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Election 2016 – The Analytics War Has Started

The data is already telling a story

Real-time analytics is a topic that continues to dominate the business world in 2016, and with good reason. Data will tell a story about your business, your competitors, and the movements in your industry, and it allows you to make decisions in a way that will leap frog your competition.

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Future Retail – Masters’ collapse is a big warning

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Stack it high and sell it cheap doesn’t work anymore

Masters recent announcement of it finally admitting defeat in the highly competitive market of bricks and mortar retail is no surprise. The cost of doing business on the ‘high street’ in Australia is at an all time high, and you can’t win the battle of getting customers in by just throwing money at the problem.

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Switzer – Looking ahead into the future

Are you ready for 2016? It’s going to be huge

There is no doubt that 2015 was the year of big data, the cloud, and breaking down the borders between mobile, technology and people. Businesses have been working tirelessly to understand how to create experiences for their customers, and bridging the gap between online and offline. Looking ahead into next year promises even more opportunities for us all, and it will be the year of the consumer.

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The Future Workplace


I was recently interviewed by Marcia de los Santos as part of SBS Radio’s Future Hopes series, where we talked about the future workplace.

The rise of automation, computerisation, and teleworking are all predicted to have profound effects upon Australia’s future workforce, and with China’s slowing economy and increasing global uncertainty, what will Australia’s workplace look like in the future?

As human beings we are naturally resistant to change, but it’s time to embrace change, to be open minded and flexible, and to look forward to the opportunities ahead, as there are many.

Listen to more of our interview over on Soundcloud.

The Future of Fashion

What we wear has always been important to us as human beings, mainly because we are a very visual species: we all judge people on the way that they look, whether or not we are conscious of doing so. Whilst there is very little chance of this deep-seated behaviour changing any time in the near future, the world of designer clothing and retail fashion is nevertheless set to undergo a radical transformation in the next two to three years.

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The Future of Financial Planning Is Near

I had the pleasure of joining Peter Switzer on Sky News Business this week to discuss the Future of Financial Planning, how technology and digital are impacting financial planning businesses on a global scale, Roboadvice, and how legislation needs to keep up with the pace of change.

What Is the Future of Financial Planning?

Of course, the big question on everyone’s lips is “Do Financial Planners have a future with all of this new technology?”

The simple answer to this is yes, as relationships will remain a focal point, but the real question is how. Digital has a large role to play in unlocking the future, embracing change, and in enhancing relationships. The Financial Planner of the future will be the new wave of technology advisors.

You can view my full interview with Peter Switzer on Sky News Business here.

Robots are taking over the world! Or are they?

Look out. They’re coming after us

Just the other day, I had one of the funniest interviews on air that I’ve had in a long time. It was with ABC Darwin’s breakfast host, Richard Margetson and no prizes for guessing, the topic was robots. Interestingly enough, even before I went on the show I was chatting on the phone with one of the shows producers – you could hear the fear in their voices. I was being asked questions like “What will we do when there aren’t any jobs anymore, and these robots take over?” and “Surely this is the end of the world, how do we fight these machines!? Do they have Armies?”.

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How is the Sharing Economy shaping the Future of Business?

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The Sharing Economy or the ‘Collaborative Economy’ has fundamentally transformed the way we do business and transact on a daily basis. It is growing at an astonishing rate, and is widely predicted to double in the next 12 months. This isn’t just about buying or selling  online through traditional ecommerce sites. It’s a new and very powerful movement in which people are getting goods and services from each other.

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Our mobile future. It’s all about devices.

In a recent appearance on channel 7’s Morning Show we were discussing the future of communication. Just over 50 years ago, there were still 20,000 telegrams being sent by Australians on an annual basis, and it was less than 60 years ago that the very first television programme was broadcast in Australia. When you compare that to the situation that exists today, with 31 million mobile devices floating around in 2014 (8 million more than the number of people who live in this country), you really get a feel for the pace of change in the world of communications technology.

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What kind of impacts are robots having on the workplace?

Robots and automation are topics that are coming up more and more frequently. South Australia are recently conducting driverless vehicle trials on the public highways, and we are seeing increasing amounts of technology coming into our homes and places of work.

As humans, we are naturally resistant to change, and the pace of change has never been higher than it is today. It can often seem overwhelming, and that we are being ambushed from all around us! Chris Riddell chatted with ABC Darwin’s Richard Margetson to talk about the future of robots, and whether we should be worried about the world being taken over.

In true Australian style, the questions were frank, honest and quirky, with an ending like no other.

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