Our Art is the Data Collection

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Data collection is the process of gathering and measuring information on variables of interest, in an established systematic fashion that enables one to answer stated research questions, test hypotheses, and evaluate outcomes.
In retail sales, for example, data might be collected from mobile apps, website visits, loyalty card programs and online surveys in order to to learn more about customers and consumers in general. In a server consolidation project, data collection would include not just a physical inventory of all servers but also an exact description of what is installed on each server — the operating system, middleware, and the application or database that the server supports.
There are two kinds of variables in research.  An independent variable (the intervention) is a condition implemented by the researcher or community to see if it will create change and improvement. This could be a program, method, system, or other action.  A dependent variable is what may change as a result of the independent variable or intervention.  A dependent variable could be a behavior, outcome, or other condition.
The timing of analysis can be looked at in at least two ways: One is that it’s best to analyze your information when you’ve collected all of it, so you can look at it as a whole. The other is that if you analyze it as you go along, you’ll be able to adjust your thinking about what information you actually need, and to adjust your program to respond to the information you’re getting. Which of these approaches you take depends on your research purposes.  If you’re more concerned with a summative evaluation – finding out whether your approach was effective, you might be more inclined toward the first.  If you’re oriented toward improvement – a formative evaluation – we recommend gathering information along the way. Both approaches are legitimate, but ongoing data collection and review can particularly lead to improvements in your work.
Once you’ve organized your results and run them through whatever statistical or other analysis you’ve planned for, it’s time to figure out what they mean for your evaluation. Probably the most common question that evaluation research is directed toward is whether the program being evaluated works or makes a difference. In research terms, that often translates to “What were the effects of the independent variable (the program, intervention, etc.) on the dependent variable(s) (the behavior, conditions, or other factors it was meant to change)?”  There are a number of possible answers to this question.
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A Simple Explanation Of ‘The Internet Of Things’

 

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The “Internet of things” (IoT) is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and outside of it. It’s a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we live but also how we work.  But what exactly is the “Internet of things” and what impact is it going to have on you if any?  There are a lot of complexities around the “Internet of things” but I want to stick to the basics.  Lots of technical and policy related conversations are being had but many people are still just trying to grasp the foundation of what the heck these conversations are about.

Let’s start with understanding a few things.

Broadband Internet is become more widely available, the cost of connecting is decreasing, more devices are being created with wifi capabilities and sensors built into them, technology costs are going down, and smart phone penetration is sky-rocketing.  All of these things are creating a “perfect storm” for the IoT.

So what is the Internet of things?

Simply put this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of.  This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig.  As I mentioned, if it has an on and off switch then chances are it can be a part of the IoT.  The analyst firm Gartner says that by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices…that’s a lot of connections (some even estimate this number to be much higher, over 100 billion).  The IoT is a giant network of connected “things” (which also includes people).  The relationship will be between people-people, people-things, and things-things.

How does this impact you?

The new rule for the future is going to be, “anything that can be connected, will be connected.”  But why on earth would you want so many connected devices talking to each other?  There are many examples for what this might look like or what the potential value might be.  Say for example you are on your way to a meeting, your car could have access to your calendar and already know the best route to take, if the traffic is heavy your car might send a text to the other party notifying them that you will be late.  What if your alarm clock wakes up you at 6 am and then notifies your coffee maker to start brewing coffee for you? What if your office equipment knew when it was running low on supplies and automatically re-ordered more?  What if the wearable device you used in the workplace could tell you when and where you were most active and productive and shared that information with other devices that you used while working?

On a broader scale the IoT can be applied to things like transportation networks “smart cities” which can help us reduce waste and improve efficiency for things such as energy use; this helping us understand and improve how we work and live.  Take a look at the visual below to see what something like that can look like.

