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Transformation Infrastructure

By pwsadmin | September 26, 2020

Hybrid IT enables a composable infrastructure which describes a framework whose physical compute, storage, and network fabric resources are treated as services. Resources are logically pooled so that administrators need to physically configure hardware to support a specific software application, which describes the function of a composable architecture. This type of transformative infrastructure is foundational…

Essential Characteristics of Cloud Computing as Digital Transformation

By pwsadmin | September 25, 2020

A survey of 2,000 executives conducted by Cognizant in 2016 identified the top five ways digital transformations generate value:      Accelerating speed to market      Strengthening competitive positioning      Boosting revenue growth      Raising employee productivity      Expanding the ability to acquire, engage, and retain customers   Digital transformation is also a cultural change. Cloud Computing as Digital Transformation Since cloud…

Embrace Transformation

By pwsadmin | September 22, 2020

From a business perspective, differentiating business processes and quality customer service are central to overall success. Business leaders must therefore clearly identify and measure how information technology contributes to the value of every key business process. They must also know how to most cost effectively use IT when the task is merely the management of…

Computer Vision Advances Zero-Defect Manufacturing

By pwsadmin | July 25, 2020

by Kevin L. Jackson Electronics manufacturers operate in a challenging environment. It’s hard enough to keep up with the ever-accelerating rate of change in the industry. Now customers want increasingly specialized product variations in less time and of higher quality. Meeting this demand for increased product variation can seriously impact the bottom line. Such variability increases…

Real-Time Analytics Power the Roadway of the Future

By pwsadmin | July 25, 2020

By Kevin L. Jackson The complexities of citywide traffic are pushing the limits of existing transportation management systems. Outdated infrastructure is based on proprietary, single-purpose subsystems, making it costly to acquire, operate, and maintain. And current roadways are simply not prepared for the future of autonomous vehicles. Enter the SPaT Challenge, an initiative encouraging cities and…

Thriving on the Edge: Developing CSP Edge Computing Strategy

By pwsadmin | March 6, 2020

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are facing significant business model challenges. Referred to generally as edge computing, the possibilities introduced by the blending of 5G networks and distributed cloud computing technologies are redefining how CSPs operate, partner, and drive revenue. A new Ericsson Digital whitepaper entitled, “Edge computing and deployment strategies for communication service providers,” addresses these challenges…

SourceConnecte! Marketplace With A Mission

By pwsadmin | March 6, 2020

Earlier this year, GC GlobalNet launched a new breed of B2B e-commerce sites. Curated by Kevin L. Jackson, SourceConnecte (with an “e”) went live with three strategic goals in mind: Efficiently leverage modern social media technologies to facilitate value-based interactions between enterprise buyers and vetted suppliers; Establish a protected interactive environment capable of supporting high-value B2B e-commerce negotiations…

Potential vs. Reality: Is Edge Computing Real?

By pwsadmin | January 19, 2020

Edge computing provides compute, storage, and networking resources close to devices generating traffic. Its benefits are based on an ability to provide new services capable of meeting stringent operational requirements by minimizing both data latency and the need for bandwidth. Based on Google trend data, searches for the term has also grown substantially over the…

Enabling Digital Transformation

By pwsadmin | December 22, 2019

Digital transformation integrates technology into all areas of an organization’s business or mission. Its fundamental purpose is to create and deliver innovative and industry-changing products and services to a global customer base. This outcome requires the seamless two-way flow of data and information between internal business processes and external processes that interact with customers, business…

The ThinkShield Story Part 1: The Challenge

By G C Network | October 24, 2019

The cybersecurity challenge seems to be growing daily. Threats are becoming more sophisticated, and attacks are becoming more destructive while the corporate world’s response seems to resemble a deer in headlights. Recent examples of this dangerous state of affairs include[1]: A data breach of a US Customs and Border Protection surveillance contractor that led to…

The Internet of Things (IoT) has quickly become the next “be all to end all” in information technology. Touted as how cloud computing will connect everyday things together, it is also feared as the real- life instantiation of The Terminator’s Skynet, where sentient robots team with an omnipresent and all-knowing entity that uses technology to control, and ultimately destroy, all of humanity.

