The New Reality for Retailers


There can surely be no question now that Amazon is the most important agent of disruption and change that the retail industry has ever seen. That reflects not just its scale and reach, but the way that it has changed fundamentally and forever how people want to shop, and the range of goods available to them – largely irrespective of where they happen to more

In 2018, VR stopped “having potential” and started being real


The VR industry has been through quite the tempest during the past few years. Despite all of these perceptual barriers and the artificial forces that have tried to compel a square peg to fit into a round hole, the industry finds itself neither in decline, nor in trouble — instead it’s more

Digital Transformation Strategy Tip: Hire the Innovators


For executives fretting about pursuing a successful digital transformation, here’s a thought: Hire the innovators.There’s plenty of pressure to pursue innovation and digital change with existing management and employees but bringing on innovators from the outside can help get the job more

Forbes: What Is Deep Learning AI? A Simple Guide With 8 Practical Examples


There’s a lot of conversation lately about all the possibilities of machines learning to do things humans currently do in our factories, warehouses, offices and homes. While the technology is evolving—quickly—along with fears and excitement, terms such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning may leave you perplexedread more

Afiniti win an IoIC Award of Excellence


Afiniti is pleased to announce that we’ve received an Award of Excellence at the Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC) Awards 2018, for the category of Best Change Communication. read more

Yes, the robots are coming, but no, that’s not bad news


Anywhere the future of work is being thought about, debated, forecast, and fought over, there are conversations going on about the role automation is going to play. The primary question that shows up in virtually every conversation takes on many forms, but the gist is always the same—will the robots free us up for better jobs, or will they simply take our existing ones away?read more

Microsoft: Driving identity security in banking using biometric identification


Combining biometric identification with artificial intelligence enables banks to take a new approach to verifying the digital identity of their prospects and customers. Biometrics is the process by which a person’s unique physical and personal traits are detected and recorded by an electronic device or system as a means of confirm more

PA Consulting Group: Arm: Getting into shape for growth by switching to Agile working


Technology business Arm has ambitious plans for growth. Named one of Europe’s most innovative companies by Forbes magazine, they design the microchips found in 90 per cent of all mobile devices. To achieve their goals they need an IT organisation that can deliver new projects quickly and reliably. They asked us to help transform their existing IT function. They wanted to replace their traditional project management culture with an Agile approach – and prioritise collaboration and creating more

New paper explains AI’s role in talent acquisition


Artificial Intelligence (AI) can radically improve employee selection processes - by enabling recruiters to assess many more applicants - but the basis of your selection decisions must be legally defensible, according to a new paper by assessment specialist cut-e. read more

Unisys: Explaining The 'New Normal' In Cybersecurity To The C-Suite


Even the most insulated CXOs are certainly cognizant of the constant stream of news related to cyber attacks. News feeds are full of reports of IT security breaches, to the point where awareness is no longer an issue. My own mother mails me cybersecurity articles cut out from her local more

Most Important Skill for the Modern Age? Learning to Learn


A joint report by the Secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI, Big Innovation Centre, and professional services firm KPMG was launched today - identifying the key skills individuals and organisations will need if they are to survive and thrive in the unfolding future. read more

PA Consulting Group: Shining a light on dark data


Austerity has forced authorities to prioritise the services they offer and to target the groups who can benefit most from the allocation of diminishing resources. All that has to be done alongside reducing overall demand and signposting where self-service options and third party support can be used before the council has to intervene. To do this effectively and to make the right strategic and evidence-based decisions requires information and more

Gartner: LightStep Named a Cool Vendor in Performance Analysis; Analytics and Containers by Gartner


LightStep, the leading provider of application performance management for organizations adopting microservices, today announced that it has been recognized in the “Cool Vendors in Performance Analysis; Analytics and Containers”[1] report by Gartner, Inc. In addition, last week LightStep was named one of the 20 Rising Stars as part of the Forbes 2018 Cloud 100 list, the definitive list of the top 100 private cloud companies in the more

