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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

Turning decision making into a game
Published: 17 Dec 2013 by Robert Hillard
Organisations are more complex today than ever before, largely because of the ability that technology brings to support scale, centralisation and enterprise-wide integration.  One of the unpleasant side effects of this complexity is that it can take too long to … Continue reading

Living without a trace of Big Data
Published: 23 Nov 2013 by Robert Hillard
I’ve watched over a number of months as major digital providers across handsets, telecommunications, internet services and virtually every other integrated offering have one by one described how they provide information to various governments. While none of this should be … Continue reading

Universities disrupted but not displaced
Published: 26 Oct 2013 by Robert Hillard
Business and government is finally treating Digital Disruption as seriously as the topic deserves. I have written previously about the Deloitte Digital Disruption report and highlighted the fact that that in Australia two thirds of the economy will experience a … Continue reading

NFC is failing retail but drugs could come to the rescue
Published: 21 Sep 2013 by Robert Hillard
For years now the industry has confidently predicted that Near Field Communication (NFC) would be the vehicle by which we would all abandon our leather wallets and embrace our smartphones for electronic payments. It hasn’t happened and I don’t believe … Continue reading

Reinventing the economy by using and buying IT differently
Published: 24 Aug 2013 by Robert Hillard
If any modern economy wants to keep, or even add, value to their country as the digital economy grows it has to search for productivity in new ways.  That means bringing together innovations from IT that are outside today’s core … Continue reading

Will the bionic eye solve information overload?
Published: 28 Jul 2013 by Robert Hillard
Right now, researchers are working around the world to find ways of restoring sight to the blind by creating a bionic eye.  The closest analogy is the bionic ear, more properly called a cochlear implant, which works by directly stimulating … Continue reading

Challenging times for the ICT industry
Published: 24 Jun 2013 by Robert Hillard
Last month I wrote about the collection of personal information by business and government and compared the loss of privacy to George Orwell’s predictions for 1984 (see “Living as far from 1984 as Orwell”).  Barely had I written the post … Continue reading

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The evolution of information standards
Anyone who has ever tried to negotiate a standard for data storage or communication will confirm that it is difficult to get agreement and even harder to gain adoption.  Decades of debate over both analogue and digital communications standards for … Continue reading

The “four layer” model applied to unstructured content
In my book, Information-Driven Business, I introduce a four layer model for information.  You can also read more about this model in the MIKE2.0 article: Four Layers of Information. The four layer model provides a way of describing information in … Continue reading

Metadata versus Taxonomy
I’ve advocated for many years that Information Management should be a superset of related disciplines including data warehousing, document management, library science, enterprise search et cetera.  While this is an easy statement to make, it is really hard to execute. … Continue reading




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