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January 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Big Data is Changing New Product Development

How Big Data is Changing New Product Development

Below is an  collaborative webinar featuring two groups I have done work with.  And includes Tom Davenport, who included our analytics efforts at Procter & Gamble in his books.   I am looking forward to attendingWHAT: How Big


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pivoting on your Business Model

Pivoting on your Business Model

In Entrpreneur: Have not seen this covered before, but some of the recent enterprise changes made me think about it. Some good, simple ideas.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gartner: Mobile Apps will be Hybrid

Gartner: Mobile Apps will be Hybrid

A Gartner prediction that over 50 percent of Apps will be hybrid by 2016.  This question came to mind during the recent announcement of Windows 10 enhancements running on Windows phones.   Which of those will also operate on'


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin

Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin

In Radar O'Reilly:  More detailed information about the concept and its broader applications.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Getting Knowledge Management Right

Getting Knowledge Management Right

In the APQC Blog:  Some useful thoughts about knowledge management.    KM is still an important topic, but I see it being mentioned less often.   Is that because we have access to so much more knowledge now?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making Stores Matter

Making Stores Matter

In McKinsey: Stores need to refine how they use their real estate. " ... For decades, the retail industry has followed the same straightforward formula for growth: open new stores. By replicating a proven store format in a new


From Putting People First

[Book] Beyond Design Ethnography

[Book] Beyond Design Ethnography

Beyond Design Ethnography: How Designers Practice Ethnographic Research Edited by Prof. Nicolas Nova along with Lysianne Léchot-Hirt of HEAD–Genève (CH), and Fabienne Kilchör and Sebastien Fasel (Emphase.ch) Head-Genève, January


From Schneier on Security

My Conversation with Edward Snowden

My Conversation with Edward Snowden

Today, as part of a Harvard computer science symposium, I had a public conversation with Edward Snowden. The topics were largely technical, ranging from cryptography to hacking to surveillance to what to do now. Here's the video


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

NIST and EAC Sponsoring Symposium on Voting Systems Technology

The Future of Voting Systems Technology Symposium II will take place February 9-10 at the Department of Commerce headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Registration (free) is required and closes on February 3. The symposium is co-sponsored


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Giggling Squid Restaurant

Friday Squid Blogging: Giggling Squid Restaurant

Giggling Squid is a Thai restaurant chain in the UK. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Systematizing Training Tasks for Specific Goals

Systematizing Training Tasks for Specific Goals

I just got a promotion from the Kahn Academy pointing to their new iPad App.  Now available for download.    Always thought it would be a good to systematize the kind of capabilities that Kahn has for topics like math.  For example


From Putting People First

Designing a user experience for wearable devices

Designing a user experience for wearable devices

Gradinar Razvan discusses some of the questions that UX designers will need to consider when designing for wearables. In particular, he presents the key things that designers should keep in mind when they are designing for a


From The Eponymous Pickle

User Centered Design

User Centered Design

In Wired:  Fascinating piece.   " ... How the Home Telephone Sparked the User-Centered Design Revolution .... Have you ever thought about why doorknobs are positioned at around two-fifths of the door’s height, instead of right


From The Eponymous Pickle

First Look at Apache Spark

First Look at Apache Spark

A video and technical view intro of the programming capability.  Examining. " .... Apache Spark, the open-source, cluster computing framework originally developed in the AMPLab at UC Berkeley and now championed by Databricks


From Schneier on Security

When Thinking Machines Break the Law

When Thinking Machines Break the Law

Last year, two Swiss artists programmed a Random Botnot Shopper, which every week would spend $100 in bitcoin to buy a random item from an anonymous Internet black market...all for an art project on display in Switzerland. It


From The Eponymous Pickle

Comment Requirements Changed

Comment Requirements Changed

Due to increasing Spam in comments,  you now need to register to post a comment.  In addition, as before, all comments are moderated.  Historically this blog has few comments. I still welcome your thoughts, my address can be


From The Eponymous Pickle

The In-Store Internet of Things

The In-Store Internet of Things

In Retailwire:  From research by Cisco.  We talked to Cisco when the only connective technology was for this was phone and RFID tags.  Everything can and will be connected.  Good overview, shows again the need for better standards


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Buys Lift

Google Buys Lift

Late, but of interest.   A move in life sciences.  " ... Google has acquired Lift Labs, which makes a mechanical spoon for people suffering from tremors, in a move giving Google new technology for combating neurodegenerative


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Tech Trends for 2015: In the Know

A few weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal posted the article, “The Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2015: Gadgets and Ideas With the Best Chance of Making an Impact … and What You Can Do to Prepare for Them.” It offered predictions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mobile Shopping Myths from Data Insight

Mobile Shopping Myths from Data Insight

In McKinsey:   An instructive look at UK mobile data:" ... Understanding what matters in mobile is increasingly critical as people become ever more wedded to digital devices. In the United Kingdom, for instance, two out of three


From The Eponymous Pickle

Leadership Development in a Changing World

Leadership Development in a Changing World

My former enterprise is in the news with speculation about who the next CEO will be.   It is still mostly promotion from within there. Candidates mentioned for CEO are still all long time employees. How is this changing in aHBR


From Computational Complexity

There Should be an Algorithm

My high school daughter Molly was reading her Kindle and said "You know how you can choose a word and the Kindle will give you a definition. There should be an algorithm that chooses the right definition to display dependingword


From Putting People First

Ethnographic research of Davos delegates leads to some striking results

Ethnographic research of Davos delegates leads to some striking results

Every January, hundreds of politicians, CEOs, scientific experts, and celebrities gather for their annual meeting in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Davos to “improve the state of the world.” Yet, the World Economic Forum’s


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft HoloLens Demonstration

Microsoft HoloLens Demonstration

Saw a demonstration of Microsoft HoloLens today.  An impressive see-through visor that sits on your head and can give you 3-D holographic experiences.   Wirelessly.   Spatial Audio.  Gaze tracking. Gesture and Voice driven.  I


From The Eponymous Pickle

Knowledge Discovery with Unsupervised Learning

Knowledge Discovery with Unsupervised Learning

Fascinating example using Bayesia's graphical methods.   I like how the visualization leads to useful  implications of the discovery.  Easy to follow example with stock market data.  Links to a complete tutorial.   Why Stocks


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cognitive Computing Book

Cognitive Computing Book

Cognitive Computing, A Brief Guide for Game Changers  by Peter Fingar,  just received.  I commented on early versions.   They write:" ... This book is a concise report on the most noteworthy developments in artificial intelligence


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Robots For Teaching Programming

Robots For Teaching Programming

One of my most popular posts has been a collection of links to block programming (drag and drop programming) tools and languages. The other day it occurred to me that a similar list for programming with robots might be useful


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Product Development and Big Data

New Product Development and Big Data

Below is an  collaborative webinar featuring two groups I have done work with.  And includes Tom Davenport, who included our analytics efforts at Procter & Gamble in his books.   I am looking forward to attend." ....WHAT: How


From The Eponymous Pickle

When to Analyze Big Data

When to Analyze Big Data

In Smart Data Collective, by Richard Boire  I like the mentions of real time data,and also that we need to look at longitudinal (historical) views to understand its implications.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Xerox Licenses Thinfilm Labels

Xerox Licenses Thinfilm Labels

Interesting characteristics of this labeling system, with likely applications to Internet of things applications." ... Each label, costing a few pennies, is a plastic tag that’s based on ferroelectric capacitors and allows for