KPMG Private Enterprise and Connected Intelligence

Highlights from the Connected Intelligence Conference

KPMG Private Enterprise insights from the 2018 Web Summit conference on turning possibilities into realities

Productivity. Agility. Growth. Social Responsibility.

We live in an era of countless possibilities. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented and virtual reality, blockchain, and deep data analytics: these and many other innovative technologies are changing the way we live, work, shop, and play. More than ever before, entrepreneurs are willing to think outside the box and are disrupting the status quo.

As companies embrace these new opportunities, however, they also face significant challenges — from being able to leverage their data effectively to ensuring the privacy and security of their customers’ information. In a world where businesses are under intense scrutiny and one mis-step can ruin a brand’s reputation, businesses need to be agile, responsive, and forward-thinking if they want to survive and thrive.

Both opportunities and challenges were at the forefront of discussions at the eighth annual Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal — one of the largest technology gatherings in the world. Participants were energized not only by what’s happening today, but also by how things once thought impossible are on the cusp of becoming reality.

In this KPMG Private Enterprise report, we share insights from the Web Summit by looking at the conference through the lens of a number of questions that were debated over the week. These questions reiterated a number of themes that speak to the heart of innovation ecosystems, regardless of whether you are a startup or a world leading Fortune 500 company in your industry: innovation opportunities, financial support, adaptability and agility, productivity, and corporate responsibility. In this report, we share speaker perspectives on these themes to provide insights and best practices to entrepreneurs and companies juggling the same issues.

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