Theo Priestley

Are Smart machines or smarter processes behind the Internet of Things ?

The new Robocop movie launches this week and James Cameron painted a bleak future for humans and smart machines but this is the complete opposite of what the potential holds for the Internet of Things. Cisco told us that there will be 50 billion connected...

Retail turns to customer faces for real-time marketing opportunities

This week it emerged that retail giant Tesco is to implement screens in its forecourt petrol stations which can tell a customers' age and gender in order target advertising more effectively. Tesco will introduce the OptimEyes screen, developed by Lord Alan Sugar's Amscreen, to all...

Innovation World Day 2: the strategy behind creating a digital enterprise

CTO Wolfram Jost kicked off Day 2 of Innovation World with the vision and strategy behind creating the Digital Enterprise. And the most interesting point was that behind all the discussions around the four forces at the heart of it all is still process.Processes...

The road to the Digital Enterprise – Software AG Innovation World opens

Innovation World, Software AG's global annual event kicked off in San Francisco today and promised a look into how the reality of a Digital Enterprise will shape the future of organizations. Karl-Heinz Streibich, Software AG's CEO took to the stage and set the scene for...

Process is no longer a dirty word in UK Government

I recently attended the Criminal Justice Management event in London and presented a panel discussion on the topic of process efficiency within UK government. The event schedule was quite varied, with subjects on Intelligence Led Policing, Enabling Communication through Interpretation and Translation Services, Improving...

Big Data is only part of the CMO’s new armory

Big Data is only part of the CMO's new armoury. It's what you do with that information next that has the biggest impact on the entire customer experience. This is no longer your grandfather's marketing campaign story. In order to understand customers better the data...

Trash talk: Why Big Data needs to focus its use case to succeed

In 2012 the Senseable City Lab, part of MIT, conducted an experiment called Trash Track to see just what happens when someone takes out the trash. By attaching transmitters to over 3,000 pieces of rubbish they were able to track where that item went,...

WTF is a Data Scientist anyway ?

The Big Data hype engine rolls on but nothing ever gets any clearer. Let's be serious, NASA has been playing with 'lots and lots' of data since the time of the Moon launches but it was just data back then, and now all of...

Is the writing on the wall for Cloud already ?

The IT industry moves in cycles. Much like the fashion industry, trends come and go then return with a bang. It seems that Cloud Computing is about to hit that cycle now and go out of fashion faster than it came in. The NSA and...

Marketing and the rise of the Evangelist

Have you ever had to explain your job to your parents ? That's the ultimate acid test to see whether anyone understands what you do and I faced that last week when I announced to them my new role as Chief Evangelist of a...

The inevitability of shrinking server infrastructure as Cloud matures

According to both Gartner and IDC worldwide server market revenue has fallen by up to 5%, with major server manufacturers taking a hit. The figure doesn't appear big but the impact and shift to Cloud is starting to make its mark. But the biggest...

Unlocking the big data silos through integration

Big Data, real-time and predictive analytics present companies with the unparalleled ability to understand consumer behavior and ever-shifting market trends at a relentless pace in order to take advantage of opportunity. However, organizations are entrenched and governed by silos; data resides across the enterprise in...

Are your systems powered by Oompa Loompas ? You need integration !

I worked with a client once who was looking to implement an automated process for complaints handling. They explained their processes and began to slowly unveil their "integrated" customer system, explaining that over the years they grew to understand how information needs to move...

What is the price marketing is willing to pay for influence ?

Over at Techcrunch there's an interesting story of how Condé Nast has grown it's portfolio of companies not through further media investment but instead with a niche fashion jeweler. It may sound like an odd choice, but given they also own Vogue, it makes...

Why interoperability and integration will power true enterprise innovation

How often have we engaged in a truly innovative process that leaves us in no doubt that we have entered a new era? Not very often I'd wager, especially on a daily basis. If we look at how business services are designed, there's a...

The iWatch is the pre-cursor to a next-gen iPhone

Do you remember the concepts mooted when the original iPhone rumor first surfaced ? And do you remember seeing the iPhone for the first time and laughing at the pictures splashed all over the magazines a week before launch of a white phone with...

NumberFour to challenge the definition and dominance of Business Apps, BPM and CRM players

I like news of this sort. It makes me believe that larger enterprise vendors are still ripe for usurping because of the history they're tied to. I've said a few times that resting on your laurels will come round to bite you on the...

Today’s real-time analytics obsession, tomorrow’s forgotten innovation

David Bowie released his new album, The Next Day, a few months back. I've still not had a chance to listen to it yet but the title itself was provocative enough for this post. The disciplines of Big Data and real-time predictive analytics present organizations...

Oracle and Microsoft tie the knot in the Clouds, go head to head with...

Today in joint statements both Microsoft and Oracle issued their new found marriage in the clouds. The deal gives Microsoft clear competitive advantages against two of its competition. It strengthens Hyper-V against VMSphere as Oracle software is only supported on OracleVM and Hyper-V as from...

Why the Microsoft u-turn is like any other industry facing change

Status Quo. Not the dodgy soft rock band that never dies but the current state. Wikipedia defines it as ; … a Latin term meaning the existing state of affairs. It is a commonly used form of the original Latin "statu quo" – literally "the...

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