Information Systems Integration – Tony Messina

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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/

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?

SpaceX – Launches experimental satellites Tintin A and B

Elon Musk wants to give internet to everyone possible, last Thursday, February 22 SpaceX successfully launched two test satellites into Low-Earth orbit in attempts to gather data for its satellite driven internet project. Having the support of the FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, SpaceX intends to put 10,000 satellites into low-earth orbit to bring internet services to anyone anywhere at speeds that would rival a standard ground connection. “Billions of people around the globe still lack internet access, so companies have been racing to find a better way to beam internet down from the sky (Wattles).” SpaceX speculates having 40 million subscribers and $30 billion in revenue by 2025. This type of technology was barely a thought years ago and now we are moving closer everyday. What are your thoughts on having internet beamed down from 10,000 satellites in the sky ? Do you think this is a necessity or is it being driven for the greater good of people providing access to anyone and everyone ?

 

Article: http://money.cnn.com/2018/02/22/technology/future/spacex-satellite-launch-february/index.html

The Surprising Secret Of Microsoft’s Financial Success

When you think of “IT” or “profit” what is the first thing that comes to mind ? Definitely not compassion!!

As surprising as it is, compassion is actually Microsoft’s secret to financial success. The company’s CEO Satya Nadella said in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning “ compassion is a crucial component of business. We are in the business of basically meeting unmet, unarticulated needs of customers, And there’s no way you’re going to be able to get that consistently right if you don’t have that deep sense of empathy, or being able to see what others are seeing.”

In a way that only a genius can think of, Nadella turned compassion into profit. He always entices his team members to be ethical, transparent, and honest. In a world where we think that all big organizations are corrupt, it is refreshing to have a big company like Microsoft have integrity but most importanly attribute their success to havinng integrity and compassion.

Are big corporations honestly ethical or they just project that image to the public? Is compassion that important in making the success of an IT company?

Share you comments below.

Link to Article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bruceweinstein/2018/02/26/the-surprising-secret-of-microsofts-financial-success/#14e90836468c

Role of IT in the Future

In business, the role of IT is becoming more important than ever before. With technology constantly improving at a rapid pace, IT is finding itself having impact in multiple departments within an organization such as marketing, sales, and customer service. The value of IT is being noticed by higher management and “CEOs are leaning on IT to deliver a competitive advantage” (Newman, 2016). The gap between IT and business functions is diminishing and the two are being integrated. I believe organizations are in the process of reshaping its organizational structure to “IT is the Business” where the CIO will be expected to aidi the company make business decisions and be responsible for business outcomes. The article had one interesting point that with IT evolving and having influence on multiple business units, in the future, the demand of IT professionals who are not only tech savvy, but also have strong fundamental knowledge about the business. For example, project management requires knowledge in both, and must have the ability to translate technological concepts into easier terms for someone who is not as technical. But I do believe there’s room for individuals who do not have business understanding such as programmers. What do you think?

Newman, D. (2016, July 28). The Changing Role Of IT In The Future Of Business. Retrieved February 17, 2018, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/danielnewman/2016/07/26/the-changing-role-of-it-in-the-future-of-business/#5ff7693b525d

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

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

Artificial Intelligence May Replace Even the Best Consultants

https://hbr.org/2017/07/ai-may-soon-replace-even-the-most-elite-consultants

Artificial Intelligence is rapidly evolving as it becomes more developed. AI is going to eventually change the way information is gathered and decisions will be made differently. AI already has the ability to automate tasks that are regularly completed thus increasing efficiency and leaders are starting to use it. However, the shift to the use of AI will greatly affect the consulting industry. AI will be able to use data analysis and presentation in order to advise these corporate clients and although consultants are very intelligent at they do, artificial intelligence is better.

AI and other machine learning applications can analyze large amounts of structured and unstructured data and produce advice in a short amount of time for a cheaper cost than consultants in the market. They are also capable of building computers models that contain complex information because it is able to detect patterns from data. This process is very difficult for even the most intelligent and largest consulting firms.

Many corporations are soon to also rely on AI to manage human capital. Many of decisions made within corporations for example, mentorship, promotion, and compensation, are political. These biases negatively affect how many groups of people are managed and it results in organizations lacking in the ability to appropriately recognize and reward performance.

What will happen to the consulting industry? Will consultants be completely eliminated due to artificial intelligence?