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BigDataBusiness Intelligence and Data Warehouses have been a staple in most large enterprises for decades but with the advent of Cloud Computing and the rise of the “Internet of Things” (IoT), they have evolved into “Big Data”.

With the release of new cloud services like HDInsight on Microsoft Azure or Watson Analytics from IBM, “Big Data” and Business Analytics are now available to anyone who wants it. This capability, coupled with the massive amounts of data being collected about us now through the web and mobile apps – and in the future from the Internet of Things, means that all enterprises, regardless of size, will be able to have an unparalleled level of insight into their current and potential customers. Organisations will have the ability to make much more informed business decisions, and from those decisions hopefully increase profits, reduce risk and improve customer satisfaction and retention.

“Big Data” also creates new business opportunities. I expect the future will see many new start-ups whose business will be to collect/harvest massive datasets and then make the data available as-a-service. Other start-ups will mine the data while another group will make a business out of providing the tools that will make this data available to all us who are not Data Scientists.

“Big Data” is a very disruptive technology and, as such, in addition to the many benefits it also has a number of potential pitfalls – for example this type of capability could easily be used to discriminate against people, invade their privacy or be a source of racial profiling.  To quote Francois-Marie Arouet aka Voltaire. “With Great Power comes Great Responsibility” and “Big Data” will be a great power wielded by everyone in the not so distant future. “Big Data” will be the engine that drives the business decisions made in the 21stcentury and those businesses that start now will have a distinct advantage over those that don’t.

To read the full post and add comments, please visit the SogetiLabs blog: “BIG DATA” THE ENGINE OF BUSINESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

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Thomas Benton is an Information Technology Professional with more than 20 years’ experience crafting solutions to complex business problems. Innovative, detail oriented, and with strong technical, analytical and communication skills is able to architect the best solution to a complex business problem in a timely and cost effective manner.

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OpenAPIInnovation in future apps will come from the use of Open APIs (Application Programming Interfaces via Web Services) providing access to data and services to anyone that wants to consume it.  Today organizations generally provide an app that allows users to interact with the data, products or services the organization provides. In some cases an API(s) is provided for partners which provides access to a limited subset of the organizations underlying data or services. The outcome of this approach is usually a single “Official’ app for a platform and a small sub-set of specialty partner apps all of which are under the control of the Organization either directly or indirectly.  While this allows an Organization to easily control the use and the branding of its data, services and products, it also has the effect of limiting the innovative use of them across different use cases and platforms. Future innovation in Apps will occur when Developers can compose apps from one or more Open APIs where Organizations have exposed their data and/or services to the world. This will enable the creation of incredibly rich apps that combine these Open APIs in ways we can’t even imagine today. Open APIs will also allow for the support of future mobile platforms by allowing the creation of apps for that platform by 3rd parties who consume the Open APIs provided by an Organization. You can see some of this today in the many apps available in the stores that provide unique and innovative ways for us to interact with social media, keep up to date on the latest news or communicate with others. These Apps would not be possible without Open APIs. Unfortunately many large organizations are not embracing Open APIs, they see more value and opportunity in strictly controlling their brand and restricting the use of their data and services. An example of this is Twitter which started out offering a rich API for its service. This led to the creation of many very creative and innovative apps many of which are now gone because of Twitter’s decision to greatly reduce the API it provides. Twitter opted to force people to use its Official Apps so that advertising and other forms of monetization could be implemented. While I can certainly understand why Twitter would want to do this, all companies want to make money, I hope this trend is only temporary because Open APIs spur innovation, competition and choice giving us a rich vibrant ever evolving ecosystem that benefits us all.

Thomas Benton AUTHOR:
Thomas Benton is an Information Technology Professional with more than 20 years’ experience crafting solutions to complex business problems. Innovative, detail oriented, and with strong technical, analytical and communication skills is able to architect the best solution to a complex business problem in a timely and cost effective manner.

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The computing landscape is about to change radically. Even while Enterprises are still struggling to adapt to the new world of  smartphones, tablets, mobile applications and BYOD (Bring your own device) the next wave of computing is rapidly approaching in the form of Wearables and Implants.  Products like Google Glass eyeglasses, the Samsung Gear smart watch and multiple Fitness Trackers from many manufacturers are being worn by many people to enhance their lives and as a side effect changing the way people view computers and its role in our lives. This is only the beginning though, without even looking for it I found the following news stories that describe some examples of how computing technology will become even more personal and integrated into our lives.

– Google invents smart contact lens with built-in camera: Superhuman Terminator-like vision here we come
– What Is The Future Of Fabric? These Smart Textiles Will Blow Your Mind
– Smart Tattoos Might Be The Future Of Healthcare
– Robot hand and arm gets official approval

In the not so distant future computing technology is going to be integrated into more and more of the things we wear and will eventually migrate into our bodies as implants. The implications of this will be far reaching and will radically change what we consider and how we use computing technology, it will open up new use cases and new types of applications that we can’t even imagine now. This has the potential to greatly enhance our lives but also raises many questions that organizations need to start addressing now in order to be ready.

– What impact will this have on how organizations handle security and privacy concerns when people are wearing contact lens or clothing with built in cameras and microphones?
– How will wearables and implants affect an organizations BYOD policies?
– What are the ethical considerations to enterprise management of personal devices when those devices are inside our bodies?
– How will organizations adapt their existing applications and services to these new platforms where existing ideas on UI/UX design will most likely no longer apply?
– What are the legal implications to organizations if an application or service causes a failure in a device on or inside the body of a person?

Wearables and implants will be here much faster than any of us expect and they will be embraced by people in the same way smart phones and tablets have been embraced. This is a paradigm shift in how we all see computing and it is also inevitable.  All of us in IT need to start thinking about and planning for this now.

 

Thomas Benton AUTHOR:
Thomas Benton is an Information Technology Professional with more than 20 years’ experience crafting solutions to complex business problems. Innovative, detail oriented, and with strong technical, analytical and communication skills is able to architect the best solution to a complex business problem in a timely and cost effective manner.

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