Experience, Authority and Reality:

My commercial speaking engagements are arranged by my agent:

PUBLIC SPEAKING - Tom Kenyon-Slaney
London Speaker Bureau
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Non commercial events (eg professional institutions, universities, schools, charities) are arranged by:

Jane Cochrane
Cochrane Associates
eMail: jane@ca-global.org
Office:              +44 1394 420 711     
Mobile:             +44 7879 447 140 
Home: www.ca-globle.org.uk


Presentation Style:

 Presentations and talks by Peter Cochrane are low on Power Point – high on audience engagement, animation and movies - with a delivery style suited to managers, experts and lay people.  The emphasis is on clear communication and understanding and not technology or techno-speak! (Sample Slides &Movies )


 


AV Requirements:

Peter presents from his Apple MacBook Air 13 inch laptop. Video output is via DVI and VGA ports at up to 1440 by 900 resolution, with a full range of scan rates. Audio out is via a 3.5 mm minijack connector.

 


Sample Talk Abstracts:

Over many years of speaking at conferences, company gatherings, dinners and other events Peter has created and developed a broad range of technical, management and general interest talks supported by practical examples, anecdotes and humour. Included below is a sample collection of recent talks delivered to audiences as far apart as London, St Petersburg, San Francisco, Bogota and Kuala Lumpa.

 


BIG-DATA-MINING

There are as many views and definitions of Data Mining as there are people working in and on the topic. Confusion reigns and people ask; what is it; why do we need it; and isn't it just Data Mining rebranded? In this slide deck and presentation we set the scene an highlight the differences and need for Data Mining in order to give a framework for case studies and future projects. So - why do we need it? The economic, industrial, commercial, social, political and sustainability problems we face cannot be successfully addressed using the management techniques and models largely inherited from the Industrial Revolution. The world no longer appears infinite in resources, slow paced, linear and stable. We now see the limitations; feel the impact of rapid change; and we can conceptualize the non-linear and unstable nature of it all! We are also starting to comprehend the scale and the need for machine assistance.

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DYNAMIC CLOUDS & NETWORKS WITHOUT INFRASTRUCTURE

The internet will not scale to support >7Bn people and >50Bn things on line, but Clouds and Networks Without Infrastructure will, and they are neither singular nor static. Clouds are entirely dynamic and multi-modal with; public, private, personal, open, closed, government and commercial clouds that are fixed, mobile, long and short lived, permanent and transitory. In addition the new degrees of freedom that Clouds afford makes them inherently more secure and resilient than any network medium we have created before. But, not all clouds are equal, and neither is all data!

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FUTURE HEALTH & CARE

Health systems worldwide are struggling to satisfy a growing demand and a rising tide of customer expectation. But new technologies are pushing knowledge access, self test and diagnosis toward the users. With developments in nan and bio-tech this is about to accelerate with a new range of sensors and treatment/repair options.

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PUBLIC KEY MADE VERY EASY!

The technical papers, articles and book chapters on Public Key are difficult, if not impossible, for lay people to understand.. So this slide set has been put together to help those people (and students) to get a grip on the fundamental mechanisms. Experts in the field are therefor asked to excuse the analogies used and the omission of all mathematics, but the 'key' here is simplicity of concept and clarity of communication without a complete bastardization of the subtleties of the actual method/
Public-key mostly implies cryptographic system requiring two separate keys or codes, one of which is secret and one can be public. It can also be used in terms of 'secure software containers' which is used for the exemplar model here. The two keys can also be 'secret', static or dynamic, and communication can be one-to-one or one-to-many.

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THE STADIUM BUSINESS

For millennia people have been travelling to stadia to watch and participate in spectacles of pure brutality and sport sponsored by kings, emperors, states, individuals. Today sport and other entertainment events have become a major global business sector with executive facilities, commercial sponsorship, broadcast and full media coverage. But, in many respects, the crowds and their experience has changed little. However, technology is impacting this situation and looks set to accelerate the rate of change.

