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March 29 2 minutes to read

The Digital Revolution is Powered By Software – For Good and Bad

I don’t really hold with conspiracy theories. Much more often than not you’ll find that underneath the surface is a large slice of misinformation, serendipity, and incompetence. So I was not surprised to read this article from …

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March 27 1 minute to read

Getting it right this time: Why the strategy is not about delivery for NHSX

Mark Thompson’s blog for ComputerWeekly.com: The Government needs to move on from the mantras and beliefs that exist around digital and technology – the new NHSX organisation could set an example by transforming healthcare. Read more.

 

 

 

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March 17 2 minutes to read

AI and the Shifting Boundaries between Computing and the Humanities

Some time ago I reported on a new $1B investment at MIT to create the new Schwartzman Centre for Computing using a gift of $350M from Blackstone founder Stephen Schwartzman. MIT recently held a celebration

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March 6 3 minutes to read

How to set up and run your own digital company for less than £50 a year!

I was chatting in the local pub with some friends the other night, and the conversation turned to the question of why we now have so many energetic young entrepreneurs setting up their own companies. Various views …

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March 3 3 minutes to read

Digital Transformation and the Digital Generation

As the parent of teenage boys, I am acutely aware that the millennial generation are growing up very differently to previous generations. Digital technology is not simply another tool they use to access information, it is the …

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February 19 2 minutes to read

This is Not Me….and I Didn’t Say That!

These days I frequently think about the old adage that “life is a journey from certainty to doubt”. It has hit me particularly hard with a combination of different news items this week. We all know that …

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February 12 4 minutes to read

The Topol Report: An Essential View into the Human Side of Digital Transformation

Ask any organization about the most important asset for their business success, and the most popular answer by a long way will be “our people”. While so many factors are essential ingredients within the overall collection of …

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February 8 2 minutes to read

Personal Data: The end of the beginning

I am coming to this story rather late (almost 7 years late, to be precise). But it is fascinating to read Stephen Wolfram’s blog post on “The Personal Analytics …

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January 25 5 minutes to read

I am a Startup

In a recent update to the executive management team in my organization, I was asked to brief them on my group’s activities and plans. We are a new team …

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January 20 2 minutes to read

Smartphones have become boring. And That’s Good.

The recent announcements by Apple warning about poor sales of its iPhone, and the subsequent commentaries about …

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January 11 3 minutes to read

There is No Such Thing as a Digital Strategy

Let me say it again. There is no such thing as a Digital Strategy. Honestly. If you think your organization needs a new digital strategy in 2019, then I’m sorry to say that you’ve completely missed the …

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January 8 3 minutes to read

Has Blockchain Lost its Mojo?

The interest and excitement around blockchain technology seems to know no bounds. Every day I see new articles, companies, and announcements declaring its virtues. Even watching the TV I was astounded to see a 30 second advert …

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January 7 3 minutes to read

The Slow Pace of Digital Transformation in Business Schools

Business Schools are struggling to keep pace with the digital business world. Observers point to the sterile teaching methods, the scale and composition of cohorts, and outdated content …

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December 20 2 minutes to read

Talking to Technology

One of the interesting threads running through digital disruption is our changing relationship with technology. As its “separateness” from our lives changes and evolves, we challenge our sense of self, and our ability (or need) to distinguish …

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December 20 3 minutes to read

Hey Dude, Where’s My Data?

Taking back control and ownership of your data has recently become very fashionable. Worrying about online data management has long been a concern. From privacy and security of your personal information and credit card details, to wondering …

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December 20 2 minutes to read

Finding a Fit for Wearables

A couple of weeks ago my 16 year old son was given an Apple Watch by his uncle as a present. He was excited to open the box. Three days later he handed it back to me …

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December 20 2 minutes to read

Does WeWork Work?

In setting up the new INDEX team at the university of Exeter, we very much see ourselves as a startup. A startup inside a big corporation. That means several important concrete …

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December 20 2 minutes to read

Digital Transformation Means Navigating Both Near and Far

The trouble with digital transformation is that it is so easy to get carried away. There are many extraordinary technological developments to be investigated. From iPhones to dones. From biosensors to blockchain. From robots to cobots. As …

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December 20 2 minutes to read

The Dark Side of Entrepreneurship in a Digitally Disrupted World

One of the clear consequences of digital disruption is the rapid pace of change in the tech industry. New ideas emerge, are explored, and transformed in weeks. New companies are born, scale rapidly, and morph into existing …

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December 20 2 minutes to read

The Battle for “Digital” at the Heart of UK Government

The brave and inspired comments by Tom Loosemore at the Science and Technology Committee on their inquiry into digital government this week remind us that there is a battle raging over the future of digital transformation at …

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December 20 1 minute to read

The Impact of Lowering the Price of Prediction

What happens when the price of prediction falls through the floor? Old problems that were cast as computational problems become recast as predictive problems.

Consider what happens when you drive a modern car and press the brake pedal. …

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December 20 1 minute to read

It’s All About Execution

A good idea is just a good idea. It only becomes useful when you do something with it. So execution is everything. That’s the mantra taken up by many recently, including the Mike Bracken-led government digital teams …

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