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IT Departments to Shrink Dramatically as Cloud Takes Over

IT Departments to Shrink Dramatically  as Cloud Takes Over | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it

Corporate IT departments will shrink by as much as 75% over the next five years as businesses adapt to the cloud and changing economic conditions, a major study by business advisory group CEB has revealed.

IT departments will take on the role of advising the business on technology decisions, rather than commissioning technology themselves, with huge consequences for the skills IT professionals need, the study predicts.

 

“IT teams will be much smaller, they will be focused on delivering services and their technical capability will be more focused on making IT easier to use,” said Andrew Horne, managing director of the CEB's IT leadership council, in an interview with Computer Weekly.

 

Download the CEB's research report, The Future of Corporate IT.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 17, 2013 2:03 PM

IT professionals will need to rethink their careers as corporate IT departments undergo a radical restructuring over the next five years, a study predicts.

Diana Russo's curator insight, June 19, 2013 12:06 AM

More 'proof' that also HR needs to be on top of these economic and technologic developments. Because they do have an impact on organizational & departmental structures and HR has a role as business partner to advise the company on these upcoming changes and prepare for the future.

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I could not agree more!
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Systems Thinking and the Future of Cities

Systems Thinking and the Future of Cities | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it

The idea that nothing exists in isolation−but only as part of a system−has long been embedded in folklore, religious scriptures, and common sense. Yet, systems dynamics as a science has yet to transform the way we conduct the public business. This article first briefly explores the question of why advances in systems theory have failed to transform public policy. The second part describes the ways in which our understanding of systems is growing−not so much from theorizing, but from practical applications in agriculture, building design, and medical science. The third part focuses on whether and how that knowledge and systems science can be deployed to improve urban governance in the face of rapid climate destabilization so that sustainability becomes the norm, not the occasional success story.


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In Brief

The idea that nothing exists in isolation−but only as part of a system−has long been embedded in folklore, religious scriptures, and common sense. Yet, systems dynamics as a science has yet to transform the way we conduct the public business. This article first briefly explores the question of why advances in systems theory have failed to transform public policy. The second part describes the ways in which our understanding of systems is growing−not so much from theorizing, but from practical applications in agriculture, building design, and medical science. The third part focuses on whether and how that knowledge and systems science can be deployed to improve urban governance in the face of rapid climate destabilization so that sustainability becomes the norm, not the occasional success story.


Key Concepts

Reducing wholes to parts lies at the core of the scientific worldview we inherited from Galileo, Bacon, Descartes, and their modern acolytes in the sciences of economics, efficiency, and management.The decades between 1950 and 1980 were the grand era for systems theory. However despite a great deal of talk about systems, we continue to administer, organize, analyze, manage, and govern complex ecological systems as if they were a collection of isolated parts and not an indissoluble union of energy, water, soils, land, forests, biota, and air.Much of what we have learned about managing real systems began in agriculture. One of the most important lessons being that land is an evolving organism of interrelated parts soils, hydrology, biota, wildlife, plants, animals, and people.The challenge is to transition organized urban complexity built on an industrial model and designed for automobiles, sprawl, and economic growth into coherent, civil, and durable places.A systems perspective to urban governance is a lens by which we might see more clearly through the fog of change, and potentially better manage the complex cause and effect relationships between social and ecological phenomena. The application of systems offers at least six possibilities to improve urban governance.

 

A system is an interconnected set of elements that is coherently organized in a way that achieves something . . . . [it] must consist of three kinds of things: elements, interconnections, and a function or purpose.
—Donella Meadows, Thinking in Systems1

 

A system [is] (a) a set of units or elements interconnected so that changes in some elements or their relations produce changes in other parts of the system, and (b) the entire system exhibits properties and behaviors that are different from those of the parts.
—Robert Jervis, Systems Effects 2

 

One of the most important ideas in modern science is the idea of a system; and it is almost impossible to define.
—Garrett Hardin, The Cybernetics of Competition3

Tobias Beckwith's curator insight, August 16, 10:45 AM

One of the things that gives real wizards their "powers," is the ability to see the world as systems within systems within systems... and then finding the leverage points, where a small action in one part of the system might cause a very large response elsewhere...

 

This post and article discuss that whole idea in a bit more depth. I found it to be a good read.

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Laying the foundation of a smart city | Intelligent Utility

Laying the foundation of a smart city | Intelligent Utility | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it
The term “smart city,” like the term “smart grid,” is amorphous. It grows. It changes. It engulfs other ideas through a type of groupthink osmosis.

