The Ways Your Brain Manages Overload, and How to Improve Them

Harvard Business

Information overload is everywhere , from non-stop news to rat-a-tat email inboxes. At the receiving end of this deluge of verbiage is the human brain — your brain— metaphorically endowed with a vacuum cleaner that sucks up information; a container for short-term memory; a blender for integrating information; a memory bank for storing long-term information; a garbage disposal for getting rid of information; and a recycling machine extraordinaire.

Robots Will Replace Doctors, Lawyers, and Other Professionals

Harvard Business

More recently, there has been a shift to systematization, the use of technology to automate and sometimes transform the way that professional work is done — from workflow systems through to AI-based problem-solving. Our inclination is to be sympathetic to this transformative use of technology, not least because today’s professions, as currently organized, are creaking. Information & technology Professional transitions Internet Digital Article

Why Are We Still Classifying Companies by Industry?

Harvard Business

They have expanded far beyond the “Information Technology” tag attached to them by GICS. Today, technology is just a standard part of corporate infrastructure, like operations or marketing. Information & technology Business models Digital Article

Zurich Insurance Group Takes Its IT Infrastructure to the Agile Cloud - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business

Building on a relationship that dates back to 2004, Zurich Insurance Group is working with DXC to move from traditional data center outsourcing to a Platform as a Service model, taking advantage of next-generation cloud management technologies to lower operating costs and accelerate development. Read more from DXC Technology: Digital Transformation Is Racing Ahead and No Industry Is Immune. Information & technology Sponsor Content

Cybersecurity and the risk function

McKinsey

Are your information technology, cybersecurity, and risk professionals working together as a championship team to neutralize cyberthreats and protect business value?

The Promise of Blockchain Is a World Without Middlemen

Harvard Business

How Blockchain Works Here are five basic principles underlying the technology. No single party controls the data or the information. Each node stores and forwards information to all other nodes. If the process of using an ATM had been invented today, with the blockchain as a state-of-the-art database technology as an option, we would most likely not need an administrative entity like VISA to manage the process. How technology is transforming transactions.

More Training Won’t Reduce Your Cyber Risk

Harvard Business

But all too often organizations’ approach to mitigating that risk — other than taking the wise step of ensuring that they have the state-of-the art technological protection in place — is more training. Most importantly, the training can help leaders be much more effective in overseeing chief information officers (CIOs), and chief information-security officers (CISOs). Know and prioritize your information. Don’t just share information; block it.

Data Quality Should Be Everyone’s Job

Harvard Business

I’d recommend that provocateurs get over these concerns by keeping bosses informed, accepting help from others, and sharing credit for success. Data Information & technology Digital ArticleAll of us depend on data created elsewhere to do our work.

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Are You Accurately Measuring Your Company’s Digital Strength?

Harvard Business

Performance measurement Information & technology Strategy Digital ArticleThere are few business leaders around the world not thinking about digital transformation in some shape or form. Whether improving omni-channel commerce or developing digital extensions to product lines, businesses are working out how to drive profitability through digital.

How Physicians Can Keep Up with the Knowledge Explosion in Medicine

Harvard Business

But it is simply unrealistic for a doctor — or any human being — to stay abreast of that much information, much less be able to recall accurately the relevant information on demand. While basic technologies such as Google and Pubmed exist that can help automate the search for specific information, they are not sufficient and will prove even less tenable in the future as the advancement in medical science continues to accelerate.

We Need to Approach AI Risks Like We Do Natural Disasters

Harvard Business

Addressing those vulnerabilities will require coordination across a large number of technology service providers and other companies that could catch or spread an AI infection to others, regardless of who is at fault. Today, some leading insurers are suggesting security procedures that companies could follow to attend to information breaches and interruptions in the event of a global failure of interconnected systems. Jose A. Bernat Bacete/Getty Images.

The Best Data Scientists Get Out and Talk to People

Harvard Business

Great data scientists know the only way to acquire this smorgasbord of information is to go get it. Get them to introduce you to others, and ask a couple of them to serve as informal mentors. Embrace the broader reality, with a special emphasis on all the information that is yet to be stored in technology. Data Information & technology Technology Digital ArticleYou can be a good data scientist by sitting at your computer.

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Companies Are Turning Drones into a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business

Armed with an array of sensors, commercial drones are about to become a new source for digital information. While some drone-based data may complement existing information, some will make other information-gathering methods obsolete. Information & technology Digital Article

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We Interviewed Health Care Leaders About Their Industry, and They’re Worried

Harvard Business

The transformation will necessitate substantial investments in finance, technology, human capital, operations, and infrastructure, and a substantial disinvestment of legacy resources in these areas. This pivot will entail a transformation of the workforce, physical infrastructure, and technologies that support and drive the care of patients. One noteworthy finding was the need for additional investment in information technology to support the new business model.

