Please see below selected recent technology-related change.
- What's New? - Technology
- What's Changing? - Artificial Intelligence
- What's Changing? - Automation
- What's Changing? - Blockchain
- What's Changing? - Security
- The FAAAM (for Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Alphabet and Microsoft), the five biggest US tech companies. between them have nearly $500bn in cash and are spending it. Indeed, the rate of acquisitions is the fastest since 2015. In China, too, Tencent wants to invest 500 billion yuan (US$70 billion) into digital infrastructure over the next five years.
- Despite lots of anecdotal evidence of interruptions to Zoom calls etc. in the round the internet seemed to do just fine during the coronvirus crisis. Web traffic in many major cities was up by as much as a quarter, as people increasingly depend on it for work, school, socialising etc. Though there were some slowdowns, researchers said they were mostly minor and that’s due to years of massive investments by Big Telecom in capacity, speed, and performance.
- DNV GL’s Technology Outlook 2030 argued that “precision” will define many of the technology developments in the next decade: precision materials, precision healthcare, precision food design etc.
- A third of the world plays video games. About 60% of Americans say they play them daily. And as the global gaming industry grows, it’s influencing much more than how we spend our free time. From entertainment to government to health care, industries are trying to distil and deploy gaming’s immersive power, noted Quartz.
- The Economist contemplated the phenomenon of technological pessimism. Many people look to technology for a vision of a brighter future. However, as the 2020s dawn, social media are spreading propaganda and undermining democracy; e-commerce, ride-hailing and the gig economy are charged with underpaying workers and exacerbating inequality; and parents worry that smartphones have turned their children into screen-addicted zombies.
- In order to crack the encryption on everything from bank accounts to nuclear war plans, today's most powerful supercomputers would have to crunch numbers longer than the lifespan of the known universe. But a powerful enough quantum computer might be able to crack the same code in just a few hours, giving whoever owns it access to other countries and their citizens' most sensitive secrets.
- To manage - and possibly avoid - a damaging split that could stop globalisation in its tracks, Ian Bremmer, the founder of Eurasia Group, has called for a new approach to managing global tech competition. His idea is to create two new global organisations. First, a kind of global referee to assess the world's current progress in managing data and emerging technologies like AI. This would be modelled on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body that serves a similar function on the science of climate change. Second, a World Data Organisation (WDO) modelled on the World Trade Organisation - a club of like-minded countries that believe in "online openness and transparency" that could set and enforce norms around data privacy and digital trade.
- 67% of consumers believe that modern technology is ‘weakening human bonds’. Yet at the same time, Apple is hiring software engineers with a psychology background to ‘help Siri have serious conversations’, because it sees people’s behavior towards virtual assistants moving beyond the purely functional. (source: Trendwatching).
- As of 2018, half of the world's population was online with some form of internet connection. Despite progress, this still puts billions of people on the wrong side of the digital divide. Leaving half the world without access to the "electricity of today's age" - internet access, and increasingly at broadband speeds - means that existing inequalities, poverty and insecurity will persist, worsen and become increasingly difficult to address.
- India's 630 million internet users surpass the populations of the US, the UK, Russia, and South Africa combined. But for every Indian who does have internet access, there's at least one who doesn't. With 66% of India's population living in rural areas, overcoming the digital divide remains a huge challenge.
- New technology such as 5G, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and robotics have become, now more than ever, intertwined with geopolitical, economic and trade interests. Leading powers are using new technology to exert power and influence and to shape geopolitics more generally. The ongoing race between the US and China around 5G technology is a case in point.
- Quantum computing is expected to add productivity gains of over $450 billion annually in the coming decades, says BCG, with early applications in portfolio management, drug discovery and fluid dynamics.
- The average daily time consumers spend on mobile in minutes surpassed TV in 2019: 226 minutes for mobile versus 216 minutes for TV.
- Over 50% of the planet’s population is now online. The second half of the internet revolution has begun. According to an Economist briefing describes, it is changing how society works—and also creating a new business puzzle. Most new users are in the emerging world. China is still growing fast. But much of the rise is coming from poorer places, notably India and Africa. Having seen what fake news and trolling has done to public discourse in rich countries, many observers worry about politics being debased, from the polarisation of India’s electorate to the persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority. On the positive side, charities and aid workers talk endlessly and earnestly about how smartphones will allow farmers to check crop prices, let villagers sign up for online education and help doctors boost vaccination rates.
- Humans don't seem to be great at predicting the consequences of technology. After all, social media platforms, which began as a way for friends to connect online, are today being used to radicalise terrorists and potentially swinging democratic elections.
- Panellists at a Chatham House event discussed the extent to which advances in technology can be said to be re-engineering humanity and whether the goal of designing programmable worlds go hand-in-hand with engineering predictable people. Or, on the contrary, they considered whether human qualities and interactions become increasingly important and powerful in today’s digital world, and evaluated how should cultural, legal and political institutions might evolve and adapt in response to these developments.
- For Raconteur, when it comes to empowering citizens through public sector technology, Estonia is leading the way by a distance. The tiny former Soviet republic, with a population of 1.3 million, is arguably the most advanced digital society in the world. Some 94% applicants gain e-residency, a photograph and their fingerprints. They are issued with an identity card, a cryptographic key and a PIN code to access Estonia’s national systems. E-residency aims to create a digital nation for all, built on inclusion, transparency and legitimacy to empower citizens globally, and achieve worldwide digital and financial inclusion, as outlined on e-estonia.com.
- Kickstarter's co-founder thinks the internet is becoming a space of dark forests. As the internet becomes an ever more hostile space, real conversation is retreating into the perceived safety of private channels, invitation-only message boards, text groups, even newsletters and podcasts. These "dark forests" grow because they provide psychological and reputational cover. They allow us to be ourselves because we know who else is there.
- OneWeb, a UK start-up, confirmed funding to create a constellation of 650 satellites to provide high-speed broadband access to the 4 billion unconnected people around the world, beginning with schools.
- The downsides of mobile-device dependency on mental health, especially for children, are increasingly well documented.
- For a growing proportion of the world, our lives are increasingly lived online. According to Forum for the Future, our ‘onlives’ make us gloriously connected, grant us myriad opportunities to reinvent ourselves, to learn, to innovate, to access life-saving advice and assistance, and to teleport an endless cornucopia of goods to our front doors. But there are signs that living perpetually plugged-in is bringing unintended consequences. The dark side is expressing itself in our politics, our mental health, our screen addictions and our social cohesion.
- Futurists have pointed to the coming of “mirrorworld”, the digital, augmented reality twin of the real world. Advances in augmented reality are building a 1:1 scale map of the world which could become the next computing platform, Such simulacra could even be more high-fidelity than the real world because “digital twins” often have attributes that don't exist in their physical manifestations, noted Exponential View.
- Virtual reality will be much bigger than augmented reality, argued Quartz. AR is better for places that are already very interesting, but most people don’t live in places like that.
- By the end of 2018, some 3.9 billion had internet access, according to the UN. That means that for the first time ever, more than half of earth’s population will be online. Over the past decade, Africa has experienced the fastest growth in internet access globally. Since 2005, the percentage of Africans with an internet connection has risen from 2 to 24.
- Every business is now a technology business. Even companies founded before the internet age should be putting tech talent in the C-suites, argued Quartz.
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- Quartz analysed an experiment that could bring internet to millions of people. In a rural part of northern USA, too sparsely populated for big providers to bother with, is a project beaming internet over otherwise unused TV waves. For millions in the US and beyond, it could be the key to joining the modern era.
- The world could soon have three separate internets, according to Quartz.. The EU, US, and China are balkanising what was once a universal human resource.
- In the very poorest countries - including Eritrea, Somalia, Guinea-Bissau, the Central African Republic, Niger, and Madagascar - fewer than 5% are online. And at the very bottom is North Korea, where the country’s oppressive regime restricts the access to the walled-off North Korean intranet Kwangmyong and access to the global internet is only granted to a very small elite.
- However, noted Our World in Data the overarching trend globally – and, as the chart shows, in all world regions – is clear: more and more people are online every year. The speed with which the world is changing is incredibly fast. On any day in the last 5 years there were on average 640,000 people online for the first time. This was 27,000 every hour.
- As IT’s boardroom presence and influence on corporate strategy increases, chief information officers (CIOs) need to be surrounded by talent that evolves at the same rate as technology. An infographic explored the most important technologies for businesses in the future to identify where the skills gaps are.
- In Essential education: future jobs must be taught with tech, Raconteur argued that the applications of technology in classrooms can add great value, but leave room for the human interactions of skilled teachers.
- Computers are getting smaller and smaller. But what if we had sensors the size of dust, that could float through the air undetected, talk to one another, gather information, and transmit that information back down to a central place? This is the concept behind smart dust, and it’s more plausible than you might think - listen here.
- Digital detoxing isn’t new, but the past year has certainly seen a profound shift in perception: for TrendWatching, our near-total digital lifestyles are seen less as simply a personal choice; instead people have been manipulated to become digital addicts, with all the negative social outcomes that entails - e.g. the World Health Organisation officially classified ‘gaming addiction’ as a mental disorder and France banned smartphones in school.
