Vanishing Point

Infographic: What is the Future of Security and Protection?

Posted by Caitlin Durkovich

June 21, 2017 at 8:43 AM

Toffler Associates interviewed hundreds of subject matter experts to develop a perspective on the Future of Security and Protection. Combined with our deep understanding of drivers shaping the future and our ALTERNATE FUTURES ® scenario planning approach, we have begun to imagine what security and protection will look like in 2026.

 

 

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Preparing Cities for Smart Technology and Autonomous Vehicles

Posted by William Desrosiers

June 14, 2017 at 10:30 AM

With increasing volume and velocity, smart city technologies and autonomous vehicles are reshaping the structure of our cities and how we live and work in them. Smart city technologies include the Internet of Things, hyper-connected citizens, and data-driven public solutions. Beyond self-driving cars, autonomous vehicles encompass commercial and public applications, aerial, subsurface, and intermodal, and alternative energy components. These innovations are indeed disruptive individually, but in aggregate promise incredible opportunity for our metro areas. They also have the potential to create major hurdles for those tasked with putting these new resources to work.

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The Aging Population – How to Prepare Your Organization

Posted by Nina Martire

June 7, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Global demographics are shifting, and the global population is aging. Longer life spans will allow this population to travel and work later in life, creating new needs and opportunities. By understanding the shifting demographics and the needs of the new population, your organization can take advantage of future opportunities. 

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What You Must Know to be Cyber Ready

Posted by Masseh Tahiry

May 31, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Innovation and business transformation have reached radical speed. Market forces, financial growth targets, businesses, national economics, politics, and societies are shifting at a commensurate pace, exposing new opportunities and vulnerabilities almost constantly. It’s a game of disruptive whack-a-mole that has (insightful) organizations putting more focus on security. More and more, organizations are recognizing that an incident or breach is a when – not an if.

 

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road: 4 Steps to Navigating Data for Business Success

Posted by Toffler Associates

May 24, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Future business success will rely on the ability to use personal data to customize the experience for every individual. Businesses must consider more than IT when shaping the role of data in the future. The protagonists of The Wizard of Oz sought a brain, a heart, courage, and home. Similarly, successful businesses will need to take these four steps: create knowledge from data, maintain consumer trust, update privacy policies, and organize for the future.

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Is your organization prepared to adopt disruptive technology?

Posted by Tyler Sweatt

May 17, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Every day, powerful new technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, automation, and robotics are emerging and forcing leaders to rethink their organization and to consider a host of unknowns for their future. They’re coming into the marketplace faster than ever, are increasingly complex, and are disrupting how many institutions operate. It’s not surprising that many leaders struggle to understand how to engage new resources, how to introduce and explain them to their people – and even whether they should.

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The Accelerating Shared Economy

Posted by Nina Martire

May 10, 2017 at 9:15 AM

The nature of work is changing, and this is more than just virtualization. Who we are, how we interact, and the way we work are changing. How we connect and the technologies we use to do so are colliding in a way that is shaping our behavior and work - the rapidly expanding influence of the shared economy. Our infographic explores the features of a shared economy, how it has evolved and how it will impact business in the future. 

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Technology has Exposed the Gap Between Wealth and Poverty

Posted by Aaron Schulman

May 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM

“Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.” 

~ Alvin Toffler

 

Technology has created more wealth than any other time in history. Yet, the wealth is geographically and industry focused, and the chasm between those who possess the wealth and those who don’t is continuing to widen. By 2020, it is estimated that 1% of the world population will own 54% of the world’s wealth[1] – most created and held by organizations and individuals in the technology sector, in Western countries.

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The Rise of Service Robots

Posted by Nina Martire

May 3, 2017 at 12:43 PM

There is a dramatic shift in the global robotics marketplace. The commonplace use of industrial robots will continue; however, the use of service robots—both personal and professional—will grow exponentially. Our infographic takes a look at how the robotics industry is growing, how this growth will impact the workforce and eventually how we do business. 

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Measurement and Metrics for Success in the Third Wave

Posted by Kanch Algama

April 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM

As Alvin Toffler predicted, the rate of change has continually increased in the Third Wave. Well into this era, it is evident that the breadth and pace of change are still creating new possibilities and complexities for almost every sector, industry, and organization. The modern work environment is a perfect model for how the confluence of a few significant shifts can transform paradigms.

 

In such a dynamic environment, competition becomes especially challenging because standardized comparative benchmarks are less likely to exist. In fact, most modern organizations employ a variety of frameworks, standards, and certifications to pursue a competitive edge. The scenario raises an important question for future-focused organizations.

 

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