The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation
JUNE 25, 2014
A recent McKinsey study on Cloud and Innovation observed that “The problem in many cases is that adopting cloud technologies is an IT initiative, which means that cloud solutions are all around improving IT and IT productivity.
Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems
APRIL 13, 2012
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. Over the past several years, we have seen a rising emphasis on design, creativity and holistic thinking in business to help us deal with an increasingly volatile, unpredictable complex world.
Managing Complex, Disruptive Innovations - Some Lessons Learned
FEBRUARY 6, 2013
You don’t really know how quickly the new innovations will be adopted in the marketplace. But given the complexity of the changes involved, they would likely take place as a series of incremental, evolutionary steps, not as a rip-and-replace transformation.
Complexity in Government
JULY 22, 2009
To see a whole government start to shift towards complexity theory as a new paradigm of government is mist encouraging. Today was a presentation to a wider audience before moving on to the detailed work. I started with the Handy S Curve models with my most elaborate presentation to date (slides are here , plus a 117mb podcast). Today was the first day of my three day programme at the Civil Service College in Singapore.
What’s the Value of Blockchain?
APRIL 17, 2017
The Summit included a number of talks and panels, and - most important, - presentations of concrete blockchain use cases IBM has been working on in a number of areas, including finance, supply chains and healthcare. A few weeks ago I attended the IBM Blockchain Summit 2017 in New York.
A Growing Backlash Against the Relentless Advances in Technology?
JULY 2, 2014
In the end, innovation is a journey from the past and present into an unknown future, - a highly complex journey that we are all a part of. Otherwise serious concepts sometimes end up as overused buzzwords.
No Agile Gospel please, just give me Enlightenment
JUNE 28, 2010
why not both Home About Contact Monday, 28 June 2010 No Agile Gospel please, just give me Enlightenment For lack of a logo, heres the Snowbird resort where the Agile Manifesto was developed back in 2001 Agile Software Development presently is suffering from evangelisation, it seems.
The Future of Financial Services
JUNE 23, 2015
The history was also presented in a series of fifteen minute podcast about each of the objects, written and narrated by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor and broadcast over the BBC. .
Towards a Trusted Framework for Identity and Data Sharing
NOVEMBER 14, 2016
Current firewall, event sharing, and attack detection approaches are simply not feasible as long-run solutions for cybersecurity, and we need to adopt an inherently more robust approach.
The Evolving Automotive Ecosystem
MARCH 31, 2015
Some feel that they will be all around us within a decade, navigating our present roads right along human-driven cars. Others are not quite so sure due to the highly complex technical and societal issue that remain to be worked out.
Realizing the Potential of the Digital Economy
SEPTEMBER 8, 2015
Prior to the Roundtable, Brookings commissioned a policy brief for each session to help set the stage for the ensuing presentations and discussions. And, because these two powerful forces are highly interrelated, they’re giving rise to a new round of complex questions. .
The Digital Evolution Index
AUGUST 25, 2015
Indicators include investment in digital ecosystems, business focus on customer service, adoption of new technologies, ease of creating startups, and venture capital availability. .
Big-Bang Disruptions: The Innovator’s Dilemma in the Digital Economy
MARCH 12, 2014
Once it’s clear that the innovation is inevitable, the company must step up to embrace it, - whether it likes it or not, - with efforts like in-house skunkworks , marketplace experiments, collaborations with early adopters and evaluation of potential acquisitions. It’s our attempt to deal with a fast changing, unpredictable future from our vantage point in the present and from the context that comes from in the past.
The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream
DECEMBER 3, 2014
The report makes the case that over the past half-century, research-based scientific and technological advancements have been the main drivers of economic growth and job creation, and their impact will likely rise in our increasingly complex, knowledge-based society.
A Kind of Digital “Perfect Storm”
SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
Mobile is furthest along while cloud adoption is taking off. Yet, their stories have certain patterns in common, not only with present companies but with others that are no longer with us.
CSTD Montreal Symposium
APRIL 10, 2012
Please note there are two Harolds as keynote presenters! Complexity and our interconnectivity have rendered the world unpredictable. To justify its continuing existence, the training department must shift direction in three areas: Embrace complexity and be open to uncertainty. Adopt new frameworks to support learning in the workflow. Communities complexity SocialLearningI will speaking this week in Montréal at CSTD ‘s Symposium.
Disruptive Innovation Revisited
DECEMBER 8, 2015
They appeal to new or less-demanding customers whose needs have not been served by incumbent providers, mostly because they’re not as profitable as their present customers. It often depends on the strategies adopted by the various companies involved and on the dynamics of the marketplace.
A Great Stagnation or a New Golden Age of Innovation?
APRIL 23, 2011
Our present information technology and telecommunications age, whose starting point Perez pegs at 1971, is the fifth such major revolution in that span. One can take good ideas already in use elsewhere, adopt them, and make use of underused stocks of people and capital. Second, the very globalization that is a leading cause of our present jobless recovery is welcoming billions of people around the world out of poverty. Here is the way things are supposed to work.
How Has the Internet Worked Out So Far?
JULY 23, 2014
The Web at 25 in the US looks back at the growth of the Internet over the past 25 years and presents the findings of a national survey on how Americans feel about the Internet’s impact on their lives. Adoption.
Web 2.0 and Change Present Challenges to Many Learning Executives
Jay Cross's Informal Learning
DECEMBER 13, 2009
and Change Present Challenges to Many Learning Executives. When organizations adopt new technologies, all of a sudden, things don’t cost as much. At a recent symposium I was presenting some research on what CLOs say they are responsible for. Web 2.0
self-organization is the future
MAY 4, 2016
Central planning and hierarchical decision-making are just too slow and ineffective, especially for complex situations involving lots of people. But they are best to deal with complexity.
