Technology isn’t working

IF THERE IS a technological revolution in progress, rich economies could be forgiven for wishing it would go away. Workers in America, Europe and Japan have been through a difficult few decades. In the 1970s the blistering growth after the second world war vanished in both Europe and America. In the early 1990s Japan joined the slump, entering a prolonged period of economic stagnation. Brief spells of faster growth in intervening years quickly petered out. The rich world is still trying to shake off the effects of the 2008 financial crisis. And now the digital economy, far from pushing up wages across the board in response to higher productivity, is keeping them flat for the mass of workers while extravagantly rewarding the most talented ones.

Source: www.economist.com

#Technology and the world economy. It doesn’t seem to add up.

The Economist.

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Why We Need to Outsmart Our Smart Devices

Most commentary about the Internet of Things assumes that we sacrifice privacy and security for huge efficiency gains. But what if the notion underlying that tradeoff — the idea that more connectivity always means greater efficiency — is flawed? What if indiscriminate information sharing has the same drawbacks with devices as it does with people?

Research shows, after all, that privacy is a source of productivity in organizations. And excessive transparency — in a totally open work environment, for example — makes us less productive and squashes creative problem solving. When we know we’re being closely monitored, we tend to stick to protocol, even when it’s inefficient.

Source: blogs.hbr.org

By Ethan Bernstein. #Smart devices are dangerous

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Oxford Flood Network brings internet of things to the community

Oxford could get a local early warning flood system through the power of the internet of things (IoT), through a project between Love Hz, a whitespace spectrum specialist, and web domain infrastructure lynchpin Nominet.

With Oxfordshire among parts of the UK heavily hit by storms and flooding over the winter of 2013 and 2014, the race has been on to improve monitoring of water levels in vulnerable river basins. For Oxford this means the Thames and Cherwell, which meet to the south of the town centre.

Source: www.computerweekly.com

#IoT usefull for flood prevention. #Oxford

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The Sectors Where the Internet of Things Really Matters

The Internet of Things is emerging as the third wave in the development of the internet. While the fixed internet that grew up in the 1990s connected 1 billion users via PCs, and the mobile internet of the 2000s connected 2 billion users via smartphones (on its way to 6 billion), the IoT is expected to connect 28 billion “things” to the internet by 2020, ranging from wearable devices such as smartwatches to automobiles, appliances, and industrial equipment. The repercussions span industries and regions.

Source: blogs.hbr.org

Simona Jankowski – Goldman Sachs on #IoT

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Transformational Leadership – The Latest Thinking in Leading Effective Teams

Much of modern day leadership thinking is based around the theory of transformational leadership, of which MacGregor Burns first introduced this concept in 1978, in his book called, ‘Leadership’.

Burns was one of the first gurus to identify that true leadership not only creates change and achieves goals within his or her environment, but changes the people and their actions for the better as well.

Imagine a time in your life, when you have been truly inspired by your boss. Perhaps you felt happy to follow his or her lead? You probably felt that the ambiance was perfect and you were empowered to learn and try new things.

Transformational leadership often provides the right make up to allow a team to flourish. It effectively takes all the leadership styles developed over the years and combines them to form one leadership theory that encapsulates leading through inspiring.

Source: www.educational-business-articles.com

A model to use with #transformational #leadership

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Why Our Complex World Needs Connective Leadership

“Diversity trumps ability” as a sufficiently diverse, large group of non-experts often outperforms a small group of experts,” found Future Perfect authorSteven Johnson. In our increasingly complex, disruptive world, we will face more situations where we’ll benefit from calling on the so-called wisdom of the crowd.

Source: switchandshift.com

Kare Anderson argues the need for #Connective #Leadership and explains it.

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How Big Data Projects Are Different

How is big data strategy different from any other technology-related strategy? There’s definite overlap with other IT strategies, including the need to be aligned with business strategy, to have strong sponsorship, to address specific business problems, and to have decision making mechanisms for resource allocation and ongoing capability development — that is, good governance processes. The key difference lies in what makes Big Data unique — the implications of the classic 3 v’s of Topic: Big Data.

Source: www.cmswire.com

By Seth Early. #BigData Projects and #governance

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Compare Business Intelligence Cloud Costs | SmartData Collective

As an IT provider, I am overwhelmed with all the options for Business Intelligence in the cloud and very confused by how to compare service offerings in order to effective provide the best solutions. In the article we will discuss some of the different offerings on the market and why all business are racing toward the cloud for Business Intelligence Solutions.

Source: smartdatacollective.com

By Jason Bowden. #BI and #Cloud Costs

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