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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Race to Build a Quantum Computer

A Good Non technical article in the Atlantic.  It does have some real applications in difficult enterprise problems.  See my previous writing on the topic.  Article mentions D-Wave, a company we talked to about potential applications.  Being tested by Google.  I missed their most recent June 15 press release: D-Wave Systems Breaks the 1000 Qubit Quantum Computing Barrier.

Architecture Solutions, Business Process and Analytics

Brought to my attention by Michael Fulton, former chief cloud architect at P&G,  the company CC&C.  Fascinated by the potential integration of focused architecture, business process and analytics.  More to follow.

" ... CC and C solutions (CC and C) is a boutique EA (Enterprise Architecture) consultancy, training and implementation organisation, headquartered in Sydney Australia.  

Having been a regional partner for The Open Group (www.opengroup.org) for over 5 years, and actively participating in all EA projects globally, CC and C has an ongoing and close relationship with TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework) development and implementation internationally. Our global customers include several prestigious end-user organisations such as Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, AXA, Zurich, Fujitsu , Nike, Applied Materials, IAG, Westpac, ING, Commonwealth Bank, Great Eastern Life, CIMB, Bank Of America, Zurich etc.,  service providers such as Cognizant, Deloitte USA, Cap Gemini USA, Infosys etc., and solution/product companies such as CISCO. 

CC and C’s mission is to make our customers self-sufficient through systematic and customised skills transfer programs in this key strategic area of EA. 

CC and C’s successes have come from helping its Fortune 500 multinational clients  to create a strong process based EA foundation , which helps in standardisation, integration and rationalisation of multiple and divergent businesses globally.... " 

Industrial Robotics in China

Hard to believe that China has labor shortages.  But the article says:   " .... A brave, new world of robots is on the rise in China  ... Demand for industrial robots has increased dramatically in the manufacturing sector, and helped to overcome labour shortages  ... " 

Friday, July 03, 2015

Correctness of Classification Models

A nice, short, all the basics piece on classification models, from DSC.  Quality and correctness measures emphasized.    A very classic and common machine learning task.   Technical, but not too deep.

The Uses of SmartPhone Beacons

A slideshare on the effective use of beacons.    " ... Movintracks:  We have chosen the top 5 stories from June, 2015 to get your creative juices flowing. These include Ford Cars Selling Themselves with Beacons, A Tour App Enhanced by Beacons, Culture Map launching 200,000 beacons,  150,000 Tourists Test Beacon App plus our company highlight - Macy’s and IoT.  ... "  Via Kirk Borne

Computers in Film

I am a long time student of how technology is presented in film.    In Computerworld, a list of a number of movies that, as it says, (mostly) get it right and computing tech.  Whole most of these are new , it also steps backwards a few times.  Why do film makers so often get it wrong?  Simply because it is not entertaining  to watch people stare at a screen for a long time.

Recycling Online Content

This came up recently as I searched for years-old mention of  technology in email posts.  Some good thoughts on the process.

CPG Needs Consumer Trust

In Supermarket News

CPG execs: Consumer trust is key industry value, challenge
Building consumer trust is a core value for more than 60% of business leaders in the global consumer packaged goods market, and almost a third expect the issue to be a major challenge in the next one or two years, according to a new survey by KPMG International and the Consumer Goods Forum. CPG companies should "invest in fully understanding their customers and their expectations in key areas such as sustainability, health and wellness and food safety," CGF Managing Director Peter Freedman said  ... " 

Visualizing Survey Results

A very common need.  But how do you do a simple thing?  It turns out you do it simply and cleanly.  It is too common to try to add too many things, make too many points. Good example.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Grocery Automat

An ATM-style, robotic grocery store could be coming 
Des Moines, Iowa, might be the first market to test a standalone grocery store that is a cross between "an ATM and a very large vending machine," using a robotic system called Oasis24Seven, reports Ashlee Kieler of Consumerist. Grocery stores are increasing using technology to monitor shopping as well as tackle in-store theft. ... " 

This idea has been tried before in a number of drive-through layouts.   Examined this in 2006/07 in the form of the AutoCart Supercenter.    Note the system described here is a very large vending machine rather than a supercenter store.    The footprint is far smaller.  The Robotics in either case can be done today.  Stocking the larger form would seem to be far easier.

