Big data analysis in 2015

Big data and analytics technologies have been going gangbusters for several years, with companies, funding rounds, technologies, and releases occuring rapid-fire since Hadoop and NoSQL stepped onto the industry stage. Each of the last several years saw an overarching theme in the data arena: 2012 was the year big data became really hot; 2013 was the year it grew more accessible, through SQL-on-Hadoop; and 2014 was the year it became far-more versatile, with the addition of YARN and Spark. 2015 will be the year Hadoop matures.

Backshoring manufacturing: Notes on an important but under-researched theme

This note discusses the phenomenon of backshoring manufacturing relying on empirical results based on a large-scale Danish questionnaire-survey. The note argues for further research on antecedents, motivators, and barriers of the use of globalisation strategies. It further argues for using automation in order to maintain production jobs. Lastly, the note demand more research on how ambidexterity as a dynamic capability serves as a predecessor to cope with the dynamics of globalisation strategies and supply chain design.

Why the Lean Start - Up Changes Everything

Launching a new enterprise - whether it’s a tech start-up, a small business, or an initiative within a large corporation—has always been a hit-or-miss proposition. According to the decades-old formula, you write a business plan, pitch it to investors, assemble a team, introduce a product, and start selling as hard as you can. And somewhere in this sequence of events, you’ll probably suffer a fatal setback. The odds are not with you: As new research by Harvard Business School’s Shikhar Ghosh shows, 75% of all start-ups fail.

Building on ICT to Connect SMEs in the Digital Construction Supply Chain

The smart use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in construction is a key element for fostering efficiency, innovation and competitiveness in the sector with high potential for smaller actors. On the other hand, at an SME-intensive sector, adopting new technologies is often challenged by limited financial capabilities and knowledge to deal with technological solutions, or lack of understanding of the full potential of ICTs.

The digital CIO: How digital technology will change the role of IT leaders

CIOs face both an opportunity and a threat as organisations embrace digital technology.

The rise of cloud computing, social media, mobile technology and data analytics is disrupting existing business models and patterns of employment.

It is raising questions about what role, if any, the CIO will play in digital innovation. Will they be leading the digital revolution, or will they be relegated to running the infrastructure?