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Insights from the Gartner CIO Survey


Gartner’s annual survey of CIOs reaches out to 2,944 individuals from across 84 countries. It’s a useful barometer for the state of digital transformation, and technology support for innovation. CIOs have increasingly found themselves at the intersection between supporting the technology needs of the legacy business, and pushing change to transform the business going forward. Research

Using Design Thinking to make your employees ready for the Internet-of-Things


Recent advances in technology put Internet-of-things (IoT)-innovation on top of the management agenda across industries. It is predicted to increase economic value by $11.1 trillion in 2025 (McKinsey 2015). The Service Science Factory and Noventum collaborated on this article to present a state-of-the art view on the Internet of Things and how to implement this vision within organizations.

Amazon’s Alexa Growth Engine

Daniel Burrus

In past articles, I have written about how Amazon is a great example of a large Anticipatory Organization. Rather than focusing on agility—reacting faster than competitors—these companies have learned to identify the Hard Trends that will happen and use them, as well as other Anticipatory Skills, to drive exponential innovations at a reduced risk. A recent example is Amazon’s Echo, the first product that put its intelligent digital assistant Alexa similar to Apple’s Siri, Google Now and Microsoft Cortana in a stand-alone device instead of a smartphone or tablet. That’s not just cool. SHARE.

Leadership Lessons from The Recent Political Crisis in Tamil Nadu

Rmukesh Gupta

Leadership Lessons from Recent Political Crisis in Tamil Nadu by Mukesh Gupta. Looks like the final curtain on the political crisis in Tamil Nadu finally came down, with Palanisamy being sworn-in as the chief minister. There are two leadership lessons that we can all learn from the way this entire episode unfolded. Importance of Succession Planning: This entire incidence only goes to show that there was no clear succession plan in place, if something were to happen to the erstwhile chief minister Jayalalitha. This is one of the most common mistakes that leaders commit. These scars heal slow.

Three Keys to Accelerating Innovation through Connecting and Collaborating Outside your Organization

Speaker: Gordon Vala-Webb, Author, Speaker and Consultant, Building Smarter Organizations

From his upcoming book, Building Smarter Organizations, Gordon will do a deep dive into connecting and collaborating with those outside your organization to accelerate innovation. Gordon will provide practical strategies to connecting and working with the "nearside" of suppliers, partners and alumni in order to accelerate innovation.

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Digital Trust: Multi-cloud Data Value

Information Playground

In 2014 EMC partnered with Capgemini to conduct an industry survey on Big Data. Buried deep within the Big Data Report  was the following quote: “Among our respondents, 63% consider that the monetization of data could eventually become as valuable to their organizations as their existing products and services”. EMC began releasing data products and services  for the first time. Steve.

Keep it Simple – Like the Original Spreadsheet

Destination Innovation

Dan Bricklin was a student on a Harvard MBA course who struggled with all the models and calculations that the case studies required.   In 1979 he invented the world’s first spreadsheet, Visicalc, in order to make his life easier.  Initially Visicalc was available only on the Apple II computer – whose success is largely attributable to this exclusivity.

Financial Institutions Eager to Buy, Invest in Fintech Startups


The global bank Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) recent purchased Mexican online payments startup Openpay as part of what it calls a strategy "to accelerate transformation by growing its portfolio of digital businesses." Earlier in 2016, the Spain-based institution acquired the Finnish online business banking service Holvi. It had already purchased three other digital firms and took a nearly 30 percent stake in a fourth in the two previous years. Working With Startups Corporate-Startup Partnerships Partnerships FinTech

Comment on The Ignorance of the Masses Cancels Out the Knowledgeable Minority by Stephen Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro

We also say “nail in the head” here in the US. And in both countries we’ve experienced the power of mobsourcing over the past year or so in very big ways


Building A Collaborative Innovation Playbook

Speaker: Greg Satell, Innovation Advisor, Speaker and Author

For his upcoming book, Greg Satell has researched how people and organizations successfully innovate. We are excited to have Greg join us for a session that will draw upon these insights and provide a playbook for how to define the right innovation strategies for your organization to overcome the specific challenges that your organization faces and dramatically improve your innovation effectiveness.

Comment on The Best Protection is Being Known for Your Innovation by Henry @ ISL

Stephen Shapiro

Innovation’s a funny thing and to be honest when you get near the internet marketing crowd they’re always going to be looking for an easy way to do whatever it is they do – so it’s no surprise they pinched your content, I’ve had the same problem, maybe worse. Some years agoI wrote an eBook on setting up Google Business pages (way back in the day) and after a few weeks Google’d the title out of curiosity. Imagine my surprise to see some dude selling exactly the same book – not even a change of title – on an internet marketing forum.

Comment on The Ignorance of the Masses Cancels Out the Knowledgeable Minority by Henry @ ISL

Stephen Shapiro

Very good article Stephen, you really hit the nail on the head, as we say in the UK. Now I’m just trying to think of one or two real-life examples of mob-sourcing that we might have seen over the last year or so…

Comment on The Best Protection is Being Known for Your Innovation by Stephen Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro

Thanks for chiming in. have Google alerts for the titles of my books. Nearly every day I get an alert that someone is selling my ebook illegally or allowing free downloads. I can’t stop those. Too many. In this case it was someone who is a “thought leader” who was using my content – and the content of others – to further his position in the market. That I can stop. As it turns out he hired an intern to do all of his social media/blogging. Sadly nearly all of the articles she “wrote” were plagiarized from others. Thanks again