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< The beta blog | 13 May 2015

How IT functions can prepare for digital and hybrid cloud adoption in banking

The digitisation of banks will impact every business process and service delivery model in existence today. However uncontrolled implementation of digital solutions on multiple cloud environments will have catastrophic consequences to the IT platform in terms of cost, complexity and risk.

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< The beta blog | 30 Apr 2015

Digital transformation opportunities in private banking and wealth management

Digital transformation is endlessly fascinating because of the depth and breadth of its impact on industries, organisations and people. Over the last couple of years, I’ve had the good fortune to work with two leading private banks, helping to devise and implement their digital strategy and transformation initiatives. During that time, I’ve learned that even this conservative and established industry has had to rethink how it delivers services to its clients in the digital age.

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< The beta blog | 29 Apr 2015

PwC wins CIM Marketing Excellence award for the world in beta campaign

Earlier this week the world in beta team attended the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Excellence Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, where our world in beta campaign was a nominee in the Digital Transformation category.

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< The beta blog | 28 Apr 2015

How the megatrends will impact supply chains

The world is constantly changing and supply chain strategies must adapt to a new world order or face being ineffective and irrelevant. The supply chain innovations of yesteryear – barcodes, computerised tracking systems, the just-in-time delivery model and even online delivery channels – have all been responses to broader trends taking place at that particular time.

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< The beta blog | 27 Apr 2015

The bank as a platform and why digital needs your legacy systems

There is a lot of discussion about how legacy systems stop large banks innovating and responding to change. However making a decision to swap them out is a CIO's worst nightmare. Having worked on a number of legacy system projects I can tell you nightmares are the least of your problems. Given the short tenor of CIOs these days its likely that most will shy away from taking a decision to migrate core legacy systems and prefer a discussion about how to manage the legacy estate more effectively, in particular those systems right at the heart of the architecture.

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< The beta blog | 23 Mar 2015

Teaching elephants to salsa

During the past few years we have seen a number of examples of extreme company growth from start-ups. Uber, Airbnb, Facebook and Spotify are examples who have gone from nothing to billion-pound valuations in 3-5 years. These companies are fast moving and agile, unlike a lot of large corporates today that are slow moving and rigid. Start-ups tend to dance salsa while big corporates dance a traditional waltz. So how can they learn how to salsa?

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< The beta blog | 06 Mar 2015

The new digital age: are charities ready for disruption?

"To disrupt or to be disrupted. That is the question". OK, if Shakespeare were alive today, he might not have said those exact words but all charities, large or small, need to be asking themselves that same question.

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< The beta blog | 03 Mar 2015

Getting strategic about China

As the Technology sponsor at the GREAT Festival of Creativity event here in Shanghai, we’re encouraging delegates to test the ‘digital fitness’ of their organisation through our online tool. British businesses entering the Chinese market or working with Chinese partners over the coming years will need to play to their creative strengths, and to do that today means being able to engage with customers and partners digitally.

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< The beta blog | 27 Feb 2015

Organisations must realise the value of having a diversity and inclusion strategy

Organisations today face a number of uncertainties in global markets and a key attribute for future success is adaptability. This includes having a good mix of talent and the ability to alter the mix depending on business needs. It also means having people who can think and work in different ways and who can lead cross-functional, cross sector and cross-cultural initiatives. Diversity is, therefore, not only a ‘soft issue’, but it is becoming a crucial quality in the talent pool, and at PwC we believe that is across all dimensions, whether it is gender, ethnicity, knowledge, skills or experiences.

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< The beta blog | 19 Feb 2015

Survival of the fittest: Six ways to reinvent the IT function for the digital age

It probably sounds counterintuitive: suggesting IT functions could be a casualty of the very technology they exist to manage. But it’s not as contradictory as it might at first appear. One of the key reasons why digital technology is having such a seismic effect on the way we live now is that everyone can do IT. We don’t need an IT specialist to work, shop and connect online, and more and more people are developing the skills to build their own websites and applications.

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