Information Technology's Dangerous Trend in Africa

Harvard Business Review

For the past few decades, emerging technologies such as biotechnology, microelectronics, information technology and communications technologies have become central to the socioeconomic development of nations. These technologies improve productivity and facilitate better living standards when they penetrate into societies. With its ease of adoption, this interdependence has scaled rapidly, unlike any other technology in modern history.

Employers Checking Social Media

Career Advancement

If you’re setting up a separate professional account, give the public full access to your information to encourage them to “friend” or “follow” you. Information Technology Job Search Perception Q&A with Joel“There is no advertisement as powerful as a positive reputation traveling fast.”. Brian Koslow~. Nasir asks: I’ve heard that employers are checking social media more and more, to find out how professional their people really are.

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Unplug from Technology!

Career Advancement

Technology is a good servant but a bad master.”. If, like Vincent, you’re staying too connected, consider these tips for unplugging from technology after work or even during the workday. Try taking mini breaks from technology during work. Maybe you can’t leave behind technology, but unplugging mentally from email and your phone while researching an idea or writing a proposal will improve your focus. Information Technology Real Leaders, Real Stories Work-Life Balance

Benefits of Help Desk for Your Business

Strategy Driven

In this technological era, most daily work functions depend on an internet connection and electronic appliances. This information offers crucial insight into any holes within your company’s IT infrastructure. Managing Your Business business management Entrepreneurship help desk information technology IT help desk managing your business strategydriven

Pattern Recognition

Coaching Tip

As opportunity assessments are conducted and information is uncovered on the path to transformation, business leaders must allow flexibility when the need arises to veer from the path in order to maximize possibilities. Very large companies in the information technology industry, like IBM, are successfully moving from product-driven to services-driven businesses.

StrategyDriven Welcomes Ruth Todd, PhD

Strategy Driven

A highly experienced nuclear power consultant, Ruth leads StrategyDriven's information technology and cyber security services. "We Her extensive knowledge and experience in information technology and cyber security adds a critical dimension to our advisory services practice and brings tremendous value to our clients.". Announcements cyber security information technology nuclear power consultant Ruth Todd strategydriven

IT Overinvesting – Is it Better to be Safe than Sorry?

Women on Business

While I haven’t read the book, an article on Reuters suggests that the book Aligning Technology with Strategy by Harvard Business Review advises companies evaluate their IT costs to prevent overinvesting. An article written in 2003 regarding security and technology is not going to be relevant in 2011. It’s technology. As consumers, we trust that when we provide a company with our personal or financial information that it will be secure.

Grassroots Leadership Evolving

Coaching Tip

Friedman wrote about the great unraveling of traditional leadership across the globe: The main driver, I believe, is the merger of globalization and the Information Technology revolution. Books democratization dov seidman global movement globalization grassroots leadership how information technology revolution thomas friedmanIn the December 18, 2011 edition of the New York Times , Thomas L.

Things To Ask Your IT Support Provider Before Signing

Strategy Driven

Entrepreneurship business management entrepreneurship information technology strategydrivenPhoto courtesy of Pexels. Outsourcing large tasks and functions is fast becoming the thing to do in business because of the success it can offer, and the top of that list is IT support. Of course, this is an utterly logical thing to do because it will take the technical pressures off you and allow you to stay focused on the core operations of your company while saving a buck or two.

You Need an Algorithm, Not a Data Scientist

Harvard Business Review

Information & technology

More Training Won’t Reduce Your Cyber Risk

Harvard Business

But all too often organizations’ approach to mitigating that risk — other than taking the wise step of ensuring that they have the state-of-the art technological protection in place — is more training. Most importantly, the training can help leaders be much more effective in overseeing chief information officers (CIOs), and chief information-security officers (CISOs). Know and prioritize your information. Don’t just share information; block it.

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The Ways Your Brain Manages Overload, and How to Improve Them

Harvard Business

Information overload is everywhere , from non-stop news to rat-a-tat email inboxes. At the receiving end of this deluge of verbiage is the human brain — your brain— metaphorically endowed with a vacuum cleaner that sucks up information; a container for short-term memory; a blender for integrating information; a memory bank for storing long-term information; a garbage disposal for getting rid of information; and a recycling machine extraordinaire.

