• 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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    Incorporating Analytics in Your Organisation: 9 Use Cases

    Descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analytics can each provide insights into the business and as such improve and optimise your performance and increase your competitive advantage. Descriptive and diagnostic analytics enable organisations to learn, sense, filter, shape and calibrate opportunities by providing insights as to what has happened in their environment. This will allow your organisation to better sense opportunities than the competition. Predictive analytics can improve your decision-making across your organisation to help you understand which opportunities are best [...]

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    How to Improve the Customer Experience with the Intelligent Enterprise?

    If you take care of your customers, your customers will take care of your shareholders. It is that simple. To create value for your shareholders, you should focus on your customers. Offering your most important stakeholder what they need, when they need it. Unfortunately, many organisations fail to recognise the customer as their most important stakeholder. Thereby threatening the success of the organisation. There are multiple reasons why organisations fail to take care of their customers. One reason could be because the organisation is more focused on cost reduction instead of service [...]

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    What is Prescriptive Analytics and Why Should You Care

    There is more data than ever in the world and in the coming years, it will only increase exponentially. However, just collecting data is not enough if you wish to become a data-driven business. For that, you need to analyse the data to gain insights, and as you are probably aware, there are multiple ways to do so, each increasing in complexity and the value they create: descriptive analytics, diagnostic analytics, predictive analytics and prescriptive analytics. Descriptive and diagnostic analytics is similar to business intelligence; it helps you understand what happened in the past, from [...]

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    Why We Should Embrace Technology to Change Globalisation

    We live in a world where increasingly globalisation is under threat. The biggest threat comes from trade wars, started by Mr Trump, that could significantly harm the world economy. This week, the International Monetary Fund warned that Trump’s trade war could cost the global economy $430 billion in 2020. As the IMF’s report states, all countries will suffer, but the USA the most. Trade wars also affect the oil prices, which went down more than 4%. Trade wars are bad for the global economy as, in the interconnected world that we live in, it will affect everyone; from small business to large[...]

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