Articles tagged with: trends

2017: The Year that Technology Mediation Becomes Invisible

on Thursday, 12 January 2017. Posted in General - Misc. Tips

2017: The Year that Technology Mediation Becomes Invisible

(Also posted on linkedIn)

As we begin the new year, many people are speculating what 2017 will bring in terms of new technology— especially with the events of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas recently. While the last couple years seem to have been dominated by new wearable tech, it seems that in 2017, we’re taking a step further. 2017 is set to be the year that hardware technology becomes invisible and information becomes more actionable. It seems like only the natural progression of technology that started as stationary—with computers--, then turned to mobile—with smartphones, tablets, and watches—and now is becoming virtually invisible by existing entirely in the cloud.

Amazon Echo was arguably one of the first to start the trend and this year, it shows no signs of stopping. In fact, the Echo dot was Amazon’s top seller over the holidays and just a few days ago, Ford announced that it will be the first automaker to integrate Echo into their cars. Forgot to turn the lights off in the house before you drove away? No problem, just tell Alexa to turn them off—no touch screens required.

Even wearable technology is going more invisible this year. Instead of the obvious “wearable” tech like smart watches, this functionality is now being integrated invisibly into other items we already wear like belts, handbags, and even fabric itself. But beyond that, its invisible, wearable technology is doing more than just recording data—like how many footsteps you take or what your heart rate is. Instead, this new technology takes that data and forms it into actionable information. Let’s take a look at a few of them:

  • Omron – An example of one of many healthcare companies that is making strides with wearable technology. Known as a leader for blood pressure monitors for the past several decades, Omron’s next prototype Project Zero 2.0 is wearable technology that tracks blood pressure and other heart activity with the same accuracy as you’d find in the doctor’s office. With Omron’s wearable tech, blood pressure monitoring isn’t just limited to the doctor’s office or pharmacy machine any longer.
  • Xenoma – This wearable tech isn’t an accessory—it’s the clothing itself. Xenom’as e-skin is machine washable fabric created with tracking technology that is as comfortable to wear as an everyday long-sleeve shirt. It seems as though the applications for this have scratched the surface of possibilities, but for now, it can easily be used for gaming as an input controller, for fitness as a personal coach for tracking and improving form, and for healthcare to monitor movement, posture and respiration.
  • ReSound – Another long-time leader in their space, ReSound is revolutionizing wearable tech with hearing aids. Their latest models are capable of being fully adjusted through a smartphone app, which means wearers no longer have to visit their audiologist each time they need a tweak with their devices.
  • AcousticSheep – There is a lot of tech out there that tracks sleep patterns, but AcousticSheep has found a way to put that data in action with their latest wearable tech, the SleepPhones PERFORM. This device is a soft, comfortable headband thin, wireless audio headphones one can easily wear to sleep with. However, this device also has internal sensors that use the body’s own feedback to create a customized music soundtrack to making falling asleep, and staying asleep, even easier.

Just as has happened with all of the industry-changing technology of the past, at first we question if it will ever really “catch on” with everyday users, but soon we find ourselves just a few years later wondering how we ever lived without it. 

 

What Can Banks and Insurance Companies Learn from Tesla and Under Armour

on Sunday, 01 November 2015. Posted in General - Misc. Tips

What Can Banks and Insurance Companies Learn from Tesla and Under Armour

 

At first glance, two brands like Tesla and Under Armour might seem completely unrelated to any business in the banking or insurance sector. And while the products and services they offer might be completely different, the fact is that banks and insurance companies can learn a lot about how companies like Tesla and Under Armour brand themselves.

Hyperlink to the complete article on linkedin :

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-can-banks-insurance-companies-learn-from-tesla-under-antonatos?trk=prof-post

Work and Vacations: Integration is the New Separation

on Thursday, 21 May 2015. Posted in General - Misc. Tips

Work and Vacations: Integration is the New Separation

                                                                         Chances are you or someone you know in the workplace often talks about “needing a vacation” but never take one because you just “can’t break away.” In fact, studies show that millions of Americans intentionally take less vacation days now than they did 40 years ago because they believe that no one else can do what they do at the office. Ironically though, studies also show that those who take vacations make better employees. They lead to better physical health, more productivity, increased mental power, newer perspectives, and a lower chance of burn out.

