Don’t be afraid of the customer

ValueThe Technical University of Delft offers its curriculum not only on campus, but also as a MOOC, a massive open online course. Thousands of students all over the world are able to attend lectures. So I learned at the opening of the academic year of the University of Applied Sciences of Utrecht, which I attended as I recently joined this institute as a part-time researcher. A MOOC enables universities to reach out all over the world and students to receive education that before was unattainable to them because of practical reasons. To me, the MOOC is one of the many examples of technology changing the ways organizations, or for that matter, consumers, conduct their business. Other examples are crowdfunding, which, according to a recent news bulletin, enables consumers to buy their dream house without involvement of any bank, and of course the familiar examples of Airbnb and Uber. [Read more...]

Leading Digital: top-down leadership is essential

Rick1Only 6% of all companies focus on corporate digital transformation. These companies – mostly high tech and media groups – are driven by the convergence of mobility, analytics, social media, cloud computing, and embedded devices. The rest – 94% of the companies in our current economy –is simply not ready for the technology driven 21st century.

The facts above are taken from the book: “Leading Digital, Turning Technology into Business Transformation”. The book, written by MIT’s Sloan Research Scientist George Westerman, Capgemini Consulting’s Senior Vice-President and Global Practice Leader Didier Bonnet & MIT’s principal research scientist Andrew McAfee gives an overview of the current digital transformation landscape. But it does not end there. Westerman, Bonnet and McAfee provided a 12 step roadmap that must support companies of the ‘old’ economy transform into real digital masters. [Read more...]

Before You Jump into Big Data Lake!

Dove-Lake_from_South-2008Big Data Lake is generating the hype unseen since data warehouses were first introduced in the early nineties. With all the excitement, some organizations are really wondering if the magic wand to solve their data integration is finally here. High return on investments in business intelligence results from the actionable intelligence that can be weaved into strategic and day to day operations of an organization. [Read more...]

Scrum world domination

world-dominationSince I started working at Sogeti in 2007 I have made it a point to bring Scrum to the company, my colleagues and the customers I work for. This has been an active choice because I believe in Scrum.

When people ask me what my future plans are in regard to Scrum I will tell them that my plans are Scrum world domination. People will laugh, they will joke with me at that point, but I am serious. [Read more...]

The Augmented Reality … for which Reality?

SoRealIt is now easy for people to switch from the real world to a virtual one. We do it all the time… sometimes unconsciously. Augmented Reality (AR) starts here. By creating a composite view mixing real scenes of the real world and virtual scenes created by a computer, it augments the reality with additional information. There are different kinds of AR: [Read more...]

Is Girl Power enough?

Girlpower3Every ICT company with respect for themselves has a program for improving their gender diversity. That can be quite a difficult goal to reach. According to Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, only 3% of women with a first degree have it in an ICT-related subject. For men it’s closer to 10%. Plus, women tend to drop out of those careers earlier and don’t come back in. There’s a huge potential with our economy for more women in the industry. If women took part in ICT careers as much as men, it would, in Europe alone be around 9 billion euros. [Read more...]

Omnichannel Services Should Deliver Functionality, Not Only Data

Connecting gearsIn design of omnichannel services that is accessed by touchpoints (like apps), I think it’s important to focus on delivering functionality, and not only data. [Read more...]

Selfies 2.0

monalisaducklips (1)Meet Nixie, a finalist prototype on Intel’s “Make it wearable” contest. Nixie is nothing more than a drone, with a camera attached.. sounds familiar right?; what makes this little guy so special are the wings that support the rotors can actually bend around your wrist and you can wear it as a bracelet. Now that’s cool! [Read more...]

Regulation: Innovation’s Double-Edged Sword

swordWhat are the deciding factors in the success or failure of a truly disruptive business powered by truly innovative technology? Consider the impact that regulation (and in some cases the lack thereof) can have on the viability of institutions established and entrepreneurial alike. Brick-and-mortar shops have long been vocal about the advantage that Amazon enjoys by not requiring sales tax where they do not have a physical presence in the US, a drawn out legal battle with an inevitable end. Similarly, startups like Uber and AirBnB have been able to take advantage of outdated regulations and regulatory bodies to introduce whole new paradigms of transport and lodging. But do predictably glacial regulatory processes always serve as a smorgasbord of loopholes of which spry up-and-comers can take advantage?

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Daan Roosegaarde: techno-poet, artist, entrepreneur

Smart Highway on CNN – Daan Roosegaarde interviewed from Studio Roosegaarde on Vimeo [Read more...]