Information Systems Integration – Tony Messina

Big Data

Frequent flyers, please scan your fingerprints

Starting this Monday Delta Sky Club members, who are U.S. citizens, are going to be able to use their fingerprints to gain access to the Sky Club airport lounges in 50 airports. This will change the way customers access the lounge, in they only have to scan fingerprints opposed to providing other forms of identification. Additionally, at Regan Washington National Airport, Delta is using the biometric scanning to increase check-in process matching customers fingerprints to flying information. Ideally, this will ease the time-stricken process airport checkin process cutting down on security check-ins would increase productivity and customer satisfaction. Something as simple as unlocking our phones with fingerprints is disrupting our daily lives as users are expecting easy, fluent, and precise biometric verification processes to simplify daily activities. How long until biometrics are apart of our daily lives beyond unlocking our phones ? What steps and risks must be assessed, protected against, and guarded to ensure that this information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands ?

 

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/delta-using-biometric-fingerprint-scanner-for-sky-club-admission/

This Weather Startup Provides Hyperlocal Data To Customers Like Monsanto

 

“A no-maintenance weather station is important when you install in harsh environments that are exposed to dust, wind, and high temperatures,” said Giovanni Piccinni, Global Field Optimization and Production Sustainability Lead at Monsanto. “Having no moving parts is really key. It guarantees a continuous stream of high-quality data.”

IT is enhancing every industry and business around the world. But It is really impressing when an amazing technology can be environmentally friendly as well. This startup will provide real life accurate weather information that can be used to make decisions about irrigation, harvest times, and seed production.  The company can in the future offer the data it collects to different potential customers, from insurance companies to farms to governments.

I think this is brilliant, and the data collected by the sensors can be utilized in so many ways. Again, IT is IT, and it can be used to improve any product or service.

Were you impressed by this innovation? Can you think of any limitations to the use of the stations? Leave you comments and thoughts below!

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Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain are two new emerging technologies that can be revolutionary for business. In its current state, artificial intelligence is known as narrow or weak AI which means it is one dimensional and is only capable of accomplishing one task. For example, AI that can only drive cars or internet searches. Blockchain is a filing and storage system for encrypted digital information consisting of a public ledger and is best known for its use for cyptocurrencies. One benefits of the combined use of these two technologies is that they work well together. Although information is encrypted and secure of the blockchain, algorithms are still able to work with the data.  The information gained from AI can be hard to understand, but integrated with blockchain it can help  understand the logic and decisions made by AI. This is important if companies want to use this information to their advantage.

What do you think potential capabilities of AI and blockchain? In the future do you see companies using these two technologies together?

The way the role of IT is changing

No longer is it the role of IT to bring in the latest and greatest technology in the most cost effective way. IT management and the role of IT has started to become “Strategy-Oriented, Collaborative and more business Aware.” (Morgan, Jacob Inc. Aug 29, 2017) IT used to be a group of tech enthusiasts who kept the servers running in a basement data center, out of sight from the rest of the business. Today the role of IT has expended into every single business unit in the company. The IT management team is involved in almost all company projects and help make integral decisions on what new technologies to bring in and offer support to the business units on how to use existing data. Social Media has now become a business need versus a business want. Many IT departments have dedicated employees just to handle the day-to-day social media needs of each business unit. IT is becoming globally aware. IT employees have to keep an eye on growing trends and technology is constantly changing. Large on premise data centers are slowly being outsources to cloud companies such as Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. Everyone in IT now shares the responsibility of keeping data and IP secure to reduce the threat of being hacked.

https://www.inc.com/jacob-morgan/3-ways-the-role-of-it-is-changing.html

How harmless data becomes dangerous.

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Photo by idealisms

This November the app Strava wanted to share its data it had collected from users using the app to log fitness information such as runs and bike rides. Within roughly two months observers had noticed that the app had perhaps revealed private U.S. military base locations and personnel based on the data collected and now publicly shared. Of course, this was not the fitness apps intention, as it was simply made to help people track their personal performance, but all of this personal data collection comes at a cost. This is not the first time data has been revealed and unintentionally had unintended negative consequences and will probably not be the last. With people downloading apps everyday and not fully understanding all of the data they are collecting about them there will always be consequences of some sort.

How much data are you willing to give up about yourself and your daily life ? Where do you draw your privacy line ?

Source: http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/29/technology/strava-privacy-data-exposed/index.html

Using Data and Analytics to Improve the Organization

Harvard Business Review published an article called How to Integrate Data and Analytics into Every Part of Your Organization. To have a successful D&A function, the article states “D&A should be the pulse of the organization, incorporated into all key decisions across sales, marketing, supply chain, customer experience, and other core functions.” This is like the “IT “Is” the Business” approach that we read about in The Built-to-Purpose IT Organization. The “IT “Is” the Business” approach to D&A will be effective only if the entire organization supports the D&A strategy.

I think that building a strategy about how D&A will be used to improve the organization and getting top leadership on board with that strategy is an effective way to implement D&A in an organization. How to Integrate Data and Analytics into Every Part of Your Organization says that “developing a strategy across the entire enterprise that includes a clear understanding of what you hope to accomplish” is the best way to build effective D&A capabilities. Communicating this strategy to top leadership is the best way to get the entire organization on board with the message. Once top leadership adopts a strategy, the rest of the organization will follow.

Companies can optimize business outcomes by incorporating D&A with teams of data and software engineers who are skilled in the use of big data. Companies should measure the ROI of incorporating a D&A function in their organization and implement one if it is feasible. What types of companies can benefit from the implementation of a D&A function? How accurately can the ROI of a D&A function be measured?

https://hbr.org/2017/06/how-to-integrate-data-and-analytics-into-every-part-of-your-organization