Content about Technology

February 11, 2018

Against a background of foreign and domestic pressures on the construction industry, this article explores some of the opportunities for the use of low-cost ICTs to enable and enhance what is broadly referred to as "Lean Construction” practices, and looks at the practical experiences of a real-world case study.

April 28, 2017

HealthCare sectors in the Caribbean, are often overwhelmed by the immediate challenges of service delivery – specifically, the provision of an acceptable quality of health care service at a reasonable cost. However policymakers and practitioners should not lose sight of significant innovation and entrepreneurial opportunities being created in Healthcare as a result of the Digital Revolution.

April 23, 2017

The Jamaica Open Data Portal, launched in 2016 is designed to be a central online location for the publication of government data. It holds huge potential for business and researchers to use data to realise national development goals.

September 30, 2016

Of the five priority Action Areas emerging from the deliberations at the successful IODC 2015 in Ottawa, Canada (i.e., The Charter, Standards, Capacity Building, Measurement, Innovation), the latter—Innovation, otherwise described as the “Problem-Solving” Action Track — is perhaps, the most eclectic and least structured of the areas.

January 31, 2016

The term “Big Data” is no longer confined to the foreign vernacular of scientists, technologists and geeks. Business and technology executives in public and private enterprise need to appreciate what it is, understand the opportunities and implications for their organisations

January 30, 2016

The term “Big Data” is no longer confined to the foreign vernacular of scientists, technologists and geeks. It has now become part of mainstream media and popular culture, pervading the spectrum from McKinsey global studies to Dilbert commentaries.

January 28, 2016

Big Data has amplified the complexity and demands on Business Intelligence systems. For small businesses that are typically limited by resource and expertise constraints, have the potential operational efficiency improvements, customer intimacy, and competitive benefits associated with Big Data analytics become even more inaccessible?

January 26, 2016

In a world governed by smartphones, GPS, intelligent thermostats and seemingly ‘independent’ appliances that can practically do anything … data drives our every move today. This is fast becoming Jamaica’s everyday reality too, with over 80% of the smartphones used by Jamaicans actively using mobile data

January 24, 2016

The dramatic increase in the volume and variety of data generated across the human resource lifecycle as a result of  increased digitization in the workplace, represents a huge potential source of value for the profession by enabling high performance work systems.

January 22, 2016

Customer analytics has the potential to enable personalised interaction with customers as a basis for increasing sales and customer value for a financial institution. The knowledge that organisations can derive from their analytics efforts is dependent on the data that is considered in the analysis and how it is prepared for analysis.

January 20, 2016

Although the Big Data hype has recently invaded mainstream media and popular culture, Big Data has been on the technology radar for some time now. It’s one of those terms that is hot and cool, and means different things to different people.

January 1, 2016

Data are the lifeblood of decision-making and the raw material for accountability. Without high-quality data providing the right information on the right things at the right time; designing, monitoring and evaluating effective policies becomes almost impossible.

September 15, 2015

No matter what source you subscribe to, the numbers are staggering, when one considers the potential economic value of open data. The McKinsey Global Institute estimates approximately US$3 trillion value potential across 7 domains. The Warsar Institute for Economic Studies projects a contribution of €205 billion annually to the European Union. An Omidyar Network study suggests open data impact for the G20 countries could be US$2.6 trillion per annum or 1.1% of GDP. What does this mean for small developing countries like Jamaica?..

May 22, 2014

Much of the discussion about Jamaica’s favourable prospects of becoming the 4th global logistics hub, emphasize the country’s physical attributes and natural endowments. Little reference, however, is made to a glaring deficiency in the quality of shiprelated and logistics services in Jamaica.

December 14, 2012

As we reflect on, and in many cases, have good reason to celebrate various aspects of the development of the social, cultural and economic life of independent Jamaica, it is indeed appropriate that we take time out to consider the role that Information & Communications Technology has played in our social and economic development; and more importantly, as we look towards our Vision 2030 Goals, the increased significance of the role that ICT must play as a driver of national growth and development. In this presentation, I will provide the government’s perspective, beginning with the historical context..

December 14, 2012

The Recent ruling by supreme Court Justice Bryan Sykes rejecting the exclusivity of the JPS licence may very well prove to be a catalyst for terminating the endless debate and inciting genuine transformation in electricity sector.

 

December 18, 2011

 Information and Communication Technologies will play an increasingly important role in Jamaica’s human and material development. This will require a range of policy interventions beyond creating infrastructure and providing new technology applications.

December 10, 2011

 Open Innovation, because of its ability to be agile and nimble and its capacity to harness global knowledge agents may be an alternative, parallel model for Jamaica to accelerate its progress towards Vision 2030.

 

 

December 1, 2011

Cloud Computing offers benefits such as lower costs and improved business agility but organisations must excercise due diligence in indentifying services to be outsourced, seleting service providers, and evaluating and mitigating security risk.

March 20, 2011

 For Jamaica to achieve developed status by 2030 the country must embrace an ICTbased strategy for national development requiring the infusion of ICT in all sectors of the economy. Based on successful ICT application elsewhere this will involve converting ICT infrastructure into knowledge-based applications that enable national strategies and targets needed to accomplish development objectives.


March 20, 2011

 Jamaica’s highly competitive mobile phone industry plus steady growth in financial services and remittances in recent years set the stage for integration and widespread use of mobile financial services. Significant advantages include reduction in transaction costs, greater efficiency and reduced costs toconsumers. Stakeholders must address several important considerations such as regulatory regime, technical options and commercial arrangements.

March 7, 2011

You are invited to attend a special presentation by Dr. Vivek Mansingh, President, Voice, Video, Virtualization & Unified Communication groups, Cisco India to be held on the 3rd floor of the new Faculty of Law Building, UWI adjacent to the Mona School of Business at 6pm on Monday, March 14th, 2010. The presentation is titled: "Globalization: Opportunities for Emerging/Developing Countries " and is being jointly hosted by UWI's Dept of Computing and the Mona School of Business.

September 18, 2010

So we're heading off to Uruguay in a few weeks to present our ideas about the use of ICT (mobile in particular) as an enabler of the local Microfinance process, and hopefully to secure funding to pursue these ideas. Studies have shown that the development and operating performance of the microfinance sector in Jamaica and the English-Speaking-Caribbean lags considerably behind their counterparts in many other developing countries...

September 18, 2010

So we're heading off to Uruguay in a few weeks to present our ideas about the use of ICT (mobile in particular) as an enabler of the local Microfinance process, and hopefully to secure funding to pursue these ideas. Studies have shown that the development and operating performance of the microfinance sector in Jamaica and the English-Speaking-Caribbean lags considerably behind their counterparts in many other developing countries...