Only 3% of Companies’ Data Meets Basic Quality Standards

Harvard Business

Data Information & technology Digital ArticleMost managers know, anecdotally at least, that poor quality data is troublesome. Bad data wastes time, increases costs, weakens decision making, angers customers, and makes it more difficult to execute any sort of data strategy. Indeed, data has a credibility problem. Still, few managers have hard evidence or any real appreciation for the impact of bad data on their teams and departments. They are thus unable to give data quality its due.

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Personalized Recommendation Engines Are Coming to Health Care

Harvard Business

In the past decade, consumers have shifted from worrying about sharing personal financial information when shopping on the internet to embracing online retailers’ recommendations for them. Policy Information & technology Analytics Healthcare Digital Article

The Business Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud Platform - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business

Advances in platform technology are helping organizations make strides toward long-standing goals of agility, simplicity, and cost savings. Read More from DXC Technology: Is Your Company Adapting Fast Enough to Thrive in an Increasingly Digital World? For more on enabling the enterprise through a hybrid cloud, download the full position paper from DXC Technology. Information & technology Technology IT Sponsor Content

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The Questions IT Should Be Asking to Empower Employees - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business

IT and business leaders face the daunting task of not only upgrading workplace technology and modernizing infrastructure but also overcoming user resistance to new ways of working. Organizations cannot simply focus on the technology; in an age of digital automation and robotics, people matter. How can productivity be increased with real-time information in context? ” For more on empowering your workforce, download the full position paper from DXC Technology.

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Assess Whether You Have a Data Quality Problem

Harvard Business

Your team members will either spot errors — the misspelled customer name or information that’s been placed in the wrong column — or they won’t. Data Information & technology Digital Article

How Predictive AI Will Change Shopping

Harvard Business

Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple are accelerating consumer expectations and what’s technologically possible, from same-day delivery to machine-powered image recognition. Amazon patented predictive stocking in 2014, and saying that AI, machine learning, and personalization technologies have improved since then is an understatement. Harnessing the power of machine learning and other technologies. Imagine you’re about to leave the house to pick up your kids.

What the Companies on the Right Side of the Digital Business Divide Have in Common

Harvard Business

In just a few years digital technology has connected an ever-growing number of people, sensors, and devices. While some have invested significantly in technology, operational, and cultural changes, others are lagging behind. The best-performing companies stated they have technology budgets on par with digital laggards; the average IT spend as a percentage of revenue was 3.5% The broad deployment of digital technology requires rethinking both business and operating models.

What Digital Change Demands of IT Organizations - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business

And that means buying more new technology: IT organizations must adopt new platforms and processes and integrate services in new ways. Read More from DXC Technology: Is Your Company Adapting Fast Enough to Thrive in an Increasingly Digital World? In the past, IT just provided direct services to the operating groups, according to Chief Information Officer Hector Calva. Ross, principal research scientist at the MIT Center for Information Systems Research (CISR).

How the EMR Is Increasing Innovation and Creativity in Health Care

Harvard Business

This same mistake-proofing process and technology embedded in the electronic medical record (EMR) can move us a great distance toward safer, higher quality, and more affordable health care. Information technology has come late to health care delivery. On a larger scale, the EMR can also tap into remote databases and registries to select key data for an individual patient and bring this valuable information to the provider and patient at the point of care.

Why Leaders Are Still So Hesitant to Invest in New Business Models

Harvard Business

As technology continues to change and challenge even the most successful incumbent organizations in every industry, the cost of inertia is growing. However, Alignors tend to stick with industry norms, despite their preferences and the rapid advancement in digital technologies. Growth strategy Budgeting Information & technology Digital Article

To Survive, Health Care Data Providers Need to Stop Selling Data

Harvard Business

End users can take advantage of quantities of newly available information to solve problems in population health, clinical decision support, and patient engagement, among other applications. And for data providers, ubiquitous availability of information and low barriers to entry means that the competitive advantage gained from the data itself can be quickly eroded. Information that would once have been proprietary — and premium-priced — is now widely available, for free.

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FinTech Is Weaving Charitable Giving into Everyday Transactions

Harvard Business

Social purpose is continuing to evolve from a philanthropic niche to a key part of core business strategy, and this shift presents unique opportunities for technology companies, in particular. Social responsibility Internet Information & technology Digital Article

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How to Design Your IT Organization for Constant Evolution - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business

By Glen Robinson, Emerging Technology Advisor, Leading Edge Forum, DXC Technology. We have moved from the Internet era in the early 2000s to the cloud era today; however, we will soon transition into the Matrix era – the Matrix being the term the Leading Edge Forum (LEF) uses to describe the intersection of multiple game-changing technologies that will drive significant change in the world in which we live and do business.

