• The Top Five Strategic Technology Trends for 2021 – The Year of Digitalism

    If there is one thing that 2020 taught us, forecasting which trends would define the next year remains a challenge. Very few would have believed me if I had written that by mid-2020, the majority of organisations would work from home. Nevertheless, several of the trends I predicted last year, in what I called the Year of Convergence, appeared to be correct. First of all, 5G did indeed go mainstream with the majority of smartphone producers now having released a 5G phone. According to a recent Huawei conference, there are already 130 million 5G users. Many organisations are experimenting [...]

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    Why Polkadot Will be a Catalyst for Decentralised Apps

    Before September 2020, Polkadot was virtually unknown to the ordinary investors. By November 2020, it had a market cap of $5 billion. It has become the biggest conversation in blockchain technology. There are several good reasons for the massive interest in this blockchain. Top of these reasons is that it holds great promise in the push towards decentralised apps, including decentralised finance (DeFi). What is Polkadot? Polkadot is an open-source multichain that facilitates interoperability between other blockchains. It allows the cross-blockchain transfer of tokens, data, and any type [...]

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    How Blockchain Can Prevent the Spread of Fake News

    What’s the current state of blockchain and “fake news”? In recent years, a great deal of attention has been devoted to the supposed rise in “fake news”: a term that can cover everything from satire and misleading content to articles that are completely fabricated. According to the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer, which surveyed respondents in 28 countries: 59 percent of people said they were unsure about the reliability of information they see in the media. 63 percent said they believe the average person does not know how to differentiate journalistic facts from falsehoods. [...]

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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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    Clarifying the Path to Tokenisation

    Recently, I got involved in the 2Tokens project. The 2Tokens project aims to clarify the path to realising value from Tokenisation. In the 17th century, The Netherlands transformed the economic landscape with the invention of the stock market. Our assertion is that tokenisation represents as fundamental a shift for the 21st century, but insufficient initiative is taking place to realise the benefits for The Netherlands. Ultimately this is a guide on how to realise value from Tokenisation, first surfacing up challenges with the current legal & regulatory environment and helping to [...]

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    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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