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- Humanity’s future is being shaped by the technologies emerging today, argued New Scientist. But these technologies also raise important questions: do we clearly understand the potential of AI, how will robots change the nature of work and society more broadly, can we exploit personal information and keep it private at the same time, and are we doing enough to make energy renewable? New Scientist’s “Exploring the Future” webinar challenged engineers and scientists to discuss these questions and the technologies behind them to better understand how they will change our lives by 2030.
- The internet is splitting in two, noted GZEROMedia. At least that’s the assessment of Eric Schmidt, the ex-CEO of Google and recently departed chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Asked recently whether the global internet would fragment into “three to four separate internets” over the next 10-15 years, the tech billionaire replied: “I think the most likely scenario now is not a splintering, but rather a bifurcation into a Chinese-led internet and a non-Chinese internet led by America.”
- EY research found that the number of users, network devices and data is increasing exponentially – and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Digital data is doubling every two years. By 2020, there will be 50 billion internet-connected “things”. Cisco estimates that global Internet Protocol (IP) traffic will increase nearly threefold over the next five years and will have increased 127-fold from 2005 to 2021.
- The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development says that the world will not even achieve 50% internet use until the end of 2018. If the world maintains current internet user growth rates - a big if 0 we won’t approach 100% global internet adoption for well over two decades. This could exacerbate the current fault lines of global inequality, warned the World Economic Forum. Internet use is overwhelmingly concentrated in advanced economies, and the biggest gaps are in the world’s poorest areas.
- Carnegie Mellon University is establishing a new Centre for Technology and Society that examines how emerging technologies impact the ability of workers of all skill levels to make a living in the 21st Century,
- Identifying where the real potential for digital transformation lies (in terms of risk, process and the bottom-line) will be a key challenge tor all organisations, argued Shaping Tomorrow.
- Singularity Hub warned that the breakneck speed of digital transformation leaves the public and governments behind so quickly that they often never catch up before the next iteration takes hold. The result is unbridled advances in technology that have dazzled the world, bringing benefits but simultaneously trampling some business models, neglecting to always consider what’s best for consumers, and even affecting the outcomes of elections. And it isn’t just the speed of digital technologies that makes them difficult to regulate. A further complication is that the technologies and platforms are global and at the same time governed by many jurisdictions and polities.
- Further reading:
- Digital Common Sense and Why Speed Is the New Scale - BCG
- Digital strategy secrets: how you should do digital transformation - Raconteur
- Digital Tomorrows - Shaping Tomorrow
- How disruptive tech might impact you - LinkedIn
- How to Drive a Digital Transformation - BCG
- Managing in the Age of Algorithms - BCG
- McKinsey: Six recommendations for Tier One digital transformation - automotiveIT International
- Robot-ready: Adopting a new generation of industrial robots - PwC
- The Coming Quantum Leap in Computing - BCG
- Software should encourage us to stop and think, claimed Quartz, pointing to a WIRED warning that, from impulse buys to knee-jerk reactions, we’re using technology to make the world more haphazard, and that we should be using it to slow us down, not speed us up.
- Further reading:
- Bain & Company Predicts the Internet of Things Market Will More Than Double to $520 Billion by 2021
- Embracing the reality of digital transformation - Raconteur
- The 4 hottest tech trends that are transforming the world in 2018 | ZDNet Translating data into value - McKinsey & Company
- Working parents need AI to lighten the load - FT
- Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter joined to announce a new standards initiative called the Data Transfer Project, designed as a new way to move data between platforms. In a blog post, Google described the project as letting users “transfer data directly from one service to another, without needing to download and re-upload it”.
- Robotics for manufacturing, warehouses, maintenance, etc. is estimated to be a $105bn market by 2025, according to CB Insights’ market sizings data. Much of the growth is being driven by ”cobots,” or collaborative robots that can work alongside humans. These are smaller and cheaper, too - think a small robot arm vs. huge robotic machinery, which is what we often imagine when we think of robots "on the job."
- Further reading:
- Digital Disruption 2018 - Raconteur
- Six Ways the IoT Will Improve Accounting.
- Table of Disruptive Technologies & Innovation - What's Next: Top Trends
- The Big Leap Toward AI at Scale - BCG
- The Machine Fired Me - Idiallo
- The rise of 'pseudo-AI': how tech firms quietly use humans to do bots' work | Technology | The Guardian
- What if people were paid for their data? - Data workers of the world, unite
- The recent spread of Virtual Reality (VR) technology into diverse sectors is testament to its incredible business potential, claimed DistruptionHub. VR makes it possible for us to visualise data, simulate training experiences, and explore new buildings without laying a single brick. These possibilities – and more – are expressed in a global VR sector which is expected to grow at a rate of 54 per cent over the next few years, reaching a market value of nearly $27bn by 2022.
- A speaker at the Latitude 59 startup 2018 event in Tallinn, Estonia argued that society is now basically a cyber system that can be hacked and disrupted with the dependency we have on mobile phones, digital systems and other aspect of tech integrated throughout our life. The speaker reconceptualised Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to illustrate how every part of the pyramid relies on cyber today.
- The internet of thinking, a trend identified by Accenture, differs from the internet of things (IoT) in that it accelerates the insights gathered from data inputs without referring to a core cloud-based IT structure. This is important, because as the vast number of data-gathering devices increases, along with the tremendous volumes of data, these centralised systems will simply be unable to keep up.
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There is a moral panic over “addiction” to tech that’s based on weak data, argued Quartz.
Technology advances “exponentially,” yet most people still think “linearly” about technological progress. Exponential technologies include nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, 3D printing, biotech, brain science, big data and financial technology. These technologies upend traditional models of education, career, retirement and lifespan. Traditional commerce doesn’t grow exponentially; knowledge-based assets do.
- Although trust in specific technology and social media companies is falling, 72 percent of Americans polled still say technology has a net positive effect on society, according to a new survey by Axios.
- An accelerating AI arms race can be slowed - FT
- How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Will Reshape Companies, Industries, and Nations - BCG
- How Tesla "shot itself in the foot” by hyper-automating Model 3 production — Quartz
- How the World’s Biggest Companies Are Fine-Tuning the Robot Revolution - WSJ
- How We Made AI As Racist and Sexist As Humans | The Walrus
- Leapfrogging Tech Is Changing Millions of Lives. Here’s How
- One-quarter of Dubai’s buildings will be 3D printed by 2025 | World Economic Forum
- Outsourcing tech: the shift from IT giants to specialist platforms - Raconteur
- Robots at the gate | Barclays Investment Bank
- Scientists Are Using AI to Painstakingly Assemble Single Atoms | WIRED
- SDG 01. We created poverty. Algorithms won't make that go away | Virginia Eubanks | Opinion | The Guardian
- Terrorists Are Going to Use Artificial Intelligence - Defense One
- The AI arms race: China and US compete to dominate big data - FT
- The Coming Quantum Leap in Computing
- THE INTERNET OF THINGS 2018 REPORT: How the IoT is evolving to reach the mainstream with businesses and consumers - Business Insider
- The Truth About Your Future: Expontential Tech - Ric Edelman
- This Google AI created a ‘child’ AI to help it solve problems | World Economic Forum
- AI Diagnostics: Deep Learning Is a Black Box, but Health Care Won’t Mind - MIT Technology Review
- AI Learns a New Trick: Measuring Brain Cells | WIRED
- Artificial Intelligence-Generated Music Is Reshaping -- Not Destroying -- The Industry | Billboard
- Dawn of the AI Age – are we there yet? | LinkedIn
- Forget Facebook – it’s the tech-illiterate politicians we should be worrying about | City A.M.
- Future Factory: How Technology Is Transforming Manufacturing
- In Silicon Valley, Failing Is Succeeding - Newsweek
- Tech Upheaval Means a ‘Massacre of the Dilberts,’ BOE’s Carney Says - Bloomberg
- The Automation Readiness Index 2018 | White Paper
- The End of Scale in Technology - Sloan
- 3 lessons industry leaders can teach each other about data and analytics
- An executive’s guide to AI | McKinsey & Company
- Boosting your sales ROI: How digital and analytics can drive new performance and growth | McKinsey & Company
- Facebook shares suffer biggest drop in four years from data leak crisis, triggering tech sell-off, Companies & Markets News & Top Stories - The Straits Times
- How technology is changing the way we grieve
- How technology is changing what it means to be human - Vox
- IoT is Coming Even if the Security Isn’t Ready: Here’s What to Do | WIRED
- Reinventing the Enterprise Digitally - BCG
- Robotics, Vision and Motion Control Industries Set New Growth Records in 2017 | 2018-02-27 | Quality Magazine
- Roundup Of Machine Learning Forecasts And Market Estimates, 2018 - Enterprise Irregulars
- Still don't understand the blockchain? This explainer could help | World Economic Forum
- The 99 technologies coming next - FT
- The Digital Economy special report 2018 - Raconteur
- The Known Traveller: Unlocking the potential of digital identity for secure and seamless travel | World Economic Forum
- This is when robots will start beating humans at every task | World Economic Forum
- Transformer in chief: the newest member of the c-suite - Raconteur
- U.S. still leads in tech, but rivals aren't far behind - VentureBeat
- What can history teach us about technology and jobs? | McKinsey & Company
- Why the Automation Boom Could Be Followed by a Bust
- 20 million Middle East jobs could be automated, report says | Tahawul Tech
- After three waves of automation, men will face greater job losses than women, a PwC study shows — Quartz
- AI experts warn of new types of threats - FT
- Blockchain: Revolution or Business as Usual - UNICORN RIOT
- Business leaders report urgent need for cybersecurity skills as digital talent gap widens | forimmediaterelease.net
- Capgemini CEO - digital is the C-Suite obsession
- Digital consumer spending to jump 2.5X, touch $100 Bn by 2020
- How and why is technology changing the way we work? - EY
- How will automation impact jobs - PwC
- Is technology making the world indecipherable? | Aeon Essays
- Limiting the downsides of artificial intelligence - FT
- Tech companies should stop pretending AI won’t destroy jobs - MIT Technology Review
- The Global Policy Response to AI - FTI
- The robots are here to stay: How automation is affecting global business
- This year’s tech trends prove we need to embrace Responsible AI sooner—not later — Quartz
- Truth about Artificial Intelligence - impact on how we think and feel | LinkedIn
- What AI can and can’t do (yet) for your business | McKinsey & Company
- Why the Web 3.0 Matters and you should know about it
- Will robots take your job? Humans ignore the coming AI revolution at their peril.
