Let’s decide what we need from technology

human social needsThere is a lot of discussion about how the Internet of Things (IoT) will change our lives for the better. We can all help shape HOW we want it to change our lives.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is only useful when lots of data (variety and quantity) is being collected and is made available for someone or something to analyse that data and make sense out of it.

The actual use cases or problems still need to be defined by someone who has a need, and that would be us! Without a need, the effort and cost involved in collecting and storing all this data is going to be a waste.

Let’s start thinking about what problems we want solved and what we want our future to look like. We might just get what we need, rather than being given something we may not want.

The Internet of Things: Are we truly ready to be connected?

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A Connected World

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been building up in varying forms around us. From the connected home to tracking our health via little devices to having a traffic management system where vehicles talk to each other, the world is changing rapidly and connecting in ways never imagined before.

According to a recent Goldman Sachs report (The Internet of Things: Making sense of the next mega-trend ) the enablers for this (which were also obstacles in the past) are the cost of sensors, bandwidth and processing, along with the proliferation of smartphones, and the improvements in technology such as IPv6 and Big Data. All good stuff, but still very technical…

Having all these wonderful technology is great, but how much are we ready to share in order for this to be truly useful? Are we ready to connect with total strangers, or share our data or information with governments and corporate entities in order for better lives and an improved society?

Are you willing to share your car’s GPS & computer data with your garage or dealership so that they can alert you to any issues? Will you also be willing to share the same with authorities so that they can monitor road traffic and congestion as well as use it to plan for better infrastructure, or will you be concerned about being tracked 24×7? (more…)

Data doesn’t just give you all the answers

The following HBR article is a good read for those like myself, who enjoy pouring over (or analysing, for a better word) masses of data to uncover issues, trends, improvements, and so on, The beauty of what we do is not just the finding solutions part but also being able to ask questions and propose and test theories – the same as one would do when you take an educated guess. The difference is in this instance, it’s an educated guess based on data.

http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/10/let-data-ask-questions-not-just-answer-them/

5 ways in which poor data quality can cost you

losing money due to data quality issuesWe all know that data quality issues can cause frustrations, delays and hinder decision making. What we don’t always appreciate is that there a cost associated with these data quality issues. In order to elaborate this point, I’ve described 5 ways in which this cost manifests itself along with some examples of what happens in real life:

1. Cost of fixing data

Your team is always in fixing mode, ensuring all data issues reported by users are being resolved ASAP. That’s great news for the users!

Whilst this is a common situation in many organisation that I have come across, what these organisations (or their managers) fail to see is that they’re investing their technical resources to fix data problems instead of focusing on value creating activities within the organisation. In effect, these technical resources are merely expenses to the organisation. The cost to the organisation manifests itself through the hiring of new resources to perform the value creating activities or through delays to these projects due to their reliance on resources with other, more important, priorities. (more…)