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    The Data Organisation is Here to Stay, and Organisations are Finally Aware of It

    If there is one thing that this Corona crisis has made clear, every organisation needs to digitally transform their business as soon as possible. Digital is here to stay, and organisations are finally aware of it. Covid-19 enabled in days what organisations used to take years: enabling employees to work remotely and embracing digital technologies in their operations. To help organisations in their pursuit of digital transformation, I would like to share a preview with you of my latest book: The Organisation of Tomorrow; How AI, blockchain and analytics turn your business into a data [...]

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    In Data-Driven Organisations, IT should be the Driver for Innovation

    The world is changing faster than ever before, which was already the case before this terrible COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus is a typical Black Swan that is changing the game forever. Although several people and organisation saw this pandemic coming and warned us extensively, we did not do enough to prevent it from happening. As a result, for the majority of the people and organisation, it is an unexpected event that has a tremendous impact, and in hindsight, we could have seen it coming. Nevertheless, the Coronavirus pandemic is a catalyst for change. We can see that digital is [...]

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    Mass Hysteria Surrounds COVID-19 Tracking Apps, and We Are Sleepwalking to State Surveillance

    The world is in crisis, and whenever a crisis occurs, drastic measures could be taken by those involved. In this particular case, the Coronavirus has the entire world in its grip and governments around the world are struggling to contain the health and economic effects of the virus. The lockdown in place in most countries seems to be effective in limiting the spread of the virus. The same applies to social distancing measures now in place all around the world. The good thing about these measures is that they will disappear once the virus is gone, though it might take some time. Eventually, [...]

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    5 Ways How the Corona Crisis Will Change Organisations

    Humankind is facing the biggest crisis of our generation. Across the globe, economies are coming to a standstill. Globalisation has been put on pause, and once the virus recedes, we will have to get used to the '1,5-meter economy'. For social creatures like humans, this social distancing will prove to be difficult. The longer it will last, the more significant the impact on our daily lives once they end the measures. Especially because temporary measures taken during a crisis have a habit of remaining in place after the crisis is over. In 1-2 years, the Corona crisis will be over, but the [...]

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    The Rise of Digitalism: Will the Coronavirus Trigger the End of Liberalism?

    “Don’t waste a crisis” – M.F. Weiner, 1976 A famous quote that has often been linked to Winston Churchill in the form “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. Whoever said it, there is a truth to it, and also now we see governments around the world using the crisis to make changes which could outlast the current crisis: The ‘emergency law’ just accepted in Hungary will allow Viktor Orbán to rule by decree without time limits. The chances that this law will be reverted after the crisis is over are very small; The Chinese government brought state surveillance to new [...]

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    The Employee of Tomorrow will be a Digital Employee

    The Coronavirus crisis has many organisations struggling with the new reality. All of a sudden, entire offices had to shift to remote work, although they might not have been ready for it. However, 'never waste a good crisis' is a famous saying, and despite these challenging times, it also offers new opportunities for organisations. For years, I have been saying that the organisation of tomorrow is a data organisation. This means that organisations have to datafy their business processes and customer touchpoints and use analytics, blockchain, AI and other emerging information technologies to[...]

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    The Problem of Misinformation, Bad Bots and Online Trolls, Especially during the Coronavirus Crisis

    In 2020, the internet has turned out to have become a different place than it was originally intended. We can safely say that the web is under siege. One of the world’s greatest inventions is fundamentally broken. A relevant example of this is the famous saying “On the internet, nobody knows if you are a dog”. The consequence of it is that as a result of this openness, anonymity and lack of accountability is that we now live in a world where fake (news) is the new normal, trolls and bad bots control the internet, and online accountability is non-existent. As a result, online trust is [...]

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    Token Financing: How Tokenization Will Change the Economy

    Token financing has the opportunity to change the world economy drastically. Security tokens will enable organisations to bring real-world assets online, and decentralised finance (DeFi) aims to replace all existing financial services by decentralised solutions.  One class of security tokens, asset-backed tokens, are connected to a tangible or intangible object that has economic value; it essentially digitalises an asset and records its associated information on a blockchain. Tokenising assets, including real estate, companies, art or digital assets, means lowering costs for issuers, but [...]

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    How Decentralised Finance Will Change the World's Economy

    Blockchain offers many new solutions for existing applications. Two of the most exciting applications are supply chain and finance. Blockchain will be the gold standard for supply chain, and it will revolutionise the current financial system. Decentralised Finance (DeFi) will make a game-changing impact on the world in dozens of different economic dimensions. DeFi can address many of the flaws in the existing financial systems, including giving the unbanked access to the financial system. In the coming years, DeFi can offer improved transparency, more robust security while replacing many of[...]

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    How Purpose-Driven Tokenisation Will Enable Innovative Ecosystems

    Tokens have been around for 1000s of years, but only recently have we seen the rise of digital tokens. Now, cryptographic tokens offer us an opportunity to redesign value streams and hence existing ecosystems. A well-designed token ecosystem unlocks value by bringing parties together in new ways and stimulates the target behaviour by having cryptographic tokens as built-in incentives. Tokens matter and offer us a chance to redesign existing and new ecosystems.  On January 14, 2020, we had the second round table session organised by the 2Tokens initiative. The 2Tokens project aims to [...]

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