- 10 Powerful Examples Of Artificial Intelligence In Use Today
- 8 Benefits of Blockchain to Industries Beyond Cryptocurrency
- 8 ways AI can help save the planet | World Economic Forum
- Artificial Intelligence can boost revenues by 38%, employment by 10%: Accenture, IT News, ET CIO
- Artificial intelligence is going to completely change your life | World Economic Forum
- Artificial Intelligence Nears the Summit of Hype in Davos - Bloomberg
- Bitcoin investors struggle to cash out new fortunes - FT
- Blockchain Platforms Will Make Us Happier – Hacker Noon
- Cryptocurrencies: debased coinages - FT
- Davos: Blockchain can no longer be ignored - FT
- Every study we could find on what automation will do to jobs, in one chart - MIT Technology Review
- EY’s Global Blockchain Innovation Leader Paul Brody joins Scott Hefner and Jason for a wide-ranging discussion of blockchain and its enormous potential impact on the business landscape - EY
- How artificial intelligence will change the world (again) in 2018 - EY
- Jack Ma on the IQ of love - and other top quotes from his Davos interview | World Economic Forum
- Leveraging blockchain technology to democratize the real estate industry | Infrastructure | Enterprise Innovation
- Nevermind Bitcoin, Blockchain Will Redefine Business | Inc.com
- Sebi ban on PwC: Revenues to take a hit and clientele to shrink, but tax, accounting won't be impacted, says audit firm - Firstpost
- The Quartz guide to artificial intelligence: What is it, why is it important, and should we be afraid? — Quartz
- Why digital strategies fail | McKinsey & Company
- AI: What's Working, What's Not - YouTube
- China now a leading global force in digital economy: experts_Xinhua Finance Agency
- Digital Transformation Market insights to 2022 Focusing on key players like IBM Corporation, CGI Group Incorporation, Accenture PLC, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, Booz & Co. and PWC – MilTech
- EY - Putting artificial intelligence (AI) to work - EY - Global
- How AI Will Invade Every Corner of Wall Street - Bloomberg
- How technology is reshaping supply and demand for natural resources | McKinsey & Company
- Ripple was the best-performing cryptocurrency of 2017, beating bitcoin — Quartz
- Robots aren’t killing jobs fast enough—and we should be worried — Quartz
- Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain - Hackernoon
- The AI 100: Artificial Intelligence Startups That You Better Know
- The Best of AI: New Articles Published This Month (December 2017)
- The convergence of AI and Blockchain: what’s the deal?
- The rise of artificial intelligence in fighting cancer - Raconteur
- The risks and opportunities of Blockchain - EY - Global
- These are the jobs already being created by the artificial intelligence boom — Quartz
- Top 10 Scary Facts About Artificial Intelligence - Listverse
- Turning AI into concrete value - Capgemini
- Where is technology taking the economy? | McKinsey & Company
- 10 breakthrough technologies of 2017 | TechRevolution
- 7 Artificial Intelligence Trends that will Rule 2018
- Automation could add more than more than a trillion US dollars to the global economy in the next decade - Business Insider
- Bitcoin Goes Mainstream - Finimize
- Blockchain Technology 101: Q&A with Blockchain Scientist, Alex Garkoosha | HuffPost
- Deloitte Report: Over 26,000 Blockchain Projects Began in 2016 - CoinDesk
- Dnata teams with IBM for blockchain-based SCF solution | The Paypers
- EY : expands European teams' presence to advance blockchain development worldwide
- In our focus on the digital, have we lost our sense of what being human means? | Genevieve Bell | Opinion | The Guardian
- Inside the mechanical brain of Sophia, the first robot citizen of Saudi Arabia and the world — Quartz
- Need help on blockchain? These are the top three experts - Raconteur
- Number of European ‘tech for good’ projects doubles in two years
- What is Blockchain Technology? - CB Insights
- Why Artificial Intelligence Is Still Waiting For Its Ethics Transplant | WIRED
- Why No Industry Is Safe From Tech Disruption
- State of AI report 2017 - AI Index
- The 21 most common blockchain / crypto interview questions | LinkedIn
- AI Will Put 10 Million Jobs At High Risk — More Than Were Eliminated By The Great Recession
- Artificial intelligence can make our societies more equal. Here’s how | World Economic Forum
- Automation in Everyday Life - Pew Research Center
- Banking Is Only The Beginning: 30 Big Industries Blockchain Could Transform
- Big Tech In AI: What Amazon, Apple, Google, GE, And Others Are Working On
- Blockchain Investment Trends In Review - CB Insights
- Blockchain Is a New Model That Makes the Existing Model Obsolete - Future Crunch
- Blockchain, a secure new technology, entices top companies and governments - IBM
- Blockchains: How They Work and Why They’ll Change the World - IEEE Spectrum
- From Energy To Telecom: 30 Big Industries Drones Could Disrupt
- Global blockchain benchmarking study - EY
- How artificial intelligence can deliver real value to companies | McKinsey & Company
- How blockchain can restore trust in drug data - EY
- IBM is putting blockchains to work for banks
- Is Your Business Ready for Artificial Intelligence? - BCG
- Technology's mixed blessing - Barclays Investment Bank
- These are the 25 most high-tech cities in the world | World Economic Forum
- Three blockchain companies you should know - MedCity News
- Timeline of Computer History - Computer History Museum
- What Jamie Dimon, Warren Buffett, Ray Dalio, and others say about bitcoin and blockchain — Quartz
- Where is technology taking the economy? - McKinsey & Company
- Accenture Joins Hashed Health Blockchain Consortium to Develop and Implement Healthcare Industry Use Cases
- Accenture Secures Patent for Its 'Editable Blockchain' Technology
- AI is starting to get seriously smart, perhaps worryingly so » Banking Technology
- Bring on the bodyNET - Nature
- Can technology stop terrorist vehicle ramming attacks?
- Deloitte Launches Regional Blockchain Lab in Hong Kong | Deloitte China | Newsroom
- Governments in race for blockchain - Raconteur
- How AI will change buyer behaviour - Raconteur
- How artificial intelligence is impacting the service industry
- How Blockchain Is Changing the Banking Industry
- How digital disruption will affect your industry - Bain
- IBM beats Microsoft, Accenture to blockchain top spot - CBR
- Robots may well pose an existential threat. But we are lost without them. - RSA
- Smart buildings: more than technology - EY
- The Future of Fintech special report, published in The Times
- The Quartz guide to artificial intelligence: What is it, why is it important, and should we be afraid? — Quartz
- The Seven Deadly Sins of Predicting the Future of AI – Rodney Brooks
- The world's top 10 largest cybersecurity | security consulting firms
- What the Industrial Revolution Really Tells Us About the Future of Automation and Work - Communications of the ACM
- 10 artificial intelligence technologies that will rule 2018 | Impact Lab
- A Guide to the Internet of Things Infographic - Intel
- A Non-Geek's A-to-Z Guide To the Internet of Things
- Artificial intelligence: Professor Toby Walsh on 10 ways society will change by 2050 - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Beyond the Hype: The Real Champions of Building the Digital Future - BCG
- Competing in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
- Cutting through the Bitcoin and Blockchain Hype - Tomorrow Trends - Tomorrow Trends
- Designing the Tech Function of the Future - BCG
- EY digital news roundup: July | Digital | Discover
- Facebook didn’t kill its language-building AI because it was too smart—it was actually too dumb — Quartz
- Hot Spot for Tech Outsourcing: The United States - The New York Times
- How can creative industries benefit from blockchain? - McKinsey & Co
- How can creative industries benefit from blockchain? | McKinsey & Company
- How to make sure your digital transformation succeeds | McKinsey & Company
- Internet of things shaking up product production
- News - EY advancing future of transportation with launch of blockchain-based integrated mobility platform - EY - Global
- Robot behaviour is creeping beyond our control
- The advance of AI - EIU
- The Business of Artificial Intelligence - HBR
- The Digital Economy 2017 Special Report - Raconteur
- The most high-tech cities in the world - World Economic Forum
- Top 25 fintech companies set for stardom - raconteur.net
- Top Trends in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017 - Smarter With Gartner
- Watch out, blockchain just went mainstream - Raconteur
- What really is Bitcoin? - World Economic Forum
- Whatever you think about AI’s impact, every enterprise needs an AI strategy | Raman Chitkara | Pulse | LinkedIn
- Workplace success through robotic processing automation - Raconteur
- 9 Practical Use-Cases of Predictive Analytics | Nikunj Thakkar | Pulse | LinkedIn
- AI May Soon Replace Even the Most Elite Consultants
- AI: Artificial Imagination? » IAI TV
- AI: Friend or Foe? » IAI TV
- Are you ready to catch the next wave of innovation? (Part 2) - Tomorrow Trends - Tomorrow Trends
- Artificial Intelligence Will Enable 38% Profit Gains By 2035 - Enterprise Irregulars
- Ask the AI experts: Should we be afraid of AI? | McKinsey & Company
- Ask the AI experts: What advice would you give to executives about AI? | McKinsey & Company
- Ask the AI experts: What are the applications of AI? | McKinsey & Company
- Ask the AI experts: What will take AI capabilities to the next level? | McKinsey & Company
- Ask the AI experts: What’s driving today’s progress in AI? | McKinsey & Company
- Beijing Wants A.I. to Be Made in China by 2030 - The New York Times
- Bitcoin's biggest appeal might also leave it with a huge weakness | World Economic Forum
- Blockchain Technology is Hot Right Now, But Tread Carefully. | Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D. | Pulse | LinkedIn
- Building a Blockchain Strategy? Deloitte's CTO Has Advice For You - CoinDesk
- Deloitte and Waves Platform to Shape the Future of Blockchain – CoinSpeaker
- Diving deeper into the realm of AI - PwC
- Do you know what’s next for artificial intelligence? AI does.
- Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX CEO on Artificial Intelligence Risk | Fortune.com
- Five things to know about the future of blockchain
- Geopolitical Cyber Risk - PwC
- How artificial intelligence can deliver real value to companies | McKinsey & Company
- How can creative industries benefit from blockchain? | World Economic Forum
- How long before a robot takes your job? Here’s when AI experts think it will happen | World Economic Forum
- How Much Artificial Intelligence Does IBM Watson Have? - International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) | Seeking Alpha
- How to digitally transform the finance function
- How will blockchain revolutionize finance and auditing? - EYQ
- IBM News: To battle hackers, IBM wants to encrypt the world
- In the age of technology, it’s still all about the people - People agenda
- India Becomes a Breeding Ground for Blockchain Engineers
- Is Productivity Growth Becoming Irrelevant? - Insititute for new Economic Thinking
- Machines with Brains - Quartz
- March of the Machines: Is AI a threat to mankind?
- Poorer workers hardest hit by strong arm of robotics - FT
- Resolving digital tensions in the boardroom
- State of Machine Learning and AI - McKinsey 2017 Report
- Technology, jobs, and the future of work | McKinsey & Company
- The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world | McKinsey & Company
- The Business of Artificial Intelligence - HBR
- The digital future of work: Is the 9-to-5 job going the way of the dinosaur? | McKinsey & Company
- The digital future of work: What will automation change? | McKinsey & Company
- The inspiration and anxiety of artificial intelligence
- The Tech World Is Convinced 2021 Is Going to Be the Best Year Ever - MIT Technology Review
- These 5 Fields Will Be The First Hotbeds For Artificial Intelligence
- Uncovering the Potential of the IoT - PwC
- What an Artificial Intelligence Researcher Fears about AI - Scientific American
- What makes bitcoin appealing? – Book of the Future
- Why artificial intelligence will enable 38% profit gains by 2035 - Cloud Tech News
- With blockchain what comes first, opportunity or threat? | EY Financial Services Insights
- Without workplace automation UK businesses will fail
- Workplace success through robotic processing automation
- Humans, Robots Must Combine in Digital Ecosystem
- The future of management: how automation and outsourcing will change how leaders operate — Quartz
- A new report prepared by Strategy& for Facebook Inc. in support of its Internet.org initiative, examined the barriers to Internet adoption and how they could be removed. The report analysed both the social and economic impact of internet access, and the implications and opportunities for telecoms, media content, and infrastructure sectors. 'Connecting the World: Ten Mechanisms for Global Inclusion' is a 10 year study, encompassing 120 countries. Growth in access to the Internet has slowed down in the past four years. Currently, only one out of three people in the world is connected to the Internet.
- Deloitte said it had partnered with five blockchain startups and built a wide range of prototypes to service industries including insurance, employee management and cross-border payments. The firm has built 20 working blockchain prototypes in partnership with startups BlockCypher, Bloq, ConsenSys Enterprise, Loyyal and Stellar. Four of the prototypes will be demoed live on stage at the Consensus 2016 conference in New York City. Deloitte partner Eric Piscini told CoinDesk that, while the companies represent a wide range of businesses, his company’s decision to partner with them was part of a global strategy to help push blockchain from theory into real-world applications.
- The internet is at a crossroads. Since its birth over 30 years ago, the internet has generally adhered to its original vision: a decentralized and universally connected network. That is to say, any connected device is generally free to exchange information with any other device that is willing to receive it. However, the internet of tomorrow faces a series of new challenges which, if allowed to accumulate unchecked, threaten to splinter it across national, commercial, and technological boundaries.
- Those able to harness the power of information and communication technology are reaping ever more benefits. But in poor countries, digital poverty is holding back growth and development, leaving them further behind. Singapore is this year’s leader of the global ICT revolution. Its government has a clear digital strategy and is an exemplar of online services and e-participation tools, which filters down to its industries and population. The country has the highest penetration of mobile broadband subscriptions per capita in the world and more than half of the population is employed in knowledge-intensive jobs. The country topped the 2016 Global Information Technology Report, published by INSEAD in partnership with the World Economic Forum and Johnson Cornell University, due to its leadership in business, innovation environment and government usage of ICT. The report benchmarks 143 economies in terms of their capacity to prepare for, use and leverage ICT.
- Adaptive Insights released its CFO Indicator Q1 2016 report that revealed the ways in which Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) harness the power of big data and scenario planning to help navigate their companies through the current financial uncertainty. To compile the report, the company surveyed 377 CFOs worldwide. The report found that while some CFOs are worried about the financial uncertainty that hung over Q1 2016, the vast majority of those it surveyed were confident in their forecasts and believe that big data, analytics and scenario planning will help them guide the way for their organisations. 48% cent of the CFOs viewed scenario planning provides the most strategic value to their companies when a downturn arises.
- Major banks are poised to escalate their participation in financial technology (fintech) projects across Asia Pacific as mainland China continues to drive these investments in the region, according to industry experts. Accenture has estimated that fintech investments in Asia-Pacific grew 517 per cent in the first quarter to US$2.7 billion, up from US$445 million in the same period last year, on the back of initiatives in the world’s second-largest economy. Total Asia-Pacific investments in fintech last year more than quadrupled to reach a record US$4.3 billion, the firm said. The region is now the world’s second-biggest geographic market for fintech investments after North America.
- The Telegraph looked at reasons why big banks may find it difficult to gain a foothold in the fintech market, despite their investment in new technology and the acquisition of forward-thinking start-ups. Traditional banks are weighed down by huge costs while start-up websites are cheaper to run, and so can offer far better value. Banks are so heavily regulated that competition has been smothered, meaning they may find a super-competitive market alien. With dozens and dozens of fintech start-ups, banks may find selecting the right ones to invest in difficult... history is against banks as “all the evidence of industrial innovation suggests that legacy companies can virtually never transform themselves.
- Digital technologies continue to rapidly reshape the business landscape, noted Boston Consulting Group. A striking feature of this ongoing transformation is that, despite these technologies’ underlying technical complexity, a significant share of many companies’ digital campaigns is being driven largely by the business function, with only limited conceptual involvement by the corporate IT department. In fact, sometimes the business even launches digital initiatives without the knowledge of corporate IT. The empowerment of the business function in this manner can provide clear advantages for a company: it can, for example, speed the launch of innovative new products and services to customers. But over time, it can also lead to an assortment of independently driven digital initiatives that have no unifying standards. This can translate into high complexity, additional costs, a lack of compatibility among initiatives, and security issues.
- Spooked by technological change, CEOs of global banks fear they are staring extinction in the eye if they fail to keep on top of trends, according to a new PwC report, which found that 81% of the world’s top bankers said the speed of technological change concerns them. The latest PwC survey of 176 banking and capital markets CEOs across 62 countries cites cybersecurity and fast-moving entrepreneurs nimbly grasping the new opportunities emerging from technology as key risks.
- Fewer than 30% of businesses using analytics to drive operational efficiency have actually managed to improve business operations, according a study from Capgemini. In its survey of 608 companies, only 29% said they had successfully achieved their objectives in operational analytics initiatives; 40% said they had achieved only moderate success. The survey found that 41% of the businesses that Capgemini looked at struggled to introduce analytics initiatives in their operations. “They have mostly implemented proof of concepts and are struggling to realise benefits from their analytics initiative,” the company’s Going Big: Why Organisations Need to Focus on Operations Analytics report stated.
