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MI Impact Awards voting: The wisdom of crowds
This article is part of the Modern Infrastructure issue of December 2013, Special Edition
I recently listened to a radio segment that discussed James Surowiecki’s 2004 book, The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations, which argues that groups consistently make better decisions than any single member of the group. Say, for example, that a crowd is asked to guess at the number of jelly beans in a jar. While it is highly unlikely that an individual will come up the correct answer on his own, the statistical mean of all the answers provided by the crowd is almost always uncannily correct. This phenomenon has been shown to work again and again across a variety of experiments. This idea gave me comfort as I waited for Modern Infrastructure readers to deliver their verdict on the best, most “impactful” products to grace their data centers this year. And deliver they did. In this, our first year holding these awards, readers cast nearly 3,000 votes across eight categories. In categories where they believed we had omitted a ...
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The Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards recognize the best data center products and technologies. Find out which products won in the areas of cloud computing, mobility, storage and more.
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Winners have been announced for the Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards, recognizing the best data center technology products.