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Adam Smith wrote about the concept of rational self-interest, which posits we work together for the greater good when it benefits ourselves. Does this concept have relevance in the context of robots, automation and employment? I think it does.I believe most of us would agree that repla...
Forty months is not a lot of time to design, develop and deliver something monumental. Consider that it took 182 years to build the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, 20 years to build the Great Pyramid of Giza and 10 years to build the Panama Canal. Executives from digital-leading compani...
Forty months is not a lot of time to design, develop and deliver something monumental. Consider that it took 182 years to build the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, 20 years to build the Great Pyramid of Giza and 10 years to build the Panama Canal. Executives from digital-leading compani...
I was on a high-rise construction site 34-floors above the city.  I was talking to the construction crew when a fight broke out.  There was an explosion and the floor collapsed.  I removed the virtual reality (VR) goggles and laughed.  It was so real.  The VR s...
My friend, Peter Rogers, who lives in the UK was wrong at predicting Brexit, but right at predicting Donald Trump would win.  How did he get one wrong and the other right?  Read about his experiences here.Guest Blogger - Peter RogersPeter Rogers Predicted Donald TrumpI always...
During the Cold War the armies of East and West faced off along thousands of miles of borders with tens of thousands of tanks, artillery units, defensive positions, guns and soldiers. The costs for supporting these defensive postures were enormous. Nations invested hundreds of billio...
Almost a year ago, I wrote these words, "Technology has reached the tipping point for me, it moved from a help to a hindrance."  The plethora of adrenaline and endorphin inducing mobile apps, 24x7 news, notifications, alerts and updates, drip fed my brain and hindered my "dee...
Artificial intelligence and machine learning systems are made up of code and algorithms, and as such, they work as fast as computers can process them. Often this means massive amounts of learning can be accomplished every second without stop 24x7x365. Code doesn't need to take weeken...
The Huffington Post gave Donald Trump a 2% chance of winning, The New York Times 15%.  The best polls, prediction markets and analytics predicted a Hillary Clinton victory in the days before the election, yet they were all wrong.  The national media’s predictive analytic syst...
Artificial intelligence and machine learning systems are made up of code and algorithms, and as such, they work as fast as computers can process them.  Often this means massive amounts of learning can be accomplished every second without stop 24x7x365.  Code doesn't need to t...
Last week, I was a keynote speaker at the Mobile Edge '16 conference in Lisbon, Portugal. Following the conference I met individually with many different companies. These companies represented a variety of industries, sizes and digital maturity levels. I was sharing my latest digital ...
The enterprise mobility software vendor space has been around for more than a decade, but new start-ups continue to enter the market with ambitions to address unsolved problems and challenges.  In this interview, I ask PowWow Mobile CEO Kia Behnia, why an enterprise mobi...
Discussing Digital Strategies in Lisbon, PTLast week, I was a keynote speaker at the Mobile Edge '16 conference in Lisbon, Portugal.  Following the conference I met individually with many different companies.  These companies represented a variety of industries, sizes and dig...
Presenting 40 Months of Hyper-Digital Transformation in Lisbon, PTDigital transformation initiatives both increase revenue and decrease expenses according to our upcoming study titled Work AHEAD 2016 by Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work. For this study we surveye...
Although we often write about and discuss digital transformation, we often fail to identify the end goal we are really trying to achieve. We talk at great length about data, analytics, speed, information logistics systems and personalized user experiences, but none of these are the en...
Digital Transformation is the process of transforming a business from one state to another - from a state where businesses operate in Human time, to a state that operates in Digital time and finally to Future time.  Businesses today must digitally transform in order to compete in ...
“You have a memory like an elephant,” is truly a compliment.  Researchers document all kinds of remarkable examples of the recall power of elephants, and this is credited with their ability to survive harsh environments as noted in this Scientific American article http://www....
Digital transformation is too big and important for our future success to not understand the rules that apply to it.  The first three rules for winning in this age of hyper-digital transformation are:Advantages in speed, analytics and operational tempos must be captured by impleme...
Ten bags!  That is what we carried back from Rwanda, a small mountainous country in east equatorial Africa last night.  Why? The short answer is we have friends in Boise, Idaho with family and friends in Rwanda.  We took 7 bags to Rwanda, but unexpectedly returned with 1...