How Today’s Political Polling Works

Harvard Business

Demographics Government Information & technology Digital Article

Why Hospitals Need Better Data Science

Harvard Business

Using predictive analytics, mobile technologies, and cloud computing, providers are mining utilization patterns to dramatically improve OR scheduling. In addition to improving longer-term patient scheduling, these technologies help schedulers manage an infusion center’s day-to-day uncertainty — last-minute add-ons, late cancellations, and no-shows — as well as optimize nurses’ workloads and the timing of breaks. katyau/Getty Images.

How the U.S. Army Personalized Its Mental Health Care

Harvard Business

Today when soldiers check in for appointments, they are provided with a laptop or tablet with individualized log-in information. BHDP requires the use of an additional information system because the electronic health record (EHR) system used by the U.S. The provider cannot change the patient-reported data but can now incorporate that self-reported information when meeting face to face with the patient, to improve treatment planning and progress tracking. The U.S.

Only 3% of Companies Have Data That Meet Basic Quality Standards

Harvard Business

Data Information & technology Digital ArticleMost managers know, anecdotally at least, that poor quality data is troublesome. Bad data wastes time, increases costs, weakens decision making, angers customers, and makes it more difficult to execute any sort of data strategy. Indeed, data has a credibility problem. Still, few managers have hard evidence or any real appreciation for the impact of bad data on their teams and departments. They are thus unable to give data quality its due.

Is Your Company Adapting Fast Enough to Thrive in an Increasingly Digital World? - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business

As digital technologies permeate all aspects of their operations, companies around the world anticipate the need for massive change over the next five years, according to a new global survey by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services. Read More from DXC Technology: The Questions IT Should Be Asking to Empower Employees. But along with using new technology, organizations are rethinking the role of IT. DXC Technology helps companies bridge the gap in digital transformation.

How Companies Are Benefiting from “Lite” Artificial Intelligence

Harvard Business

At the less-expensive end is a knowledge-based approach that organizes data and language into highly malleable and helpful blocks of information. But they can become very smart indeed about sorting and distributing their information in extremely fast ways.

The Pros and Cons of Robot Managers

Harvard Business

Not only is technology capable of rivaling humans on these core management tasks, it is already playing a pivotal role in helping humans to more effectively accomplish these tasks. Harnessing the power of machine learning and other technologies. Although technology can make us angry (particularly when it doesn’t work) it is much harder to fight with it than with humans. Information & technology Leadership Analytics Talent management Digital Article

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How Hospitals Are Using Patient-Reported Outcomes to Improve Care

Harvard Business

Performance measurement Information & technology Data Technology Healthcare Digital ArticlePhil Ashley/Getty Images. Increasingly, physicians’ every action and outcome is measured and reported. The data-gathering process can be frustrating, and many clinicians are growing skeptical of its clinical value. For them, outcomes measurement may seem like just another reimbursement requirement or process compliance task.

Getting Buy-In for Predictive Analytics in Health Care

Harvard Business

It’s necessary to have a multidisciplinary team, with clinical, analytics, data science, information technology, and behavior change skill sets available from start to finish. Organizational leaders are often unfamiliar with advanced analytics technology and applications. Information & technology Change management Technology IT Digital ArticleJennifer Maravillas for HBR.

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How the Water Industry Learned to Embrace Data

Harvard Business

The water industry is using digital technologies and analytics to derive more value from its physical assets. To help solve this problem, organizations are using digital technologies and data analytics to improve leak detection. Although members of the water industry have found success using digital technologies and analytics, they’ve also faced challenges when trying to transform the roles and mindsets of their employees and their internal- and customer-facing processes.

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Why You Shouldn’t Swear at Siri

Harvard Business

If adaptive bots learn from every meaningful human interaction they have, then mistreatment and abuse become technological toxins. Using bad manners with smart technologies can lead to bad management. Sooner, rather than later, organizations will have to recognize that getting the best out of their smart technologies requires getting the best from themselves. Technology Mobile Information & technology Digital ArticleStop swearing at Siri.

Digital Transformation Is Racing Ahead and No Industry Is Immune - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business

Read more from DXC Technology: Embracing Digital Change Requires a Clear Strategic Focus. Digital transformation transcends technology. Digital transformation is often viewed through a narrow technology lens, as just another mobile project or e-commerce initiative. Fundamentally, though, digital transformation is the result of enterprises seeking to adapt to the storm of new technology affecting markets and customers. Information & technology Sponsor Content

Could Open-Source Code Make Our Y2K Fears Finally Come True?

Harvard Business

Information & technology Technology Digital ArticleAlmost 20 years have passed since the corporate world woke up to long-term problems in computer code, which became known as Y2K. Over the previous decades, software developers had used the date 01-01-00 (January 1, 2000) as a convenient hack to make it easier to debug software. The problem was that it wasn’t taken out.