- The predictive analytics market size is expected to grow from US$2.4bn in 2015 to $9.20bn by 2020, at an estimated Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 27.4% during the forecast period, according to Research and Markets. Increase in the amount of structured and unstructured data is the foremost factor that is driving the need of this market. Also, increased focus on market and competitive intelligence, transformation from traditional BI techniques to advanced analytics techniques are other drivers behind the increasing market. Among business functions, finance is expected to have the highest market share in 2015 while human resources is expected to grow at the highest CAGR from 2015 to 2020. Financial firms are delving deeper into predictive analytics to realize faster time to value and improve operational performance and decision outcomes.
- PwC published 'Making sense of bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and blockchain' to help understand terms like bitcoin, blockchain, and cryptocurrency. (Contact: John Plansky, Andrew Luca, Haskell Garfinkel, Jeremy Drane.) See also Do you know what blockchains are?
- The European Commission published the results of the 2016 edition of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI). The findings show that Member States have made progress in areas such as connectivity and digital skills, as well as on-line public services, since the publication of the Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy last year but that the pace of progress is slowing down. More needs to be done, both at the EU and national levels, to remove the obstacles which prevent EU Member States from fully benefitting from digital opportunities.
- Bitcoin became the world’s first decentralised cryptocurrency back in 2009, and with it came its main innovation – the blockchain. The Bitcoin blockchain is used to keep a record of all transactions that occur in the Bitcoin network and acts as the global ledger for the currency. However the blockchain has now outgrown Bitcoin, and has the potential to be one the biggest disruptors of the computing world.
- According to PwC's 19th Annual Global CEO Survey, technology CEOs are more optimistic about growth prospects than CEOs from other industries as technology is increasingly impacting every business. Companies across the globe from all industries are looking to technology and innovation to help meet stakeholder expectations, which are changing dramatically. Tech CEOs are also making significant changes to their talent strategies and their purpose.
- Blockchain startup Digital Asset Holdings announced alliances with Accenture, PwC and Broadridge. Accenture will work with the company to provide consulting and systems integration services for blockchain-related projects at global financial institutions. Broadridge will help identify, develop and drive adoption of business use cases of the blockchain and PwC will help educate Digital Asset's clients on its technology. Goldman Sachs and IBM recently participated in Digital Asset's latest funding round, which raised approx $60 million.
- McKinsey: Cutting through the noise around financial technology
- OliverWyman: Blockchain in capital markets
- Deloitte: Blockchain: Enigma. Paradox. Opportunity
- PwC announced it will be entering the Blockchain environment, by creating a new team of specialists to research the potentials of the technology due to customer demand. PwC has signed up fifteen FinTech specialists to operate its blockchain R&D program. The company is convinced that the technology will reduce costs and add transparency to the financial landscape abroad. The protocol can assist the company’s role with auditing services, real estate, insurance and basically every multinational service they offer. PwC plans to continue its role as a top provider of these services and hopes distributed ledger technology can change the traditional finance ecosystem for the better.
- Five years ago, an former KPMG commentator predicted that CIOs needed to keep a close eye on the following five trends:the return to craft (Freelancer, Skillsapien, Expert 360); crypto currency (Bitcoin, Ripple, Dogecoin, Litecoin); 3D printing (absolutely everywhere); quantifiable self (Fitbit, wearables etc) and the impossibility of forgetting (Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram etc). He now predicts five more trends CEOs will need to watch between now and 2020: machine learning; the blockchain; continuous monitoring; smart objects and the death of e-mail.
- ' How the blockchain will become our new signature' discussed how the Bitcoin blockchain and its timestamping and peer-to-peer transaction system can provide a path to data reliability and interoperability. With it, some believe we could empower citizens and boost their confidence in the agencies that govern their lives.
- PwC recruited 15 leading technology specialists to exploit and commercialise blockchain, the technology that powers the crypto-currency, Bitcoin. The new Blockchain team will be based in our Belfast office and is expected to grow to over 40 digital and technology specialists during 2016. he announcement comes just days after Sir Mark Walport, the UK's chief scientific adviser urged the government to adopt the blockchain technology to run key public services like tax collection, benefits or the issuing of passports.ur decision to focus on blockchain technology represents a major step in the firm’s move towards developing FinTech (financial technology) solutions that are becoming a catalyst for change and innovation in the financial services industry.
- Technological advances in artificial intelligence, biotechnology, robotics, automobiles and neuroscience - to name a few - have left policymakers, business leaders and consumers scrambling to understand their full social, economic and ethical implications, warned the Financial Times in a special report.
- PwC announced the conditional acquisition of leading European technology consulting business Outbox Group. This bolsters PwC's ability to offer specialised cloud-based solutions and transformational services for clients in the UK and Europe. Polish-based Outbox specialises in customer, digital and technology services working with leading platforms such as Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle and SAP. Its addition will further enhance PwC's cross-industry customer and digital capabilities to deliver innovative solutions across all channels, platforms and devices.
- In 'The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value Beyond the Hype', McKinsey noted that the potential for IoT has perhaps been underestimated so far. The impact of IT will not be confined to developed countries. The opportunities for automation in production and factories mean that there is potential for huge impact in developing countries as well. B2B applications of IoT have greater economic potential than consumer applications, and the IoT can impact a variety of environments such as hospitals, home and factories.
- Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled applications are poised to revolutionise digital customer experience and enhance digital operational excellence, claimed Forrester. Some key IoT-enabled applications such as security and surveillance and building management apply across multiple industries, while others, including inventory management, supply chain, and asset management, provide higher value in specific industries. Infrastructure and operations executives must collaborate with their line-of-business partners to identify IoT application priorities and deployment momentum across their organisation.
- In 'From ‘how?’ to ‘what?’ The digital side effect that will help define 2016', Accenture claimed digital is now "streamlined, slick, digs deep and gets personal". It has evolved from electronic brochure ware to multi-party, feature rich, interactive platforms that facilitate cross-sector collaboration to create personalised end-to-end products and services for customers. Agile businesses no longer think about ‘how’, only ‘what’. This is going to make for a fast-paced 2016 in digital, characterised by creativity and innovation. Accenture's advice: keep your eyes wide open, understand these new business models and value propositions, and act.
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- KPMG released its ‘Fintech 100’ report, a collaborative effort with fintech investment firm, H2 Ventures. The report identified the leading 50 ‘Established’ fintech companies across the globe, and 50 ‘Emerging Stars’. Fintech is now truly a global sector – The list is comprised of 40 US companies, 20 from EMEA, 18 from the UK and 22 from Asia Pacific. China fintech leads the world – ZhongAn, a Chinese company tops this year’s list, and there are seven Chinese fintech companies on the list (with six in the 50 Established list). Payments is at most risk of disruption - Fintech growth in payments, currencies and transactions sees these segments of fintech now representing 25% of the Fintech 100, a substantial uplift on last year. Insurance finds its fintech footing - The top 2 companies on the list are insurance fintechs (with 7 overall, compared to none last year). Shift from disruptors to enablers – 25 ‘enablers’ (service providers to financial companies) this year, compared to 7 last year. For the full report see http://www.fintechinnovators.com/
- Many executives pine for their internal IT systems to give them a more consumer-friendly experience, claimed the Harvard Business Review. They point to the simplicity, ease of use, and hassle-free nature of the digital services they use in their personal lives: the apps on their smart phone that make services available at the push of a button, software that can be installed and configured with the click of an icon, the ability to plug a printer into a laptop’s USB port and have it ready to print, a tablet that can be connected to the internet without any cautionary pop-ups warning about potential security risks or possible compatibility problems. In the consumer IT world everything just seems to work, they lament. Why does corporate IT make things so complicated? Unfortunately, most executives don’t recognise that consumer IT and enterprise IT are different animals. They don’t understand that they must play the pivotal role in the critical decisions that shape enterprise IT- decisions that they leave to the likes of Yahoo, Apple, Google, and Vodafone in the consumer world.
- Big Data is failing businesses and costing them millions in missed opportunities, at least according to a survey from flash storage provider Pure Storage. It cited a number of reasons for the failure, but specifically blamed a lack of quick access to critical information, a lack of workers skilled in data management, and red tape. The pan-European report entitled “Big Data’s Failure” highlights the struggle businesses are experiencing in trying to access the information they need in a timely manner. The report found that over half of businesses have missed opportunities they didn’t see coming because they lacked accurate information at a time when they really needed it.
- Cloud service providers are quickly rolling out innovative cloud services, and, for a growing number of enterprises, cloud-first is a preferred strategy. Enterprises are facing more competition than ever, so they're scouting for their next cloud service for competitive advantage. To select the right service, they must understand its maturity, ecosystem, and potential to solve business problems. In a new TechRadar, Forrester assessed what it considers the 18 most important cloud service categories.
