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Artificial Intelligence - Augmenting our Human Capability & Potential

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Artificial Intelligence - Augmenting our Human Capability & Potential

The disruptive potential of AI is perhaps unprecedented, and while the popular media focuses on a dystopian vision of the future, AI is augmenting our human capability perceptually, cognitively and physically, transforming everyday experiences as well as enabling a collaborative human and machine led transformation. 

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Smart Connected Products and Devices Generating the Data of the Revolution

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Smart Connected Products and Devices Generating the Data of the Revolution

The ‘big data’ generated by SCPs is business’ new core asset, and capability in analytics the key to unlocking trapped value from the aggregation of multiple data sources within new data lakes. For those who move quickly, there is the opportunity to significantly expand their current industry boundaries.

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Joining 2nd Road part of Accenture Strategy

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I'm delighted to be joining the team at 2nd Road, a leading strategic innovation consultancy helping organisations design and deliver new futures, and now part of Accenture Strategy. 2nd Road draws on 25 years of experience providing consulting services in the areas of strategy, innovation, and organisational systems across multiple industries and sectors. The publication of monthly insights on this website will necessarily be placed on hold for the time being.  

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The Value of Design and Design Thinking to Business

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If you've heard about the power of design thinking to drive value creation in any business, not just those involved in creating physical products, but aren't sure quite sure how, here's a short primer. Design used to be associated solely with appearance and aesthetics, with being 'on-trend', where it's value in driving consumer demand is clear. If you consider the marque of car you drive, or the brands of clothing you favour, you probably didn't choose them based solely on a rational basis of price and functionality. You chose them because there was something about the way they make you feel, something in their meaning to you, something in their design. And for that you were prepared to pay a...

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The Innovation Collaboration Imperative

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The convergence of internet technologies, cloud computing, and augmented analytical tools to interpret the rivers of data flowing through our now connected physical world is enabling the reimagining of new business opportunities and whole industries. It's an exciting time to be involved in innovation, in harnessing this exponential level of change to deliver superior customer experience, and drive profitable growth. Yet it seems that meaningful innovation, in a world where all systems are becoming inter-connected, is now harder than ever to execute, whether you're the start up or the incumbent.  Transforming long established industries, whether automotive, pharmaceuticals, service or healthcare, required sophisticated knowledge of regulations, testing protocols, and traditional physical assets in addition to...

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