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One Degree News Brief … November 13, 2017

Sea level maps show coastal communities like Vancouver in race against time

Metro Vancouver’s urban waterfronts are a beacon for condo developers, tourists and everyone in between.
But even in best-case scenarios for global warming, a new series of interactive maps that illustrate the impact of rising sea levels suggest Metro, an indeed much of coastal Canada, is facing a mind-boggling challenge to keep such popular and often historic neighbourhoods from becoming lost at sea.
John Clague, an earth sciences professor at Simon Fraser University, says thanks to global warming, our oceans are getting an average of 3.3 millimetres higher every year, up from 2 mm a year in the latter half of the 20th century.

‘Wide gap between digital strategy and execution at global level’

The global CXO survey from HCL Technologies has highlighted a wide gap between strategy and execution with organisations’ digital transformation initiatives. These findings come at a time when digital transformation has emerged as a defining strategy for modern global enterprises.The survey found that while the majority 70% of organisations surveyed have a formalised digital transformation strategy in place, just a fraction 10% have thought through all aspects up to full deployment planning. It is therefore no surprise that just a quarter of participating organisations have been able to reap the benefits of digital transformation.

The technology behind a digital strategy

Kathy Gibson at Fujitsu Forum, Munich — No-one doubts today that businesses must embrace digitalisation in order to survive, but this means business and IT need to work together to make technology the core of the organisational strategy.
Digitalisation could be seen as an iceberg — you can see the obvious part that’s above the water, which represents the need to digitalise; but the part beneath the water is a lot bigger, and represents what you need to do to achieve digitalisation.
“Digital transformation plays a major role for all of us,” says Marcel Schuster, product marketing manager at Fujitsu Technology Solutions. “We need to make sure we don’t crash into the iceberg and sink.”


Social Media Week returns to Toronto amidst rapidly changing digital landscape

One-of-a-kind event brings insights and trends to Toronto’s growing community of social media influencers, experts and professionals
TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2017 /CNW/ – Building on the success of the 2016 conference in, Social Media Week returns to Toronto bringing the industry’s best and brightest together to discuss the latest trends while showcasing the city’s cutting-edge work and leading talent.
Social Media Week (SMWi), independently organized by Pinch Social, attracts a powerhouse network of marketing, media and technology leaders from in and around the Greater Toronto Area. Spanning over three days beginning November 13, SMW Toronto (#SMWTO) will run concurrently with cities around the world from Chicago to Kuwait.


“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.”

— Jim Rohn

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