Susan Bowen

When digital meets physical

Digital transformation is like a penetrating wind reaching into all areas of commerce, business and government. If there’s any doubt about this, consider what industry analysts IDC recently said: at the end of 2017, the vast majority of the world’s largest businesses will put digital transformation at the centre of corporate strategies. I recently gave a presentation at an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) conference about the need for and benefits of digital transformation. ICE understands the winds of change have been blowing for some time and recently launched a digital transformation campaign. Digital transformation takes different shapes according to the industry in which it is taking place. Within civil engineering and construction, it is largely digitised engineering and the ability to monitor infrastructure so engineers can use real data to influence construction and maintenance. This is significant and the implications are tremendous. The Three Gorges Dam in China is…

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Diversity can fuel the fires of continued digital innovation

I was recently invited by Westminster eForum to give a keynote presentation at their seminar: Women in the tech sector: education, company cultures and business benefits. My brief was to show that there is a commercial case for gender equality. Yes we may all agree that it is the right thing to do, but does gender equality make a business more profitable? Here is a brief summary of some of the key points that I was able to make during the presentation. I am delighted to say, the answer is yes. I’ve got the stats and my own experience as the General Manager and VP of Cogeco Peer 1 to prove it. (Which is a good job because if the answer was no, this would have been be a very short and not very popular keynote speech.) Here are 5 cold, hard, researched stats that demonstrate the ways in which…

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