The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Business analytics predates the big data era. Beyond business analytics, new data science methods could now be used to extract actionable knowledge from all that data, that is, knowledge to help make better decisions and predictions.

Technology, Marketing and Storytelling

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies, - mobile, cloud, social, Internet of Things, big data and analytics, AI… - are transforming just about every aspect of business. In addition, technology is now amplifying the impact of storytelling on the customer experience.

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

Ross Dawson

Another question looked at the major technologies that will impact how their organizations function over the next 5-10 years. The post The need for innovation across boundaries and the power of big data analytics appeared first on Trends in the Living Networks.

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: .

Join us: Stanford Learning Analytics Summer Institute

George Siemens

While MOOCs are sucking all of the oxygen out of the educational technology conversation, significant trends are developing under the radar. One of the most significant trends is around learning analytics. Next week, we ( SoLAR , IEDMS and others) are organizing a Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI). A call for attendance was held earlier this year and the event was/is (massively) oversubscribed.

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. We have a great group of presenters next week. If you are interested, you can join the course here: https://learn.canvas.net/enroll/T3YMLF.

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.

Open Course: Learning Analytics and Knowledge

George Siemens

For the past several years, in preparation for our Learning Analytics Conference (this year in Leuven, Belgium, registration is now open ), we’ve been running an open online course on learning analytics. As I’m currently writing a book on the future of higher education and open courses, I’m exploring different technologies for use in open courses. This year, we’ll be running our Learning Analytics and Knowledge course on Canvas Network.

Digital Analytics Basics: Free Online Academy from Google

Beth Kanter

For many nonprofits, Google Analytics is the tool of choice for measuring traffic, reach, engagement, and action primarily because it is free. While it is somewhat easy to use, some of the more valuable features may require a little tutoring to understand and use.

Reflecting on Learning Analytics and SoLAR

George Siemens

The Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference (LAK16) is happening this week in Edinburgh. I have great hope for the learning analytics field as one that will provide significant research for learning and help us move past naive quantitative and qualitative assessments of research and knowledge. Would you be interested in participating in a discussion on educational analytics (process, methods, technologies)? Not everyone was a fan of the idea of learning 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. .

Semantic Technologies in Learning Environments

George Siemens

We’re into Week 3 of our open course Learning and Knowledge Analytics ( syllabus can be found here ). presented on Semantic Technologies in Learning Environments. Semantic Technologies in Learning Environments

Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A New Strategy for Higher Education and Training Shirley Alexander Some intro stuff about the buildings being built for the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Technology''s role. turns a perfect event into time- and space- independent mode - make optimal use of current technology for recording, storage, distribution, etc - provide added value: replay, searching, browsing, etc.

What is the Future of Work?

Clark Quinn

Is it about new technology, or is it about how we work with people? We’re seeing amazing new technologies: collaboration platforms, analytics, and deep learning. It’s very clear technology is changing the way we work. social strategy technology

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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Learning Analytics

George Siemens

Have I mentioned we’re hosting a conference in beautiful Banff on Learning Analytics in February 2011? We’re trying to bring together the technical and the social/pedagogical aspects of learning analytics. All social makes Jack frustrated because he is unable to take advantage of technology affordances. The call for papers has been posted. Facebook/linkedin/TEL Europe group info supporting the conference can be found here.

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.

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 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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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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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. Innovation Incubation :: piloting new ways of working, from practices to technologies.

Everyday Technology: Innovative Ways To Do More With Less

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: Innovation was the buzzword at the Nonprofit Technology Conference! Everyday Technology: Innovative Ways To Do More With Less, Guest Post by Laura Quinn and Chris Bernard. Flickr Photo by Nielio.

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.

If marketing listened to markets, they’d hear what ad blocking is telling them

Doc Searls

Sure, marketers *think* they know what customers want, because they have Big Data and Big Analytics telling them, up to the second, what a customer might want to buy. Three problems with that: 1) there is no direct and conscious two-way interaction with customers; 2) most of the time customers aren’t buying a damn thing; and 3) guesswork based on all that data and analytics is wrong 99.x% advertising Journalism marketing problems Technology VRM

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. SMAC - Social, Mobile, Analytics & Cloud, - has become the new plastics , capturing the future of IT in one word, or rather, one acronym.

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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.

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Digital Twin: Bringing the Physical and Digital Worlds Closer Together

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

You need both deep physical domain knowledge as well as deep software and analytics expertise. The secret ingredient in this technology that has been largely lacking to date is context. Each is a major transformative technology in its own right.

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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Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Recent studies have shown that, given our complex business world , companies are increasingly searching for talented individuals that are strong in quantitative, analytical, technical and similar hard skills, as well as in strategic thinking, teamwork, communications and related soft competencies.

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.

Bravais 3.0: Taking Learning Beyond the LMS to Analytics & Personalization

Xyleme

What should come as news to, well, no one, is that in the age of search, social, mobile, and now, wearable technologies, learner expectations have changed dramatically. Gathering intelligence requires tracking and analytics - enter the Tin Can API, or xAPI.

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized. The ICT (information and communications technologies) sector is the engine of digitization for the broader economy. Digital technologies now touch the economy in myriads of ways.

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Meeting of the Minds with Gerd Leonhard: The implications of Big Data

Ross Dawson

There is a potential divergence between those who choose to augment themselves with technology and those who can’t afford to or choose not to. * Future of business Technology trends Uncategorized

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

Google Brain: Inductive Thinking and Curiosity

Eide Neurolearning

In fact, the need to make sense of these mountains of information is so great that it’s given rise to one of the hottest interdisciplinary fields on the market: data mining and predictive analytics." caudate creativity technology engineering striatum curiosity fMRI brain novelty computer

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The Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last year, a panel of global experts convened by the World Economic Forum selected blockchain as one of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies for 2016, based on its potential to fundamentally change the way economies work.

The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This transformation is driven by the continuing advances of technology. Most IoT business models also hinge on the use of analytics to sell user data or targeted advertising.

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How adtech, not ad blocking, breaks the social contract

Doc Searls

Yes, cases can be made for innocent forms of tracking, such as anonymized data gathering for analytics that improve what websites do. ” Cars, like clothing and shelter, are privacy technologies. advertising Business infrastructure Internet marketing News problems publishing Technology VRMLet’s reset our thinking to what a user’s expectations are, when operating a browser and interacting with pages and sites.

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?