In today’s corporate culture, it’s becoming much more common to find employees who are blurring the lines between their work and personal lives. With emails, text messages, phone calls, and social media being accessible all in one place at the literal touch of a button, it’s easy to let work creep in to personal time even while employees are away from the office—especially on vacation. Interestingly enough, however, today’s workers are beginning to show a preference for less separation between work and personal life in favor for more integration. Mainly because it allows for one overarching quality: flexibility. When flexibility is part of the equation, workers don’t hesitate to mix work with personal life because it means they can do what they want, when they want. Even on vacation.

While many people see technology as a hindrance on work-life balance, it can also be one of the best tools to allow employees to actually live their lives a little more fully—to break away from the traditional 8-5 model during the day-to-day, but actually feel like they can take a vacation without it sacrificing the success of their careers, too.

Granted, a vacation isn’t really a vacation if it just turns into an extension of the office – it’s essential to be able to disconnect from work while on vacation. But that same technology that keeps employees tied to their smartphones is also what can allow them to join in on a conference call when they are at a beach resort 4 time zones away from the office. Or even respond to important client emails when they are 30,000 feet in the air while traveling to or from their vacation destination. It allows employees who typically forego vacations because of the stress of leaving work to actually enjoy the best of both worlds from time to time.

So instead of letting technology tie you down to your job, look at it as your golden ticket to being able to integrate work into your personal life so that work doesn’t have to completely control it. This year, do yourself a favor and put your vacation days to use. You’ll be a better employee because of it.  

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Recap/Summarized 2013 OpenWorld Announcements

on Tuesday, 24 September 2013. Posted in Blog, Oracle OpenWorld

Recap/Summarized 2013 OpenWorld Announcements

The big announcement today was the full suite of products offered on-premise are now available in the Cloud.

 

Oracle has added multiple services to the cloud, including database as a service, Java in the cloud, business intelligence (BI) and ERP in the cloud.

 

Database in the cloud, this provides full control of a dedicated database instance and supports any Oracle database application, giving users flexibility and choice over the level of managed services provided by Oracle.

 

Java Cloud: this provides Oracle WebLogic Server clusters for deployment of Java applications

 

Business Intelligence Cloud: Enables users to analyse data with visual, interactive dashboards for the web and mobile devices. 

 

Document cloud is like a Sharepoint in the cloud provides file-sharing and collaboration solution and they added a Marketplace Cloud, this provides a marketplace were partners can publish applications and customers can browse through the list similar to google and apple store.

 

Application in the cloud includes full ERP – Financial, (14 largest global localizations available, Projects, HR,CRM, and EPM know fully available – great first step towards that unique global instance so many CIO’s and companies are looking to achieve.

 

Other announcement includes:

 

Oracle's introduction of in-memory option for its 12C database, as well as it Big Memory Machine, M6-32. This machine removes the need to copy data across servers.

 

New E-Business suite release – 12.2

New PeopleSoft Release – 9.2

New JD-Edwards Release – 9.1.2

New Hyperion EPM modules & release 11.1.3

 

New Fusion Middleware 12C – includes new product offerings

 

New integrated customer management experience, integrated with Social.

 

Feel free to share your OpenWorld news and thoughts on the topic!

 

The Biggest Problem in Corporations - Data Proliferation, 3 tips to tackle this issue

on Friday, 14 June 2013. Posted in Solution & Business Architecture

The Biggest Problem in Corporations - Data Proliferation, 3 tips to tackle this issue
 
 
Data is impacted by numerous processes, most of which affect its quality to a certain degree. As data proliferation in the enterprise continues its exponential expansion and the size, complexity, and heterogeneous nature of IT systems environments scales to keep up, data quality and trust become increasingly important. Trusted data initiatives will remain strategic.

The business drivers that are pushing (Master Data Management) MDM:

•   Runaway costs that include bad data

•   Missed opportunities mostly from lack of transparency from the business pipeline

•   With the potential jail time to corporate officer’s regulatory compliance, security and sensitive data will continue the push towards a standardized view of critical data.

