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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

How P&G and Google Approach New Markets

In the HBR:      Excellent piece.  " ... Leading companies such as Procter & Gamble and Google have realized that the more clearly you understand your customer or partner, and their context(s), the more likely you will be able to offer the right solutions, build the right business models and win through global expansion – in India, Mexico, China, Russia, or beyond. ... ".   Lays out three straightforward  techniques.

Analytics Summit 2015: May 29

Analytics Summit 2015 

Friday, May 29, 2015 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Marriott Kingsgate at the University of Cincinnati
(513) 487-3800
151 Goodman Dr. Cincinnati, Ohio 45219

Analytics Summit 2015 is the premiere analytics event of the year. This year we will feature TWO keynote presentations: one by John Elder (an ​international ​expert ​and author on ​data ​mining ​and applications of advanced analytics, as well as ​a ​well-known ​speaker ​and author) and one by Stephen Few an international expert in the fields of business intelligence (a.k.a. data warehousing and decision support) and information design, and a recognized world leader in the field of data visualization.

We will have full-day tracks on different areas of analytics: descriptive, predictive and prescriptive, as well as an additional track focused on "Building Your Analytics Team".

More info and registration.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Gamification and Enterprise Engagement

Nicely done CW Piece:    " ... Can gamification solve enterprises' engagement problem?  Big data and other new technologies are fueling the use of gaming principles in the workplace  ....  Contrary to popular belief, gamification is not about turning everything into a game. Rather, it's essentially the application of game-design principles in non-game scenarios to solve a problem or engage an audience. "Gamification is really about thinking about what you want in terms of behaviors in the organization and creating incentives to reinforce that," said Janaki Kumar, head of Strategic Design Services for America in SAPs Design and Co-Innovation Center and co-author of the book,  Gamification at Work: Designing Engaging Business Software, by Janaki Mythily Kumar and Mario Herger. ..  Worth reading ..

Have given a number of talks on the subject   Our enterprise experimented with the idea.   This blog has covered that for years.  Also has some clear opportunity for data analytics and broader social crowd sourcing. See the tag below for more details.  Anyone have interest in collaborating, let me know.  franzdill Atsign Gmail.com

John Cleese has a Message for Geeks

Hardly a supporter of social media, but humorist John Cleese makes the case that the social is much harder than the technological.   Video.

Google Mobile Search Update

From a number of sources.  That Google is measuring mobile friendliness for sites and is using and acting on that as one measure for measuring search relevance.    Is this an overreaction?   Discussion.

" ... Google's big search algorithm switch happened on Apr. 21, meaning mobile-friendly sites will enjoy the most searchability from mobile devices and retailers, especially small businesses without mobile-friendly sites, could take the biggest hit. Is Google's update of its mobile-friendly algorithm a big deal for retailers?  ... " 

Leading Indicators of Innovation

Good general thoughts, but no precise metrics.   Bottom line, results in your domain.

" ... Metrics, indicators, best practices, success stories – everyone is looking for the magical baseline data to compare to in order to define shortcomings and close them. But it’s largely a waste of time, because with innovation, it’s different every time. Look back two years – today’s technology is different, the market is different, and the people are different. If you look back and evaluate what went on and then use that learning to extrapolate what will happen in the future, well, that’s like driving a Formula One car around the track while looking in the rear view mirror. You will crash and you will get hurt because, by definition, with innovation, what you did in the past no longer applies, even to you.  ... " 

McKinsey Quarterly on Golden Age of Marketing and Analytics

McKinsey Quarterly 2015 Number 1: Overview and full issue
This issue of the Quarterly, available here as a PDF download, describes the dawn of marketing’s next golden age, new ways to create value in the sales channel, the power of people analytics, and more. .... " 

Google Ads to Watch You

In Wired:

GOOGLE IS ABOUT to make ads on television work just like ads on the web. Through Google, advertisers will know how many times their ads were viewed. They’ll be able to target audiences based on location and viewing history. In other words, TV advertisers will have access to the same audience intel online advertisers take for granted. ... Finally, after all this time, your TV is going to know as much about you as your web browser. .... " 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Chartjunk Tufte Extract

If you have yet to see it,  over the years have picked up several copies of the book, have seen Edward Tufte present it a few times, always something new stands out, here is an extract to get you interested:

Edward Tufte, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (1983, 2001), page 106-121:

Linkurious: New Tool for Graph Data Visualization

An interesting new tool I had not heard of, it competes with tools like Gephi (Open source, free) and Polinode,  which I have used.  Have not had experience with this one as yet.

