Keeping track of your physical assets: devices, tools, equipment and real estate, to name a few, already requires managing and maintaining large amounts of information. Where are your assets? Who is using them? These are typical questions companies encounter on a daily basis and their answers are critical to maintain efficient operations. Errors in this information and delays in accessing asset data can result in loss of productivity and higher costs. But what happens when your assets start generating data of their own?Read More
This is part two of our series on The Internet of Things. Click here for part one
We’ve said it before in earlier blogs but “…2016 is the year of Internet of Things (IoT)”. As Gartner also notes1 “…IoT will be the most game-changing IT initiative since cloud computing in terms of new business opportunities, and its impact on IT.”
Yet as the number of IoT-enabled devices increases, existing legacy systems might struggle to manage the volume and variety of new data being generated.Read More
Recently McKinsey & Company—in partnership with the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Nielsen—published the findings from their 2016 Customer and Channel Management Survey. The survey looked at the best practices that winning CPG companies use to stay on top and identified five key growth factors. I recommend reading their blog article, if not the full report, which you can find by downloading here (PDF).Read More
This is part one of our series on The Internet Of Things (IoT)
Traditional centralised databases will always have a role to play in analytics. However, the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) suggests that we will soon live in a world that’s anything but centralised. Estimated to be worth somewhere between $3.9 trillion and $11.1 trillion by 20251 IoT technologies are giving physical products the sensor and online capability to report back on their own status as well as to communicate with other devices, all via the existing internet. As these IoT initiatives flourish, data management will move from the central data repository towards the edge of the network.Read More
This is a featured post from our Stibo Systems Healthcare blog.
Every four years all eyes are on the world’s best athletes as they take the stage of the summer Olympic Games. We watch with amazement as world records are broken, weep tears of joy when our country triumphs and clench the edge of our seats during a close race. We know that these athletes have trained exhaustively for their moment of Olympic glory and we applaud this entertaining display of human perseverance. However, unbeknownst to the millions of onlookers, even the top performers are not invincible and must take necessary measures to ensure that their health and capabilities are at peak performance. Click here to read moreRead More
We’re living in the golden age of retail. At no point in history have retailers had access to more data than they do today. This is all thanks to a digital transformation retailers have been going through that allows them to capture more streams of product and consumer data than ever before. This data is gleaned through channels such as social media, web, live chat, in-store and email.Read More
“That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet…”
We take it for granted. When we call a friend in France, we automatically add the internationally recognised dialling code of 33. An entire orchestra is tuned to an A at 440 Hertz frequency. Even nature has its golden ratio for reference when designing the arrangement of petals in a flower.
There are many bits of reference information that are internationally recognised and in common usage – grocery bar codes, medical conditions, industry classifications and postcodes to name but a few. Some reference data can also be specific to just one sector, where it can support a unique business process or describe the configuration of an individual application.Read More
We've got a challenge for you – We know you love DATA, that's why you're reading the Stibo Systems' blog. (If you're a first time visitor, Welcome! We blog about all sorts of data-related issues and solutions.)
We're all about breaking down data silos, but do you know what that actually means? Or how that is really done?
The answer is MDM or Master Data Management. You may have an idea what it is, but how much do you really know?
We challenge you to take our quiz "Master Data Management - Rookie or Expert?". Maybe you’ll learn a few things or maybe you already know everything there is to know. Go ahead, Give it a try!Read More
It must have been somewhere around the third mile, err—fifth kilometer, of that evening’s quest that it started to dawn on me. This was something truly different. Here we were—me, my wife, our two boys (ages 5 and 7) and ever-accommodating infant daughter, trekking through an open field near our home in search of cartoon monsters. Ostensibly our destination was the picnic pavilion in the park near our house, but more precisely it was the virtual waypoint located at the pavilion being displayed on our two iPhone screens. We were headed there to re-stock supplies that would aid us on our digital quest to find, hoard collect and train Pokémon. All so that they might one day compete in anime-style gladiatorial combat in service of our family’s honor.
When you fall ill, all you want is to feel better fast. You want to be able to see your doctor quickly and get precise answers, hoping for a specific treatment that will bring life back to your body. In 2009, I fell extremely ill and was presented with symptoms consistent with Lyme’s Disease, Mononucleosis or Lupus. Tests were ordered, yet they came back negative. Blood work was drawn that showed high inflammatory markers and I was told, “We don’t know what you’re sick with, but we’ve got to get you well.” I thought to myself, this cannot be the best way of doing things. Were these tests accurate? Could additional tests be administered in search of an accurate diagnosis? Antibiotics are not a one size fits all cure. If we treated healthcare scenarios like we do other industries and established a true product lifecycle management process, physicians might be able to avoid the risk of losing the trust of their patients and make strides towards ensuring a proper diagnosis the first time.Read More