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Understanding complexity

Harold Jarche

Thinking of complex adaptive systems as merely complicated entities that can be regulated like machines can lead to disaster, as Niall Ferguson shows in his recent book. Human systems are complex. He also elaborates on 16 attributes of effective ways to address complex problems.

The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A recent article by NY Times reporter Steve Lohr discussed the rising importance of data as a major competitive differentiator. Business analytics predates the big data era.

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Nothing Has Changed. Everything Has Changed.

Charles Jennings

If learning professionals and learning departments don’t adapt and change, Quinn argues, they will be revealed not simply as having no clothes, but as being so out of step that they will wither and die, or be removed from the value chain. So, what are these fundamental changes?

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Growing Up in a Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The primary challenge emerging out of the CEO conversations was complexity - the fact that CEOs now operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex. They feel that incremental changes are no longer sufficient because the world is operating in fundamentally different ways. Owing perhaps to the challenges of today’s economic environment, students revealed distinctive viewpoints on the issues of complexity, information and decision-making.

Ethical Codes and Learning Analytics

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Abstract The growth and development of learning analytics has placed a range of new capacities into the hands of educational institutions. The ethics of learning analytics will therefore need to be developed on criteria specific to education.

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

a sea change - a deep and permanent shift in how computing power is generated and consumed. The IT function of 2015 will bear little resemblance to its current state,” concludes one such report. We can use real time information and powerful analytics to help us understand and optimize the very way everything works in an attempt to make the world more efficient and smarter. Cloud computing is a highly complex initiative - at the technical, business and organizational levels.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Reflections on Complex Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. Architectures are needed to provide a common foundation for understanding, designing, analyzing and operating complex systems.

Building Capacity for Social Change 2.0

Beth Kanter

Heather agreed to write up this report to share some of the content. Building Capacity for Social Change 2.0 Call this “social change 2.0”. Photo by Beth Kanter.

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Nancy White

What kind of reporting will you have them do to monitor as needed?

Blockchain Can Reshape Financial Services… But it Will Take Significant Time and Investment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The future of financial infrastructure report is based on a year long study involving industry leaders, regulators and other subject matter experts. Others include biometrics, cloud computing, cognitive computing, machine learning and predictive analytics.

Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago, McKinsey published The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world , a comprehensive report on the state of big data, and in particular, on the challenges and opportunities a company faces as it strives to become a data-driven business.

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Globalization in Transition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read two interesting reports on the state of globalization in 2019, one by The Economist, the second by the McKinsey Global Institute. They both agree on the facts, - globalization and global trade have been undergoing considerable changes since the 2008 global financial crisis.

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Can AI Help Develop and Execute a Competitive Business Strategy?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Two 2018 reports, one by PwC and one by McKinsey , estimated that AI has the potential to incrementally add around $13-$15 trillion to global economic output by 2030. As ‘accountable optimization’ becomes an AI-enabled business norm, there is no escaping analytically enhanced oversight.

The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They all attempt to describe and put a name to the disruptive changes taking place all around us within the context of the past 250 years. In its scale, scope and complexity, what I consider to be the fourth industrial revolution is unlike anything humankind has experienced before…”.

How to Support the Widespread Adoption of AI

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Having business and operational people work side by side with analytics experts will ensure that initiatives address broad organizational priorities, not just isolated business issues. Over the past few years, a number of papers , reports and books have addressed this very important question.

The Challenges of Executing a Transformational Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As a number of recent reports have indicated, leading edge companies are pulling ahead of everyone else by pushing the boundaries of digitization. Strategy is inherently complex,” said Turning Strategy into Results , a recent MIT Sloan Management Review article by Sull and collaborators.

Beyond Machine Learning: Capturing Cause-and-Effect Relationships

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Machine learning is a statistical modelling technique, like data mining and business analytics , which finds and correlates patterns between inputs and outputs without necessarily capturing their cause-and-effect relationships. Data derived from human behavior is dynamic and ever-changing.

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Artificial Intelligence is Ready for Business; Are Businesses Ready for AI?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

asks McKinsey in a recently published report - Artificial Intelligence: the Next Digital Frontier. “AI adoption outside of the tech sector is at an early, often experimental stage,” is the report’s succinct answer. “Few firms have deployed it at scale.”.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I discussed whether AI is finally reaching a tipping point, mostly based on a recently published report, - Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030. The report is organized into three main sections.

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Gender Diversity, Empathy and Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Let me attempt to explore these questions based on relatively recent academic research in three key areas: gender-based behavioral differences; how to create smarter working groups; and the changing skills requirements in the digital economy.

Serious AI Challenges that Require Our Attention

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few months ago, Stanford University’s One Hundred Year Study of AI project published a report by a panel of experts assessing the current state of AI. Earlier this year, the World Economic Forum published Global Risks Report 2017 , its 12th annual study of major global risks.

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Nancy White

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Skills and Jobs in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The digital revolution has yet to fulfil its promise of higher productivity and better jobs,” said The Economist in a special report on Technology and the World Economy in its October 4th issue. “The Economists have long been examining these changing job dynamics.

