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July 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics and Performance Management

Analytics and Performance Management

Good piece by John O'Rourke  because it addresses how analytics can be directly connected to business process.  Part of every business  process is to understand how and why things are operating now, and are likely to operate


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Virtual Humanity

More Virtual Humanity

In CNet: Justine Cassell has taken her virtual assistant Sara on a road trip.They're in Tianjin, China, where Carnegie Mellon University's associate dean of technology strategy and impact traveled to offer a glimpse of tomorrow


From BLOG@CACM

Does Nature Use Data?

Does Nature Use Data?

Does nature use databases? Does nature use data structures?

 


From Computational Complexity

Solution to the Alice-Bob-Box problem.

In my last blog I solved one problem and asked another (when will it end!).  Damien Roberts provided an answer in the comments to the last blog, so kudos to Damien! I summarize the question asked and answer it (same answer as


From Schneier on Security

Futuristic Cyberattack Scenario

Futuristic Cyberattack Scenario

This is a piece of near-future fiction about a cyberattack on New York, including hacking of cars, the water system, hospitals, elevators, and the power grid. Although it is definitely a movie-plot attack, all the individual


From Putting People First

Ethnographic research to improve the City of New York’s digital services

Ethnographic research to improve the City of New York’s digital services

A team including the Public Policy Lab (a New York City non-profit) worked with New York City’s Chief Digital Officer and her staff to use ethnographic research to develop the New York City Digital Playbook (available in 14 languages


From Putting People First

Design research at the New York Times

Design research at the New York Times

The pressure to anticipate an audience’s needs and desires is intense—no longer only of concern to business sides of media organizations but a part of the editorial mission, writes Heather Chaplin in the Columbia Journalism Review


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pokemon Go and Retail

Pokemon Go and Retail

Is Pokemon Go the new phenomenon, and will it bring augmented reality mainstream?   I do remember when this was expected of 4 Square too.   Interesting emerging stats in Adweek article below: " .... Nintendo's surprise hit Pokémon


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Driven Business Strategies

Data Driven Business Strategies

 I like the closer to business process premise ....  Following up.TealiumGartner Report: Mastering Data and Analytics: ‘Table Stakes’ for Digital BusinessExecutive Summary: “The transformation to digital business is not incremental


From The Eponymous Pickle

New: Digital Industry Insider

New: Digital Industry Insider

Digital Industry Insider:  "The future of industry is digital. GE and BI Studios have co-created Digital Industry Insider, dedicated to bringing you what you need to know about digital industrial news and events. .... Produced


From insideHPC

Allinea to Share Top Tips for Code Modernization at XSEDE16

Allinea to Share Top Tips for Code Modernization at XSEDE16

Today, Allinea announced that the company will be exhibiting at XSEDE16 July 17-21 in Miami. The conference will attract an audience across industry and academia to discuss the key themes of diversity, big data and science at


From insideHPC

Video: Dr. Zoe Cournia on the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

Video: Dr. Zoe Cournia on the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

As the first recipient of the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC, Dr Zoe Cournia was selected for her outstanding contributions and impact on HPC in Europe on a global level. "Using the PRACE HPC resources and recent advances in


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nielsen on CPG Innovation

Nielsen on CPG Innovation

In FoodNavigator:Nielsen unveils 2016 breakthrough innovation winners: There will be more change in CPG in the next five years than there was in the last 50In 2015, the top 25 food and beverage companies generated 45% of category


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Building a Matrix?

Google Building a Matrix?

In Adage:What could the Alphatrix look like?If Alphabet has its way, in a few years, we'll be living in connected homes intelligently powered by Google Home wearing Google VR headsets on our faces. We'll swap those out for Google


From The Eponymous Pickle

Semantic Ecosystems

Semantic Ecosystems

Continuing a look at modern ontology capabilities,  We did work with Stanford's KSL to build ontologies of corporate data.Semantic EcosystemsCreate a semantic ecosystem—evolve from disparate data to actionable knowledge.TopQuadrant’s


From insideHPC

Video: A NASA Perspective on El Niño

Video: A NASA Perspective on El Niño

In this video, Steven Pawson discussed how NASA uses computer models to build up a complete three-dimensional picture of El Niño in the ocean and atmosphere. Pawson is an atmospheric scientist and the chief of the Global Modeling


From insideHPC

Call for Proposals: Intel HPC Developer Conference at SC16

Call for Proposals: Intel HPC Developer Conference at SC16

The Intel HPC Developer Conference has issued its Call for Proposals. Held in conjunction with SC16, the event takes place Nov. 12-13 in Salt Lake City.

