Innovation Actualised for Business and Society: SAP Innovation Awards 2021
January 12, 2021
Inspirational innovation successes delivering sustainable impact and solving challenges across business and society - as we enter the final weeks for submissions to the SAP Innovation Awards 2021, the time really is now to make your entries before the deadline of February 1st! The categories for 2021 are Social Catalyst, Industry Leader, Partner Paragon, Business Innovator, Transformation Champion, Cloud Genius and Adoption Superhero – aiming to recognise and celebrate future-thinking companies and individuals that are actively harnessing the capabilities of SAP product solutions and advanced technologies to drive innovation creating positive economic, environmental, and social impact at scale.
Tags: Cloud, Innovation, Sustainability
A Zettabyte World: The Data-Education Partnership Opportunity
January 05, 2021
Our digital world is encapsulated by the three V’s of Data – Volume, Veracity, Velocity and in the context of a 4th V – Volatility. It is now entering a new phase where humans and machines will generate, at minimum, 175 Zettabytes of data over the next five years alone. Putting this into context, if you were to store 175 zettabytes onto DVDs, the stack would be long enough to circle the Earth 222 times (IDC 2018). This rate of acceleration will only increase with 5G becoming mainstream and the number of IoT devices set to double by 2025. While the impact is cross sectoral, as described in the new Dell Technologies “The Zettabyte World” eBook. this piece is focused on education.
Tags: AI, Big Data, Future of Work
A New Technology Diplomacy: Our Imperative for Global Progress From 5G and Security, to Tech as a Force for Good
December 29, 2020
I believe the time for advocating and accelerating a global Tech Diplomacy is now, especially as we pause to reflect, reframe and reimagine the future into 2021. The advance and increasing intersection of emerging technologies affords significant promise for the global good, with the pandemic bringing tech to the fore as the vital conduit that goes beyond connectivity, to the very nature of connection itself. In addition, we see the critical enabling role of technology for digital transformation for business and society across a range of sectors, from early disease detection and treatment development, to negating climate change impacts and addressing digital equity gaps by democratizing accessibility. Collaborative action has proved key, a case in point being the development of the High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium bringing together academia/research and tech vendors in a spirit of collaboration not competition to combat a common goal, in this example the fight against COVID-19.
Tags: Cloud, Future of Work, Climate Change, 5G
The Machine Learning Imperative: Empowering Business to Innovate Faster - Giving Builders the Freedom to (Re)Invent
December 22, 2020
Machine Learning took centre stage at AWS reInvent from being a key focus in the opening keynote by CEO Andy Jassy, to the entire focus of the inaugural ML keynote by Swami Sivasubramanian, VP of Amazon Machine Learning – very fitting given AWS being such an early adopter of ML at the core of their business. In combination, this resulted in an inspiring plethora of transformational announcements covering Instances; Data, Search and Analytics; Amazon SageMaker; Development and Application Performance; Devices; Amazon Connect; Industrial/Manufacturing/Commercial; Conversation and Text. These aim to benefit all user types and with tools tailorable to different environments - from novices to field experts, from SMBs to large scale enterprises, and across a diversity of industry sectors.
Tags: AI, Big Data, Cloud, Digital Transformation
The IoT Security Challenge: A Digital Assurance Imperative
December 21, 2020
We are racing to digitalize everything. Seeking to take advantage of the combination of big data insights, improved connectivity and emergent technology integration, from improving business efficiencies, performance and resiliency, to enabling education and training, as catalysed by the hybridisation impact of COVID-19. As a result, we are living in an increasingly interconnected, always on, always sensing and intelligent world and this pace, scale and hybridity of innovation and digital transformation is only set to accelerate. It is estimated that by 2025 the number of IoT connections will more than double to some 75 Billion connected devices creating significant new value. As an example the revenue in the IoT value chain generated from cellular and LPWA connections is estimated to reach some $211 billion by 2028, primarily from applications and hardware (Analysys Mason). And in respect to IIoT, this is estimated to reach over $922 Billion by 2025.
Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation, IoT
Power Partnerships and Tech For Good IBM Power Systems & SAP HANA
December 17, 2020
In this year probably more than any other, the power of partnership has come to the fore, proving to be a core catalyst for accelerating innovation, and at scale. And as the year draws to close, and with the power of words able to affect our reality, perhaps now is the time to reframe the narrative of the pandemic towards one of a contagion of positive change. One with integrative emergent technology, collaborative ecosystems and trusted partnership at its heart. A very tangible example of this is the long established relationship between IBM Power Systems and SAP HANA creating shared value for business and wider society too. Let’s explore some examples of this positive power partnership in action!
Tags: Big Data, Cloud, Digital Transformation, Sustainability
Technology as Empowerment 5G for Good
December 16, 2020
Why is it that innovation always seems more possible during a crisis? Reflecting on 2020 and all that has been achieved, technology as empowerment has deservedly become centre stage. Indeed, this is a global imperative embedded in the must-have achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030. From the NHS in the UK building a 4,000-bed hospital in just 4 days, to the global HPC Consortium advancing vaccine development by years through AI/ML technology and researcher collaboration - the acceleration of innovation has seen digital transformation programs exceed all expectations.
Tags: Big Data, Innovation, 5G, Ecosystems
Data As Insight - Powered by Hybrid Multi Cloud Storage
December 14, 2020
Data as insight - with its value leveraged to accomplish business, technology and broader societal objectives - this is the vision of the data driven enterprise fit for purpose for Industry 4.0. Data is the ‘currency’ of our time with the rate and impact of change creating an array of opportunities to enable nuanced informed decision-making, improved cost management, enhanced employee and customer engagement/experiences and strategic competitive edge. But it raises challenges and vulnerabilities too, especially in respect to security, privacy, integration and compliance – and underpinning this, having the requisite skills, agility, trust and architecture. Managing the ‘data deluge’ is critical too with data volumes, velocity, veracity and volatility only set to increase - and so the agility with which organizations can organize, maximize and apply their data is becoming an imperative for sustainable success.
Tags: AI, Big Data, Cloud, Future of Work
SAP Innovation Awards 2021 Inspirational Stories of Success
December 11, 2020
In a global environment of rapid change and uncertainty, inspiring change and developing innovation capacity in organizations has probably never mattered more - and from SME’s to large enterprises alike. This can be the critical catalyst to retain or build sustainable competitive advantage for business, and a driving factor for social impact change. Sharing inspirational stories across incremental and rapid innovation, from process and products, to people and storytelling is increasingly important.
Tags: Big Data, Digital Transformation, Innovation
Shaping the Future of IT: AI and AIOps
December 10, 2020
AI and AIOps are transforming the future of work and IT Operations respectively and this pace is only set to accelerate given the pace of digital transformation and the catalyst of COVID-19. So it was a pleasure to take a part in a recent panel hosted by IBM UK and BEE Executive Events on this critical subject area, with this session available now on demand. Here are my takeaways and reflections on shaping the future of IT, covering the adoption of AIOps, AI and automation fears; reducing downtime and improving productivity, collaboration and experience; and achieving workforce balancing across technology, culture and skills. How can companies more easily plan, adopt, and ultimately deploy AIOps more efficiently and what are the primary benefits this will bring? Hint – this is people and tech in partnership.
Tags: AI, Big Data, Cloud, RPA
Democratizing Access to Connectivity and Digital Literacy: Enabling Every Young Person with Information, Skills, Opportunity and Choice
November 19, 2020
In this year of reflection, reset and reimagination, November 20th 2020 is World Children’s Day celebrating the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This year is especially poignant marking its 30th anniversary, and the 10 year milestone for achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for which education is vital – enabling upward socioeconomic mobility and the conduit to freedom from poverty.
Tags: AI, Sustainability, 5G
Sally Eaves: Forecasting a decade where smart tech becomes the norm
January 08, 2020
Ahead of CIT’s Beyond IoT event later this month, Sally Eaves looks to the changes incoming for our everyday lives.
In 1950, 746m people lived in cities, but just 100 years later in 2050, this is anticipated to surpass 6bn — some 66% of the world’s population.
Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Mobility
The Future of DevOps: Purpose and the Integration of People Process, Practices and Products
June 27, 2019
Despite a perennially evolving definition, ‘DevOps’ is all about integration. It brings together processes, people, practices and products to deliver new application value faster, more stably and with enhanced quality through a continuous delivery pipeline to better meet the dynamic needs of consumers. A DevOps approach aims to break down the potential for silo-ed development and operations activity – but offers far more than this to enable a tangible improvement on earlier methodologies such as waterfall, prototyping, spiral, rapid application, joint application and most recently agile. Fostering a culture of collaboration, tighter feedback loops and an ethos of constant refinement and discovery is an integral part of this end to end process, bringing people together to work towards a shared vision and goals, versioning, automation, measurement and improvement. According to the latest World Quality Report - 99% of respondents are now using DevOps practices in their organisation.
Tags: AI, Blockchain, Digital Transformation
Industrial Companies are Ready for 5G, says Capgemini
June 06, 2019
5G has been one of the most ‘hyped’ technologies over the last 12 months – with continual media headlines covering everything from the advent of 5G phones and the need for speed, concerns around cybersecurity, and above all, whether it will deliver on ever rising expectations. 5G was undoubtedly the overarching theme from attending this year’s Mobile World Congress which I have written about previously.
Tags: AI, AR/VR, Digital Transformation, 5G
From 5G, AI and Devices, to Trust and Digital Inclusion – MWC19 with Huawei
March 15, 2019
A fusion of technology, media and telecoms encapsulates Mobile World Congress Barcelona (MWC19) and this year, beyond typical headline attracting announcements around 5G, AI and device innovation, there were two interlinked themes integral across sessions – that of Digital Trust and Digital Inclusion.
Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Diversity and Inclusion, 5G
Shifting Gears – From AI to Machine Learning: Tech Takeaways Transforming the Tour De France and Beyond
August 15, 2017
Over three pulsating weeks from Düsseldorf to the Champs-Elysées, fans of the 104th edition of the Tour De France have been treated to an immersive, real-time and increasingly co-created viewing experience, powered by the Internet of Things, Machine Learning and Data Analytics. In terms of key numbers, this equates to 198 riders in 22 teams generating over 150 million geospatial and environmental data readings along the 3,540km (2,200 mile) route.
Tags: Analytics, AI, IoT