WITH CURRENT TECHNOLOGY, A LOT IS POSSIBLE, LET’S DO WHAT CAN BE DONE FOR AND BY NICKERIE… WE ONLY DELIVER GREEN ENERGY FROM NICKERIAN SOIL

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Now that the new government has been formed in Suriname, it is more than ever time to think carefully about how to make Nickerie a top district of Suriname. We don't have to keep inventing the wheel. So many things are obvious to start with. In this blog I start generating electricity by the local population. We have the sun with us. Policymakers must work towards promoting the green economy. By bringing the people with you, 

Nickerie will eventually grow into a sustainable energy district. Together with the local population and other actors, the self-generation of sustainable zone energy will give the district enormous support. Together, the energy transition will have an impact elsewhere in the country. Suriname is getting greener and greener.

As awareness increases, more people will contribute together to biodiversity, nature conservation and the quality of life of local communities.

ALWAYS GREEN

We must all go for more and more Green. It means that in our future (the new normal) many more people will use energy which they have generated themselves. Even if the sun is not shining, or if there is no wind and the generation of green electricity at that time is minimal, this is no problem. 

A bit of technology is available for everything. It requires new developments and behavioral change. It is ambitious, but it is possible. If we do it together. Dare to dream big. Who knows, we may see a lot of people driving around with solar panels on the roof of their car[s].

As an active blogger, from time to time I will also focus on Suriname where I come from and stay. Sometimes the triggers may be less beautiful, but they are certainly constructive and offer eye openers to policy makers and other interested parties.

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Five interesting developments in tech for 2020

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Change is a constant factor in the fast-moving world of technology. New products and trends come and go so fast that it is difficult to keep up with, but if an organization wants to avoid the risk of falling behind, it is a must to keep abreast of current developments.

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1. Super-fast technology at your fingertips At
speeds up to 100 times higher than its predecessor, 5G will be the second largest evolution in the telecom industry. It promises super-fast download speeds and a lower latency. However, the arrival of 5G also means that companies must prepare for the implementation of this technology both in the workplace and beyond.
Smartphones bring the possibilities of 5G directly within reach. It is therefore expected that we can expect a doubling when it comes to the smartphone as a favorite device in the workplace. And as the adaptation and value of flexible devices such as the smartphone increase, so too will the demand for products to better protect these devices.
Organizations will have to adapt the workplace and work floor to the modern needs of employees in order to facilitate a seamless experience for various devices for them.

2. Security remains a priority
2019 After the introduction of the GDPR in 2018, the focus was on data protection. This also brought the debate about cyber security to the forefront, encouraging both organizations and consumers to pay more attention to their personal data. Yet cyber security is often limited to a silo, separate from the physical security of data, while the two are nevertheless inextricably linked.
To illustrate, all you have to do is look at the example of Heathrow Airport in the UK. They received a fine of no less than 120,000 pounds last October after a staff member lost a USB stick that was later found by a citizen. This example shows that a seemingly small error can have large and expensive consequences. A lost USB stick or lost smartphone can already be enough to expose the confidential data of an organization. In 2020, the focus on combining cyber and physical security will grow.

3. Sustainability is gaining importance
In the past year we have seen enough examples of greenwashing and sustainability commitments that have not been met. However, sustainability will continue to gain in importance in 2020. The changing wishes of customers require companies to take action in all different areas.
Resellers and cooperation partners demand transparency in the field of sustainability from their suppliers. After all, every organization will set high standards for its environmental policy across the board.
As a small organization, it is easier to set up a short supply chain for sustainability, but as the size of the company grows, it can become difficult to keep all levels green. It is the responsibility of the organization to encourage this change and to be transparent in this. After all, customers appreciate and expect this from organizations. Sustainability is no longer just a USP, it will become a requirement in 2020.

