Thinkers360

Nicholas Evans

Founder & CEO at Thinkers360

Highland Village, Texas, United States

4558 Followers

Successful senior executive helping companies develop and implement their technology-enabled business strategy while leveraging opportunities for digital disruption, innovation, transformation and operational excellence. Please join me on Twitter @NicholasDEvans

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Dallas, Texas

Nicholas EvansPoints
Academic5
Author237
Influencer67
Speaker13
Entrepreneur40
Total362

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

Thought Leader Profile

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Email: ndevans@hotmail.com

Areas of Expertise

AI 36.60
Analytics 30.56
AR/VR
Big Data 30.58
Blockchain 55.45
Cloud 31.72
Cryptocurrency 65
Customer Experience 66.63
Cybersecurity 32.11
Design Thinking 37
Digital Disruption 60.56
Digital Transformation 71.76
Emerging Technology 86.30
ERP
Govtech 31.21
Innovation 52.24
IoT 47.09
Lean Startup 37
Mobility 100
Open Innovation 42.25
Procurement 33.75
Social 49.16
Startups 31.63
Supply Chain 31.57
Sustainability 35.12
Marketing 31.44
Leadership 30.62
Culture 30.58
Autonomous Vehicles 47.50
Edtech 31.56
Future of Work 30.65
Proptech 44

Industry Experience

Consumer Products
Federal & Public Sector
Financial Services & Banking
Healthcare
High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research
Manufacturing
Oil & Gas
Professional Services
Retail
Telecommunications
Travel & Transportation
Utilities

Publications

54 Article/Blogs
IDG Contributor Network: Why you don’t need a Chief [insert new tech name here] Officer
Import from cio.com
November 26, 2018
In recent years, as each new emerging technology or trend has appeared, we’ve seen widespread calls by tech and industry pundits for organizations to create new CXO positions specifically for each technology or trend.We’ve seen this for roles such as Chief [Data, Data Visualization, Customer...

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Innovation

IDG Contributor Network: Taking a counterintuitive approach to business strategy and technology deployment
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October 30, 2018

As with other disruptive technologies such as augmented/virtual reality, blockchain, drones/UAVs and the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence (AI) has significant potential to transform business models, processes, products and services. According to McKinsey, it’s estimated that AI has t

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

IDG Contributor Network: Digital transformation with purpose: Making the shift towards balanced business models
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September 20, 2018


While many companies are well into their digital transformation journey, it’s been widely reported that relatively few organizations are truly thriving or succeeding. Consultancy Inc.Digital, for example, cites only 18% of organizations as digitally thriving and consultancy ClearPrism has found

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Tags: Digital Transformation

Digital transformation with purpose: Making the shift towards balanced business models
CIO.com
September 20, 2018
While many companies are well into their digital transformation journey, it’s been widely reported that relatively few organizations are truly thriving or succeeding. Consultancy Inc.Digital, for example, cites only 18% of organizations as digitally thriving and consultancy ClearPrism has found that “fewer than 12% of companies capture more than 85% of economic profit in any industry.”

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Sustainability, Procurement

IDG Contributor Network: Drones in the supply chain: the evolving drone landscape and ecosystem
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September 11, 2018
According to Goldman Sachs, the drone market is projected to be a $100 billion opportunity between 2016 and 2020. Key markets include military ($70 billion), consumer ($17 billion), and commercial/civil ($13 billion) with the latter being the fastest growth opportunity.In recent years...

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Tags: Supply Chain, Autonomous Vehicles, Proptech

IDG Contributor Network: 5 design considerations for your design thinking workshop
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August 27, 2018
According to Forrester: “Design thinking is a creative problem-solving — and opportunity-finding — mindset and methodology with a bias toward action that puts the emphasis on empathizing with the customer, clearly defining the problem, collaboratively ideating solutions, and then ...

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Tags: Design Thinking, Innovation, Open Innovation

IDG Contributor Network: How the Walmart-Microsoft partnership builds on the four strategic themes for digital transformation
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July 25, 2018
Walmart and Microsoft recently announced a five-year strategic partnership to further accelerate digital innovation in retail. This comes as a major announcement both for observers of the cloud wars as well as observers of the continuing digital transformation in retail.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

IDG Contributor Network: 4 ways artificial intelligence will shape the future of learning technology
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July 13, 2018
With the rapid pace of innovation continually disrupting business models, and in many cases entire industries, how will online learning keep up to provide the relevant courseware for today’s and tomorrow’s workforce? This will be essential for economic growth and to support a thriving ...

