Are these industries not recognising they are real Innovators?

You think and wonder why Interior Design and Landscape Design are both here as we would we be wanting to talk about them?

Well the simple answer is that Interior and Landscape are both one in the same and they both be huge market leaders in the fields of Innovation and Technology.

Whilst both arenas still command the majority of their work being manual and visual drawings, technology is becoming more and more affordable to allow these two sectors to embrace technology and rise to another level.

Once this is then combined with 3D Design, 3D Printing, 4D Printing, 3D Visualisation , AR, VR and many more features and facilities that are arriving, the opportunities for these Designers is limitless due to what AI is delivering……

The one issue – is this lead to mass consolidation?

Can we foresee a time where Technology can lead to consolidation within the whole aspect of the Design and Construction arena?

Will Technology mean that anyone with access to Design tools could Dream, Think, Plan, Design, Apply for approval, Gain approval and Print their own house, office, factory etc?

Whilst many within the industry will dispute and say this is stupid and will never happen – let us just say that the majority of this is already happening and it won’t be long before the whole picture could arrive…

Furthermore, the arrival of Printing and Visualisation is clearing going to really change the Construction, Design/Landscape Industries within 2016 and these sectors really need to stand up take notice that they can be at the forefront….

The main problem that many of these businesses still are that they are in two sectors where physical and visual is what their prospective clients are wanting – and, they continue to offer!

Yet technology is now here for them to embrace and change the way business operates all together.

Whilst we have the likes of Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR becoming available to businesses, many still this as being heavily focused around the Gaming Industry – how wrong this is…

Yes, they may be focused around Gaming but they throughout 2014 and 2015 showed the intent that AI, AR and VR could really offer.

Yet lurking in the background during this period was HoloLens from Microsoft which so many dismissed – what a huge mistake…..

With HoloLens now releasing, they are offering the AI combination with AR and VR the arrival of 3D!

Their 3D offering means for example, that a landscape gardener could design the garden that you asked for. The gardener, then loads it on to a VR Headset to see the design overlaid onto your garden through the images/videos that they took. But, instead of this VR experience, HoloLens is taking it a stage further, where you will see the same design and be able to reach out move things items around to the way you wanting them. This will be totally a real life experience as the items will be 3D so you can see the design in more depth.

Also, why have the photo or the video?

You will be able to put on the HoloLens Headsets and actually look through the lens to your garden just as if you are wearing glasses. Then, when the design is launched, you will see the design in real life and in real conditions! Just think, the design was done and based on the photos/video taken on a wonderful sunny day, yet when you are viewing it, it is dull and overcast, how does it look now?

What happens if they came in the Autumn and it’s now winter? With a few clicks through the HoloLens programme, the plants change to show what they look like in Winter!

So, the same can also be done with Interior Design too!!

With this VR Technology now releasing – the big question for you as Interior Designers and Landscape Gardeners is…..

Are you ready to be the new GameChangers with the business world?

 

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Taking advantage of offers….

Do you help your clients, prospective clients or anyone with offers you may receive and wish to share?

Well, recently, we partnered with Hootsuite to look at how with sharing amongst our connections people could be take advantage of offer if you linked it to a page on your website. We weren’t sure how this would go and if we could get any data from it, but we have to say, we were quite surprised.

Hootsuite already provide an offer of giving you 30 days FREE when you sign up on line via their website. However, what they decided to do, was offer an extra 3 months (90 Days) to people/companies via a select group of individuals and companies of which we happened to be one.

Therefore, with the information provided to us via Hootsuite, we created a page detailing this offer and allowed it to be shared via our Website and Twitter Streams which we then monitored to obtain site statistics on this offer.

What we found was surprising over the period of 19th February to 31st March on how this compared against other pages in the Top 3 visited pages of our site, as it actually No 2 which we didn’t expect….

Here is snapshot view:-

Capture Hootsuite Pro Offer Stats 2014 04 07

So, as you can see, if the page had only had 4 more views, it would have been our most visited page!

Thus, we just thought we write this blog to not only thank the wonderful people at Hootsuite for sharing this offer with us to share with our audience, but also to show you too.

What are we showing you?

Well simply put, if you receive offers from partners or 3rd Parties, then make sure you are really placed to share this and make it informative to your audience.

You need to make sure this is done correctly, as you want that company to come back and work with you again.

Make sure that the offer is appealing and that you offer your audience something that they will benefit and want.

 We do hope that this blog post will give you food for thought on how to work with 3rd Parties and sharing offers that you believe in to share with your valuable audience.

 

So for more information how to undertake sharing 3rd Party offers with your audience or on how we can help you, please contact us here via phone or email or just complete the form below:-

 

Banking, Education and Legal failing…..

An interesting discussion arose during February and one that made us really think especially as to how the silos of Banking, Education and Legal operate and who they work with.

As someone put it – be ex Banking industry, exhibit at Education trade shows, advertise in Education or Legal publications or be ex legal industry – you can’t work in those sectors if you aren’t from them or don’t do any of those!