4. Meeting the needs of the next generation
Flexible and remote work plays an essential role in 2020. Gen Z is entering the workplace and the arrival of this new generation will also change the role of technology. This new generation will incorporate the available technologies and policies employers pursue in their choice to get started. Being connected and flexible therefore becomes essential in recruiting the right talent. Think of linked functionalities on the shop floor, companies need hardware that has cloud capability and match the pace of the changing work ecosystem. This way, the right docking station can easily let an employee synchronize his devices and gadgets. Whereas a laptop replaced the fixed PC in ease of use at the time, the docking station will make a desk full of cables superfluous.

5. The role of the IT supplier is changing
Because both large and small organizations are turning to leaner models and processes to achieve optimum business efficiency, the amount of time and budget available for training and development can be limited. If fewer people are needed to do more, this means that companies will increasingly rely on their IT suppliers to train and guide them with the most suitable technology for integration into and outside the workplace. Companies that purchase IT devices and accessories for the workplace face an overwhelming possibility of choices that can ultimately be quite confusing.
In 2020 we will increasingly see existing IT suppliers as an extension of the organization. They provide valuable advice and help companies determine how technology can best add value to their activities.

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Better business results with digitization

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DIGITIZATION TREND WATCH

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Your employees have certain technological expectations that you will have to meet. If you give them the right resources, you ensure more productivity, better cooperation between team members and better communication with customers.

If you don’t do that, you have a chance of employees losing the pleasure of their work. This does not improve contact with your customers. And if the customer experience lags behind, there is always a competitor who wants to take over the customer from you.

What does digitizing look like to you?

You need to find out in which areas you need digitization to align your business with your business strategy. Including objectives such as business growth, cost savings, process improvements and specific project objectives. How do you do that?

If you take the right steps on the road to digitization, the agility and productivity of your employees will increase and they will work better together. Why? Simply because it becomes more fun to work at your company. To begin with, ask yourself three questions: what are your business objectives, which processes are you currently using and with which technology can you bring the two in harmony? In this article we explain in three steps how you can make digitization a success.

1. Take a closer look at your document management

To get from point A to point B, you first have to know what point A looks like exactly. You will find out by first taking a close look at how documents are handled within your company. How is printed? And what does the document management look like? Will you die in the paper? Are there overcrowded filing cabinets throughout the organization? On the basis of these types of questions you will discover which model of digital maturity your company falls into. In this way you better understand how far you are in the digitization process and what course you want to take. Perhaps one of the following three scenarios applies to your situation:

  • Lots of paper: to continue the core business, a lot is done by hand and on paper, with some use of digital data management.
  • Digital : digital technologies and data are used to stimulate emerging business and your people get insights where they can do something.
  • Completely digital: to obtain new business, you organize your activities, processes, etc. in such a way that you can optimally utilize the benefits of digital technologies.

In terms of digital maturity, no company fits exactly within one of these three frameworks. Some have yet to start scanning their paper documents. They still do everything by hand and on paper. Others have already digitized certain processes and are on their way.

Map your document processes

You will therefore determine how ‘mature’ your company is in terms of digitization by mapping your current document management processes. It is important to keep your business objectives aside and to draw up recommendations for next steps. You could actually see all these activities as one step. If you look at the current state of printing and document processing, future business goals also suddenly become much clearer. You can consider engaging a consulting team with a lot of experience in the field of digitization. These people can help you view the existing situation objectively. But whether you involve a consultant or not: by starting to think differently about technology, you will gradually make better decisions.

Digitization experts understand that companies have little use of technology if it does not effectively support their strategic activities and innovation is not forthcoming. By starting to think differently about technology, you will better understand what technology is worth for achieving better business results. But before you come to that, you first have to know which route data is still covered by your entire organization.

Look at your current printing infrastructure

Also check to what extent the current printing infrastructure consumes the time of your IT staff. Companies often do not use their printing technology in such a way that the processes actually run more efficiently and IT people can deal with more relevant issues. Maybe it makes much more sense to trade in your print server for the cloud. This gives your employees more time for activities that contribute to your business strategy. If your print infrastructure is already partially or completely in the cloud and you scan your documents directly to the cloud, you already have a higher maturity level than a company that processes all the print work locally. This is a step in the right direction. Once you have a good idea of ​​your current document management processes, you can explore the possibilities of further digitization.