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Edtech

The future of digital transformation – Insights from Thinkers360 global influencers and thought leaders (Part 2)
Thinkers360
June 27, 2018
Having recently published our Top 20 Global Thought Leaders on Digital Transformation – June 2018, we asked a selection of our Thinkers360 global influencers and thought leaders about their thoughts on digital transformation and what we can expect to see over the next three years.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT

The future of digital transformation – Insights from Thinkers360 global influencers and thought leaders (Part 1)
Thinkers360
June 20, 2018
Having recently published our Top 20 Global Thought Leaders on Digital Transformation – June 2018, we asked a selection of our Thinkers360 global influencers and thought leaders about their thoughts on digital transformation and what we can expect to see over the next three years.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

IDG Contributor Network: The 4 biggest cultural barriers to corporate innovation
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June 15, 2018
If you’re a regular reader of my column, you’ll know that I write a lot about best practices in corporate innovation and associated strategic themes, techniques and approaches for establishing world-class programs.While we can learn a lot from studying best practices, it’s also helpful ...

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Culture

The past, present and future of procurement: A discussion with Dr. Marcell Vollmer, Chief Digital Officer, SAP Ariba
Thinkers360
May 17, 2018
In recent years, the business function of procurement may not have been the first area to spring to mind when it comes to digital transformation, but today this is all changing. Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) are stepping into new, exciting roles where they can make procurement more strategic.

They now have the ability to influence 40-60% of an organization’s budget and to take a lead role in making choices that support corporate ethics and corporate social responsibility. In effect, they’re becoming Chief Collaboration Officers, Chief Purpose Officers and brand ambassadors for their organizations.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Supply Chain, Procurement

IDG Contributor Network: SAP Ariba’s platform strategy
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May 01, 2018

For most tech-company CEOs and entrepreneurs, having a platform business model and successfully taking it to scale is stuff of legend. Due to their network effects and ability to create a virtuous cycle where the benefit of a product or service increases as more people use it, platform business m

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Supply Chain, Procurement

IDG Contributor Network: Navigating artificial intelligence strategy in your industry
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April 17, 2018

While AI’s impact on the workforce is clearly top-of-mind for most organizations, executives have many additional questions which need to be addressed to clarify the impact of the technology on their business models, processes, products and services – and their market and competitive position

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Thriving in the Era of Digital Disruption - Part Two
ClearPrism LLC
April 04, 2018
For leading organizations, it’s about thriving in the era of digital disruption and innovating for growth and efficiencies. For many others, it’s about survival and developing strategic countermeasures to proactively avoid being disrupted by the competition.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Innovation

The future of influencer relationship management
Thinkers360.com
April 04, 2018
The social media “fake follower” crisis has created a compelling need to find authentic influencers as well as authentic thought leaders who are experts in their fields. For this reason, I believe that the future of influencer relationship management as a discipline will expand and diversify to include a focus on expert relationship management.

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Tags: Innovation, Social, Marketing

Thriving in the Era of Digital Disruption—Part One
ClearPrism LLC
March 21, 2018
The topic of digital transformation is one of the most talked about subjects in the business and technology arena today. According to data from Google Trends, interest in the term is at an all-time high since the term first gained popularity many years ago and a typical web search yields nearly 65M results.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Innovation

IDG Contributor Network: 5 ways for public sector leaders to accelerate innovation in 2018
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January 25, 2018

Leaders in public sector organizations are facing ever-increasing demands and expectations from their constituents to deliver services more effectively and efficiently, to streamline processes, improve productivity, reduce costs, and improve customer satisfaction all the while dealing with limited resources in terms of personnel and budgets. In this environment, innovation – and, more specifically, accelerating the pace of innovation – is both a necessity and a challenge in terms of keeping up with the pace of commercial innovation and applying it swiftly to modernize and transform existing systems and processes. With this in mind, here’s five ways public sector leaders can accelerate their innovation initiatives in 2018:To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Govtech

IDG Contributor Network: No more Post-It’s: The case for software in your digital innovation sessions
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January 12, 2018

With so much interest and activity around innovation workshops, design thinking workshops and other forms of event-based idea generation (ideation) sessions in support of digital transformation initiatives, it’s time to re-visit the age-old Post-It’s versus software debate.Of course, a well-r

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Tags: Design Thinking, Digital Transformation, Innovation

IDG Contributor Network: 4 strategic themes for digital transformation in 2018
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December 19, 2017

Last year, my predictions for digital transformation were focused on the core DNA that organizations needed to put into place to achieve world-leading performance and results in digital transformation.In addition to perennial themes such as leadership, people and cultural competencies, these new

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Innovation

Why Your Board Is Critical To Digital Transformation Results
Disruption Hub
November 15, 2017
Taking it to the top yields better results.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Innovation

IDG Contributor Network: How digital is helping the RNLI to save lives at sea
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November 01, 2017

