Japanese womenomics

Japanese womenomics: What we want, what we really, really want

There is a Japanese translation of this blog article on our website.

Since Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, pledged to promote the status of women in society, the spotlight has been well and truly on the role of women in the Japanese economy. On 19 September, BT Japan took part in the Womenomics and Women showcase in Tokyo — an opportunity to take the temperature and contribute to an exciting wave of progress.

Japanese government is aiming “to create a society where women can shine” — addressing the challenges that Japanese women face in the workforce and society as a whole. And ‘womenomics’ is a key part of their growth strategy. By making greater use of women and promoting them to leadership posts, they hope to have women in 30 per cent of leadership positions in both the private and public sectors by 2020. [Read more...]

Thompson Simon

Bigger is better? Big Data at the Better Future Forum

By Simon Thompson, Head of Practice, Big Data and Customer Experience in BT’s Research and Technology division

In his recent article, ‘Digital influence: the future of sustainability’, Niall Dunne gave an overview of our second Better Future Forum — honing-in on how technology can be harnessed to encourage sustainable behaviour and levels of consumption.

He highlighted the important role people play in doing this and the fact is, just having more data won’t help us on our journey to sustainable consumption. Instead, it could have the opposite effect — overwhelming people and creating more questions than answers. [Read more...]

Future of Collaboration

Bringing the Art of Connecting to life in South Africa

The question of how smart technology and increased connectivity is transforming daily life is an intriguing one. It’s a discussion that’s gaining momentum in every arena and in almost every region. Retailers and landlords, café owners and educational institutions are harnessing the new power of connectivity to engage potential customers, visitors and students — active smart phone users are a clear fixture on every high street and in every super market.

This is an obvious phenomenon in developed countries, but you may wonder how this new world of possibility is affecting remoter areas — cities, towns and villages in regions which don’t have a major technological infrastructure in place. We believe that the Art of Connecting has the power to transform lives where up-to-the-minute technology isn’t easily available. And we’re using our resources to provide end-to-end solutions that allow the people of the region to see the art of connecting in action. [Read more...]

sustainability

Mobilising Millennials for a New Normal

Niall Dunne, BT’s chief sustainability officer spoke at the Social Good Summit during New York Climate Week 2014 on the power of the Millennial generation to make sustainability the new normal.

As anyone who is in New York this week for the UN Climate Summit 2014 will be only too aware, despite all the rhetoric and the action, the world still needs more change. [Read more...]

Smart Cities

Smart Cities and The Internet of Things — Is Smart Energy the compelling event?

By Dan Poulter, Head of Customer Innovation, BT Global Services

As BT participates in Climate Week in New York I wanted to explore the role of smart energy.

There are varying projections on the size of the market potential of smart cities. Recent studies by PWC and Frost and Sullivan estimate that it will become a trillion dollar industry by 2020.

Within this smart cities market smart energy is one of the largest and fastest growing areas, making up about 20% of market opportunity. Energy industries are also one of the biggest investors in smart sensors. [Read more...]