The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond was the central theme of the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) that took place earlier this year in Davos, Switzerland. Scope : Disruptions are taking place in “almost every industry in every country.”.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution - Risks and Benefits

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) was the central theme of the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) that took place a year ago in Davos, Switzerland. Dr. Schwab positions the 4IR within the historical context of three previous industrial revolutions.

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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? What can we learn from the IT industry’s 60-year history that might help us better prepare for whatever lies ahead? Cloud represents the industrialization of the data center.

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Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

He believes that the current US economy favors big companies over small ones because in today’s environment, three key forces are driving innovation: large-scale ecosystems; globalization; and the vast, systemic challenges posed by business and societal problems that technology now enables us to address. This kind of complex systemic innovation leverages lots of known ideas and makes them work together to help address important problems.

Learning and Performance Support Systems

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This post is to introduce you to our Learning and Performance Support Systems program, a new $19 million 5-year initiative at the National Research Council that I will be leading.

Grand Unified Theory of Service Design, Systems Design, and Organization Design

Adaptive Path

Jeff Sussna is an internationally-recognized systems thinker and IT expert, combining engineering expertise with an ability to bridge business, creative, and technical perspectives. The other thing is, I think a lot about the relationship between designing and operating systems and designing and operating organizations. This is where organizational design and system design really become inseparable. And our systems get better and better as we go.

Compliance of an industry

Harold Jarche

Mandated training is a standard response by industry regulators when dealing with human performance issues. That mindset also permeates the training industry. So why doesn’t the industry raise a fuss over wasteful and ineffective training?

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. These systems will learn and interact to provide expert assistance to scientists, engineers, lawyers, and other professionals in a fraction of the time it now takes.” .

Our education system stumbles into the future

Harold Jarche

According to a local professor, the New Brunswick education system is too centralized , but it’s not just education. Addressing the problems of centralization is an issue with all established institutions as we shift from an industrial to a networked economy.

Our New Head of Service Design: On the state of the industry, its value, and why Capital One

Adaptive Path

Where is the industry headed? Rather, it is a social practice that supports and weaves through just about everything a business does : from that first moment of truth with a customer, where they engage, keep engaging, and ultimately become an advocate; to the thoughtful design of the systems, technology, culture and practices of the teams that enable all of this. Hey, there’s someone we’d like you to meet.

Social systems need diversity

Harold Jarche

Is it so difficult to see that our education system is badly broken? It’s about collecting data that tells you more about your business, your customers, your stakeholders, your products, your industry, your environment.

Systems Thinking, Safety and Risk Management

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Several participants cited the sharp rise in volume and speed of high-frequency trading over the past decade as an example of a current practice that is potentially increasing volatility and systemic risk in financial markets. Toward the end of the roundtable, the moderator asked us to reflect on the kinds of controls needed to make financial systems more stable and less prone to another major crisis. Financial systems are an example of such complex engineering systems.

A Neural, Digital System for the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Dr. Arthur is external professor at the Santa Fe Institute and visiting researcher at PARC’s Intelligent Systems Lab. Digitization is creating a second economy that’s vast, automatic, and invisible - thereby bringing the biggest change since the Industrial Revolution,” he writes at the very beginning of the article. They gave access to the east’s industrial goods; they made possible economies of scale; they stimulated steel and manufacturing - and the economy was never the same.”.

A framework for industry leadership based on collaboration

Ross Dawson

As part of the workshop we used a framework that I originally developed over a decade ago in the context of collaboration in the financial services industry, but I have used in the last year in industries as diverse as healthcare, airlines, and professional services.

Innovating our way out of the industrial era

Harold Jarche

Our main constraints are our artificial structures, especially our schooling systems. I have frequently said that simple and complicated work is getting automated and outsourced and that the real value in the networked enterprise is in complex (creative) work.

Why it matters that networks in organizations and social systems are shifting to power-law distributions

Ross Dawson

’ * There are many factors, such as positive feedback loops and self-organisation , that are shifting systems towards power-law distributions. The shift towards scale-free networks is visible across many domains , including social networks, industries, and politics.

Dr. Watson, Please Report to the Health Care System

Andy McAfee

In his op-ed, Verghese frets a good bit about the digitization of health care delivery, but I’m eager for technology to improve this inefficient , error-filled , and pre-industrial industry. Physician, professor, and novelist Abraham Verghese wrote a recent op-ed in the New York Times in reaction to the news that IBM is working with the universities of Columbia and Maryland to adapt Watson , the Jeopardy! champion supercomputer , to the task of medical diagnosis.

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. Put the facts into the system, and come up with some mechanism to get them out. Let's return to the computer system analogy.

2012 Philanthropy and Social Investment Industry Report Now Available

Beth Kanter

For the past three years, my colleague Lucy Bernholz has published her annual Philanthropy and Social Investing: Blueprint, an industry forecast about the social economy – private capital used.