The post Call for Proposals: Intel HPC Developer Conference at SC16 appeared


From The Eponymous Pickle

Better Digital Work Methods Needed

Better Digital Work Methods Needed

Again, I would point to some of our work on this to first and foremost getting all the right data to people as they need it to both support decisions and make constraints clear.   Further supported by analytic/cognitive agents


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Importance of Carefully Considering Outliers

The Importance of Carefully Considering Outliers

Good short piece by Rick Delgado on the concept of outliers.  Very important that both the analyst and the decision maker understands this idea as it relates to collected data and decision problem.  Frequently brought up here


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Picking a Platform for Teaching Mobile App Development

Picking a Platform for Teaching Mobile App Development

Come late August I’ll be teaching a course in Mobile Application Development. It seemed like a great idea when we were discussing new courses to add to the program of studies. Now it appears to me that picking a development platform


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Stuffed Squid with Chard and Potatoes

Friday Squid Blogging: Stuffed Squid with Chard and Potatoes

Looks like a tasty recipe. 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

Predictive Models Improving Automated Decisions

Predictive Models Improving Automated Decisions

Useful points,   Though there is is the question on 'how predictive' and how precise such models can be.How Predictive Models Improve Automated DecisionsWritten by: Colleen McClintock   ... Agility is a key focus and benefitBeing


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using GPS Underwater

Using GPS Underwater

Had studied alternative to GPS for location in indoor spaces.   Had not realized the complexity of it working underwater.  Say for locating and directing underwater drones.   In the Atlantic.  ....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards Adaptable Leaders

Towards Adaptable Leaders

Could not be more correct, especially in the world of changing technology and business. But what do they look like, and what do they have to be adaptable to?    Admit to not knowing everything?  More.


From The Eponymous Pickle

A New Biology

A New Biology

Including the work of a biological game theorist. From matchbook-sized models of living human organs to the surprising alternative-energy implications of symbiotic giant clams, the work of three new faculty members represents


From Schneier on Security

I Have Joined the Board of Directors of the Tor Project

I Have Joined the Board of Directors of the Tor Project

This week, I have joined the board of directors of the Tor Project. Slashdot thread. Hacker News thread....


From insideHPC

Got Disruptive HPC Technology? Get Free Exhibit Space at SC16

Got Disruptive HPC Technology? Get Free Exhibit Space at SC16

Do you have new technology that could disrupt HPC in the near future? There's still time to get free exhibit space at SC16 in November. "At the SC16 Emerging Technologies Showcase, we invite submissions from industry, academia


From insideHPC

CloudLightning Project Seeks Your Input on New Survey

CloudLightning Project Seeks Your Input on New Survey

Are you looking at how to deliver HPC services through the Cloud? The CloudLightning Project in Europe is seeking your input on a new survey.

The post CloudLightning Project Seeks Your Input on New Survey appeared first on insideHPC


From insideHPC

DOE Awards 1.7 Billion Core-hours on Argonne Supercomputers

DOE Awards 1.7 Billion Core-hours on Argonne Supercomputers

The ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) has awarded 26 projects a total of 1.7 billion core-hours at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility. The one-year awards began July


From insideHPC

Video: Profiling Genome Pipeline I/O with DDN and the Sanger Institute

Video: Profiling Genome Pipeline I/O with DDN and the Sanger Institute

"The data that I presented from the Sanger Institute is typical of the profiles that we come across: a mix of good streaming IO (ie the larger reads), but unexpectedly high numbers of small reads and writes. These small reads

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