Linkurious unveils enterprise graph data visualization tool
Data visualizations represent one of the easiest ways to explore business data, revealing all kinds of hidden nuggets that businesses can derive actionable insights from. Now, data visualization outfit Linkurious has come up with a way to help businesses to ‘see’ their graph-based data more easily with the launch of its enterprise platform, Linkurious Enterprise, designed to search, explore and visualize connections in graph data.  ... "

Book: Open Source Operation Research (OR) Tools

New book:
Operations Research using Open-Source Tools,  Hardcover – April 8, 2015
by Jeffrey Strickland

They write: ...Operations Research using open-source tools is a book that is affordable to everyone and uses tools that do not cost you anything. For less than $50, you can begin to learn and apply operations research, which includes analytics, predictive modeling, mathematical optimization and simulation. Plus there are ample examples and exercise incorporating the use of SCILAB, LPSolve and R. In fact, all the graphs and plot in the book were generated with SCILAB and R. Code is provided for every example and solutions are available at the authors website. The book covers the typical topics in a one or two semester upper division undergrad program or can be used in a graduate level course. ....  "

Disrupting Markets with Data

Using Big Data technology to disrupt markets.  " ... Big data has made a dramatic impact on companies all over America, but running big data programs is only one side of the puzzle. After collecting the data, companies need to analyze it. A huge part of analysis is creating visuals that explain large amounts of seemingly abstract data in a clear, concise way. It’s no surprise then that many companies are turning to data visualization tools to streamline the transformation of their business data into something more useful. ... "  

Saturday, April 25, 2015

What is Operations Research?

Nicely done overview of OR, my formal training and thirty plus years of experience.  Closely connected to Analytics, with the inclusion of the decisions needed.   By Jeffrey Strickland.   " .... Many people probably never heard the phrase “Operations Research” used. Operations Research (OR), or operational research in the U.K, is a discipline that deals with the application of advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions. The terms management science and analytics are sometimes used as synonyms for operations research. Yet, in my experience OR extends far beyond either. The figure shows a hierarchy of operations research activities, and I’ll let you decide if they are also performed in analytics. ... " 

  At the link above an excellent chart describing key components.   Tag below links to many examples and resources.

To follow, a new book on open source Operations Research ....

New System Modeler Capabilities: Reliability

Wolfram's new SystemModeler version brings new capabilities, examining.  I like the mention of 'cyber-physical' systems.    Most anything these days can be considered a member of that set.  And has performance, reliability and operational considerations.

Champaign, IL--With today's release of SystemModeler 4.1, Wolframis unveiling the next iteration of features in an easy-to-use modeling and simulation environment for cyber-physical systems. ...

One highlight is the integration of Mathematica's complete suite for reliability analysis. Consumer electronics, satellite systems, and flight systems all have different reasons for valuing reliability. Reliability analysis can show where to concentrate engineering efforts to produce the most reliable products, estimate where failure will happen, and price warranties accordingly.

In all, SystemModeler 4.1 adds or improves over 24 applications, alongside many features. Highlights include:

* SystemModeler capabilities for exporting models extended to importing models
* Import from tools such as Simulink, Flowmaster, and IBM Rational Rhapsody enabled based on the FMI standard
* Import subsystems, e.g. control system models from other tools, and integrate them with your Modelica models ...

Industries that rely on Wolfram's SystemModeler include but are not limited to aerospace, automotive, pharmaceuticals, systems biology, and electrical engineering.  ....  "

Peak Work Performance

Former P&G and Microsoft executive Bob Herbold on How to Achieve Peak Work Performance.  In his insightful blog.

" ... A couple of years ago a management research firm did a massive survey of almost 100,000 people employed worldwide and surprisingly almost a third cited “burnout” as a problem they were experiencing.

Further analysis found that individuals experiencing burnout were typically doing a poor job of managing their energy and time.  While working very hard, they complained of constant interruptions, the need to constantly check their e-mail, and no time for breaks.  ... "     

Article goes on to makes some useful points.

Coke Consumer Clusters

Coca-Cola rewiring marketing around ‘consumer clusters’ to make sales pop

 The drinks maker’s chief executive Muhtar Kent let slip the strategic shift today (22 April) when he told analysts on a conference call that its focus on “customer clusters” had helped put sales on the road to recovery. Sales jumped 1.3 per cent to $10.7bn in the three months to March, propelled by a 6 per cent boost in North America, its biggest market. .... 

   .... Struck by the terminology,   'Consumer clusters' that I cannot define precisely .... Nor can the article .... Segmentation in the usual sense, I presume.

Convergence of Retail and Mobile

In Think with Google:
In this month's Creative Shortlist, John Boiler, founder of 72andSunny, spotlights digital campaigns from brands such as Target and Topman that are changing the way we shop. But as retail and mobile converge, he can't help but wonder whether this is a shopping apocalypse or an opportunity for a new kind of physical and virtual engagement.  ....

Talk to some retailers and they'll tell you the business is under siege. The proliferation of online platforms and shopping apps is keeping people glued to their screens. They're scanning for options and deals instead of shopping the aisles and discovering new things to put in their carts. Is this a retail apocalypse or is it an opportunity? .... 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Lack of Broadband Limits Telemedicine

 In CWorld: 

A lack of broadband service is limiting the deployment of telemedicine services in some places of the U.S., and not just remote rural areas, some experts say.

Panasonic of North America, while providing Internet-based heart monitoring services for elderly residents of the New York City area, found several places were there were no wired broadband, Wi-Fi or strong mobile signals available, Todd Rytting, CTO for the company, told a U.S. Senate committee Tuesday.

The SmartCare monitoring service significantly reduced the numbers of heart patients who had to return to the hospital, but "the biggest problem we faced was the lack of broadband to some of our citizens," Rytting said. Some potential users of the service couldn't get a broadband connection in "downtown New York City," he added. .... "

More Automated Analytics

In CW: The idea has long been considered, now many vendors are emerging.  Here more add ons to Excel.

On Timing and Decision Making

Its not only the decision, its about its timing.  Brought to mind how decisions and their timing are linked with data.  Data that is available, that which is forecast,and  that which we can acquire on demand or at cost.   The value of perfect information is a famous way of creating a bound for decision value.  Also relates back to the idea of data as an asset.  Consider how the synchronicity of a decision can change a business process model.   And much more.

MindMeld and Documents

Voice Drive content discovery from MindMeld.   " .... You can index documents by crawling a website or by using our API -- and we’ve just open-sourced a new way to post documents to the MindMeld API! Using our new Node.js poster script, you can programmatically upload a very large collection of documents for your app (we're talking millions of nodes). Once you add your document collection, we build a custom knowledge graph that enables highly accurate natural language understanding for your application domain. ... " 

Insight from Innovation

Interesting piece that pulls together data about the insight achieved from innovation.  An area we also researched, looking at the path from ideas to actionable insight.  

