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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.

Pattern Recognition

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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.

Things To Ask Your IT Support Provider Before Signing

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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.

How Bad Leadership Helped Launch Intel, the Silicon Valley and Venture Capital

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Yet, were it not for the bad leadership of Shockley, Bell Labs and Fairchild Semiconductor, one wonders if we’d ever have had Intel, the semiconductor as we know it today or even the information technology revolution?

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You Need an Algorithm, Not a Data Scientist

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Robots Will Replace Doctors, Lawyers, and Other Professionals

Harvard Business Review

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

On Leadership, Transparency and Breaching Confidentiality

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I am an Information Technology Manager at a Fortune 100 firm. What happens when a seasoned manager doesn’t know the difference between being transparent and breaching confidentiality? In a nutshell, you get this: Distrust, demotivation, and an epic failure in leadership. We had made some significant changes in how our teams will get work done in 2015. […].

Why You Shouldn’t Swear at Siri

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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.

The Best Data Scientists Know How to Tell Stories

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Information & technology Data Analytics Communication ArticleWhen hiring data scientists, people tend to focus primarily on technical qualifications. It’s hard to find candidates who have the right mix of computational and statistical skills.

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

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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

Managers Are More Connected, But Not For The Better

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There is, however, one evident change in recent times that is influencing the practice of managing: the digital technologies which over the past two decades have dramatically increased speed and volume in the transmission of information. Managing does not change, not fundamentally.

The C-Suite and IT Need to Get on the Same Page on Cybersecurity

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They may think differently about the nature of cyber risk and of the way threats translate into business and technological risks. This is largely due to their priorities — C-suite executives have responsibility for mitigating business risk, while IT delivers the technological support that drives the business. For example, customer details including login credentials and account information is often for sale on the dark web.

Leading a Digital Transformation? Learn to Code

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Gledhill is Group Executive and Head of Group Technology & Operations at DBS Bank, a leading Asian bank with more than $300 billion of assets and a market capitalization of about $35. Information & technology Innovation Technology Article

Prevent Email Horror with a 2-Minute Send Delay

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Business writing Information & technology ArticleMarketing manager Grier was just plain tired of colleagues playing the expert in her domain. When a designer sent her an e-mail questioning her choice of quotes for a new product brochure, she snapped.

Breaking Down Data Silos

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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.

What the U.S. Military Has Learned About Thwarting Cyberattacks

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Technological safeguards, while vital, will not alone make a company safe. Information & technology Operations management Managing people Developing employees Article

8 Ways Governments Can Improve Their Cybersecurity

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One challenge countries face: there are hundreds of MFA technologies vying for attention, but not all are created equal. Policymakers should understand the limitations of first-generation MFA technologies such as OTPs that rely on shared secrets and look to incent adoption of more secure alternatives, such as those that utilize public key cryptography where keys are always stored on — and never leave — the user’s device, like FIDO authentication standards.

Build STEM Skills, but Don’t Neglect the Humanities

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Who doesn’t stand in awe of the advances that science and its STEM siblings (technology, engineering, and math) have created to better our world? Education Information & technology Emotional intelligence

Gamification Can Help People Actually Use Analytics Tools

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The technological challenge is hard enough. If decision makers aren’t willing to experiment with the tool and improve their outcomes over time, then your investment in the technology is wasted. Information & technology Data Managing organizations Decision making

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The Ideas That Shaped Management in 2014

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Of all the ways the world changed in 2014 — economic, cultural, technological, all three — which will matter most to us in 2015? Leadership & Managing people Information & technology

The Real Reason Companies Are Spending Less on Tech

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After the dot-com bubble, investment in software and information processing equipment in the U.S. job market troubles of the past decade than new technology had. But I couldn’t help but fixate on that information-technology chart, which seemed to show corporate America giving up on IT.

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Managing Privacy in the Internet of Things

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Yet even human beings have been unable to converge on a single language to share information. Real-time energy usage data can provide intimate information, including behaviour patterns – i.e., when people are present and active in their homes. Photo by Andrew Nguyen.

