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The information profession has learnt to cope with change, but change is happening with ever-increasing velocity bringing new challenges and opportunities for both information professionals and information consumers. Big data, the cloud, the transition to mobile working, analytics, apps, open and linked data; these are just some of the topics covered in this presentation. Where is the information management industry heading, and do we have the resources and skills to cope with this ‘data and technology deluge’?
Organisations have lobotomised the PC because they can’t lobotomise the staff!Another post from the world of big companies shooting themselves in the foot. This time, a new survey by HCL Technologies and Lewis PRfinds that 48% of UK businesses have banned social networking sites from the workplace.A further 63% say they try to discourage employees from accessing Twitter, Facebook, et al because they fear their reputation is at stake.Source: http://usefulsocialmedia.com/blog/
Design for Mobile, consider the PC (not the other way around).
Challenges facing Information and Records Management Professionals
Information and RecordsManagement: New Paradigms for Old Problems? Steve Dale Semantix (UK) Ltd 19 October 2011
“The future is alreadyhere...it’s just not very evenly distributed.” Source: William Ford Gibson
Some Data on Big Data £400 to buy a disk drive that can store all the world’s music 5 billion mobile phones in use in 2010 30 billion items of content shared on Facebook every month40% projected growth of data per year vs. 5% growth in global IT spending €250 billion potential value to Europe’s public sector administration - more than the GDP of Greece 140,000 - 190,000 data analysts and 1.5 million more data savvy managers needed to take advantage of big data (in US). $600 billion potential annual consumer surplus from using personal location data globally Source: McKinsey Global Institute, May 2011
Big Data - what is it • Datasets so large they are difficult to work withand where does is with using standard database management come from? • tools Larger and larger datasets allow analysts to spot business trends and opportunities. • Growing exponentially - sources include mobile devices, cameras, RFID, medical, music, wireless sensor networks, real- time/geospatial tracking, location-based services ebooks etc. • More and more data being ‘stored’ in the Cloud
Technology cycles tend to last 10 years.Mainframecomputing 1960’s Mini computing Personal 1970’s computing 1980’s Desktop Internet Mobile computing Internet 1990’s computing 2000’s
Mobile will be bigger thandesktop Internet within 5 years. Source: Morgan Stanley Internet Trends Report 4 Dec 2010
There will be 7 billion mobile phones by 2012 – more than the global populationMore than 4 billion people Mobile willaround the world now use overtakecell phones, and for 450 desktop withinmillion of those people the 5 yearsWeb is a fully mobileexperience. 12 million mobile phone users in Afghanistan (pop 30 million)
More computing power in your pocket or handbag than on your desktop
One size doesn’t fit all• Corporate PC and IT standards becoming increasingly irrelevant• Users far more savvy on what tools they need to do the job• Let the business define the risk….not the IT department
It’s not the device, it’s the application! Software applications becoming increasingly commoditised. Users happy to use and discard when no longer relevant
Social networking overtakes email Source: Morgan Stanley Internet Trends Report 4 Dec 2010
Facebook represents 28% of the current Internet population Source: Pingdom In just over two short years, Facebookhas quintupled in size to a network that touches more than 500 million users. More than 4 billion people around theworld now use cell phones, and for 450million of those people the Web is a fully
So, what does all this mean?• We’re going to continue to generate data faster than it can be consumed or understood. Most of it will not be held inside the enterprise.• Information visualisation techniques will help us extract meaning from the increasing volume of data.• What happens in Vegas stays on Facebook/Twitter/Google – no point worrying about retention schedules for social networks.• Mobile platforms and mobile working will define the future of the workplace. Design for mobile, consider the PC – not the other way around.• Apps will commoditise the software market and deliver cheaper, simpler, more efficient and more relevant services to users
Never make predictions, especially about the future. Casey Stengel, baseball player and manager, 1891 - 1975
ReferencesMorgan Stanley Internet Trends:http://www.morganstanley.com/institutional/techresearch/pdfs/Internet_Trends_041210.pdfInternet World Stats: http://www.internetworldstats.comUK Public Spending: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/may/17/uk-public-spending-departments-money-cuts#zoomed-pictureMcKinsey, Big Data: The Next Frontier For Innovation....http://www.mckinsey.com/mgi/publications/big_data/pdfs/MGI_big_data_full_report.pdfEmerging Transition to Social Business Models - Dion Hincliffe, Dachis Group:http://www.dachisgroup.com/author/dion-hinchcliffe/Title image sourced from Milton MasoapataliOther photos and images sourced from Google images and iStock Photos.