Digital First: ICT players vs. the new disrupters


The place to be in Europe, to understand upcoming disruptions and their impact on telecom, IT, Internet and media markets

From 17 to 19 November 2015, the 37th annual DigiWorld Summit will bring together 150 top-tier speakers to Montpellier to share their views with the more than 1,200 participants from over 30 countries. French Tech will also be in the spotlight during the 2nd annual DigiWorld Week and at the inaugural DigiWorld Awards.

Under the banner of “Digital First” IDATE will host debates on the core trends shaping telecom, IT, Internet and media markets, with the knowledge that digital technology is entering a new stage in its ubiquity, becoming the vehicle of a major overhaul in many sectors: energy, insurance, finance, health, automotive, travel and tourism… “But,” says IDATE CEO, Yves Gassot, “this digital verticalisation also represents a new challenge for IT, telecoms, Internet and media industry stakeholders. They may see new growth opportunities, but also challenges as innovation cycles are accelerating, as they consider the shifting outlines of their business and contend with new digital intermediaries.”

This new stage in the digital transformation is being spurred by ubiquitous wireline and wireless connectivity, the economies of scale of cloud computing, and the power of real time data processing algorithms. But it is being amplified by the rise of connected objects, and the promises of 3D printing, of artificial intelligence and the collaborative economy. A profound transformation of the economy that is already materialising in changes to production and distribution infrastructures, in the accelerated shift from product to service and the profusion of channels for interaction with end users.

• What do vertical companies (media groups and TV networks, insurance, automotive, travel, retail, etc.) want from digital industry players (telcos, OTT, IT)?

• How should digital industry players position themselves with respect to the digital transformation in vertical markets?

• How can the Web’s top destination platforms cohabitate with the vertical markets’ new digital champions?

• This year’s Guest Country: China. Can China combine the power of its recently acquired positions in Internet and telecom markets with its manufacturing ambitions?

2015 DigiWorld Summit Programme


Plenary sessions

Analysis and debates between veteran industry players and disruptive start-ups, with insights from IDATE’s finest economists and analysts:

Digital channels
A new chapter in the platform wars?

Digital Infrastructure
From ultra smart networks to predictive analytics?

Digital Product
From goods to services

Digital Regulation
OTT rules?

Digital Europe, Digital World
Closing session

Specialty forums

In-depth seminars with the industry’s top expertsConnected Things Forum

Smart City Forum

Future Networks

TV & Video Distribution Forum

Future Digital Economy Forum

Game Summit

DigiWorld Week (14 – 22 November 2015): IDATE expands on the two days of the DigiWorld Summit, and plays host to an exciting event-filled week. Delving deeper into the issues and shaking up ideas: symposiums, workshops, hackathons, exhibitions, festivals, master classes, …

DigiWorld Awards: in partnership with Business France and French Tech, IDATE will be hosting the first annual DigiWorld Awards, recognising French digital start-ups (Equipment and devices, Networks and telecoms, Internet services and application, M2M and IoT…), created abroad. Awards will be in four categories: Africa and the Middle East – The Americas – Asia – Europe

The DigiWorld Summit, is organised under the patronage of the French Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, the Région Languedoc Roussillon and Montpellier Métropole, with the support of DigiWorld Institute member companies.

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Interview with Hal VARIAN, Chief Economist at Google

interview Hal VARIAN GOOGLE




Chief Economist at Google;
Emeritus professor at the University
of California, Berkeley
C&S:  What are the biggest challenges for governance/regulation created by growth of the big data market? Are there big differences between the US/Chinese and European approaches to big data opportunities?
Hal VARIAN:  There are policy issues relating to data access and control that arise constantly.  This generates a lively debate, to say the least.  As an economist, I would like to see serious benefit-cost analysis guide regulatory policy.

What are the most important skills sets for those who need to make sense of results of big data analytics?
Statistics and machine learning are most obvious.  But in order to put analysis to work, communication skills are critically important.  To be effective, a data analyst needs to turn data into information, information into knowledge, and knowledge into action.  You can't do this without communication.

What are the biggest opportunities for business and are businesses able to make effective use of big data to improve their margins?
As in every business, it is imperative to understand your customer.  When you can draw on computer mediated transactional data, it is possible to gain a deeper understanding of the customers' needs than was previously the case.