Zapaday: A Calendar Store

Interesting concept, calendar as a forward looking event monitor.  I worked with Recorded Future, which had some similar intent, but is more analytical.  Some calendar subscriptions are free, some quite expensive.  Like to see the justification for the expensive ones.

Zapaday launches worldwide Calendar Store

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – Today, Zapaday, the future events monitor, launches a worldwide Calendar Store. In the store, journalists, newsrooms and corporate communication teams can subscribe to topic-specific calendars that best match their news reporting and communication issues.

Similar to an app store or a kiosk, the Calendar Store offers ready-made bundles of upcoming news and events on topics from around the world. Those include planned ‘Protests and Strikes’, ‘Human rights’, ‘Military movements’, ‘Official Visits’, ‘Product Launches’, ‘Sustainability’, ‘Rocket launches’, ‘Telecom Sector’, ‘Court hearings’ or ‘European Royalty’, to name a few.

The Calendar Store launches with over 300 ready-made calendars at zapaday.com/page/calendarstore. More calendars will be added weekly.

Stefan Hoevenaar, founder of Zapaday, highlights the importance of the new product for corporate communication departments: “With the Calendar Store, corporates can track and anticipate planned events in their field, relevant for their issues. They can see upcoming opportunities, never miss threats and align day-to-day activities with the future.”

Newsrooms, too, can use the Calendar Store to stay ahead of upcoming events from around the world by adding niche content to their Newsroom account at Zapaday..... 

Calendar subscriptions range from 5 to 300 dollar per month. Some calendar subscriptions are free ... " 

Connected Products

In CGT: A natural outgrowth of the Internet of things.   New kinds of connections and opportunities. .  " ... To help IT and non IT leaders in manufacturing justify investment in connected products for after-sales service transformation, International Data Corporation (IDC), offers a new report, “IDC Planscape: Transformation Service through Connected Products."

According to the new report, leading manufacturers have seen the potential that aftersales service revenue holds, with some collecting up to 50% of their profits from aftersales sources. This trend will continue, as IDC Manufacturing Insights estimates that by 2020, onboard service revenue will outpace product-related revenue by a factor of two. Service through connected products is a cornerstone of growing revenues for many manufacturers in the coming years.    ... " 

Smart Cities and their Data

A look at the new Smart City, and its implications.  In the CACM.

" ... The flood of information could also create new challenges, according to Pete Beckman, director of the Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at Argonne and a leader in the Array of Things project. "We'll have so much data about our smart cities, but will we have the operating system?" asks Beckman.

Overall, the changes to these smart cities will be incremental, whether they are driven by researchers like Beckman and Catlett, urban planners, private innovators, or some combination. "You're not going to wake up one day and live in the city of the future," says Townsend. "Cities are systems of systems. It takes time to bring about large-scale change, but in the future I think we will be living in cities that fundamentally operate differently."  ... " 

See more about the Array of things project by Argonne and Chicago.

Supporting Cooperative Research

In the CACM: Cooperative research always makes me think of our local Zakta effort.   Social and visual.  Worth taking a close look at as it continues to evolve.

Examining Data Preparation Tools

Better tools, likely that includes cognitive and context knowledge capabilities are needed.  Also paying more attention to metadata needs:  In O'Reilly:

Why data preparation frameworks rely on human-in-the-loop systems
The O'Reilly Data Show Podcast: Ihab Ilyas on building data wrangling and data enrichment tools in academia and industry. ... " 

Building Better Loyalty Programs

Have noted that loyalty programs in general are looking very stale these days.  Nothing new or very engaging.

In K@W: 
Consumers today often belong to a host of retailer ‘loyalty programs,’ earning redeemable points when they spend. In many cases, there is no extra reward for building up a high balance of points in your account. So why do so many people stockpile their points?

This is the question explored by Wharton doctoral student Valeria Stourm and marketing professors Eric T. Bradlow and Peter S. Fader in their paper, “Stockpiling Points in Linear Loyalty Programs,” recently published in the Journal of Marketing Research. In this interview with Knowledge@Wharton, Fader talks about what the trio learned, what it means for the businesses that use loyalty programs and how this peculiar hoarding behavior reflects a phenomenon at the heart of consumer psychology. ... " 

Smartphone Apps as Car Keys

A natural solution. Encrypted signals from smartphones acting as passes into all sorts of systems.  In the NYT. Though the physical key will not be completely replaced, its battery does not fail.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Industrial Internet Reference Architecture

via the Industrial Internet Consortium

Industrial Internet Reference Architecture
Thank You For Your Interest In The Industrial Internet Reference Architecture Technical Paper.

This technical document will help your organization to better understand the technical requirements, methodologies and roadblocks to adoption.  By downloading and referencing this document, you will ensure that the Industrial Internet products and services your organization creates will be of the highest quality. The Industrial Internet Reference Architecture will also give you a preview into proposed Industrial Internet standards to be adopted by standards organizations in the coming years ... ."

(You can get the full report by registering)

Cooling Your Clothing

 In IEEE Spectrum.

High Tech Material Will Make Clothes Cool So You Don't Need AC
Although developing more power-efficient air conditioners and building greener homes and offices can help cut energy costs and reduce pollution, finding ways to live and work without air conditioners might have an even larger impact. That's especially true in light of the fact that in countries like India, which have growing middle classes, the total power consumption for air conditioning is projected to climb by an order of magnitude over the coming decade. To lessen the demand for cool air, researchers from the University of California at San Diego are developing a smart fabric capable of helping the wearer maintain a comfortable body temperature. ... " 

Internet of Things, an Oral History

Kevin Ashton and I were interviewed for an oral history of the Internet of Things this last week by Danny Vinik of Politico.  I gave many, many talks to visitors to our innovation centers on the topic as it evolved from simple tagging to online retail analytics.   Still, I had only a small part, and many other people spent most of their careers in this space, but its evolution continues to be an important part of social, personal and industrial computing history.

Now consider how all of this will be linked to smarter cognitive systems.  Glad to get my thoughts in. Also their broader piece on the IOT.  I apologize for some of the political angling done in the article, even the imagery used for the oral history piece.

Chips That Never Forget

And as memory sales increase, In IEEE Spectrum ... " ... The Computer Chip That Never Forgets ... Melding spin-based logic and memory could lead to low-power, instant-on electronics ... " .   A big advance for applications of the Internet of things,

Storage Sales Expand Rapidly

An indication of how quickly data is being stored and indexed.  An indicator of future needs for Big Data and analytics capabilities.   Increased risk of data losses?  Increased need for better standards and organization and metadata methods,  Knowing your data as an asset.

In CWorld:
More than 28 billion gigabytes of storage shipped last quarter
Worldwide data storage hardware sales saw a boon in the first quarter of this year, with a 41.4% leap over the same quarter in 2014.

In all, 28.3 exabytes (or 28 billion gigabytes) of capacity shipped out during the quarter, according to IDC's Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Market Update released today.... " 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The History and Future of Operations

Good thoughts, in the end it is the operation of a process to get something done better! Or even at all, to create value.   Recall that the original term 'Operations Research', also meant this.

In he HBR, by Marco Iansiti
It’s time to rethink what we mean when talk about “operations.” Operations is not only about manufacturing. Operations is and has always been what gives an organization the power to act: to create value for its customers; to capture value for its shareholders; and to share value with its ecosystem. In the era of ubiquitous digital technologies, operations empowers an increasing variety of organizations, ever more modular, connected, and distributed, ever more centered on software and data.   ... " 

An Executive's Guide to Machine Learning

We did machine learning at Procter & Gamble starting in the mid 80s, and they continue today. This is a nice mostly non tech overview for execs I could have used most any of those years,  with anyone interested in learning.  via Kirk Borne, piece is from McKinsey.

An executive’s guide to machine learning
It’s no longer the preserve of artificial-intelligence researchers and born-digital companies like Amazon, Google, and Netflix ... 

