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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Analyzing Ebola Data with Watson API


A report via the Cognitive Systems Institute.
Note this is Under Development.  Should not be used conclusively.  It is an example of using Watson services via Bluemix.

Vikash Singh Ruhil. Data Scientist ( Graduate Assistant ) at St. John's University reports:

During HACKNY, I used bluemix service IBM Watson API for a ebola data analysis. Our service is live at http://ebolabigdata.org . Major part of API is under implementation. ....   " 

Here is another example from the competition called a Personality Badge:

Debating Emotional Intelligence

How important is the concept? An interesting debate, that reminds me of the concept and what it has come to mean.   The author concludes:  " ....  I can’t emphasize enough the crucial importance of EI-based competencies for success in leadership roles. ... " 

BBC Time Line of Computing

A slideshow style timeline of the emergence and use of computing, broadly defined.   I dislike this style of presenting information, though I understand it is meant to give more room to advertising.  Also clearly a UK view, based on new declassified understanding of who built the 'First Digital Computer'.    Each slide contains an attached PDF, which I have not examined yet, a nice idea for source information, Great for new students of the topic.  I have always liked the topic of how early non electronic 'computing' links to current digital methods.

On Successful Innovation

Related to topics like Should we build a physical or virtual place to emphasize innovation.  Or should the process be more or less deliberate?    I agree that culture is important, and culture can, to a degree, be molded.

" ... Successful innovators care about solving interesting and important problems — innovation is merely a byproduct. If this distinction seems like hair-splitting, it isn’t. The two focuses create vastly different realities.

Focusing on innovating — as a worthy goal unto itself — tends to be born from self-centered motives: We need to protect ourselves from competitive forces. We need to ensure we have a growth engine. We need to keep up with other companies. To do all these things, we need to innovate. This is often a CYA perspective coming from an executive suite looking to protect its turf. It isn’t inherently bad. It’s just that this focus tends to create a culture where customers are on the sidelines, not in the center of the dialogue. ... " 

Social Robot for the Home: Jibo

The idea of a social, family robot is an interesting idea. None I have I have ever seen has worked very well, or has been very comforting.   Shades of Kismet from the same lab.    Now a new attempt, available in 2015, that is worth a look.  Nothing here to help you do any physical home chores, but just to be friendly.  The idea has been tried and sometimes successfully used  to amuse children, but will it work with adults?

" ... Cynthia Breazeal, the famed roboticist at MIT’s Media Lab and a pioneer of social robotics, is unveiling her latest creation today. Unlike her previous robots, created for research and used in settings like classrooms and hospitals, her newest robotic device is designed for people to use at home. Breazeal hopes users will find the robot, called Jibo, so fun and friendly that it will become "part of the family."

"Jibo, please introduce yourself," Breazeal says, looking at the little robot next to her during a demo last week in New York City.

Jibo doesn’t move. She tries again, and this time the robot springs to life, spins its body, blinks its eye, and talks about itself in an excited—if a bit robotic—voice. .... 

Jibo will come equipped with an initial set of apps, or "skills," as Breazeal calls them, that will allow it to play different "roles." For example, the robot will be able to act as a cameraman, tracking faces and snapping pictures so you can be in the photos. It could also act as an assistant who reminds family members of their schedules, or as a telepresence avatar that helps people connect with each other.  ... "  

Disruptor Foundation

A note from colleague Julie Anixter reminded me of the Disruptor Foundation, where she is executive in residence.  

"  .... Co-founded by Professor Clayton Christensen and Craig Hatkoff in 2009, the Disruptor Foundation is a private 501(C)3 non-profit whose mission is to raise awareness of and encourage the advancement of disruptive innovation theory and its application in societally-critical domains.

The Foundation’s marquee event, the annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, is presented in collaboration with the Tribeca Film Festival and the Harvard Business School’s Professor Clayton Christensen, originator of disruptive innovation theory.  ... "   

Much more background at the link.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Online TV Tracked Across Devices

Expected next step.

" ... Showing all viewers the same commercial six minutes into, say, an episode of "Modern Family" might soon be over. If you're watching it online.

A new partnership between TV measurement company Nielsen and analytics provider Adobe was announced early Tuesday, presenting detailed data about how people watch TV and other media on the Internet. The team-up adds smarts to existing forms of tracking, by letting broadcasters get a better picture of how Internet users consume media across devices and platforms. ... "

Swash Gathers in-Store Display Data

A thread here since 07, the Swash brand, continues to move on.   Now the collaboration between Whirlpool and P&G that removes clothing wrinkles is using a method to gather how their displays are being interacted with in the store. In Adage.   Recall that this brand was originally marketed using pop-up stores in the Columbus area.

" ... Whirlpool took a risk developing an alternative to the traditional washing machine when it launched Swash in conjunction with Procter & Gamble Co. in July. And now the appliance maker is gathering and analyzing data showing how the novel fabric-care contraption is displayed in stores. It's one way Whirlpool will gauge success of its marketing and consumer education efforts around Swash. ... " 

Getting to Know the Chief Data Officer

Working with the complexity of data and its application to analytics is increasingly complex.

" ... The transformative power of data and analytics is being harnessed by organizations to make smarter, quicker and more analytically-informed decisions. At the helm of this transformation is the Chief Data Officer – a strategic leader who employs data and analytics to create tangible business value.

The IBM Center for Applied Insights spoke in-depth with executives to learn how CDOs are making a difference within organizations. ... " 

AI Becomes Cognitive. Is it Now Ready for Sustained Value?

Is AI finally ready to roll?  Again? Spent years in the 90s working on it, with successes but also ultimately descent into a winter of discontent.  Back then there were a small number of well funded startups that drove the efforts. The last of these, Teknowledge, went away just a few years ago. I am currently reviewing some of the work done with them.

Now the players are the likes of IBM, Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon, which already have embedded AI technologies deep in their businesses. That's a good sign, they are selling practical information technology, not the promise of disembodied intelligence.  Now can they get non technology companies, like Procter & Gamble, to pay attention?  Or do the AI, now cognitive, solutions need to remain deeply buried in the code?  Formulated in an algorithm?

And it is still hard to track how much progress is being made, and what that progress looks like.  CWorld covers some of the old efforts, and the new.  Tries to make sense of it all. I am along for the ride for now will report on it here.

Web Style Analytics in the Retail Store

Good Forrester report, requires registration.

" ... Retail stores have been living in the analytical "dark ages" in comparison to digital channels, using metrics that rarely take into account customer behavior. But new advances in location-based analytics are transforming how physical store retailers win, serve and retain customers..... 

In this special report, senior Forrester analysts investigate the challenges and rewards of using in-store analytics to drive increased engagement with customers and greater efficiency in retail store operations. ... " 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Channels Become Apps as Advertising Changes Forever

In Adage:   Remarkable piece about the conversion to digital TV happening now, and how it will change advertising.  And create a new flood of advertising data.    " ... The start of TV unbundling is upon us, with HBO and CBS leading the way, but we're not just about to see a new way to discover and consume TV content -- we're going to see what happens when TV advertising becomes fully digital. ... Slowly but surely, a lot of the words we use to describe media and appliances are becoming rather inappropriate. We may use a smartphone, but the phone app for many is one of the least-used apps. We listen to the radio, but we do so from a tablet. We read newspapers from a laptop, and we're about to have watches that have little to do with the time. ...  " 

Chef Watson as an Advisor

Just received early access to IBM's Chef Watson Beta this past week.  I have been testing, not for recipe development, but with an eye to how it's structure could be adapted to other advisory systems. Also, how it really differs from other search style systems.  How does, it adapt, learn, and support creativity? Still trying to understand those dynamics.  Also, how this form of expert system is different, and makes it more likely to be  successful than those of the 90s.  Click the Chef Watson tag for more I have written and will write about this topic.

 IBM writes about how it is different:

    " ... In contrast to a search engine that simply sifts through existing data to serve up a list of already published recipes, Chef Watson is not programmed to come up with a defined answer to a defined question - it understands, learns, and considers not just the data behind recipes and flavor compounds, but also human perception to design highly creative recipe ideas.