What has big data analytics to learn from mainstream econometrics and what can big data analytics contribute to mainstream econometrics?
Econometrics can draw on some of the powerful techniques of predictive analytics that have been developed by the machine learning community.   These tools are particularly helpful when dealing with data involving nonlinearities, interactions, and thresholds.
Econometrics, on the other hand, has focused on causal inference from its very early days.  Techniques such as instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, and difference-in-differences have been widely used in econometrics but, to date, have not been used in the machine learning community.
Finally, the statistical field of experimental design will be valuable to both communities, as computer mediated transactions enable true randomized treatment-control experiments, which are the gold standard for causal inference.

What should be added to standard US Ph.D. programs in economics to make the students big data literate?
There are now very good textbooks, online tutorials, and tools that make it relatively easy to put together a course on machine learning.   In addition virtually all computer science departments and many statistics departments offer such courses.

Hal R. VARIAN is the Chief Economist at Google. He started in May 2002 as a consultant and has been involved in many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometric, finance, corporate strategy and public policy. He is also an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley in three departments: business, economics, and information management. He received his S.B. degree from MIT in 1969 and his MA and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1973. Professor Varian has published numerous papers in economic theory, econometrics, industrial organization, public finance, and the economics of information technology.

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Smartphones in Business



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More than 45% of business users with an own smartphone adopt the BYOD

On the occasion of the Réseaux & Télécoms Expo 2012 in Paris, IDATE unveils the latest results coming from its exclusive field survey on smartphones uses in business. The smartphone has become a must-have digital device for the public, and has also taken over the business world, both directly (employer provided) and indirectly (with Bring Your Own Device). Our exclusive survey, conducted simultaneously in the three largest European markets – France, Germany and the United Kingdom, examines the extent of direct and indirect smartphone usage for business purposes and analyzes usage, requirements and employees' perceptions of their smartphones at work.

" We took this initiative after having observed a lack of accurate data on smartphone usage in the corporate world, unlike the consumer market for which a growing number of surveys, observatories and indexes exist – and so provide solid figures on trends in that market", comments Anne Causse, Director of studies project manager for this survey. She adds: "If this new survey is focused chiefly on the business market, in the traditional sense of the term , the current Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon requires us to adopt a broader view."

Business market momentum masked by personal equipment

  • Consumers’ desire for the latest smartphones has translated into personal equipment levels that are now double business equipment levels.
  • Equipment rates in the business market are nevertheless progressing at a very healthy pace and, in 2012 alone, 10% to 15% of employees in Germany, France and the UK are expected to be equipped with a new smartphone by their company.
  • The UK, which is home to the highest equipment levels and the most advanced hybrid mobile strategies, is proving a veritable living lab for developments that are likely to catch on in neighbouring markets in the near future.

BYOD: acceleration in overlaps of the business and personal spheres

  • Because many users began with a personal smartphone before having one supplied or required by their company, BYOD (bring your own device) is now very prevalent – involving half of all those with their own personal smartphone, and this in all countries.
  • Whether supplied directly by the company or indirectly through the development of BYOD, depending on the country, between three and four out of 10 employees report using a smartphone (business and/or personal) for business purposes.

Equipment: top consumer market brands benefiting from BYOD

The surveys enables to:

  • To identify the share of brands and OS for the business market and for the BYOD
  • To compare the growth momentum for smartphones and tablets

IDATE’s classification distinguishes key applications

We have translated the different ways in which smartphones make it into the workplace into three usage profiles: “business subscribers” whose company pays their subscription, "combiners" who, although they have an enterprise smartphone, also use their personal smartphone for business purposes, and "unofficial users" who compensate for the lack of company-supplied equipment by using their own resources, both hardware and subscription plan, either occasionally or all the time for business purposes.

Productivity and security: central to changing behaviour in the workplace

More than 8 out of 10 users report direct and indirect productivity gains thanks to the use of a smartphone at work… but one in two also complain about the stress and invasive nature of being “always on”.
Although very much in demand, smartphones in the workplace nonetheless remain a real security risk for sensitive business data (need for greater awareness, protection mechanisms weak or lacking, etc.).

Consultant at DigiWorld by IDATE

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