Archive for month: August, 2013

What we can learn from Facebook’s innovative arctic data centre

29 Aug
August 29, 2013 Data centres are getting more innovative.  These massive buildings which hold thousands of servers handling more and more of our everyday internet life.  As social networking and cloud computing increases, so does the size, power consumption and carbon footprint of these centres. According to a study by Greenpeace conducted several years ago, data centres already account for 2% of global power demand and this figure is probably underestimated by a major factor today.  This percentage is expected Read more [...]

Want to understand big data? Then try understanding little data first

22 Aug
August 22, 2013 Big data is the current hot topic, but is it a case of "Here we go again?"  The next learning and development bandwagon is up and rolling and this time the wheels have been attached to big data.  We’re being told that we’ve got to concentrate on big data; we’ve got to learn about it and we’ve got to embrace it (so some would say), but what’s the point of trying to grapple with big data when most of the people profession can’t really get their heads around small data! In this post Read more [...]

Have the courage to challenge

15 Aug
August 15, 2013 The ability to challenge views, approaches, assumptions and norms are central to building upon our current knowledge and to learn about new things.  I’m concerned that the explosion of social media and the fact that we can now all have our “15 minutes of fame” is taking its toll on our willingness to challenge and therefore potentially restricting our ability to learn. Story There’s no getting away from the explosion of social media or the impact – both good and bad – that it’s Read more [...]

Learning and development professionals should collaborate for success

08 Aug
August 8, 2013 The pharmaceutical industry has undergone a massive change over the past few years – moving from a ‘go it alone’ approach to drug discovery to one of open and effective collaboration. Perhaps as People Professionals we can learn from this – learn to collaborate with one another to develop a better product for everyone – and not just a better product but one that’s of a higher quality, more educationally robust and better value.  What more could you wish for? Story Not that many Read more [...]

What makes a country a success?

01 Aug
August 1, 2013 We often talk about what makes a successful leader or a successful business, but what about a country – what makes an entire country a success?  And if we knew what made a whole country a success, could we learn from this in our own businesses? Story An article in The Economist caught my eye.  When ranked against a range of county-wide success factors such as global competitiveness, ease of doing business, global innovation, corruption perceptions, human development and prosperity. When Read more [...]