Sorry for the brief hiatus, but without further adieu…

Information Governance: Will Trump Address What Became the Central Issue in the Campaign?

Information Governance (IG) goes beyond cyber-security to include control of information within an enterprise (over 50% of breaches are due to rogue insiders) and beyond it, that is, controlling information remotely even after it is released (through tools like encryption and information rights management). And IG extends even beyond that, to include cleaning and optimizing information and using analytics and Big Data tools to harvest new insights into trends and patterns.

4 Technologies Enabling Companies to Do More with Less

1)IT Automation: “IT automation makes it possible for disparate systems to communicate with one another in order to be self-acting or self-regulating, which reduces error-prone manual intervention and speeds up product releases and technology integrations. Therefore, IT is able to focus on mission-critical work and companies are able to get ahead in the age of unpredictable customer preferences and ever-changing technological developments.”

2)Artificial Intelligence: ” AI makes it possible to deploy a more personalized shopping experience in real-time.”

3)Robotics: “Businesses leverage robotics by programming robots to perform certain tasks, which, like IT automation and AI-driven marketing, generates efficient and consistent results…According to calculations by London’s Center for Economic Research, robotics improves the labor productivity of the modern workforce as much as the stream engine did for the workforce from 1850-1910. The use of robots in the manufacturing industry alone has increased GDP .37 percent annually, driving 10 percent of all GDP growth – which means robotics in manufacturing has contributed to economic growth as significantly as railroads did in the 19th century and US highways did in the 20th century.”

4)Cloud Computing: “Cloud computing is particularly beneficial in tandem with IT automation, because IT automation enables companies to leverage cloud systems incrementally, according to demand. As a result, companies can optimize their allocation of cloud resources, utilizing them when the company is busy or burdened and saving them otherwise.”

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT: IT’S SAFE TO GO IN THE WATER

Don’t be put off by what the information management best-practices are called – start benefiting from what they can do.

Mastering Data in the Age of Big Data and Cloud

Organizations that are able to integrate data from a diverse set of new and legacy data sources inside and outside the organization, both batch and streaming, will reap significant benefits, including improved decision-making, faster product development and the ability to use data to power predictive and advanced analytics. These businesses will also see substantial time savings as employees no longer have to spend a significant percent of their time on extracting data from silos and hard-to-access platforms such as the mainframe – but can focus on understanding the data and operational work that directly supports their business objection

Rogue Scientists Race to Save Climate Data from Trump

AT 10 AM the Saturday before inauguration day, on the sixth floor of the Van Pelt Library at the University of Pennsylvania, roughly 60 hackers, scientists, archivists, and librarians were hunched over laptops, drawing flow charts on whiteboards, and shouting opinions on computer scripts across the room. They had hundreds of government web pages and data sets to get through before the end of the day—all strategically chosen from the pages of the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—any of which, they felt, might be deleted, altered, or removed from the public domain by the incoming Trump administration.

Their undertaking, at the time, was purely speculative, based on travails of Canadian government scientists under the Stephen Harper administration, which muzzled them from speaking about climate change. Researchers watched as Harper officials threw thousands of books of aquatic data into dumpsters as federal environmental research libraries closed.

But three days later, speculation became reality as news broke that the incoming Trump administration’s EPA transition team does indeed intend to remove some climate data from the agency’s website. That will include references to President Barack Obama’s June 2013 Climate Action Plan and the strategies for 2014 and 2015 to cut methane, according to an unnamed source who spoke with Inside EPA. “It’s entirely unsurprising,” said Bethany Wiggin, director of the environmental humanities program at Penn and one of the organizers of the data-rescuing event….

The group was split in two. One half was setting web crawlers upon NOAA web pages that could be easily copied and sent to the Internet Archive. The other was working their way through the harder-to-crack data sets—the ones that fuel pages like the EPA’s incredibly detailed interactive map of greenhouse gas emissions, zoomable down to each high-emitting factory and power plant.

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