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.Read on
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< The beta blog | 30 Jan 2016
Connected home: The implications for energy retailers and changing customer relationships
< 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.Read on
< 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.Read on
< 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.Read on
< 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.Read on
< The beta blog | 15 Dec 2015
The 2018 digital university - staying relevant in the digital age
The very nature of Higher Education, how it is delivered and the role of universities in society and the economy is changing, and will continue to change significantly in the next decade. Universities are competing globally for students, academics and funding, and only those that stay relevant and leverage new digital capabilities will benefit in this digital age.Read on
< The beta blog | 07 Dec 2015
The 2018 University: managing complexity and integrating for the future
In our blog ‘’The 2018 University – how ready is higher education to embrace the future’ we considered the challenges facing today’s universities, highlighting that too many conflicting systems mean data is difficult to access and doesn’t provide the insight needed.Read on
< The beta blog | 01 Dec 2015
The 2018 university – how ready is higher education to embrace the future?
At the heart of each university lie the core aims of excellence in teaching, learning and research. But with the higher education environment changing dramatically, and with students nowadays expecting far more in return for their time and investment than in previous decades, the reality is that the old ways of working will not properly support this endeavour.Read on