Connecting RFID Readers to Smartphones

In RFID Journal: Not quite the same thing as integrating RFID reading directly from within a smartphone, but clever integration.  Good sensor idea.  Applications in retail and many inventory control areas.   Connecting it to commonly used devices with other commercial applications, like inventory control, is useful.  Another example of mobile sensor integration. " .... Zebra's Sled Reader Enables UHF RFID Tag Reads Via Smartphone ... The RFD8500 reads EPC UHF RFID tags and sends that data to iOS and some Android devices via a Bluetooth connection, enabling users, such as store personnel, to collect read data on their mobile devices. ... " .  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

IBM and Design Thinking

Fascinating piece on design at IBM.     Have never thought of them as design oriented.   More marketing oriented, like my previous enterprise.   Is that changing?     Be careful too, what expertise you hire as design.  Technical design is different from external design.

IBM is banking on design’s ROI
Phil Gilbert on IBM’s deep design roots, change management, and hiring for culture fit. ... 
Companies of all sizes are recognizing that by taking a design-first approach to product development, they can improve profit. I recently sat down with Phil Gilbert, GM of design at IBM, to discuss how he is helping to lead the transformation to a design-first company within IBM. Adopting design as a key corporate asset may seem like a no-brainer, but for a company of more than 350,000 employees, it’s a massive undertaking. IBM hasn’t been quiet about its plans to hire 1,000 designers over the course of five years and embed design in product teams throughout the organization. ...  "

Intel Compute Stick

Another example of a device that can be connected to an HDMI port of a big screen TV to turn it into a Windows 8.1 computer for about $150.   Connects to Internet with Wifi.  You likely also need a mouse and a keyboard.  Nice idea, but probably with a somewhat limited market.     See also a similar offering by Google/Chrome: Chromebit.

(Update) Gizmodo has strong criticism of the Compute Stick, tested with gaming applications.
(Update) CW says it provides just adequate Windows or Linux power for typical Biz applications.

Machines and the Connected Supply Chain

A long time goal is getting closer. In SupplyDemandChain:  " ... Machines Are Finally Earning their Way in the Connected Supply Chain  ....  ".   Lots of new opportunities for analytics.

Human in the Loop Planning

Attended excellent CSig talk today by Subbarao Kambhampati and Kartik Talamadupula of ASU and  IBM Watson on Human-in-the-Loop Planning and Decision Support.

Human in the Loop Planning (HILP) is a classic example of studying how people interact with smart systems.  These systems are getting much smarter, but how they interact and cooperate with people is still a problem. You can say that any advisory system has components of planning systems.   In the enterprise we looked at many such systems, and delivered a few.  Yet there are many 'challenges' that still exist in making such systems work, still not resolved after decades of work.

   The slides from the talk give an excellent overview of work still underway.   Recording replay.  Also, they point to their much more detailed tutorial on the subject.    An interesting aspect, an idea we never addressed directly,  they call:  "Planning for Crowdsourcing".  Since we were involved with marketing problems, which dealt with consumer group activities, this could have been of much use to us.

If you have any interest in applied AI for commercial use, this is an area to follow.

EU Strategy for Tech Market

In FastCompany:

Europe unveils strategy to finally compete with US Tech Titans ....  The EU's proposed "Unified Digital Marketplace"  Would Revise Laws that Discourage Cross-Border Trade and Access to Services like Netflix .....  ' 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Benford's Law for Twitter Data

Nicely done Tech Review piece on Benford's Law, a practical piece of pattern recognition knowledge every analyst should know.  It is used in fraud and risk analysis.  It finds strangeness in certain kinds of patterns.   Learned it early in my career.   Turns out it now has value even in the analysis of social media.  It's discovery is a fun case study by itself, which makes the point that you should aim to dive into the physical whenever given only abstract data:

" ... The counterintuitive distribution of digits in certain data sets turns out to be a powerful tool for detecting strange behavior on social networks.  It turns out it is even finding use in the analysis of social networks. 

Back in the 1880s, the American astronomer Simon Newcomb noticed something strange about the book of logarithmic tables in his library—the earlier pages were much more heavily thumbed than later ones implying that people looked up logarithms beginning with “1” much more often than “9.”
After some investigation, his concluded that in any list of data, numbers beginning with the digit “1” must be much more common than numbers beginning with other digits. He went on to formulate mathematical rationale behind this phenomenon, which later became known as Benford’s law, after the physicist Frank Benford who discovered it independently some 50 years later. ... " 

Following the quote is a look how it applies to social data.  Includes link to a technical paper.

Wal-Mart is Largest IT Investor

In the world?  Surprising claim, that I find hard to believe.   Still there is a lot there:

" ... Walmart topped IDC's "The Big Guns: IDC's Worldwide Top 10 IT Spenders" report beating out heavy hitters like Citigroup, AT&T and ExxonMobil for the title of biggest IT spender. The competition for the top spot wasn't even close, with Walmart nearly doubling second place finisher Bank of America's seemingly paltry $5.33 billion investment, with a jaw-dropping $10.16 billion tally according to IDC estimates.

The $10-billion estimate for Walmart's IT expenditures includes hardware, software, IT services, telecommunication service, and internal IT spending. With revenue approaching $500 billion in 2014 the retailing giant certainly has money to spend, and although $10 billion is a massive figure it is really just a drop in the Walmart bucket. ... " 

Knowing what Part of your Knowledge and Data Matters

K&W:   Talk and transcript.   And you can add to this, data as an asset, both structured and unstructured.   Data can be turned into applicable knowledge with analytics, which nicely combines all of these concerns and measurements.   See tab link Data Assets for more here on that topic.

 " ... In the corporate world, businesses are regularly graded on the value of their assets: They report to their shareholders about the physical assets they own, their cash in hand, and revenues and profits, both past and expected. But when it comes to measuring their knowledge assets — the value of those can be harder to gauge. However, the entrepreneurial management of knowledge assets can be critical to the success of any business.

In this interview with Knowledge@Wharton, Wharton management professor Ian MacMillan, who is also director of the Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center, and Wharton adjunct professor Martin Ihrig, who is also a practice professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, talk about how organizations can determine which of their knowledge assets are the most strategically relevant, and how best to deploy them. ... "   

Update: Polinode Visualizes Organizations

Continue to follow Polinode as a means to model and analyze organizations.  The Australian company has added some new features that are of interest.  This is a survey based system that allows you to construct a visual graph model of your organization.  Or model an organization you might be merging with. Lots of possibilities.  Future versions will allow means to merge the surveys with other meta organization data. Also output the data to other graphics engines like Gephi.  Apply for a free beta trial at the link.

Resist False Big Data Promises

In Forbes via McCain:    Good points to consider before diving in.  In particular I emphasize asking how do the possibilities connect to real business decisions?  Have seen many projects started that do not first examine this carefully.  Include real decision makers and data architects early.  Good case studies are shown:  " ... Gartner recently predicted that “through 2017, 60% of big data projects will fail to go beyond piloting and experimentation and will be abandoned.” This reflects the difficulty of generating value from existing customer, operational and service data, let alone the reams of unstructured internal and external data generated from social media, mobile devices and online activity. ... " 

Learning to Love Your Robot Colleagues

In the WSJ:    A historic view about how workers dealt with classic factory robots.  But this goes beyond history and robotics.  With the emergence of new, smarter, more autonomous AI systems, more workers will have to deal with more help in the workplace.  Not that this has not been happening for years,  but is there a tipping point of revolt?  It more than just coming up with cute names.  " .... How Factory Workers Learned to Love Their Robot Colleagues ... Tesla names its robots after superheroes, but Nissan prefers anime characters. Godzilla is a favorite everywhere.  ... " 

Knowledge Based Trust

Some of Google's work on knowledge-based trust is reviewed.  But it is still unclear what this is.  Are we trusting Google to determine truth?  You could say they have been doing that for a long time with search algorithms.  Is truth what is on the first search results page?

