Local government must learn to give up traditional notions of control. Councils that do not shift quickly to an effective model of participation will lose the ability to make a positive impact in their areas. The councils at the forefront of this agenda are beginning to realise the true value of actively championing digital participation; using digital technology and platforms to enable people and communities to participate more to improve their local area and help local people.
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< The beta blog | 28 Apr 2016
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Virtual reality is here to stay. We are on the verge of a revolution, and not just in entertainment, but also across sectors as diverse as retail, healthcare, education, tourism and communications. Virtual reality technology has the potential to become the single most important way for us to connect with the outside world.
< The beta blog | 11 Feb 2016
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a hot topic, fuelled by growing media interest and numerous investments made by big technology firms. AI is already being used in everyday life with applications including spam filters and speech recognition technologies, such as Siri and the Netflix recommendation engine. But in a business context how useful and practical is AI and is it something your business should consider?
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.
< The beta blog | 28 Jan 2016
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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.
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
< The beta blog | 04 Dec 2015
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For a company to become truly sustainable, it needs to look at environmental impacts along the full length of its value chain. Companies who are serious about enhancing their environmental performance can now use big data and analytics to understand how even small changes can make a big difference.
< The beta blog | 24 Nov 2015
The Hive is a new investment from PwC and Google that allows us to help businesses to innovate and develop new ways of working and new business opportunities across EMEA. It includes PwC’s first ‘Google Lab’ in Europe, providing a specialist hub that brings together the best talent of our global firm to tackle the biggest challenges.
< The beta blog | 18 Nov 2015
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Crowdfunding has been a true game-changer of the digital age, but is this $35bn industry here to stay? Why do so many projects fail? And what should investors be aware of?
The next generation of Digital banking will see banking products and data integrated within Customer outcome based Apps rather than the native banking App’s we see today. This heralds a new distribution channel for Banking, enabled by public API’s that can be used to create new marketplaces and business models around the bank
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