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The reality is that the IoT allows for virtually endless opportunities and connections to take place, many of which we can’t even think of or fully understand the impact of today.  It’s not hard to see how and why the IoT is such a hot topic today, it certainly opens the door to a lot of opportunities but also to many challenges.  Security is big issues that is oftentimes brought up.  With billions of devices being connect together what can people to do make sure that their information stays secure?  Will someone be able to hack into your toaster and thereby get access to your entire network?  The IoT also opens up companies all over the world to more security threats.  Then we have the issue of privacy and data sharing.  This is a hot button topic even today so one can only imagine how the conversation and concerns will escalate when we are talking about many billions of devices being connected.  Another issue that many companies specifically are going to be faced with is around the massive amounts data that all of these devices are going to produce.  Companies need to figure out a way to store, track, analyze, and make sense of the vast amounts of data that will be generated.

So what now?

Conversations about the IoT are (and have been for several years) taking place all over the world as we seek to understand how this will impact our lives.  We are also trying to understand what the many opportunities and challenges are going to be as more and more devices start to join the IoT.  For now the best thing that we can do is educate ourselves about what the IoT is and the potential impacts that can be seen on how we work and live.

Jacob Morgan is a keynote speaker, author (most recently of The Future of Work).

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REAL TIME FROM REAL PEOPLE

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It can and it will change your company’s destiny

 Although Data has been the talk of the town lately, two things aren’t new at all. One, gathering data has been a human practice for ages, ever since the cave men started registering facts. Two, making use of data to change companies’ outcomes is something that has been around since the beginning of the 20th century, when Henry Ford became noted for creating an assembly line after a careful analysis of his production process.

Okay then, so what’s new? For once, nowadays data can be recorded instantaneously. Specially when the sources are devices such as mobiles and computers. Companies record employees performances through computer data gathering, websites study user behavior and make decisions based on it.

But still, although this is all recent, there’s something even more revolutionary. What if you could get people to get their thoughts out of their heads and instantaneously and intentionally let you know about them? What if people’s opinions could be at your hand in seconds?

Well, that’s the revolution Click Prompt brings to the market. There are 4.6 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide, and between 1 billion and 2 billion people accessing the internet. We are making use of this reality and turning it into a bridge between companies and consumers. It’s different of buying data from third party companies and paying specialists to analyze it and deliver reports. Now, consumers, be them customers or employees, can talk directly to you in real time and through our modern revolutionary tool.
How is this different? Let’s imagine here that you manage you own three convenience stores. You strive to provide a great service, and even have paper customer surveys available and things like online surveys that give back a discount coupon. Through these things you can generate customer fidelity and gather some information on customers satisfaction. But let’s be real, how many people have the patience and the time to use these tools? A small percentage does use it, but the great majority will pass it.

However, there’s always those unsatisfied people who will put the word out if they dislike any part of your service. Through our revolutionary tool, here’s how it goes: Click Prompt puts QR codes all throughout your stores, inviting customers to give real time feedback. They think the cashier was rude? There’s a QR Code right there for them to quickly scan and relate their experience. Instantaneously you, as a manager, will get the information. Yep, you’ll get an alert right away right there at your cellphone. And then you can avoid right away that the cranky cashier will make any other customers uncomfortable that day. Before it even happens.

 

Possibilities are endless. The QR codes can be in several essential places throughout your business. You determine it, we do it. And people can easily give you a feedback on their satisfaction. These people could be your customers, or even your team. But what matters is that you’ll be able to keep an ongoing conversation with them all, having data in real time and being able to make decisions right away, avoiding future mistakes and ensuring the best quality of service. And what’s even better is that you can visualize all the collected data in a modern dashboard, that can be completely customized to your needs at any time. Our tool not just simplifies your operation, but actually understands it and takes it to another level of operational intelligence.

 That’s why, although we’re new at the market, big shots of the B.I market (Business Intelligence) that have been around for a while are already acknowledging our work.

Click Prompt gives you real time data, but other companies also do this. But we provide you with a shortcut, and now it’s not just real time data, but it’s real time data coming directly from real people to real managers. This way you can avoid real mistakes and make real improvements in your company. Yes, it’s all real.

By Lizia Santos

Lizia is an online editor, journalist, with an MA in Applied Communications.

