The use of technology to improve health care outcomes

Knowledge, it is said, is power. The advent of wearable health monitoring devices is being seen as an enabler to promote healthy outcomes through the use of technology. Giving one the ability to track a diverse range of health indicators from sleep patterns and calorie monitoring has meant we now are capable of having real-time personal monitoring tools that potentially could improve our health and well-being outcomes. Continue reading

Trends from I/ITSEC Conference 2015: Simulation Technologies

In the film The Matrix, the lead character, Neo, is ‘woken’ up from the reality he has lived in all his life, to find that it has all been a simulation of that reality, which is actually a computer generated world.

Science fiction films like The Matrix touch on a technology that has become a powerful computing tool used to model systems, environments and situations. This technology is known as Simulation. Simulation uses various methodologies, including computer assisted modeling techniques and computer-human interfaces, to create an expression of a particular element. Simulation can be used across multiple disciplines and industries, from healthcare to manufacturing and design, to defense, for a myriad of purposes, but with training being a prime example. Continue reading

When kids start getting hacked, it’s time to wake up about cybersecurity

Copyright – The Washington Post – December 11 2015 – By Vivek Wadhwa

It was not an auspicious beginning to the holiday season. On Black Friday, we learned that a hacker had broken into the servers of Chinese toymaker VTech and lifted the personal information of nearly five million parents and more than 200,000 children. The data haul included home addresses, names, birth dates, email addresses, and passwords. Worse still, it had photographs and chat logs of parents with their children. Continue reading

Building a seamless global customer experience thanks to digital technology

Even though 99% of purchases world-wide are still made “physically”, i.e. in traditional stores, not only is digital technology inescapable, as the proportion of on-line sales continues to grow, but it has an impact on dynamics… off-line. Therefore, improving the experience of digital technology using digital technology for customers, whether they are on the Internet or in the street, is proving to be a major challenge for tomorrow’s retailers. Objectives: to increase sales, the average basket and loyalty.

How does the online customer journey in a broad, global and seamless sense, influence the act of purchase both on-line and in store?
How can the physical store become almost a stage within the customer journey which has in itself become increasingly global, digital or physical, mobile, cross-channel, etc.?

Here are the 7 principles to be applied to the web and within its framework… Continue reading

CRS: drivers towards rationalising the reporting function

Implementation of the new CRS is a substantial new regulatory issue for financial institutions. How can optimum compliance be achieved quickly? Over and above the need to identify clients and accounts to be reported, how can reports for tax administrations be produced while dealing with the complexity of the various country entities and mechanisms to be covered? Continue reading

Insurance: how to become a Digital Enterprise

In the world of insurance, which is subject to strict regulation and rather traditional in its IT approach, migrating to Digital Enterprise is as much a matter of urgency for ISD as for industry. As the last stage of the IT evolution which has been unfolding for the past 30 years, Digital Enterprise is open, based on legacy systems and has a flexible architecture related to social issues, mobility and the Cloud. It is a challenge for the sector but also an opportunity to take the lead (again)… How should we go about this? Continue reading