Your Customers’ Behavior Is a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

This point was powerfully reinforced when listening to Nadia Shouraboura , former head of Amazon’s Supply Chain and Fulfillment Technologies and founder of Hointer , an innovative “digiphysical” retail startup , at an Intel roundtable on the future of retail experience.

Artificial Intelligence Is Almost Ready for Business

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AI, expert systems, and business intelligence have been with us for decades, but this time the reality almost matches the rhetoric, driven by the exponential growth in technology capabilities (e.g., AI is not the be-all and end-all; it’s an embedded technology.

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The Sectors Where the Internet of Things Really Matters

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has emerged as a leading adopter of smart meter technology for power utilities, approaching 50% penetration of 150 million total endpoints. Information & technology Internet The Internet of Things is emerging as the third wave in the development of the internet.

Stop Making Excuses for Your Flawed Data

Harvard Business Review

If anything, these problems grow worse when executives use the data to inform high-level decisions. Recognizing that you have a problem is the first step, so ask yourself the following questions: Do I really have all the data I need to make an informed decision?

The Decline of the Rural American Hospital and How to Reverse It

Harvard Business Review

It’s no wonder that patients, politicians, third-party payers, hospitals, and providers are calling for health-care models and technologies that deliver more for less. In addition, some of the providers we interviewed complained about problems with the technology.

There’s No Such Thing as Anonymous Data

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A privacy-industrial complex has sprung up from this — technology, services, and policies all aimed at trying to protect data while allowing it to flow freely enough to keep the modern electronic bazaar thriving. Photo by Andrew Nguyen.

The Essence of Life and Leadership

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Only 20-50% of re-engineering efforts succeed [1] Only 28% of information technology projects are successful [2] Only 33% of corporate mergers are successful [3] 50% of firms that downsize experience a decrease (not increase) in productivity. [4] “Emotions transform energy; energy creates movement; movement is change; and change is the essence of life.” ~Darren Weissman Did you know?

Prevent Employees from Leaking Data

Harvard Business Review

Information & technology IT management David Upton and Sadie Creese , both of Oxford, explain why the scariest threats are from insiders. For more, see The Danger from Within in the September 2014 issue of HBR. Download this podcast.

How the Water Industry Learned to Embrace Data

Harvard Business Review

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.

Predict What Employees Will Do Without Freaking Them Out

Harvard Business Review

In the quest to improve productivity and work life, the information that companies can analyze about you at work is limited only by software. Human resources Information & technology Managing people

An Introduction to Data-Driven Decisions for Managers Who Don’t Like Math

Harvard Business Review

Big data, small data, internal, external, experimental, observational — everywhere we look, information is being captured, quantified, and used to make business decisions. Decision making Information & technology

To Make Better Decisions, Combine Datasets

Harvard Business Review

What is new is that the advent of predictive analytics, in which disparate information that was never before considered as or looked at as related parts of a system, is giving us new ways to see interrelationships across, and think comprehensively about, entire systems.

Why Are We Still Classifying Companies by Industry?

Harvard Business Review

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. Information & technology Business models Digital Article

What’s Wrong with the FAA’s New Drone Rules

Harvard Business Review

Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace and this milestone allows federal regulations and the use of our national airspace to evolve to safely accommodate innovation,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a press release that accompanied the announcement.

10 Kinds of Stories to Tell with Data

Harvard Business Review

Information & technology Leadership Presentations For almost a decade I have heard that good quantitative analysts can “tell a story with data.” Narrative is—along with visual analytics—an important way to communicate analytical results to non-analytical people.

What Big Data Needs to Do to Grow Up

Harvard Business Review

We are in an Information Revolution — and have been for a while now. These new data sources promise to transform our lives as much in the 21st century as the early stages of the Information Revolution reshaped the latter part of the 20th century.

Why CIOs Make Great Board Directors

Harvard Business Review

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.

We Can’t Always Control What Makes Us Successful

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Human resources Information & technology Talent management The 2002 movie Minority Report told the story of a future in which law enforcement could tell who would commit crimes in the future. The police then arrested those people before they could commit the crimes.