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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.

Cognitive Systems and Big-Data-driven Applications

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the first week of October I participated in a Cognitive Systems Colloquium hosted by IBM at its Thomas J. Watson Research Center. 

Innovating our way out of the industrial era

Harold Jarche

Our main constraints are our artificial structures, especially our schooling systems. You know the type. complexity Technology Work

An Operating System for the Mind

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Interestingly, that's how many people used to think of electronic information systems - as mechanisms into which you input facts to facilitate easy discovery and retrieval. The computer, or online systems (such as Minitel) were visualized as giant electronic libraries, with the sum total of the world's knowledge at our disposal. Third.

The MIT Systems Thinking Conference

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently participated in MIT’s 2010 Systems Thinking Conference for Contemporary Challenges.  This annual conference is sponsored by Systems Design and Management (SDM) - an interdisciplinary program between MIT’s School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management.  Political leaders blame recession on corporate fraud or terrorism. 

Lean Principles in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Customers are taking advantage of all the information they can now access to search for the best possible values.

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The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

There are few surprises.  Disruptive innovations take time to play out. Its potential for driving business innovation remains untapped.

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Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and StrategyLet me explain.

The Future of Financial Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How is the FS industry likely to evolve into the into the future?  Cryptocurrencies represent another potential disruptor of the FS industry

Trust and the On-Demand Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

The Datafication of Business and Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Data science and datafication may be new, but the relationship between computing and data goes back to the early days of the IT industry

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How Will AI Likely Impact How We Work, Live and Play?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report is organized into three main sections. Cybersecurity (including spam) is a widely shared concern.”. Transportation. Home/Service Robots.

The MIT Second Machine Age Conference

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Some of these ubiquitous robots will be used in search-and-rescue operations while others might help us fold the laundry.

The Importance of Empathy in Our Services-Centric, People-Oriented Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Finding and retaining talented individuals with these capabilities is a challenge regardless of geography or industry. This will take time. 

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Smart leaders across industries will see using big data for what it is: a management revolution.”  .

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The Era of Cognitive Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Industrial Revolution led to dramatic improvements in productivity and standard of living over the past two hundred years.  players. 

Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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

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Computing Beyond Moore’s Law

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Initially, we used these components to develop what in retrospect were not-very-powerful, stand-alone computer systems. Software.

Blockchains: the Promise of More Frictionless, Trusted Economies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Why do firms exist?  However, markets are not perfectly fluid.  Firms came into being to make it easier and less costly to get work done.

What Should We Think of Machines that Think?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The study of the verification of the behavior of software systems is challenging and critical, and much progress has been made.  But wait! 

Cloud, Services and the Transformation of Production

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the industrial economy, production was mostly applied to physical goods, while services were primarily labor-based. 

Why Some Work Groups Thrive While Others Falter

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Management and Leadership Society and CultureHigher empathy. More women.

The Rise of the On-Demand Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Having a good job meant working for one such company.  Some 53m American workers already work as freelances.”. asks The Economist. 

The Future of Jobs in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Since the advent of the financial crisis around five years ago, we have been searching for answers to these very important questions. 

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Customer Service and Trust in the Internet Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Internet’s transformative impact is being felt in industry after industry and company after company.  

Reflections on the Nature of Human Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Urbanization has been steadily accelerating since the industrial revolution as a result of the migration of jobs from farms to factories as well as the major advances in technologies, communications and transportation.  We learned that in many cases, our human organizations are more efficient the larger they are.  billion, passing from 7.0

In Defense of Data Centrism

Martijn Linssen

Often the latter choice is considered backward looking, or stripped of context.  Here is what happened with BP, or Enron, or the 111th Congress.

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HowI Is Our Digital Revolution Doing?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, as technologies continue to advance, emerging markets are starting to experience what’s been called premature de-industrialization.  .

Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For several years now, big data has been one of the hottest topics in the IT industry.  But, what do we mean by big data ?  But, is it worth it? 

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The Digital Transformation of the Customer Experience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Every day brings new stories about the transformative impact of digital technologies on companies in just about every industry

5 Disruptive Trends That Will Alter Your Mobile Strategy

Dawn of Learning

Furthermore, while social media monitoring and exploring, I am seeing an increase in not only speculation of that point, but a firm belief from others in the industry that there IS a shift happening in todays learning market. Agile Development Industry Talk mobile learningConvenience is critical. Social and mobile converge.

The Co-Evolution of Humans and our Tools

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Machine tools occasioned a surge in producing new tools in the industrial revolution.  Paralleling the evolutionary Cambrian Explosion that took place around half a billion years ago, our own digital systems and tools seem to now be undergoing their own kind of Cambrian Explosion.  The recent broadcast of the IBM Jeopardy!

A Great Stagnation or a New Golden Age of Innovation?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

According to Perez , over the past couple of centuries we have had such a technology-based economic and societal revolution every 40 - 60 years, starting with the Industrial Revolution in 1771, which was characterized by the emergence of machines, factories and canals.  They led to the formation of many new industries, factories and jobs.

Towards a Hyperconnected, Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Everyone pretty much agrees that there is a transformation of historical proportions underway, propelling us from the industrial society of the past two centuries to an information society that's in the process of being defined.  Complex Systems Economic Issues Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Competition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over time, these same disruptive technologies and innovations led to the transformation of the economy and the creation of new industries and new jobs.

The Prosperity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Political Issues Society and CultureThe History of Lighting Suggests Not.

Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As with other industries, ICT was originally applied to media in order to increase the efficiency of its processes.  Unilateral.  Distributed. 

A Data Science Approach to Organizational Health

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Advances in technology are eroding the prevailing business models in industry after industry

The Emergence of a Digital Money Ecosystem

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This has resulted in all kinds of innovative applications, - search, e-commerce, entertainment, social networks, Watson-like intelligent systems, and so on.  Standards The Internet and World Wide Web introduced a culture of standards to the IT industry.  believe that something similar will happen with the digitization of money. 

The “Recombinant” Nature of Digital Innovations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

industrial research lab.  Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy