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The evolution of the CIO – the transformation of the role of the Chief Information Officer

Ross Dawson

The Chief Information Officer used to be a functional support role. The post The evolution of the CIO – the transformation of the role of the Chief Information Officer appeared first on Trends in the Living Networks.

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.

The immense role of national and ethnic diaspora in driving global innovation

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First, they speed the flow of information across borders: a Chinese businessman in South Africa who sees a demand for plastic vuvuzelas will quickly inform his cousin who runs a factory in China.

12 Themes for 2012: what we can expect in the year ahead

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Our privacy has been gradually eroding for years, as social networks mine and use our personal information, and marketers piece together the profusion of data they have gathered on who we are and how we buy. Towards the end of each year I share some thoughts on what awaits in the year ahead.

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Why children (and adults) need to be on social media or get left behind

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Rather than logging on to Facebook and sharing some messages we are going to be in a world where we are sharing vast degrees (of information) with those who are close to us and to the world at large, and this communication will be intrinsic to life, our personal life and our work life.”.

Keynote slides: The Future of Information Infrastructure

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This morning I am giving the opening keynote at Implementing Information Infrastructure Symposium , organized by the Storage Network Industry Association and Computerworld. Here are the slides to my keynote on The Future of Information Infrastructure.

Tablet computers as seen from 1994

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Their description of the tablet’s role as primarily interacting with information rather than creating it. The rise of news on tablets such as the iPad is one of the defining themes of our times. This was foreseen by some, even down to the language that we use.

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Top 10 posts on the future of media

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Information flows in every dimension. Another quick selection of my most popular posts from 2011, this time on the topic of the future of media: 1. Predictions for media industry in 2011.

The role of the futurist as leader

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Futurists are involved in sense making, giving people the ability to deal with information. When I was in Amsterdam recently for client engagements I also gave a keynote to the Dutch Future Society about the role of the futurist. It was a fascinating evening.

The future of healthcare: big data, tele-health, community care and more

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One of the major challenges the healthcare sector faces in achieving this, is privacy, both from a regulatory and individual perspective and the attitudes towards how information is shared. While there still might be reluctance from people to share personal information about their health, it will be the individuals and organisations that will need to provide leadership to drive this effectively.

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

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I attended a very interesting lunch today hosted by EMC launching a study and report on Information Generation , drawing on a survey of 3,600 executives globally looking at what will drive their business in coming years. Source : EMC Information Generation.

The decade ahead for media

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The latest issue of the annual publication Media Trends + Strategy magazine kicks off with a feature article I wrote titled The Decade Ahead for Media. Here is the article: The decade ahead for media. The future of the media industry as a whole is extraordinarily bright.

Building richer mental models is the heart of strategy – the role of scenario planning

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Our Mental Models shape how we filter information from the world around us and the decisions we make as a result. Yet it is possible for us to use that input of information to actually change and improve our Mental Model of how the world works. Strategy is an intrinsically human task.

Using network perspectives to visualize changing culture and meaning

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I’m a big fan of Tim Stock ‘s work, which weaves together a deep network perspective with a rich view of how culture is changing informed by semiotic analysis.

The future of academic certification: universities, MOOCs, aggregators, and peer reputation

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A nice example of aggregation of certification is provided by Degreed , a start-up which provides a score combining accredited and non-accredited informal education.

Futurist conversations: Ross Dawson and Gerd Leonhard on the future of Twitter

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In a world of information overload, Twitter is one of the most useful information sources if you know how to use it well. * Continuing our series of conversations on the future with Gerd Leonhard of The Futures Agency and myself, here we discuss the future of Twitter.

15 theses about the future of the Internet and how we can shape it positively

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1) Information sharing over the Internet will be so effortlessly interwoven into daily life that it will become invisible, flowing like electricity, often through machine intermediaries. PewResearch Internet Project has just released a report on Digital Life in 2025 based on expert interviews.

Researchers develop ‘smart’ touch-responsive internet-enabled newspaper

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My European speaking tour (ending today) has had two primary themes: crowdsourcing and the future of corporate IT. However at a couple of points, notably a guest lecture to Moscow’s Higher School of Economics’ School of Journalism, I have delved into the future of media.

Breaking: Google+ will be a reputation engine

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In this context, from the Edinburgh TV Festival Andy Carvin reported Google chairman’s Eric Schmidt’s response to his question about Google+’s real names policy: He replied by saying that G+ was build primarily as an identity service, so fundamentally, it depends on people using their real names if they’re going to build future products that leverage that information.

Serendipity is at the heart of today’s emerging society

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The way it works is almost impossible to grasp for those who do not actively expose themselves to serendipity in their information flows and connections. Serendipity is for me a deeply meaningful word.

6 key elements in effective innovation governance

Ross Dawson

High-level innovation governance frameworks must be communicated to everyone in the organization so they can readily understand the overall vision and in particular risk tolerance, which should inform day-by-day behaviors.

Why crowdsourcing should (and maybe will) be the future of government

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Of course a pure direct democracy, in which all government decisions are made by everyone, is impossible, through the time required to have an informed opinion, and the reality that many people don’t care and want to delegate these difficult decisions. You may have seen the marvellous news that Iceland is crowdsourcing its new constitution. Draft clauses are put up on the Internet for people to comment on below, or on the Council’s Facebook page.

