Innovation and advanced technologies are dramatically changing the way consumers experience brands.  Imagine the future of commerce: natural, intimate, immersive and content-rich. Upcoming advances in artificial intelligence (AI), next-generation experiences (augmented and virtual reality – AR/VR) and natural language interactions will enable game-changing commerce capabilities that drive superior sales, loyalty and efficiencies at scale and…

Only three percent of working professionals currently use any kind of virtual reality (VR) applications in their workplaces. But 30 percent say VR will revolutionize their work in the coming decade, according to the second part of a three-part study conducted by the INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute, Universum, the MIT Leadership Centre and The Head…

High profile data breaches are regularly in the news and, seemingly, businesses and are losing the battle to protect their intellectual property (IP), corporate, and customer data from the threats posed by professional cybercriminals. It is no surprise that financial gain is the single biggest motivator for cyberattacks. The 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report…

Gulf countries and their respective National Oil Companies (NOCs) have a major influence on the world economy. Collectively they hold 30 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves and produce one in every four barrels. Yet the successful development of the GCC’s energy sector has often happened to the detriment of other industries. Consequently, economies…

Skills have become the global currency of 21st century economies. Without sufficient investment in skills, technological progress does not translate into productivity growth, and countries can no longer compete in an increasingly knowledge-based global economy.  With the rapid economic growth experienced in the region, countries in the Middle East will need to address the serious…