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WORK OR PLAY ?

There was a time when Bell Boys would bring you a printed message from the electric telegraph; when a telephone operator would ask you for the number; when a typist would type your letter; when the Xerox operator would create your copies; when the computer operator would load and run your program; and when a secretary would organise your mail. Those days and those jobs are long gone, but at the time the concern was; what would these people do when they came redundant ? In reality all these people found employment as new jobs were created at the behest of new technologies. Web designers, CAD experts, IT specialists, data analysts, spread sheet drivers and many more replaced the old to the point of staffing shortages. Perhaps more poignantly; we are all now the bell boys, telephone operators, typists, printers, copiers, computer operators and secretaries - empowered by the self same technologies!

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HR PRACTICES & TECH INDUCED CHANGE

The world of work and employment has never changed so fast or been so complex, and it is showing no sign of slowing down. The raw technologies of communication and IT now see the simultaneous arrival of Mobile Working, BYOD, BMOB, Social Nets; Open Nets, Software, Apps and The Cloud plus Big Data. This is no accident - everything is now connected - and one technology enables/breeds another to satisfy seen and unseen demands!

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TECHNOLOGIES OF ATTRACTIONS

With more and more competition across the sector and a widening range of media sources the 'Visits Industry' has to be continually innovative in developing and using technology to entertain, raise expectation and excitement whilst satisfying enquiry, giving relevant experience, education and enjoyment. The range of advancements and opportunities possible is widening with the availability of networks, mobile technologies, robotics, artificial intelligence, new materials and processes, plus modelling, meta and big data analysis.

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SUPER SECURE CLOUDS

Cloud Computing could be the biggest single opportunity for a significant improvement in our network and information security for decades. Multiple operators and suppliers offering multiple access points, services and applications that we can tap at the same time will give us a diversity of new protection mechanisms way beyond those we enjoy today. For sure we need to improve our log-on processes, firewalls and malware protection, but thin clients change the name of the game. A lack of memory and processing power leverage down any malware sophistication, whilst access and utilisation will be harder to compromise when we choose different devices and servers at random. If we also sign up for applications and services from multiple players, and disperse our information in parsed and scattered locations that are never connected in the same manner more than once, then infiltration will be orders of magnitude more difficult.

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A WIRELESS FUTURE

Suppose for a moment that we had arrived at this digital epoch, but had only just discovered wireless. Would we start by designing and building the wireless systems we now take for granted? I think not! The reality is; today's wireless thinking is largely set by developments stretching back well over 100 years, and constrained by the limited physical models and mathematical ability of that time. Concepts such as LF, HF, VHF, UHF, SHF - Long, Medium and Short Waves - and dedicated channels are a result. So deep is all this that some actually think the 'frequency domain' is real as opposed to an abstract engineering convenience.

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FINDING NEEDLES IN NEEDLE STACKS - FUTURE CYBER SECURITY

The big challenge facing cyber security professionals is to think like the enemy, anticipate their next move, and enact measures to combat the exponentially growing number of attacks. Passively monitoring defences in the hope of detecting probes and breaches is insufficient as it is likely that threats are already on the inside in human, machine, or some malware form. And these may be continually active, sporadic, dormant, sleeping, dumb, smart, intelligent, broad or highly focused, and located anywhere in an organisation, machine, device or network. Fortunately, Cloud Technologies and new working practices mitigate agains all this, but only if we leverage new technologies and nurture new behaviours and operating strategies.

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THE CURSE OF OPTIMISATION

Of all the species on the planet we are alone in optimizing anything and everything. But this is not a route to long term sustainability, and to move on from the destructive vice of manufacturing more and more for the few, to a world of providing sufficient for the many, we have to think and act very differently. Today's technologies and production methods cannot achieve an equitable, stable and sustainable future for mankind, but future tech probably can.

