Enterprise social technologies
JANUARY 30, 2014
I am presenting on enterprise social technologies, learning and performance at the Learning Technologies conference in London today. Today, I will present a common framework that describes how enterprise software can align with seven key work performance facets.
The enterprise technologies to watch in 2014
FEBRUARY 28, 2014
Big Data Cloud Enterprise Software IT Priorities Networking Tech Industry Emerging tech often takes a while to get into the enterprise. This year''s watchlist shows that there''s plenty of hot new spaces to watch, while a few much older trends are just now reaching mainstream.
Can technology improve business innovation?
NOVEMBER 30, 2013
Today, technological aids are increasingly employed to improve and amplify the innovation process. CXO Emerging Tech Enterprise Software Enterprise 2.0 Useful innovation is one of the most meaningful outputs of human creativity. Now new social methods, especially crowdsourcing, have fundamentally altered how innovation is achieved and even who does it. Tech Industry Social Enterprise
What’s next for educational software?
AUGUST 13, 2013
Most educational software instantiates physical learning spaces. Essentially, we use new tools to do the work of old tools and largely fail, at first, to identify and advance the unique affordances of new technology. Instead of creating central spaces of learning, our focus (and reflected in Stephen’s grsshopper software) in subsequent courses turned to encouraging students to own their own learning spaces. What do you want the software to do?
Does technology improve employee engagement?
NOVEMBER 5, 2013
The endless parade of technologies to improve workforce collaboration has certainly led to the shrinking of time and distance, but has it actually let to a long-term increase in engagement and business performance? CXO Enterprise Software IT Priorities Unified Comms Enterprise 2.0
Harnessing the True Potential of Internet of Things Technology
MAY 4, 2016
Despite all the hype, businesses are still significantly under-estimating the business impact of Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Now, I'll use IoT technologies to illustrate how just one of many technologies will enable the evolution of business models. Like all digital technologies, the price/performance of IoT technologies is evolving at an exponential rate. Current applications for this technology. IoT technologies generate a torrent of data.
Education Technology Strategies - Day One
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
Research - 2012-2014 - already indicators - web-based email increasing vs in-house email (38% - 56%) - cloud-based productivity software increasing 27-46% SWOT (Helpful / Harmful, Internal / External) S - removed fixed cost of laptops and servicing, gave parents a choice to purchase better device W - how to help teachers deal with these disruptive devices (eg. dates to classical Greece How does technology change this? - Using technology to find more (vs.
PKM is not a technology
AUGUST 16, 2012
PKM is not a technology, an enterprise system, a piece of software, or a platform. The best technology for enabling PKM is the Internet. In other words, PKM is not about collecting things and filing them away, no matter how fancy it looks on some software platform.
Technological Unemployment: Not Just for the US
SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
Even though hourly manufacturing labor costs in China are only 4% of those in the US, it’s still attractive for Chinese factories to replace people with technology over time. They fill it up with hardware and software, just like we do in the US.
Technology Spending Is On Its Way Down. Or It Isn’t. Or It Doesn’t Matter.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
Autor included a chart very much like the one below, which tracks US corporate spending over time on digital stuff — hardware and software — as a percentage of GDP: The most striking pattern in this graph is the sharp increase in the late 1990s, and the steep falloff since then.
Better Education Through Technology
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
JANUARY 10, 2011
me) on seeing a sight like this is to suggest that everybody would be better off with a little more investment in technology. But they could instead higher fewer people, pay them more, and use technology to make up the difference. But third, and perhaps most critically, you don't actually get any improvements in output using the technological solution. It is in this context we need to read an article like Kentaro Toyama's Can Technology End Poverty?
Should Employees Be Incented to Use Social Technologies?
MAY 9, 2011
Social collaboration technologies such as internal instances of blogging, micro-blogging, video sharing, discussion forums, idea sharing, wikis, and so on are all key aspects of being collaborative. Which brings me to the question, “ Should employees be incented to use social technologies ?”.
