2018 U.S. Emerging Jobs Report
Each year LinkedIn analyzes data from the previous five years to identify emerging jobs and the skills associated with them.  Some of the biggest takeaways in the recently released LinkedIn 2018 U.S. Emerging Jobs Report are as follows:
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  • AI is here to stay (6 out of the 15 emerging jobs are related to AI in some way).
  • Basic business operational functions are on an upsurge.
  • Soft skills – oral communication, leadership and time management – account for the largest skills gap.
Read the full report to learn more about the top 15 emerging jobs, those jobs with the largest hiring growth and the skills with the biggest skill gaps.

How Data Analytics Are Changing the Consulting Industry

Like other industries, the consulting industry is being disrupted in many ways.  With the rise of artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and advanced analytics, consultants may find themselves working closely with artificially intelligent systems that can analyze huge volumes of data that are incomprehensible to the human mind.  Learn more about how data analytics are changing the consulting industry – and what is perhaps the most important consulting skill going into the 2020s.


Blockchain in Action

Because Croixstone agrees with experts that blockchain has the potential to “change the world” (think of it as the “Internet of Value or of Money”), we believe in the value of repeatedly spotlighting this technology. The Enterprisers Project (a community of CIOs who discuss the future of business and IT) recently shared 5 real world examples across 5 industries where blockchain projects are showing tangible progress.  Learn more here.


Blockchain Disruptor

LinkedIn, the social network that currently boasts 560 million members, works hard to monetize all of those profiles with sales of data to third parties.  While the professional networking site continues to grow in size, there are many who believe the LinkedIn business model is ripe for disruption.  Omar Zaki, a Yale graduate and CEO of MYBS (pronounced “moe-bee-uh-s”) is one of those disruptors.  Learn how MYBS believes that blockchain is the key to disrupting LinkedIn’s business model here.


Blockchain Simplified

Croixstone‘s CXO Patti Weber recently participated in Skookum‘s largest Tech Talks to date. Josh Miller, Senior Software Engineer at Skookum, provided insight into blockchain technology and the uses beyond Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. The original blockchain was described in a 2008 bitcoin paper by Satashi Nakamoto, just 2 months after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. What makes blockchain so attractive is that it provides a level of trust that is interwoven in business transactions. People can now make transactions without middlemen which translates to greater control of funds and lower fees.

So, what is a blockchain? A blockchain is a digital encrypted ledger in which transactions are recorded chronologically and publicly. Like the name indicates, a blockchain is a chain of blocks containing information. Each block contains data, the hash (i.e., digital fingerprint that uniquely identifies the block and all the contents), and the hash of the previous block. When a block is created, a copy of the block is distributed on a peer-to-peer (P2P) network. Each member of the P2P network gets a copy of the block, and a consensus is obtained to ensure that the chain has not been tampered with.
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The way the blocks are chained together using hashes, along with a “proof of work” mechanism and distribution through a P2P network, makes blockchains secure and trustworthy. The term immutability – its resistance to tampering or other changes – is often used when describing blockchain.
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Blockchains eliminate the need for middlemen (e.g., banks) making it more efficient than legacy systems. They exist within communities, and participants that operate within an industry can all operate on the same chain, and therefore, have a copy of the distributed ledger.
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Applications of Blockchain
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As a result of the tamper-proof and hack-proof nature of blockchain, it is one of the most promising technologies with far-reaching applications. Here are just a few of the industries that are/will be impacted..
For a more detailed explanation of blockchain, see CNET’s recent article titled Blockchain explained: It builds trust when you need it most.
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For more information about industries impacted, check out: Banking Is Only The Beginning: 36 Big Industries Blockchain Could Transform

Is Blockchain Technology the New Internet?

Blockchain here.  Blockchain there.  Blockchain Blockchain everywhere. 

It’s rare for the Croixstone Consulting team to go a day without running into a conversation about Blockchain.  And for good reason…many believe that Blockchain technology has the transformative powers to be the “new internet”.

Learn more about Blockchain from the folks at Blockgeeks – where the world’s brightest Blockchain advocates go to discuss and share trends and opportunities in the world of Blockchain.  Click here.

 


The Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017

These are the top 10 strategic trends Gartner sees breaking out of the emerging space to have a potentially substantial impact over consumers and industries during the next five years.

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Advanced Machine Learning
  • Intelligent Apps like VPAs (virtual personal assistants) and VCAs (virtual customer assistants)
  • Intelligent Things like drones, autonomous vehicles, and smart appliances
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Digital Twins
  • Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers
  • Conversational Systems
  • Mesh App and Service Architecture (MASA)
  • Digital Technology Platforms
  • Adaptive Security Architecture

Learn more about each of these top 10 strategy trends via Forbes here.