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How do you go about creating preferred innovation futures?

How do you go about creating preferred innovation futures?

Written by on August 16, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

PathFinder4 Ecosystem Expert and Influencer, Andrew Vorster explains how to create preferred innovation futures. For years now I have cringed when someone introduces me as a “Futurist”. Thanks to media attention, marketing hype and the proliferation of snake-oil- salesmen, the once respected academic discipline of foresight now conjures up images of mystics and shamans and […]

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Why the emperor needs new clothes

Why the emperor needs new clothes

Written by on August 14, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Hands up – I’m an analyst. Except I stopped calling myself that a long time ago. Why? Well apart from the similarity to the word ‘analist’, which does tend to describe our obsession with detail, the title means so little these days. Years ago, the industry analyst was an expert that shared best practice, an […]

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Inking the future – tattoos go high-tech and you won’t believe how!

Inking the future – tattoos go high-tech and you won’t believe how!

Written by on August 14, 2017 in Features, Guest Blog with 0 Comments

No longer considered a social or professional taboo tattoos have, by and large, become a mainstream concept that is now considered commonplace both publicly and in the workplace. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently estimates that 45 million Americans sport a tattoo, with more women than men wearing ink in their skin. Much of […]

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We need more control over how a company uses our data

We need more control over how a company uses our data

Written by on August 11, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

We need new solutions for collecting and using data that strikes the right balance between consumer benefits and control over their own data. I was looking for the opening hours of a local supermarket in San Francisco from Google Maps. When I found them, Google also told me an interesting additional detail: “You visited this […]

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Payments are not the business of banks, nor are they compatible

Payments are not the business of banks, nor are they compatible

Written by on August 9, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Payments used to be a banking business. Now it is not, and the interests of the banks and the payments industry are no longer wholly coincident. The banks don’t own Visa and MasterCard any more, kids using Venmo neither know nor care whether it is a bank or not and there are plenty of non-bank […]

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Indian e-commerce: Amazon is now the hot favourite

Indian e-commerce: Amazon is now the hot favourite

Written by on August 8, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The only likely winner in India is now Amazon. Snapdeal has ended merger discussions with Flipkart in a move that, I think, snuffs out the one chance the local players had to keep Amazon at bay. At the same time Softbank is now looking at committing $1.5bn – $2bn into Flipkart in a move that I […]

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A cashless utopian future? Sure, but it may take some time

A cashless utopian future? Sure, but it may take some time

Written by on August 7, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The death of cash in the U.K. is a slow burn and we often feel like the poor relation when compared to progressive countries like Denmark and Sweden where cash is increasingly marginalised. Much has been written about the costs of taking cards and how it puts retailers at a disadvantage compared to taking cash. […]

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Why businesses need a code of ethics for disruptive technologies

Why businesses need a code of ethics for disruptive technologies

Written by on August 4, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Rapid digital technological advances are penetrating every sector and forcing firms of every size to think about the potentially far reaching implications of these powerful new tools on jobs, privacy, security, and the way we communicate. A failure on any or all of these fronts could damage the brand and its ‘license to trade’. This realization […]

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How to use analytics in the fight against fraud

How to use analytics in the fight against fraud

Written by on August 3, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The telecoms sector is expanding its services around the world with faster connections and more connected devices. However, new services create not just new revenue opportunities but also associated risks for operators. The challenge is to secure the upside, while at the same time, minimise potential losses incurred via fraudulent activity. One of the main […]

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Facebook’s new smart speaker is actually pretty dumb

Facebook’s new smart speaker is actually pretty dumb

Written by on July 31, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Another smart speaker that badly needs a brain. It looks like Facebook is joining the ever more crowded smart speaker bandwagon, but without a decent brain inside the box, it may as well be a paperweight. One possibility is for the device to use Cortana as it comes from one of the few companies that doe […]

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