How Physicians Can Keep Up with the Knowledge Explosion in Medicine

Harvard Business

But it is simply unrealistic for a doctor — or any human being — to stay abreast of that much information, much less be able to recall accurately the relevant information on demand. While basic technologies such as Google and Pubmed exist that can help automate the search for specific information, they are not sufficient and will prove even less tenable in the future as the advancement in medical science continues to accelerate.

To Survive, Health Care Data Providers Need to Stop Selling Data

Harvard Business

End users can take advantage of quantities of newly available information to solve problems in population health, clinical decision support, and patient engagement, among other applications. And for data providers, ubiquitous availability of information and low barriers to entry means that the competitive advantage gained from the data itself can be quickly eroded. Information that would once have been proprietary — and premium-priced — is now widely available, for free.

How Machine Learning Is Helping Us Predict Heart Disease and Diabetes

Harvard Business

health care system, a new wave of analytics and technology could help dramatically cut costly and unnecessary hospitalizations while improving outcomes for patients. Toward this end, my colleagues and I at Boston University’s Center for Information and Systems Engineering have been striving to bring the power of machine-learning algorithms to this critical problem. Analytics Operations management Information & technology Healthcare Digital Article

Why Are We Still Classifying Companies by Industry?

Harvard Business

They have expanded far beyond the “Information Technology” tag attached to them by GICS. Today, technology is just a standard part of corporate infrastructure, like operations or marketing. And new companies such as LinkedIn, Uber, Pinterest, and Airbnb have sprung up to take advantage of new opportunities — to combine technology with more traditional offerings, and to build open platforms that leverage worldwide networks.

3 Health Care Trends That Don’t Hinge on the ACA

Harvard Business

Second, technology has become a pervasive element across the health care system, with a major impact on diagnosis, treatment, and communications. There’s a tremendous amount of information and structured data now available to guide treatment, assess outcomes, and measure quality of care. But technology has become rooted firmly in U.S. Information & technology Innovation Technology Government Healthcare Digital ArticleLaura Schneider for HBR.

How the Water Industry Learned to Embrace Data

Harvard Business

The water industry is using digital technologies and analytics to derive more value from its physical assets. To help solve this problem, organizations are using digital technologies and data analytics to improve leak detection. Although members of the water industry have found success using digital technologies and analytics, they’ve also faced challenges when trying to transform the roles and mindsets of their employees and their internal- and customer-facing processes.

Robots Will Replace Doctors, Lawyers, and Other Professionals

Harvard Business

More recently, there has been a shift to systematization, the use of technology to automate and sometimes transform the way that professional work is done — from workflow systems through to AI-based problem-solving. Our inclination is to be sympathetic to this transformative use of technology, not least because today’s professions, as currently organized, are creaking. Information & technology Professional transitions Internet Digital Article

What the Companies on the Right Side of the Digital Business Divide Have in Common

Harvard Business

In just a few years digital technology has connected an ever-growing number of people, sensors, and devices. While some have invested significantly in technology, operational, and cultural changes, others are lagging behind. The best-performing companies stated they have technology budgets on par with digital laggards; the average IT spend as a percentage of revenue was 3.5% The broad deployment of digital technology requires rethinking both business and operating models.

The Promise of Blockchain Is a World Without Middlemen

Harvard Business

How Blockchain Works Here are five basic principles underlying the technology. No single party controls the data or the information. Each node stores and forwards information to all other nodes. If the process of using an ATM had been invented today, with the blockchain as a state-of-the-art database technology as an option, we would most likely not need an administrative entity like VISA to manage the process. How technology is transforming transactions.

How the U.S. Army Personalized Its Mental Health Care

Harvard Business

Today when soldiers check in for appointments, they are provided with a laptop or tablet with individualized log-in information. BHDP requires the use of an additional information system because the electronic health record (EHR) system used by the U.S. The provider cannot change the patient-reported data but can now incorporate that self-reported information when meeting face to face with the patient, to improve treatment planning and progress tracking. The U.S.

