Can you see anything?

Yes, wonderful things!

So said Carter, in response to Carnarvon, when, aided by the light of a flickering candle, he peered through a tiny breach in the top left hand corner of the doorway into the tomb of Tutankhamun.

As the crowds began to thin at the NAB Show, I had a similar experience.  This time aided by a great deal more light. And the view was every bit as spectacular as that which captivated Carter. Rough cut, beta, call it what you will, it was spectacular.

I saw something which could revolutionise our industry, and a lot more besides.

Limitless opportunities - are you ready?

Change and transformation.

New horizons. New ideas. Mould breaking models and vibrant new ventures.

Will the hype surrounding this new year's NAB Show in Las Vegas truly reflect the current state of our industry?

The media and entertainment industry has become unleashed. Dynamic innovation and cutting-edge technologies are shattering the boundaries of content and opening up limitless opportunities.

Is it overblown hype or just scratching the surface? Can the changes sweeping our industry continue to surprise and delight us?

Are we heading for a technology SNAFU?

SNAFU began life as a military acronym during the Second World War. Battle weary cynics used it to describe ‘Situation Normal, All F****d Up.’

I’m not a battle-weary cynic but having recently taken part in several technology focused discussions with industry peers, I am amazed how, in 2016, the same questions are being asked, the same challenges being talked about and the same mistakes being made So how do we avoid this ‘Situation Normal’ in our industry?

We hear a lot of talk about Change in relation to some new technology solution implementation as though it's something new and something we don’t know how to deal with. We talk about “resistance to change” but sometimes struggle to effectively deal with it. Some are better than others at implementing new technologies that require new workflows. But the majority find it very hard to deliver all the promised benefits. Why is it apparently so difficult? What can we do to improve the adoption of new ways of working and fully realise the potential of what new technology enables?

Disruptive Technologies, Transforming the Business

You might wonder what some of the great and good of Fitness First, Coca-Cola, The Scout Association, Cancer Research and numerous other organisations, have in common and what had them gather at Celtic Manor today; the golf course famous for major events such as the Ryder Cup.  It was not, if it was your first thought, a charity golf tournament.

Fifty plus CIO’s from the high street, charities, media, public service, technology industry, financial services and manufacturing represented a number of industry sectors, gathered to have a conversation about digital transformation and disruption in their businesses.  If the range of businesses were surprisingly diverse, the challenges and problems were not.

Make Love…Not War

Broadcasters across the globe are adopting the 1960s slogan ‘Make Love – Not War’ and using its essential message to underpin a revolution in the way they are organising their staff, technology and buildings. A new era of intense internal collaboration is being seen as a key tactic in their efforts to reduce costs, grow audiences and see off new competition. A recent survey by Marquis Media Partners LLP identified scores of TV, radio, print and online companies who have embarked on wholesale building moves and technical refreshes. Most of them are also preaching a gospel of vigorous co-operation between their different teams, departments and divisions in order to maximise the value of their investments.

Changing Times

Change is one of the most significant challenges that any organisation faces. The human condition is averse to change and even those who profess to be comfortable with it, often approach different or new tasks in a similar way. The processes in many organisations have hardly altered for years, however, with the arrival of digital technology new working practices, processes and interactions are now essential.

Organisations are now facing up to the changes imposed on them by digital technology affecting delivery, production, distribution and customer interaction. Additionally, with the emergence of new consumption methods like social networking and internet services, plus the introduction of alternative suppliers and business models, the ‘change challenges’ are magnified.