Microsoft: Volkswagen partners with Microsoft to develop connected cars


In its bid to become a mobility provider with fully connected vehicle fleet, Volkswagen has entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft to leverage the US software giant’s Cloud expertise. As part of the partnership, the two companies will collaborate to develop the "Volkswagen Automotive Cloud", a dedicated platform for all future Volkswagen digital services and mobility more

Unisys: Study: Mobile commerce to overtake e-commerce by 2019


The number of m-commerce transactions will overtake e-commerce transactions globally by 2019, according to a forecast by 451 Research provided to Retail Dive's sister publication Mobile Marketer. China will lead the way, this year becoming the first country whose online spending exceeds $1 trillion with mobile devices as the primary gateway to digital commerce, 451 more

Unisys: How hybrid industrial cloud computing is gaining momentum


Why do most internet of things analytics operations occur in the cloud? The public cloud offers a centralised location for large amounts of affordable storage and computing power. But there are many instances in which it makes more sense to perform analytics closer to the thing or activity that is generating or collecting data ­– equipment deployed at customer more

PwC: PwC boss rejects 'Big Four' break-up as salaries soar


More than 900 UK partners at PwC were paid an average £712,000 last year. The pay-outs increased by 9 per cent on the previous year despite the accountant being hit by record fines for poor work, including £10million for its handling of collapsed department store BHS’s auditread more

Unisys: As cloud adoption increases, so does data loss


The mass adoption of cloud-based applications is no longer exclusive to private enterprises. Education, health care and government agencies are rapidly adopting software-as-a-service solutions to cut costs and improve productivity and efficiency. read more

BearingPoint recognized at Central Banking’s FinTech & RegTech Global Awards 2018


Management and technology consultancy BearingPoint was among the winners at the “FinTech & RegTech Global Awards 2018” by Central Banking. With these newly introduced awards, Central Banking recognizes relevant players in financial and regulatory technology (FinTech and RegTech), such as central banks, supervisory authorities, and technology and consulting companies for the best, most innovative solutions, initiatives and services. read more

IBM: New IBM Blockchain Smart Recycling TV Commercial: Plastic Bank for Digital Credits to Clean Planet


IBM Blockchain is airing a new Smart Recycling TV commercial to help showcase the Plastic Bank where digital credits can be earned for helping clean up the planet. The pollution of the environment should be a major concern for the entire world. The way that people treat the planet will determine whether or not it is here for future generations, and the efforts are relatively more

EY: The UK middle market may be taking stock amidst uncertainty, but growth remains firmly in their sights, fueled by their focus on tech


Despite uncertainty in the domestic and global market, the UK’s dynamic middle market companies have growth on their minds. In the face of a number of challenges there is strong evidence that they are leading the way, particularly in technology, by focusing on the opportunity that digitisation and AI presents, to scale-up their business and improve customer more

IBM: IBM Embraces Blockchain Registry; Crypto Crash Surpasses Dot-Com Bubble Burst


This year’s “Great Crypto Crash” appears to be deepening and has hit a major milestone set by the dot-com bubble, Bloomberg reported. Digital currencies have tumbled from a January high by 80 percent, according to the MVIS CryptoCompare Digital Assets 10 Index. That level tops the “peak-to-trough decline” in the Nasdaq Composite Index following the dot-com more

What consulting service could you sell to 90% of US senior executives?


We recently asked around 100 senior people in large US-based organisations whether they’d be interested in converting traditional consulting work (short-term advisory work, paid on a fixed price or time and materials basis, measured on inputs rather than outcomes) into an on-going service, aimed at delivering a specific and concrete outcome, and involving a combination of software, data and analytics, and consulting expertise, writes Fiona Czerniawska of Source Global Research. read more

KPMG: Blockchain And The Future Of Finance


What if everyone involved in a financial transaction could share the same ledger—and it was always up to date? No need for reconciliations, with simultaneous settlements immediately available to all participants, and instant visibility into accounts receivable, the supply chain and virtually all relevant transactions.Indeed, what if there was just one, unimpeachable version of the truth? That is the promise of blockchain more