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The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As is generally the case with McKinsey, this is a well researched, well written report. Many trends reflect the growing dominance of the Internet as an enabling technology, as well as a model and metaphor for commercial and social interactions,” says the report in its introduction.

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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. In principle, such jobs deal with non-routine, cognitive tasks requiring high human skills, including expert problem solving, complex decision-making and sophisticated communications for which there are no rule-based solutions. “As

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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? Computing has constantly changed shape and location - mainly as a result of new technology, but often also because of shifts in demand.”.

The Datafication of Business and Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I first encountered the term datafication in The Rise of Big Data: How It’s Changing the Way We Think About the World , by Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger. The Impact of Datafication report takes a close look at four areas where data science is already having an impact: .

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The Emerging Data Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Beyond their use in operations, the information generated by these various applications was collected in data warehouses , and a variety of business intelligence tools were used to analyze the data and generate management reports.

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The Public Face of Science

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last month, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences launched a 3 year initiative to address the complex relationship between scientists and the public. In its Summary of Findings, the report highlights four major results.

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The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They all attempt to describe and put a name to the disruptive changes taking place all around us within the context of the past 250 years. The WEF has taken the broad-scope view , having chosen The Fourth Industrial Revolution as the central theme of its January, 2016 annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. “We are at the beginning of a revolution that is fundamentally changing the way we live, work, and relate to one another,” wrote Dr. Schwab in his 2017 book.

The Evolution Toward Digital Supply Chains

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The evolution from traditional to digital supply chains is driven by five key game changers: Real Time Big Data and Analytics. Managing People - Cultural and Organizational Shift. “All organizational change is derived from people willing and capable of moving to the future.

The Evolving Automotive Ecosystem

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In media and communications , for example, everything seems to be changing at once, from the way content is produced and delivered, to the sources of revenue and profits. Others are not quite so sure due to the highly complex technical and societal issue that remain to be worked out.

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The Continuing Evolution of Service Science

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I had an interesting conversation on the the state of service science with analysts from an IT research organization who were preparing a report on the subject for their clients. This has all been changing. Analytics and Data Science.

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The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Several weeks ago, the McKinsey’s Global Institute (MGI) published a report addressing these questions. Digital innovation, adoption, and usage are evolving at a supercharged pace across the US economy,” notes the report in its opening paragraph. “As

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Becoming a Digital Business: Progress and Obstacles

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago, McKinsey released Bullish on Digital , a short report on how companies are faring with digital technologies and strategies based on a recent online survey of 850 CEOs and other senior executives. Social and cultural changes require strong senior management leadership.

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Training Industry Names Xyleme as a Top Learning Portal/LMS Companies 2018 Company to Watch

Xyleme

This allows LMS users to access CDS content using their normal LMS, and get the benefits, including analytics, that CDS provides. These thought-leaders are looking for innovative ways to change the way learning is created & delivered.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In The Next Wave, Markoff talks about a wide variety of topics, but I’d like to focus my attention on what I think is the main thread throughout the report, the state of Moore’s Law , - the observation that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit has been doubling approximately every two years. . And Moore’s Law has played a central role in his career since becoming a technology reporter in 1977. The Cambrian geological period marked a profound change in life on Earth.

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The Challenges of Executing a Transformational Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As a number of recent reports have indicated, leading edge companies are pulling ahead of everyone else by pushing the boundaries of digitization. And, having a strong digital foundation gives those companies a leg up in embracing data analytics , AI , blockchain , and other advanced technologies, further widening their advantage. “The time for merely thinking digital has passed; the future belongs to the doers,” notes the Symposium’s website.

A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last week I discussed a recent Pew Research report on the impact of AI, robotics and other advanced technologies on the future of jobs. Most high-skill jobs involve expert problem solving, complex communications and other cognitive human activities for which there are no rule-based solutions.

Gender Diversity, Empathy and Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Let me attempt to explore these questions based on relatively recent academic research in three key areas: gender-based behavioral differences; how to create smarter working groups; and the changing skills requirements in the digital economy. The human brain may well be one of the most complex structures in the universe. To help us address increasingly complex problems, the bulk of modern work , - in technology as well as most other fields, - is more and more team-based.

Artificial Intelligence is Ready for Business; Are Businesses Ready for AI?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

asks McKinsey in a recently published report - Artificial Intelligence: the Next Digital Frontier. “AI adoption outside of the tech sector is at an early, often experimental stage,” is the report’s succinct answer. “Few firms have deployed it at scale.”. The report is based on a survey of over 3,000 AI-aware C-level executives across 10 countries and 14 sectors. AI is now seemingly everywhere.

195 posts about MOOCs

Jay Cross

Traditional training structures are changing HAROLD JARCHE | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012. MOOC on complexity JAY CROSS | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2013. Stanford Learning Analytics Summer Institute GEORGE SIEMENS | THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2012. Balanced report. Page 1 of 2.

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Social Business in the Age of the Customer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report observes that: “While the speed at which ideas traverse public social networks is phenomenal, surprisingly few organizations have managed to fully exploit the power of open knowledge sharing inside and outside their company walls. Many businesses have set up social technologies in their organizations, yet few have truly made the technical, cultural, and process changes necessary to reap the full opportunities and benefits of these tools or the vast amounts of data they capture.