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Your personal cloud meets the enterprise
Published: 25 Oct 2014 by Robert Hillard
In organisations around the world employees are accidently merging their personal and professional cloud applications with dire results.  Some of the issues include the routing of sensitive text messages to family members and the replication of confidential documents onto the … Continue reading

The rule of 150 applied to data
Published: 27 Sep 2014 by Robert Hillard
Anthropologist Robin Dunbar has used his research in primates over recent decades to argue that there is a cognitive limit to the number of social relationships that an individual can maintain and hence a natural limit to the breadth of … Continue reading

Analogue business with a digital facade
Published: 23 Aug 2014 by Robert Hillard
Everyone is talking about digital disruption and the need to transform their company into a “digital business”.  However, ask most people what a digital business is and they’ll talk in terms of online shopping, mobile channels or the latest wearable … Continue reading

Your insight might protect your job
Published: 26 Jul 2014 by Robert Hillard
Technology can make us lazy.  In the 1970s and 80s we worried that the calculator would rob kids of insight into the mathematics they were learning.  There has long been evidence that writing long-hand and reading from paper are far … Continue reading

The Quantum Computer dream could be killed by Information Management
Published: 22 Jun 2014 by Robert Hillard
For years now the physics community has been taking the leap into computer science through the pursuit of the quantum computer.  As weird as the concepts underpinning the idea of such a device are, even weirder is the threat that … Continue reading

Careers in Technology
Published: 25 May 2014 by Robert Hillard
Is there a future for careers in Information Technology?  Globally, professional societies such as the British Computer Society and the Australian Computer Society have long argued that practitioners need to be professionals.  However, there is a counter-argument that technology is … Continue reading

How CIOs can discuss the contribution of IT
Published: 20 Apr 2014 by Robert Hillard
Just how productive are Chief Information Officers or the technology that they manage?  With technology portfolios becoming increasingly complex it is harder than ever to measure productivity.  Yet boards and investors want to know that the capital they have tied-up … Continue reading

Login with social media
Published: 28 Mar 2014 by Robert Hillard
With a little work, social networks have the potential to be as valuable in confirming an identity as a passport.  It is the power of the crowd that can prove the integrity of the account holder, perhaps best described as … Continue reading

The race to the internet of things is a marathon
Published: 22 Feb 2014 by Robert Hillard
The PC era is arguably over and the age of ubiquitous computing might finally be here.  Its first incarnation has been mobility through smartphones and tablets.  Many pundits, though, are looking to wearable devices and the so-called “internet of things” … Continue reading

Your data is in the cloud when…
Published: 20 Jan 2014 by Robert Hillard
It’s fashionable to be able to claim that you’ve moved everything from your email to your enterprise applications “into the cloud”.  But what about your data?  Just because information is stored over the Internet, it shouldn’t necessarily qualify as being … Continue reading

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For social networks, volume is the enemy of value
In this blog I often talk of the value of information. Information is a valuable asset and companies increasingly place great store in identifying new sources of data about their products and customers. Individually, we are also quickly assembling a … Continue reading

The future of social networks
When the telephone was invented the first networks were private, typically between rich individuals and their industrial interests.  Pretty quickly, though, people wanted to be able to talk to each other without the need to worry about multiple networks and, … Continue reading

Why aren’t I working a four hour day?
In the 1970s and 1980s, many writers mused that the increasing computing capability available to business and government was going to greatly reduce the work required to run our economy and society.  We were told that in the twenty first … Continue reading




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