Machine learning is based on algorithms that can learn from data without relying on rules-based programming. It came into its own as a scientific discipline in the late 1990s as steady advances in digitization and cheap computing power enabled data scientists to stop building finished models and instead train computers to do so. The unmanageable volume and complexity of the big data that the world is now swimming in have increased the potential of machine learning—and the need for it. .... " 

Re Thinking the Database

Can the Database be made fundamentally easier to work with?  Democratizing its power.    In SiliconAngle:

" ... Databases aren’t for everyone. They’re incredibly complex things to work with, and generally only those with the requisite expertise and training even contemplate doing so.

But that might change if Airtable has its way. The startup is aiming to make databases so simple that even those with just basic computer skills will be able to use them. The idea is a simple one – Airtable works like a spreadsheet, but gives users the organizational power that only a database affords. On Monday, the company announced it had secured $7.6 million in series A funding ....  " 

Simple database systems have been around since the start of personal computing.   Its connecting these to working system architecture reliably that can be complex.

Reading Minds is not the Same as Reading Words

In Cognition and Culture:   Practical, technical and philosophical thoughts.  Cultural difference, and no evidence we have cracked the neural memory code of the brain.  Pointers to long study of the topic.

Cisco Announces Six Pillars of IOT

Cisco unveils 15 products, six pillars to address the growing complexity of the internet of things deployments

In ComputerWeekly: 

" .....Networking kingpin Cisco has moved to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the internet of things (IoT) by launching 15 products under the banner of the Cisco IoT System.

Cisco’s own forecasts claim that despite being on course to see 50 billion devices and objects connected to the internet of things by 2020, at present 99% of “things” are not connected.
It said the wave of digitisation set to take place over the next five years would introduce unprecedented levels of complexity, and enterprises would struggle to realise the value of the IoT without the application of advanced data analytics and the introduction of ever more intelligent applications.

Cisco said its IoT System would address this complexity with an infrastructure that was designed to “manage large-scale systems of diverse endpoints and platforms, and the data deluge they create”.

Six pillars: 

IoT System is based around six technology elements, or pillars, which Cisco sees as critical to the success of the IoT. .... " 

Cisco Press Release.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Innovation Addiction and Confused Consumers

In RetailWire, by Tom Ryan:

A.G. Lafley, Procter & Gamble's CEO, believes that the continual push by retailers for more product innovation is leading to an overload of choices for shoppers.

"I don't think the shopper or consumer sees it as innovative — the innovation that matters is the innovation she buys," Mr. Lafley said last week at the Consumer Goods Forum global summit in New York, according to Fortune.

His comments came as P&G last August announced plans to shed up to 100 brands to focus on the 80-to-90 percent that generate 95 percent of profits and 90 percent of sales. While looking to create a more profitable and responsive company, the move is also designed to meet the needs of consumers. ... " 

Robots, Sensors and Math at Penn

Good, thoughtful but non technical article,
 I have posted about the GRASP Laboratory here before.  In the Alumni magazine.

" ... Last March seven researchers from the University of Pennsylvania landed in Dayton, Ohio for two days of meetings at the Air Force Research Laboratory. The lab, housed on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, has been home over the years to breakthroughs in everything from lasers to propulsion technology, and the agenda for these meetings was no less forward-looking: to consider ways of engineering fully autonomous flying robots able to work together to search buildings, track targets, and gather information about areas that are too dangerous for US soldiers to enter.

Among the representatives from Penn was Andrea Mitchell University Professor Robert Ghrist, a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) professor with appointments in the departments of mathematics and electrical/systems engineering. Not long ago, the presence of an applied mathematician like Ghrist at this kind of meeting would have been surprising. His specialty is algebraic topology, an abstract branch of mathematics that studies the properties of different kinds of spaces and has existed as a purely academic pursuit for most of its history.

Yet over the last decade, Ghrist has found a number of innovative ways to use algebraic topology to solve real-world problems in robotics and sensor networks. These discoveries have helped make him one of the best-funded mathematicians in the world. Over the last decade he’s been a principal investigator on more than $20 million in grants from military organizations including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Department of Defense, and the Office of Naval Research. 
 ... " 
" ... Since coming to Penn, Ghrist has spent a lot of time collaborating with engineers in the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception, or GRASP, Laboratory. Much of his work there has focused on technology for autonomous vehicles, which, rather than taking commands from a remote human operator, as many drones do, are able navigate an environment completely on their own. This ability is especially useful in places where good maps are lacking and GPS signals are unreliable, like the interior of a building or beneath the ocean.  .... " 

Contract Guardian: Advances in Compliance Management

Just heard from my friend John Reuter.    He and his group have developed the Contract Guardian system for intuitive contract management.   Suitable for companies large and small.  Used by many companies today. We had discussions about how it could be used for both contractual and regulatory compliance problems, and thus manage corporate risk.  They have added a number of useful features that I plan to look at more closely.