•   Integrating new businesses as M&A continues, consolidating corporate data from multiple acquisitions.

2014-16 will be great years for MDM, I think standards and the trustworthy view of critical data will be propagated and included in the processes of most businesses. I think we will soon reach a meeting point between MDM and Big Data, as we know big data comes in many forms: some is structured, some unstructured; some is generated internally, some externally. The current MDM solutions are know being built with internal and some external integration points.

When selecting an MDM technology I would recommend use the Gartner or Forrester reports, and in my opinion I would only spend time looking the top right quadrant.

Some companies are naïve when it comes to choosing MDM technologies, wrongly assuming that the market is mature and that everything works fine these days. In my view, this is wrong it will take another 3-5 years for this area to mature.

Below is the year over year Gartner Magic quadrant on MDM

MDM 2012-2013 Gartner Comparison

Three tips

  1. Shortlist your suppliers and make sure they have a track record with your type of data
  2. MDM projects are always tricky, follow a think big start small approach. The approach should consider all data domains, but take a gradual, step-wise approach to implementation, delivering incremental business value
  3. In 2014,I think companies will be moving toward an Enterprise App Store similar to Google and Apple store and this will oblige companies to accelerate their efforts on MDM.(look into creating an enterprise app store)

One of the big accomplishments of these technologies, analysis of data has become a key differentiator within many industries.

Like usual please share your thoughts on MDM, Big data and the Enterprise App Stores trends

Oracle Fusion Applications Workflow for Project Implementation & answers to questions received by e-mail on Fusion

on Wednesday, 27 February 2013. Posted in Enterprise Software , Featured, fusion

Oracle Fusion Applications Workflow for Project Implementation & answers to questions received by e-mail on Fusion

 

 

We are now at release 6 of Oracle fusion applications (11.1.6), many questions have been raised on the implementation approach. Fusion don't forget is a combination of multiple Enterprise systems that Oracle acquired and yes Oracle took some of each to create Fusion.

Below is a visual diagram I created on the steps required to implement an instance of fusion applications:

 Oracle fusion apps implementaiton workflow

 

In general , it took me about 3 days to configure HCM and Financials, the functional configuration enables your Offerings and Functional Areas for implementation, and you select the Feature Choices, which typically enable you to integrate Offerings. Below is a screenshot

 

fusion apps setup

Question – What are some of the differences between EBS and Fusion Applications?

This questions comes often and people still believe no major changes exist,    below are 4 of them in the areas of Authentication, Authorization, Security and Segregation of duties.

 

E-Business

Fusion Application

Authentication

FND_USER

FMW(Fusion MiddleWare) OAM/LDAP

Authorization

AOL security model

FMW OPSS Oracle Platform Security Services

Security platform

Proprietary

FMW OPSS

Segregation Of Duties (SOD)

No functionality

Predefined SOD policies
Application Access Controls
Governor (AACG)

Question – In Fusion Applications Vision data does not exist anymore?

This is a common myth; here is a screenshot with some vision data

 fusion vision

Question 3 – Oracle Fusion Applications Documentation not available online?

Below is the link to Oracle Fusion Applications release 11.1.6

 fusion apps doc 11.1.6

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E37583_01/index.htm

Oracle Fusion documentation is improving rapidly, it know include lots of detail with examples to help us take the right decisions.

 

 

Google Glass - Augmented Reality Headgear 4 pros and 2 cons

on Sunday, 24 February 2013. Posted in General - Misc. Tips

Google Glass - Augmented Reality Headgear 4 pros and 2 cons

 

 

 

This weekend I had the pleasure to test Google Glass, I think that Google's augmented reality headgear is equipped to transform everyday life. This prototype isn't the final version of Google Glass, I was told expect a public available version by the end of year at a cost between 1200-1500$.

If you want to get a beta version of the glasses here is the link: http://www.google.com/glass/start/how-to-get-one/

Pros

  1. The glasses will free you from having to constantly pull out your phone for calls, emails or texts.
  2. Navigation by foot through the city is fantastic with Google Glass quite precise
  3. The recording of video quality is superb. The take a picture command worked well.
  4. Google Glass is heavily dependent on voice commands, worked quite well just received one misunderstanding error but I think it was me mumbling, very responsive.