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The End of the Internet?

The End of the Internet? | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it

The World Wide Web celebrated its 25th birthday recently. Today the global network serves almost 3 billion people, and hundreds of thousands more join each day. If the Internet were a country, its economy would be among the five largest in the world.

 

Yet all of this growth and increasing connectedness, which can seem both effortless and unstoppable, is now creating enormous friction, as yet largely invisible to the average surfer. It might not remain that way for much longer.

 

Fierce and rising geopolitical conflict over control of the global network threatens to create a balkanized system - what some technorati, including Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, have called “the splinternet.”


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Karen Kerski's curator insight, August 8, 7:21 AM

We are still creating this new world of shopping, sharing and innovating. I don't see an end - it is still in its infancy.

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Intel, Samsung create Internet of Things group - CNET

Intel, Samsung create Internet of Things group - CNET | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it
A handful of tech giants join forces to create the Open Interconnect Consortium after a similar group was created under the Linux Foundation.

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Do You Have A Data Strategy? - Forbes

Do You Have A Data Strategy? - Forbes | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it
Do You Have A Data Strategy?
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Which is why the right data management strategy is so important: it's not about gathering a huge amount of useless information, and much less is it about alienating the client through NSA-style practices.

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Stuart Goode's curator insight, June 18, 1:20 AM

Do you only collect the minimum data required?

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Did a 19-Year-Old Really Just Solve One of Earth’s Biggest Environmental Problems?

Did a 19-Year-Old Really Just Solve One of Earth’s Biggest Environmental Problems? | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it
Illustration courtesy: Boyan Slat / The Ocean Cleanup “Once there was the Stone Age, then the Bronze Age, and now we are in the middle of the Plastic Age.” So begins 19-year-old Boyan Slat’s TEDx Talk on clearing plastic...

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How to clean an ocean.

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European taxi protest: Transport tech upheaval

European taxi protest: Transport tech upheaval | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it
Roads snarled in London, Paris and several other major European cities Wednesday as taxi drivers and train workers protested new technology they say endangers passengers and gives upstart enterprises an unfair advantage.
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Upstart enterprises - now they sound interesting!

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Mastering the Internet of Everything

Mastering the Internet of Everything | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it

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New 'Masters of the Universe' - apply here ;)

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Mike Collins's curator insight, June 5, 4:08 AM

Great post from @Hjarche focusing on the journey required and the digital literacies we'll need to develop to master the world wide web to make of the opportunities and potential

niftyjock's curator insight, June 5, 5:11 PM

I can't even master the internet of me

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People Management: data and analytics will change it forever

People Management: data and analytics will change it forever | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it
Companies are nothing without the right people. People with the right skills and talent make all the difference and will give companies the competitive edge they need to succeed today and in the

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Let's hope these 'algorithms' are bug free! Put your hand up if you believe that ;) 

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7 Common Mistakes Enterprise Architects Make - Simplicable

7 Common Mistakes Enterprise Architects Make - Simplicable | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it
How to tell if your Enterprise Architect is doing her job.

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What a great information resource pool outside of this article!

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, May 8, 11:07 AM

As usual, John Spacey on behalf of Simplicable, wrote a very pedagogical and "straight to the point" post.


The 7 mistakes are very accurate and unfortunately also very common. Not that I want to classify them, but the #1 "Focusing on one domain" might be the most severe ones especially for people (as enterprise architect are) who should embrace the complete scope of the enterprise. Focusing on one domain only (not matter if it is technology, business, process...) makes the whole thing unbalanced and likely to fail from the beginning. 

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Amazon joins other web giants trying to design its own chips

Amazon joins other web giants trying to design its own chips | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it
Amazon is building a chip design center for its Amazon Web Services cloud business in Austin, Texas according to sources, job listings and LinkedIn profiles.
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Power from the oceans: Blue energy

Power from the oceans: Blue energy | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it

In theory, oceans could power the entire globe without adding any pollution to the atmosphere. And they could provide a more dependable source of electricity than the wind or sun. They are also geographically convenient: roughly 44% of the global population lives within 150 kilometres of the coastline.

