Collecting data on guests has long been a regular practice in the hospitality industry. For decades, hotels and motels placed comment cards in guests’ rooms for business travelers or other individuals to fill out after their stay; these cards would then be turned over to upper-level management for analysis. [Read more…]
In an October 8, 2013 article published by Bloomberg reporters Julie Bykowicz and Amanda J. Crawford, the government shutdown is estimated to have cost $1.8 billion, with an extra cost of $160 million for each additional day the shutdown continues. Some federal agencies chose to shut down entirely or remain partially open for essential work, while others remained open especially if they were not reliant on government funding.
By extension, the shutdown impacted other organizations that do direct business with the federal government. As a method of cutting expenses, government contractors placed up to 800,000 employees on extended furloughs and implemented freezes on the hiring of new employees. [Read more…]
Cloud computing has resulted in greater agility, cost savings and efficiency for many companies and federal agencies, but also increases the vulnerability of crucial data and may threaten national security.
As the recent controversy concerning government contractor Edward Snowden has shown, data leakage not only causes financial losses to companies and federal agencies but also has implications for U.S. national security and international relations with other countries. [Read more…]
In this emerging era of big data, cloud computing, electronic health records (EHRs), and mobile healthcare, we are beginning to observe and measure the impact of digital healthcare information technology and the use of mobile devices for healthcare monitoring and evaluation.
A recent article in Nursing Times; 109: 11, 16-18, summarizes the finding of the Mobile Health Worker Project. The results provide a clear picture of how mobile devices could benefit health professionals and the care that can be offered to patients. [Read more…]
The World Bank asserts that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are no longer a luxury for developing countries. The ICT Sector Unit at the World Bank acknowledges that the world’s Information and Communication infrastructure is creating new ways of communicating, doing business and delivering services, and is a driving force behind economic development.
Several studies have documented the growing impact of mobile technology on economic development, attributing up to an .8 percent growth in economic development to an increase of just 10 mobile subscriptions per 100 people.
Among the benefits of mobile phones for communication and data collection are real-time access to information, better market information, lower transactions costs, savings in travel costs and time spent traveling, and opportunities to improve one’s livelihood. [Read more…]
Data collection software and information and communication technologies (ICT) for monitoring and development are changing rapidly, and we are continually improving our understanding of the landscape of data collection activities, solutions and requirements.
The increased efficiency and accuracy of information and communication technologies (ICT) for mobile data collection are now improving the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of public health, human rights, economic studies, education, agricultural development projects, wildlife conservation and other important issues regarding the environment, climate change and many more.
Tracen Technologies, Inc. has developed one of the most comprehensive and powerful data collection software solutions for monitoring and evaluation. COMMANDmobile by Tracen Technologies is a data collection software solution with numerous applications. [Read more…]
Big Data is now permeating throughout the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has teamed up with Dynamics Research Corp. (announced this week) and agreed upon a $50 million deal in order to help prepare the FDA’s entrance into the Big Data era, according to InformationWeek Healthcare and other sources. [Read more…]
Surveys and data collection can be a complicated and time-consuming project. There are several tricks however that you and your organization can learn in order to cut down on wasted time and to get the responses you are looking for. Doing research requires a lot of time and the one thing that you don’t want to have to do is go back to your mobile data collection device and reword your surveys because you did not optimize them. Accuracy and precision are ideal when trying to conduct a survey and when doing research. Structuring your questions wisely as well as writing questions that are simple and to the point are steps critical to successful data gathering. [Read more…]
“To increase competitiveness (and improved the decision making process), 83% of CIOs have visionary plans that include business intelligence and analytics.” – The Essential CIO (IBM Chief Intelligence Officer study)
Detailed business intelligence required for the decision making process was once collected with pen and paper. Now, however the large amounts of data can be automatically uploaded and analyzed in real time with big data software. This allows for saved time as well as increased decision-making accuracy. [Read more…]