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IT Leader or IT Manager? How to Be the Best of Both

IT Leader or IT Manager? How to Be the Best of Both | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
The best leaders aren't necessarily great managers and great managers aren't always the best leaders. A company needs both types of personalities to be competitive. Here's a look at the separate skills and traits associated with each, so you can be the best leader and/or manager for your IT team.
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Managing people is a necessary skill to succeed in IT, but it works best on things we already know how to do well. Management is about structure, performing the day-to-day functions that keep the company moving in the right direction !

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Des données stockées sur une molécule synthétique : une première mondiale !

Des données stockées sur une molécule synthétique : une première mondiale ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Comment parvenir à stocker les quantités astronomiques de données numériques produites, toujours en plus grand nombre, par notre société ? Le tout en utilisant physiquement moins d’espace, de matière, mais aussi d’énergie, transition écologique oblige... Des chercheurs du monde entier planchent sur cette question cruciale. Leur source d’inspiration est - comme souvent - ce que la nature a fait de mieux dans le domaine, à savoir l’acide désoxyribonucléique, plus connu sous le nom d’ADN. Une macromolécule biologique composée de deux brins appelés polymères. En clair, de deux longues chaînes de petites molécules différentes accrochées les unes aux autres dans un ordre précis et qui permettent d’encoder ainsi toute l'information génétique nécessaire au développement et au fonctionnement d’un être vivant. Rien de moins !

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Parmi eux, une équipe de l’institut Charles-Sadron de Strasbourg (CNRS) et de l’institut de chimie radicalaire de l’université d’Aix-Marseille,vient de parvenir à inscrire un court message, en code binaire (celui sur lequel est fondée toute l’informatique), sur un polymère entièrement synthétique. Un encodage de seulement quelques bits, mais qui constitue une première mondiale !

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Big Question: Why Am I a Horrible Person When I Drive?

Big Question: Why Am I a Horrible Person When I Drive? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

HERE’S A SCENARIO that should be familiar: You’re driving along on the highway. Suddenly, without signaling, a massive SUV comes barreling into your lane from the right, forcing you to jam on the brakes and swerve out of the way to avoid a collision.“Worthless piece of %$#@,” you yell to this person you don’t know (and who can’t hear you) before embarking on a quest to teach them a lesson by tailgating them for the next two miles ... 

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Road rage begins to make sense when you look at it through the lens of behavioral science !

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Oh Look, More Evidence Humans Shouldn't Be Driving !

Oh Look, More Evidence Humans Shouldn't Be Driving ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

SAVING LIVES IS the best argument for cars that drive themselves. Road crashes killed 1.24 million people worldwide in 2010. Here in the US, they take more than 30,000 lives each year. And more than 90 percent of all crashes can be blamed on human error. The great promise of autonomous technology is that it will make getting around a whole hell of a lot safer. Robo-cars won’t get sleepy, angry, drunk, or distracted !

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The evidence that human driving isn't the hottest idea keeps coming. This week, we've got two studies to add to the pile ... 

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Alibaba Reveals a New Kind of QR Code to Fight Counterfeits !

Alibaba Reveals a New Kind of QR Code to Fight Counterfeits ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

CHINESE E-COMMERCE GIANT Alibaba has a fake goods problem. The company knows it, and the Chinese government hasmade abundantly clear it knows, too. Now, to combat counterfeits, the company has come up with a solution: Slap unique QR code-like tags on every product. Today, in conjunction with the Israeli startup Visualead, Alibaba debuted what it’s calling dotless visual codes. The codes resemble traditional QR codes with patterns of dots in all four corners. Unlike QR codes, Alibaba’s version can include images in the middle of the code, which can help with more visual branding efforts, says Nevo Alva, cofounder and CEO of Visualead !

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Alibaba has a massive counterfeit problems, but a startup thinks it has an innovative solution for the e-commerce giant: a QR code unique to every product ... 

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Exceptional Leadership and Innovation Go Hand in Hand !

Exceptional Leadership and Innovation Go Hand in Hand ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

While there is no hard evidence to attribute the above quote to Henry Ford, there is no argument that he was a visionary of his time. He created something that consumers didn’t realize they needed, by making the automobile affordable. He disrupted the current model, and for a time monopolized market share. 

No matter the origin of the above statement, business leaders of today are in a race against the clock to innovate faster than their competitors. Innovate or die, the adage goes !

