Category Archive: 17. Processes

Jan 18

Groupthink waffle or Vanguard results?

The following is a precis of part of an email from Professor John Seddon of Vanguard Consultants (with whom I have no connection) who  spoke at a public-sector ‘shared services’ conference The opening keynote was from the interim leader of the Government Shared Service programme – a very nice man – who said: We aim …

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Nov 21

CBI calls for more companies to use digital technology

According to the CBI – Confederation of British Industry – the UK needs ‘more companies skilled to find and adopt available technologies and management best practices known to improve productivity and pay’ In particular, the use of cloud computing, mobile technology, e-purchasing, cybersecurity and on-line procurement could result in a £100 billion boost to the …

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Nov 21

AI to create millions of jobs

Professor Robert Gordon of Northwestern University, USA, says: “No invention in the last 250 years, since the first Industrial Revolution, has caused mass unemployment “Though jobs are constantly being destroyed, they are also being created in even larger numbers – there is enormous churn in the job market – at present, there is actually a …

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Sep 18

Likely impacts of automation

Doomsayers forecast that robots will fully automate and so steal all our jobs – others say ‘bring them on – the sooner the better’ A report for the World Economic Forum estimates that technology will create about two million jobs worldwide by 2020 – but displace seven million This is worrying enough for the educated …

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Sep 14

Robots to transform education

An article in The Times reported that Anthony Seldon, former headmaster of Wellington College, UK, believes: “The imminent arrival of robot teachers will herald the greatest revolution in education” “Personalised learning, facilitated by artificial intelligence, will mean that every student from Eton to the most deprived school in Blackpool, will receive education of a standard …

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Jul 13

AI becoming mainstream in retail

Expert systems to aid human and plant maintenance and clever OR (Operations Research) computer models (aka apps) to find optimum solutions to complex business problems have been around for over 50 years now AI (Artificial Intelligence) is just the latest moniker for much the same, albeit more powerful Retail Week recently published an article about …

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Apr 15

IoT to transform many processes

“The IoT (Internet of Things) can help businesses be more productive and efficient” says Phil Goldstein, web editor for BizTech – “but they need a plan to integrate disparate technologies whilst addressing protection needs against malicious actors” Steve Darrah, Director of National Solutions at Intel, says that “IoT can be used to improve efficiency and …

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