Digital transformation boils down to one simple common denominator: competitiveness in a future “hyper-digital world,” which Dell Technologies predicts in its latest study, the Digital Transformation Index (DTI). In this futurescape, users have extremely demanding requirements. Economic limitations are a thing of the past, meaning that any company can address any market – but it also means that they have to step into the ring with a constantly growing number of competitors. Innovation plays an even more crucial role in this hyper-digital world, and there are completely new challenges, such as climate change and resource scarcity, that the markets have only had fleeting dealings with – if at all – until now. Companies would do well to factor these futuristic parameters into their calculations.However, these parameters are not actually all that “futuristic.” We have all, at one time or another, looked at the clock after midnight and uttered the words, “Oh, it’s already tomorrow.” For the markets, it’s “already tomorrow” as well. In fact, all of the changes mentioned in the previous paragraph have already begun to take place, be it increased user requirements, stronger competition, or climate change. When we talk about the hyper-digital world, then, we are not talking about some sort of abstract future; it has been the here and now for quite some time! It is also not a sudden development (today versus an undefined “tomorrow”), which would maybe please many procrastinators, but an incremental one – the digital society is taking clearer shape with every passing second. This progression is too slow for many to grasp.The procrastinators and the hesitant should take Albert Einstein’s quote to heart: “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.” Or, even better, update it: “I never think of the digital future – it has long since arrived. If I don’t act now, I’ll quickly lose my competitiveness.” According to Dell’s DTI, only just over a quarter of those surveyed consider their company to be a leader or implementor in the digital transformation, while the remaining almost 75 percent are taking their time – time that they don’t actually have.Given the high number of digital laggards and (perpetual) evaluators, it is no wonder that those surveyed said that in five years’ time, half of all companies will barely meet the requirements of their customers. Many will also no longer be able to present themselves as credible and reliable partners in their markets as they will have fallen behind from a technological standpoint.At this point, it is worth taking a look at the Global Competitiveness Index 2018 from the World Economic Forum. It lists the most competitive countries, notably the U.S. and Singapore, followed by Germany, Switzerland, and the usual suspects. It would not be too far-fetched to conclude that these industrial nationals are investing the most extensively and at the fastest rate in digitization. After all, they have the most expertise and the largest budgets.Way off the mark. According to the DTI, India, Brazil, and Thailand top the list of most digitization-savvy countries. In developed markets, only 24 percent of companies are among the pioneers in this environment, while in India the number is 45. Who would have thought that emerging economies would be the ones demonstrating how digitization is done?I am well aware that more relaxed data protection and other regulatory provisions form less of a barrier for the economic transformation process in many of these countries when compared to the stringent laws in the EU. In fact, data protection, data security, and legal requirements are some of the biggest hurdles on the path to full digitization. Still, it is worth asking one question: Do India and Thailand top the list of most competitive countries in the hyper-digital world because they systematically carry out numerous actual projects alongside the fact that they work with digitization much more intensively?One could assume that developed markets will fall far behind emerging economies when it comes to digitization – but it probably won’t get to that point. All the same, this scenario can still serve as a cautious wake-up call for one company or another. The momentum of today’s emerging economies should be an example to the global markets.
THE Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is delighted to announce that the 2016 season was the tournament’s biggest yet, with over 134 million viewers tuning in globally to the biggest party in sport, representing a 44 percent increase from 2015.Cumulative audience figures have risen steadily year on year since the tournament’s inception from 36 million viewers (in 2013), to 66 million (2014), 93 million (2015) and now to 134 million (2016).Television figures from Sony SIX broadcast figures in India alone almost doubled from 44 million to 82 million, while there was also a significant rise in the United Kingdom arising from the partnership with broadcasters Dave / UK TV with audience figures growing from 548,000 (in 2015) to 2.5 million.The partnership with One World Sports in the USA, meanwhile, saw audience figures increase from 694,000 (2015) to 743,000.This year the Hero CPL also broke new ground by becoming the first professional cricket league to stage matches in mainland USA andmatches were viewed across more lands than ever before, with One World Sports (USA), Sony SIX (India), Dave / UKTV (UK), Sky (New Zealand), Fox Sports (Australia), EcoNet / KweseTV (sub-Saharan Africa) and OSN (Middle East) all showcasing the CPL.Hero CPL also became the first sports league to supplement its existing broadcast deals and use the Facebook Live* platform to ensure that, for the first time ever in international cricket, 40 countries around the world, including the likes of Pakistan, South Africa and The Philippines could view the biggest party in sport live.There were a further 5.3 million views on this platform across all 34 matches.With significant viewership increases across each of the key markets, a delighted Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of the Hero CPL reflected: “Today is a proud day and further evidence of the rising international stature of the Hero CPL not just in the Americas, but across the UK, India, Middle East and beyond.“The release of these global viewership figures are a tremendous boost, not just for the game of cricket in the Caribbean, but for each of the local tourism boards and our loyal sponsors who invest so much in the development and marketing of the game.“The profile of West Indies cricket has never been higher and 2016 was a memorable year with the Men’s senior and Under-19 sides, as well as the Women’s team, enjoying international success in the first half of the year.“From the tournament’s inception back in 2013, we were determined to showcase the very best of what the Caribbean has to offer, both on and off the field, and we believe that the growth of the biggest party in sport in 2016 has further enhanced this reputation.“We are immensely proud of the huge steps that the tournament has made in just four short years. Furthermore, we believe that there is even more to come in 2017 as we continue to attract the biggest names to the Caribbean and shine a spotlight on the incredible and unique culture that continues to thrive across the region.”
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The 2013-14 Kansas Honors Program was held in the Wellington High School Commons Wednesday evening. There were 33 Sumner County students from the 10 percent from their class.This year’s ceremonies included remarks from Paul Buskirk, Associate Athletic Director, University of Kansas. Shelley Hansel-Williams was the emcee. Cathy Mitchell, David Carr and Collette Kocour were the Sumner County Coordinators.The following are the honorees for each school:Â The WellingtonÂ honor student are from left to right, front row: Payton Baker, Houston Sober, Holly Wright, Katie Rosenthal, Megan Singleton, Natasha Smith and Shelby Hamel; back row, Parker Daugherty, Connor Church, Gracie Defore, Madison Foster, Kenneth Easterly, and Ben DeJarnett. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down KState Fan · 360 weeks ago Congrats to all of these young men and women as well as their parents and families. Job well done. Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Jennifer · 360 weeks ago WAY TO GO Shelby & Madi!! You both look so beautiful! Congrats to everyone! Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Local · 359 weeks ago Great job! Report Reply 0 replies · active 359 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments The Conway Springs honor students are, from left, Jacob Koch, Heather Koester, Brooke Love, Trystan Mies, and Paige Seiwert. Katherine Pauly is not pictured. The Argonia student honor student is Cori Drouhard. The South Haven honor students are, from left, Elijah Rebold and Bayley Wilkey. The Caldwell honor students are, from left, Rachel Arnold, Grace Lebeda and Carli Ward. The Oxford honor students are, from left, Carson Crain, Tom Lawlis and Rebekah Zimmerman. The Belle Plaine honor students are, from left, Kali Ast, Nathan Schnier and James Shepherd. Laurel Schneider is not pictured.