Are you a 'digital native' - and how would you know?

Are you a ‘digital native’ – and how would you know?

The term ‘digital native’ is increasingly being used to describe a set of skills that organisations look to have throughout their teams.  But how many organisations have really thought through what they actually mean?  Having asked a few people what they mean, my rough and ready research would lead me to believe that there is…

The power of the crowd - insight and collaboration through crowdsourcing

The power of the crowd – insight and collaboration through crowdsourcing

Whether you like it or not we are all contributors and users of crowdsourced data on a daily basis.  Examples are all around us, whether it’s: voting on TV talent shows; product ratings on Amazon; or traffic on Google Maps; or mobile phone coverage maps collated by RootMetrics from user supplied data.  Whilst the first…

Can you play from the baseline if you don't know where it is?

Can you play from the baseline if you don’t know where it is?

In so many areas of life, being successful is about continually improving versus your previous best.  The baseline is key.  Outsourcing is no different, without a robust baseline it’s difficult to measure performance and apportion risk and reward in a sustainable and balanced way. The competition to take over the procurement of defence equipment for…

"they put the pieces together in a different way that succeeded"

“they put the pieces together in a different way that succeeded” – Bill Gates

In an interview for CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ program, Bill Gates talked about his relationship with Steve Jobs.  In it he talks about tablets, “We did tablets – lots of tablet – well before Apple did” he states, before conceding “they put the pieces together in a different way that succeeded.”  In the world of tablets,…

Can you prototype a contract? - do we have the right contracting skills?

Can you prototype a contract? – do we have the right contracting skills?

In one of my sessions at the recent IACCM EMEA conference which looked at contracting skills I posed the question that whilst we would rarely let a product get to market without some form of testing or prototyping, how many commercial or contract management professionals consider testing their contracting structures or agreements? If we look…

the ubiquity of apps

The Ubiquity of Apps – An Opportunity for Education

The Ubiquity of Apps – An Opportunity in Education (via innov8-Ed) It’s difficult to think about a world without apps, however, it is only five years since the launch of the iTunes App Store.  In this time apps have become ubiquitous and found across all platforms and not just the Apple iOS.  Over the past…

Educating for Application – Innovation Needs It

I was recommended to a TED lecture called ‘use data to build better schools’ given by Andreas Schleicher.  Andreas is from an OECD funded organisation called PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment).  It was a great use of 15 mins and gave some great insights into the difference between access to education and equality of…

Travel Curation - the Future of the High Street Travel Agents?

Travel Curation – the Future Business Model of the High Street Travel Agent?

In a business world where companies are adjusting their business model to outsource all but the business critical and core activities, in the consumer world we seem to be increasingly insourcing more and more to meet our value for money aspirations.  A good example of this is the way in which many of us plan…