Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz Chicago Tribune Published 12:10 p.m. UTC Aug 8, 2018 The rise of the open office concept has been met, of late, with predictions of its fall. Too many distractions, too little personal space and a lack of privacy have hurt happiness and productivity, critics say. But the open office may not be dead so much as in transition, and it is being shaped by a critical new tool in the design arsenal: data. Employers, and the design firms they hire, are collecting reams of data about how employees use their workspaces. They’re using seat sensors, infrared cameras, footfall trackers and surveys, while also analyzing email traffic patterns, badge swipes and conference room reservation systems. The information is being used to develop office designs that not only optimize the space but also improve the employee experience. That’s a change from the process that led to the open office explosion, when employers tore down cubicle walls and axed private offices … [Read more...] about Companies employing data to help optimize workspace
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Facebook has suspended apps by Crimson Hexagon as it investigates whether the Boston-based analytics firm is violating its policies in how it collects and shares user data. News of the suspension comes after The Wall Street Journal queried Crimson Hexagon's contracts with US government agencies and a Russian non-profit with links to the Kremlin. The newspaper cited documents which it claimed showed that Crimson had used publicly accessible data from Facebook to study public opinion of president Vladimir Putin, as part of its contract with the Russian group, and said it had accumulated the largest repository of public social media posts from a variety of sites and apps. Facebook's vice president... Register or log in to view this and other Technology Intelligence articles. It's free and easy to do. Access brilliant stories, features and analysis Sign up to our exclusive Technology Intelligence daily newsletter Become part of our … [Read more...] about Facebook suspends analytics company over data collection
Chief Executive Officer of Dictionary.com Liz McMillan and Marketing Manager Lauren Sliter talk about the company at the offices of Dictionary.com in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group) From left, Scott Wagner, vice president, revenue & analytics, Sandy Micone, director of design, Jennifer Freeman, traffic acquisition manager, Liz McMillan, chief executive officer, Adam Traver, senior software engineer, Lauren Sliter, senior manager of marketing and content, Michael Mayfield, vice president of engineering, Ritchie Benevedes, software engineer, Chris Weber, software engineer, and Mitch Trale, senior software engineer, pose for a photo at the offices of Dictionary.com in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Chief Executive Officer of Dictionary.com Liz McMillan talks about the company at the offices of Dictionary.com in Oakland, Calif., on … [Read more...] about Dictionary.com: Noun. Oakland company, master of trolling Trump et al.
Movie theater subscription service MoviePass has attracted quite a bit of attention lately. For $9.95 a month, the service allows subscribers to watch as many movies as they wish every month, though you can't watch more than one film per day. For dedicated movie-goers, being able to see roughly 30 movies a month is a dream come true. The service has received a opposition from theater chain AMC, calling MoviePass' business model "unsustainable" and saying the low monthly price will only set consumers up for disappointment "when or if" the business flops. That said, MoviePass isn't completely oblivious to the reality of their situation. Their eventual plan has always been to sell user viewing habits to third-parties, thus bankrolling their product and keeping it sustainable in the long term. Exactly what viewing habits MoviePass intend to learn about their users has never been made clear. Most users likely assumed MoviePass simply planned to record information like movie preferences or … [Read more...] about Lack of privacy: MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe flaunts his company’s data collection practices
Data management enables the storing of everything from genomic data to Xbox scores to your Pandora playlists. If the data were unified, we’d have the beginning of master data management.Organizations have data throughout their environment that provide single views of key data entities common across their organization. Data management provides a single view of data. Master data management provides a complete view of your organization's data.Broadly speaking, civilization has witnessed five generations of data management following manual processing using paper and pencil: Mechanical punched card: data processing Stored program: sequential record processing Online network: navigational set processing Nonprocedural: relational databases and client-service computing Multimedia databases: object-relational databases with relationships Data models, scaling, automation, integration, and workflows increase the complexity of generating usable information from data.Technology leaders who … [Read more...] about The capabilities and roles of world-class, master data management