 Cons

  1. I think we may have privacy issues. Google glasses is able to record everything one sees and does.
  2. My perception Google glass the frame seems fragile and maybe easy to break.

In conclusion Google Glass hopes to be one of the newest and most innovative technologies in recent times. The world of wearable computers and augmented reality has barely been introduced, and Glass intends to be a pioneer into this field in the same way that the iPad was in the tablet industry.

Even though Google Glass is still in the development process, there are already numerous of capabilities and applications that could be very useful for consumers, such as live video and data streaming. Users will be able to utilize email, video chat such as Skype, and social networking services such as Twitter and Facebook. Looking forward to the final product!

 

Here is your complete look at Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c pros and cons, and the vision

on Wednesday, 09 January 2013. Posted in Enterprise Software , Blog

 

Oracle has an early head start with the future of Enterprise Management, and its latest iteration of Enterprise Manager 12c is the best yet. 

While the technology isn't perfect yet, I have been test driving for the past 2 weeks and when testing received some network errors and other hiccups, but pretty stable and flexible and the clunky interface from version 11 has been completely revamped.

 Here is the new look of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. It’s a beauty.

 

 

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c is Oracle's envisioned product line to manage the complete lifecycle of the cloud. I think as cloud adoption becomes more mainstream, companies will be obliged to follow and add this product into their suite of products. Why?

 

Pros

 

  1. Oracle has integrated management services, monitoring, and plug-ins that communicate with My Oracle Support.
  2. New web 2.0 User Interface easy to configure and information is placed in a user friendly and logical fashion
  3. The Agent architecture comes with all the plug-ins you require
  4. Technology uses latest ADF technology, easy to install (solid documentation), also was impressed with the operating system Solaris 11.

Cons

  1. I had some hiccups when test driving the application where i needed to shutdown services and databases to get it started. (I probably had some patches that i did not install – Make sure you have all recommended patches)
  2. I found that the licensing agreement is quite complex probably because of its enterprise wide reach, Below is the link to the licensing agreement http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E24628_01/license.121/e24474.pdf
  3. EM12c R2 is certified with BI Publisher 11.1.1.6.0 only. Therefore in case you are using EM 12c R1 which is integrated with BI Publisher 11.1.1.5.0, you must upgrade the BI Publisher to 11.1.1.6.0

As Cloud Computing sees a better adoption rate, I think the prospects of Enterprise manager 12c will bevery promising.

Below is how a Private Cloud Lifecycle (also known as the Enterprise Cloud) project would be executed from initiation to deployment.

 

For individuals that are not aware or familiar with this product line and would like to learn more, here are some links to help you get started:

Overview of the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 C - Online Documentation
http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E24628_01/doc.121/e25353/overview.htm#BABIFBJE

Oracle Enterprise manager 12c videos
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF45DBCDF595F1D1D

Thank you all for the feedback on the website, really appreciate it, helped me quickly to get a handle on the issues/bugs. I will configure video sometime in February.

I am currently test driving Oracle Exadata with some folks in Palo Alto, will share my thoughts/pros and cons and strategies to adopt Exadata on my next article.



Project Management Keep it Simple

on Tuesday, 01 January 2013. Posted in Project Management, Blog

 

Simplify your project manager and program manager position within your organization.

Companies in my humble opinion have misunderstood the role of project managers and program managers.

Stop the buzzwords and keep it simple, a project manager manages a specific project to create a product or a service which brings some added value and a program manager oversees multiple projects that lead to improvements within the organization.

The important point to master is How to manage multiple projects? 

The approach that works best for me is to start a project inventory within the system you use. That way you can track the feasibility study, proof of concept, cost/benefit etc, and right from the start. I think it is imperative that all stakeholders face reality. Otherwise you as a project manager get blamed for not meeting fantasy objectives, and you stress over other people's unrealistic objectives and fantasies. It takes some sitting back, away from the immediate fires, to evaluate the demands and resources available to meet project objectives

 

I even have a project called prospecting where I track the time and the feasibility of these projects. This approach helps me plan projects that actually become reality. Try it and send me your feedback.