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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Collaboration will Beat the Fraudsters! – Highlights from IBM Security Leaders Day at BusinessConnect 2015

Collaboration will Beat the Fraudsters! – Highlights from IBM Security Leaders Day at BusinessConnect 2015

A flashing blue and red room, a skills gap the size of the grand canyon and how to be a fraudster; just a few of the items on the agenda at today’s IBM Security Leaders BusinessConnect 2015 – the first in what will be a series of thought-provoking events aimed at tackling current issues and emerging trends in business. Security professionals from all industries were invited to join the discussion around how they can work together to stay…

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Getting inside the numbers – a cognitive approach to finance

Getting inside the numbers – a cognitive approach to finance

A few years ago, business leaders could see the competition coming. The biggest risk was a new rival entering the market with a better or cheaper product or service. Today, ‘uberization’ or industry disruption caused by an unlikely competitor, has become a dominant concern of the C-suite. In IBM’s latest study ‘Redefining Boundaries’, in which 643 CFOs participated, it was found that business leaders believe cloud computing, mobile solutions, the Internet of Things, and cognitive…

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How Happy Employees make Happy Customers

How Happy Employees make Happy Customers

Recently I presented to a group of 250 marketers at a London conference on “branded content”, one of the newest buzzwords in marketing.  All of the other speakers at the conference focused on how to develop content for consumers – an extension of a traditional marketing campaign. In many ways, this is just another way to dress up content as an advertisement or a marketing message. To provide a different perspective on content marketing, I…

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Digital Intelligence meets Digital Business

Digital Intelligence meets Digital Business

In a single second we type over 9,000 tweets, 48,000 Google searches, and 2.3 million emails, and UK consumers are expected to spend more than £50 billion online this year. We are all spending more time –and money –online, and businesses must be tech-savvy to survive. In a recent IBM survey, 4,000 C-level executives noted that technology is the single most important force shaping their business. Lying behind these statistics is a confluence of disruptive…

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Making data serve society

Making data serve society

Join up data A straightforward step to realise substantial benefits can be taken simply by joining up data across systems.  This approach is already being used to reduce fraud and error by exposing illegitimate claims for tax breaks and illegal access to benefits.  It works by combining data about someone’s use of various services together and looking for inconsistencies.  Such an index of citizens allows civil servants to quickly and easily access information in support…

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