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< The beta blog | 03 Feb 2016

1 in 10: InsurTech startups take no notice of the survival statistic

According to statistics, only one in ten startups survive. But for InsurTech startups, if you combine their passion and absolute determination to succeed with support from industry players, the reality could be very different.

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< The beta blog | 01 Feb 2016

Trends in Technology - Impact on Treasury

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace and it’s important that Treasury teams keep on top of the trends to ensure they continue to add value to the business. Along with the leading software provider SAP, the PwC Treasury and Commodity team recently hosted an event where the topic of conversation was Trends in Technology.

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< The beta blog | 30 Jan 2016

Connected home: The implications for energy retailers and changing customer relationships

The connected home is a great opportunity for energy retailers – but it’s also a big threat. Experience across many different markets shows how far and fast digital disruption can drive changes to a market. A cursory look at the changes taking place, for example, disruptive FinTech applications disaggregating the financial services market, BT entering the entertainment and media markets and the impact of omni-channel retailing, shows how rapidly relatively stable markets can transform. New players can arise quickly, and unbounded by physical limitations, can rapidly gain a sizeable market share.

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< The beta blog | 29 Jan 2016

The connected home - who will be the winners?

The proliferation in the number of connected devices, the spread of almost infinite cloud computing and the plunging costs of data storage at huge scale are all key factors behind the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT). Few areas of life will be unaffected by its reach. And for most, it’s in our homes where we’ll first start to see its transformational impacts.

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< The beta blog | 28 Jan 2016

Smart Meters – are they part of the connected home?

Much has changed since the UK’s smart meter programme was originally envisaged. Broadband penetration has increased, as has smart phone adoption, and the phrases ‘smart home’ and ‘connected home’ are now seeing more common prominence with big players like Google (with their acquisition of Nest), Samsung, Apple and Microsoft looking to make their mark in what is expected to be a huge global market.

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< The beta blog | 18 Jan 2016

Towards digital government

Faster, smoother, more transparent. These are words that could be used to describe the objectives of many businesses operating in today’s volatile and rapidly digitising world. But they are also increasingly words governments should be applying to the services they of

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< The beta blog | 12 Jan 2016

AI: powered by data

Artificial Intelligence became a hot topic early in 2015 when suddenly all the heads of big tech firms were voicing their opinions around it.

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< The beta blog | 05 Jan 2016

What role does data play in your decision making?

Since the beginning of time, mankind has captured and analysed data. And as processes have become more automated, devices more connected and increased technological capacity enables greater processing ability at ever lower costs, data and the associated analytics is now available to us in unprecedented volumes.

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< The beta blog | 05 Jan 2016

Does digital spell the death of the manager?

Are you looking to make your organisation more agile, more ‘digital’ and better connected to make sure you’re able to compete in the digital world?

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< The beta blog | 16 Dec 2015

Energy 2020 - Becoming digital normal

The message in our recent publication Energy 2020: Who will be the Winners? is simple: energy suppliers can no longer rely on their heritage and traditional expertise to compete in the market of the future. More recently, we published the latest instalment in this campaign looking at how utilities can improve their digital capabilities: Energy 2020: Becoming digital normal.

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