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Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media
Curated collection of links on topics like Apps, Social-media, Curation, Gamification, Data visualization, Cloud, Big Data, BI, Agile & Lean Startups, Design thinking, User Experience, Creativity & Innovation
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Yves Béhar’s 7 Principles of Holistic Product Design

Yves Béhar’s 7 Principles of Holistic Product Design | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
At the 2011 Opportunity Green Conference, Yves Béhar, founder of fuseproject, presented his seven principles of holistic design.
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Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity

Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
Why creativity is like LEGO, or what Richard Dawkins has to do with Susan Sontag and Gandhi.
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5 more ways to find or share interesting circles on Google+

5 more ways to find or share interesting circles on Google+ | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
Since Google+ made it possible to share your circles with the public, it has opened up a whole new avenue of finding and recommending interesting people on the social network. The problem ...
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Cloud Adoption In India–A 101 on Concerns And Facts

Cloud Adoption In India–A 101 on Concerns And Facts | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
Cloud is still synonymous with software as a service (SaaS) in India, with limited understanding and adoption of infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
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The Lost Art Of Design Etiquette - Smashing Magazine

The Lost Art Of Design Etiquette - Smashing Magazine | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
Endless layers in Photoshop. Overstuffed image folders. That jQuery plug-in that has 12 files associated with it. Hundreds or thousands of individual pieces go into making a website.
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LinkedIn Unveils Dashboard for Groups Statistics

LinkedIn Unveils Dashboard for Groups Statistics | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
LinkedIn has unveiled a new Group Statistics dashboard that allows group admins to drill down into the demographics and growth of their groups.
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The Future of Web Design is Engagement

The Future of Web Design is Engagement | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it

Long gone are the early days of monolithic, cumbersome websites, which are quickly being replaced by simple but beautifully and thoughtfully designed user experiences. Gamification and social integration play a central role in many of these sites, where usefulness and emotional connection are more important than simple stickiness and virality. Examples include goal-focused finance sites Mint.com and bank “replacement” Simple.com.

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Trial & Error

Trial  & Error | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
Author: Tim Harford Content:  In 1967, Mario Capecchi ventured to Harvard University, determined to study molecular biology under the great James Watson, co-discoverer of DNA.
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Two Sides to Every Story -- Interesting Tool

Two Sides to Every Story -- Interesting Tool | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
The best place to see every side of an issue and compare viewpoints with others.

 

LOL -- I really had to think twice about adding this site into the content here yet it really does connect with business storytelling.  But in reverse!

 

Sometimes we do need data for our stories.  Or sometimes we are dealing with a sensative topic and need a few opinions to add to the story we are sharing.

 

Well, now here's a tool to help you do that.  But it does have its limitations!  TwoSides basically allows you to find controversial topics and see people's opinions about them.  Or field a topic of your own and see how people react.

 

I signed up (it's free) and played around while.  I chose to check in on "If you can have one superpower, which would you chose?"  13 people had chimed in so far, with teleportation being the most popular choice (20%).  What a hoot.  I can definitely build a story around that!  

 

"I was running late to a business appointment the other day and wishing to high heaven that I my superpower for teleporting would kick in. Did you know that teleporting is the superpower most desired according to a quick survey I did online?  Yep -- sure is.  Well, I might not be able to physically teleport from my office to my client meeting in nanoseconds, but when I was listening to their stories and sharing my business stories in return, I knew for certain we had just teleported ourselves into a shared storyworld. A storyworld where [the following happened] ..." 

 

Danger, danger Will Robinson (for those who remember the old TV show Lost In Space) -- there's nothing scientific about this site really.  Sample sizes could be small and very skewed so I'm not really sure how good a research tool it is. Their claims that data or opinions or debates persuade people is suspect.

 

But if you need to pepper your stories with the thoughts, opinions and the occasional goofy comment, then this tool is for you.

 

Thank you Robin Good @RobinGood for pointing me to this interesting site!


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The Eight Pillars of Innovation | Think Quarterly by Google

The Eight Pillars of Innovation | Think Quarterly by Google | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
Google's Susan Wojcicki shares eight principles of innovation she's picked up between her arrival as employee #16, to the leader of Google's advertising product development.
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Seth's Blog: The starfish and the long tail

We've all heard the parable of the kid throwing back the starfish, even though there are a million on the beach. "It makes a difference to that one!" The Long Tail argues that if you can aggregate enough choices, people...
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Five Emerging Trends in Business Intelligence and Analytics -- TDWI -The Data Warehousing Institute

Five Emerging Trends in Business Intelligence and Analytics -- TDWI -The Data Warehousing Institute | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
This article explores five major trends that are driving the implementation of emerging, cutting-edge technologies for BI and analytics. The first four trends focus on changes wrought by user demands for more self-service capabilities and access to a broader selection of information sources. The fifth trend considers the end game of BI and analytics, where process efficiency is the key objective: automated decisions.
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The Holstee Manifesto: Lifecycle video

The Holstee Manifesto: Lifecycle video | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it

The Holstee Manifesto is a call to action to live a life full of intention, creativity, passion, and community. We are amazed to see how rapidly these words have spread across the globe, and are honored by the countless people who have experienced these words to be a source of realization and inspiration in their own lives. We want the Manifesto to hold us accountable to living each day as fully as we can and are so encouraged by the amazing community of people joining us in that journey.