See more about their system.

 " ... Clients in 43 States and 9 Countries.

Our Contract Guardian contract management software has been a key part of our overall success. Hospitals and healthcare were the first clients to leverage this powerful product and then it spread to other industries.  Some of the comments the clients share with us:

Dramatic reduction in the time and effort to manage contracts

Unlimited contract types and user defined fields assure us that we can address any contract today and in the future

The searching, reporting, filtering and overall access of all data and related documents is simply amazing.

Access from anywhere, anytime and almost any device including Windows/Mac, Tablets and Smartphone's means we always have immediate access.

Security was critical to our decision and clearly Contract Guardian takes contract security very seriously.      ... " 

" ... Our contract management team has a broad and deep background in the development, support and hosting technology. We always have the contract administrator's experice as a focal point of acceptance. In addition, we have standardized on technology that is common to almost any environment where the contract management solution could be deployed as a private cloud (On premise).  ... " 

John Reuter

Google Earth Features Added

It has been some time since I have used Google Earth for business purposes.  But we did make it useful for some interesting applications.  Now (Surprise) it is ten years old, and some new features are being added.  Specifically to highlight how dynamic geographic data can be in our new sensor laden world. In Engadget. 

Event Readiness Service for Demand

Interesting analytics effort.  We are all, in effect, thinking about how to react to events in our enterprise context.  Demand is a big example, but not the only one.  Response to these events needs to be prioritized.    Analytics can do this.

IBM Debuts Service to Help Brands Prepare for Spikes in Demand
Program Is Aimed at Retailers, Banks and Manufacturers

IBM Corp. on Tuesday introduced a new service called Event Readiness, which is designed to help brands prepare for unexpected -- as well as expected -- surges in online traffic due to  
holidays, special sales and sudden spikes in demand

The product is being offered as part of the IBM Commerce suite of services, and includes software, consulting and analytics. It's aimed at marketing and IT executives in retail, banking, consumer products and manufacturing industries   ....  " 

My Costco Self Checkout Observations

I see that our local Costco has recently removed their self checkout systems.    That they were doing this has been reported for some time.   We experimented with these systems for some years, looking for possible marketing angles.  Many retailers continue to add the systems.  I asked a Costco checkout person why?  They said the primary reasons were to decrease checkout losses, and maintenance costs. The regular checkouts were notably crowded as we approached,  a number were unstaffed. We waited about ten minutes.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Microsoft's HoloLens to Orbit

In CWorld: Good to see the space station to be used as a sandbox for this kind of application.   Complexity, mobile, wearable, hands free and knowledge intensive. Should learn from this experience.

A Car with Gesture Control

In Wired: Until we take the big step to autonomous driving,   You do wonder where all the user interface technology will go.  Here a high end BMW adds gesture control to voice.  Still not used to generally flapping my hands for interaction.  Its the opposite of hands free.

How Gamification Taps into What Makes Us Human

An interview in K@W.   In the midst of reading this book.  Quite a goal, which I agree is difficult.

" ... In their new book The Gamification Toolkit: Dynamics Mechanics, and Components for the Win, Wharton legal studies and business ethics professor Kevin Werbach and Dan Hunter, dean of Australia’s Swinburne Law School, offer new tools for taking gamification to the next level.

In this interview with Knowledge@Wharton, Werbach discusses how to avoid the pitfalls of gamification, when gamification can be most effectively used to solve business problems and which companies are using gamification successfully. ...

“The question is identifying the goal and then using the right tools for that objective in the context of your organization. There’s not going to be one right way to do gamification in every case.” ... " 

Also, the result can look cheesy and like an attempt to trick the user into engaging.  Needs to be very upfront, with the motivations clear.