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Exceptional Leadership and Innovation... The Exponential Leadership Survey 2015 was executed by Big Think and Singularity University ... 

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Building the Internet of Things with Raspberry Pi et al, DIY-style

Building the Internet of Things with Raspberry Pi et al, DIY-style | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things (IoT) is all the rage at the moment, with dozens of manufacturers throwing out kit like remote-control lightbulbs, weather stations, thermostats and plenty more. Some of those are great products and some of them are also-rans.

Quite a lot, it turns out, are actually simple enough that you could probably build something like that at home !

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If you have a Raspberry Pi that you've tired of, or you want some inspiration to start playing with an Arduino, this book could well provide that inspiration ... 

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BMW does in-car augmented reality !

BMW does in-car augmented reality ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
BMW demoed a unique new set of AR glasses that provide a range of both in-vehicle and out-of-car functionality designed to enhance the driving experience. The MINI Augmented Vision glasses are also somewhat stylish — at least compared to other similar smartglasses.
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Again, the AR glasses are just a prototype, and it's not clear when, or if, they will be publicly available. You can learn more on BMW's website. Fortune.com also got a hands-on demo with MINI Augmented Vision, so you can check out its related story for details on how well the early prototype works ... 

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Mobilegeddon Checklist: How To Prepare For This Week's Google Mobile Friendly Update

Mobilegeddon Checklist: How To Prepare For This Week's Google Mobile Friendly Update | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

 

The Google Mobile Friendly Update launches tomorrow, a day that many including ourselves here at Search Engine Land are calling “Mobilegeddon.” We first learned of Google’s plan to release a new algorithm designed to reward mobile-friendly web pagesback in February. It’s unprecedented for Google to pre-announce a big algorithmic change like this, but Google did so in order to give publishers ample time to make their web sites mobile friendly ... 

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Are you ready for Mobilegeddon? Google is releasing the mobile friendly update on April 21st. Here is what you need to know !

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Applying the 3H Perspective !

Applying the 3H Perspective ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Having different perspectives and voices will enhance your innovation activities; they provide diversity, stimulus and greater options for you to consider the future innovation journey. How do we set about engaging with all these different voices surrounding innovation?
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The three voices that need to be in the same room !

• the voice of the manager(s) responsible for delivering today's result ..

• Then you have the second voice, the voice of the entrepreneur, the one eager to experiment ...

• Last we have the third voice, the voice of the aspirant, who is looking to build a different vision!  


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Hackers Could Commandeer New Planes Through Passenger Wi-Fi !

Hackers Could Commandeer New Planes Through Passenger Wi-Fi ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

SEVEN YEARS AFTER the Federal Aviation Administration first warned Boeing that its new Dreamliner aircraft had a Wi-Fi design that made it vulnerable to hacking, a new government report suggests the passenger jets might still be vulnerable. Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets, as well as Airbus A350 and A380 aircraft, have Wi-Fi passenger networks that use the same network as the avionics systems of the planes, raising the possibility that a hacker could hijack the navigation system or commandeer the plane through the in-plane network, according to the US Government Accountability Office, which released a report about the planes today.

A hacker would have to first bypass a firewall that separates the Wi-Fi system from the avionics system !

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New jets have Wi-Fi passenger networks that use the same network as the avionics systems of the planes !

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Find Your Innovation Rheticus !

Find Your Innovation Rheticus ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The great astronomer and mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus revolutionized our thinking about the cosmos.  Prior to Copernicus, the prevailing theory of astronomy, first articulated by Artistotle in 5th century B.C., postulated that the sun, stars, and planets all revolved around the Earth.  The Greek scholar Ptolemy expanded upon this concept in the 2nd century A.D. and documented the concentric spheres that made up the orbits of the various celestial bodies around the Earth.  The heliocentric view of our solar system that emerged from calculations and observations by Copernicus, upended the geocentric view and serves as the foundation of modern astronomy !

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Rheticus reminds us that sometimes taking time away from one’s day-to-day responsibilities can lead to great discoveries. Scott Bowden goes over four innovation lessons we can learn from Rheticus ... 

