Data before Decisions…

I have been reading the book “A Field Guide to Lies” by Daniel Levitin.  Critical Thinking principles for the information age.  Some of the discussions about statistics and probability is fundamental but really who does not need a refresher.  The underling principle is that with the amount of information and the access to information being so easy; it is easy to see that many people will try to bend or present “facts” or “news” in ways to make you believe them.

I find that this book really does provide a refresher for many of us in understanding how information is presented and that even professionals ( doctors, journalist, politicians ) can be duped easily. 

Take conditional probability: we have seen again and again that people don’t apply it’s principle properly or even at all in making decisions and therefore have made devising decisions on the general population or even in war.

So the point of this is that in order to make a decision today you have to have a way of reducing the “noise” and to implement correct models to analyze information: either data or news or any type of information. 

And now with the ability of technology to understand and analyze all types of information and to apply the proper analytics method; people will be able to make better informed decisions.

I raise this issue since we seem to living in a time with so much false information or skewed organizations biasing the information to make people make wrong or misinformed decisions.

Thoughts ?


Transformation and Innovation in Public Sector has new hope

I have seen many “transformations” throughout my work with governments: from punch-card Fortran programming to client-server computing, to web, to mobile and social media. Almost every presentation I have seen over the past twenty years speaks to the government’s need to transform: to do more with less and to innovate. So far there has been more of an evolution than a transformation in government IT. However, with new initiatives such as“Bring your own device” (BYOD), Cloud,“The Internet of Things”, “Appification”, Anti-“Skumorphism” User Interface Design(The word exists!), Big Data, Analytics and Social and Mobile, there is a growing shift toward transformation within government technology.

Specifically, there is a changing culture due to new possibilities for government workers to leverage technology of their own.This shift is driven by the changing spectrum of user expectations and the free availability of information.Let us take me as an example. I am my very own IT department, complete with location services, rules, process automation, the internet of things, cloud, big data and a large supply of apps at my beck and call. I can use IFTTT (If This Then This) for simple rules to control the light bulbs and thermostats in my house. The power I have as an end user is boggling. What can we take away from all this? IT and Central CIOs are now using this same technology and brainstorming about potential applications of similar techniques to meet end users expectations and demands. These thought leaders are pushing the government to empower end users in the same ways that these users are being empowered in their personal lives.

Despite movement toward transformation in Government, I hesitate to get too enthusiastic. Major road blocks to such progress still remain. Chiefly, procurement: due to the siloed government approach to selecting vendors there is limited ability for transformative technology use.

But don’t give up hope.  Together, we can work to develop creative and strong business cases and procurement vehicles that can bring in transformative solutions. To push Transformation in Government forward we must have government IT and line of business execs motivated and educated in order to advocate for better and more dynamic procurement policies that can pave way for the development of truly transformative solutions.

However; in my previous post of the infographic on Contextual Computing I believe since policies will be challenged in order to deploy that type of computing technology that in turn procurement will be challenged as well.  Here is the executive report on the study done by IBM on Contextual Computing

Empowering governments through contextual computing Exec Report.pdf

Contextual Computing

Contextual Computing unlocking the power of enterprise data Infographic

What will be covered at the IBM ECM Solution Summit in DC on Oct 17

I will be attending the IBM ECM Solution Summit in DC on Oct 17th.  One of the sessions is very timely: Loss Prevention or others may call it Fraud, Abuse and Waste.  It is an area in any progressive government where one can get back monies or services lost due to people or organizations taking advantage of weak internal controls.  So how does one use analytics and case management to better handle the investigation of fraud etc. ?  Well one session will discuss this in great detail.

Intelligent Investigation Manager provides powerful analysis and investigative tools integrated with highly efficient case management. It’s more than just a forensic analysis tool. It performs discovery over broad data sets and creates transparency throughout the investigation process. Intelligent Investigation Manager extracts and analyzes massive amounts of structured and unstructured data from existing sources, including documents, emails, databases, data warehouses and social media. It rapidly creates patterns, links and relationships to highlight the connections between entities. It can also create visualizations that illustrate the scope of the fraud, generate investigative leads and provide evidentiary documentation.


Will you be there ? 

registration page  #ibmecm #smartercontent.

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