Here is a good review / discussion on the relevance of MBA’s and how they are changing. It is an interesting discussion, clearly close to my heart, but I think a pragmatic approach is best.
This 5 minute video (image is a link) on the BBC website shows some great, humanitarian, applications of “big data” and the “internet of things”. The picture is a night of pizza delivery in New York City. Like the guy in commentary says, it does look like a painting.
Two other highlights for me in this piece. The group from MIT who put GPS transmitters on their garbage. They then through this out and tracked where it all went – i.e. did it go to the recycling centre or not. What struck me was how far this garbage travelled.
The other one was about the kids in India who mapped their slum. Before, it wasn’t on the map and they therefore had no access to public health (and other) services. The result of their work resulted in a doubling of polio vaccinations and significantly improved quality of life for their neighbours.
Proves these techniques are not just for governments and corporates.
Finally, I have also linked a video about bus system optimisation, one about the Obama 2012 election campaign and an article on how the Fire Departments in Holland and London are using big data technology. Both also reported on the BBC.
Bus travel optimisation using smart phones: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22357748
Obama data scientist geek on winning election: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22355364
Efficient use of resources for Fire departments: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21902070
Hope you enjoy the content and feel inspired – rather than spied-on.
This is a great little tool for creating those hyperlapse time videos using Google’s Street View data. I thought it would be good for directions, like a video of directions to the office.
Heres a great example of what you could do with a bit of time on your hands!
I get asked a fair amount now about how we define value, given that my consulting company bases its fees on a value-based model, rather than a time based model. It takes a little understanding so I have written a blog article on the company website to try and explain this a little. Have a look at “what is value” on www.entiaconsulting.com.