 

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WHO ARE THE MILLENNIALS?

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The term Millennials generally refers to the generation of people born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s. Perhaps the most commonly used birth range for this group is 1982-2000. The Millennial Generation is also known as Generation Y, because it comes after Generation X — those people between the early 1960s and the 1980s. It has also been called the Peter Pan or Boomerang Generation because of the propensity of some to move back in with their parents, perhaps due to economic constraints, and a growing tendency to delay some of the typical adulthood rites of passage like marriage or starting a career.

The publication Ad Age was one of the first to coin the term “Generation Y,” in an editorial in August 1993. But the term didn’t age well, and “Millennials” has largely over taken it. But the terms basically mean the same thing.

 Millennials characteristics

Millennials have been characterized in a number of different ways. On the negative side, they’ve been described as lazy, narcissistic and prone to jump from job to job. The 2008 book “Trophy Kids” by Ron Alsop discusses how many young people have been rewarded for minimal accomplishments (such as mere participation) in competitive sports, and have unrealistic expectations of working life.

A story in Time magazine said polls show that Millennials “want flexible work schedules, more ‘me time’ on the job, and nearly nonstop feedback and career advice from managers.” Another Time story in May 2013 was harsher. Titled “The Me Me Me Generation,” it begins: “They’re narcissistic. They’re lazy. They’re coddled. They’re even a bit delusional. Those aren’t just unfounded negative stereotypes about 80 million Americans born roughly between 1980 and 2000. They’re backed up by a decade of sociological research.”

One 2012 study found Millennials to be “more civically and politically disengaged, more focused on materialistic values, and less concerned about helping the larger community than were GenX (born 1962-1981) and Baby Boomers (born 1946 to about 1961) at the same ages,” according to USA Today. “The trend is more of an emphasis on extrinsic values such as money, fame, and image, and less emphasis on intrinsic values such as self-acceptance, group affiliation and community.” The study was based on an analysis of two large databases of 9 million high school seniors or entering college students.

They have also been described in positive ways. They are generally regarded as being more open-minded, and more supportive of gay rights and equal rights for minorities. Other positives adjectives to describe them include confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and receptive to new ideas and ways of living.

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 Generation Me

There is a spirited, if not tiresome, debate about whether Millennials are self-entitled narcissists or open-minded do-gooders; surely the truth lies somewhere in-between. Generally, however, there does seem to be more of an emphasis on the self than in previous generations, one reason why this group has been called Generation Me.

Other scholars have pointed out that the attempt to make generalizations about an entire generation is a futile effort. Further, some have suggested that discussion of “Millennials” tends to focus on mostly white youth from suburban areas, ignoring the unique experience of immigrants and minorities.

 

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INFORMATION FOR EDUCATION

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How Click Prompt will change the future of schools

Many social problems come from a lack of understanding data on who we are, and have done, as a people. A good data interpretation regarding social events that have already happened has the potential to drive human outcomes better, to the point of leading us to a large ­scale change, that can address the huge social needs of individuals and communities.

In the same way, data can be the most powerful tool in your hands when it comes to customer service, it can also transform personal lives in many ways. And because we strongly believe in the power of data, we are officially launching a pilot project with selected Orange County schools in order to make our tool available to them, AT NO COST. This is scheduled to happen during the first semester of 2016.  That’s just the beginning. In two years, we expect to invite all 98,000 schools in the 50 US States to have the same opportunity, helping approximately 60 million students throughout the country.

Yes, we’re going to get our unique, revolutionary business intelligence tool and put it to work for the good of all. If kids are the future, then Big Data is in their future. So we anticipate that as soon as we put the second in service to the first, we will bring major outcomes that will affect the future of our community in a great way. And what better way to positively affect our communities, than through education?

Our tool will collect real time info and make it available to principals. It works like this: through QR codes spread all around the school, students can give instantaneous feedback about their education, their social experience, the school’s structure and pretty much any factor the administration deems important. We anticipate this will also help schools with safety issues, such as drugs, gun control, bullying, among many other things. All of this is confidential, protecting the kids while assuring them and the administration that the best service is provided at the schools.

