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    How Blockchain Can Help Combat Climate Change

    Blockchain technology will enable us to decentralise the web and decentralise many, if not all, the services that are offered via the web. A decentralised internet was how the internet was originally envisioned, but somehow in the past 25 years, it ended up in the hands of a few very powerful companies. As Sir Tim Berners-Lee said during the Decentralised Web Summit in 2016: “The web was designed to be decentralised so that everybody could participate by having their own domain and having their own webserver and this hasn’t worked out. Instead, we’ve got the situation where individual [...]

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    The Year of Intelligence: 7 Big Data Trends for 2017

    It is the end of the year again and a lot has happened in 2016. Google’s AlphGo algorithm beat Lee Se-dol in the game of Go, Blockchain really took off and governments around the globe are investing heavily in smart cities. As every year, I will provide you with the big data trends for the upcoming year, just as I did for 2014, 2015 and 2016. 2017 promises to be a big year for Big Data. The Big Data hype is finally over and, therefore, we can finally get started with Big Data. That is why I would like to call 2017 the Year of Intelligence. So, which big data trends will affect your [...]

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    Blockchain Explained – part 5 – ICOs and DAOs

    The Blockchain has the potential to change our societies completely. However, it is still a nascent technology, one which can be difficult to grasp. Therefore, I am writing a series of blog posts on what is the blockchain. This is part 5 and the final blog post of this series. The first blog post was a general introduction to the blockchain. The second post provided insights into consensus mechanisms and different types of the blockchain. The third post offered information on five challenges of the blockchain that need to be solved, and the fourth post talked about smart contracts on the [...]

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    Blockchain Explained – part 4 – Transactions and Smart Contracts

    Blockchain is rapidly gaining attention from organisations in every industry. However, it is a difficult to understand technology that, if not executed correctly could result in serious harm to your organisation. Therefore, in this series of posts on the blockchain, I explain what the Blockchain is and how it affects your organisation. The first part was a generic introduction to the Blockchain, while the second part focused on different types of blockchains and DApps. The third blog provided insights in several startups that are working hard on developing the required technology as well as [...]

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    What is the Blockchain – part 3 – Blockchain Startups and Five Challenges to Overcome

    In this series of posts, I am providing insights into a technology that will change our world. Blockchain has been said to be an as important invention as the Internet and Johann Palychata, a research analyst from BNP Baripas, called Blockchain an invention like the steam or combustion engine. In part 1 of this series I gave an introduction to Blockchain and in part 2 I provided insights into different types of Blockchain and consensus algorithms. This third part will discuss some of the major challenges we will need to overcome to make Blockchain truly change our world for the better. But [...]

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    What is the Blockchain – part 2 – Public vs Private, Proof of Work vs Proof of Stake & DApps

    For the tech-savvy people among us, the Blockchain might be nothing new, and it may be clear that it will have a big impact on the world. However, for many people, the Blockchain is still a mystery, a puzzle or an unknown unknown. Therefore, in a series of posts, I share with you what the Blockchain is, how it works and how it will completely change the world as we know it, if we get it right. In my first post about the Blockchain, I explained the basics of the Blockchain, and in this post, I will go a bit deeper and talk about the different types of Blockchains, some examples of dApps and[...]

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    What is the Blockchain – part 2 – Public vs Private, Proof of Work vs Proof of Stake & DApps

    For the tech-savvy people among us, the Blockchain might be nothing new, and it may be clear that it will have a big impact on the world. However, for many people, the Blockchain is still a mystery, a puzzle or an unknown unknown. Therefore, in a series of posts, I share with you what the Blockchain is, how it works and how it will completely change the world as we know it, if we get it right. In my first post about the Blockchain, I explained the basics of the Blockchain, and in this post, I will go a bit deeper and talk about the different types of Blockchains, some examples of dApps and [...]

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    What is the Blockchain and Why is it So Important?

    The blockchain is growing in importance. Increasingly organisations have to explore what this revolutionary technology will mean for their business. Marc Andreessen from the well-known VC firm Andreessen Horowitz calls it as big an invention as the internet. Last year, in my Big Data Trends prediction for 2016, I already foresaw that 2016 would become the year of the Blockchain and now also Gartner has included in their Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. Many organisations are already exploring the possibilities of the Blockchain, although primarily still in the Financial Services [...]

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    Why Blending Data Analytics and Gut-Feeling Benefits your Business

    Understanding the impact of Big Data is not self-evident for many companies. Big Data offers endless possibilities and as such organizations are overwhelmed. Big Data requires different technologies, new IT systems, new processes and a different way of working. In addition, Big Data requires a different culture and changing your company culture is always hard. Especially when new technology is involved. In order to be successful with big data, you need a culture that incorporates data-driven decision-making. That does not mean, however, that organizations should only focus on big data [...]

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    Why the 2016 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies is all about Data

    Every year, Gartner published the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies and today revealed the 2016 edition. Last year, Gartner tempered the expectations of Big Data, by predicting it would take another 5-10 before it would reach the plateau of productivity. This year, Gartner finally added “emerging” technologies such as the Blockchain and Machine Learning. Let’s have a look at the 2016 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies and see what it means. Gartner identified three key technology trends that organisations need to track in order to gain competitive advantage: 1. The [...]

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