Serverless Computing - An Innovative Approach to Software Development

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I was reminded of Siegele’s decade-old article when recently learning about another, relatively new, IT innovation, - serverless computing , - a name that connotes the increasingly disembodied nature of computing. Serverless is an approach to software development for quickly building and deploying applications as a collection of loosely coupled modules and microservices. The modules are stateless , meaning that no information is carried over or remembered between invocations.

Innovation Hubs in the Global Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Disruptive innovations, - like the power looms allegedly smashed by protesting Luddites, - have been displacing human labor for the past two centuries. These periods of creative destruction , - when new technology-based innovations led to painful transitions in once-dominant companies and jobs, - eventually worked themselves out. Over time, these same disruptive innovations rejuvenated the economy, and led to the creation of new industries and jobs.

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Education and Services Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blossoms aims to develop a large free repository of video modules created by gifted volunteers from around the world to assist school teachers with math and science courses. Each module builds on prerequisite material that the class has already learned. I have personally seen some of the Blossom modules, such as Taking Walks, Delivering Mail: An Introduction to Graph Theory. Technology and innovation are badly needed, but progress has been painfully slow.

A grain of sand: Innovation diffusion

Dave Snowden

Today I was privileged to be invited as to present along with four others at an Innovation Diffusion workshop for UCL in connection with the NHS. In the afternoon the wider audience synthesised the the material and came up a list of characteristics that the health system needs to allow innovative ideas and practice to diffuse through the service as a whole. While incentives have their place, its unlikely that financial incentives will stimulate innovation per se.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Institutional Innovation

John Hagel

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel Exploration of emerging innovations on a broad array of edges that are rising up to challenge the core About Recent Posts The Great Reset Passion and Flow Economic Recovery? Main | Restoring Balance in the New Year » Institutional Innovation Executives spend a lot of time these days worrying about innovation. Innovation is a key engine for growth and profitability yet few companies do it well and consistently.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Think, Play, Do: Technology, Innovation, and Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. Home Archives Subscribe « Nihilism vs Optimism | Main | Creativity, Innovation and Design » July 23, 2007 Think, Play, Do: Technology, Innovation, and Organization Last month I attended Supernova 2007 in San Francisco.

Smart Cities: A kind of 21st Century “Urban Electrification?”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few basic engineering principles have emerged over the years, including the hierarchical decomposition of the system into relatively independent, functional modules and components; and the use of well defined processes for the assembly, testing, operation and continuous improvement of the overall system. It increases transparency and enables citizens to develop all kinds of innovative apps to complement the government’s own applications.

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working smarter 2020

Harold Jarche

Rewarding collective innovation. The Working Smarter program included four modules spaced over four weeks, engaging cohorts of 50 or fewer participants and included individual exercises and collective discussions.

New Project: Digitizing Higher Education

George Siemens

The intent is to impact 1 million learners over the next four years through offering innovative teaching and learning opportunities, utilizing effective learning analytics models, integrating learning across all spaces of life, and creating a digital and networked mindset to organization operations. Once this analysis is done, each university will enter one of ten modules based on their current progress.

observation > narration > curation

Harold Jarche

“In a crisis, you should always deploy an innovation team alongside the business recovery teams … to capture the novel practices … put naive observers in alongside the incident team to capture the key learning points” — Dave Snowden.

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Systems Thinking, Safety and Risk Management

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These include the hierarchical decomposition of the system into relatively independent, functional modules and components; making the individual components and functional modules as reliable as possible; having well defined processes for the assembly and operation of the systems; extensive simulation of the behavior of the components, modules and overall system; and continuous quality measurements and improvements. .

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Workplace Learning: Adding, Embedding & Extracting

Charles Jennings

Typically, adding learning involves integrating structured away-from-work learning (courses, classes, and eLearning modules) with learning activities within the workflow. Alternatively adding might involve making an eLearning module available on mobile devices, or making an online community space available for follow-up after a face-to-face course.