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How Voyomotive's OBD-II Device Makes Your Car Smarter And Safer

How Voyomotive's OBD-II Device Makes Your Car Smarter And Safer | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
VideoVoyomotive is a telematics startup that has developed Voyo, a small device that connects your car to your smartphone and the cloud. Voyomotive will be launching its first product soon and industry watchers are predicting that it will disrupt the telematics sector. Voyomotive is headquartered in San Francisco and has a [...]
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Voyomotive in the Cloud - A kind of Automotive as as Service ;() 

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LinkedIn Acquires Refresh Contact-Intelligence App

LinkedIn Acquires Refresh Contact-Intelligence App | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Professional networking site LinkedIn Corp. said Thursday it acquired Refresh, three-year-old maker of a mobile app that compiles a dossier of the user’s contacts based on publicly available data from Facebook Inc., Twitter and other services. A popular meeting preparation tool, the app compiles data from social media accounts, photos and other public data online as well as users’ email, calendar and notes to aggregate details about a particular person !

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LinkedIn has a competing standalone app called Connections. 

The company is exploring a variety of ways to incorporate Refresh’s technology, which may include weaving it into the Connections app or delivering its output on LinkedIn’s website ... 

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Are you an Elephant or a Salmon? Sex, Nature and Innovation Strategy ...

Are you an Elephant or a Salmon? Sex, Nature and Innovation Strategy ... | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Nature’s innovation strategies have been optimized over billions of years. She has developed a number of distinct approaches to innovation, and these strategies are strongly influenced by the speed and cost of prototyping, and how fast the surrounding environment changes. Can we learn from this, and make our own innovation strategies more targeted and responsive?
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So the question becomes, which are you?  Is your product more of an elephant – large, long-lived, sophisticated, with many complex, interdependent systems, and expensive to prototype?  Are you optimized for a stable, slowly changing market place?   Or is it more of a salmon? Easy to prototype, and living in a rapidly evolving,  dynamic environment?  How does your innovation strategy look through this lens? 

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3-D Printing & Smart Cloning !

3-D Printing & Smart Cloning ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
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Hum - I suspect that one machine could be smart enough to overcome the Turing Test and therefore diabolic enough to simulate to fail it ;() 

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Ownership: to risk or not to risk !

Ownership: to risk or not to risk ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

It’s easy to view leadership with rose-colored glasses, to envision the accolades and respect that comes with authority. However, from the beginning of modern business, the pressures associated with positions of power have been underscored over and over again, giving birth to idioms and adages like “uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.” The story of the Sword of Damocles perfectly illustrates the dichotomy of power, how it is viewed and what it actually entails. In the story, Damocles mentions to the king how wonderful it must be to hold such a lofty office. To teach Damocles the true nature of leadership, the king allows him to take his place at the throne. As Damocles sits on the throne, he notices a sword hanging above his head, held by a single horse’s hair, revealing the true double-edged nature of leadership, “With great power comes great responsibility.” The risk of failure accompanies the pursuit of success in any venture, and it’s up to the champion of the business to take ownership and to drive innovation !

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Risk-taking is essential part of innovation and ownership ... 

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The Future of Wind Turbines? No Blades !

The Future of Wind Turbines? No Blades ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

IT’S NO LONGER SURPRISING TO encounter 100-foot pinwheels spinning in the breeze as you drive down the highway. But don’t get too comfortable with that view. A Spanish company called Vortex Bladeless is proposing a radical new way to generate wind energy that will once again upend what you see outside your car window.

Their idea is the Vortex, a bladeless wind turbine that looks like a giant rolled joint shooting into the sky. The Vortex has the same goals as conventional wind turbines: To turn breezes into kinetic energy that can be used as electricity. But it goes about it in an entirely different way !

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The Vortex, a radical new way to generate wind energy, is a bladeless wind turbine that looks like a giant rolled joint shooting into the sky ... What Else ;() 

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Big (and Smart) Data On The Go ...

Big (and Smart) Data On The Go ... | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Consumer products like Fitbit, Nike Fuel Band, and Mint.com have their own microcosm versions of the dashboards seen in business. Before they made their way into the household user’s hands, tracing the history of digital dashboards will lead you to the business world.
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Dashboards are great for summarizing a large amount of information, but often fail at helping the user identify important changes in the data if the user experience design does not incorporate device-specific nuances. These missed changes can have a significant impact on the business. Dashboard design needs to always include a layer of interpretation rather than just display real-time data !

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Your Innovation Past Does NOT Predict Future Innovation Potential !