7 critical aspects of Tibbr’s big step forward for enterprise social software
FEBRUARY 9, 2011
Marc Benioff of Salesforce once asked “why isn’t all enterprise software like Facebook?. When I first heard about Tibbr my first thought was about the potential for enterprise social software to integrate deeply into the nuts and bolts of enterprise applications. Tibbr is from the outset linked to all applications, drawing on the 140 technology and application adaptors that TIBCO has developed.
How technologies will expand and replace human work
JUNE 14, 2013
The Australian Financial Review is today running a special feature on the world to 2100, including an article on technology trends titled Connecting to a rising tide of data. It begins by quoting me on the impact of technology on the world of work.
Education Technology Strategies - Day Two
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 4, 2015
So the Achieving Excellents has four major objectives: - achieving excellence - ensuring equity - promoting well-being - competence We''ve also been partnering with the Council of Directors of Educations (CODE - ''superintendants'') - this boosts what we know about technology and enabling innovations. One of the things we''ve done recently is to create a $150M tech fund over 3 years, to invest in tablets, software, cameras, etc., So, we see this huge growth in technology.
Embedding social learning into texts and enterprise software
FEBRUARY 20, 2011
So why are so many of the forays into learning technology anti-social? Joe has been marrying people, technology, and learning since the early days. He ran Michael Milken’s Knowledge Universe Interactive Studio before he became VP, Platform & Technology for Second Life at Linden Labs. Most of our pitiful attempts to enhance learning with technology have been focused on the technology, not on the social or collaborative aspects that make it successful ultimately.
A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
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. .
Control Technology Choice, Not Technology Use
DECEMBER 16, 2010
For me, the most interesting part of the conversation came as I gave him one of my standard pieces of advice: exercise tight control over technology choice, and as little as possible over technology use. Tight control over technology choice ensures that a big organization doesn’t wind up with hundreds of disjointed deployment efforts and fragmented technology environments. I talked a couple days ago with the CIO of a huge global organization.
Social Software Adoption
AUGUST 10, 2009
Not surprising, the terms most closely associated with Adoption are Adoption of Social Software and Adoption of Enterprise 2.0. There are some great resources on this such as: Ten tips for choosing & using social software Adoption of Web 2.0 technologies.
A CIO's guide to the future of work
OCTOBER 29, 2014
Top technology leaders are seeking an orderly path to improvement, yet the the way forward remains more turbulent than ever. Collaboration Consumerization Enterprise Software IT Priorities Mobility Unified Comms Enterprise 2.0 Today''s digital workplace is constantly inundated with new applications and devices, as tech investment also decentralizes. Fortunately, there are perspectives that can help.
How we can create open standards for social business
JUNE 27, 2013
The proliferation of social networking silos, the growth of proprietary social media technologies, and fragmentation of digital conversation must be addressed. Collaboration Data Management Enterprise Software IT Priorities Software Development Enterprise 2.0 Here''s one way we can do it and you''re invited to contribute. Tech Industry Leadership
From learning to working technologies
NOVEMBER 27, 2010
Tweet Here is a graphic of Moore’s technology adoption curve. Inspired by Jane Hart , this is my view of the current state of the learning technologies industry: The Late Majority and Laggards are focused on meeting their compliance needs.
The digital workplace 2014: Plight and promise of today's employees
FEBRUARY 25, 2014
While technology has thoroughly infused the workplace, its strategic adoption and meaningful application by the typical worker is actually just beginning. CXO Consumerization Enterprise Software Unified Comms Enterprise 2.0 Here''s how the digital workplace will look this year. Business Intelligence Leadership Social Enterprise
Businesses have digitized, but not transformed
MARCH 29, 2014
The average lifespan of the traditional enterprise is plummeting rapidly, largely due to inability to adapt to today''s fast changing technologies. Enterprise Software
Fourteen game-changing enterprise products for 2014
APRIL 20, 2014
As enterprise technology often struggles to keep up with the consumer world, here are the high impact products breaking into the mainstream with excellent chance to help companies keep up and get ahead. CXO Cloud Emerging Tech IT Priorities Software Tech Industry
Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
OCTOBER 15, 2013
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.
