User Group Conference 2017 – our most interesting Keynote (ever!)

Although I say it myself, we have conjured up what I think could be the best ever keynote in our series of annual conferences. Join SAP’s Hala Zeine, and Constellation Research’s R “Ray” Wang for a fireside chat exploring how we can all move from the hype of digital transformation to the reality of Business Transformation. They will discuss the latest Business, Management& Technology trends, reviewing disruptive technologies and what they mean to you, including

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI),
  • Internet of Things (IoT),
  • Machine Learning,
  • Data Management.

Learn how everything fits together, how SAP is addressing all of these topics, and how you can help your organisation make the right decisions.

The 2 most popular speakers we’ve ever had, together at the same time!

And this is just one item in an impressive programme …….check it out here.


Yet another data breach…..

There’s been another one….this time Equifax one of the big credit rating companies has had data “stolen”. And it impacts large numbers  – 143 million people. Around the world. And the reaction to this is interesting. In the US Equifax have set up a website to let you know if you have been effected – in the UK nothing. Apparently the Information Commissioners office has “cause for concern”, and “will be advising Equifax to alert affected UK customers at the earliest opportunity”. And yet 2018 sees the arrival of GDPR perhaps the biggest single piece of legislation for protection of personal data ever conceived. The proposed new EU data protection regime extends the scope of the EU data protection law to all foreign companies processing data of EU residents. It provides for a harmonization of the data protection regulations throughout the EU, thereby making it easier for non-European companies to comply with these regulations; however, this comes at the cost of a strict data protection compliance regime with severe penalties of up to 4% of worldwide turnover. So whilst the individuals effected are unlucky, Equifax is lucky as it could have been on the end of a $126M fine if this had happened at the same time next year. It’s revenue increased 18% in 2016 and its profit by 14%, so it can hardly say it couldn’t afford to keep things safe…..

Data – selling facts

I always visit the BBC News Website each day – I guess it’s my equivalent of a newspaper today – and today a story or rather facts caught my eye. Under the business section was a story about how the oil industry was crying out for support from the government in these suddenly low oil price times. This from organisations that were making record profits only months ago. Also on the page was a link to how much do you pay for your fuel, essentially a country by country comparison.

Diesel comparitive

Diesel comparative

Actually fascinating that the UK – an actual Oil Producer charges so much compared to others, Venezuela another producer charges so little at the other end of the scale. Why is it so? Well interestingly in both cases it is driven by politics and country finances. In the UK around 65% of the cost a consumer pays is tax to the government, whilst in Venezuela conversely it is the government subsidy that covers approximately 99% of the value.  Such extremes reflecting the extremes of political governance.

So sometimes the “facts” revealed by data can be astounding and produce outcomes that are not always expected.


I’ve been busy the last few years but now…..

So I’ve been busy working for a large multi-national corporation for the last few years so much so that it has diverted me from writing, but having decided to finish my employed work and start to put my feet up, I’m contemplating a return……. Watch this space, a few more things to tie up and then…….