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The Edge Is Where It’s At

As we move computing power to the edge, this talk resonates even more. Two – that’s two conversations just yesterday that I had where we talked about bringing the power of computing to your pocket.

Think about it – we glibly talk about the ‘supercomputer in our pocket’ – and we use it to ‘like’ Facebook posts, send messages and whatever else it is you do – but hardly supercomputer activity.

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Conversation one, no need to explore in detail, but I loved the sentiment of the thinking of the company …

We want to move analytics to the people not their data to the corporation.

Jim Hewitt

… right up my street. As I have always said ….

I don’t think it will be this year, but Jim will be guesting on the podcast. It’s going to be a great conversation.

Conversation two, I can’t say too much about, suffice to say that the work being done is moving the power of a Cray (for those that don’t know – the Cray literally is a Supercomputer) into your house! Get your head around that for a minute.

I am reminded of (what I thought was an old bumper sticker, but turns out is a real quote.

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Data Technology

Data and Society hosted a good talk today titled “Abolish Big Data“. The argument was that most of the big data is being used to screw us and mentions data trusts as a possible solution. Data trusts are an immature concept but worth considering because it’s one approach to decentralizing governance. Until we figure out data governance principles that are transparent and contextual to specific communities we should limit data aggregation by default and focus on personal agents and other fiduciaries.

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Having a beer with a friend over the weekend. Beside the two of us, there were a couple of guys who were joined by 4 others as we were leaving.

“All yours” I said as we moved up and towards the door.

“Thanks mate” said one of the new arrivals.

“No problem”, I replied … “and as we leave know that this quick exchange had 100 times more meaning than a like on your facebook page.

Right on brother …

All smiling and nodding in agreement as we walked out.

I wonder if they will remember?

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Technology

Technology is one of the eight pillars of People First … with a single, solitary ‘stone’, a mighty ‘Sarsen’ reaching to the sky that is that pillar.

Technology … OMG … Technology

  • Owned
  • Managed
  • Governed

… not by you – by others.

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Technology!
O.M.G. Technology!
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Data People First Technology

On Blocking Ads

To be strictly accurate – we should be talking about Blocking Trackers

… I came across this article (note if you are using an ‘ad blocker’ … then guess what – they tell you that you have an ‘ad blocker’ on …. actually I don’t use an ‘ad blocker‘ – I use a ‘tracking blocker’.

That aside, I thought I would extract some pertinent quotes from the piece and add my comments. The piece appeared in Adage and was written by Jason Jercinovic – and so all the quotes below I attribute to him. Adage says that “Jason Jercinovic is global head of marketing innovation and global brand director at Havas.”

Havas is a pretty good agency that has produced some great campaigns for Air New Zealand, Global Mental Health and Canal+ – so I kind of feel that they (should at least) know what they are doing. I’ll go further. They do – but it is clear that they remain bought into the narrative of ‘poor us – we have to do this [efn_note]Use Ad Trackers[/efn_note] for it to work’. They don’t.

So – let’s get too it …

and no one can blame the advertising industry for rapidly adopting them.

I can!

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Commerce Technology

Platform Failure

Sadly, this wasn’t what I thought this was going to be about.

A Study of More Than 250 Platforms Reveals Why Most Fail

“Platforms have become one of the most important business models of the 21st century. Five of the six most valuable firms in the world are built around these types of platforms. However, a study of 252 platform companies showed that 209 of them failed. The most common mistakes into four categories:

(1) mispricing on one side of the market,

(2) failure to develop trust with users and partners,

(3) prematurely dismissing the competition, and

(4) entering too late.

Researchers have extensively studied pricing decisions, yet managers still get them wrong. A platform often requires underwriting one side of the market to encourage the other side to participate. But knowing which side should get charged and which side should get subsidized may be the single most important strategic decision for any platform.”

Kyle Westaway

Interesting what each of us takes away when we read articles. The quote above is from Kyle Westaway – and indeed nothing wrong with his takeaway. But there is more – and even the HBR article doesn’t really get down to it.

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Technology

People First Now Available On Apple News

I just wanted to let readers of this blog know that if you are an Apple News user, I have set up a channel on Apple News specifically focussed on People First.

You can find it here.

Right now there are some historical posts from a while back that I am flushing out, whilst making sure I retain anything relevant and pertaining to People First.

Going forward any and all posts to this blog will be routed to here – Aswell as other relevant writings that appear on other platforms such as BizCatalyst.

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Learning Technology

Humanity Over Tech

The news is full of the bad boys of the internet. Their lack of interest in ‘we the people’. Their apparent disregard for humanity. The need and importance for tech tech tech – no humanity needed.

But sometimes – just sometimes – the good news, the positive news, the uplifting news does get through.

Keith Block, vice chairman, president and COO of Salesforce, and his wife, Suzanne Kelley, VP of operations & PMO, global business units at Oracle Corporation, made the lead $15 million gift to establish the Block Center for Technology and Society at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.

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