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Throughout history there has been a cycle that ebbs and flows where new technology makes production more efficient and reduces the need for manpower in a particular space, thus forcing those in charge into the difficult position of deciding who stays and who goes. This is normally replaced by an uptake in needs for employees elsewhere, and eventually by expansion of the original vertical market, a return to labor-heavy workloads. This cycle has existed (in a variety of forms) for ages. With a crossbow, less skill and more bodies were needed to field an army. With early guns, more skill and less bodies were needed. The cycle goes around again. The same is true of any marketplace where technology can help improve efficiencies. In the case of farming, fewer small farms and an increasing number of massive farms with staff no larger than the small farms whose land the la... (more)

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of December 30, 2012

The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read SMAC News Weekly For the first time, a GPS unit tracked a donated kidney’s progress from hospital to airport to destination in California, allowing the doctors to prepare the man who was going to receive the organ without any lag time.  Read Original Content The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers will hold its annual RFID event, the IEEE International Conference on RFID, in conjunction with the RFID Journal LIVE! 2013 conference and exhib... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Berkman Center unveils fascinating insight into media trend

Image via Wikipedia Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society unveiled their Media Cloud research tool today, bringing Semantic Web goodness from Thomson Reuters’ Calais and affordably scalable Cloud oomph from Amazon Web Services together in powering exploration of a fascinating topic. As the press release notes, “Media Cloud was conceived by Berkman Fellow Ethan Zuckerman and Berkman Faculty Co-Director Yochai Benkler.  It was inspired by their debate over whether the blogosphere largely echoed traditional media or was instead a source for original news and democratic agenda-setting. ‘While daily newspapers struggle for survival, political, niche and special interest blogs continue to capture consumer interest,’ said Yochai Benkler, Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Center. ‘In the midst of this upheaval, it is difficult to know where stories begi... (more)

Weekend Diversion: Revisionist Natural History and HuffPo? [Starts With A Bang]

We've got a lot going on here in America these days, with towering unemployment, a dying manufacturing industry, huge environmental problems, and the tense fight for all sorts of rights and freedoms, such as GLBT equality and abortion rights. But there are two things that I'd like to remind you of this weekend. First off, not only are there other places far worse off then America, but we really have no idea what's even going on there. As Manu Chao sings below (in Arabic), people don't know (or even care) about what's going on in Algeria (English lyrics here). But the song -- Denia -- is both fabulous and one of the most interesting musical explorations I've heard in a long time. Listen for yourself: But secondly, we have news reporters who lie, reporting one poorly-researched fringe perspective and selling it as reality. Fortunately, I'm well-informed enough that I'... (more)

The Ten Attributes of the Magnetic Sales Professional

Google “what it takes to be a successful salesperson” and one will get 121,000 different perspectives on what it takes to be one. However, in today’s competitive landscape what companies are truly looking for is, the rare individuals who can overachieve the sales and revenue goals, retain and increase the share of wallet of the existing client base and have the ability to drive new business in the unsold prospect arena. Sales Organizations want Magnetic Sales Professionals not simply, successful sales associates. They want individuals who will create a positive legacy and at the same time provide sales results without comprising profits. The attributes of this rare sales specimen are wider, deeper and broader than the average or sales all star which include: I. Leadership - Magnetic Sales Professionals view themselves as business franchisees, their territories as a ... (more)

I Like Ants - Grand Masters of Business Opportunity

Since this is my first blog post I thought it should be memorable and so I will share a secret passion of mine. I like ants, I really do. Compared to Avega I might even like ants a little bit more. Compared to my wife, well, she’ll always win big, but only because I know my priorities in life – not because of the ants. Fastest path Even though I’ve first read about ants five, ten, fifteen years ago, I still enthusiastically teach others about the beautiful fastest path algorithm that ants use to optimize their harvest – and sometimes I also do this against people's will (like when they get stuck with me in front of a white board). I think it’s the emergent behavior that arises from doing simple things tens of thousand times or more that still amazes me. And so, true to my heart, I will tell you about this beautiful simple algorithm; suppose you have to travel back an... (more)

Telco Cloud Services – Cloud Service Innovation Platform

Our Telco Cloud Services initiative is a product innovation program for telcos and web hosting companies, intended to develop a Cloud solutions portfolio for them to adopt based on best practices developed from real-world projects. As the Cisco white paper highlights, the primary value of Cloud computing to telcos is that it offers a platform for product innovation, and so our objective is exactly this, to link a Cloud Services Roadmap to the development of a Cloud Service Innovation Platform. To achieve this I was inspired by the UK Governments concept of “Forward Commitment Procurement“, utilizing Government spending as the source of innovation, and have spent the last year intensively reviewing the procurement RFPs of the Canadian Government, using them as the requirements specifications to define the Cloud Services Roadmap. Cloud Services Roadmap The overall en... (more)

Cenex Tanks of Thanks™ Program Rewards Good Deeds with More than $130,000 in Free Fuel

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cenex® – the CHS Energy brand – today announced that the Tanks of Thanks™ program rewarded more than 2,600 people with nearly $132,000 in free fuel in 2012. This month kicks off the second year of the program, which recognizes and rewards people's good deeds with $50 Tanks of Thanks gift cards redeemable at any Cenex retail location. In the program's second year, CHS and Cenex retailers will continue sharing stories of people who are making a difference in their communities and rewarding their contributions with free fuel. (Logo: "The Tanks of Thanks program is our way of saying thank you to the people who do their part to make the communities we serve just a little bit better." says Akhtar Hussain, CHS refined fuels brand marketing manager. "We have been overwhelm... (more)

Big Data - Ascribe takes their Big Data story from Bolton to San Francisco

27th Feb 2013 - Ascribe, a leading provider of healthcare solutions, is pleased to announce that it has been invited to deliver a keynote presentation on the use of Big Data techniques and technologies at Strata. Strata is the prestigious, annual international Business Intelligence conference, being held this year in San Francisco at the end of February. Ascribe's Head of Business & Clinical Intelligence, Paul Henderson, is presenting as part of a session entitled: "Tools to turn Emergencies into Knowledge", with Microsoft's GM for SQL, Eron Kelly. Ascribe have been assisting Microsoft® in delivering a Proof of Concept application to extract data from Emergency Care software and apply unique insights into this previously untapped source of knowledge. In particular, Ascribe used Windows 8™, Office 2013®, Hadoop / HDInsight™, Bing® maps and SharePoint® to harvest dat... (more)

Big Data Skills – Opportunities and Threats

Big Data. There are few conversations in the IT community which do not start, address, or end on the topic.  Some conversations are visionary in nature, some critical, and many considering the challenges we’ll need to overcome in the process of understanding how to deal with Big Data. Definitions of Big Data almost parallel the 3 V's of Big Data, which are velocity, volume, and variety.  We may call it a byproduct of massive data growth, cheap technology, and our ability to save everything.  We may address the enormous volumes of data generated by social media, smart grids, and other online transactions. However we also need to compress those ideas into a form we can understand and use as a basis for our discussions.  For simplicity, we'll use Gartner's definition that "big data are high volume, high velocity, and/or high variety information assets that require new... (more)