Four ways to help women learn more

Nine Shift

Last week Julie Coates and I introduced some innovative new ways to help women learn more in school and college. For example, women study more than they need to on a given module, probably 30% more than a male student would spend to learn the same amount of material and get the same score on a test. Challenge female students to spend less time per module, and to tackle more challenging modules.

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“… intire of it selfe”

Dave Snowden

The knowledge that aesthetics, abstraction is a key aspect of human evolution and vital to our capacity to innovate through making novel and unexpected connections between things.

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It’s Only 65% !

Charles Jennings

If you’re working in a highly innovative and creative environment it’s likely your learning and development will be skewed more towards the social and experiential types of development. If you’re supporting effective leaning and development in an environment where agility and innovation are at a premium then you’d better be prepared to support higher levels of collaborative and ‘trial-and-error’ learning – in the ‘70’ and ‘20’ zones.

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Making Business Sense of Social Media and Social Networking – Twitter For Business

Luis Suarez

IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Learning Personal KM Productivity Tools Social ComputingYesterday evening, my time, I attended a rather interesting webcast with Sandy Carter , IBM’s Worldwide Sales Vice President, IBM Social Business, Collaboration, and Lotus Sales and Evangelism, along with Jeremiah Owyang , Industry Analyst at Altimeter Group , on the topic of Why Be Social?

Garden project - an invitation

Dave Snowden

Collector and Auditor modules. It's an innovation project which was initiated by Ferro (who have several Cognitive Edge practitioners) in the Netherlands, but is international in scope. A great opportunity for all of you out there to tell a story about your garden (or any garden for that matter), contribute to tree planing and use the new SenseMaker™ V3.0 The project allows you to tell stories about your garden and also to comment on some generic garden types.

EPortfolios and Badges Workshop - #OEB14

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Three specific aims: - create an EP environment for the organizers - create an EP environment for the students - help people create their own EP The design principles for the course modules: - non-stop, always open, self-study, self-paced - customizable, task-oriented - use and reuse OER (content) - creation of the ''learning scenario'' - orient them toward tangible results - create sharing options through the social web The course is made up of 7 modules (which I won''t list here).

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Human Sensor Networks… the ultimate executive coach

Dave Snowden

One such moment that is quite strongly imprinted in my memory was a morning back in 2007 when Dave was explaining to me the “magnet” metaphor for modulators in complex systems over breakfast at a hotel in Calgary. So not surprising, when I teach or explain modulators, the image of Dave sketching them out in his Moleskine notebook at that table often flashes in my mind.

Content as a Service

Xyleme

With your content in the cloud, and the ability to track content usage by user, you can create new innovative revenue streams for your content. This includes your eLearning modules, PDFs, movies, podcasts, articles, etc. For better or worse, the development of learning content has been a one-way push process.

Wendy Seltzer on the other problem with DRM

David Weinberger

Equally important, but thus far largely overlooked, is the impact on user-innovation and on the permitted development of media technology. Even if we could wave a magic wand and fully accomodate fair use in DRM, the incompatibility with user-innovation would persist, because it stems from a different and deeper aspect of the DRM system. Wendy Seltzer has posted an article that will run in Berkeley technology Law Journal (Jan. 25 2010).

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Skills for the 21st Century - Engineering Systems Solutions to Real World Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. But realizing these possibilities requires talent, - the best trained technical talent , - so more than ever, our engineers and scientists are essential to innovation. That is why the Innovation Lecture Series: Engineering Systems Solutions to Real World Challenges was organized.

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The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: opportunities and challenges for the L&D profession

Charles Jennings

ON THE SURFACE THERE IS GENERAL SATISFACTION WITH EXISTING LEARNING INTERVENTIONS The vast majority of people attending learning events or learning interventions (classroom training, eLearning modules, virtual sessions) reported that they were satisfied with the event or intervention (in the survey 84% declared they were satisfied or very satisfied). Innovation is their driver and change is accepted as the norm.