Ineffectiveness of Time Management Training

In the HBR:   " ... The problem’s not just that we’re getting distracted from work; it’s that we’re getting distracted from important work by other work. How many times have you sat down to do more thoughtful, in-depth tasks, only to be lured away by incoming emails from clients or colleagues? Knowledge workers are so overwhelmed by incoming information, they spend much of their time “playing defense,” operating without a clear picture of their total responsibilities.  ,,, "

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

R Clustering and Data Visualization Example

Nice technical piece on advanced use of clustering and data visualization.    Gives you an example of the kinds of choices being made by data scientists, and their application to a real problem:

" ... R showcases several useful clustering tools, but the one that seems particularly powerful is the marriage of hierarchical clustering with a visual display of its results in a heatmap. The term “heatmap” is often confusing, making most wonder – which is it? A "colorful visual representation of data in a matrix" or "a (thematic) map in which areas are represented in patterns ("heat" colors) that are proportionate to the measurement of some information being displayed on the map"? For our sole clustering purpose, the former meaning of a heatmap is more appropriate, while the latter is a choropleth. ... " 

Promoting Grocer Loyalty

In Progressive Grocer:  Some of the classic concerns of retailers. Note the mention of fuel incentives, a popular recent loyalty component.  " ... Five Ways Grocers Can Stop Consumers from Visiting Multiple Retailers ... Tapping data, fuel incentives to win shopper loyalty  ... " 

More HoloLens Intro

More on Microsoft HoloLens.  Impressive examples shown.  You can sign up for alerts.  Currently examining business and personal applications.  When will this come into common use?  What other advances, image recognition for example, will be needed to push this idea forward?

On Twitter.

Company Culture

A misleading term, the HBR article says.    Ill defined, I agree, but it does define how companies are different, and similar.    " ... The problem with the term “culture” is that it tends to essentialize groups: it simplistically represents a particular group of people as a unified whole that share simple common values, ideas, practices, and beliefs. But the fact is, such groups really don’t exist. Within any group characterized as having a culture, there are numerous contested opinions, beliefs, and behaviors. People may align themselves to behave in a way that seems as though they buy into expressed corporate values and “culture,” but this is just as likely to be a product of self-preservation as it is of actually believing in those values or identifying with some sloganized organizational culture. ... "

CGT on Amazon Dash

In CGT:  Makes the argument that Amazon Dash creates an edge for major CPG brands.  Still awaiting the invitation to see one:

" ... According to AdAge, Amazon hasn't said exactly how the model would work, but Dash could easily become a conduit for trade-promotion funds as brands bid for buttons, which would be like miniature end-caps in millions of homes.

"One of the key barriers for many consumers to participate in subscription models is the need to predict your usage," said a K-C spokesman. By participating in Dash, he said, "we are able to offer consumers greater control on when their next order of Cottonelle or Huggies will ship." ... " 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Business Reliability with System Modeler

I see that Wofram is starting to put out their system modeling software.    Here nicely described for reliability problems.   A number of times we used this basic concept for calibrating some business process models (BPM).   Should be easier to do with this software.

Reliability Analysis New in Wolfram SystemModeler 4.1 »
Mathematica's complete suite for reliability analysis, with functionality for reliability block diagrams, fault trees, and importance measures, can now be used with SystemModeler. Additional updates include FMI-standardized model import and model development. .... "

Future Predicting Neurons

In Nature:  Future predicting neurons. An odd idea, but poses an interesting thought.  If we could tap the output of such a neuron, is it the prediction of what we would do under particular conditions?   Is this akin to the fabled buy switch?    Better than a questionnaire?    But as we often find, the brain is never quite that simple.  What is the link between the operation of neurons and a human decision?   Somewhat too like the discovery of empathetic neurons, around which many stories were spun, but nothing practical I have seen as yet ...

Teradata Rolls out Warehouse Appliance

New warehouse appliance that Teradata means to help with big data applications using virtualization. More data.

Update on Neuromarketing and Advertising

Have tracked the progress and evolution of neuromarketing for years.  Saw some decrease in the hype last year.  But this article takes another look.  It is still being used by major marketers, usually in conjunction with other analytical methods, to micro - analyze the non conscious influence of advertising.