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Why your networks and collaboration are at the heart of the value you create

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The article goes on to explore attitudes to intellectual property and information sharing in networks. “We I was recently interviewed for an extended article Networked Business: The wealth in your connections written by Nick Saalfeld for the Microsoft Talking Business series.

Will the Respect Network enable us to take back control of our data and our lives?

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The vision of individuals controlling their own data was clearly articulated by John Hagel and Jeffrey Rayport in a 1997 Harvard Business Review article The Coming Battle for Customer Information.

Can Facebook-informed algorithms know you better than your mother?

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The post Can Facebook-informed algorithms know you better than your mother? This morning I was interviewed on the national breakfast program Sunrise about whether algorithms can assess our personality better than those who are closest to us. Click on the image below to view the segment.

Creating a Return on Investment (ROI) calculation for Enterprise 2.0 and internal social media

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Time saved searching for information. Reduction in online, phone and other search for information required to do work effectively. Increased effectiveness of access to better information. A major challenge for organizations that are considering internal social media initiatives is that a business case including a financial justification is frequently required.

A positive view on the future of human work as intelligent machines rise

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With technology constantly evolving at a more rapid pace, informal learning will continue to be key in future, Dawson said. I recently delivered a keynote on the Future of Work and Jobs at the Youth in Technology conference organized by the Australian Computer Society. An article in CIO magazine titled Humans versus machines: Who will be employed in future? reviewed some of the highlights of Dawson’s speech.

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Map of the Decade, ExaTrends of the Decade, and the Zeitgeist for 2011

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Now that biological and genomic technologies are largely driven by information technologies, they are on the same exponential trajectory. They will enable far more efficient business, make dating easier, help to filter information overload, and allow no space for the dodgy to hide.

Will fashion lead the next wave of technology? 8 insights into the future of fashion

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This data can also be linked to customer profiles so that when someone returns to a store wearing the clothes they have bought, even years later, the sales assistant can have immediate access to that information. Will the next big technology company come out of the fashion world?

Strategic positioning in the flow economy: 3 action steps

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Below is an excerpt from my book Living Networks that describes how to develop effective strategies in what I call the “flow economy&# of information of ideas, where today almost all value resides. Are there any non-information elements to the offering, and who provides these?

The continuing devaluation of LinkedIn connections

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The many massive opportunities for LinkedIn as a company include participating in the burgeoning reputation economy , filtering information for interest groups, and providing corporate internal platforms, in addition to its current recruitment-centered models. How many LinkedIn requests are you getting? Very likely significantly more than you were getting just a few months ago. LinkedIn reached 100 million users in March.

The 9 kinds of context that will define contextual search

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At LeWeb ’10 Marissa Mayer of Google described “contextual discovery” : “The idea is to push information to people,” Mayer said. Here are 8 kinds of context that could be taken into account by information discovery engines (if the context is available).

The latest on the future of journalism: where value creation means jobs

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Increasingly this will involve data analysis, and often harnessing information and insights provided by many citizens. Design is moving to the fore everywhere, not least in how we consume information.

5 uncertainties that will shape the future of wearable technology

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As the wearables landscape emerges there are 5 major uncertainties to consider: How fast and far will we shift how we access information? The rise of smartphones as an interface to information has been dramatic. It has been largely foreseeable in terms of the power of the technology available at an accessible cost, however what was less certain was people’s willingness to use a small screen to access information.

5 things to tweet and 5 things NOT to tweet

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Twitter is a conversation, so it is important to respond to others, and these can be among the most interesting and informative posts. Earlier this week I spoke at a financial advisor retreat in the stunning Margaret River region of Western Australia, a region of wide-open beauty that is the source of many extraordinary wines.

[VIDEO] In 1987 Apple predicted it would launch Siri in 2011

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The system’s animated avatar summarizes emails, responds to voice commands, extracts and displays data, provides intelligent information retrieval, and provides message filtering. This is very, very good.

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Using social media to track and drive organizational success metrics

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In that process Deloitte correlated Yammer usage with staff information. This week I was MC for the AHRI HR Technology conference , and ran one of the workshops on the following day, on Creating Results Using Social Media.

Tech-savvy children are driving the future of education

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The paper makes the point that today’s students have grown up in a world “saturated with technology” This is absolutely correct, yet the issue is not the technology that children have access to, but what they have become through living in extraordinarily information, media, and interaction-rich environments.

11 recommendations to create the future of government

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ideas, some of the recommendations are fairly obvious and straightforward, such as using social tools to facilitate collaborative and flexible work, and making public sector information available (see my earlier post on Government 2.0 The Institute of Public Affairs of Australia (IPAA), the professional association supporting senior Australian public service executives, is not prone to rash statements.

The extraordinary personal value of the web: $140 billion is the tip of the iceberg

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These figures are miniscule compared to, for example, the lower costs of almost all goods and services as a result of information transparency and more efficient business processes. How much value do you get from the web? A lot more than you pay for it.

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