Happy New Year, let’s hope it’s a good one. As has been pointed out, 2016 wasn’t ALL bad news, but hopefully there will be more to cheer in the coming twelve months. From my perspective, it’s all about dataPOWA and the team working with some amazing brands and organisations. To start as I mean to go on, I’ve come back from the holidays early to bring you some of the most interesting updates in the world of digital and data.


The ever-excellent Forbes have a very informative long read (written by Kurt Badenhausen) to open 2017 by announcing and explaining Forbes’ annual list of the Best Countries for Business.

Now, Zlatan Ibrahimović may be doing the business in the Premier League, but it seems his country is leading the way in commerce. Sweden takes the top slot for the first time moving up four places since last year, and from 17th just ten years ago.

Sweden’s $493 billion economy grew 4.2% last year and is home to some of the most well-known brands in the world, including Ikea, Volvo, Electrolux, Ericsson and H&M and has also become a haven for tech startups (Skype was co-founded by Swede Niklas Zennstrom in 2003).

To read the full article, visit the Forbes link

Tags: Sweden, Forbes



Eurosport used a four-screen strategy (Eurosport TV, Eurosport Player, Eurosport.com and Eurosport’s social platforms) very nicely indeed to unveil the new branding for its huge new partnership with the IOC to become the new ‘Home of the Olympic Games’.

Eurosport now holds the exclusive multimedia rights for 50 countries and territories in Europe for the 2018 through the 2024 Olympic Games.

Eurosport also took the opportunity to premiere its new Olympics film: Millions of Journeys, One Destination.

To watch Millions of Journeys, One Destination, click this link

To read the full article, visit the sportindustry.biz link

Tags: Olympics, Broadcasting, Eurosport



UniLad is a Manchester based website promoting ‘lad culture’ aimed at male university students in the United Kingdom. The site described itself as the ‘number one university student lad’s magazine’.

It’s just achieved the feat of becoming the world’s most engaged Facebook page and online video channel for 2016, according to data from cross-platform monitoring system Tubular Labs.

Over the past 12 months, the independent media company received close to one billion Facebook likes, comments and shares across its Facebook content and has also clocked up over 25bn video views across YouTube, Facebook, Vine and Instagram.

To read the full article, visit The Drum link

Tags: Unilad, Tubular Labs, Social Media



Tony Baer leads Ovum’s Big Data research area. Over his 25 years in the industry, he has studied issues of data integration, software and data architecture, middleware, and application development.

He’s produced an insightful article on ZDNET with regards to cloud adoption in 2017, which he says will mean more than the headline grabbing IoT and machine learning.

He also quotes the Ovum Forecast, available here predicted that machine learning would be the biggest disruptor for Big Data analytics in the future.

To read the full article, visit the ZDNET link

Tags: Data, The Cloud, Machine Learning



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