2. Make your processes more efficient with digital data

According to research agency IDC, “87% of directors claim that digitization is a priority. But we often see that they don’t understand the ‘why’. In short, they see digitization only as a collection of technologies and solutions, not as a means to work towards their business goals. The belief that you have to look for technology ‘because you have to’ doesn’t help you find the right technology for your company. Before you start looking for the right technology, you must ask yourself the following:

  1. How can we make better use of data to ensure that our technology works better and that our employees can act faster?
  2. Which manual processes can we automate, so that our people have more time for activities that contribute to the business strategy?
  3. How do we get a digital workplace on the ground that makes our employees more analytical, flexible, innovative and creative?

Based on the answers to these questions, a future image of user-friendly document processes is formed throughout your organization. With that in mind you will determine how you would ideally digitize your data in a way that benefits user processes from start to finish. Below we will take a closer look at the above questions:

Question 1: Determine whether your company is sufficiently capable of continuing and maintaining the core business. These days we need to be able to exchange ideas and information at lightning speed, but the traditional office is not designed for that. From the answer to the first question you can see at which points fast action matters most for your business. This way you can find out which information processes could use a little more efficiency.

Question 2: Discover how you can promote emerging business. For this, employees on location and at a distance must be given the opportunity to act more flexibly and have time for activities that contribute to your business strategy. You give them that freedom by automating manual processes. Once you have identified which processes need to be automated, you can start looking at collaboration tools that allow your employees to exchange ideas more freely with each other and with your customers.

Question 3: Ultimately, you must determine how you want to create new business in the future. You do this by giving your employees the digital support they need to exchange ideas with each other and work in a more innovative way. With all of today’s workplace solutions you can leave productivity largely to technology and your employees can engage in innovation. This is a future-oriented approach: thanks to digitization , your team can work better on your business objectives.

You can also see digitization as follows: it is a step that allows you to switch from slow, inefficient printing processes to optimized workflows. Once you have determined how you can best store digital data and share it with your employees and customers, you plan how you can optimize this data through user processes. In other words: you are going to plan how to get your team to work optimally.

3. Use digitization to let your team perform optimally

In step 2 you investigated how your employees can use data in a more efficient way. In step 3 you will look at how you can optimally organize all processes throughout your organization. With that you can:

  • Give internal and external employees the time and resources to collaborate more easily and effectively.
  • Let your employees work better and more productively with handy technology that ensures streamlined workflows.
  • Measuring data and making information more transparent for employees, so that they can make informed decisions.

Choose the right technology

Exactly how you look at this step is important. It is not so much about using the technology itself. You want to influence the behavior of your employees by improving processes using the right technologies.

Limit the number of manual operations and make your data processes more efficient. Then you make the difference between technology at home and at work smaller – and you deal with the frustrations among your employees. It is important that you focus on the ‘how’ of the workflows: how exactly must those processes change in order to achieve optimum results? The answer to that question leads you to the specific technologies that match the unique work styles of your people.

Stay ahead of the competition

Have you done little to nothing about digitization? Then remember that today’s economy relies heavily on technology. And also remember that you can only keep up with the competition if you provide your employees with the right tech. Urgent action must therefore be taken. The sooner you start digitizing, the better you can stay ahead of the competition.

DIGITIZATION is not anymore a far from my bed show.

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THE TRANSFORMATION OF TECHNOLOGY

FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailThe development of technology is constantly changing. By improving processes more and more, our lives are made ever easier. But I sometimes wonder, is that really necessary?Don’t we sometimes spend too much time in the technological tools, so that we forget what is really important?

What have changes in technology brought us?

For me it is important that technological innovation ensures that we can live ever more sustainability. Cars become more efficient, products last longer, packaging uses less and less plastic and companies can make better choices in their processes. We use technology to create a better environment and thus a better society.