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a UK-based charity whose mission is to save lives at sea. The charity was founded back in 1824 and their lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 140,000 lives to date. You might think that digital technologies lend little value to aid in at-

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, IoT

IDG Contributor Network: Platform business models: 4 key steps for implementation
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October 31, 2017

Platform business models allow enterprises to set up powerful industry-focused, cloud-based ecosystems for value exchange and innovation among participants. After their initial debut in the tech sector, they’re now appearing across almost all industry verticals, including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, public sector, telecom, transportation and utilities.In “Platform business models: A primer”, I wrote about how these models are fast becoming the dominant business model for companies with advanced digital transformation strategies. The business model is particularly compelling because it converts traditional, linear value chains into multi-dimensional value networks and ecosystems. Organizations employing platform business models are often seeing a 4x multiplier in terms of average valuation compared to more traditional business models and McKinsey noted recently that “companies pursuing offensive platform strategies yield a better payoff in both revenue and growth”.To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Inventing the Buy Now Button
LinkedIn
October 10, 2017
In the tech-world there's a great quote by computer scientist Alan Kay that states "the best way to predict the future is to invent it". In today's fast-paced world of digital disruption, this simple yet powerful adage holds even truer.

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Tags: Customer Experience, Design Thinking, Digital Transformation

IDG Contributor Network: The evolving role of the Chief Digital Officer
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September 14, 2017

With many organizations now three to five years into their digital transformation strategies, the role of the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) has been rapidly evolving and maturing alongside. What started as a role close to that of the Chief Marketing Officer, with a focus on the digital customer experience, has now evolved into something far-more expansive – reaching into corporate strategy, innovation, technology and operations. In this article, we’ll look at how the CDO role started, some of the latest developments in its continued evolution, the different types of capabilities that are needed to achieve transformational results, and some recommendations for organizations wishing to lead, rather than follow, in terms of digital disruption within their industries.To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology

IDG Contributor Network: Bitcoin lessons from the California gold rush
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August 18, 2017

With bitcoin crossing the $4K mark and the market cap for cryptocurrencies currently residing around $140B, there’s a definite sense of a gold rush in progress much like the dot-com era and the real California gold rush of the 1800s.While parallels with the dot-com era have been well reported,

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Digital Transformation

IDG Contributor Network: Assessing your organization’s digital transformation maturity
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August 15, 2017

With most organizations now several years into their digital transformation journeys, many are looking to measure progress, gauge maturity, and benchmark against peers in their industry. The key questions are how to assess this maturity, what are the key pillars and elements of maturity, and which capabilities are new and different compared to business as usual.Digital transformation is a broad subject that requires competency across strategy and vision, people and culture, process and governance, and technology and capabilities, as show in following chart: Nicholas D. Evans
Key pillars of digital transformation (Source: "Mastering Digital Business", BCS, 2017)To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Innovation

IDG Contributor Network: Assessing your organization’s digital transformation maturity
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August 04, 2017


With most organizations now several years into their digital transformation journeys, many are looking to measure progress, gauge maturity, and benchmark against peers in their industry. The key questions are how to assess this maturity, what are the key pillars and elements of maturity, and whic

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Tags: Digital Transformation

IDG Contributor Network: 4 key techniques for continuous improvement in corporate innovation
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May 11, 2017

If you're leading a corporate innovation program for your organization, or you're part of the core innovation team, one of the key considerations after it's been up and running for a while is how to continuously improve and refine the program over time.While there's a lot of attention paid to how to design and implement corporate innovation programs, as well as how to run ongoing and event-based ideation (i.e., idea generation) sessions with various constituencies, there's not so much written about how to effectively operate these programs and capabilities on a sustainable, year-over-year basis.A corporate innovation program clearly needs to evolve and adapt over time to incorporate the latest developments in innovation management theory and practice, and to fine-tune the sights around innovation as customer needs, business needs and overall market conditions dictate.To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Open Innovation

IDG Contributor Network: 4 considerations for navigating 'innovation antibodies' and 'innovation theater'
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May 03, 2017

In recent years, we've started to see terms such as "innovation antibodies" and "innovation theater" being used to describe some of the challenges in managing innovation, particularly in larger organizations trying to find their own innovation culture. Today, many innovation leaders must carefully navigate the waters between too much resistance to innovation from corporate antibodies and, conversely, too much enthusiasm for innovation from those wishing to put on theater.So-called "innovation antibodies" are well-known for their ability to stifle ideas or even kill off ideas completely. The antibodies are typically corporate departments and personnel that see new ideas coming from another part of the business as risk elements that need to be carefully managed and mitigated. Harvard Business Review published a useful article a few years ago about how to get the corporate antibodies on your side by making these departments and staff part of the solution.To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Open Innovation