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ACCELERATING BUSINESS SUPPORT SYSTEMS

As we come out of recession managers find their companies have been cut to the bone, optimized to (near death) and focussed on the core business alone. At the same time their people and management chain has become myopic with innovation and expansion a distant memory, but they need to move on quickly to address growing demand and new opportunities. The options they face are organic growth, M&A, acquisitions, repurpose people, or buy start up companies - not an easy choice!

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SUSTAINABILITY - ITS ABOUT TIME

The technology to create sustainable futures for all the inhabitants of planet earth are almost all to hand, but the actual future is wholly dependent upon man's ability to make the right decisions and enact solutions on the right timescale. Unfortunately, the human brain and society is fundamentally limited and insufficiently equipped to engineer a successful outcome in the long term. To achieve than we have to symbiotically partner with our machines to embrace the 100s and 1000s of parameters driving the connected world. A single parameter ($$$) economic system is far too crude an instrument to engineer anything more than one crisis after another!

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C-LEVEL MANAGENT BALANCING ACT

During periods recession companies move away from innovation and expansion to: Stick to the knitting; back to basics; focus; look for low hanging fruit; downsize; cut the slack; cut costs and optimize everything. All of this puts C-Level managers under pressure and after a prolonged period leaves them ill equipped to make all the changes for recovery. At the same time; good people have left the company, and those that can have retired! Those remaining are wary of taking any risks, are neot generally innovators, and just want a safe and stable existence.

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SMART SCREENS IN TRANSPORT

The logistics and supply industry are facing multiple challenges as the 'world goes green' and industry progressively reduces it's waste by adopting material printing, programming and electronic distribution. For people, materials, components, and things NFC and LBS will be vital in reducing unnecessary handling, transport irregularities, and waste. Maximum returns on Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle can only be achieved through tagging, tracking and monitoring of use and movement. In this brief presentation we examine the possibilities and necessities and the relationship to the internet, The Cloud, and Big Data.

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WHY STRATEGIC DECISION MAKING GOES WRONG

The decision making processes of business and government have changed little over the past 200 years, but technology has advanced, the world got connected, businesses are now networked, and everything is moving faster. Making decisions in a 'slow environment' is far easier and far simple than a fast one, and today the 'starting conditions' and assumptions are highly unlikely to be fixed or stable for long. It is no longer sufficient to identify the 3 most important parameters to work as a close approximation to the truth. It is also insufficient to rely on past experience and intuition. We have moved into the non-linear domain with 10s or even 100s of variables to consider. Not only do the old way and methods not work, they are downright dangerous, and often with disastrous consequences.

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QUALITY AT SPEED

Quality is now something most people can take for granted. The products they buy and services they enjoy perform to high levels of reliability and quality year on year. But it wasn't always that way! We arrived here through the incremental improvement of our technology and processes over many decades. At better than 6 sigma hardware components now provide us with quality vehicles, phones, computers, food, clothing, services and lives. But we cannot relax! Quality is not a destination, it is the lifeblood of what we do and achieve, and we are approaching a new and very different era sometimes defined as the 'Second Industrial Revolution'. This involves the printing and programming of materials as opposed to the smelting, molding, machining and laborious assembly of components into 'products'. And as this far more evolutionary and eco friendly time now approaches, it also offers the only visible route to global sustainability through the minimisation of energy and material use, whilst achieving a near 100% recycling.

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WHY NO ONE LOVES A TELCO

There was a time when the Telcos were at the pinnacle of research, development and modern thinking. They not only invested vast sums in the development and roll out networks, the also did much of the fundamental research. Their contributions to human factors, electronics, optics network and information theory were ground breaking. The invention and development of the transistor and optical amplifier are but two of thousands of such contributions. But that is now all in the past! The maturing of the technology saw them migrate to a new phase where they wired up the planet, provisioned the internet and became primarily concerned with commercial activities. Today they stand between us the customers, bandwidth and connectivity! They have become unpopular (unloved) international organisations divorced from the needs and desires of humanity whilst holding the keys of the kingdom. So what should they be doing to become favoured again whilst at the same time improving their services, operations, and profits?