Open Source, In Memory Computing

A trend?    " ... Following through on a promise to open-source its data analysis software, Pivotal has released the source code that powers its GemFire in-memory database.   ... Opening up the code could give enterprise customers more input into what new features are added into future versions. For Pivotal, the move provides an entry to those corporate clients that have adopted policies of using open-source software whenever possible, said Roman Shaposhnik, Pivotal's director of open source.  ... " 

Digital Brightens Black Box of R&D

In McKinsey:  Very true, but how do you apply the analytics to understand what you are seeing?

Brightening the black box of R&D
An all-in-one, one-for-all formula to determine R&D’s productivity can help companies see how well the function is performing. April 2015   byEric Hannon, Sander Smits, and Florian Weig

The question of R&D’s productivity has long resembled a Gordian knot. Look nearly anyplace else in today’s corporations, and there’s far less difficulty measuring productivity and performance. In manufacturing and logistics, you can get a sense of things just by looking around the production floor, the inventory room, or the loading dock. Even the performance of the advertising budget—once famously opaque—is now, thanks to digital technology, much easier to see.  ... " 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Description of Blog and Work

I have been running a public blog since I was at Procter & Gamble in 2000.  It covers advanced digital innovation topics.  Often what we were experimenting with, but also a what we were tracking to understand and explore along with our internal and external clients. It formed a place where we parked many issues that were eventually delivered in our innovation centers.   The blog continues today, with thousands of old and new followers.

Often when I first talk to a company or person I will post a note about their internet presence here, and then follow with more detail.  I will sometimes tell a 'complete' story here, but usually only its outline. Connect if you want more.  I regret that sometimes old links will not work, I cannot correct them all.

The blog covers topics like Commerce, Analytics, AI, Cognition, Knowledge Management and Machine learning.  Also how the work being done today relates to our previous work in knowledge management and expert systems.   Successes and Failures.    Join me in this blog.   Suggest areas of interest.  I am available to talk, advise , consult or work  about anything you see there,  independently or as part of a team.     Join me in the continued Augmenting and Scaling of our work with new technology, data and technique.

Franz A. Dill
PKL Knowledge Partners LLC -  Data Decision Scientist
Cognitive Systems Institute
Advanced Analytics Consulting
Blog: http://eponymouspickle.blogspot.com
Short Bio: http://tinyurl.com/pabggc2
Twitter: @FranzD
Cincinnati, Ohio Area

Game Theory and Innovation

In Cisco Blog: On game theory and innovation.  Had never thought of this quite this way.  Innovation is an industry, though managing it well can be difficult.

There is a need for Not Google Glass

There is a market for hands free applications, with easy to wear,  inobtrusive ways to view supporting knowledge.  We tested applications in manufacturing maintenance.   So the 'failure' of Google Glass may teach us something about what works and what does not, here an example from Techdirt.   Consider VuFine, a wearable display.  In Kickstarter.

Teradata Aster

An overvew of Teradata Aster and their community.  We visited Aster at a trip to Stanford in around 2010, before their acquisition by Teradata.  A number of integrated products and solutions.  I am now revisiting. Installed Aster Express.   Any inputs?    They write:

Looking for data-driven business insights?
With the integrated Teradata Aster Discovery Platform, organizations attain unmatched competitive advantage by making it faster and easier for a wider group of users to generate powerful, high impact business insights from big data. ... " 

Power BI no Tableau yet

A friend is continuing to take a closer look at Microsoft's Power BI, and I am following.  A means for doing simple data visualization starting with Excel tables.  Good impressions so far, continuing to evolve.  Worth a look,  An overview comparision.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Virtual Nurse, Professional Assistant

More from expectlabs.com,   Professional assistants.

MindMeld & Sense.ly Launch Breakthrough "Virtual Nurse" Solution

This week, MindMeld is thrilled to announce our partnership with the technology company Sense.ly and the launch of an innovative virtual assistant specialized in personal medical care and powered by artificial intelligence.

