The changing digital landscape in New Zealand
The digital revolution is fundamentally changing how we operate both socially and commercially. Recent increases in mobile internet connectivity for the average New Zealander has spurred on the shift from a producer centric marketplace, to something much more customer focused.
At the recent Wellington Analytics Forum I had the pleasure of making some opening remarks on behalf of Optimation as the event sponsor. The topic was Analytics in Government and featured James Mansell as the keynote speaker. If you're not familiar with James, you can get an insight into his approach by taking a look at this rather excellent piece of work for the Productivity Commission.
By now, we’re all familiar with the argument that by identifying non-essential services like software development and support, you can make your first steps towards outsourcing IT solutions and IT services. By outsourcing your IT services you can look to reduce costs and improve efficiencies.
When companies first started talking about the cloud revolution and the third platform, the conversation changed from 'technology enabling transformation' to 'technology driving transformation'. But who is right? Do you start with a strategy or with a technology?
While information professionals have been designing file plans and thesauri for decades, chances are ontology development will be a new endeavour, created in a digital paradigm to deal primarily with digital content. Before grabbing a tool and collecting every word ever written, here are some key points to think about when developing an ontology:
I wrote in my last blog about why I think a search-driven environment is the way forward for businesses and the wider realm of information management. By moving to a folderless environment we are encouraging a search based system of storage and information management rather than static navigation paths that limit the visibility of connections between knowledge sets. Folderless structures encourage businesses and their employees to think more laterally about the information they’re storing and sharing. One way to support this evolution is through the use of an ontology.
IT solutions come in all shapes and sizes but when you mention ‘folderless content management system’ you’re going to send shivers up a few spines. The familiar structure of folder based storage and navigation mimics the trusty paper based storage systems of years gone past. But we can’t ignore the catchcry of ‘I can never find where my colleagues have saved things’, ‘There is so much junk saved in my team’s folders’, ‘I save things locally because the folder structure is out of date’.
Our latest case study outlines the review process and methodology we undertook to align a client's IT Strategy more closely with their business strategy.
In an earlier blog I outlined several reasons for adopting Hadoop into the Data eco-system. In this post I'll try to demonstrate an approach for bringing Hadoop into the data environment, and outline 8 elements to consider before embarking on this journey.