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Innovation

Financially stressed times sees companies hunker down, cut costs, rightsize, hoard money, and protect markets. But the tech transformation continues apace along with the industry leaders who 'make hay' to steal a march on the rest. Ultimately, mounting market threat prompts more innovation across the board – products, services, operations, management – everything! The biggest mistake is to suppose that business will continue as normal and an 'innovation program' is like any other. Hierarchy, heavy duty management, strong project control, and the practices of the past are the enemies of success. Freedom of thought, openness of mind, and multi-disciplinary teams with freedom of action are the key ingredients of success.

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Optical Fibre To The Home (FTTH)

FTTH, office and company is the only technology capable of meeting the needs and demands of 21C societies. With more wireless devices automatically demanding more optical fibre everywhere to meet the needs of The Cloud and new ways of working it is paradoxical to see parts of the network industry and government still debating this issue. Bandwidth and traffic demand curves tell a very positive story, and without more bandwidth existing and and future industries cannot gain a foothold let alone flourish. Given that FTTH now costs-in against new install and replacement; copper technologies cannot deliver the speed or symmetry of service; or indeed the 90% reduction in OPEX, 70% reduction in staffing, and 95% improvements in reliability and resilience, it is difficult to understand the need for any debate or indeed the present low levels of investment.

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Ahead In The Cloud

Ignoring cloud-based technology is to deny a company and it's people the freedoms and new modes of working that the 21st Century demands. It is no longer a concept, it is a service reality and the lead adopters are realizing significant savings and more productive workforces. The big worries around security, reliability, resilience, machine and application control turned out to be unfounded and unwarranted.

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Right Sourcing

We are challenged by continual and accelerating change, the need to do more with less, and to do it better, without destroying the planet!   Energy, material, machine and people resources are finite and exhaustible.  So how do you find what you need quickly, exploit the moment, and move on?  In a word, technology!  The networking of people, machines, things, suppliers, facilities and crowds all play a part in solving this conundrum.

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 Industrial Revolution 2.0  (IR2.0)

IR2.0 has started, and is taking shape at the intercept of bio, nano-tech, and ITC.  The first printed car has been produced and a  laboratory on a chip demonstrated. 3D replicators are being deployed, and genetically programmed materials are on track to transform medicine and pharmaceuticals. We have to think in terms of more change than IR1.0 and a transition from open software to open hardware, and of course, radically new business models.

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Think Fast – Act Different

The words social, personal, green and cloud are not mere tag lines for fashionable change or momentary fads, they underline basic changes impacting everyone.  These are unlikely to be addressed and serviced by old companies and old industries, as they demand new attitudes, behaviours, working practices and technologies.  In this world we see ‘need-to-know’ usurped by ‘need-to-share’, management control sidelined by group influence, and the ‘prima-donna’ overtaken by the coherent multi-disciplinary team.  So we have to address overall performance, but we have to remember that increased efficiency can lead to brittleness we have to design designed for reliability and resilience.

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When Machines Design Machines !

It should come as no surprise that machines are now designing machines.  The chips that power our computers and mobile phones, the robots and commercial processing plants on which we depend, all are now largely designed by machines.  So what of us - will be totally usurped, or are we looking at a new symbiosis with human and artificial intelligences combined to realise the best outcomes possible. In most respects we have no choice!  Human abilities alone cannot solve any of the major problems that confront our species, and machine intelligence is now an imperative.  Far from being taken out of the design loop, we will find ourselves with a new and more vital role…

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Where, Were, Wear, Ware

At the end of 2011 there will be near 6Bn digital mobile phones with around 60% sporting internet browsers, wifi and BlueTooth.  Laptops, NetBooks, iPads, and Desktop PCs will on the other hand number less than 2Bn.  The implications are clear; business and new opportunities will be dominated by mobility and automation. This will be complimented by the rise of artificial intelligence, information management, business modelling, and decision support allied with location based services and sensor nets.  This can be exemplified by the paradigm: where am I, what am I doing, what/who do I need, and what is the next step I am about to take. BUT there is no gain without pain!  We will have to give up some freedoms and privacy to benefit from what is on offer.  It is a future where the need to share outflanks the need to know, hoarding, and control.

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What do Machines Think ?

Our perception of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been mired by the immutable fact that we have no description, definition, quantification or measure of intelligence. We simply cannot describe or say what it is! The best we can do is to draw on some general concepts of neuron count and connectedness.  

But not understanding something doesn’t mean to say we cannot use and exploit it! Here we address the most fundamental question; what makes something intelligent? Using a series of logical delimiters we develop an engineering measure of relative intelligence and demonstrate that  sensors and sensory systems appear to play a far more important part than memory and processing power

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New Challenges for Retailing 

There has never been a time when the speed of change has been so dramatic, and the customer so knowledgeable and demanding. On-line sales are rivaling retail outlets, and in some sectors they totally dominate. Moreover, customers very often know more about a product and the competition than the retailer or on-line outlet.  So this is a time to address all the opportunities available and business models that now span material sourcing through manufacture, supply, sales, support and disposal.  It is also necessary to consider all routes to market, and to examine the relationship with customers.  Mobility, and social networking. More extreme is the impending deployment of 3D printers and distributed design and manufacture.  So the big question is; how do organizations adapt to take advantage of the new business opportunities?

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Seeing Is Believing - PERHAPS

 

Around the time of the reformation art, science, technology, engineering and medicine were placed in silos. This accelerated each discipline whilst holding back many of the benefits to be gained from their linking.  Today they are coming back together as a recognised, and much required force for innovation, solution finding and greater understanding at the very time when we are progressively being overtaken and swamped by vast amounts of data.  In this presentation we examine the future role of visualisation, modelling, war gaming and artificial intelligence in helping us cope with the rising tide of complexity.

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Finding Not Filing

We now live in a world of exponential change, unparalleled complexity, and chaotic systems.  A world where finding is more important than filing, and understanding is paramount in making the best business and social decisions.  For continued advance and progress we need ICT to assume new levels of intelligence and ability.  In short, we need cognitive search and inference engines augmented by modeling and gamification. 

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What's on The Cards for Cards?

The credit card business is about to be revolutionised by contactless technology (RFID) that will see the 'card swipe' become a 'card wave'.  But this is the least we should expect as all forms of card (Credit, Debit, ID, Membership, Licences, Loyalty, Pass +++) become integrated into mobile phones.   Who will win this race?  The first company go beyond the old 'card process and model' to manage all our cards in an integrated environment, and one that recognises that Meta-Data is far more valuable than Data.

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Combating The Cyber Threat

The motivation, type, style, time, place and mode of cyber attacks are way beyond the complexity of anything we experienced in the past. Worse, the threat is evolving with our technology, networks, devices and working practices. To counter this we have to think in new ways, adopt new strategies and cease to be dumb and static targets pretending that firewalls and antivirus software will protect us.  In a world of Cloud Computing, Mobility, Open Software, Hardware and Applications we need to do something radically different. 

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Confounded by Complexity

For decades our output has accelerated in line with our technology. Telephones, computers, robotics, automation, networks, mobiles, laptops, pads, and the internet have played important roles in the advance of science, industry, commerce, and our understanding of the complex world in which we live. However, we have hit a fundamental limit – us! We cannot input, process, and output data any faster, and in many respects we find ourselves confounded by advancing complexity. In short, we need help!

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Innovate or Die

The only thing that saves our companies and species from disaster is our innate ability to innovate. We have an absolute need to continually invent and solve problems, and the consequences of not doing so litter the pages of history with failed enterprises and civilisations. There is no doubt about it - stasis kills! Today our choices are richer than ever in terms of technology and operating models, and yet, it is becoming harder for established companies and countries to change fast enough to meet the challenges of markets and a creaking ecology. However, radically new options and help is to hand!