Would a Distributed Model of Government be More Suitable for a Complex, Diverse 21st Century Democracy?
FEBRUARY 22, 2012
Are there innovative government models that might work better than our present ones? While business and government have clearly different objectives, many of the challenges involved in managing a complex, fast changing organization are similar. If large global companies have had to embrace a more distributed management style, why not large, complex governments? These are extremely complex issues that will take decades to resolve.
Innovation in Higher Education
SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
Before examining how disruptive innovation might apply to higher education, one needs to first articulate the key problems with the present system: “Our country’s dominant higher education policies have focused on expanding access for more than half a century - allowing more students to afford higher education. And, at the same time, US higher education is facing complex challenges.
A Data Science Approach to Organizational Health
MAY 7, 2014
They then conducted an extensive survey to quantify the state of adoption of these 37 management practices, and received over 600,000 responses from more than 500 organizations around the world. A 2013 Deloitte report, Success or Struggle?
The Continuing Evolution of Cloud Computing
DECEMBER 1, 2015
A few months later I gave a presentation at a cloud-based conference. Early adopters viewed cloud as computing-on-demand. Cloud Computing Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Technology and Strategy
LCB Question for December - Past Year, Present Challenges, Predictions
DECEMBER 4, 2006
I hate hearing the same presentations over and over. More complex solutions look like marriage matching (eHarmony), action planning solutions (large retailer), marketing support tools (large financial services). kinds of solutions that people can adopt right now. The Learning Circuits Blog Question for December has been posted. The questions this month are: What will you remember most about 2006? What are the biggest challenges for you/us as head into 2007?
Innovation in open online courses
OCTOBER 7, 2014
Since MOOCs gained popularity with top tier universities, significant effort has been put into finding new ways to present learning content. In terms of content presentation, DALMOOC will pale in comparison to existing well-funded courses. Many MOOCs reflect a structured and linear process of content presentation. To address these challenges, we have adopted/developed the following approaches.
Reflections of the Evolution of Capitalism
MAY 16, 2011
In our complex, global and unpredictable world, discussions of these highly complex questions grounded in ideology keep us from effectively addressing the issues. A system of checks and balances is particularly applicable in today’s highly complex and fast changing economic environment. Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy
Open Symposium: Policy and Strategy for Learning Analytics Deployment
OCTOBER 3, 2013
We have a great group of presenters next week. Educational data is complex. The problem of data, at a systems level, seems too large and too complex to tackle. We ( SoLAR ) are organizing an online symposium on Policy and Strategy for Learning Analytics Deployment.
Training departments will shrink
JULY 20, 2011
It was noted by officers that the present course was not training armor crewmen to a level of proficiency. The famous ADDIE model did not get adopted until 1975, just as the baby boomers were entering university and the business world.
MOOCs for the win!
MARCH 5, 2012
The learning comes from content presented by a lecturer, and then dialog via social media, where the contributions of the participants are shared. The MOOC offers an ecosystem in which a person can become familiar with a particular domain…MOOCs offer a complex ecosystem in which you ‘can’ learn, not one where you ‘will learn.’ Traditional learning design tries to reduce complexity. We try to increase awareness of complexity.
Control is key in managing a CAS
MARCH 10, 2013
Yesterday I picked up a tweet from Glenda Eoyang in which she said In complex system the trick is to give up control to succeed. Now for reasons I will elaborate shortly, I think that sort of statement harms the adoption of complexity and is in any event wrong.
The future of higher education and other imponderables
JUNE 16, 2012
This change resulted in teachers doing what they always did – presenting content, now with PowerPoint instead of overhead slides. Not all countries are adopting the aggressive UK model, but tuition patterns internationally (.pdf)
Social Business Forum 2011 – Communities or Organisations – The New Collaboration Ecology
SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
And here is the presentation materials themselves that I used for that presentation: The Socially Integrated Enterprise: Organisations or Communities? View more presentations from SocialBizForum.
Cloud Computing: Lots of Progress; Lots to Do
JANUARY 22, 2014
The use of cloud for innovation and growth was the subject of a presentation by McKinsey consultants Will Forrest and Kara Sprague at last April’s Cloud Connect conference. These factors eventually led to increased management complexities and costs.
Remaking education in the image of our desires
APRIL 19, 2012
Change is happening on many fronts: economic, technological, paradigmatic, social, and the natural cycles of change that occur in complex social/technical systems. Other universities have adopted similar startup and accelerator models. The slides for his presentation are available here.
Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery
FEBRUARY 27, 2017
The article told the story about Google’s adoption of an AI first strategy , and in particular, its use of deep machine learning to dramatically improve Google Translate , one of its more popular online services.
The race to platform education
OCTOBER 13, 2011
When I was at the Strata conference in February, I was surprised at who wasn’t there in any substantial way – Yahoo, Google, Microsoft (they did present on Azure, but their presence was minimal). Well, technology is getting complex. Very complex. Which means that decisions makers are motivated (partly out of fear of appearing ill-informed, partly out of not wanting to take risks) to adopt approaches that integrate fairly seamlessly across the education spectrum.
Working in the dark
NOVEMBER 29, 2012
But first I wanted to set up the discussion by arguing that GCPEDIA (the Government of Canada’s official internal wiki) has the potential to be the single most transformative technology adopted by the Government of Canada since the first computers were issued to civil servants twenty years ago.
Innovation is not a repeatable process
OCTOBER 23, 2012
I have not been able to find any regular correllation between well adopted innovation processes and actual innovation outcomes, and I’ve been looking pretty hard. Equipped with and augmented by technology, they rely on their networks and skills to solve complex problems and test new ideas.