How can these silos be broken down before the industry breaks itself up?

If you look at the new ways of working and imparting/sharing knowledge – you will see that change is happening outside of these silos or from those that are breaking away….

If you take these silos separately and look at them, you will this clearer…..

  • Banking – such a huge Silo that could be a huge bed of innovation but yet failing and losing the opportunity. We have companies that are looking to open Challenger Banks, Internet Payment Terminals, Kiosk/Tell Payment facilities, Payment via Wearable Technology, payment via mobile phones and payment transfer/payments via mobile devices -all being lead by outsiders to the silo or by ex banking personnel. The big question is why aren’t they adapting to or embracing technology? Prior to technology, yes they did innovate with card payments and terminals or cash point machines but what have they done since? Look how long it took to embrace online banking?
  • Education is another one where they are slow to embrace the whole ethos of combining Business and Education together – is this as Year 6 and below are school environments where they are schools run solely by teachers and the local education authority? Yet when you reach Year 7 and above, the schools have business managers (or other staff) who aren’t teachers to enable them to think and look outside of education? But the latter, still aren’t embracing the changes that are surrounding them when it comes to embracing business and technology. 
  • Legal – what a Silo this is! The amazing thing is that seem to split themselves in two – the outside world where they live and yet as soon as they go to work, they enter the past! Can you do things on line – no they still want you to visit them and sign documents! (Yes, some things are slowly being used or looked at but en-bloc!) Take for example a court room, electronic documents are be used as and treated evidence but they aren’t using them really en-bloc- a lot of document and later transfer is by letter & post as opposed to email and attachments together with Cloud storage! If you look at most the people that train, market or educate the legal profession, most of them of people who taught themselves in their spare time and then left to embrace this new career.

Yet, before many starting saying this is wrong, let’s look at…..

  • Banking and the new wave of technology, all being done by people based on their experience and what doesn’t work for them and AREN’T from the banking industry – they are outsiders looking in!
  • With education, training companies are being set-up and offering training, education etc by people who have no educational qualifications, they are doing the same job and embracing technology and the way the business world works. The same can be said for teachers who work part-time/freelance offering extra curricula education to help you get your children to pass examinations – they are using technology and business methods to promote their work. The same can now be seen by Free or Academy Schools.
  • Legal, look at most members of the Legal profession, they have their own laptops, tablets and smartphones but they don’t use them within work unless their work for themselves of have very small (ie less than 5 employees) practices. The bottom end of the Legal community of the sole practicing solicitor or practice, are using Technology and business methods – the old and new working separately?

The last sentence is the real highlight where we can really sum the silos up and where the change is needed!

If you are looking at the the smaller end/part of where your silo is operating, they are the ones that are innovating and leading the way forward. It is amazing how many individual solicitors who work for themselves are embracing technology and the changes it offers.

The senior, higher and top level management of these silo’s need to actually stop thinking ‘old school’ and speaking ‘ex-industry’ friends/connections and start behave like businesses and look forward to the change that is happening around them.

To learn more on how we can help become a 21st Century thinking business instead of a 20th century business/organisation, speak to us by either contacting us here or completing the form below.

Business is changing but are you ready for the change?

An unexpected change occurred on Wednesday (21st of January 2015) when Microsoft bounced back! Not in a small way but in a HUGE way….

Windows 10 - One Product - One Family

People have slated Microsoft for years and like other companies they just haven’t see the bigger picture! These people are screaming and shouting how amazing Google and Android are but they are stuck in this Eco-System closet!

Microsoft are now defining themselves as “One Product – One Family” but the people I am talking about above are seeing what “One Family” means….

Just look at what has happened over the last 18 months with regards to this family…..

Who is this family?

We have seen over this period what many would see as enemies or competitors aren’t seeing this family are seeing – they are….

“Frienemies”

We seen companies that offer the same services in certain areas really connecting and linking together to share services and products to create “Frienemies” where what could previously be seen as enemies now been friends and this family is…..

Apple, Dropbox, IBM, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Yahoo

During 2015, we are going to see more and more connectivity between this family and how it will come together and really move your business forward…..

So we have Windows10 going to be appearing across all devices like Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, Phablet, Mobile and xBoxONE and the same with office2016 – how powerful is this?

Then you are seeing these companies using each other’s back office services, sharing their services and App’s on each other’s platforms and then cross selling each other’s services their own stores as well as sharing Intellectual Property too…

So, combine this 3D and 4D Printing, AI and VR and BOOM – the business world is exploding but is business ready?

And before you laugh – people did this when Microsoft launched the Smartwatch back in 2003 and then cancelled the project in 2008, hang on a minute, all these Smartwatch makers today, are copying this design!

And now they are bringing Hololens and Holostudio – so get ready to have your business turned on it’s head…..

So, buckle up, jump on board and get ready…..

As the future is coming….

BUT

Is your business ready……

This article was written for us by Ian CalvertFor more views and opinions of Ian Calvert, the research for other companies that he is looking into or just to learn more about Ian Calvert and how he can help you further, you can visit his website here

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