Analytics is no longer the sole domain of mathematicians, statisticians or computer scientists, but rather more of a bridge connecting all three disciplines. It is also increasingly being utilized for everything from boosting advertising ROI and tracking social networking sites to modernizing health-care systems and designing public transportation systems that run better.
Retailers are still tallying up the take from this year’s holiday shopping season. While the malls were jammed between Black Friday and Christmas Eve, so too were the Web-ways as more people took to the Internet to gather their holiday gifts. The big jump: shopping using mobile apps.
The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) was launched earlier this month to provide a government-wide program that delivers a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.
Remember how “The Matrix” marveled us with its amazing dystopian science-fiction story and futuristic technology? The world was run by machines powered by “coppertops” – humans held in cocoons that captured their bio-electric energy and body heat.
Human beings are social creatures. We have been since the dawn of time. Ample evidence exists for mankind’s social qualities, most notably the entirety of civilization. In the digital era, socialization is taking on new form as individuals and businesses are using connectivity and automation to extend socialization for communications and marketing.
Here’s a funny contradiction: medicine is an inexact science because every person is different. However, chemistry – the science of the pharmacological regimens used to treat patients – is an exact science. And it’s through chemistry that researchers can determine which drugs will produce better treatments and which will cause more harm than good.
Businesses everywhere are tinkering with technologies and models aimed at harnessing that kind of power within the enterprise, particularly in terms of productivity results. And all signs point to a social business mission with potential to meaningfully change the way people do business. Solution providers with technologies deemed and models best equipped to help accomplish that goal are poised to realize plenty of business success themselves.
Fortune published a profile of Microsoft founder Bill Gates about a decade ago that included a photo of his pristinely clean office. His desk had three monitors, a keyboard, a mouse and not a scrap of paper. He was the proverbial pioneer of the paperless office.
Cloud computing continues to grow and most enterprises are using some form of it today – whether they know it or not. While businesses appreciate the cost-saving benefits and the speed of implementation that cloud computing provides their organizations, they remain hesitant to commit business critical applications out of availability, security and legal concerns.