Looking at Gaining Advantage from Proprietary Data

What is “free” vs. “expensive” data collected by corporations? In this Wall Street Journal article we remove our illusions of personal privacy. What privacy?  No such thing any more… advocate for MIT Media Lab’s Alex “Sandy” Pentland’s New Deal on Data (but that’s a different article). proprietary data

In this article, the authors, Thomas H. Davenport and Thomas Redman, discuss the difference between “free data” and “expensive data”, also known as Proprietary Data (PD).

PD is owned and controlled by the organization and used for their own purposes. Although collection & management of PD is expensive, as in the development of useful and working algorithms, it can give companies that know how to use it a competitive advantage from ad targeting to more efficient supply chain management.

So much room for innovation, disruptors and new leaders as many corporations lag with only 1% actively harnessing. The ones that do lean heavily on “infrastructure” data which has quickly become available to all and thus loses its competitive advantage. Proprietary data, on the other hand, once put into unique processes and procedures, avails itself to be used in creative ways which benefit the company. Can also be protected for longer (e.g. patents).

Example organizations include Google Inc (structure of internet), Uber (where people want to pay for rides to), and the American Banker’s Association CUSIP (means of identifying securities in order to process trades efficiently).

http://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2015/03/11/getting-advantage-from-proprietary-data/

Net Neutrality – Out of the Mouths of Babes

Net Neutrality – Out of the Mouths of Babes

“This is the best, simplest explanation of net neutrality — and it comes from a 9-year-old” synopsis of article posted on Business Insider.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/best-simplest-explanation-of-net-neutrality-comes-from-a-9-year-old-2015-3

By DAVE SMITH March 10, 2015, Business Insider.

Most “experts” explain net neutrality in a convoluted, hard to understand way…thus issue commonly misunderstood. Reddit user overhears his 9-year old son explain concept of net neutrality to his buddy using simplistic ice cream shop analogy: shop gives free milkshakes to anyone with their own straw. Seller of the straw pinches straw demanding more money.

Watch the FCC Chair’s “impassioned defense of net neutrality” video

+ IT Business concept: Simple, clear on-point messages are easily communicated & understood and spread at the grassroots (democratic) level — virally online and by word-of-mouth offline. Allows more active dialogue engagement among American citizens.

Related articles:
http://www.businessinsider.com/jeb-bush-net-neutrality-2015-3
http://www.wsj.com/articles/cia-gave-justice-department-secret-phone-scanning-technology-1426009924?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories