December 20, 2016
NashTech and Harvey Nash were joint gold sponsors of the Innovation Value Institute (IVI) which marked its 10th anniversary at its annual Winter Summit in the Dublin Convention Centre on the 14 – 15 December 2016.
Speaking at the event, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan T.D. noted: “It is a pleasure to mark the contribution that IVI has made to business in Ireland and internationally over the last ten years. Every business is now faced with the reality of disruptive technologies, and this is driving organisations to look at their IT infrastructure in an entirely new way.” See https://ivi.ie/press-release/ for more.
The event saw over 250 industry leaders come together to discuss “Winning strategies for enabling the Digital Enterprise – secrets of successful CIOs and thought-leaders” with a particular focus on Digital Transformation, skills and competencies, Business DevOps and Agile methodologies.
The Innovation Value Institute Winter Summit was held in the Convention Centre. Pictured addressing the attendees is Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD. Photo: Stuart McNamara
In today’s world, the digital transformation era brings both a threat and an opportunity.
A threat because many companies have not been able to survive thus far in the transition to the digital era. In fact, over half of the companies in the Fortune 500 from the year 2000 are no longer around and it is expected that the trend will continue – at least half the current companies won’t be around in 10 – 15 years.
At the same time it presents an opportunity, the digital era is an opportunity to create incredible value for companies of all sizes. Digital Transformation is a necessity to stay competitive and you need to address these changes before your competitors do.
To demonstrate the art of the possible which these new technologies bring, NashTech took attendees on a journey through virtual and augmented realities using the Samsung Gear VR and Microsoft HoloLens respectively. While the Samsung Gear headset, based on the Oculus technology, has been around for some time, the Microsoft HoloLens is the first self-contained, holographic computer enabling you to engage with your digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you. This exposure culminated in the Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan, being pictured with the HoloLens and certainly created a buzz throughout the event.
Pictured from L-R, Martin Curley, Professor of Technology and Business Innovation at Maynooth University and co-Director of IVI; and Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD; with Sonya Curley, Managing Director of Harvey Nash Ireland demonstrating HoloLens which enables the user to engage with digital content and interact with holograms. Photo: Stuart McNamara