Using the app, users can create novel recipes by selecting ingredients, dish type and dish styles, as well as any ingredients to exclude in the final recipe. Once the user has entered in their choices, the app will generate a list of never before seen recipe suggestions.  .... " 

Online Replacing In Store Browsing

The results of an Ipsos and Google survey and report.  " ... Whether through a laptop at work or a smartphone before bed or in-store, online searches continue to replace much of the shopper discovery process that comes from in-store browsing. ... " 

Invention of Google Scholar

Now ten years old.    Contains 160 million documents. " ... Making the world’s problem solvers 10% more efficient ... Ten years after a Google engineer empowered researchers with Scholar, he can’t bear to leave it  .. " 

" ... Some people have never heard of this service, which treats publications from scholarly and professional journals as a separate corpus and makes it easy to find otherwise elusive information. Others have seen it occasionally when a result pops up on their search activity, and may even know enough to use it for a specific task, like digging into medical journals to gather information on a specific ailment. But for a significant and extremely impactful slice of the population: researchers, scientists, academics, lawyers, and students training in those fields — Scholar is a vital part of online existence, a lifeline to critical information, and an indispensable means of getting their work exposed to those who most need it. ....  "

Redesigning Bill Gates Favorite Data Visualization

From Perceptual Edge:  A 3D Treemap is at the link ...
" .... Colorful space filling graphs are visually attractive, they do gather your attention.  But are they good ways to visualize data and really understand it?  It is still better to be simple and readily understandable.  Here a look at Bill Gate's favorite visualization, with a reworking of it in a simpler form.   Some of the comments are also interesting, is the visual interest enough to make a difference? Or is it better to just go back to the simpler bar chart? ... " 

Free Piston Engines

Toyota's remarkable new approach to the gas piston engine, the first in 134 years.  I was truck by the visuals used.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Forecasting Net Site and Blog on Ebola

George Boretos, Strategy & Marketing Expert
Just posted an update, including the most recent cases for October and a forecast of the expected Ebola deaths and mortality rate, also based on actual data up to Oct 1st 2014. ....  "

See in:
The Forecasting Net is  a non-profit think tank for   both professionals and simple enthusiasts interested in forecasting and future thinking. .... Its purpose is to help increase our visibility of the future by monitoring emerging trends and using scientific forecasting, always with an emphasis on simplicity. Every expression of forecasting, from simple trend following to sophisticated forecasting techniques and software apps, is presented in a straightforward way, in an effort to abridge a scientifically challenging field with down to earth ready to use tools. ... " 

Autodesk Prints 3D Virus

Did not know that Autodesk had a genetic engineer.  Worked with them in the area of displaying marketing data for the enterprise.  From 3D Print: " ... Weaving his way through a virtually invisible and widely unknown world of microscopic cells and futuristic technology, Autodesk’s genetic engineer Andrew Hessel is working to fight cancer on a new level: a personalized, affordable one, using 3D printed oncolytic viruses, which literally break cancer cells apart.

He makes fighting cancer sound very simple with the idea of viral engineering, which encompasses using software to design and make viruses — and 3D print them. Obviously, there is quite a body of research and work that goes into making that a reality. ... "

History of Mail and Things Communicating

Recall using mail on the Arpanet in those early days, but it was never seen then as a means to stay generally connected.  Only to answer very specific questions.

Network Trailblazer: A Conversation with Eric Allman
Eric Allman talks about Sendmail, the first "killer app" for the networked age, and gives an update on his  work with the Internet of Things ...

If he had known that most of the email he would receive every day would be unsolicited bulk email, he might have done things differently. Network Trailblazer Eric Allman was the author of delivermail, and its successor sendmail. Delivermail was the mail transport agent (“MTA”) first shipped in 1979 as part of 4.0BSD, a UNIX operating system developed and distributed by the Computer Systems Research Group of the University of California, Berkeley. ... "

Smart Systems Services

Brought to my attention.  Nothing very new here, but a good overview of the topic.  Enabling Smart System Services in Smart Cities by Dr. Ko-Yang Wang, CTO and Executive Vice President Institute for Information Industry With material from III Advanced Research Institute and Smart Network System Institute.   Still want to see more about supply chain analytics in these systems.

