Rise of the Unicorns

By Graeme Stanway / May 28, 2018

A new wave of business creation has emerged in the last 5 years, nearly a decade and a half after the emergence of the first big internet based companies.  Over this relatively short period we have seen a rapid increase in the number of unlisted start-ups valued over 1 billion dollars which are less than ten years old, or “Unicorns” as they are frequently referred to.

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Kickstart Your Digital Transformation with VCI’s Digital Intensity Assessment

By Gideon Malherbe / April 6, 2018

Have you been putting off formalizing your digital transformation? Do you intend to start managing your digital efforts better, but keep getting distracted by putting out fires? Here’s a quick and easy way to kickstart your digital transformation.

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The Curious Case of People, Process, Technology

By Gideon Malherbe / March 21, 2018

In our asset-heavy environments, where efficiency and economies of scale are paramount, a digital platform enables managers to have much larger spans of control. They can have large-scale resources, but their span of accountability will be relatively narrow.

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The Culture Shift is Real

By Gideon Malherbe / February 21, 2018

VCI has been pioneers in the innovation and digitization journey for our asset heavy clients worldwide. The way our world has changed in the last two to three years is more dramatic than ever. The systematic cultural and organizational shift necessary to keep up with digital changes goes right to the heart of how your company…

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The Resources Company Growth Challenge

By Graeme Stanway / February 21, 2018

Established resources companies are facing significant risk through the strategic choices that they will be making over the next few years. Since the end of the China-driven resources boom, most miners have spent the past 5 years aggressively cutting costs and focusing on productivity, while at the same time enjoying strengthening commodity prices.

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Yes, you need better technology. But, what about people and processes?

By Gideon Malherbe / December 2, 2017

Digital Transformation ~ VCI Partner’s View Perhaps because of a long and successful history, your organization is still very much a siloed culture with teams involved in technology and digitization still having different objectives and timelines. There is a conflict between a silo-based management structure and the achievement of integrated targets relating to the upgrading…

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Big Data Management

By Gideon Malherbe / November 29, 2017

Paying attention to Big Data, analytics, data management, and IIOT is becoming an ever-increasing challenge and opportunity. Over the past few decades, mining and business processes have increasingly converged such that differentiating capabilities are reduced. New approaches and technologies are now enabling us to identify inefficiencies and optimize processes much better than before. Big data…

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Understanding the Ransomware Threat

By Chris Gebhardt / October 29, 2017

With industrial equipment becoming more sophisticated in an integrated operational environment, the potential for a CyberSecurity incident increases.  The recent WannaCry Ransomware threat resulted in emergency services and hospitals re-routing patients because equipment was non-functional.  How long could you sustain suspended operations while a cyber cleanup was in progress?

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Think smart cities are smart enough?

Think smart cities are smart enough yet? Think again.

By Gideon Malherbe / August 15, 2017

“In the future, smart cities will likely bring about many benefits, like less pollution and more efficient transportation systems. But they could also bring about many unintended consequences, according to a panel of speakers at Fortune’s recent Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo. The group of experts from energy, transportation, government, finance, and other sectors gathered…

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Leadership is a deal maker - or breaker

Leadership is a deal maker (…or breaker)

By Gideon Malherbe / June 20, 2017

Digital Transformation ~ VCI Partner’s View A recent global survey found that while CEOs generally understand the strategic opportunities and threats of digitizing their business, many have yet to build and communicate a vision for their companies or to develop a strategy to make that vision a reality. And most functional leaders lack the skills…

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