Why Leaders Are Still So Hesitant to Invest in New Business Models

Harvard Business

As technology continues to change and challenge even the most successful incumbent organizations in every industry, the cost of inertia is growing. However, Alignors tend to stick with industry norms, despite their preferences and the rapid advancement in digital technologies. Growth strategy Budgeting Information & technology Digital Article

Complimentary Resource – Data, Data Everywhere: A Special Report on Managing Information

Strategy Driven

Data, Data Everywhere : A Special Report on Managing Information. Learn how businesses are transforming themselves based on the abundance of data, and benefits found in the various uses of information and the new methods of visualizing data. This special report from The Economist covers the phenomenon of the Data Deluge–everywhere you look, the quantity of information in the world is soaring. by SAP.

Why CIOs Make Great Board Directors

Harvard Business

It’s no wonder CIOs are the fastest-growing addition to the boardroom: They can help address a host of issues of crucial importance to boards, including using technologies to create operational efficiencies and competitive advantage; identifying opportunities related to cloud computing, digitization, and data; addressing threats and risks associated with information security; and using their experience and judgment to oversee, question, and provide input on technology budgets.

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Why You Shouldn’t Swear at Siri

Harvard Business

If adaptive bots learn from every meaningful human interaction they have, then mistreatment and abuse become technological toxins. Using bad manners with smart technologies can lead to bad management. Sooner, rather than later, organizations will have to recognize that getting the best out of their smart technologies requires getting the best from themselves. Technology Mobile Information & technology Digital ArticleStop swearing at Siri.

Zurich Insurance Group Takes Its IT Infrastructure to the Agile Cloud - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business

Building on a relationship that dates back to 2004, Zurich Insurance Group is working with DXC to move from traditional data center outsourcing to a Platform as a Service model, taking advantage of next-generation cloud management technologies to lower operating costs and accelerate development. Read more from DXC Technology: Digital Transformation Is Racing Ahead and No Industry Is Immune. Information & technology Sponsor Content

How to Hire with Algorithms

Harvard Business

­­ Information & technology Assessing performance Hiring Talent management Digital ArticleHBR STAFF. Choosing the right person for a job can be challenging. The sheer number of resumes can be overwhelming.

The Pros and Cons of Robot Managers

Harvard Business

Not only is technology capable of rivaling humans on these core management tasks, it is already playing a pivotal role in helping humans to more effectively accomplish these tasks. Harnessing the power of machine learning and other technologies. Although technology can make us angry (particularly when it doesn’t work) it is much harder to fight with it than with humans. Information & technology Leadership Analytics Talent management Digital Article

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Companies Should Understand Where Cybercrime Thrives

Harvard Business

Both Brazil and Russia lose billions of dollars to cybercrime each year, and their home-grown criminals supply Trojans and other types of malware (malicious computer programs), stolen e-mail accounts and passwords, and other private information to criminal clients around the world. Both of these Trojans target system information, online credentials, and banking details. These are also customizable tools that can gather any sort of information the thief wishes.

Breaking Down Data Silos

Harvard Business

The biggest obstacle to using advanced data analysis isn’t skill base or technology; it’s plain old access to the data. Harnessing the power of machine learning and other technologies. Data Information & technology Analytics Digital ArticlePredictive analytics, data science, artificial intelligence, bots. The waves of advances in the application of data keep on coming.

One Obstacle to Curing Cancer: Patient Data Isn’t Shared

Harvard Business

The development of targeted therapies and immunotherapies — the two biggest hopes for cancer cures — depend on the existence of large data sets comprising patients’ genetic and clinical information. Today, the clinical and genetic information of cancer patients is held in a variety of places: academic medical centers, community hospitals, disease-specific foundations, pharmaceutical companies, and the government.

