The future – what it holds for business | Business Essentials

Business Essentials Product pageI recently caught up with Heather Dawson of Business Essentials to chat about a range of business topics, trends and issues.

We crammed a lot into our interview and some of the questions included:

  • Why businesses should think about the future when they’re already so busy keeping up with immediate day-to-day things
  • What business operators need to know about the changing approach to employment
  • The rise of the BetaPreneur
  • The decline of the office
  • The big drivers behind change
  • What we can expect in 2015
  • Where  the biggest business opportunities and risks are
  • Can all businesses adapt to change or are some inevitably destined for the graveyard?
  • What practical steps should we all be taking now to meet the challenges of the future?

This was a far reaching and provocative conversation, just what you need in January to get your innovation juices flowing, have a listen to this extended version interview and then let me know what’s ahead for you in 2015.


#CES2015 Day 2 – Lots of zero’s and ones

IMAG1749Huge day, lots of walking, sat in on some great keynotes and saw some cool, weird and whacky stuff, but it all comes down to one consistent thing for me we are digitising EVERY aspect of our lives and everything on show here screams it and points to the obvious – we are on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution.

The Day started with a great keynote from the CEO’s of Cisco, Bosch and Comcast debating and reflecting on the innovation in their businesses and each stating categorically that there business is nothing like it was a year ago, both internally and externally and nothing like it will be in a years time.

They have each taken a similar path embedding innovation and change within every fibre of their company, people and processes.

They have broken down all their vertical silos and replaced them with open cross functional horizontal models that have meant changing job descriptions, salaries, rewards, kpi’s and expectations across the entire business.

It was a great keynote and I’ll post a recording of it in its entirety soon.

_DSC0281From there it was onto a tour of Samsung with their Oz VP and a good look at their notion of Internet of Everything and the open architecture their hoping to build that will connect everything and everybody to Samsung.

It’s a noble cause but it sounds to me like their really positing themselves for a market fight with Google / Android and Apple, but watch this space because their will be a winner in the very near future.

The afternoon saw a switch of conference halls and the start of the exploration wearables exhibition.

_DSC0283It’s incredible how many vendors there are and the variety of products, applications and purposes on show. This is definitely the next big thing, but we’re still very much in the early days, there’s all sorts of issues to overcome including who owns the rights to the data collected, who can use it and to what purpose.

But the theme of digitising our lives was strongest there. This entire new industry requires us to do it and assumes we will.

They’re right I suspect in the short term, but we have yet to see a killer brand or purpose and even a compelling reason to keep wearing them past the initial honeymoon stage, but I’m guessing we’ll see that reason very soon and also a clear marketplace dominant brand that will become the default name for this new segment, just like FaceBook and Google are.

_DSC0304My day finished with another round of keynotes on the State of the Wearables Market, Wearables Devices for Aged Care before finishing off with a Future of Wearables keynote (if you’d like more specifics on any of these email

All in all a great second day that saw me walk 1:56 hours, 8.5 kilometres or 10,003 steps (guess who’s wearing his wearables) exploring the furthest reaches of today and maybe even tomorrow’s technology.

Stay tuned tomorrow for Day 3 fro #CES2015 Las Vegas.

#CES2015 Las Vegas Day 1 – update and Radio Hong Kong radio segment

ces 2015Welcome to day one of the 2015 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) aka geek and nerd nirvana.

Me and 160,000 of my closest mates from around the world are spending the next 4 days looking at the newest and greatest in electronics, gadgets and innovation.

Today was all about personal electronics and 8 hours of walking around the Las Vegas Convention Centre took me past Samsung’s 2015 and beyond kit, including some really shmick 4K TV’s both curved and straight, smart TV’s with android based apps and controls.

I managed to wrangle a test of oculus rift – set can’ wait for one of these and also a trial of Toshiba’s new heads up display glasses – good but I still think they have away to go before we need to run out and buy one.


_DSC0233Samsung also showed off their new phone complete with a really sweet curved edge that displays a status bar of the most regular apps and tools – on sale soon and definitely a serious contender for best phone.

Wearable watches were _DSC0223also high on the agenda – all sorts, all colours, all shapes, all sizes and all brands.

Personal Transportation abounds including electric skateboards, electric bikes and motorbikes, tesla’s, electric BMW and even a tricked up Maserati complete with a Teslaesque dashboard.

Droids were also on display, moving away from the kitch and playful to camera enabled droids that recognise your face and follow you around and decide on next shot, best angle to film at – very cool.

I even got my daughter in the act as she helped Samsung show off their newest prototype of a smart make up mirror, that allowed her to try virtual hairstyles, makeup applications and more all without picking up a comb, hair straightener or make up brush – we have this on back order for her for Christmas._DSC0244

Day One was about seeing the world of electronics becoming more personal, morphing into lots of new forms – watches, phones, devices, cars, bikes and more and the growing trend to connecting them all and allowing them to digitally talk amongst themselves and figure out what we want before we even know we want it.

All in all lots of people, lots of tech, lots of everything and its only day 1 with 3 more to go.

I also caught up with my mate Phil Whelan on Hong Kong radio soon after and we chatted about all things #CES2015 day 1, to listen click here.

Happy New Year and welcome to 2015 | ABC Local Radio

New Year 2015 set up of golden digit two, table clock, bottle ofLots happening this year and what better time than the 1st January 2015 to begin the journey and that’s why Mark Sutton of ABC Local Overnight and I caught up in the early hours of this morning to have a chat about what’s ahead, what to expect and generally what 2015 might hold and bring.

After many years of looking backwards and wondering if we’re going to survive and even though we know things are still not great, we’re over it and ready to move forward so expect 2015 to be a more up beat year then we’ve seen for quite a while.

It will bring with it lot’s of tech toys that have been on the fringes for a while, but will become mainstream and ordinary this year including wearable technology, smart watches and 3D printers amongst others.

It’s also going to be a year of human outreach, where global issues will rise like a phoenix in our discussions and hearts and the notions of disruption and innovation move their way ever closer to the becoming normal in our lives and businesses.

It’s also a great time to look at the supposed divide between the digital natives and those that aren’t and ask ourselves whether it’s possible for the rest of us to ever catch up and if so what can and should we do.

A great conversation, perfect for the early morning of New Years day, so have a listen now and then share your thoughts for what 2015 may hold for you.