Need for Practical Anthropology

While I was at the enterprise we had precisely, and rather informally, one anthropologist.  Was always fascinated by the role.  Understanding human behavior is important, but is retail behavior in their realm?  So do we need more practical anthropologists?  Experienta points to a further discussion.

Robotic Explorers

Without sensors or GPS a group of robots can explore.  " .... The system uses stereo vision depth-sensing to provide the obstacle map, and other image-processing methods to identify and track all the agents in the system.

The researchers note the performance of traditional stereo vision-based depth-sensing degrades if the distance from the observed objects becomes much larger than the separation of the cameras. However, they say their technology addresses this limitation by using single cameras on two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), providing much greater separation and control of that separation. .... " 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Stop Controlling Ex Employees Knowledge?

In the HBR:   This issue has come up a number of times recently.  Here a  good overview of the topic.  Not everyone agrees.   The coverage of the legal, compliance and regulatory knowledge by US state is particularly interesting.

Marketing and the Internet of Things

It is about data.  Its about reach.    Anna Russell writes:

" .... Let’s take a step back and look at just what the Internet of Things contains that might excite marketers.  IoT, the result of a growing number of M2M and internet enabled devices, produces vast and diverse amounts of machine created data such as log files, GIS coordinates, thermostat data, and other sensory data. This data is transmitted to a location (or many locations) outside the device, and can trigger actions in other devices that either guide manufacturing efficiency, change environmental factors or overtly assist human users in selecting a course of action, be it workout intensity, room temperature or driving route.

These data driven decisions and suggestions, when well designed, have the power to surprise and delight device users with their perceptive power. And its that feedback loop -the expectation of users that these devices are trustworthy and will advise them of best thing to do - that presents unparalleled albeit slightly big-brother-ish marketing potential. ... "  

IPad Friendly Kid Augmented Reality Game

Have seen a number of augmented reality games.   These use real world spaces as a playing field. Here Osmo has received considerable funding.

" ... Osmo, the iPad-powered gaming device built by former Googlers (and dads) as a way to turn tablets into more “hands-on” toys, has raised $12 million in Series A funding, the company is announcing today. The round was led by Accel Partners’ Rich Wong, and includes investment from Upfront Ventures and K9 Ventures. The company is also announcing that its products, which are currently available for sale online, will also be made available in 284 Apple stores in the U.S. and Canada. ... The game kit will also be sold in Marbles Toy Stores in the U.S., which has a number of locations mainly in Northeast and Southern California. ... " 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Integrating Work and Life

The ultimate goal. Successfully integrating work and life.  From Knowledge@Wharton.  Book interview and text.

Open Sourcing the Internet of Things

In ReadWriteWeb:  An overview piece about setting standards for the IoT, and how those standards should be open sourced.  Agree, have been through this with the same (and related)  RFID work.  The article makes a good case of why the extreme framentation of IoT developers will make this difficult to do.

Future Software Will be Cognitive

Will the next generation of software be cognitive?  Good piece in Forrester.  I am a keen student of the reasons for the partial success and failures of AI as advisory systems in it's previous wave.  Plan to continue to watch the reports from Forrester and see how this links to our own and other cognitive efforts.

" ... In conclusion, although this is only the start of long series of research we will be writing in Forrester, I recommend developers to prepare to this new wave of technology and integrate it in their practices rather than isolate it out. One reason AI failed once was because it never got integrated into IT. Let’s avoid that mistake. I am hoping to post, based on what I saw at the forum, how cognitive computing impacts the way you develop, and it effects your SDLC similarly to how Agile and Lean do -- a good reason to keep doing what you are doing with Agile!.  In the meantime you should also read the take aways my colleague Michelle Goetz has summarized in her blog about this conference too. ... " 

Stream Data Processing

In Infoq:

The demand for stream processing is increasing a lot these days. The reason is that often processing big volumes of data is not enough. Data has to be processed fast, so that a firm can react to changing business conditions in real time. This is required for trading, fraud detection, system monitoring, and many other examples. A “too late architecture” cannot realize these use cases.

