Creating your

digital future


Artificial intelligence. Cybersecurity. Physical Automation. Blockchain. Mental Augmentation. 

In the fast-growing world of these technologies, we can no longer assume that these are things that are going to happen in the future, they're happening now. But how do you ensure they enable rather than disrupt? And how can we stay one step ahead with the ones that matter?

We called on the experts to find out. 


A new platform allows you to buy and sell your inventory in an open online market place. Do you:

  1. Sign up straight away.
  2. Click to see if this platform can help achieve your business objectives.
  3. Find out more and keep in mind for the future.
  4. Keep scrolling. Your supply chain is working fine.

We say ‘artificial intelligence, machine learning, real-time analytics’ You say…

  1. Game changing
  2. Can add value to my business, but need to figure out how
  3. Seems exciting, but at what risk?
  4. I don’t think we’re there yet

Which technologies will disrupt your industry?

  1. Artificial intelligence
  2. Blockchain
  3. Advanced analytics
  4. There will be some time before we get ‘disrupted’

How does new digital tech fit into your current job?

  1. Entrenched – I use it in many ways to work efficiently
  2. Somewhat entrenched – it helps with core activities
  3. The tech is available to me, but am unsure of how to utilize it
  4. I still find email and manual activities the most reliable

What do you think when you hear ‘the workforce of the future’

  1. New opportunities
  2. Great. But what does that really look like.
  3. Could be interesting, but how do I stay relevant.
  4. The robots are taking over

Your digital persona is

Early adopter

You’re the smart watch wearing, app-loving tech head who’s trying to convince the rest of the world to catch up.

Digital Realist

You’re excited, but selective with the tech that you use. Your digital life is carefully curated.

Cautious Optimist

You go with the digital flow, but your tech never runs on full capacity.

Late majority

You’re in good company. Digital is scary. We get it. That’s why we’re here.

Interviewing more than 500 people across multiple industries and geographies, we sought varied and diverse perspectives. From the world’s largest companies to small start-ups; from the CEO to the front line worker, interesting insights were uncovered.

Who we spoke to

We interviewed over 500 industry and technology leaders and influencers.
0 C-suite personnel
0 Senior managers
0 Fortune 500 companies
0 Start-up companies
0 Academics
0 Competitors / adjacent industries
0 Customers
0 Policy makers / industry bodies
0 Technology influencers / investors
And they came from 110 different cities in 26 different countries.

What we asked them

Q1. What is the future of the project delivery process?
Q2. How will disruptive technologies come together to shape our industry?

What we talked about

Cybersecurity Cybersecurity A way of protecting systems, networks and data from cyberattacks
Blockchain Blockchain A virtual ledger
Physical Automation Physical Automation A process is performed without human assistance
Mental Augmentation Mental Augmentation Virtual reality
Mental Automation Mental Automation When machines think like humans

Emerging patterns in the discussion

The pathways to success are unclear

The intent and velocity of digitalization is universally agreed, but the pathways are not.

Who leads regulatory risk?

Industry and government are looking to each other to lead the regulatory environment around emerging technology. Investors are pricing in that risk.

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Universities are losing relevance

Universities are losing relevance on the development of future talent. Industry has not responded.

Cyber protection is a growing concern

Cybersecurity (IT) to cyber protection (OT) separation is causing companies to sacrifice automation for security.

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Culture will be a competitive advantage

Multinationals are considered to have competitive advantage – global reach, capital, domain knowledge, networks – in the digital future and simultaneously at a competitive disadvantage as they are slow, not agile, protectionist and risk adverse.

Digital culture will be a competitive advantage

What was said


The opportunities that come via the Industrial Internet of Things are immense, but with it comes IT/OT convergence and the emergence of considerable cybersecurity risk. Security through obscurity is simply not sufficient.


The long-term transformative potential of Blockchain is significant. This is a new way of thinking and conducting business. However, the emergence of blockchain ‘miners’ has driven an unsustainable acceleration of computer power and energy usage that could impact long-term viability

Physical Automation

The opportunities that come via the Industrial Internet of Things are immense, but with it comes IT/OT convergence and the emergence of considerable cybersecurity risk. Security through obscurity is simply not sufficient.

Mental Augmentation

We believe that augmented reality is positioned to be the real disruptive force in this space. But content that is reflective of your reality and challenges doesn’t come out of a box. Applications must be identified and content developed, tested and the benefits mapped and measured.

Mental Automation

AI and its potential can only be descripted as game changing. But without quality data, limited progress will be achieved. A foundational rather than aspirational approach is required here – just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.