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A sense of direction (2)

Dave Snowden

In Cynefin terms this is an attempt to shift from the Complex to the Obvious (or in part Complicated) while there are still multiple modulators in play, many connections and the probability of unintended consequences high. Of course the downside of this maybe over conservatism or a lack of innovation. Having written yesterday’s post I started to play around with mapping various approaches to measurement, goal setting and the like onto Cynefin.

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Five Barriers to Effective Learning in Organisations

Charles Jennings

However, L&D is not buffered from the rest of the world where change is increasing in speed and complexity and other professional groups need to find ways to respond faster, more flexibly, and more innovatively than they have in the past. We do need to learn to be more accommodating of taking calculated risks, of trying new approaches, of learning from people outside our immediate teams, and of experimentation and innovation. Modules, courses, programmes are the one-trick pony.

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[berkman] Dries Buytaert: Drupal and sustaining collaborative efforts

David Weinberger

Drupal has 10,000+ modules, 300,000 downloads a month, 1.5M ” And “ultimately, that leads to innovation.” We have a good track record of innovation and keeping the right trends. Dries points to a common pattern: From innovation to bespoke systems to products to commoditization. Module developers can get funded from LSD. The 15,000 modules are maintained by the community.

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The Only Person Who Behaves Sensibly Is My Tailor

Charles Jennings

We measure how many people have attended a class or completed an eLearning module, or read a document or engaged in a job swap or in a coaching relationship. Attending a course or completing an eLearning module tells us little apart from the fact that some activity occurred. It is worthwhile measuring individual, team and organisational learning and development to understand how we are adapting to change, innovating, improving our customer service, reducing our errors and so on.

The Gen Z Learning Journey From Higher Education To The Workplace

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Other words: innovative, adaptable, tech-empowered. Video: web-based modules, turns me off of the company - "A company telling me that people love working here doesn't tell me that people love working here." Summary of a presentation: The Gen Z Learning Journey From Higher Education To The Workplace Giselle Kovary, M.A., President n-gen People Performance Inc. I want to cover research on Gen Z, especially from a Canadian context. They're more 1996 than 2012.

Martian Dougiamas on Moodle

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

progressive: communication based pedagogies, comment developed modules, drag and drop UIs, mobile platfors, innovative workflows, integration media, etc. The approach now is for Moodle HQ to focus on a platform, such that other people can build modules on top of it. Many people want the traditional locked down LMS, where students are seen as needing competencies and knowledge, where content is to be dumped, absorbed, and pumped out via tests.

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Text-to-Speech eLearning Tools - Integrated Products

Tony Karrer

As we mentioned in the first post, the TTS voice is a major advance in audio technology but it needs a host of minor innovations to make it usable and efficient, which lead to the further requirements: TTS operations should be integrated with an authoring tool so that it is easy to add voice content to a visual presentation and have it spoken when individual slides are displayed, or spoken in synch with screen object animations such as successive bullets appearing.

[liveblog][act-tiac] A federal portal in the age of search?

David Weinberger

Also, it’s built to so its modules and content can be reused. They are finding awesome benefits to the API approach as an internal architecture: consistent and efficiently-created content deployed across multiple sites and devices; freedom to innovate at both the front and back end; a far more resilient system that will allow them to swap in a new CMS with barely a hiccup. Sarah Crane , Dir., Federal Citizen Information Center, GSA., is going to talk about USA.gov.

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Online Learning Environment - 1999

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Each of the Unit Titles (pictured, at left) expands into a display of the component unit modules. Clicking on a module opens a display listing each page in the module. Student progress is depicted by the status report (pictured, at right) for both units and their component modules. Clicking on the status report takes a student to a listing of exams or exercises in that module or unit.

