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Organizations are slow at adopting progressive methods. This is true for CFOs, CPAs and accountants. The accounting profession needs to prepare for change and threats to competitive advantage because there is an accelerating and disruptive digital technologies transformation in progress called the “digital revolution”. We are witnessing significant changes in the nature of technologies available for today’s managers and...
IBM Watson  is partnering with tennis players and coaches to enhance their game strategy and better prepare for matches. As a partner of the US Open tournament for more than 25 years, IBM and the USTA will integrate its AI Highlights technology into player performance as the tournament enters the next phase of its technology journey. For the past year, IBM has been working with the USTA Player Development's performance team to...
In order to succeed in a digital world, companies must get out of inertia and negative complexity. Instead, companies must focus on the future from a digital perspective and working backwards. This includes changing retrograde accounts for predictive analytics, combined with experimental data-driven strategy. Yet even then, the data may not contain the proper answer. The combination of some data and aching desire for an answer does not...
There’s an ongoing debate over which type of data is better: quantitative (“quant”) or qualitative (“qual”). For researchers who have used and benefited from both, there are distinct advantages and disadvantages from each. There are also instances in which each method is best suited to a specific application. Quantitative data Quantitative data is all about numbers. When people talk about “big...
The European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect May 25, 2018, yet only 34.5 percent of nearly 500 professionals involved in GDPR compliance efforts say their organizations can defensibly demonstrate compliance with the new data privacy rules as of today, according to a recent Deloitte poll. Litigation, regulatory, and internal investigation challenges could abound for others. One-third of respondents (32.7...
Increasingly, CIOs say to me that the value of what they are doing is instantiated through data and analytics. But how do you build an analytics capability that works for the business as a whole? This is the question that I asked recently of the #CIOChat. Their answers should have value to everyone involved in the data or analytics. Should analytics be managed for the business or for operating groups? CIOs had a variety of opinions...
The inventor of the first neurocomputer, Dr. Robert Hecht-Nielsen, defines a neural network as – "...a computing system made up of a number of simple, highly interconnected processing elements, which process information by their dynamic state response to external inputs.” Artificial neural networks are one of the most important tools used in machine learning. They are brain-inspired systems which are designed for...
"The common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the seeing eye pierces through and reads the heart and the soul, finding there capacities which the outside didn't indicate or promise, and which the other kind couldn't detect." — Mark Twain (Read Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 , and Part 5 of this Death of Advertising series.) On an auspicious Friday night in Asheville, North Carolina on June...
A conversation with Stephen M. Schneider, PhD, PMP, core doctoral faculty at Capella University (Content sponsored by Capella University) We recently sat down with Dr. Schneider , coauthor of "The Laminated Glass Ceiling", to understand what he thinks is holding women back as leaders in information technology. Below are excerpts from that conversation. Q: What was the motivation behind the paper, "The Laminated Glass Ceiling"?...
(Content sponsored by CVS Health) Every day at CVS Health, five million customers visit their retail pharmacies. And from each of these interactions, they gather just some of the data that they use every day to drive decisions. Team members use data, for example, to optimize ExtraCare, one of the industry’s largest and most advanced retail rewards program. They use it to build bridges across data sets to help with medication...
"If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation." — Don Draper, "Mad Men" (Read Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 , and Part 5 of this Death of Advertising series.) The advertising winds are changing. Prior to reading this article, how many of you clicked on a banner ad in Facebook? How many clicked on the thirty second spot prior to watching a YouTube video? How many of you clicked on the...
American writer, futurist, and businessman Alvin Toffler observed major technological innovations – including television, the birth control pill, and travel by jet aircraft – and the cresting of the transformative wave from an industrial to a post-industrial society in which brain work was dominant over physical labor. Looking forward, Toffler saw more and more rapid innovation and greater social dislocation. In response, Toffler...