This solution does not come one minute too soon. In the U.S. alone, $3.8 trillion was spent on healthcare in 2014. Half of that unsustainable total is due to patients requiring repeated hospitalizations for the same unmanaged chronic conditions. Physicians agree that consistent medical monitoring and consultation would dramatically reduce costs. Unfortunately, the healthcare industry does not have enough resources to monitor patient health 24 hours per day.   .... " 

More on WordNet

A short piece on the origins of the semantic ontology called Wordnet.  Remarkable and free resource to pull help you pull apart aspects of natural language.  We used it as a knowledge base for a tag analysis application.

Amazon Expands Echo Ecosystem

In ZDNet: 
​" ... Amazon throws in $100 million, developer tools to open Echo's Alexa ecosystem ... The technology behind Amazon's Echo is being opened up to developers and third party hardware vendors as the e-commerce giant moves to expand the Alexa ecosystem.   ... " 

Via Walter Riker.  Adds to our examination of other enterprise applications of Echo and other assistants.   See the Echo tag below for more about that.

Healthcare Data Lakes

Via Michael Thompson ...
Data Lakes in Health care.

"Intel recently showcased a Semantic Data Lake for healthcare at HIMSS 2015, the largest healthcare IT conference in the US. This data lake is built in collaboration between Franz Inc., the Montefiore Medical Center, Intel, Cisco and Cloudera. This Semantic Data Lake will quickly grow to a graph consisting of trillions of edges."   ... '

Watson Analytics: Full Potential

An infographic on the full potential of Watson Analytics,

Networking Intelligently

Networking Intelligently in an Over-connected World

Erica Dhawan discusses her new book and what she and coauthor Saj-nicole Joni call “the power of connectional intelligence.”  ... '

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Global IT Trends Research

Excellent report on IT trends, via Jerry Luftman of GIIM. " ...

A significant set of IT benchmarking insights that provide organizations with a point of reference (domestic & global) for important business, technology, sourcing, social, and spending transformations. ... "

McKinsey: Digital Hives: Creating A Surge Around Change

" ....  Leading-edge digital platforms similarly take center stage in Arne Gast and Raul Lansink’s “Digital hives: Creating a surge around change.” Based on four case studies, the article illustrates how executives can harness the power of social media to engage large and widely dispersed groups of employees by encouraging new ideas and ways of working, driving organizational change, and even helping to formulate better strategy.  ... " 

Get Global R&D

In HBR:   Local R&D is not enough for global.
" ... In order to expand, digital businesses need to pivot to new and promising growth areas. Often that means making forays into new fields and taking on seemingly intractable business problems. Consider Google’s venture into maps or SAP’s Future Factory initiative, far-reaching projects that required new ideas from different places. The development of new technologies is complex and challenging, and to come up with the next big innovation, businesses must think — and operate — in new ways.   ... " 

Digital Kitchen

Google Think on the Digital Kitchen.   Another clear place for the virtual/personal assistant.  Have tested many in that room.  But its much more than just about Millennials.   Food Hacking, Aligning Micro moments, Using Micro services and more.  The value of hands-free modes.  Inserting creativity.    Lots you can do even before your start leveraging AI.   All on  my mind recently.

Intelligent Personal Assistants

At today's CSIG meeting Jim Spohrer pointed us to the growth of the intelligent personal assistant, and that the Wikipedia article on the topic had a good list and links to work under underway.   The article contains much more.   The idea continues to grow.  Here is their list:

Microsoft's 'Cortana'
Amazon Echo
Google's 'Google Now'
HTC's 'Hidi'
Maluuba Inc's 'Maluuba'
Cognitive Code's 'SILVIA'
Apple's 'Siri'
Nuance's 'Vlingo'
Samsung's 'S Voice'
BlackBerry's 'BlackBerry Assistant'
LG's 'Voice Mate'

Future of Travel

Friend Dean DeBiase on the future of travel.   " ... At the latest installation of my Reboot Stories, at the ÄKTA Innovation Series in Chicago, I had a chance to conduct another no-holds-barred interview in front of a live audience,with Tom O’Toole, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer and President, MileagePlus. I engaged Tom in a candid conversation about the “Future of Travel,” specifically how United’s mobile strategies will dramatically change customer experience at home or work, on the plane, and at the airport. Here’s a teaser about what we learned from Tom: ... "