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Introducing energy efficient benefits while defining your network

Atos - Introducing energy efficient benefits while defining your networkLast week I was having a very interesting conversation with a colleague related to a previous blog post of mine around energy efficient coding and I thought perhaps it was time to revisit, but on a slightly different angle. How can we look at using Software Defined Network to improve energy utilisation in our network and data centre? In a similar way to improving programs by making sure they are as efficient as possible, or a serverfarm by maximising resources, we can also use SDN to ensure our network is running as efficiently as possible.

In a traditional network each device will sit there using power, with the consumption varying a bit as load comes and goes, regardless of if it is taking an active part in the flow of traffic. A typical top of rack switch is measured in … Continue reading …

Emotional Computing

Co-authored with Adrian Drury, Consulting Director & Practice Leader of IT, Media & Telecoms at Ovum Consulting.

Wearable technology and emotional computing: new opportunities for dynamic narratives and media measurement.

Atos - Emotional Computing2014 is seeing the further development of a new category of web connected wearable computers and personal sensors. These are enabling the development of a range of services based on measurement of physiological indicators to take quantification and resulting management of health and wellbeing to a new level.

However devices that can measure changes in physiological indicators, such as heart rate, body temperature, pupil dilation or galvanic skin response (GSR – the conductance of the skin affected by sweat production) can be used to measure response to environmental stimuli. In the same way that a tweet can be correlated to a specific location and hence a text based … Continue reading …

My IT Challenge Fantasy

Atos - My IT Challenge FantasyThe Awards Ceremony for the 3rd Atos IT Challenge took place in Paris on Tuesday 17th June. The competition invites student teams from universities around the world to develop applications to meet a specific theme. The topic this year was the creation of a mobile App for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio which will be held in two years’ time.

I was fortunate enough to be the Atos Scientific Community coach for the Chocobo team from Loughborough University in the UK. Chocobo is a character in the game Final Fantasy and the team chose this name as they had decided to create a fantasy athletics application. Out of over 40 submissions which made the first cut, then down to a final 10 teams which presented their application to a jury, Team Chocobo received a well earned 3rd place … Continue reading …

The connected train – authors discussion

Atos - connected trainWe hope that you have already come across one of the Scientific Community’s latest white papers: The Connected Train.

A group of the authors, myself included, got together to discuss the work that we had undertaken to put it together. It’s a light-hearted introduction to the topic, explaining what a Connected Train is, and what we get up to late at night!! I hope you enjoy it … it’s something a little different for the Atos blog, and hopefully a glimpse of the future (both the topic itself, and the way we publish it here).

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How to grow an Enterprise Social Network? – Part 2

Atos - How to grow an Enterprise Social Network?In the previous post  the difference between an Enterprise Social Network (ESN) and a typical business application was explained and how to start growing an ESN. The beginning is the easy part because you can cover the total user base with the project team involved, ergo synchronous communication one-on-one and one-on-few, in person or by making use of Unified Communication (UC) is still possible, but over time as the network grows, personal synchronous communication will be more replaced by asynchronous community communication. Within Atos we took the strategic decision not to go process by process or department by department, since:

  • We want to create a ‘network effect’ as soon as possible.
  • An ESN is an infrastructure for human interaction; employees know best how an ESN will deliver business benefits for them.
  • You don’t know precise where business benefits will occur
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