Amazon recently dropped 2 bombshells: Its $13.7B acquisition of Whole Foods and the $9B offer for Slack. They came at a welcome time for us, because we were in the middle of creating this new Amazon case.
In all of our research and Trendwatching, Amazon is one of the most fascinating organisations we have ever seen. It employs unique strategies according to highly regarded philosophies, which has lead it to unprecedented success.
We believe that every organisation, large or small, has much to learn from Amazon. If you’re in any kind of commerce or logistics, you absolutely must pay attention to Amazon. In The Amazon Case we’ll explain you why they are winning and how they are doing it.
The finance sector and specifically banks, have been under a lot of pressure over the past years. Alongside the market challenges such as low interest rates, we’re seeing hundreds of new Fintech challengers emerge with over $10 Billion collective funding per year.
These challenges are forcing banks to make tough strategic decisions. At the start of 2016, we worked together with Belfius PCB to help them do that.
The result of the project was:
A clear view on how the future of Public, Social and Corporate Banking may develop.
A strategy to play a strong role in that future.
A list of concrete projects to start working towards it.
Soon after we returned to guide Belfius PCB in the development of these business plans, to help them turn these into speedboats alongside the corporate mothership.
We sat down with Dirk Gyselinck, member of the management committee, to talk about the process and the challenges of transformation.
Around November 2015, we worked together with CapitalAtWork, an Asset Manager, to help them with their future vision and Digital Transformation. Directly after our collaboration, Claude Eyschen was appointed as CDO to take ownership of the digital agenda.
Ever since we’ve done various in-house presentations for CapitalAtWork about the changing world of finance and the blockchain, to help them keep track of how the financial sector is evolving so they can take the right actions.
We sat down with Claude and General Manager Maarten Rooijakkers, to talk about the transformation of CapitalAtWork so far.
In 2015, Volvo Trucks Group Belux asked us to guide them in their Digital Transformation. We helped them create their future vision, strategy and a concrete roadmap of things they could start doing to transform their organisation. As a follow up to that we’re currently helping them with Trendwatching and their Digital Transformation Governance.
With transformation come a lot of challenges, so we sat down with Peter Himpe, Vice President at Volvo Trucks Group Belux, to talk about their Digital Transformation process.
Over the past 7 years there have been many people and businesses that said Bitcoin would die soon, and yet years later it is still here. While it has its fair share of challenges, there’s no denying Bitcoin has grown into far more than just an experiment. Last I checked, experiments don’t get $105B in value transferred over them. Read More
In one of our blogposts, we wrote about how Digital-first players aim for market share, not short-term profits. One of the major advantages of these players, which are usually startups, is the speed at which they can innovate. How do they get so fast? And is there anything you can learn from that and apply to your business today? Read More
Posted by : SamOctober 14th, 2014In
We’ve been talking about digital transformation for a while now and one of the things we’ve noticed is that many people still underestimate the impact of digital disruption. Most people manage to see the direct impact, but if you want to be ahead of the rest, you need to anticipate the indirect changes in the long term as well. We’ll explain it through an example here.
Technology has had a tremendous impact on our daily lives so far, but today we are seeing just the first baby steps of how it will fully integrate and blend into our daily lives. Think of what a smartphone is capable of nowadays, just 10 years ago people could only dream of that. Can you imagine what it will be doing for us (and to us) in another 10 years? If only we knew, it would make our jaws drop.
Posted by : SamSeptember 24th, 2014In
Most companies focus on high revenues, low costs and big profits. Digital disruptors however, do things differently. They focus on market share and long-term potential, instead of short-term monetization and earnings.
Disruptors and their investors are willing to sacrifice their profits in the short-term, to ensure a long-term global success. And it’s not just the rising startups following this course.
Posted by : SamSeptember 22nd, 2014In
There are only a few brands that have successfully created a community in which they collaborate with their target audience. Communities naturally form because people feel the need to unite around a specific topic. For brands it is difficult to create an environment like this, because it is unnatural. Still, some of them have succeeded in very creative ways that add value for both sides. Here are 3 great examples that we really like: