What’s coming in 2015?

Cloud platforms as innovation platforms. The blurring of organisational and capability boundaries. The importance of mobile devices as part of the changing digital workplace. The instrumentation of everything. The rise of analytics-driven environments and experiences. These are the five cross-topic trends we’ve highlighted across our research program for 2015, following a collaborative effort between me […]

Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014 by

Collaboration vs. communication – and the importance of purpose

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel webinar focused on The Future of Business Communication, which involved an interesting discussion on the way we use technology to collaborate, as well as the inevitable critique of email. One comment which particularly stuck with me, made by my co-panellist Belinda Gannaway, was […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by

OpenText snaps up Actuate to plug analytics gap

Last week OpenText announced its intention to acquire Actuate, the open source embedded analytics company for around $330 million. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. News of an acquisition wasn’t a total surprise for many industry watchers. It was obvious that Actuate has been struggling for a while; in […]

Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 by

The Business of IoT

First things first: let’s get one thing clear – the Internet of Things (IoT) is not a technology. It’s not even a group of technologies. It’s a prediction about how a particular set of technologies in combination is going to impact society and business. But the IoT prediction has potentially very significant implications, and from my perspective […]

Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 by

Increase your predictive analytics’ impact : quantify the expected benefits

Our research suggests that whilst many organisations understand the value and power of predictive analytics and its potential impact on business efficiencies, competitive advantage and revenue generation, a high proportion didn’t articulate these ideas and notions within a business case. When asked why, many alluded to the fact that whilst they recognised its purpose, building a […]

Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014 by

Re:Invent reviewed

I was at Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent 2014 conference in Las Vegas last week. There, the company made a slew of new service announcements – some focusing on application development and deployment (such as AWS CodeDeploy, AWS CodePipeline, and AWS CodeCommit), some on security, compliance and governance (such as AWS Service Catalog, AWS Config, and […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by

Rethinking the email client; IBM raises the bar with IBM Verse

This week, IBM is launching IBM Verse, the software giant’s new email offering. The successor to the long-standing Lotus Notes, IBM Verse is due for general release in H1 2015, and represents much more than just a rebranding exercise. First trailed at IBM Connect in January this year and thus far referred to as IBM […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by

It’s big and it’s clever – how savvy marketers hit the target with Big Data and Analytics

Last week my colleague Craig Wentworth and I spoke at the inaugural #CMOEvent near Silverstone in the UK. It was an enjoyable and interactive day with marketing attendees from several industries and the not- for-profit sector. Our talk centred on the impact of Big Data Analytics, in particular the trends influencing and driving how organisations […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by

Making connections at J.Boye 2014

There’s definitely a season for conferences – two, in fact, with Spring and Autumn prompting a wealth of vendor, analyst and community events. This Autumn continues to be particularly busy for me, and last week I was over in Aarhus in Denmark, speaking at the 10th annual J.Boye conference. This was my third visit to […]

Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014 by

How do you build a digital strategy? How do you make it work on the ground?

My colleague Steve has already highlighted the release of the first of a new series of interviews I’m doing: with Chief Digital Officers, and with CIOs who have taken responsibility for setting and implementing digital strategies within their organisations. I started seeking out these ‘digital leaders’ and asking to interview them because I kept coming up […]

Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014 by