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Banking on The Future

The public perception of banks is that they are in the money business, and indeed that is where they started. However, they are now in the data business, with money reduced to bits and transactions occurring over networks spanning the globe. And whilst there is business and money to be made in manipulating and communicating data, even more can be leveraged from meta-data. People and companies will pay to be organised, steered, shaped and assured in cyberspace by trusted brands and institutions. Banks are ideally place to play this role, but there is competition that could force them out of the frame.

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Failing Education

Today's education experience sprang out of the need for a more capable workforce to power the industrial revolution. Indeed the whole process is industrial and resembles a sausage machine! The uneducated go in at one end and come out at the other fit for purpose, or at least they did! The industrial revolution has long gone but education and teaching has not moved on, and the output now tends to be a zombiefied version of what went in - unthinking, unenthusiastic, lacking in creativity and problem solving skills, but stuffed full of algorithms for solving education problems in support of education facts and figures. In short; the system is broken, and the time of the 'Sage on The Stage' is over along with the straight jacket of national curricula that sees students uniformly disadvantaged and trained for a world that no longer exists.

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Can HealthCare be Cured

The current crisis in global healthcare is not a sudden 'stage left' event, it is something that has been projected and anticipated for well over 20 years. Sadly, successive administrations have chosen not to address the core problems, or engage in new practices wrought by new technologies. So we have witnessed wild swings in policy and organisation from semi-distributed to centralised and back again. But the problem, issues, and solutions require more subtlety. Moving from a curative to preventative, and the Do-It-For-Me to a DIY, future dictates a far different mindset. A successful healthcare system will not be founded on mega-projects, but revolutionary new technologies that will see most of us monitoring our own bodies and diagnosing our own illnesses. At the core will be a new raft of sensors born of the nano and bio-tech revolutions.

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Megatrends and Micro Solutions

The big challenges facing mankind are encompassed by finite resources that are rapidly being depleted, a growing and aging human population, problematic food and water supplies, climate change, and the mounting complexity of relatedness. Nothing is isolated, relationships are no longer simple, and if there are sustainable solutions to our many problems they demand greater knowledge, understanding and wisdom that can only be furnished by a partnership with our technology. To survive and prosper we have to embrace a new raft of opportunities than span the organic, inorganic and technology spheres, with base solutions that are holistic and resilient.

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Managing in a Chaotic World

There has never been a time when managers and organisations have been so preoccupied by change. With intervals of organisational stability now seeming a distant memory, constant change appears to be the new norm. How come? Accelerating business critical issues that managers at all levels have to consider; globalisation, markets, the competition, technology, people, politics and demographics. In this environment the old industrial and organisational models fall far short of what is needed to rapidly adopt, adapt and succeed. Centralised hierachical management models fail at a fundamental level, whilst complete autonomy involves too many risks, so a new approach is required.... 

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Soup to Nuts Retailing

On-line sales are rivaling retail outlets, and in some sectors they dominate. Customers often know more about products and the competition than retailers and we have to address all the opportunities available and business models spanning material sourcing through manufacture, supply, sales, support and disposal.  It is also necessary to consider all routes to market, and to examine the relationship with customers.  Mobility, and social networking engender social selling, which is being enhanced by ‘Bar Code’ and  ‘Near Field' (RFID) readers.  More extreme is the impending deployment of 3D printers and distributed design and manufacture.  So the big question is; how do retail organizations adapt to take advantage of the new business potential on offer?

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When Machines Think

Our societies and companies we are facing a future of complexity and challenges that require the analytic capabilities of computers to help us make wise decisions. They already do a better job of medical diagnosis and treatment prognosis in areas like breast cancer screening, and without them we would be blind to the vast storehouse of information and knowledge we enjoy via the internet. But if they are to become truly intelligent they will need more than bigger storage capacity and faster processing speeds. The will need a network of sensors and a much greater facility to output their data. That network of sensors is most likely going to be provided by our mobile devices, and the output will be: virtual and augmented reality, haptic 3D robotic presence, and more.

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