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The derived data of friendship…

social.pngI was thinking a bit about my post yesterday concerning the millennials and their use of technology. It made me recall a post from earlier in the year by Stephen Wolfram about applying data science to facebook

 

His post shows an analysis of who are friends with whom and looks at the data associated with friendship. An interesting analysis that demonstrates the kind of analysis possible through the use of derived data. Businesses today have many more sources of data available than they realize and we’re finding more all the time.

Tags: Analytics| Gen Y
Labels: Analytics| Gen Y

Millennial Survey Results from Telefonica

Telefónica just release their Global Millennial Survey Results. They claim to have created the largest and most comprehensive global study of adult Millennial conduced to date. The raw data is also available.

 

The study looks at many different aspects of millennials, their use of technology and their approach to leadership – some useful information.

 

Some highlights:

  • people results.pngNorth America - savvy, inter-connected and optimistic about their personal futures.
  • Latin America - nearly twice as optimistic about their future as their global peers and are confident that technology can empower and produce change.
  • Europe - highly comfortable with, and have wide access to, technology, crediting it for having been highly influential in their lives and an important field of study to ensure personal future success.
  • Asia - highly influenced by technology largely due to the high penetration of smartphones in the region, and think technology has improved communication.
  • Middle East and Africa - largely optimistic about the futures of their regions and their personal opportunities for success. 

Personal device of 2019

crystalball.gifZDnet recently ran a series of articles about the “Blade Runner” computer in homage to Ridley Scott’s 1982 vision of 2019.

I found this to be an interesting exercise in the issue of scarcity vs. abundance mentioned here before. What will be in abundance?

  • CPU (16 times more powerful than today’s devices)
  • Memory (even lower end devices will have double digit GB of RAM)
  • Graphics processing
  • Storage (easily in the double digits TB range)
  • Networking (wired and wireless will be multiple times faster)
  • Integration (is there really a PC or just one more module in your personal environment?)

What will remain scarce?

Possible areas for significant innovation – overcoming scarcity?

Thinking about how business investments in devices and the systems required to support the employees of the future will be key for IT organizations. There are numerous competing visions, but by 2019, the early Millennials will be entering at their midpoint of their career when they start to make the major decisions about corporate investments. I use the term “mid-point” loosely though since the live span may have increased for these individuals.

 

One of the issues with exponential growth is that it looks so linear in the short term. Looking back about the same amount of time, we were just bouncing back from the .COM crash and many of the seeds of discontent that occupy planning today (virtualization and cloud, mobility) had just started to germinate and grow. We might want to look at those areas that are starting to make us worry.

Millennials and support from IT

j0336720.gifA few years back I wrote a post about how different generations view computing. Now there are more studies of what motivates the new employees entering organizations today. Pew Research Center Study on Millennials shows that they are “Confident. Connected. Open to Change”, but with the economic downturn under more pressure than recent generations.

 

The new workers entering the enterprise have different expectations of success. Some articles describe these expectations as unrealistic while others make the much more stability focused than consumer focused. Consistent though is that no matter where they work or play, they have information access expectations.

 

IT organizations have many pressures driving them to support new devices and it’s not just the millennial workers who are driving technology adoption. The consumerization of IT is pushing everyone to think differently about what the limits are.

 

One thing is true; Millennials are the next generation of consumers, heads of households, business owners and so on. To stay competitive, enterprises must be prepared for a future where new services can be rolled out quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively.

 

HP’s response to this demand is the Instant-On Enterprise enabling organizations able to deliver, whenever, wherever.

 

It does make me wonder if there are any millennial readers of this blog (besides my kids who read it ever so often).

 

  • How do you see the Instant-On Enterprise fitting your vision of the future of business?
  • Where do you see technology headed in the next decade?
  • Does your workplace meet your expectations of technology? If not, what does it need?
  • How do you expect the business world to adapt to new technology? Or should it be the other way around?

Conflict, Gen Y and the Next Generation Enterprise

I was reading a blog entry on the "Motivate Inspire and Innovate" blog about How to Manage Generation Y (it was part of a series). It got me thinking more about a blog entry I'd done, titled: And not Or. The enterprise irregulars have also been talking (mostly internally) about the Gen Y question.

 

They all talked about the corporate environment and how it forced them out.

 

As I read the posts about Gen Y and how they were all destined to start their own small companies, I was forced to think about why I did not. I've always been a bit "out there" for most of the teams I've worked with, but I always focused on making them successful. In the process, I built a network of people who felt somewhat grateful.

 

I wrote a paper for Cutter a while back on what I thought it would take to have the next generation enterprise - I snuck it into a set of articles on Enterprise 2.0 (a moniker I always thought sold the enterprise short). I am an avid believer in strong internal business networks, as well as networks of suppliers and customers as a component of increasing importance for the next generation enterprise. Those who can establish a coalition and rely upon a network of networks will have an advantage.

 

The same can be said of interpersonal networks, especially during times of uncertainty. After a while, in my career, I ended up with a role where I could "wander around and make myself useful". I take on assignments, but always move on before I got too bored - because someone else needs the help.

 

When I became a Fellow for EDS, I told people "I knew I'd never get to finish anything, but I didn't know that once I became a Fellow I'd not even get to understand them, before I had to move on." It looks like I am going to continue to do this kind of thing for HP, so I am fortunate because that is the kind of person I am.

 

It does make me wonder what the larger companies will do if the Gen Y folks are as intolerant as everyone thinks. I agree it is an "and", not an "or" world out there, but the larger companies will be run by Gen Y someday... will they enable an experience more like those who have to leave the company or like mine?

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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