• 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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    Why Tokens Matter and How to Clarify a Path Towards Tokenisation

    The organisation of tomorrow, despite differences in industry, location, products and services on offer, will all have one thing in common: they will use some sort of token as the key enabler to their business. Organisations have multiple options when selecting the type of crypto token. The token economics they opt for influences the likelihood of success for the organisation. Tokens are the fuel of the decentralised economy and William Mougayar, the author of The Business Blockchain and Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at JM3 Capital, describes a token as: “A unit of value [...]

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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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    How Blockchain Proxy-Voting Improves Shareholder Engagement

    We live in an increasingly globalised world. Although some world leaders believe that the future belongs to patriots rather than globalists, technology is making the world an ever more integrated and smaller place. In fact, we can say that globalisation has gone digital. In the 21st century, globalisation is all about exchanging data. Thanks to the interconnected digital world that we live in, borders are disappearing, and national legislation is increasingly difficult to maintain. In today's world, even a 1-person company can be a multi-national and thanks to blockchain and Security Token [...]

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    7 Blockchain Challenges to be Solved before Large-Scale Deployment

    When organisations adopt new technologies, the context of that technology plays an important role. How people deal with the material properties of new technology is informed by their previous experience of using or not using similar technologies in the past. Since blockchain is still a new technology, how organisations adopt this technology also depends on how existing and related challenges are resolved. These affect how organisations apply blockchain and smart contracts, and whether the design and decision-making capabilities within will or can change at short notice. Currently, many [...]

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    How Blockchain Could Contribute to Ending Poverty in All Its Forms

    Technological advancements have reduced global poverty significantly in the past 100 years. Many people have been able to leave poverty due to this. However, more than 1.3 billion people still live in extreme poverty. Extreme poverty is defined as having less than $1.25 to spend every day. There are a wide variety of causes for poverty, which differ per country. In general, causes for poverty include lack of education, environmental problems, lack of access to banking facilities, lack of legal ownership of property, lack of rule of law, overpopulation, epidemic diseases or changing trends in[...]

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    A Distributed Future: Where Blockchain Technology Meets Organisation Design and Decision-making

    Blockchain technology records and forever maintains data that cannot be changed. It also involves ‘smart contracts’ and consensus mechanisms that govern processes of automation, as well as the development, evaluation and execution of decisions. Blockchain technology has the potential to transform organisation design due to its decentralised and distributed characteristics. To understand how blockchain will change organisation design and decision-making, let’s first dive into the history of organisation design before investigating the impact of this fundamental technology on organising [...]

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    5 Ways How Blockchain Will Change the Travel Industry

    The myriad of companies that are involved in a single customer’s travel plans is one of the main reasons why many people are excited about how blockchain can transform the travel industry. Just as Bitcoin was conceived as a method for bypassing financial intermediaries, blockchain can help to improve the travel experience by letting customers interact directly with service providers. This process is already underway, with multinational corporations and technology startups developing blockchain solutions across a range of industry use cases. 5 Blockchain Use Cases in the Travel Industry [...]

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