- Over the past few years, we have witnessed a number of technological revolutions. First there was the rise of smartphones, than tablets came along and finally cloud services hit the mainstream. But what’s next? Which technologies will shape the near future, especially from a professional point of view? IBM asked more than 5,000 C-level executives from 70 countries which technologies they think will be particularly important in the next three to five years. Most agreed that cloud computing and mobile solutions will continue to play a key role, while the Internet of Things is expected to make a big impact as well.
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- In a new paper Capgemini looked at blockchain technology and how it can transform financial institutions.
- A new IDC study examined the market for digital transformation professional services, which is forecast to grow rapidly - with an 18.7% CAGR, this market is expected to reach $197 billion by 2019. The digital transformation professional services market has continued to evolve and grow as organisations of all sizes look for innovation and growth," claimed IDC's research director for IT Consulting and System Integration Research. "In the past, projects have mostly treated each of the four major sub-segments of cloud, analytics, mobile, and social as discrete projects; however, leading companies are now integrating two or more of these enabling technologies into single projects.
- Organisations that start and complete big data projects see practical results and significant value, according to a recent study by Accenture Analytics. Those standing on the sidelines may be left behind. Executives report big data delivering business outcomes for a wide spectrum of strategic corporate goals—from new revenue generation and new market development to enhancing the customer experience and improving enterprise-wide performance. Organizations regard big data as extremely important and central to their digital strategy.
- This is not the first time that technology has transformed business, argued the Financial Times. When supply chains were computerised in the 1980s, chief executives had to oversee complex systems that had been mere curiosities a few years earlier. Few had the wherewithal to do it themselves. But the best understood the challenge, and how to build a team that was equal to it. Thirty years on, that kind of automation seems mundane compared with the dramatic change we are now seeing in consumer habits. If our customers want to interact with us via smartphones and tablets as well as in person, then we had better get over the idea that we preferred them as simpler souls.
- Bitcoin will become sixth largest global reserve currency by 2030, while banks are set to invest over $1bn in blockchain technology over the next couple of years, according to research carried out by Magister Advisors, a Silicon Valley investment boutique. Bitcoin is experiencing a bull run at present in terms of price, fuelled by things such as the recent European Court's decision to call it a currency and make exchange transactions VAT exempt. Magister interviewed some 30 blockchain startup companies. The majority of executives said bitcoin would become the sixth largest global reserve currency within 15 years. The consensus is that blockchain is set to become the rails upon which finance runs in the future.
- Indeed, transactions are executed millions of times a day by banks globally, some transfers are now different, being completed via an internal blockchain, the shared database technology that gained notoriety as the platform for the crypto currency bitcoin. Banks are now racing to harness the power of the blockchain technology, in a belief that it could cut up to $20bn off costs and transform the way the industry works. Meanwhile, in Cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain, Capgemini analysed the digital future of currency, storage and security, imagining a world of "frictionless business" through crypto-environments.
- What is Big Data worth, asked the Financial Times, following the news that IBM had acquired the digital assets of the Weather Company for $2bn (see IBM above). Like Monsanto’s purchase of a similar company, Climate Corporation, for nearly $1bn two years ago, the deal provides a graphic demonstration of the new data economy that is taking shape. Whole classes of information - in this case, detailed local data about, and forecasts of, weather conditions - may now be applied to everything from making more effective business decisions to providing better local services.
- Accountants are in danger becoming ‘marginalised' and ‘irrelevant' if the profession fails to adapt to disruptive technology trends, the Institute of Charted Accountants of England and Wales (ICEAW) warned. Capabilities such as cloud computing and data analytics are enabling accountants to do things even quicker, cheaper, better and with less human intervention, but trends like automation, self-service and information on demand poses risks to the future of the profession. The shift to online, cloud and mobile platforms has changed the nature of client relationships, the ICAEW said in its report, 'Providing Leadership in a Digital World'.
- PwC itself acquired the assets of Kusiri, a technology start-up, a technology start-up which provides a forensic data search platform used to discover fraud and for compliance screening. Six people from Kusiri joined PwC's forensics team. PwC already uses Kusiri's platform for our RADAR service - an ‘early warning system' which allows clients to manage risks including financial, regulatory, compliance and reputational.
- Only 6% of the directors overseeing the world’s biggest banks have any technology experience even though issues ranging from cyber security to digital challengers have shot up their boardroom agenda. Almost half of the world’s 109 biggest banks have no board members with any technology experience and a further quarter of them have only one such director, according to new research from Accenture.
- Data, technology and a rise in processing power are reshaping the future of audit, facilitating predictive analysis allowing auditors to identify areas of potential risk like never before, according to KPMG. In comments made to AccountantsDaily, the D&A leader at KPMG noted that audits are no longer started “with a blank sheet of paper”, as data analytics allow auditors to monitor transactions year round. The ability to identify outliers and large movements in data as a result of newly developed investigative routines and algorithms are key advantages of the recently evolved process.
- Asking Is Technology the New Human Rights Issue for Women?, the Huffington Post warned that, while 85% of the adult population in the United States has Internet access, with nearly equal access between men and women, the developing world is woefully behind. The Clinton/Gates report also revealed that in the developing world, 200 million fewer women than men use the internet, which is projected to grow to 350 million within three years unless something is done.
- According to IDC’s five-year forecast, cloud infrastructure IT spending will reach $53.1bn (£35bn) by 2019. Even this year, the research firm predicts that enterprises will spend $12.1bn (£7.9bn) on private cloud infrastructures, representing an increase of 15.8% in 2015 compared with the previous year, and $20.5bn (£13.5bn) on public cloud technologies, representing a 29.6% year-on-year increase.
- Technology is reshaping the accounting, audit and consulting divisions that are the bread and butter of professional services firms, according to the Financial Times. They are trying to fight back, launching partnerships with technology companies, picking dynamic start-ups to invest in and increasingly employing techniques that are the foundations on which innovative technology companies such as Google and Amazon are built. Innovate or die is the stark message for the professional services firms - e.g. online accounting services offered by the traditional firms are ripe for disruption, as technology moves activities online and lowers barriers to entry. They are competing with established brands such as SAP, Salesforce and Oracle, as well as newer businesses such as Square, the payments company launched by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, and Receipt Bank, which removes the need for manual data entry of bills and receipts.
- Data is the lifeblood of the digital economy, it can give insight, inform decisions and deepen relationships. It can be bought, sold, shared and even stolen, all things that suggest that data has value. Yet when PwC surveyed 1,800 senior business leaders, very few organisations can attribute a value to their data and, more concerning, many don’t yet have the capabilities we’d expect to manage, protect and extract that value. The business leaders we questioned were divided equally between Europe and North America, and in mid-sized organisations (over 250 employees) and enterprises (over 2,500 employees). The results of the study, which was done on behalf of Iron Mountain by our Research to Insight (r2i) team, have been used to create a first-of-its-kind Information Value Index which benchmarks how well different businesses in different countries currently manage their information for competitive advantage.
- Data and analytics are revolutionising our clients’ businesses. This is reflected in PwC's 2015 CEO survey, where UK CEOs ranked data mining and analysis as the most ‘strategically important’ digital technology, alongside cybersecurity. To help our people talk to your clients about these opportunities and the potential solutions, PwC created a revised Data and Analytics Showcase. It’s an interactive tool that outlines core data and analytics concepts, provides client examples and defines our firm-wide propositions.
- The disruptive force of technology threatens to uproot many of the industries on which Europe has built its prosperity and challenge the balance of power across the world, claimed the Financial Times. This technological challenge is convulsing all governments, societies and economies, but some US tech entrepreneurs have warned that Europe might be particularly exposed to the fast-changing “techno-geopolitics” of the world.
- The adoption of Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology has begun to accelerate. Innovative use cases are emerging as companies discover ways to streamline their business processes and improve their interactions with customers through smart connected products. But as they deploy these capabilities, they struggle to craft viable business plans, collaborate across siloed organisations, and implement, integrate, and manage disparate IoT technologies. Forrester therefore believes that CIOs and CTOs will need to partner with consulting and technology services firms as they grapple with a complex set of business, integration, technology and data management implementation challenges.
- McKinsey & Co. estimates US$6.2 trillion in benefits by 2025 from the Internet of Things. Cisco meanwhile projects that organisations will capture US$14.4 trillion in IoT value during a similar period, as the world of synched devices, home appliances and wearable technology starts go to mainstream.
- IBM announced that it will invest $3 billion and hire 2,000 workers to staff its new Internet of Things (IoT) Business Unit. This reinforces the computing powerhouse’s dedication to powering connectivity and playing a major role in the development of mainstream IoT applications. According to a recent IoT Strategies Service report by Strategy Analytics, to date, IBM has invested more than $10 billion to spearhead its interrelated IoT, analytics and cloud initiatives. The SA report provides a detailed overview of IBM’s multi-pronged approach to advancing its IoT initiatives. There are four foundational elements to the strategy: devices and networks, platforms, applications and solutions, and industry-specific transformations.
- However, government has been slow to incorporate IoT technologies, according to the results of a recent study from Deloitte’s GovLab think tank. The report, "Anticipate, Sense, and Respond: Connected government and the Internet of Things”, identifies ways public service organizations can use connected devices to transform service delivery. The report says high impact efforts will focus initially on improving productivity of routine tasks, enhancing staff capabilities and engaging partners.
