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OmniLocation + geomatics = modern-day presence technologies


With billions of smart phones, and even more IoT devices, blanketing the world and capable of transmitting location and other data, it is possible to track anyone and anything at any time. This puts presence technology – technology that has been around for decades – on steroids and gives companies access to all sorts of […]

Be aware: Connected toy security and privacy risks have arrived this holiday


Internet-connected toys are popular – and your children may have received some over the holidays, but are you aware of the security risks? We know that IoT devices are notoriously insecure. Too often they are difficult to update when security vulnerabilities are uncovered — if users are notified of updates at all. The problem with […]

Cómo el día a día puede matar a la innovación

Durante décadas, me han secuestrado en reuniones de estrategia de altos directivos que concluían con una apelación a “centrarse en las competencias básicas”, para evitar la fragmentación. Entendiendo el principio, pero familiarizada como estoy con el caos, nunca me he sentido realmente cómoda con él. Muchos directivos son demasiado rígidos, en la definición de sus […]

Les commerçants ont besoin de beaucoup plus que des transactions plus rapides

« De nombreux fournisseurs de notre secteur ne comprennent toujours pas. » Ce fut ma principale conclusion en sortant de la convention de la National Retail Federation. Bien sûr, le spectacle était grand et excitant. Mais en regardant les nombreux stands d’exposants, j’ai été frappé par le nombre important de produits et solutions ne concernant que deux […]

W de « wearables »

Que ce soit une montre intelligente ou un tracker d’activité, nos poignets se parent aujourd’hui de l’un des wearables les plus populaires, ou accessoires intelligents. La gamme des wearables est en pleine expansion, avec plus de moyens de capter et d’enregistrer les données de notre vie quotidienne. Cela concerne tout objets et vêtements pouvant être […]

6 technology trends for 2018: Guideposts for digital transformation

‘Tis always the season for continuous innovation. As we look ahead to 2018, we see six big trends feeding the next wave of disruption and productivity. And that means opportunity for the digital enterprise. 1. Re-platforming the enterprise In 2018, companies will move to common IT platforms so they can respond to market changes faster […]

As data becomes the new currency, here’s how to tap into its value


Companies thriving in the digital age don’t see data as mere “digital exhaust” belching out from transactional systems. Instead, they view data as a prized enterprise asset that can help them to monetize opportunities, improve productivity, engage more meaningfully with their stakeholders, and respond to threats. Data has become the new currency, but how can […]

How core competencies can kill innovation

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For decades, I’ve been held hostage in executive strategy meetings where senior management pounded away at “sticking to our core competencies” so as to avoid the risk of fragmentation. I understood the principle but, having a thriving-on-chaos personality, I was never really comfortable with it. Many senior managers are too rigid in their definition of […]

W is for wearables

 This post is part of a series, “Digital: From A to Z,” that explores what it means to be digital. What’s in your A to Z of digital? Find me on Twitter @Max_Hemingway or leave a comment below. Whether it’s a smart watch or a fitness tracker, our wrists now contain one of the most popular wearables — […]

V is for visionables

 This post is part of a series, “Digital: From A to Z,” that explores what it means to be digital. What’s in your A to Z of digital? Find me on Twitter @Max_Hemingway or leave a comment below. Visionables (wearables that enhance or change our digital visual experiences) cover areas such as virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed […]