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Euan Davis
London, UK
Director, Centre for the Future of Work, Cognizant EMEA
Interests: Digital transformation, business and technology decision making and innovation. Annd if I am out of work? Brewing beer and messing around in boats!
Recent Activity
More of us are living longer but who’s going to pay for our care? In Europe, we all do, and the next generation must be getting queasy about how much tax they’re going to pay to support us in our dotage. Frau Merkel offers up a fascinating (and sobering) statistic... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at MIND THE GAP
Who knew that the 1930s were the golden age for chocolate bars? 1937 in particular saw the iconic Kit Kat, Rolos and Smarties hit our sweetshops. Old school chocolate bars (Fry’s Delight?) headed to the grave yard as Nestle swaggered into town. Nestle, one could say, was the Apple of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at MIND THE GAP
I went to Nottingham in England earlier this year. References to Robin Hood and Maid Marion abound but one building caught my eye because it had a blue disc stuck on it. These blue discs (about one foot wide) are found all over the UK and commemorate a famous resident,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at MIND THE GAP
Check out my infographic in all its glory.... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at MIND THE GAP
The key to cracking code in business analytics is to find the story in the bits and bytes and derive tangible—and actionable—business insight. The story or narrative that a business analytics team lands on must matter to any hardened decision maker looking to make sense from the swollen rivers of... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at MIND THE GAP
Last week I blogged about a new report hailing from the CFOW exploring all things to do with analytics. Basically, we wanted to understand the actual value that firms get from investing in analytics technologies rather than just, you know, shouting that everyone should do it. We wanted the figures/moola/cash/returns... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at MIND THE GAP
You wanted European market insights so brace yourself because my fellow CFOWers Paul Roehrig and Ben Pring wanted to measure the value firms get from business analytics—you know put some hard figures around it. And not just put a dollar, pound or euro value on Big Data but explore ways... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at MIND THE GAP
Did you catch my previous post about the need for cities and countries to nurture their own “Creative Economies?” Indulge me as I continue to romp through Europe’s digital hot-spots: London(check); Stockholm (check), Belfast (yes Belfast) and don’t get me started on Cardiff, the capital of Wales as it develops... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at MIND THE GAP
My last post mused on Creative Economies and how the economic value of ideas will increasingly delineate one city against another or one country against another. Perhaps it may well pit Scotland against England after September’s big question? So in this light-hearted post for Good Friday I will turn my... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at MIND THE GAP
God bless the BBC. Her majesty’s broadcasting service offered yet another gem by interviewing the UK academic John Howkins. Howkins first published his ideas on creativity and innovation back in 2001. His interview demonstrates just how “on the money” his ideas still are, at least in my mind. Howkins sets... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at MIND THE GAP
October the 2nd attending the launch of Cognizant’s Co Creation Center in Sweden—a fascinating insight into how firms collaborate and accelerate innovation. Even though the term “co-creation” suffers from the dreaded consulting speak, I cannot think of a better way to describe what’s on offer. The center offers a compelling... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at MIND THE GAP
To see a vision of tomorrow’s Africa and the possibilities therein, look to Kenya. Micro finance service M-Pesa has exploded across the country creating a new generation of African entrepreneurs in its wake. The success of this one simple mobile phone based innovation has surprised everyone and could propel Nairobi... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at MIND THE GAP
While the world looks to Cannes and all things Gatsby, there is another city feeding from Hollywood and reinventing itself on the global stage. Belfast's now has a thriving ecosystem of creative agencies and post production companies that are attracting a significant chunk of TV and movie spending from around... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at MIND THE GAP
You're having dinner with your new squeeze, charming her parents when your eye lands on an old family photograph on the sideboard appearing to feature your own grandpa in his youth. And then it hit you—she’s your cousin! Well, maybe not in the US or the UK but if you... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at MIND THE GAP
Most students go to university so they'll be able to get better jobs and make more money but in today's fast moving digital world some are questioning just whether universities will help them achieve that. This partly explains why there's such interest in innovating the education experience currently (MOOCs, Udacity... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at MIND THE GAP
Poland’s capital Warsaw is a global city, a major tourist destination and known for its Phoenix like qualities—its historic core was painstakingly rebuilt by the Poles after the destruction wrought during the 2nd world war. And Warsaw—like Poland—has successfully remodelled itself as an economic hub for central Europe. And after... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at MIND THE GAP
Bring together a bunch of Dutch banking operations executives and you realize how well the Dutch speak English and how challenging their roles are—more regulation, the rise of the customer experience and the need for new operating models are clearly on the agenda. 2013’s OPEX congress held in Holland (Operational... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at MIND THE GAP
Xerox Newsroom News Releases via Xerox starts moving into the CMO space with a couple of interesting deals with first Morrisons and now Lloyds in the UK... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 19, 2011 at MIND THE GAP
The move will see Tag become a standalone business division of Williams Lea, where it will continue to operate under its own brand and the same senior management team.Tag is currently the largest independent agency of its kind in the world, offering a range of design and creative production services.The... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 15, 2011 at MIND THE GAP
There's a fascinating debate raging in the DigitalNext section of Ad Age that captures some of the current "culture wars" on Madison Avenue between marketers ("mad men") and technologists ("math men"). A few weeks ago, Kendall Allen wrote a piece titled: The Dangers Of Online Advertising's "Math State" that begins... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 6, 2011 at MIND THE GAP
Business rewards CMOs with huge budgets to spend on wonky processes and bloated technologies—it’s a fact, its odd and ever so slightly demented but that’s the way it is…or was until the previously untouchable corporate marketing department fell under the corporate spotlight. From what my research is telling me, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at MIND THE GAP
IBM’s Institute for Business Value (IBM Global Services’ executive research group) announced findings from its huge CIO survey undertaken every 2 years. It’s a massive piece of work involving 3000 one hour face-to-face interviews with CIOs from around the world—this year it has some great news for CMOs. Basically the... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2011 at MIND THE GAP
At last—a meaty deal for outsourced service integration….and it’s a UK utility firm that has done it with the help of HP services: “HP will establish a multi-supplier governance model to deliver a service-management function that will provide a single point of accountability across all of National Grid’s technology and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2011 at MIND THE GAP
Dell announced an impressive $1billion solution investment to support its Cloud strategy and from what I heard yesterday the story is really shaping up. My take on Cloud has always been it gives providers a narrative that their customers really understand because it can be drawn in many different ways.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2011 at MIND THE GAP
By Nick Heath, 30 March 2011 10:13 via For those of you doomsayers that think its all vapour? Just goes to show how revolutionary this stuff is... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 30, 2011 at MIND THE GAP