This article discusses what stream processing is, how it fits into a big data architecture with Hadoop and a data warehouse (DWH), when stream processing makes sense, and what technologies and products you can choose from. .... "

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Supply and Demand of Data Scientists

Bruce Langos, COO of Teradata gave a spirited talk today in the atrium of Wright State University today on the nature of the data scientist.   The talk was also transmitted to some area high schools.  The emphasis of the talk addressed what was causing the need to be created and the reason why employers like Teradata were seeing their needs unfulfilled.     It is because it is relatively easy to train people in a technical field, but not so easy to provide them with business experience.

   It is also caused by the dislike many people have for the logical rigor of mathematics.  That is not new, but the very new world of computing systems and gadgets make it more common than ever.  So the world of the device is both creating the wave of data and making it more difficult to analyze.

  Could the automation capabilities of the cognitive fill the gap?  Would have liked to see what the thoughts of the brighter high school students who were listening in.  Would the promise of ready jobs and high salaries drive the interest to fill the jobs?   Wright State plans to establish a lab in the spring to address this need.  This could be used to study and help fill the gap.

3D Printing Your Big Data for Understanding

In Technology Review: Fascinating idea. As 3D printing becomes cheaper, you can quickly create a 3D physical data representation. (You can add more 'Ds' with indicators like color or shape). We did this for displaying real spaces, like retail stores, then overlaying other data, and discovered interacting with the tactile display resulted in better agreement on design than with a screen display. You can touch your decision. Shake hands with the data! Course you can touch the data, but not interact with it in usual way.  Still don't see it as a common approach.

Mobility Foundation of Digital Enterprise

In Baseline:  Becoming more true.  It is now an expectation that we have access anytime and anywhere. With the right data to support our decisions.   

" ... Some industry experts view mobility as the foundation of the digital enterprise, which will include the Internet of things, social, analytics and crowdsourcing.

It's no secret that mobile devices and apps have become valuable corporate information and communications assets. But some industry experts envision mobility as the foundation of the digital enterprise, which will include the Internet of things (IoT), social listening, real-time data analytics and crowdsourcing. ... " 

Mashing up Docs and Spreadsheets

In CWorld: I thought this was being done generally, but this is a better way it seems.

" ... Instead of building a suite of separate productivity apps, a la Microsoft Office, Quip plans to have a single "canvas" where it will incorporate different features and functionality, including presentation software capabilities later.

Thus, the Quip product, which is designed for workplace collaboration, now lets users include spreadsheets within a word processing document, and if changes are made to cell values and formulas, those numbers are automatically updated where they are referenced in the text portions. ... " 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thinking about SuperIntelligence

Brought to my attention, a new book: Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies  by Nick Bostrom   http://www.nickbostrom.com/

Will be reading.  They write:

" ... Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. 

The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful - possibly beyond our control. As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on humans than on the species itself, so would the fate of humankind depend on the actions of the machine superintelligence. ... " 

Demonstration of AI Using Quantum Computing

When we first visited quantum computing we suggested that some AI applications, like image analysis, would be good candidates for the technique.  Now this has come to pass.    In Slashdot:   " ... Machine learning algorithms use a training dataset to learn how to recognize features in images and use this 'knowledge' to spot the same features in new images. The computational complexity of this task is such that the time required to solve it increases in polynomial time with the number of images in the training set and the complexity of the "learned" feature ... " .   Original article with technical details.

Automatic Storytelling

Storytelling is a recent topic.  Normally a thing that people do.  To what degree can it be automated with a cognitive system?   The idea has been around for a long time, we thought of using it to outline advertisements.  It can also be seen as means of augmenting a human story teller.  Some new developments in this area.  " ... Many artificial intelligence (AI) researchers believe one of the major breakthroughs in AI will be creating systems that are effective story-tellers. University College Dublin's Tony Veale says story-telling is an essential component of the human condition, and therefore computers need the same capability in order to better understand and communicate with humans. ..."

Slideshare Apps Update

New Slideshare apps are available for Android and IOS.   Impressed by the new interface.  Better display.  Slideshare provides a good way to access and utilize consistently and simply packaged knowledge.  Now has the ability to notify the user of new content of interest.

Cardboard VR

Google develops a cardboard VR viewer (Technical).

