• The Top Seven Technology Trends for 2020

    We have reached the end of 2019 and just like in previous years, I am looking ahead to see what organisations can expect next year. 2019 was the year of truth, with many enterprises developing blockchain proof of concepts, Google confirming a quantum supremacy breakthrough and more data breaches with the latest breach containing 1.2 billion records. Now for the 8th year in a row, I offer you my technology predictions for the next year, which I hope will help you prepare for 2020. At the start of this century, 2020 still seemed so far away. To me, it felt that in 2020 we would live in a [...]

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    4 Steps to be Successful with the Digital Transformation of Your Business

    According to McKinsey, data-driven organisations are 23x more likely to acquire customers, 6x more likely to retain customers and 19x more likely to be profitable. Being data-driven is good for business. Therefore, it is not a surprise that one question I always get when advising organisations is how to digitally transform your business and remain relevant in these fast-changing times. My first answer is to tell them that they have to achieve a gestalt shift, where they see their organisation from a different perspective. Instead of looking at your organisation from a product standpoint, [...]

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    Why the Organisation of Tomorrow comes with Great Responsibility

    The organisation of tomorrow will be built around data using emerging technologies. Big data analytics empowers consumers and employees. This will result in real-time decision making and a better understanding of the changing environment. Blockchain enables peer-to-peer collaboration and trustless interactions governed by cryptography and smart contracts. Meanwhile, artificial intelligence allows for new and different levels of intensity and involvement among human and artificial actors. When big data analytics, blockchain and AI are combined, it will change collaboration among individuals,[...]

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    3 Concepts that Define the Future of Work: Data, Decentralisation and Automation

    The organisation of tomorrow will look fundamentally different than today's organisation. Those enterprises that are aware of the upcoming changes can best prepare and achieve competitive advantage in a data-driven society. Consequently, the future of work will require management and employees to take a different approach when it comes to creating and delivering a product or service. The future of work will be defined by three concepts: data, decentralisation and automation that will radically change leadership, culture, privacy and security. Let's discuss each of these concepts. The Future [...]

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    The Database of Tomorrow: The Self-Driving, Autonomous Database

    This article is sponsored by Oracle - redefining data management with the world’s first autonomous database.  In the coming years, the amount of data we create worldwide will grow to 175 zettabytes of data per year by 2025, up from 33 zettabytes in 2018. Over half of this data will be created by the Internet of Things devices and over 60% of it will be enterprise data. By 2025, 30% of all the data created will be in real-time, offering organisations great opportunities to constantly optimise their business. Clearly, the organisation of tomorrow is a data organisation. However, simply [...]

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    The Organisation of Tomorrow – Available Now!

    Earlier this year, I completed my PhD at the University of Technology Sydney. My research focused on how do emerging information technologies change the interaction of organisations and technologies. The title of my research was: Sociomateriality in the age of Emerging Information Technologies: How big data analytics, blockchain and artificial intelligence affect organisations. Undertaking a PhD was a great experience and an intellectual challenge. However, academic dissertations are dry and difficult to read. Therefore, I turned my thesis into an easy-to-read-and-digest management book, [...]

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    How to Ensure Your Privacy in a Data-Driven Future

    There is a downside to the abundant presence of data in today’s society. Today’s tech giants such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Tencent and Alibaba have long recognised that data is a valuable asset. They have been aggregating vast amounts of data in return for ‘free’ services from the outset. The problem with ‘free' services is that you and your data are the actual product. This has resulted in a centralised web and a handful of organisations dominating and controlling it. This has caused problems with truth and trust - such as fake news, clickbait, trolling, spam, [...]

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    The Importance of Balance and Intelligent Spend in the Organisation of Tomorrow

    Today is the slowest business will ever run. In today’s world, it is the small companies that beat the large enterprises with speed and agility, according to Valerie Blatt - Global Vice President SAP. Companies such as Spotify are forcing incumbents such as Apple to change their music business. Therefore, for the organisation of tomorrow to remain relevant, they need faster, better and more intelligence. Last week, I was invited to join SAP Ariba Live in Barcelona. SAP Ariba Live is a conference around intelligent spend. The integration of SAP Ariba, SAP Fieldglass and SAP Concur enables [...]

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    Why Datafication is Key for the Organisation of Tomorrow

    Imagine, it is Friday afternoon, and after a long week at work, you and your colleagues decide to go to the bar to unwind and refresh with a nice cool glass of beer. You go to your favourite pub and upon reaching the bar order a few pints. However, instead of the bartender giving you your beloved beer, he hands you a plastic card and tells you that from now on, you can pour your own beer as much as you want and as often as you want. Of course, if you wish, the bartender can still serve you, but with the new system you can try any beer that you wish and have as little or as much as you want.[...]

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    Make Your Business Smarter with IBM Watson Studio

    A smart business is one that runs on the numbers. Today, open communication means more access to customers and competition than ever. Even small companies have world-wide customer lists, in part due to the increasingly streamlined logistics companies that help with shipping. In a business world of static customers and increasing competition, staying ahead of the curve often means staying on the leading edge of technology. Smart businesses leverage technology for direct gains, and that all comes down to the data. Efficiency improvements, trend tracking, smooth workflows and dozens of other [...]

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