- In Sizing the Cloud Security Market, Forrester argued that, as enterprises embrace a diverse cloud ecosystem, a new generation of software is emerging to address the security requirements of highly distributed IT infrastructure. Its new report organises today's fragmented set of cloud security solutions into four discrete categories projects spending patterns for the cloud security category as a whole.
- The data analytics outsourcing market is predicted to grow about 30% between 2015 and 2019 according to the latest report from Technavio. The tech research consultancy’s report on the global data analytics outsourcing market forecasts that the market will be worth more than $3.3 billion by 2019 as data analytics outsourcing gains cost savings, operational efficiency and quality improvement for companies.
- There will be over 3 billion sensors in wearable technology devices by 2025, with more than 30% being emerging sensor types, according oto Wearable Sensors 2015-2025: Market Forecasts, Technologies, Players from IDTechEx Research. Sensors are the most diverse component type in wearable devices, and they also enable the key functions that will go into wearable devices and make them be worn. Advances with wearable sensors are a vital driver for the future of wearable technology. Their incorporation alongside new energy harvesting and energy storage techniques, efficient power management systems and low power computing, in form factors that will be increasingly flexible, fashionable and invisible will enable the wearable technology market to reach $70bn by 2025. See also Forrester report - Internet of Things.
- Explaining new research entitled “The Demise of Big Data, Its Lessons and the State of Things to Come” Gartner claimed that "we did it to move the big data discussion past hype and into practice” and also because “Hype Cycles consider any adoption trend that goes beyond 20% of the wider IT market to be past hype and entering into early market definition”. Hype, the analyst says, “... is now being replaced by practicality, because the technology and information asset types offer new alternatives that are most often additive or complementary to long-standing, traditional practices.
- The New York Times tackled the question that if, these days, every company is at least a little bit of a tech company (e.g. some Wall Street banks employ more tech workers than all but the biggest Silicon Valley companies. And large manufacturers like General Electric are leading the way in efforts to put Internet-connected sensors on things as varied as streets and turbines), why then are some start-ups called tech companies and others just … companies? “Tech means more than just producing hardware or software,” according to the chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. “It is synonymous with innovation, research and development, long-term thinking.”
- In Tech Firms Beware: Don’t Disappoint Investors, the Wall Street Journal warned that technology companies whose earnings disappoint investors are paying an unusually large toll this quarter, highlighting Wall Street’s high expectations for the sector at a time of uneven economic growth.
- Finance teams are spending more time on analysis and less time on data gathering amid greater automation of traditional book-keeping activities. PwC's own annual finance function benchmark report found that the best performing finance functions cost 40% less than their peers and have ditched the traditional focus on book-keeping and information gathering in favour of greater automation, shared services and more efficient use of capacity. Finance professionals now spend half their time on analysis versus data gathering, up from 36% three years ago, with a greater emphasis on real-time analytics and management information used by other parts of the business.
- Across Asia, investments in technology start-ups have escalated at the same swift pace and to the same heights as in the United States. In the first six months of this year, 46 Asian start-ups, had fund-raising rounds of $100 million or more, just short of the 48 in North America, according to the research firm CB Insights.
- The world’s largest technology companies are piling in to the Indian ecommerce sector, according to the Financial Times, seeking to to replicate in India the dominance they enjoy in their home markets. The contest will soon pit American tech groups against rivals from Asia, and China in particular.
- From music streaming and digital mapping to wearable devices and food-on-demand: the Financial Times introduced the Eurotech 50, its pick of Europe’s top technology entrepreneurs.
- MIT Technology Review published its lists of the 50 Smartest Companies in 2015. Massive solar panel factories, fertility treatments and friendly robots are among the companies reshaping the technology business.
- The majority of organisations fail to have a uniform process for archiving data types, according to analysis by the Computer Business Review. Businesses are failing to capture potential revenues due to poorly managed data archives. Large volumes of data are resulting in many organisations being unable to successfully leverage the value in their data archives. However, a subset of organisations which are successfully leveraging the data are making as much as $10m more in revenue due to streamlined IT and customer service operations. Research published by Iron Mountain, "Mining for Insight: Rediscovering the Data Archive", an IDC white paper, showed that organisations with a well-defined data archive process stand to realise value from cost savings and added revenue from monetising the archives.
- The emerging Internet of Things (IoT) is demanding new initiatives toward enterprise architecture, data services and integration, according to a survey of 675 application developers, which finds broad support for IoT initiatives, but a lot of work ahead. The study, conducted by Harbor Research and underwritten by Progress, found that at least 45% of developers are working on IoT initiatives, and 75% felt IoT is going to deliver positive results. However, at this point, only 50% of developers say they have the skills, resources and technological tools to deliver on IoT expectations, the survey finds. That's because there are many new moving parts that will need to be added to already complex IT infrastructures.In fact, nearly a third experience data overload and feel overwhelmed trying to manage it all when managing data sets for contextualised IoT apps,
- The Era of Living Services report from Accenture and Fjord, described how brands will use the Internet of Things and powerful data analytics to create services that come to life; predicting and reacting to consumers’ changing needs and circumstances. In other words, branded services that are personalised and change in real-time for every individual wherever they are and whatever they are doing. It looked at the effect Living Services will have on most aspects of our lives – from our homes, finances and work; to our health, shopping and the future of travel.
- By 2020, 62% of organisations will be running 100% of their information technology in the cloud. But younger startup companies are already close to that point. That’s the prediction from BetterCloud, which surveyed 1,500 of its customers to determine what direction they will be taking cloud in the next few years. Currently, 12% of companies run all of their IT in the cloud, so it looks like this number will quintuple over the next five years.
- London is the technology capital of Europe, with more than 1,000 “tech investment projects” started between 2005 and 2014 based in London, while only 281 are in Paris, the next most popular city in Europe, the data from professional services firm EY2 reveals. Below Paris were Dublin with 162, Madrid with 139 and Amsterdam with 126 start-ups. According to a report by Oxford Economics, London's digital technology sector has grown by 46 per cent since the Tech City UK programme was launched, with tech companies based in the capital now employing almost 200,000 people.
- Deloitte predicts that in 2015 one billion wireless Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be shipped, up 60% from 2014, and leading to an installed base of 2.8 billion devices. The IoT-specific hardware (which could be a more expensive cellular modem, or a much cheaper Wi-Fi chip) is likely to be worth $10 billion, and the associated services enabled by the devices worth about $70 billion. Services include all of the data plans that may be necessary to connect a device over a network, the professional services (consulting, implementation, or analysing the data) and then things like an insurance policy discount for a telematics device in a car or a wearable device for health purposes.
- Ventana Research recently completed what it claims is the most comprehensive evaluation of analytics and business intelligence products and vendors available anywhere. Analytics and business intelligence is now a fast-changing market and Ventana scrutinised 15 top vendors and their product offerings in seven key categories: usability, manageability, reliability, capability, adaptability, vendor validation and return on investment.
- The Internet of Things is rapidly building connections between devices, starting with wearables, cars and appliances. A recent report from Gartner forecast that, “4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020.” Breakthroughs have been made with regard to processing chips and internet speed that are making IoT a reality. 20 years ago, the cloud technology that is current driving these changes did not exist, but today the Internet of Things is being compared to the Industrial Revolution.
- See also PwC's own latest Technology social media posts, Big Data - June 8, 2015, Trends/Emerging Technology - June 8, 2015 and New Emerging Technology page on PwC.com.
- Intense competition continues to be the most prevalent risk in the technology sector, particularly amid constant innovation and improvement. For example, according to the eighth annual report from BDO, all of the 100 largest public tech companies in the US cite risks related to competition and consolidation in their annual filings. Increasingly, competition is flowing into employment trends as hiring becomes a top priority for many managers at leading tech firms. As such, 95% of companies mention concerns over their ability to attract and retain key personnel, up from 89% in 2014.
- The technology sector is not ready to hit the pause button on M&A, even after record-setting dealmaking over the past five quarters. Rather, a growing sense of confidence amid global digital transformation should continue to drive technology M&A through 2015, according to EY's Technology Capital Confidence Barometer. 60% of technology executives surveyed see the M&A market growing over the next 12 months, and 57% expect to complete more deals than last year. That would come on top of post-dotcom-bubble records for deal volumes in every quarter of last year and the first quarter of 2015.
- According to HP, today’s CIOs sit at the centre of a seemingly endless maze, surrounded by twists, turns, and winding corridors, each offering a potential pathway to a constantly shifting goal - IT transformation. The company believes that there are five critical factors below can make the difference between success and failure: changing user expectations; time to value; workforce change; aligning the evolving IT organisation and confronting agility and basic modernisation challenges.
- Mergers and acquisitions related to the Internet of Things (IoT) continue to shatter records. Buyers so far this year have spent $14.8bn to purchase 39 IoT-related companies, surpassing the $14.3bn spent for 62 such companies in all of 2014, which itself was a record-breaking year. emiconductor-related acquisitions have driven the bulk of spending so far in 2015.
- 3D Printing Moves from Hype to an Innovative, Disruptive Force, is a new IDC presentation on how the market is shaping up for 2015 and beyond.