" ... The Cardboard project aims at developing inexpensive virtual reality (VR) tools to allow everyone to enjoy VR in a simple, fun, and natural way. The VR Toolkit enables developers familiar with OpenGL to quickly start creating VR applications. The toolkit simplifies many common VR development tasks, including:

Lens distortion correction.
Head tracking.
3D calibration.
Side-by-side rendering.
Stereo geometry configuration.
User input event handling.
We're keeping the hardware and software open to encourage community participation and compatibility with VR content available elsewhere. ....  "

New Mobile in E-Commerce

In Marketing Mag:  New ways to interact and better personalization will emerge.  The future of better mobile. " ... Mobile is increasingly important for online retailers. Rohit Dadwal argues that as more and more customers are shopping online, companies need to go beyond offering a basic ecommerce experience. ... " 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Holiday Shopper Research

Shopping never sleeps  More from Google retail. With statistics and visuals.  " ... This holiday shopping season will be our most connected ever, with devices at our fingertips helping us hunt for deals in stolen moments—whether on a laptop at work or on a smartphone right before bed. In fact, one third of all shopping searches on Google happen between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.1 That's because shopping doesn't stop once the mall closes. Today we’re researching purchases online at all hours of the day. To understand how digital trends will affect this year's shopping season, we conducted our annual Holiday Shopper Intentions research with Ipsos, surveying consumers on their shopping behavior. ... " 

Adapting with Speed

Adapting with speed: How agile selling organizations win in a demanding environment
Adapting with speed in a rapidly changing CPG marketplace 
Winning CPG companies are adapting with speed in an evolving marketplace by anticipating the future and collaborating with customers; making omnichannel investments, and developing and retaining talent. GMA's Customer and Channel Management Survey produced by McKinsey & Co. identifies best practices by linking actions to results visible in Nielsen market data ... " (May require registration)

Innovation by Kraft

A fairly detailed piece on a focused and deliberate drive to innovation by Kraft.   " ... Kraft Foods is aiming for "white space" innovation, which looks for new opportunities in today's crowded marketplace, said Vice President for Breakthrough Innovation Barry Calpino. "Our business unit leaders set the tone and set the example with their sponsorship of innovation -- and innovators. It's important to have empathy to what it's like to work in white space, given the high rate of failure ... " 

Coke Freestyle Gets Personal

Saw some early ideas for delivering this.  Makes a lot of sense to personalize the sometimes complex interaction.  Plan to test. 

" ... Building on its legacy as a game-changing innovation, 
Coca-Cola Freestyle® is set to make the consumer experience even more personal. An enhanced “Create Your Own Mix” feature on the popular Coca-Cola Freestyle app launching in January 2015 allows users to choose from 100+ drink options to create a custom mix of their own and then, for the first time, connect their smartphones to dispensers at participating outlets and pour it on the spot. It works in just a few easy steps – simply download, mix, pour, enjoy and share .. "  

Analytics Unleashed Meeting

Saw this late, but there will be an event at Wright State University this Thursday. Analytics Unleashed.  I plan to be there.

" ... Join the Raj Soin College of Business, and Teradata Chief Operations Officer Bruce A. Langos for a special look into transforming business and higher education through the power of analytics.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, 1:00-2:00pm, Student Union Atrium

Bruce A. Langos, COO Teradata
Bruce Langos is Chief Operations Officer for Teradata Corporation. He oversees all operational functions across the company worldwide including supply line management, global procurement, advanced manufacturing, logistics, real estate, aviation, corporate security, intellectual property licensing, and designs and implements programs that strengthen the company’s processes and increase operating efficiency. He also leads the company’s sales support and order management functions. In his current role, Langos is a member of the Teradata leadership team reporting to Mike Koehler, president and chief executive officer of Teradata. ... " 


Toshiba Embedded Glasses Display

Another example of a head mounted display, competing with Google Glass.  More wearable tech. "  ... Called Toshiba Glass, they have a tiny, lightweight projector clipped onto one of the arms near the lens. That projector displays an image that reflects off the inside of the lens to provide an augmented reality-type display.

It's a similar principle to Google Glass, which also uses a built-in projector. But unlike Google Glass, Toshiba's glasses don't have a prism over the lens to reflect the image into the eye. .... " 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Salesforce and Wave Analytics

Just announced:  " .... Wave is the product of two years' worth of engineering and runs on top of Salesforce's core platform, Buscemi said. That means it's integrated with Salesforce's applications for CRM (customer relationship management), support and other areas from the get-go, and can also be embedded into apps built with the platform.

