Articles

January, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.

May, 2014

The discussion about the logistics hub has been characterized, in the main, by too much misinformation and disinformation. This is unfortunate because it runs the risk of damaging potential, damaging a tremendous opportunity and we can talk ourselves into gridlock over this opportunity

May, 2014

This symposium provides an opportunity to share some thoughts and dialogue on a very important issue in our 51st year of Independence. We need to think about the ways in which we can collectively collaborate to achieve objectives.We have to think about how we convert these large visions and dreams into a reality within the context that we operate in.

May, 2014

Sustainable development rests on three pillars: Social sustainability, economic sustainability and environmental sustainability. The three have to be balanced. My focus in this paper is on the economic aspects of the Jamaica Logistics Hub

May, 2014

The Jamaica Logistics Hub Initiative aims to provide value-added services to assist and enhance global trade and establish Jamaica as the fourth node in the worldwide network of trade and commerce. This involves a largescale approach to re-organizing resources and acquiring new ones

May, 2014

The more we learn the more questions we still have. I sense an underlying fear in many peoples' minds that the logistic hub project will perpetuate a historical pattern of foreign investment in export activity that is unfriendly to the environment and does not benefit the ordinary Jamaican.

May, 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.

May, 2014

The Goat Islands are two near-shore limestone areas, part of the Hellshire geological feature. Great Goat Island is approximately 96 metres high and Little Goat Island is 27 metres. China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) has identified the area as the site to construct port facilities as part of the Logistics Hub Project. Gordon Shirley explains why the site was chosen. Conrad Douglas says a port on the Goat Islands can be economically positive for Jamaica. Brandon Hay says the construction would contradict years of development planning and would damage this ecologically sensitive area.