• The Supply Chain of Tomorrow Will Be Flexible, Efficient and Resilient

    In today’s complex world, it is short of a miracle how we have been able to create global supply chains that move products across the globe at breakneck speed. However, the current pandemic has also shown how vulnerable our global supply chains are.  Those companies who had not updated their supply chain to the digital era before the start of this pandemic faced a lot more difficulties in adjusting to the new normal than those companies with a digitally optimised supply chain. Digital has become a prerequisite for supply chains. Last week, I spoke with Pieter Van den Broecke – [...]

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    In Data-Driven Organisations, IT should be the Driver for Innovation

    The world is changing faster than ever before, which was already the case before this terrible COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus is a typical Black Swan that is changing the game forever. Although several people and organisation saw this pandemic coming and warned us extensively, we did not do enough to prevent it from happening. As a result, for the majority of the people and organisation, it is an unexpected event that has a tremendous impact, and in hindsight, we could have seen it coming. Nevertheless, the Coronavirus pandemic is a catalyst for change. We can see that digital is [...]

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    5 Ways How the Corona Crisis Will Change Organisations

    Humankind is facing the biggest crisis of our generation. Across the globe, economies are coming to a standstill. Globalisation has been put on pause, and once the virus recedes, we will have to get used to the '1,5-meter economy'. For social creatures like humans, this social distancing will prove to be difficult. The longer it will last, the more significant the impact on our daily lives once they end the measures. Especially because temporary measures taken during a crisis have a habit of remaining in place after the crisis is over. In 1-2 years, the Corona crisis will be over, but the [...]

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    The Employee of Tomorrow will be a Digital Employee

    The Coronavirus crisis has many organisations struggling with the new reality. All of a sudden, entire offices had to shift to remote work, although they might not have been ready for it. However, 'never waste a good crisis' is a famous saying, and despite these challenging times, it also offers new opportunities for organisations. For years, I have been saying that the organisation of tomorrow is a data organisation. This means that organisations have to datafy their business processes and customer touchpoints and use analytics, blockchain, AI and other emerging information technologies to[...]

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    Seen and Be Seen: How Facial Recognition Will Change Society

    With the number of cameras drastically increasing in our world, facial recognition is rapidly taking flight. Facial recognition is a biometric faceprint, where artificial intelligence maps an individual’s face mathematically. This faceprint is then stored in data. Later, the stored data can be compared with a live or digital image using deep learning to verify someone’s identity. Facial recognition can be integrated anywhere there is a camera. As a result, the number of applications for facial recognition is growing rapidly, from security to retail and consumer electronics to government[...]

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    Why Academic Research Should Be Freely Available to All

    This week, the University of California announced that they cancelled the Elsevier subscription for academic journals. Elsevier refused to lower their fees and make UC articles open access available. This is a significant move as the University of California is one of the biggest producers of academic articles – with 50.000 articles per year. However, for many, this move might not have been very relevant. Therefore, some background information is required. As I discussed earlier, the publication process of scientific papers is flawed. Commercial publishers such as Elsevier, [...]

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    To Save Innovation, We Need to Change Science

    Science's primary activity is discovery. It aims to explain how the world works and we can use that knowledge to change our world. To do so, over the centuries, the scientific method was developed, and it has proven its value. It helps us answer practical, but often important, questions. Answering these questions often lead to innovations that improve our world. Discovery is done through observation and what researchers discover is written down, which we call data. This data can reveal structure (describing an object numerically) or behaviour (written descriptions about an organism or [...]

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    How to Build the Organisation of Tomorrow?

    A question that I get asked a lot is how should organisations navigate today’s digital transformation? An interesting question that encompasses different layers. It depends on who asks the question, the company involved, the industry the company is in, the size of the company, etc. Since the arrival of information technologies, digital transformation has been on the agenda for many organisations. Most of these organisations seem to be struggling with it. With the appearance of the first wave of ‘advanced’ IT in the 1990s, the nature of organisations changed. IT changes organisation [...]

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    Why the Internet has a Problem

    A decentralised web was how the web 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 personal data has been locked up in these silos.” Over the years, the objective of a distributed network of nodes where everyone would be able to [...]

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    The Top 7 Technology Trends for 2018

    It is that time of the year again and 2017 is over before we knew it. The Year of Intelligence brought us a lot of progress and change; from over-hyped ICO’s to algorithms that created secret languages. As every year since 2012, I provide you with seven of the most important technology trends for 2018 to help you, and your business, prepare for the next year. One thing that we can state is that we are on our way to enter the 4th Industrial Revolution. Many of the technologies that have been promised for decades are constantly improving and are now reaching a point of maturity. Once that [...]

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