It is good that as a company you can make more conscious choices with digitization . Using less paper is a good example of this. By improving processes and optimizing digitally, a company contributes to the sustainability of our society. The transformation of technology also helps a company to work smarter; processes cost less time, colleagues speak to each other via video instead of being in the car for an hour and a lot of costs are saved.

Loss of connection

Technological innovation also has a downside. In my opinion technology is driving people apart more and more. Our lives are getting busier, the agenda is increasingly full of appointments and we need more plans and multitasking . So our smartphone is glued to our hand and we regularly send, while we are talking to, also an app to a friend what we eat tonight, and you name it. We are less and less aware of events and lose contact with what is happening around us.

Just think about sending a Christmas card. How many people did you send a Christmas card last year? And how much did you receive there? We no longer choose to take the time for these activities. And yes, if you are talking about the environment, is not a digital card much better? Yet we do not always send it, and it does not always give the same feeling as when you receive a paper, handwritten card. A personal message does so much more. And how about doing an old-fashioned thing, so spontaneously between the companies? We do not actually have time or energy for that. Is not that much easier from the comfort of the Facetime or Skype?

Transformation of lifestyle

We can not imagine that we used a mobile phone just to call and text, not so long ago. Now our whole life is in our phone and it has become indispensable. Innovation and technology have really transformed our lifestyle in this way.

In the end innovation in technology has brought us a lot of beauty, and it has a positive influence on sustainability and our society. But let us consciously continue to deal with this change and not let it completely affect our lives. Then choose to go offline and live more consciously in the moment. And this year at Christmas? You might send a handwritten card to your loved ones again.

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Global Cognitive Computing Market 2016

FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailIntense Research releases a new market research report “Global Cognitive Computing Market (Technology, Application, End User, Deployment Type and Geography) – Size, Share, Trends, Company Profiles, Demand, Insights, Analysis, Opportunities, Segmentation and Forecast, 2014 – 2020” to add to its collection of research reports.

Cognitive computing processes extraordinary volumes of complex data and dramatically enhances the productivity levels in enterprises.Cognitive computing is considered as a next-generation system that interacts in human language and helps human experts to make better decisions by understanding the complexity of big data. Cognitive computing can process human language, unstructured data and can even self-learn by experience and perform tasks similar to the ones done by humans. In the current scenario, big data is increasing due to digitalization and most of the data is received in unstructured form such as images, videos, natural language and symbols. Cognitive computing, with the help of different technologies such as natural language processing, machine learning and automated reasoning, translates unstructured data to sense, and infers and predicts the best solution. Cognitive computing is majorly used in BFSI, healthcare, security, and retail applications. Increasing volume of unstructured data and advancements in technology largely drive the cognitive computing market. Cloud based technological advancements, development of innovative hardware and software systems and cognitive experience interfaces would further create opportunities for the cognitive computing market.

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The market for cognitive computing is segmented on the basis of technology, applications, end user, deployment type and geography. Natural language processing technology accounted for the maximum revenue share in 2014 and this segment would continue to dominate during the forecast period (2015–2020). Natural language processing and machine learning have generated nearly 44% and 30% of the revenue respectively, in 2014. Retail and security would be the fastest growing application segments registering CAGR of 35.8% and 36.5% respectively, during the forecast period.

The key players in the market are acquiring specialized technology companies to gain technical expertise in order to develop innovative solutions. In March 2015, IBM acquired AlchemyAPI, one of the leading providers of scalable API services and deep learning technology, which would aid the development of IBM’s next generation cognitive computing applications. In Jan 2014, Google acquired the cognitive computing start-up DeepMind with the aim to integrate DeepMind’s NLP technology into its core search product for better understanding the queries written in a natural language.

Key players of the cognitive computing market are IBM Corporation, Google Incorporation, Microsoft Corporation, Nuance Communications Inc., 3M, Hewlett Packard (HP), Statistical Analysis System (SAS), SAP, Tibco Software and Oracle Corporation.

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