Productivity and Employment (and Technology): In the Jaws of the Snake
MARCH 22, 2012
Smart guy Jared Bernstein came to MIT yesterday and gave a talk to the seminar Erik Brynjolfsson and I are organizing on how technology is affecting the economy. I think that technology is another big part of it.
Old skool influential software
JANUARY 29, 2013
At least I got to play with a PC and an Apple II then, because my company did the advertising for a software company making a game for them. So I got to see first hand what Dave Winer is driving at in MacWrite and MacPaint, a coral reef and What early software was influential? How is it that wanting software to do everything defeats the simple purpose of doing any one thing well? One current victim of cruftism is Apple, at least in software and services.
What’s the right technology for schools?
SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
At the end of a conversation the other day, the topic turned to technologies in schools. Of course the device would be equipped with a camera, microphone, wifi, bluetooth, etc, and a suite of software, but I really think that one platform isn’t enough, and two is too many, and a PDA is too small for creation and consumption and a tablet too small for fieldwork, so what you want is a hybrid hardware platform.
HubSpot and RentJuice: When New Technologies Meet Old Ways of Working
MARCH 9, 2011
More and more, I struggle to find any industry, company, process, task, or function that’s not being affected these days by technology. Its founders felt that the classic methods — cold-calling, blanketing prospects with snailmail and email, setting up booths at trade shows, buying advertising, and so on — were losing their effectiveness in a world of caller ID, spam filters, search engines, TiVo, social networking software, and limited attention spans.
AI, Automation and the US Economy
JANUARY 10, 2017
But it’s recent advances based on machine learning and related data-driven technologies are still relatively new, making it hard to predict where AI will be heading over time. Like no other technology, AI forces us to explore the very boundaries between machines and humans.
Digital Identity - the Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World
AUGUST 29, 2016
assets , which can be tangible, e.g., cars, buildings, smartphones; or intangible, e.g., patents, software, data sets. Digital technologies are increasingly intertwined with the evolution of blockchain infrastructures.
The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning
JANUARY 31, 2017
Such competitive concerns have long applied to hardware and software platforms in the IT industry. This is evident in the articles we see daily in the technology and business press, as well as the growing number of AI startups and acquisitions.
New Technology Supporting Informal Learning
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
APRIL 25, 2009
Abstract We often talk about games, simulations and other events in learning, but these technologies support only episodic learning. Equally important are those technologies that provide a context for these learning episodes, an environment where students and interact and converse among themselves. Future developments will focus on realizing these concepts as software or at least software prototypes. Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution - Risks and Benefits
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
The Third, - starting in the middle of the last century, - has brought us digital technologies, computers, the IT industry, and the automation of processes in just about all industries. Along with their many benefits, technological revolutions have also been highly disruptive.
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
MAY 15, 2006
Ulises asks, "But how do we challenge the hegemony that has been coded into the technology?" The important step is to recognize that it has in fact been coded into the technology, which means that the challenge to the hegemony can also be coded into the technology. My own view is that a denser and more distributed network of connections acts directly counter to the hegemony, because it lessens the influence and importance of the central nodes.
The Triple Bottom Line in India: Software, Quality Education, and Early Learning
JULY 2, 2012
At the time, Rufina was the CEO of Nasscom Foundation and transforming the nonprofit technology sector with her incredible networking, scaling, and capacity building skills. But it isn’t a software being developed in a vacuum. Visiting the Sujaya School with Rufina Fernandez.
The Rise of the Platform Economy
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
The ecosystem of add-on hardware, software and services that developed around System 360 helped it become the premier platform for commercial computing over the next 25 years. What do we mean by a platform ?
What’s the Value of Blockchain?
APRIL 17, 2017
Such real-world use cases are particularly important when introducing a new, complex set of technologies in the marketplace. They’re the best way of getting on the learning curve for the new technologies as well as of explaining the kinds of problems they help us address.
Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities
DECEMBER 19, 2016
Big data ,- including analytics , data science , artificial intelligence and related information-based technologies - are now everywhere. “Is The convergence of several technology trends is accelerating progress.