Seven Success Factors for Building and Managing a Data-Driven Organization

Data-driven organizations are the future. In the past, if you wanted to know how a company was doing, you’d ask the CFO. Soon, however, the Chief Data Officer will be the person to ask. Data can tell you about your customers, your products and services, the state of repair of your resources, and much more. Data has potentially enormous benefits…and risks. Organizations and their directors are being confronted with a growing field of tension. On the one hand, there is a need to innovate using smart data technologies and, on the other hand, a desire to avoid the risk of damage or loss through incorrect use of data. It is therefore important not only to understand who controls the big data gas pedal, but also whether organizations will be able to brake on time.

We will explore these themes in this white paper. We will look at the possibilities of using data and artificial intelligence (AI) in an innovative and successful way, and we will also be looking for principles that can keep big data initiatives controllable. We will also investigate how we can set up technology, ethics and the organization in such a way that we – like a kind of treasure hunter – can make optimal use of the possibilities offered by big data, AI and, therefore, machine learning, without crossing boundaries. After reading this paper, you will be aware of the possibilities, ethical issues and necessary guidance that the application of data (big and otherwise) entails. This white paper is interesting for policymakers, decision makers and professionals in companies and institutions involved in organizing and implementing big data initiatives.

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Source: Quint Wellington Redwood

Training your people in agile working is the ideal way to align your organization or project team with the concepts of Agile and its associated methodologies. Although many people talk about using Agile, there are many misconceptions and misunderstandings. Proper Agile training and certification training helps to embed the concepts and clarify the differences between the various methods available.

Quantum Computers Bust Problem Conventional Computers Can’t Solve

Fluorescent lights emerge from the University of Maryland quantum simulator, revealing the results of the experiment.  credit: University of Maryland.

Fifty-odd atoms buzz through a pocket of empty space. Invisible lines of force – quantum magnetism – chain them together. Jiggle one, the others jiggle in sympathy. Ring another like a bell and the others will pick up the song at a different pitch or a slower speed. Every action on any one atom impacts each other atom in the 50. It’s a tiny world of unfolding subtlety and complexity.

There are limits in our larger world that make such jiggles tricky to predict. For instance, nothing moves faster than the speed of light and no frozen point gets colder than absolute zero. Here’s another limit: Our clunky, classical computers can’t predict what will happen in that little world of 50 interacting atoms.

The problem isn’t that our computers aren’t big enough; if the number were 20 atoms, you could run the simulation on your laptop. But somewhere along the way, as the small world swells to include 50 atoms, the problem of predicting how they’ll behave too difficult for your laptop, or any normal computer, to solve. Even the biggest conventional supercomputer humanity will ever build would lose itself forever in a labyrinth of calculations – whatever answer it might eventually spit out might not come until long after the heat death of the universe. [The 18 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics]

And yet, the problem has just been solved. Continue reading “Quantum Computers Bust Problem Conventional Computers Can’t Solve”

How to Make Money with Your YouTube Channel

Between the multitude of free social platforms and incredibly affordable hardware we have at our fingertips today, there is no better time to thrive as a content creator. One even hears of mythical tales where seemingly normal people making millions of dollars posting videos on platforms like YouTube even before they leave school.

By the end of this article, you will discover that you, too, can have your fair share of the Social Influencer pie. On top of that, you will also have a clearer picture on how to get there. But before I set you up to fly, I have to first smack you down to the ground. If you’re aiming to game the system and hope to make money by buying Followers, stealing viral posts and reposting other people’s content, may I suggest you save your effort and find another hobby instead.

Creating Your Strategy

In order to create and maintain a long term and sustainable YouTube Channel, you have to look past basic arithmetic and ask valuable questions like What is my niche, How do I create value for my viewers in the long run, and How do I help my potential sponsors achieve their KPIs?

Find a niche that sits nicely in the Goldilocks Zone, not too many that you become too general, and not too few that nobody is your niche. Don’t worry about needing to be too good at your specialty. There are plenty of muggles out there you can help with your limited knowledge. The fact that you’re reading this article proves my point.

Remember: if they ain’t coming back for more original content, you don’t have a money-making channel. Continue reading “How to Make Money with Your YouTube Channel”

Can China have an Intel of their Own?

The Chinese government has been pushing for homegrown semiconductors, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. After decades of failure, today may just be the right time for some of these state-sponsored companies to take-off.

The American or specifically, the Israel monopoly of semiconductor technologies and businesses have been on-going for ages, with little to no challenger from the likes of Asia or other regions. Jack Ma saw this profound lapse in technology gap between the region giants, and has been urging that countries with the resources and technology such as China, Japan and even Korea should start investing their countries resources into the development of their very own semiconductor technology; to get around America’s grip on the global chip market.

A Lucrative Market

Qualcomm Inc managed to topped Wall Street’s forecast in its recent quarterly profit. To put into perspective just how much money chips are making money for Qualcomm, how about fiscal 2017 revenues that stands at $22.3 billion? With global semiconductor sales revenue for 2017 hitting some $419 billion in greenback, as according to the latest Gartner report.

Take a step back and now look at who owns the biggest pie from this multi-billion-dollar money printing industry? American companies of course. The China and Japan semiconductor producers do not even stand a chance against these giants.

“America was the early mover and China, we need a lot of things. 100 percent of the market for chips is controlled by Americans,” Jack Ma addressing students and entrepreneurs at Tokyo’s Waseda University. “And suddenly if they stop selling — what that means, you understand. And that’s why China, Japan, and any country, you need core technologies.” Continue reading “Can China have an Intel of their Own?”

Embracing digital disruption by adopting DevOps practices

We live in interesting times. Many organizations are starting to tear down the walls between business and IT, the even thicker walls between technical departments within IT, and have replaced their “Waterfalls” with fountains of nice feedback loops and shorter iterations.

Leaders of these organizations now start to realize that IT is a strategic differentiator instead of a mystical capability best left to techies who speak a foreign language. They read almost daily in newspapers stories that inspire them further. One type of story focuses on organizations that have been dramatically transforming by adopting an engineering culture, and moving towards a new world of IT. This leads to extremely fast concept-to-cash or low time-to-market, and much lower operating and capital expenditures. Another type of story, which offers equally interesting lessons learned, focuses on organizations that have either gone bankrupt or lost huge parts of their market share because they have been replaced by a startup, or an “App”.

We are confident that stories such as the ones described above are only the tip of the iceberg. Disruptive innovations in IT are accelerating at a fast pace, and enormous gains achieved if organizations apply the best practices correctly.

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Source: Quint Wellington Redwood