Your Innovation Past Does NOT Predict Future Innovation Potential ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Companies that want to improve their innovation and product development processes often fall into the trap of exclusively looking backwards to analyze past product launches. It’s easy to do in today’s information-rich age where you can gather access to reams of data in a millisecond that can tell you everything you could ever want to know… about the past.
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So if you want to improve your organization’s innovation performance, I suggest that you start by looking at what you have been able to produce to date, and quickly move to look at how you are positioned for in the future. Instead of basing your innovation confidence exclusively on past performance, closely examine how well positioned you are for future innovation ;()

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1 Habit of Highly Effective Innovators !

1 Habit of Highly Effective Innovators ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
I picked up my copy of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey the other day. I remembered that one of Covey’s principles was to begin with the end in mind and I’ve been doing some detailed thinking recently about what my own end is, so to speak. It struck me that there’s some useful lessons in the book about how to grow a business in 2015.
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A clear Vision of what a business stands for and where it wants to get to is essential. The best business leaders understand this and leverage it well ... 

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LA's Proposed Parking Signs Are Brilliantly Simple !

LA's Proposed Parking Signs Are Brilliantly Simple ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

KEN HUSTING WAS circling downtown Los Angeles one day in 2013 trying to find parking when, all of a sudden—Hallelujah!— he found a spot. Then he looked up to see six signs attached to pole telling him that he maybe, possibly could park there. It was hard to know for sure, even for Husting, who is, quite literally, an authority on parking in the city. You undoubtedly know his pain. Such convoluted signage makes parking chancier than throwing dice at the craps table. “Being in charge of the city’s on-street parking program, I was even having a hard time understanding it,” he says ... 

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Over the next six months, LA will install 100 new easy-to-read parking signs, based on a project by a New York designer !


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Boost Your Innovation Confidence ...

Boost Your Innovation Confidence ... | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Consumers are incredibly poor predictors of the next big thing.

Their knee-jerk reaction to new technology is almost always to say they don’t need it and will never use it. For many company leaders, this creates a significant business challenge: They know they must drive change to stay competitive, yet they have no way to determine with confidence which moves will be successful. They bring in experts to provide vision, they do market research until they’ve exhausted the deviations three sigmas from the mean, and they analyze and plan—only to find themselves no more certain about which direction to pursue than when they started !

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Know your customers, understand new technologies, embrace failure, then take a leap of faith ... 

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Design Is Eating The World !

Design Is Eating The World ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen a radical shift toward design as a fundamental source of value. It used to be that design was a relatively narrow field, but today it’s become central to product performance and everybody needs to be design literate. To get an idea of where its all going, I looked in on how Autodesk is promoting design as a basic skill.

The Evolution Of Design

The industrial revolution democratized consumption.  By rationalizing the production process, things were made vastly cheaper and more plentiful.   The average person living in a developed country today has access to more products and services than even royalty did a century ago !

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In 2011, Marc Andreessen wrote an influential essay in The Wall Street Journal titled, Software Is Eating The World.  His argument was that with cloud computing and more advanced development tools, software is vastly more efficient at creating value than hardware and other physical assets ... 

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Stanford researchers develop safe, effective aluminum battery !

Stanford researchers develop safe, effective aluminum battery ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Stanford researchers have developed a new aluminum ion battery that could charge a phone in less than a minute. According to the researchers, the battery would be an affordable and safe alternative to current, commercial batteries. The new aluminum battery minimizes the fire hazard associated with conventional lithium batteries and is also much more durable. While a typical lithium-ion battery can be recharged 1,000 times, the aluminum ion battery could endure as many as 7,500 cycles. The battery could take the place of traditional AA and AAA batteries, according to Yingpeng Wu, a chemistry postdoc ! 

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At this point, existing lithium-ion batteries still boast a greater voltage than the aluminum battery’s two volts. However, the researchers hope that future renditions of their battery could increase the voltage ... 

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This Is Big: A Robo-Car Just Drove Across the Country !

This Is Big: A Robo-Car Just Drove Across the Country ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Nine days after leaving San Francisco, a blue car packed with tech from a company you've probably never heard of rolled into New York City after crossing 15 states and 3,400 miles to make history. The car did 99 percent of the driving on its own, yielding to the carbon-based life form behind the wheel only when it was time to leave the highway and hit city streets. This amazing feat, by the automotive supplier Delphi, underscores the great leaps this technology has taken in recent years, and just how close it is to becoming a part of our lives !

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AN AUTONOMOUS CAR just drove across the country ... 

 

Nine days, 15 states, and 3,400 miles after leaving San Francisco, Delphi's autonomous car arrived in New York City ;() 

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