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Sport & Technology: raves and free beer

by Clare Forestier
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 We’re building new experiences and new fans every time we turn on the lights I have to be honest here. Apart from the annual tennis fest that is Wimbledon, I’m not the greatest sports fan that ever lived. The office chat about the latest shenanigans in the Premiership leaves me cold, and the latest cricket ...

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Confronting the digital challenge: disrupt or be disrupted

by Ben Thompson
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Every firm wants to be the next Uber. The reality is that most are just uber-scared. So how do you approach the digital age with a swagger, not a swoon? There’s an interesting update doing the rounds on Linkedin at the moment. You’ve probably seen it, sandwiched in between that comedy photo of a fist-pumping ...

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Is cloud enabling a better partnership between IT and the rest of the business?

by Sasha Qadri
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There was a time (in the technology dark ages) when IT used to be IT and the business used to be the business. Simple, right?  IT had a pretty lowly status, they just dealt with computer “stuff” and that was about it. Who knows what else they did? Who cared?….. IT partnership status with the ...

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BLOG Sport and Technology: how analytics got sexy

by Clare Forestier
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Of course, as a business journalist, I know analytics and big data are driving the future of many industries, giving them valuable insight into their customers and helping them improve service and boost sales. When you add analytics to the blood, sweat and tears of competitive sport, it gets even more interesting. I’m as excited ...

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Effective management in a social media world

by Alan Royal
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Social media can amplify your every management mistake, says Alan Royal. But only if you let it… It used to be simple. As a manager, your management style, activities, and occasional corrective actions were largely contained within your company. Today, social media provides a mechanism for both direct and stealth broad-based communication from your employees ...

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Trends in globalisation: fact or fiction?

by Adam Burns
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Is a dynamic mix of reshoring, intra-regional trade and hubonomics the global business model of today? Adam Burns asked ten multinational business leaders for the truth behind today’s trade trends. In 22 years, Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon became as big as Denmark, generating the same revenue with 10x less people. They surpassed geography and ...

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Think like a marketer: 3 ideas the CIO can pinch from the CMO playbook

by Ben Thompson
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Gartner reckons the CMO is taking over the technology budget. CIOs are up in arms. But are they picking the right fight? First things first: Gartner is right. Tech and marketing go hand-in-hand, and are only going to get closer. Consider this: marketing budgets are rising overall as e-commerce sales grow, as social and mobile ...

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Lessons From: A ‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain

by Nick Pryke
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Inescapable fog. Gale force winds. Blistering rain. And then you step out of your car and go to work. Nobody ever said being a fisherman was easy. Throw in a few thousand tonnes of floating ice, rogue waves hitting the hundred-foot mark and the very real chance of having a limb severed by a raging ...

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Knicker elastic and hybrid cloud, do we need to talk about it?

by Clare Forestier
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Hybrid cloud. It’s like the (well, usually in a business blog) unmentionable essentials. Things like the elastic holding up your undies. No need to talk about it, but without it, you’re well, um … chilly? Seeing as we’re speaking French (as in lingerie, stay with me) I’m posing the question, is the use of the ...

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How i learned to stop worrying and love change

by Ben Thompson
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What do we want? Incremental change. When do we want it? After the correct consultation periods have been observed. First up, a confession: I have an issue with change. Ok, as confessions go it’s fairly mundane – nothing to see here, daytime TV fans – but the fact remains that I’m a fairly change-averse person. It’s ...

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