Each school that desires to acquire the tool can request it through our website in a simple and automatic way. And to make it even better, it doesn’t involve any software downloads. Everything is done online, it’s mobile friendly, and can even be visualized in gadgets like the apple watch. The opportunity to make decisions in real time will help principals to increase the quality of the service provided at the schools and help them correct overlooked errors.

Click Prompt is a by-product of the American dream. It was founded by Brazilian immigrants, Belardo Junior and Filipov Renato who wanted to use their potential to make the American dream even bigger, by contributing to its core: education. It’s their belief that any full profit company should seek to contribute to the communities surrounding them. Click Prompt was then built on the principle that information can change outcomes, and there’s no better outcome than changing lives for the better.

By Lizia Santos

Lizia is an online editor, journalist, with an MA in Applied Communications.

 

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10 REASONS WHY YOU CAN’T IGNORE THE POWER OF DATA

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All this talk about data and you might be wondering: is it really worth my attention or is it just another trend? Well, it’s anything but a trend.

The first person to recognize the power of data was Henry Ford, who measured the time of each component in his newly established assembly line, and ended up creating the Fordism, which made nothing less than modern economy a reality. Not convinced yet? Just keep reading and we promise you’ll swear by the power of data by the end of this article.

 

  1. If used to its fullest potential, data can bring to your company an unprecedented transparency. As everybody is fully informed of all that goes on in all levels of the organization, teamwork functions better, and so does your company.
  1. Data is among the most powerful tools that can be used in problem solving. By looking back carefully and analyzing data with total understanding, problems can not only be solved, but avoided.
  1. Many social problems come from the lack of understanding data on what we are and have done as a people. If well understood, data can be used in driving better human outcomes and “to lead us to large-scale change that can address the huge social needs of individuals and communities”, highlights Kim Syman, a Managing Partner at New Profit where she leads efforts to combine the power of New Profit’s network with organizational learning about how social innovation grows.
  1. Data is powerful because it takes us from being circumstance-driven to being results-driven. By learning how to use information in our favor, we can improve processes and make decisions more effectively, aiming excellent results.
  1. Developed economies increasingly use data-intensive technologies. There are 4.6 billion mobile-phone subscriptions worldwide, and between 1 billion and 2 billion people accessing the internet. Between 1990 and 2005, more than 1 billion people worldwide entered the middle class, which means more people become more literate, which in turn leads to information growth. Imagine using all the information stored in the databases worldwide to your favor. Not using all the data available out there could be the only thing in the way of your company going global.
  1. The industry is moving away from the traditional approach of using specific media environments such as newspapers, magazines, or television, and tapping into consumers with technologies that reach targeted people at optimal times in optimal locations. By studying the data related to your area of business, you can optimize your marketing efforts and reach out to the exact public you cater to.
  1. Data can be the most powerful tool in your hands when it comes to customer service. Imagine knowing firsthand from your consumer what he thought of your service. Even before he put the word out on social media about his dissatisfaction, for example. If you can access information beforehand, you’ll be able to turn the situation around before it takes bigger proportions. And, of course, improve your customer service in the long term.
  1. The best business plan comes from the proper use of the concept of Business Analytics (BA), which is the skills, technologies and practices for continuous exploration and investigation of past business performance to gain insight and drive business planning. In other words, understanding data is the foundation for the planning that will guarantee the success of your business.
  1. Data dashboards, which present data in a friendly visual way, can be a powerful tool in the hands of managers. Through data visualization, they can clearly see numbers of sales, downloads, reviews and rankings. Studies also show that when employees know their performance is being watched publicly, they improve their work, so it’s a win-win situation here.
  1. Data dashboards also allows business owners to monitor customer feedback throughout different times. This helps in establishing the existence of trends and anticipating future problems, as well as gathering precious info on your customers’ preferences.

 

 

By Lizia Santos

Lizia is an online editor, journalist, with an MA in Applied Communications.

 

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