The new service is different from other approaches to analytics: It's search based, with data stored in a schema-less fashion. This allows for rapid, iterative exploration by users who are in search of answers to questions, according to Buscemi. It also means IT departments don't have to pull together traditional data marts for users before they can get started. ... " 

Parenting with a Story

I see that my P&G colleague Paul Smith has a new book coming out Nov 12: Parenting with a Story. A domain sequel to his business oriented book:  Lead with a Story, which was covered here.   And http://www.leadwithastory.com/ Great build on the popular storytelling technique, which was used widely in marketing driven companies, and is becoming broadly popular.

For locals, there is a book signing I will try to make: " ...  In addition to signing books, I’ll be sharing a few of the 101 original stories in the book based on my interviews with over a hundred amazing people from 20 different countries around the world. ..... 

Nov. 13, 7:00pm
Joseph-Beth Booksellers 
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati OH 45208
513 396 8960   ..... " 

The Reciprocity Advantage

Reading The Reciprocity Advantage: A New Way to Partner for Innovation and Growth.  by Bob Johansen and Karl Ronn.  Nicely done with real life enterprise examples, including IBM, TED, Microsoft, Google Apple Store and more.

I like in particular an outline about how each company partnered and what the partnership exchanged.  Also what assets where involved.   Then  the scaling advantage involved.  I also like the emphasis on experimentation being done to figure out what the real value is and how it will be developed.   Included in that is how 'gameful engagement' can be used to figure out how the partnership will work.   The latter parts of the book provide direct  'How to' steps.  Well done.

" ... Bob Johansen, best-selling author and Distinguished Fellow at IFTF, has partnered with innovation expert Karl Ronn to uncover what they believe will be the biggest innovation opportunity in history in their forthcoming book, The Reciprocity Advantage. Through illustrative examples from leading organizations and an eye to the future, Johansen and Ronn present a four-part model that shows how organizations can give away assets to form partnerships, leading to collaborative experimentation and scalable new business opportunities.  ... 

" ... Johansen and Ronn explain that reciprocity, an old concept, will be reimagined within a future context of connective technologies, generational shifts, and new organizational models to provide a distinct competitive advantage. To win in this world, businesses will need to  (1) uncover their right-of-way, the underutilized resources they already own that they can share with others; (2) find partners who can help them do what they cannot do alone; (3) experiment to learn through cloud-based systems; and (4) scale the results, but only when the business’ reciprocity advantage is desirable, viable, and ownable. If it’s not scalable, it’s not worth doing—and the authors describe technologies that make scaling up faster than ever. .... " 

More and ordering information.   Video.   @Reciprocityadv

Examining Data Valuation Methods

Brought this up here some time ago, but thought I would again ....  New analytical methods used with big data have led many companies to think about the value of their data. What is it worth, now and in the future? How about it's value if it is combined with syndicated or public data? How might your data be used to promote creative hypotheses?

Data is also risk. What is the cost of protecting it and the risk of keeping it at all? Data can also link to compliance issues. Is it indicative of dangerously approaching regulatory non compliance? All this leads to the question: What is your data worth? Could this be seen as a Watson cognitive advisory task? I will be talking this at an ISSIP http://www.issip.org/about/ call this November. Has anyone worked on this?  Interested in examining or contributing?  Contact me.

Amazon Opening Pickup Store

In Retailwire: Amazon is opening its first physical store in Manhattan.  Real effort or a look to establish a presence?  Isn't their presence already on every smart phone?

" ... Rumors about Amazon.com opening stores have been around for years. Now, according to The Wall Street Journal, the rumors will become reality when the e-commerce giant opens its first store (if you don't count subsidiaries) on one of the busiest streets in the U.S. — 34th Street in New York City.

The store, which will be located across from the Empire State Building, will be used as a place for customers to pick up orders and to make returns or exchanges. It will also serve as distribution center for couriers making same-day deliveries in Manhattan. Many things are not known about the store, including how much if any inventory will be on display, the size of the space, the length of the store lease, etc. .... "