Bad Data Costs the U.S. $3 Trillion Per Year

Harvard Business

No reasonably well-informed external customer would pay more for these steps. Data Information & technology Operations Digital ArticleConsider this figure: $136 billion per year. That’s the research firm IDC’s estimate of the size of the big data market, worldwide, in 2016. This figure should surprise no one with an interest in big data. But here’s another number: $3.1

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Cybersecurity Is Every Executive’s Job

Harvard Business

The best and most effective means for senior executives to guarantee change is to establish a solid working relationship with the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Information & technology Risk management Security & privacy Digital ArticleAll companies connected to the internet are vulnerable to cyber attacks. And the potential losses are significant. Retail giant Target, for example, estimated its losses from a 2013 data breach at more than $250 million.

A Tool for Balancing Your Company’s Digital Investments

Harvard Business

Note that whether the technology used is “leading edge” is secondary. They are essentially R&D investments in unproven ways to use digital technologies. They are driven by novel ideas or perhaps a new technology. Today, for example, many banks, insurance companies and law firms are exploring how they might exploit blockchain technologies. Information & technology Financial analysis Financial management Digital Article

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How One Clothing Company Blends AI and Human Expertise

Harvard Business

Machine learning algorithms digest all of this eclectic and unstructured information. The company collects as much information about a client as it can, in both structured and unstructured form. Structured data includes surveys with personal information such as body measurements and brand preferences. Harnessing the power of machine learning and other technologies. This human-in-the-loop recommendation system uses multiple information streams to help it improve.

How Predictive AI Will Change Shopping

Harvard Business

Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple are accelerating consumer expectations and what’s technologically possible, from same-day delivery to machine-powered image recognition. Amazon patented predictive stocking in 2014, and saying that AI, machine learning, and personalization technologies have improved since then is an understatement. Harnessing the power of machine learning and other technologies. Imagine you’re about to leave the house to pick up your kids.

What a Visit to an AI-Enabled Hospital Might Look Like

Harvard Business

Harnessing the power of machine learning and other technologies. The clerk looks at the patient name and informs you that the patient is allergic and provides you the same three options as before along with a coupon for 15% off on your next visit. Perception starts by providing both obvious and non-obvious observations to provide a baseline of information to help inform recommendations. Prediction informs you of what to expect.

7 Ways to Introduce AI into Your Organization

Harvard Business

I’m teaching a new course this semester on cognitive technologies (AKA artificial intelligence) to Babson MBAs. Many of them are new to this set of technologies, and seeing the topic through my students’ eyes has made me realize how overwhelming it can be. More complex types of cognitive technology — neural or deep learning networks, natural language processing, and algorithms — can seem like black boxes even to the data scientists who create them.

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Prepare Your Workforce for the Automation Age

Harvard Business

Harnessing the power of machine learning and other technologies. As workforces hollow out, the remaining employees will be highly specialized and experienced business/technology hybrids—a new breed of professional who can work in highly distributed environments and shift from managing people to managing experiences and technology. Freeways full of driverless cars and beer trucks are still far off, because of technological and regulatory limitations.

Hiring Data Scientists from Outside the U.S.: A Primer on Visas

Harvard Business

USCIS, by law, must approve it within 90 days of the application (unless it requires additional information). Hiring Information & technology Digital ArticleIt’s no secret that there’s a shortage of data scientists in America’s workforce. Many companies look to hire overseas to help ease the domestic talent shortfall (in fact, one in three data scientists are born outside the U.S. )

Assess Whether You Have a Data Quality Problem

Harvard Business

Your team members will either spot errors — the misspelled customer name or information that’s been placed in the wrong column — or they won’t. Data Information & technology Digital ArticleDecision makers, leaders, data scientists, and managers often must make quick assessments about whether they can trust a set of data , whether they can include it in an analysis, or whether they need it to take a new direction.

FinTech Is Weaving Charitable Giving into Everyday Transactions

Harvard Business

Social purpose is continuing to evolve from a philanthropic niche to a key part of core business strategy, and this shift presents unique opportunities for technology companies, in particular. The next wave of technology innovation will require a paradigm shift — one that builds social purpose into the activities of our everyday lives. Social responsibility Internet Information & technology Digital Article

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