6 uncertainties that will shape the future of mobile operating systems

Ross Dawson

I began by looking at the mobile operating system landscape, showing the forecasts recently made by Gartner, as below. I would not make the same forecasts for a number of reasons, however Gartner’s figures are a reasonable stab at what mobile operating system shares might be.

AI, Automation and the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We can expect a great need for highly-skilled software developers and engineers to put AI to practical use across multiple industries. Similarly, t he increased use of robotics will be accompanied by major changes in manufacturing systems.

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State of the LCMS with Mark Hellinger

Xyleme

It seems to me that this is a good time to comment on the state of the Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) market given the many changes in 2012. Industry News Post Type: Blog post. read more.

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. Hardware and software platforms have long raised competitive concerns in the IT industry, due to the economic power of network effects.

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Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The carnage might be more pronounced in the fast-changing IT industry, but no industry is immune. Therefore, the principles that confer robustness in these systems, whether natural or manmade, are directly applicable to business.”. Why are these systems so complex?

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Digital Twin: Bringing the Physical and Digital Worlds Closer Together

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A Digital Twin is essentially a computerized companion to a real-world entity, be it an industrial physical asset like a jet engine, an individual’s health profile, or a highly complex system like a city.

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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. The SDM program aims to provide mid-career professionals with a systems perspective that will help them address and solve large-scale, global, complex challenges.

Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given rapid technological advances, the question for companies now is how to integrate new capabilities into their operations and strategies - and position themselves in a world where analytics can upend entire industries.”. In short, these systems are trained rather than programmed.”.

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June Round-up of Learning Industry News

Xyleme

The partnership will provide schools with access to a broad range of HMH curriculum via Agilix’s BrainHoney® learning management system. Edgenuity recently completed 13 Online and Blended Learning Summits involving over 700 school and district leaders.

Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Our educational system has long been based on the assumption that learning is mostly about acquiring knowledge as well as critical skills to enable us to apply whatever we learned in school throughout our careers, say 30 - 40 years.

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On the Governance of Blockchain: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Internet and World Wide Web brought a badly needed culture of collaboration and standards to the IT industry. In the 1980s, it was quite difficult to get different IT systems to talk to each other.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Systems Metabolic Engineering — “Advances in synthetic biology, systems biology, and evolutionary engineering mean that the list of building block chemicals that can be manufactured better and more cheaply by using plants rather than fossil fuels is growing every year.”.

The Need to Adapt to the Speed of Change or Die: lessons for L&D from the retail industry

Charles Jennings

As with the many bookshops that have been forced to close in the face of new entrants to the publishing and distribution market – Amazon and Apple – the retail music industry certainly saw what digitisation was doing. Yesterday another great British institution slid into the history books.

What’s the Value of Blockchain?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain has the potential to transform our economic and social systems, but such a transformation is still many years away. and how will it transform their particular business and industry? What’s more, the system is rife with fraud.

Lessons from a Very Mobile Industry

Andy McAfee

Yesterday afternoon one of us was documenting the great recent successes of the American mobile industry. And the American high-tech industry does what it’s recently learned to do so well, which is to create platforms (iOS, Android, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)

State of the LCMS with Mark Hellinger

Xyleme

It seems to me that this is a good time to comment on the state of the Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) market given the many changes in 2012. Industry NewsPost Type: Blog post. read more.

Has AI (Finally) Reached a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What impact is it likely to have on jobs, companies and industries? The first such Study Panel, launched a year ago, was comprised of AI experts from academia, corporate laboratories and industry as well as AI-savvy scholars in law, political science, policy, and economics.

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The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report introduces the MGI Industry Digitization Index, a methodology for exploring the various ways US companies are going about their digital journey, - based on 27 indicators that measure how they’re building digital assets, expanding digital usage, and creating a digital workforce.

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Global Trends and Business Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The ability to anticipate where your industry is moving and to begin to reposition your company ahead of competitors is one of the most important elements of business strategy. They could transform entire industries, including automobiles, aviation, and electronics.

The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Fog or Edge computing might well become a new computing model , the 4th such model in the IT industry’s 60 year history. The notion of IoT solutions built as centralized systems with trusted partners is now something of a fantasy.” .

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On Saving the American Health System: Dr. Donald Berwick's.

Bob Sutton

The Observer | Business | You could be a genius - if only you had a good system. Adam Penenberg: Tragic Indifference: One Mans Battle with the Auto Industry over the Dangers of SUVs. 11 Books Every Leader Should Read » On Saving the American Health System: Dr. Donald Berwicks Farewell Speech. If you doubt it, visit the brilliant Nuka care system at Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, which just won the Baldrige Award. Bob Sutton.