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January 3, 2017

Sourcing must adapt to digital business goals

Businesses need to change their sourcing strategies if they are to keep pace with the digital revolution, says analyst organisation Gartner

Automated nappies, smart shoes and autonomous cars are just a few of the IT-enabled products and services businesses are developing – but what does this mean to IT departments?

Lots of outsourcing – but a different type of outsourcing, according to Gartner.

At the company’s annual outsourcing event in London, keynotes and presentations were dominated by the speakers’ emphasis on the need to digitise business and the sourcing challenges that brings.

The Gartner Sourcing & Strategic Supplier [...]

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December 29, 2016

6 Digital Technologies that have shaped 2016

Businesses, entrepreneurs and employees can benefit from a wide variety of digital technology set to explode in 2016. The ability to leverage technological advances is a crucial element to the success of small businesses. Some of the most disruptive innovations over the past few years are creating new opportunities for businesses exploring the new digital frontier.

1. 3D printers The quality and speed of 3D printers evolved a great deal in just the past year. These developments create an infinite number of applications for the 3D printing technology. According to Gartner Inc., international distribution of 3D printers will reach nearly 500,000 units in 2016. Gartner’s [...]

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November 3, 2016

Technology and automation has created more jobs than lost

Over the past fifteen years, technology has seen to the loss of a range of low paid jobs in the UK, with a relatively large increase in higher paying positions. According to projections in a new Deloitte article, there is an upward trend in job creation due to automated technologies. Deloitte claims that this technology-driven shift has already created nearly four times more jobs than have been lost, and has brought considerable additional value to the UK’s economy.

According to a poll – held by the Future Foundation research agency on behalf of Infosys – 45% of young Britons between the age of 16 – 25 believe technology will imminently replace them in the workforce due [...]

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November 3, 2016

Five technologies that will change our lives in five years

A.I., augmented reality and IoT could remake the way enterprises run and people consume

Analysts say a handful of technologies are poised to change our lives by 2021.

While Forrester Research sees 15 emerging technologies that are important right now (see the full list here), five of them could shake things up in a big way for businesses and the public in general, according to Brian Hopkins, an enterprise architecture analyst with Forrester.

Those five: The Internet of Things (IoT), Intelligent agents, artificial intelligence (A.I.), augmented reality (A.R.) and hybrid wireless technology.

“The technologies we selected will have the biggest impact on your [...]

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