There are several reasons this happened, but one has haunted me most: Hillary Clinton's leaked emails. Since the "scandal" broke, I've become terrified of hacking. This isn't because I may run for President myself (#SLH2020), but because the vulnerability of the Clinton campaign's email accounts bodes badly for the rest of us.
Take healthcare for instance. The proliferation of connectivity among both medical and personal health tracking devices is leading to an explosion in the amount of data generated. This in turn is opening up new possibilities for device manufacturers to embed Artificial Intelligence into their equipment.
The pace of urbanization globally is unprecedented - by 2050 nearly 66% of the world's population is expected to be urban. The ability to effectively manage this rapid urbanization is critical. Cities must find new ways to increase the efficiency of existing and new infrastructure and services to a level never previously achieved.
The amazing thing about Wimbledon is that for 50 weeks of the year it is a private tennis club which evolves for two weeks of the year into a world-class global sporting event delivering fans one of the best, immersive digital experiences here in the UK and beyond - all efficiently enabled by using cloud technology.
To a professional services executive focused on delivering results, terms like "mobile," "social," "cloud" and "big data" can sound like little more than buzz words. Yet, together, these four technologies converge as today's platform for digital business. And when harnessed properly, they can drive real change within your organisation.
The past year has seen the world's digital transformation take another significant step forwards. Cyber security, wearable technology, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and the continuous expansion of the cloud, are all changing the way we interact with technology. But what does the future hold?
It is time for SMEs to fully embrace the technology that is available to them. Many small business owners will deem themselves time poor, but there are solutions to help and enable more time to be reserved for growth and development. Technology is no longer an area exclusive to the bigger companies, it should be central to SMEs' daily activity.