Ten bags!  That is what we carried back from Rwanda, a small mountainous country in east equatorial Africa last night.  Why? The short answer is we have friends in Boise, Idaho with family and friends in Rwanda.  We took 7 bags to Rwanda, but unexpectedly returned with 1...
The First Law of Thermodynamics states, "energy can be changed from one form to another, but it cannot be created or destroyed." In a business context that can be interpreted to mean if energy is being used to resist change, then it is not available for making change. Change is diffic...
Organizations today must transform themselves and jettison the heavy baggage that comes as a result of decades of institutionalized methodologies and paradigms, developed and codified in an analog era - an era operating at a far slower operational tempo. Enterprises must recognize that...
The First Law of Thermodynamics states, "energy can be changed from one form to another, but it cannot be created or destroyed.”  In a business context that can be interpreted to mean if energy is being used to resist change, then it is not available for making change.  Chang...
Digital transformation typically begins as low cost POCs (proof of concepts), that evolve into mission critical corporate initiatives as positive results, consumer demands and market trends converge. Digital transformation becomes mission critical when consumers vote with their money ...
Digital transformation is about replacing conjecture, an opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information, with more complete information.  A more complete picture is achieved by networking systems and applications together, deploying sensors, connecti...
Go behind the scenes of the retail and fashion world with SAP and enterprise mobility expert, Kevin Benedict.  In this video Kevin Benedict interviews SAP's Tim Hood GVP, Retail Strategy & Technology.  Video Link: https://www.facebook.com/HANAbySAP/videos/11797509087...
Although we often write about and discuss digital transformation, we often fail to identify the end goal we are really trying to achieve.  We talk at great length about data, analytics, speed, information logistics systems and personalized user experiences, but none of these are t...
When digital laggards finally recognize the degree of market disruption caused by the rapid adoption of digital technologies, and desperately try to outrun the inescapable Darwinian effect of their slow response, they will be faced with not one, but three ages of digital transformation...
Last week I had the privilege to speak with many different digital transformation and mobility experts at SAP's large annual user conference SAPPHIRENOW 2016. I filmed several of these interviews, and this one, with SAP's VP of Platform Technologies, Ken Tsai, is especially insightful....
The words "digital transformation" appear everywhere today. I use them in discussions daily. They describe the era we live in - an era where the rules of business, strategies and the pace of business have changed. In this era the manner in which we operate our businesses, and interac...
Digital transformation is a revenue growth engine according to fifty futurists we surveyed.  Many companies are already experiencing significant benefits and gaining competitive advantages. The futurists predicted the top five impacts of digital transformation on businesses by the...
There is a perception gap between what digital transformation laggards, and digital transformation leaders believe is possible. I am working on a new research report and one of the clear findings is laggards expect far fewer revenue benefits as a result of digital transformation, and ...
In my 30-years in the high tech industry I have often heard the business maxim, "Develop a business strategy first, and then find the technology to support it." This well-worn business doctrine, I have come to believe in this age of digital transformation, is wrong and it is time to re...
I don't think we take competition serious enough. I don't think we fully understand how important digital transformation is, and the far-reaching economic implications of not competing effectively. In 2014 in a discussion about the struggling Finnish economy, Mr Stubb, the former pri...
Fog of WarSensors allow us to digitally monitor our physical world, and take real-time action on the data from afar.  Plant managers, in fact, can manage multiple manufacturing locations around the world in real-time via sensors and Internet connectivity.  Drone pilots in the...
The C suite must understand the battle they are fighting before they can develop and implement a winning digital transformation strategy.  The commercial battlefield is data, and the effectiveness and speed of competitors’ information logistics systems will make all the difference...
We will never have complete and perfect information, or a full understanding. We are bound to operate in an environment of ambiguity, meaning unclear, uncertain and difficult to comprehend. We have a decision to make. We can use ambiguity as an excuse for inaction, or we can accept a...
We humans have a finite speed at which we can think, analyze and make decisions. We can only focus on a small set of data before we are overwhelmed. When important decisions must be made, our brains need time, significant time, to weigh all the variables, pros and cons and possible o...
“What matters most is the tempo of change.” ~ John BoydFew businesses would argue that data collection and analytics are not important to their current and future success.  Data can provide situational awareness, enhanced customer service and more personalized experiences.  I...
In a world filled with millions of instances of hyper-stimulating digital content - thinking, learning and the development of intellectual assets suffer. In a recent article I authored titled It's Time to Make Technology Disappear(http://www.futureofwork.com/article/details/its-time-f...