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/

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!

Click here for the Link to the article !

 

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

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

How Artificial Intelligence Is Revolutionizing Business

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https://sloanreview.mit.edu/projects/reshaping-business-with-artificial-intelligence/

Boston Consulting Group and MIT Sloan Management Review researched, Reshaping Business With Artificial Intelligence. The research found significant gaps between companies who have already adopted and understand Artificial Intelligence (AI) and those lagging. AI early adopters invest heavily in analytics expertise and ensuring the quality of algorithms and data can scale across their enterprise-wide information and knowledge needs. The leading companies who excel at using AI to plan new businesses and streamline existing processes all have solid senior management support for each AI initiative.

  • 84% of respondents say AI will enable them to obtain or sustain a competitive advantage.
  • 83% believe AI is a strategic priority for their businesses today.
  • 75% state that AI will allow them to move into new businesses and ventures.

The research shows that AI will be the catalyst of entirely new business models and change the competitive landscape of entire industries in the next five years.

Do you agree with this? Should AI be adopted into more companies? What are some ways AI can benefit a company?