Sir Clive Woodward OBE – One step ahead – Gaining the competitive edge needed to win in sport and business

Sir Clive Woodward OBE – One step ahead – Gaining the competitive edge needed to win in sport and business

Written by Ben Arnold, Tim Ive and Emily Irons. Sir Clive Woodward is best known as the England Rugby Head Coach who led England to World Cup victory in 2003. However, prior to coaching rugby, Sir Clive spent over 16 years working in business. At the IBM Analytics Vision event in November 2017, Sir Clive gave an inspiring talk on the parallel concepts between business and sport, and the significance of data and technology throughout….

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Who Stole My Face? A story of identity theft and how it changed my online behaviour

Who Stole My Face? A story of identity theft and how it changed my online behaviour

By Simon Greig, Executive IT Architect, Global Business Services, IBM UKI   We are constantly faced with headlines warning us that “identity theft is on the rise” and is reaching “epidemic levels.” There is a frightening truth to most of these statements, yet how many of us can say that with every social media upload, every time we provide an online form with our home address or even share our surname, we consider “Who else…

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Reinventing citizen connection: how the public sector is moving beyond digital transformation

Reinventing citizen connection: how the public sector is moving beyond digital transformation

In today’s data economy, people, devices and systems are generating the data points to provide more opportunities for insight and connection than ever before. Data forms the lifeblood of any organization across both the private and public sector. While resources are in short supply and the need for cost efficiency is on the rise, this data is growing in volume and complexity. It is these pressures that are driving the evaluation and adoption of new…

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Addressing the Cyber Security Skills Gap in the UK Public Sector

Addressing the Cyber Security Skills Gap in the UK Public Sector

How innovative new approaches and game changing technology can help address the cyber skills gap in the UK Public Sector By Richard De Witt Jansen-Hull The UK Government holds a huge amount of data, often on vulnerable systems, making it an attractive target for cyber criminals. Threats come from opportunistic hackers as well as sophisticated and well-funded nation states keen to get their hands on valuable data.  It’s not only data at risk though, the Government…

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Are you ready for the digital invaders?

Are you ready for the digital invaders?

As the finance profession continues to evolve the message is clear – as finance leaders and trusted advisors to the business, we must embrace our developing role as a major influencer of corporate strategy. This will enable us to rise to the challenges of technological disruption and proactively look to the future, allowing us to persistently innovate. In my previous blog I explored the phenomenon of ‘Uberisation’ and how a whole new competitive landscape is…

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Tony Rowe OBE – Embracing the shift from sport to business

Tony Rowe OBE – Embracing the shift from sport to business

Welcome to my second blog focusing on the parallels between sport and business. Here, I share another recent conversation I’ve enjoyed with an individual who has achieved both sporting glory and business success. Tony Rowe OBE has enjoyed huge success as the chief executive and chairman of SWComms, having begun his telecoms business following a stint racing powerboats and time served in the Marines. Having seen his business grow and develop into one of the…

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Tim Rodber’s Guide to Swapping Sport for Business

Tim Rodber’s Guide to Swapping Sport for Business

Parallels are often drawn between sport and business. Recently, I have had the opportunity to talk with a couple of individuals who know a lot about both – as they were leading competitors and then made the shift to lead their own organisations. Tim Rodber had a very eventful 13-year rugby career at the very top, which included captaining Northampton Saints, 44 caps for England, and representing the British Lions, Tim hung up his boots…

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Highlights from the Finance Leaders Day at IBM Business Connect 2015

Highlights from the Finance Leaders Day at IBM Business Connect 2015

Recently, as part of the IBM Business Connect series, over 40  finance leaders attended the Finance Leaders day for a focused dialogue on the changing landscape of the finance industry,   I had the opportunity to meet  with  fellow finance professionals to share and exchange experiences that many of us are having across a range of topics.  These included finance transformation, new insights driven by analytics and leveraging mobile, cloud and security to grow and protect…

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Responding to the dangers of the deep, dark web

Responding to the dangers of the deep, dark web

How much does your organisation know about the dangers of the dark web? More than 60 Security Leaders joined a series of round tables to discuss this topic at IBM BusinessConnect, leading to some fascinating debate and a wakeup call for some! IBM Security Services specialist, Martin Overton, hosted the roundtables with me, and we began with an introduction to the dark web. This led to questions from participants including ‘how is data monetised on…

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