15. May 2017

Intelligent Domesticity: Smart Home of the 50s

Digitization raises concerns: How will our daily life change? How will smart home support us in future? How does our social life change when our walls become screens? What price will we pay as transparent citizens? The Smart Home is invisible The internet of things and especially the intelligent home we can experience in the near future. With all big dreams and expectations around ambient intelligence, I find it amusing that the smart houses at first glance  come along pretty […]
18. July 2016

New jobs in the connection economy

What will we do if 60% of our jobs were done by machines as the scientists predict? Will we also loose our jobs like radiologists, travel agents, lawyers and local shopkeepers? This question I am asked regularly when talking about AI. I actually like Seth Godin’s view on this, looking back at the last century to remember how many jobs have been eaten by computers and looking forward to linchpin-opportunities. Here is a summary of his thoughts: For a hundred […]
18. July 2016

New jobs in the connection economy

What will we do if 60% of our jobs were done by machines as the scientists predict? Will we also loose our jobs like radiologists, travel agents, lawyers and local shopkeepers? This question I am asked regularly when talking about AI. I actually like Seth Godin’s view on this, looking back at the last century to remember how many jobs have been eaten by computers and looking forward to linchpin-opportunities. Here is a summary of his thoughts: For a hundred […]
13. April 2016

Do We rest on the Lethargy of our Competitors?

Wo do German Companies apparently lean back and relax in the Race for Digital Monopoles? Verena Fink on companies that will show you how it’s done, where man and machine complement each other. Interview: Verena Fink on Digitalization
28. March 2016

Digital Guidance: who is guiding who?

Complexity versus Comfort Consumers want to be always-on and linked-in and also optimize their comfort. Facing an increasing complexity, that’s not exactly easy. In the year 2020 a consumer will be using 6.5 devices that are interconnected. In two years, the estimated sales volume of machines that are able to communicate amongst each other will be 200 billion dollars. Along with it, the amount of information and the range of options will increase and thus the stress level. Already today […]
26. February 2016

Looking Back at CCW 2016: Digital Transformation

It is astounding to see how slowly many companies move in Germany. Verena Fink hosted the topic „Digitalization“ at the CCW Congress 2016
22. February 2016

Ingenious Ideas explained in an Ingenious Way?

Why don’t Sponsors listen to Our Ingenious Ideas? This question I was asked by a project group this week whose service idea hadn’t gone down well at their company so far. I became curious what it was about and had to ask tenaciously, until I emerged into the core of their offer. Reading Seth Godin’s article, who is one of my favourite bloggers from Silicon Valley, made me think of that team and I declared his thoughts to be an […]
11. February 2016

Early Birds fly Higher – so do Early Adopters

Early Adopters are Popular Multipliers Early adopters (first-time users) are popular in the marketing departments of innovative companies. Let’s be honest, it’s them to jump on the bandwagon at an early stage, function as multipliers and, ideally, take over several roles from customers via journalists to partners. They provide a use, not only for the field of recommendation marketing, but also with an early customer feedback, which is essential for the enhancement of product and service ideas developed closely to […]
29. January 2016

Tools for Virtual Teams and Home Workers

Yesterday Nitin Maheta wrote in his blog about a Stanford study that is said to have shown that co-workers that work from home have raised their productivity by 30 per cent. It sounds like a win-win situation, but first there are some challenges. One of them, a joint-project in virtual teams, can be simplified with some practical tools: