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It’s hard for enterprises to adopt emerging tech. Here’s a way to do it

It’s hard for enterprises to adopt emerging tech. Here’s a way to do it

There are some truly amazing emerging technologies out there. AI and chatbots. Blockchain. Cryptocurrencies. Augmented reality, virtual reality… we’re all in a new kind of reality. Enterprise companies don’t want to leave these technologies in the hands of the startups that will disrupt them. But is is a huge challenge even for experienced CIOs to get a handle on how to bring these technologies in-house, integrate them with legacy systems and beat the competition. Why startups have the edge with…

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We want to build our economy around innovation? Then we have to do something about China

We want to build our economy around innovation? Then we have to do something about China

With all the controversy of the Green New Deal in the USA, I feel like Canadians (and especially the David Suzuki Foundation) are owed an apology. That, or at least an acknowledgement: Democrats in the US pretty much stole our big idea for the future of our country! What was that idea — or should I say, belief? Very simple: give up our sinful pasts as producers of dirty energy and minerals and find redemption at last through the holy spirit of technological innovation.…

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Some big thoughts on big data

Some big thoughts on big data

Is it just me, or are we making some big mistakes in how we talk about big data? This crossed my mind (yet again) as I read Straight Talk About Big Data. The article starts with a suggestion for the CEO to get 5 questions answered from the executive team: Do we have a value-driven analytics strategy? Do we have the right ‘domain data’ to support our strategy? Where are we in our journey? Are we modelling the change personally?…

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Top 5 reasons why school district IT strategy plans fail

Top 5 reasons why school district IT strategy plans fail

So you think you have a good IT strategy for your school district. Well, do these problems remind you of… you? Let’s say you’re in year two of a five year plan. However, budget cuts hamper your ability to complete the rest of the plan. To make matters worse, declining enrolment is expected for the next few years. Budgets will shrink. That  means fewer resources to execute your plan. You throw your hands in the air. You wonder why you…

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The Pros and Cons of BYOD Program in Schools

According to the National Consumers League, on average, children are 12 when they receive their first mobile device. With this early introduction into the daily routine, it’s no wonder they grow addicted to it and become dependent on their device. Not all parents are on the same page but with 56% of children in the US owning a cellphone, it’s inevitable that these devices make their way into schools. Whereas a few years ago, schools had strict policies against kids…

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What do real estate and dating have in common?

As mentioned in the previous post, last week I attended the Data Leadership Summit – http://www.datasummit.ca in Vancouver. It brought together a diverse audience to see speakers from different industries with different perspectives and experiences. In my opinion, there were two presentations which were particularly compelling. One was from real estate brokerage Redfin, the other from the online dating service Plentyoffish. I found it interesting that both shared many common themes. For instance, the level of exaggeration when one describing…

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