Not there yet

Lucky for the humans among us, the technical capabilities of both cloud computing and IoT are way behind these Orwellian fears. Although the technology is promising, research and technical hurdles still abound. Challenges include:

  • Datasets that span multiple continents and are independently managed by hundreds of suppliers and distributors;
  • Volume and velocity of IoT dataflows exceed the capacity ad capability of any single centralized datacenter;
  • Current inability to conduct “Big IoT” data processing across multiple distributed datacenters due to technical issues related to basic service stack for datacenter computing infrastructure, massive data processing models, trusted data management services, data-intensive workflow computing; and
  • Benchmark limitations associated with heterogeneous datacenter application kernels.

Despite these current challenges, the blending of Things and cloud computing can deliver real value today in the creation of “Information Excellence”. Joe Weinman, author of “Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing”, eloquently explains this in his new book, “Digital Disciplines: Attaining Market Leadership via the Cloud, Big Data, Social, Mobile, and the Internet of Things”, information excellence is an extension of traditional operational excellence and its traditional static process design towards a business model that leverages real-time data to maximize process throughput and minimize process costs.[1]

Using cloud to optimize productivity

Also known as dynamic optimization, “Solving these types of problems requires big data collected in real time from things and people, processed in near real time through an optimal combination of edge
and cloud, and then enacted through people and things.” This approach is aggressively used by modern distribution companies when they abandon fixed delivery routes in favor of dynamic rerouting that minimizes fuel, carbon footprint, labor costs and capital requirements while simultaneously maximizing customer satisfaction.

Broader use of dynamic optimization can also have an effect on how governments can leverage cloud computing services to improve society at large. While it is well known that delivery companies such as UPS avoid left turns in the construction of delivery routes to improve productivity, New York City has recently requested that Google help reduce left turns for Google Maps users to enhance pedestrian safety.[2]

Even more exciting than this are possible subsequent business enhancements Weinman envisions which include:

  • Solution Leadership – Connecting products and services via cloud computing in order to enable ongoing customer relationships, encouraging stickiness and transforming one-time transactions focused on sales to ongoing subscription relationships focused on customer outcomes
  • Collective Intimacy – Using cloud computing to collect, aggregate and process data in order to personalize services and recommendations; and
  • Accelerated Innovation – Connecting firms with problems to prospective solvers through idea markets, challenges and innovation networks.

Although security and privacy of personally identifiable information (PII) remain vexing problems, the use of anonymized and aggregated data to improve business processes avoids many of the pitfalls attached with improving services for an individual. A less obtrusive approach to IoT could also avoid many of the legal and regulatory obstacles associated with the storage and transmission of PII data. Companies that have successfully replaced traditionally static business processes with data-centric dynamic optimization and information excellence are well known and include:

  •         Airbnb
  •         Uber
  •         Netflix
  •         Google
  •         Amazon

Data-centric, service-centric means excellence

The lesson here is that a data-centric approach to business process improvement may be the true low hanging fruit when it comes to leveraging cloud computing quickly and profitably. These companies have also left behind the product-centric, regionally managed, manufacturing economic model in order to embrace the new model of service-centric, globally managed and networked economies. By targeting information excellence as the next step up from operational excellence, a legacy business can be fairly quickly renovated into a modern data-driven enterprise. Information excellence also enables customer personalization, process flexibility and business agility, all the key components needed for corporate success today.

[1] Joe Weinman, Digital Disciplines: Attaining Market Leadership via the Cloud, Big Data, Social, Mobile, and the Internet of Things (Wiley CIO, 2015).
[2] Sarah Goodyear, “New York Wants Google Maps to Discourage Left Turns,” CityLab from The Atlantic, July 9, 2015


This post was written as part of the Dell Insight Partners program, which provides news and analysis about the evolving world of tech. For more on these topics, visit Dell’s thought leadership site Power More. Dell sponsored this article, but the opinions are my own and don’t necessarily represent Dell’s positions or strategies.

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