Machine learning demystified: the importance of data

Machine learning demystified: the importance of data

Machine learning (ML) may sound like a daunting concept to anyone unfamiliar with it, some may believe it to lead to outlandish ideas about machines poised to enslave mankind. Fortunately this isn’t what ML is, it’s basically a major advancement in the development of Information Technology (IT). For ML to benefit an organisation it first has to understand the full …

Cisco’s New IoT Platform Will Take Your Projects Past Proof-of-Concept

Cisco’s New IoT Platform Will Take Your Projects Past Proof-of-Concept

Every time a new technology comes along that shows promise for business, companies aggressively kick off studies and pilot projects. A proportion of these first projects fail. We saw it with client/server computing and again with data warehousing. It’s happening today with large-scale IoT projects. The good news is that each failed project can still be a lesson, which will …

The Data Governance Coach: What Do You Include in a Data Quality Issue Log?

The Data Governance Coach: What Do You Include in a Data Quality Issue Log?

Whenever I am helping a client design and implement a Data Governance Framework, a Data Quality Issue Resolution process is one of the first processes I like to implement. After all, if you are implementing Data Governance because you want to improve the quality of your data, it makes sense to have a central process to enable people to flag …

5 Common Pitfalls in Current State Analysis

5 Common Pitfalls in Current State Analysis

Understanding the current state is arguably the biggest step for a Business Analyst or Product Owner on a new project to take. Projects, processes, and systems have a rich history that is typically complex. The larger the organization, the more complexity that is in play. User perceptions, stakeholder expectations, the political landscape and many other factors help or hinder the …

The financial world wants to open AI’s black boxes

The financial world wants to open AI’s black boxes

Powerful machine-learning methods have taken the tech world by storm in recent years, vastly improving voice and image recognition, machine translation, and many other things. Now these techniques are poised to upend countless other industries, including the world of finance. But progress may be stymied by a significant problem: it’s often impossible to explain how these “deep learning” algorithms reach …

AI Is Better Than Us At Monitoring Images And Video

AI Is Better Than Us At Monitoring Images And Video

You’ve undoubtedly heard exciting reports about how artificial intelligence, or AI, is rapidly changing some of the ways we do ordinary activities. According to Eirik Thorsnes, a system manager at Norway’s Uni Research Computing, artificial intelligence excels compared to humans when it comes to looking at pictures and videos. Thorsnes and his colleagues from a facility called the Centre for …

The Triangle of Self Organization

The Triangle of Self Organization

The idea of self-organizing teams is at the core of contemporary approaches to managing complex work. It underpins all agile methods as well as other new approaches to corporate governance like Holacracy. Self-organization is, however, still frequently misunderstood as something anarchic, that will just happen if we let it, needing no attention nor guidance. In reality productive self-organization within a …

Guide Networks: How To Involve The Whole Firm In Digital Change

Guide Networks: How To Involve The Whole Firm In Digital Change

For digital transformation to stick, change has to become routine. Yet most companies still struggle with implementation, particularly the sort that requires people to not only adopt new practices but also to rethink more deeply-rooted attitudes and expectations. A new, more distributed approach is needed in complex organisations. At a previous company, I led the turn-around of a business unit …

The Impact of Bad Data in Automation: Why Quality Management is Critical

The Impact of Bad Data in Automation: Why Quality Management is Critical

Can automation work without good data supporting it? The simple answer is very likely to be “no.” Naturally, the next question would be: “Why?” To understand this, we must first consider the impacts that good—and bad—data can have on automation. Automation can come in many forms, but essentially it is taking something that is run manually (by a person) and …

How the Most Successful Companies Effectively Leverage Data and Analytics for Problem Solving

How the Most Successful Companies Effectively Leverage Data and Analytics for Problem Solving

Over the past few years, terms like analytics and data scientist have been on their way to becoming a household name within the world of business. To us data junkies, using analytics to generate actionable business insights is a no-brainer need, as it can significantly help companies improve all facets of the business. This is why we compiled a report …