Starting a new year is also taking stock of what was done in the previous year and this is why we wanted to rank the pieces published in Ingenium that gathered most interest.
These are “the best 10” of 2017
An interesting chat with Dario Buttitta, General Manager of the Public Administration and Health division of Engineering, which highlights the centrality of data governance in the Public Administration and, above all, the focus on the fact that “in order to have a datum with value, which permits more efficient management based on data, it is essential to govern the processes for obtaining reliable and interesting information”. To carve the final sentence to be considered auspicious in 2018: “More than ever, we need less storytelling and recounting how good we are. We need silent people who do things”.
Viewpoint from Monica Franceschini in which the issue of needing to govern the information collected is dealt with, once the phase of enthusiasm arising from the possibility of accessing a large amount of available data, and above all of reconciling the technological and business aspects, has been overcome. “The danger of allowing technological complexity, coupled with the difficulty of reconciling different languages between business and IT, to blur the real issue of governance is strong, but it is important to note that it is the task of business to identify the priorities and collaborate with IT on identifying appropriate ways to benefit from data usage”.
The keys to change in Industry 4.0 identified and explained in the interview with Vincenzo Tartuferi, General Director of Engineering’s Energy & Utilities division, 5 keys that need skills in order to be implemented in the company: “I believe that one of the indispensable elements for the Digital Transformation of companies of all types and sizes is the possibility of counting on people who have an adequate relationship with digital and with internal figures able to help the company cope with the change of processes”.
Stefano Epifani guides us through 5 important “epic fails”, big failures identified in the management of projects based on the use of Big Data which, not even according to Gartner, can any longer be considered an emerging technology. Errors to learn from, as well as a way to reflect on the fact that “implementing a successful project that has to do with Big Data means having the courage to experiment not only with new technology or analysis models, but with a new way of thinking about the organization, its boundaries, its dynamics and its nature”.
Viewpoint from Gabriele Ruffatti on the subject of digital ethics, the “prerequisite for management of the growing interactions among people, activities and objects”. In the piece he talks about artificial intelligence, robots, machine learning and how algorithms will change the lives of people who need to be aware of the fact that “beauty is also in software, in algorithms, in the results of what they produce. Beauty is above all in what is not seen, beyond what is seen. The beauty of what is lived every day. And all this is created by men”.
“Over 1 billion dollars invested in blockchain just last year”, according to Deloitte. This is how the focus introduces the data from a McKinsey study on the opportunities for the use of blockchain technology in Public Administration. “If governments used and implemented the current technologies to digitize services and processes, they would generate an economic value of one trillion dollars a year”. The article lists the benefits and best practices that can serve as an example.
In this viewpoint, Andrea Maineri and Francesco Nucci accompany readers on a journey around the much-vaunted Data Science and the figure of the Data Scientist, considered central in all digital economy companies. Focus of the post is training and the need to refer to a “common language, clear and shared concepts, rules and definitions that make it possible to avoid ambiguity both in the demand for training and in the offer“ that come to life through an educational framework called eCompetence Framework (eCF) which identifies 23 different professionalisms within the ICT world.
From a legal point of view, jurist Morena Ragone addresses a topic of great interest in the world of data like Data Scraping, which is a technique that consists of using software to automate the recovery of data of interest from specific websites. “Scraping is a legitimate activity in itself but is likely to take on different meanings depending on the context and use that can be made of the data recovered, of the specific purpose of collection, because it is abstractly likely to constitute various violations, from copyright to the confidentiality of personal data”.
A column by Stefano Epifani and Sonia Montegiove which aims to explain some terms referring to new technologies describing them as if they were a medicine through the information leaflet. This is the case of Big Data which “can be used in all those pathologies where it is important to highlight non-linear correlations between data and information. From marketing to medicine, from politics to meteorology, from traffic flows in urban contexts to the risk index for life insurance. It is used to highlight links between apparently unrelated data, identify trends and intercept trends”.
An information leaflet that explains what open data are, how they are used and what the contraindications are. Several “diseases” identified and curable through the use of Open Data: corruption, ignorance, centralization of power, disservices and inefficiency, immobility. Also clear are the indications in case of taking an excessive dose: “nel caso gli Open Data diventino scomodi e creino acidità di stomaco dovuta ad un eccesso di informazione realistica su come gira il mondo, basterà sospenderne con decorrenza immediata il consumo tornando a bearsi dell’immancabile storytelling precotto che altri sicuramente metteranno a disposizione”.