- According to Boston Consulting Group, digital disruption is not a new phenomenon. But the opportunities and risks it presents shift over time. Competitive advantage flows to the businesses that see and act on these shifts first. We are entering the third and most consequential, wave of digital disruption. It has profound implications not only for strategy but also for the structure of companies and industries. Business leaders need a new map to guide them.
- The European Union outlined its strategy to create a digital single market. The thrust of the proposals include establishing standard rules for buying goods online, pruning cross-border regulations on telecoms and reducing the tax burden on businesses. But the plan also calls for a “comprehensive assessment” of whether Google, Facebook and other internet platforms distort competition. Still, the strategy was broadly welcomed. The EU expects it will generate €415 billion ($468 billion) a year for the economy and produce 3.8m new jobs.
- Forbes argued that we’ve had software as a service, platform as a service and data as a service. Now, by mixing them all together and massively upscaling the amount of data involved, we’ve arrived at Big Data as a Service, or BDaaS. It might not be a term you’re familiar with yet, but it suitably describes a fast-growing new market. In the last few years many businesses have sprung up offering cloud-based Big Data services to help other companies and organisations solve their data dilemmas. Some estimate that the portion of business IT spending that is cloud-based, x-as-a-service activity will increase from about 15% today to 35% by 2021. Given that it is estimated that the global Big Data market will be worth $88 billion by that point, we can see that the forecast value of the BDaaS market could be $30 billion.
- Techfuture Ambassadors argued that, for those CIOs who are willing to embrace the change, digital transformation can provide the opportunity to rethink how they use technology at the most fundamental level. This can help businesses to improve their service offerings while also building a more meaningful relationship with the new generation of customers. For some business leaders, however, the idea of transforming their organisation remains a deeply worrying thought. Instead of adapting, these organisations would prefer to bury their heads in the sand and hope that digital will pass them by without disruption.
- Strategy& published a strategist's guide to the Internet of Things.
- A new report by Verizon predicted that the Internet of Things is poised to transform virtually every major market sector, growing to more than 5.4 billion connections by 2020.
- According to Forrester, with challenges increasing - new touchpoints to measure, new technologies to master, and skills in short supply - professionals face a real challenge in increasing their firms' analytical maturity. Yet robust metrics are critical to driving digital transformation, so today's digital leaders must plot a path to deliver the skills, capabilities, and technologies their firms need.
- Data is the new natural resource that will fuel economic growth in the future, and analytics is the key to refining it, according to an IBM Europe vice-president, who claimed that four billion people already use a smartphone - more than the 2.5bn who use a toothbrush - but technology only had a value when it was integrated into our personal and working lives. Analytics had reached a new peak with Watson, IBM's cognitive computer which and it has also devised a "spoken web" for low literacy users of the internet in developing countries.
- Big & Fast Data: The Rise of Insight-Driven Business, Capgemini's study of 1,000 senior business leaders, demonstrated the extent to which big data sources and technology are being adopted across different sectors and regions of the world. It explains the impact on businesses and markets and how the acquisition of data is breaking down traditional industry boundaries, and identifies how businesses are adapting to deal with this and what organisations need to do to make big data work for them.
- Organisations are seeing measurable benefits from Internet of Things (IoT) projects, and the number of overall IoT connections will more than quadruple between 2014 and 2020, according to a Verizon Enterprise Solutions report, which delves into adoption trends and predictions for the future of the IoT market and guidance for business and public-sector leaders on developing an IoT strategy.
- The Times examined how companies are increasingly turning to big data to improve productivity. Many are treating every action made by an employee as a data point that can be measured, analysed and then potentially modified – with some examining top performers to see what they are doing differently, before encouraging other employees to be more like their star players. However, this can demoralise employees, it is noted.
- After decades of development, 3D printing is now ready to revolutionise manufacturing, claimed China Daily. For example, the southern Chinese city of Changsha has launched a new industrial park and what sets it apart is that it is China's first hub for 3D printing technology, and was established with an immediate goal to produce 100 3D printers, and to triple the number of devices by 2016. Taking Changsha's lead, the cities of Wuhan and Zhuhai have announced plans to develop similar industry hubs.
- Technology companies in the UK are set to be at the centre of a wave of takeover activity over the next two years. A survey published by law firm Pinsent Masons in conjunction with Mergermarket, identified UK & Ireland as the most active target region for technology acquisitions, while London has been identified as the technology start-up hub of Europe. A total of 80% of those questioned anticipate an increase in both the volume and value of deals in Europe over the next 12 months, building on the record year for deals in the sector in 2014. A third of those surveyed said they expected the value of deals to increase "significantly", with a continued rise of cash-rich bidders.
- In its annual organisational and staffing survey of eBusiness and channel strategy professionals, Forrester found that while eBusiness budgets have grown by more than 10%, finding the skills and capabilities to execute on a digital strategy is becoming harder and harder.Staffing is most painful for technology, customer experience, and business analytics roles - all critical functions for driving digital transformation.
- The Internet of Things - the concept that objects can be connected to the internet and communicate with us - promises much, argued a Financial Times special report, but, before it can take off, problems such as security, cost and interconnectivity need to be resolved.
- Still, organisations are already seeing measurable benefits from Internet of Things (IoT) projects, and the number of overall IoT connections will more than quadruple between 2014 and 2020, according to a Verizon Enterprise Solutions report, which delved into adoption trends and predictions for the future of the IoT market and provided guidance for business and public-sector leaders on developing an IoT strategy.
- Meanwhile, technology companies in the UK are set to be at the centre of a wave of takeover activity over the next two years. claimed a survey published by law firm Pinsent Masons in conjunction with Mergermarket, which identified the UK and Ireland as the most active targets for technology acquisitions, with London identified as the top technology start-up hub of Europe. A total of 80% of those questioned anticipate an increase in both the volume and value of deals in Europe over the next 12 months, building on the record year for deals in the sector in 2014.
- In its annual organisational and staffing survey of eBusiness and channel strategy professionals, Forrester found that while eBusiness budgets have grown by more than 10%, finding the skills and capabilities to execute on a digital strategy is becoming harder and harder.
- The Internet of Things - the concept that objects can be connected to the internet and communicate with us - promises much, argued a Financial Times special report but, before it can take off, problems such as security, cost and interconnectivity need to be resolved.
- Globally, mobile technology has emerged as a primary engine of economic growth, stimulating enormous private-sector spending in both R&D and infrastructure, and profoundly changing daily lives everywhere, argued the Boston Consulting Group, which believes that dramatic performance improvements in mobile communications standards have propelled mobile to become the fastest adopted technology of all time.
- A new survey of companies by Forrester Consulting for Zebra Technologies revealed that 96% of businesses feel prepared for the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the coming years. Almost all of the 600 companies surveyed said they were ready to, or already taking the appropriate steps, towards being able to implement the IoT into their business, reports BizReport, with more than three quarters already making use of the solutions and a further 26 per cent planning to within a year. The majority (80%) of respondents agreed that using the IoT is important in terms of smart business strategy over the next 10 years.
- Forrester argued that, as CIOs prepare and manage their 2015 tech budgets, they can confidently push for increases of 4% to 6% in their purchases of tech goods and services, depending on their country. Tech spending in the US, China, India, the UK, and the Nordics will be at the high end of this range; in the rest of Europe and Latin America, growth will be at the low end. Demand will be strongest for software — especially for analytics and cloud apps — and related services but weaker in hardware and outsourcing, creating savings opportunities.
- According to Euromoney, investment banks have been laggards with big data and analytics, but there are signs that they are now throwing more resources and capital at a field that has the potential to transform the industry.
- A leading futurist outlined emerging challenges regarding digital transformation.
- The industrial Internet of Things market could be worth $319.62 billion by 2020, according to a report by MarketsandMarkets, which believes that the market is poised for tremendous growth. Sectors such as transportation and manufacturing have already begun adopting the same for their operations.
- Boardrooms all over the world are excited by Big Data, but the collection of masses of information could lead to a legal mess for companies in the EU that suffer a serious data breach, warned the FT. And now there has come a warning that all companies need guidance about what all the data they collect can be used for. Europe’s advisory body on data protection and privacy, the Article 29 Working Party, has said there are legal and ethical questions about how big data fits within the law.
- Two articles from back in 2009 show the danger in believing tech predictions too literally:
- "The Internet behaves a fair bit like a mind," says Ben Goertzel, chair of the Artificial General Intelligence Research Institute. "It might already have a degree of consciousness.... The outlook for humanity is probably better in the case that an emergent, coherent and purposeful Internet mind develops." If the effort that has gone into developing social networking sites goes into developing Internet consciousness, it could happen within a decade, says Francis Heylighen of the Free University of Brussels. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227062.100-could-the-net-become-selfaware.html)
- Nemertes Research experts predict that consumer demand (monthly traffic across the Internet is now running at about eight exabytes), growing at 60 per cent a year, will start to exceed supply by next year because of more people working online and the soaring popularity of bandwidth-hungry websites such as YouTube and HDTV Web services. It will initially lead to computers being disrupted and going offline for several minutes at a time. From 2012, however, PCs and laptops are likely to operate at a much reduced speed ("brownouts"), rendering the Internet an "unreliable toy." (Source: http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article6169488.ece)
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