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Understanding complexity

Harold Jarche

Human systems are complex. The increasing collective complexity also is manifest in the increasing specialization and diversity of professions.

Open Learning Analytics: A proposal

George Siemens

Learning analytics are increasingly relevant, and prominent, in education. In education, everything is becoming “data” and “analytics”).

Open Symposium: Policy and Strategy for Learning Analytics Deployment

George Siemens

We ( SoLAR ) are organizing an online symposium on Policy and Strategy for Learning Analytics Deployment. Educational data is complex.

The Promise and Challenges of Health Analytics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On February 24 I attended a workshop in MIT on the Future of Health Analytics.  What are phenotypes?  How can that be? 

Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

An IBM Global CEO Study conducted in 2010 concluded that complexity was the primary challenge emerging out of its conversations with 1,500 CEOs and senior government officials.  CEOs told us they operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex.  They generally involve a relatively linear set of steps. 

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The Science of Complex Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When I look back over my long, relatively eclectic career, complex systems have been a common theme in all the activities I’ve been involved in.  It started in the 1960s, when I was an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Chicago majoring in physics, - the study of complex natural systems.  Let me explain. Amazing. 

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While the skeptics’ concerns, - security, reliability, privacy, costs and others, - are quite real, the hardest part of implementing cloud strategies has little to do with technology.  It has mostly to do with governance, policies, and regulations, as well as with cultural and organizational issues.  Where are we now, almost four years later? 

Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Furthermore, data science is a highly complex discipline, a veritable mashup of several different fields.

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The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

recent Harvard Business Review article, - Designing the Machines that Will Design Strategy , - takes these questions a few steps further.

Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How can we best anticipate the future of a complex, fast changing industry like IT? Data Centers → Cloud.

The Datafication of Business and Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Datafication is a fairly new concept associated with our recent data revolution.  They can tell you if you’re likely to get diabetes.”  .

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The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized.   But, are they a major source of competitive differentiation ? 

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The Continuing Evolution of Service Science

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Analytics and Data Science. However, they’re neither easily visible nor well understood. This has all been changing. Cloud Computing.

The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most IoT business models also hinge on the use of analytics to sell user data or targeted advertising.  The cost of connectivity. 

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Complexity and Design in Warfare

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The workshop explored how design-oriented approaches can help us better understand and deal with the very complex problems we are increasingly encountering in all aspects of business, economies, government, public policy, military operations and society in general. Analysis involves a relatively linear set of steps.  Armed Forces.  Designing. 

Reflections on Storytelling

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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The Growing Value of Social Skills

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read a very interesting paper, The Growing Importance of Social Skills in the Labor Market , by Harvard professor David Deming. 

The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The social matrix, the Internet of all things, big data and advanced analytics, and realizing anything as a services are the report’s top four trends. 

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Why Do We Need Data Science when We’ve Had Statistics for Centuries?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and Strategy

Skills and Jobs in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Cognitive: Complex problem solving, Critical thinking, Deductive reasoning, Oral comprehension, Speed of Closure, Written expression, ….

What Will Life Be Like in an AI Future?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The human brain may well be the most complex object in the universe.  The complexity of the brain is simply awesome.  What happens then?

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The New Era of Smart, Connected Products

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Product strategy : Which set of smart, connected product capabilities and features should the company pursue?; .

Embracing Disruptive Change - Why Is it So Difficult?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and StrategyCircling the Wagons. Management Challenges.

Two-Speed IT Architectures

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and StrategyDon’t be afraid to fail.

The Era of Cognitive Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Can it help us understand our incredible complex economies and societies?  . What is it telling us about the environment we live in?  players. 

A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strateg

Data-Driven Decision Making: Promises and Limits

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They tend to be complex, and unstructured because of the uncertainty and risks that generally accompany longer term decisions.

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Understanding the Workings of Our Minds

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What goes on in our minds when we are making decisions , from the simplest to the most complex?  .

Data Science - the Emergence of a New Discipline

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Could the End of Moore’s Law Be Near? If so, What’s Next?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Evolution essentially took off in a different direction, leading to the development of all kinds of complex life forms.  Innovation has now shifted to the creation of all kinds of digital life forms, and to the data-driven analytic algorithms and cognitive designs that infuse intelligence into these artificial life forms.  .

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Traditional Data Analysis and Data Science

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently participated in an industry panel on Redefining BI & Analytics in the Cloud at a conference in New York. 

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Cognitive Systems and Big-Data-driven Applications

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is another example where cognitive systems can be of great help in complex decision making. Watson Research Center. 

The Evolving Automotive Ecosystem

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Others are not quite so sure due to the highly complex technical and societal issue that remain to be worked out.  Time will tell.  .

A Kind of Digital “Perfect Storm”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Cloud Computing Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Social Business in the Age of the Customer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Social media is giving individuals unprecedented influence over business and governments, - causing Netflix to reverse its business strategy in October of 2011, and helping to topple governments in the Arab Spring.  . In other words, it is no longer enough for graduates to excel in functional, analytical and technical areas.

Big Data Takes Center Stage

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and Strategy

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Becoming a Digital Business: Progress and Obstacles

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Organizational alignment and leadership are the critical factors in the success or failure of their digital strategies.  Manage expectations.

New Tools Beget Revolutions: Big Data and the 21st Century Information-based Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On May 22 I attended the 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.  All while the windows of opportunity and response will continue to shrink. 

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As Big Data and AI Take Hold, What Will It Take to Be an Effective Executive?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Big data , powerful analytics and AI are everywhere.  Mid-skill jobs have been particularly threatened.  The authors offer a novel metaphor. 

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