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The 2016 Dive Awards for the enterprise technology industry
By Naomi Eide 
Context awareness is hard to get right, according to John Parkinson, affiliate partner at Chicago-based Waterstone Management Group, an advisory firm focused on serving the technology sector. Parkinson told ThomasNet News that the concept of “situational awareness” was developed by military psychologists during the 1980s, “analyzing how war fighters reacted to different information feeds depending on where they were and what they were doing.” Soldiers had to interpret the intelligence quickly and make decisions accordingly. “Sometimes, you had only enough attention span to focus on a very few critical pieces of information. If you got too much, you overloaded and couldn't tell what was important,” Parkinson explained. “What was important depended on ‘context,’ the nuances of your situation.” Eventually the idea was extended from combat avionics to all kinds of IT systems. But the problem, said Parkinson, is that “it’s tough to build really good context- or situation-aware processes and systems, given that the real world has lots of unanticipated variables and available data is often incomplete or ambiguous.” - See more at: http://www.thomasnet.com/journals/techtrends/articles/new-complexities-in-enterprise-it-call-for-context-aware-security#sthash.CFuyOD9B.dpuf
Context awareness is hard to get right, according to John Parkinson, affiliate partner at Chicago-based Waterstone Management Group, an advisory firm focused on serving the technology sector. Parkinson told ThomasNet News that the concept of “situational awareness” was developed by military psychologists during the 1980s, “analyzing how war fighters reacted to different information feeds depending on where they were and what they were doing.” Soldiers had to interpret the intelligence quickly and make decisions accordingly. “Sometimes, you had only enough attention span to focus on a very few critical pieces of information. If you got too much, you overloaded and couldn't tell what was important,” Parkinson explained. “What was important depended on ‘context,’ the nuances of your situation.” Eventually the idea was extended from combat avionics to all kinds of IT systems. But the problem, said Parkinson, is that “it’s tough to build really good context- or situation-aware processes and systems, given that the real world has lots of unanticipated variables and available data is often incomplete or ambiguous.” - See more at: http://www.thomasnet.com/journals/techtrends/articles/new-complexities-in-enterprise-it-call-for-context-aware-security#sthash.CFuyOD9B.dpuf
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Thought for Food
By John Parkinson
Context awareness is hard to get right, according to John Parkinson, affiliate partner at Chicago-based Waterstone Management Group, an advisory firm focused on serving the technology sector. Parkinson told ThomasNet News that the concept of “situational awareness” was developed by military psychologists during the 1980s, “analyzing how war fighters reacted to different information feeds depending on where they were and what they were doing.” Soldiers had to interpret the intelligence quickly and make decisions accordingly. “Sometimes, you had only enough attention span to focus on a very few critical pieces of information. If you got too much, you overloaded and couldn't tell what was important,” Parkinson explained. “What was important depended on ‘context,’ the nuances of your situation.” Eventually the idea was extended from combat avionics to all kinds of IT systems. But the problem, said Parkinson, is that “it’s tough to build really good context- or situation-aware processes and systems, given that the real world has lots of unanticipated variables and available data is often incomplete or ambiguous.” - See more at: http://www.thomasnet.com/journals/techtrends/articles/new-complexities-in-enterprise-it-call-for-context-aware-security#sthash.CFuyOD9B.dpuf
Context awareness is hard to get right, according to John Parkinson, affiliate partner at Chicago-based Waterstone Management Group, an advisory firm focused on serving the technology sector. Parkinson told ThomasNet News that the concept of “situational awareness” was developed by military psychologists during the 1980s, “analyzing how war fighters reacted to different information feeds depending on where they were and what they were doing.” Soldiers had to interpret the intelligence quickly and make decisions accordingly. “Sometimes, you had only enough attention span to focus on a very few critical pieces of information. If you got too much, you overloaded and couldn't tell what was important,” Parkinson explained. “What was important depended on ‘context,’ the nuances of your situation.” Eventually the idea was extended from combat avionics to all kinds of IT systems. But the problem, said Parkinson, is that “it’s tough to build really good context- or situation-aware processes and systems, given that the real world has lots of unanticipated variables and available data is often incomplete or ambiguous.” - See more at: http://www.thomasnet.com/journals/techtrends/articles/new-complexities-in-enterprise-it-call-for-context-aware-security#sthash.CFuyOD9B.dpuf
A couple of decades ago I was introduced to a startup that had developed a simple device for tracking the temperature history of shipments of "perishable" items like drugs and food. By collecting this data during transit, uploading it from the device to a central location on arrival, quickly analyzing the results and sending back a report, the recipient could be sure that they were accepting a shipment that had not been exposed to conditions outside of a "safe" environmental envelope...   Read more...
Innovation Theatre 
By John Parkinson

A week or so ago I joined a group for lunch to talk to one member of the team that was leading an innovative start up "sponsored" from within a giant global corporation.  Several things struck me about the extremely informative and entertaining conversation we had over lunch...   Read more...

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