only once they are working well and the context in which they exist is stable. Move fast. Be bold. Be open.
What is stopping companies from measuring learning: Skillsets, datasets, toolsets or mindsets?
Dawn of Learning
MAY 16, 2014
Are they simply another budget line item or overhead cost? And this is a high-stakes issue. It''s no small sum of money on the table. Datasets.
Architecture not application: an opportunity
JANUARY 18, 2012
Basically we build a demo system post IBM, created v2.0 The first part was generally accepted, the second more controversial. ecology.
#OEB14 - Open Educational Resources 2.0
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
DECEMBER 5, 2014
Lower-cost eg $3000 degree 6. Commercial cost - eg. Access - Cost - Success - we have more and more access, but it doesn''t translate to success - vs. eg. Silicon Valley was a product of the educational system. open access - general use and research 1. OER (UNESCO/COL) 2. Freely available / wrong license 3. Freemium 5.