Σάββατο, 31 Δεκεμβρίου 2016

My predictions for 2017. Trends in a globally connect world.

The globally connected world is moving fast. Technology is everywhere, shaping our lives online and offline. The following trends are just the natural continuation of what has been happening in the world of tech the past few years. We can definitely spot an acceleration, market penetration and customer acceptance of new technologies. Some political and economic trends will also be discussed further down below.

Smart homes using IoT (internet-of-things) have started being advertised on TV. Controlling your house through applications and interconnecting all devices will be the house of future, maybe closer than we think. What needs to be solved first is the protocol harmonization for the devices by various manufacturers. A standard protocol is needed so your house devices run smoothly when cooperating with each other thus securing the IoT system against external threats for example.

AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) have already started going viral. Think Pokemon Go (AR) which went global with millions of downloads. Similarly with IoT, AR+VR applications will need more market testing and acceptance by users not only for entertainment but also business purposes. VR can revolutionize the way companies do business as they will be able to showcase their products & services in a completely innovative way which will alter customer experience. Note that the VR market based on forecasts, will be a 30$ billion market around 2020. We will see many tech players and manufacturers launching their own VR hardware and gadgets. Fierce competition will rise to grasp the market pie & profits.

AI (artificial intelligence) through machine learning. The world of big data is feeding more and more data into machines and the latter developing complex algorithms are actually making the machines smarter. With the constant development of natural language processing, machines learn fast (imagine a small child developing its core knowledge center in the environment of the adults). Machine learning can generate AI systems that threat to replace thousands of jobs in various fields. See here.

Smartphones and mobile tech spreading to more isolated parts of the developing world. Applications will be developed for these uncharted markets for local populations counting the factor of Internet penetration, 3G & 4G telco networks. The distribution of global information to local places will help people develop skills, educate themselves, sell their products & services in other markets and develop their domestic economy.

The rise of Uber - everything: Giving power to the individual to offer services and generate profit. Shared car rides, bed and breakfast companies like Airbnb. Who knows what company will come next? Think Schumpeterian technological distruption with thousands of self driving cars taking over existing jobs causing upheaval and national court cases as labor markets will be earthshaked. Taxi & professional drivers currently use the cars by giant manufacturers but the latter strategically plan to keep producing these cars but also focus on producing driverless too. The Uber and Airbnb economy will enforce political decisions and civilian engagement. Autonomous cars will be a test & market field not only for traditional auto-makers but also tech companies. Tesla is leading the experiments with Google following, Uber, etc.

Drones: amazon is pushing US law makers to license drone fleets which will fly and deliver orders to customers. Until this will happen, we see drones massively advertised which carry HQ cameras transcending film production into new levels of experience. Retail players like UPS and Wallmart have their own plans to launch drones as well. To increase speed in delivery, this will immensely alter the current job market as more drones might mean less delivery services. How many orders a drone will execute in a single day compared to a delivery vehicle? Do the math to grasp the frightening truth.

All the aforementioned trends and possible developments will walk in line with economic factors like increased or decreased labor productivity and productivity of ideas. In a globally connected world, some economies will benefit from these technological breakthroughs while others -not prepared- will suffer.

With EU's future at risk because of the rise of populist parties, indebted banks & public sectors, Brexit, there is no question that the dollar will rise against the euro. These factors create also a fragile environment for the Greek crisis. Business development in EU will stay behind USA and fast developing economies in Asia. IMF's forecast predicts that the world economic growth will increase compared to 2016 although the ongoing geopolitical tensions in Syria, Middle-East, threaten the global stability of the financial markets. Due to lack of official information from China, economic analysts are not sure what to predict for its economy and how it will affect their global export & import trading partners. Governments around the world put too much focus on public spending while people as rational consumers care for wage growth (without increasing inflation). The global economy will remain fragile not only because of geopolitical tensions (the recent military coup in Turkey) but also because governments usually impose wrong economic policies that create wealth disparities and overall inequality.

Welcome to add your thoughts and comments! Happy New 2017!

Yours truly,
Stathis Kassios

Κυριακή, 4 Δεκεμβρίου 2016

sevDesk Case Study: Rubiconet

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Κυριακή, 30 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Excerpts from ''The Price of Inequality''

My current read is ''The Price of Inequality'' written by Joseph E. Stiglitz (winner of the Nobel prize for Economics). I am sharing some excerpts from the book that I believe will provide some food for thought on global markets, their impact on local economies and why there is so much inequality nowadays between rich and poor people, stemming from bad government policies or market regulations that favor the top 1%.

''The theory that came to dominate, begininning in the second half of the nineteenth century-and still does-was called ''marginal productivity theory'';those with higher productivities earned higher incomes that reflected their greater contribution to society. Competitive markets, working through the laws of supply and demand, determine the value of each individual's contributions. If someone has a scarce and valuable skill, the market will reward him amply, because of his greater contribution to output. If he has no skills, his income will be low. Technology, of course, determines the productivity of different skills: in a primitive agriculture economy, physical strength and endurance is what mattered; in a modern hi-tech economy, brainpower is more relevant.''

''Many of the individuals at the top of the wealth distribution are, in one way or another, geniuses at business. Some might clain, for instance, that Steve Jobs or the innovators of search engines or social media were, in their way, geniuses. Jobs was number 110 on the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest billionaires before his death, and Marck Zuckerberg was 52. But many of these ''geniuses'' built their business empires on the shoulders of giants, such as Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, who has never appeared on the Forbes list. Berners-Lee could have become a billionaire but chose not to-he made his idea available freely, which greatly speeded up the development of the Internet.''

Another excerpt in which you can replace Spain with Greece to understand what has really happened to the latter's economy since 2007 and the institutional trap it has fallen into.

''As GDP decreases and unemployment increases, tax revenues fall, and expenditures on social programs rise. The deficit increases. Ordinarily, countries could lower their exchange rate and interest rates to make their economy more competitive; the resulting increase in exports would help boost the economy. Spain gave up these important tools when it joined the eurozone, but remarkably the eurozone didn't offer new policy intrsuments to take the place of these traditional adjustment mechanisms.''

Παρασκευή, 21 Οκτωβρίου 2016

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Tips From A Local Expert: Explore Athens, Greece On Public Transit - http://moovitapp.com/blog/tips-athens-transit/

Cloud office for Greek freelancers & small business owners - https://sevdesk.gr/

The new world of mobility - https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/10/the-new-world-of-mobility/

Spotify in Talks to Acquire SoundCloud (Report) - http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/spotify-soundcloud-acquisition-report-1201873039/

The Characteristics Of The Most Attractive SMB SaaS Companies - http://tomtunguz.com/ideal-smb-saas-company/

Using behavioral science to improve the customer experience - http://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/operations/our-insights/using-behavioral-science-to-improve-the-customer-experience