The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The article noted that regulators, policy makers and academics in Europe and the US are increasingly concerned that the vast data assets of digital giants could become a competitive barrier to startups and innovation. Business analytics predates the big data era.

The need for innovation across boundaries and the power of big data analytics

Ross Dawson

The primary themes of the report were around spotting opportunities, innovation, transparency and trust, personalization, and 24/7 availability, and the implications for business. Cloud Future of business Future of work Technology trends

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Technology, Marketing and Storytelling

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

My personal experiences with e-business, - and subsequent ones with Linux and other initiatives, - have sensitized me to the importance of storytelling in business and marketing, especially when introducing a disruptive innovation in the marketplace and/or needing to revitalize a troubled brand. .

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. In a recent paper , Ausiello notes that health analytics has the potential to become the next frontier in medicine, driven by the confluence of three key revolutions: .

White House: Innovation in Higher Education

George Siemens

The invitation was somewhat cryptic, but basically stated that the focus on the meeting was on quality and innovation. This invite was then followed a week later with a link to a post by Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education, on Innovation and Quality in Higher Education , to help prepare for the conversation. This is the main space to watch in identifying which innovations will have legs and which ones will fail to get traction.

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

lessons scripted around 1:1 laptop); IT issues - we were a Windows network, with everything on our own domain - we needed to open eg printing etc O - consumer technology far more accessible in 2012 esp. dates to classical Greece How does technology change this? - Most classrooms still dominated by teachers teaching answers and students remembering them We can change the technology but if we haven''t changed the goal we really haven''t accomplished anything.

Learning Analytics: Big Data Applied to Training, Teaching, and Learning

Beth Kanter

Learning Analytics comes from a report about the impact of emerging technologies for practitioners in a field. Two or three years to adoption: Learning Analytics (K-12/Higher Ed), Open Content (K-12), Games and Gamification (Higher Ed). Learning and Knowledge Analytics.

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. These activities are neither candidates for technology substitutions, nor can they be easily complemented with technology-based tools. .

The role of informal social networks in building organizational creativity and innovation

Ross Dawson

For the last decade I have examined and applied social network analysis in and across organizations, for example in large professional firms , technology purchase decision-making , high-performance personal networks , and other applications.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Not only are there major technology and standards issues to be worked out, but the industry will have to collaborate with governments around the world to develop the appropriate legal frameworks and regulatory environments.

The Transformative Power of Cloud Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Mainframes and PCs were the defining technologies of the centralized model and client-server models respectively. The Internet is the defining technology of the cloud computing model. Application innovation. Cloud-based innovations are a major part of that evolution.

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The Emerging Data Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Data has been closely intertwined with our digital technology revolution since the early days of the IT industry. Ever since, digital technologies have been permeating just about every nook and cranny of the economy, society and our personal lives.

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Serious AI Challenges that Require Our Attention

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Just because experts conclude that, - at least for the foreseeable future, - AI does not pose an imminent threat to humanity, doesn’t mean that such a powerful technology isn’t accompanied by serious challenges that require our attention.

The Mobilisation Journal: A Way To Spread Learning About Social Change Movements Innovative Use of Technology

Beth Kanter

” What happens in the lab is that they test campaign ideas that make use of new technologies such as mobile phones, tablets, social media, email, and others, network approaches, and others. But, more importantly, the lab documents and shares what has been learned with Greenpeace’s affiliates and leaders around the world. Storytelling and Knowledge Transfer :: sharing innovations, lessons learned, fail stories, and emerging best practices.

Everyday Technology: Innovative Ways To Do More With Less

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: Innovation was the buzzword at the Nonprofit Technology Conference! I ran into the good folks at Idealware who offered to do a guest post on the topic – looking at small ways to be innovative. Flickr Photo by Nielio.

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized. Can digital innovation drive long term economic growth? 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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Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This past semester I was involved in an interesting course at MIT’s Sloan School of Management , - Analytics Labs (A-Lab). A-Lab’s objective is to teach students how to use data sets and analytics to address real-world business problems.

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Digital Twin: Bringing the Physical and Digital Worlds Closer Together

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The myriad possibilities that arise from the ability to monitor and control things in the physical world electronically have inspired a surge of innovation and enthusiasm,” said a 2015 McKinsey report on the Internet of Things. Each is a major transformative technology in its own right.

Competing Against “Digital Invaders”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

After analyzing the survey data, - including the use of Watson Analytics to extract inferences from open-ended responses, - IBM published its findings in Redefining Boundaries: Insights from the Global C-suite Study.

The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These systems were optimized for simplicity and flexibility, and their graphical user interfaces led to many innovative applications, including the new web-based applications in the 1990s. This transformation is driven by the continuing advances of technology.

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Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Its mission statement states that “Olin College prepares students to become exemplary engineering innovators who recognize needs, design solutions and engage in creative enterprises for the good of the world.”. It is not confined to an art medium or to any technology.”.

The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Any technology expected to have a transformative impact on business over the next decade has to at least be already in the hands of leading edge users. Disruptive innovations take time to play out. Its potential for driving business innovation remains untapped.

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The Datafication of Business and Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Its ensuing digital products have been generating all that data and its drastically lower technology costs have made it possible to store and analyze those oceans of information.

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The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A growing number of articles have been extolling the value of T-shaped professionals , that is, individuals who combine deep cognitive, analytical, and/or technical skills in a specific discipline, with broad multidisciplinary, social skills.

The Growing Value of Social Skills

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Deming’s paper builds on the work of MIT economist David Autor , a leading authority on the impact of technological change on the US labor market. Why are social skills so important in our fast-changing, technology-intensive economy?

Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

More specifically, they needed to learn how to approach problems from many perspectives and to combine various approaches to find innovative solutions.”. Business and business schools are supposed to be all about applying hard, that is, quantitative, analytical approaches to management. Analytical approaches work well when you have a pretty good understanding of the product you are developing or when you are dealing with a well defined problem.

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Presentation to UNCTAD's Advisory Group on "Developing skills, knowledge and capacities through innovation: E-Learning, M-Learning, cloud-Learning"

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

First of all, there is technological access, ranging from power to Internet access, to mobile delivery. Learning and Performance Support System The technology and support that completes the provision of delivery of open online courses, that is to say, what I am describing in the sense to the community model, can be described within a rubric of a program that, we in NRC, are undertaking what is called a learning and performance support system. source technology.

Innovation in an Age of Austerity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On December 7 I participated in an Innovation Summit sponsored by the UK Innovation Research Centre (UK-IRC) at the University of Cambridge. The UK-IRC is “a collaborative initiative for cutting-edge research and knowledge exchange activities on how innovation can make businesses more competitive, improve public services delivery and help the UK meet the social, environmental and economic challenges it faces.”

Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Which hot technology innovations, - e.g., artificial intelligence, the blockchain, cloud computing, - will end up having a big impact and which are destined to fizzle? These early analytics applications dealt mostly with structured information.

Skills and Jobs in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Technological revolutions are highly disruptive to economies and societies. 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

Reflections on Storytelling

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the centuries, the nature of storytelling has significantly evolved with the advent of writing and the emergence of new technologies that enabled stories to be embodied in a variety of media, including books, films, TV and the Web.

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The New Era of Smart, Connected Products

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past few years, some have justifiably questioned whether innovation has been going through a period of stagnation , especially when compared to major 19th and 20th century innovations like electricity, cars and airplanes.

The Continuing Evolution of Service Science

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Service Science emerged in the mid-2000s as an academic discipline aimed at applying technology and science to the service sector, - by far the largest sector of the US economy and of most economies around the world. Analytics and Data Science.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

One of the best papers on the subject is Data Science and Prediction by Vasant Dhar , - professor in NYU’s Stern School of Business and Director of NYU’s Center for Business Analytics , - which was published in the Communications of the ACM in December, 2013.

Imagination, Creativity and Related Subjects

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We’ve been friends for over 20 years, and currently both serve on the Advisory Board of USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab. . The book explored the essence of innovation in new product development by examining a few truly novel products in different market areas.

A Talk On Fast Innovation, All In One Great Picture - Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton

The ergonomics of innovation -- The McKinsey Quarterly. interview Pixar Brad Bird - Innovation lessons from Pixar Director Brad Bird - Strategy - Innovation - The McKinsey Quarterly. Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP). Center for Work, Technology and Organization. Customer-Focused Innovation. David A Owens: Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation (Without Even Trying). Dorf & Byers: Technology Ventures.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Home/Service Robots. “Over the next fifteen years, coincident advances in mechanical and AI technologies promise to increase the safe and reliable use and utility of home robots in a typical North American city.”. People have long worried about the impact of technology on employment.

The Evolving Automotive Ecosystem

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Not since the first automotive revolution has there been such stunning innovation in the industry,” notes an excellent recent KPMG report, - Me, my car, my life… in the ultraconnected age. How can today’s auto companies stay relevant and capitalize on these many digital innovations?

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While a number of transformative technologies were discussed, big data was the most prominent. . Continuing with his talk, Brynjolfsson added that beyond being a technology and scientific revolution, big data should be viewed as a management revolution.

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