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Pull Platforms for Performance

John Hagel

These three operating processes are: customer relationship management, product innovation and commercialization and infrastructure operations. Product innovation and commercialization.   What if we began to re-conceive products and services as platforms that would invite and support third parties to add customized modules and extensions to the functionality available in the core platform?  We live in a world of mounting performance pressure.

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Interwoven flows of activity, not a PERT chart

Dave Snowden

This gives considerable flexibility when you are building new modules, or interacting with other applications or capabilities. You don't need a full cycle test across all modules before you deploy others. If the objects test out, if the assembly in that module writes data to the database then its ready to roll. I enjoyed the two London sessions to day, talking in seminar form about version 3.0 of SenseMaker™.

Scaling the Edge: Cynefin™ as a journey

Dave Snowden

So the core knowledge will now become a ten week, five module mixture of theory and practice. Exaptive learning and innovation come from messy entanglement not from neat and tidy structures. For most of my life I’ve been working with various forms of symbiosis and synthesis. Bringing the natural sciences as an enabling constraint to understand social systems is the big idea behind Cognitive Edge.

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books in perpetual beta

Harold Jarche

But hierarchies are rather useless to create, innovate, or change. For example, students in a US education doctoral program will be using these ebooks for one of their modules. Finding Perpetual Beta is now in production. This new ebook is part of the continuing journey to understand how individuals and organizations can manage fundamental changes in networked society, business, and education.

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Text-to-Speech Overview and NLP Quality

Tony Karrer

Like most major innovations it needs to be accompanied by a slew of minor supporting innovations that make it practical, easy to use and effective: modulating the voice with speed, pitch and emphasis, adding silent delays, adding subtitles, pronouncing difficult words and coordinating voice with visuals. Translates the incoming text into a phonetic language, which specifies exactly how each word is to be pronounced (Letter-To-Sound (LTS) module).

How to Help Students Succeed by Taking Ownership of Their Learning Online Through Personal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

How to have module based schedules. This is an unedited transcript created by the Google Sound Recording on the Pixel 4 (the main reason I bought this phone in fact) of the webinar I gave July 30, 2020. Thank you very much Sarah and I'm still waiting for that invitation to speak in Antarctica.

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[liveblog][act-tiac] The nation's front door

David Weinberger

Also, it’s built to so its modules and content can be reused. They are finding awesome benefits to the API approach as an internal architecture: consistent and efficiently-created content deployed across multiple sites and devices; freedom to innovate at both the front and back end; a far more resilient system that will allow them to swap in a new CMS with barely a hiccup. Sarah Crane , Dir., Federal Citizen Information Center, GSA., is going to talk about USA.gov.

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Listening

Clark Quinn

In making the Workplace of the Future project with Learnnovators, we were barreling along full tilt, working on the second module, and I was getting increasingly worried about the fact that we hadn’t tested the first. It’s a heuristic that often has led to an innovative yet viable solution. Listening, as I mentioned, in this case to Guy Wallace.

Origami

Dave Snowden

Pierpallo Andriani (who stands along with Max Boisot in the list of interesting people who introduce me too interesting ideas and people) starts by summarising the potential of exaptation to enable an understanding of radical innovation, speciation, emergence of niches in economic, creativity & entrepreneurship. Generating ideas like wildfire at this point for new innovation methods. Importance of modularity (I argue objects is a better phrase) for blending and innovation.

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Down But Not Quite Out: what can we learn from the plights of Learning Tree International and Readers Digest?

Charles Jennings

However, both are living in troubled times for the same reason – a failure to innovate and a failure to adapt in a rapidly changing world. A ning site, podcasts, video learning resources, RSS feeds from the large technology providers such as Cisco, Sun and Microsoft, and a number of other facilities including a range short formal modules deep-linked from the corporate LMS that could be pulled on-demand.

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Learning and Performance Support Systems

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Expansion internationally is difficult without a clear innovation advantage. The purpose of the platform is to create LPSS services to interact with existing third-party services, including advanced algorithms and modules developed in other NRC programs. 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.

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