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Cloud 101: What the heck do IaaS, PaaS and SaaS companies do? | VentureBeat

Cloud 101: What the heck do IaaS, PaaS and SaaS companies do? | VentureBeat | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
Anyone who who follows technology trends has undoubtedly heard the term "cloud service" thrown around a few gazillion times over the past few months.
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Paula Scher on Combinatorial Creativity

Paula Scher on Combinatorial Creativity | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
In a microdocumentary about her work, iconic designer Paula Scher echoes our belief that creativity is a combinatorial force.
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Clayton Christensen: Why online education is ready for disruption, now.

Clayton Christensen: Why online education is ready for disruption, now. | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
Let's have a little exercise. Walk me through this school you'd create. What do the classrooms look like? What are the class sizes? What are the hours?

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SMO vs. Engagement: Why They're Different and How You Can Rock Both

SMO vs. Engagement: Why They're Different and How You Can Rock Both | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
There are two key methods for supercharging your social strategy: social media optimization and engagement. Here's how you can combine both tactics to maximize content distribution for your brand.
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PaperShare, A ‘Social Content Network’

PaperShare, A ‘Social Content Network’ | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
In about two weeks, we will see the formal launch of PaperShare, a social content and information network for technology professionals, although you can access the site now if you wish (word about the venture actually got out a few months ago).
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How The Web Became Just Another Interface to the Cloud - ReadWriteCloud

How The Web Became Just Another Interface to the Cloud - ReadWriteCloud | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
For years, everyone was talking about the convergence of interfaces.
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The Digital Path to Social Media Success

The Digital Path to Social Media Success | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
How social media is being integrated with the whole of digital marketing is one of the greatest momentums we’re now witnessing as marketers. A gre...
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The Art of Storytelling for Entrepreneurs

The Art of Storytelling for Entrepreneurs | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it

"Actress Arlene Dickinson exudes niceness, and her business philosophy reflects her belief that you have to be true to yourself to succeed in business. But she also points out that you have to have the right stuff in order to convince investors to put their money behind your product or service."

 

Love this video that's only about a minute long -- short, to the point, with words of wisdom about the benefits for businesses and leaders who share their stories. Some uplifting thoughts for us all as we head into the weekend :)

 

Thank you Gregg Morris @greggvm for sharing this with me.


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A New Real-Time Curation Platform: iFlow

A New Real-Time Curation Platform: iFlow | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it

iFlow.com offers everyday web users the ability to discover, create, curate, and share realtime information on any subject — in a filtered and contextual way.

 

Like next-gen RSS. 

 

iFlow allows users to follow ideas instead of individuals, in contrast to Twitter and Facebook, for example, taking the next step beyond the kind of realtime info streams we see on social networks, to apply that to rich data from any and all sources.

 

The consumer platform is built using Flow’s APIs and really functions as an example of the kind of realtime stream processing functionality developers can take advantage of when building their web and mobile apps.

 

Find out more or sign-up for early access here: http://iflow.com/


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The Zero Moment of Truth | Think Insights with Google

The Zero Moment of Truth | Think Insights with Google | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it

The new consumer decision-making moment along the path to purchase.

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Data Visualization Technology -- TDWI -The Data Warehousing Institute

Data Visualization Technology -- TDWI -The Data Warehousing Institute | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
There are two main categories of data visualization technology: visual reporting and visual analysis.
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Introduction to Self-Service Business Intelligence -- TDWI -The Data Warehousing Institute

Introduction to Self-Service Business Intelligence -- TDWI -The Data Warehousing Institute | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it

To satisfy this demand and improve time to value, companies are looking for alternative approaches to BI. One approach is to set up an environment in which the information workers can create and access specific sets of BI reports, queries, and analytics themselves—without IT intervention. The purpose of this environment is to extend the reach and scope of BI applications to address a wider range of business needs and problems. At the same time, this extension must support the information workers’ need for a personalized and collaborative decisionmaking environment. Information workers must become more self-sufficient by having a BI environment that is more usable and more consumable. It is these two themes—usability and consumability—that play crucial roles in a fully functioning selfservice business intelligence (SS BI) environment.

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