 

http://www.nature.com/news/power-from-the-oceans-blue-energy-1.15045 ;


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Bridging the Gap—How Efficient Data Flow Can Improve Asset Management

Bridging the Gap—How Efficient Data Flow Can Improve Asset Management | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it
Efficient movement of information plays a central role in keeping utilities and transportation infrastructure functioning properly. Here’s how some industries are making it work.
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Sir Richard Leese: _FreebeeMCR is helping Manchester become a world-leading digital city

Sir Richard Leese: _FreebeeMCR is helping Manchester become a world-leading digital city | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it
Sir Richard Leese explains how Manchester's digital strategy is taking the city into the future
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Don't forget if you come 'up-North' your fix is free ;)

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Hadoop and Big Data: 101

Hadoop and Big Data: 101 | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it
What is Hadoop and how might it fit in your organisation?
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The 'Internet Of Things' Will Soon Be A Truly Huge Market, Dwarfing All Other ... - Business Insider

The 'Internet Of Things' Will Soon Be A Truly Huge Market, Dwarfing All Other ... - Business Insider | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it
The 'Internet Of Things' Will Soon Be A Truly Huge Market, Dwarfing All Other ...
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That's roughly equal to the number of smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, wearable computers, and PCs combined.

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Future of Rail – Driverless high-speed trains and maintenance drones

Future of Rail – Driverless high-speed trains and maintenance drones | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it
More driverless trains and roaming maintenance drones are two trends identified in a new report looking at the future of rail travel. The Future of Rail 2050, which has been authored…

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HP initiates computer revolution with machine that calculates 640TBs of data in one billionth of a second - Electronic Products

HP initiates computer revolution with machine that calculates 640TBs of data in one billionth of a second - Electronic Products | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it

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"The Machine" to help "The Man" - 160 petabytes in 250 nanoseconds that should keep him busy for a while ;)

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The Promise of a New Internet

The Promise of a New Internet | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it
It's not too late to rebuild this thing for the people. 

 

People tend to talk about the Internet the way they talk about democracy—optimistically, and in terms that describe how it ought to be rather than how it actually is. 

This idealism is what buoys much of the network neutrality debate, and yet many of what are considered to be the core issues at stake—like payment for tiered access, for instance—have already been decided. For years, Internet advocates have been asking what regulatory measures might help save the open, innovation-friendly Internet.


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John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, June 12, 10:54 AM

Adrienne Lafrance at the Atlantic about #mesh #infrastructures.

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Out in the Open: The Little-Known Open Source OS That Rules the Internet of Things

Out in the Open: The Little-Known Open Source OS That Rules the Internet of Things | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it
You can connect almost anything to a computer network. Light bulbs. Thermostats. Coffee makers. Even badgers. Yes, badgers.

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The world after Big Data: What the digital revolution means for us

The world after Big Data: What the digital revolution means for us | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it

Never before were politicians, business leaders, and scientists more urgently needed to master the challenges ahead of us. We are in the middle of a third industrial revolution. While we see the symptoms, such as the financial and economic crisis, cybercrime and cyberwar, we haven't understood the implications well. But at the end of this socio-economic transformation, we will live in a digital society. This comes with breath-taking opportunities and challenges, as they occur only every 100 years.

 

http://futurict.blogspot.mx/2014/05/the-world-after-big-data-what-digital.html

 

See also What's the Next Big Thing after Big Data? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5Y76UB080M&list=UUYrlsSzinJN42rKmFlOOYxA


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Rick Frank's curator insight, May 30, 6:38 AM

This is a bit idealistic but I like the thought process behind it.

James Thomas's curator insight, June 2, 7:27 PM

Two issues with big data in M&E: (1) ethical data use, and (2) monitoring without having to burden someone with more data collection (i.e., using available data).

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Big data: the driver for innovation in databases

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How do you know when you've got 'Big Data' on your hands?

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'Outernet' aims to bring unrestricted internet access to every person on earth with mini-satellites

'Outernet' aims to bring unrestricted internet access to every person on earth with mini-satellites | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it

An ambitious project known as Outernet is aiming to provide free Internet to everyone across the world from space in 2015.


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François-Xavier Schaeffer's curator insight, February 28, 12:21 PM

The project aims to bring the Internet to the roughly 40 percent of the world's population that doesn't have unrestricted access to the Internet, whether because of cost or censorship.

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London Underground pre-selects Thales for SSL signalling | International Railway Journal

London Underground pre-selects Thales for SSL signalling | International Railway Journal | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it
LONDON Underground (LU) is to invite Thales to tender for the contract to replace signalling on the Circle, Hammesmith & City, District and Metrop...
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Internet of things and wearables drive growth for ARM | ZDNet

Internet of things and wearables drive growth for ARM | ZDNet | Asset Management Engineering | Scoop.it
Second generation of internet of things and wearables, plus enterprise networking boosts profits at chip designer.

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