Mathematical Heart of Deep Learning

Technical piece in Pete Warden's blog. Nicely visualized.  I was unaware of the term GEMM, but taking a look at the post, he explains it well.  Mathematically it is how you multiply matrices.   A pretty common thing in applied mathematics.  But now you have to do it more efficiently, under varying conditions of matrix density.  In our own experiments with Neural networks, we quickly discovered this. The basics have been around for a long time, but here is an example where their application for updating neural networks radically changes the needs.  Again, I warn you , this is math-technical.

Machine Learning Education Opportunities

Have never seen a technical topic with so many online learning opportunities.  DSC does a good job of summarizing some of the usefuk links in a short piece.  Do remember that Machine Learning, for all but academic purposes, is the same thing as as Analytics, Pattern recognition, Statistical Analysis, Operations Research and Big Data Analytics.    Yes, I know this can be debated, but for practical applications in decision improvement, there is huge overlap in all of these, and several other related terms.

Legal Issues of the Internet of Things

Likely not complete, but a long piece on the legal issues to consider concerning the  internet of things. Global regulatory issues are likely also very important.  A legal minefield?  I will ask for specialist comment on this topic.

More Tales of Chef Watson

Have spoken to several people recently on the now free and public cognitive demonstration system.   All the comments I have seen, by non professional cooks, have been positive.  Now here another use case.  Includes a recipe:  Chef Watson's Spicy Avocado Brussels Sprouts.    A book on the system is coming out soon.  A classic example of a domain focused, constraint-based advisory system, based on stored cases.  A form of Case Based Reasoning (CBR).

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Goggle Technologies for VR

Brought to my attention  Goggle Tech looking at hardware and software. VR possibilities are continuing to expand. Some interesting examples at the link.

" ... Goggle Tech Inc. is a subsidiary of Go4D Technolgy Corp. We have a consumer technology, manufacturer, company based out of Seoul, South Korea.

Our flagship product, the C1-Glass and Go4D VR Headset enables 3D stereoscopic content viewing for mobile environments, and has been in development over the past 3 years. The company offers other products and apps to enhance virtual reality media experiences. Go4D Technology Corp. has multiple Korea and PCT granted patents and international patent pending on hardware and software of 3D Virtual Reality technology, as shown below, and many pending patents related to stereoscopic HMD for Smartphones.

Get the most of your 3D VR  with your Android or iOS devices and view your even 2D favorite movies in 3D,   ... " 

Freeman Dyson Interview

Interview in the NYTimes,  ".... The physicist, mathematician and author, most recently, of “Dreams of Earth and Sky” says the best books he knows about mathematics and physics are nearly a hundred years old. ... " . A favorite thinker about science, physics and math.  A heretic on a number of issues, I like that.   On that note, see also this 2009 NYT piece.

Damaging Effects of Envy

My former manager Bob Herbold on the damaging effects of envy.

Visualization Tells the Focused Story of Data

In CIO Insight:  Perhaps obvious, but it is a very useful way to show the usefulness and value of your data.   Also to do this in some standardized way, so you can quickly understand how your data relates to your business, your values, contexts and immediate needs. We did some mock ups of data focusing experiments, where a user (or group, division ... ) could see a display of the key data for their responsibilities.  That could lead to not only a better understanding of their job, but an understanding of how other data might improve their work.

Enterprise Agility through Culture

Have been involved in a company with a strong and sometimes difficult culture for years. Worth understanding, In InfoQ:

" .... Culture plays an important role in organizational change. Successful agile adoption tends to depend on the ability to change the culture. Making the culture explicit and becoming more conscious of the existing culture is important in agile transformations according to Olaf Lewitz and Michael Sahota. Giving attention to culture can increase the agility of an organization.

InfoQ did an interview with Lewitz and Sahota about what makes culture important for organizational change, giving attention to and creating awareness for culture, techniques and tools to work with the culture and culture skills for change agents. ... " 

End of the Automobile License Plate

Replacing the classic license place with an RFID tag.  An early idea that is getting new interest.     Visual and RF tagging will probably be combined.   Article.