4 Strategic Themes For Leading Digital Disruption
Disruption Hub
April 03, 2017
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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Innovation

IDG Contributor Network: Digital sustainability: Digital transformation’s next big opportunity
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February 21, 2017

Every business is now a digital business in one form or another.And in the spirit of "making IT good for society" (in the words of the British Computer Society), there's a tremendous opportunity for the technology community to make a difference. The scope of this opportunity now extends well beyond green IT to focus on using digital transformation to help all industries meet their sustainability goals and reduce their carbon footprints.While the concepts of green IT and sustainable IT were originally focused on IT operations and the technology product lifecycle, the new call to action as companies undergo digital reinvention is for them to give environmental factors early consideration in their planning and to extend the scope of their sustainability improvements beyond IT operations and across many of their digitally transformed processes.To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Sustainability

IDG Contributor Network: 6 ways the digital-physical blur is affecting your money
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January 18, 2017

When we think of digital disruption, while all industries are affected in one way or another, some of the largest disruptions ahead may well be experienced within financial services. Of course, bitcoin and blockchain come to mind right away, as well as A.I. for improved customer service and a competitive edge, but there are numerous other disruptions either already in play or poised to take effect very soon.To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Customer Experience, Digital Transformation, Mobility

IDG Contributor Network: 5 digital business predictions for 2017
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December 09, 2016


While discrete technology trends often get all the attention in New Year's lists, this coming year will be highlighted by organizations taking a more holistic focus on digital transformation that taps into platform business models, the power of technology combinations, mastery of digital services and leading practices in corporate innovation. There will also be an increasing number of "world-firsts" coming out from the corporate sector as vertical industries refine their mastery of digital business.
In light of those impending developments, here are five digital business predictions for 2017 that C-levels need to consider when planning for the year ahead.To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology

IDG Contributor Network: Platform business models: A primer
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October 26, 2016
Platform business models are gaining a lot of attention lately, but not everyone knows precisely what they are. These business models, which allow enterprises to set up powerful ecosystems for value exchange and innovation among participants, can be used across industries and are fast becoming a dominant business model for the digital economy.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption

IDG Contributor Network: The future of innovation management software
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September 07, 2016


If you're involved in managing innovation for your organization, you're likely working with some form of enterprise innovation management software, or you're in the process of selecting a solution that can best support your needs.
To help you think about future needs with regard to managing innovation, I have identified five areas where I believe today's innovation management software needs to evolve to support the ever-expanding needs of the business with regard to digital transformation.
Before we explore how the software needs to evolve, it's worth noting that the first step for any organization is to define a program that addresses the five critical pillars of innovation management capability and then to fine-tune and adjust this program for the needs of digital transformation.To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Open Innovation

IDG Contributor Network: The IoT past, present and future
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June 02, 2016


Professor Sanjay Sarma is best known for his ground-breaking work in co-founding the MIT Auto-ID Center, the predecessor of today’s MIT Auto-ID Labs, and developing many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He was also the founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems in 2008.
The Auto-ID Center was first created, it was chartered with creating the infrastructure, recommending the standards and identifying the automated identification applications for a networked physical world. It was during this period back in 1999 that the term “Internet of Things” was coined and “things” truly started to get connected to the Internet.To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Innovation, IoT, Mobility

IDG Contributor Network: Blockchain’s split personality: Digital disruption or digital distraction?
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May 13, 2016

Even if you’re working in an industry outside of the financial services sector, it’s more than likely you’ve come across blockchain, the cryptographic technology that underlies bitcoin, and you’re exploring its strategic significance for your business.  According to The Economist, “blockchain has applications well beyond cash and currency. It offers a way for people who do not know or trust each other to create a record of who owns what that will compel the assent of everyone concerned. It is a way of making and preserving truths.”To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Emerging Technology

IDG Contributor Network: Digital business ecosystems and platforms: 5 new rules for innovators
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March 21, 2016


Just as there's a dominant technology platform for digital business, comprised of a set of foundational emerging and disruptive technologies, there's also a dominant new business model emerging in the form of digital business ecosystems.
In fact, digital business ecosystems and platforms are fast becoming the go-to business model for the digital economy. According to Accenture, "Ecosystems are the new bedrock of digital" and "The top 15 public platform companies already represent $2.6 trillion in market capitalization worldwide." To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Open Innovation

IDG Contributor Network: 3 steps to a lean innovation workshop
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February 12, 2016


As I've discussed previously in "Multi-modal innovation: 5 best practices for setting the rhythm of innovation," innovation workshops are a valuable technique for event-based ideation which can complement ongoing enterprise ideation processes.
As with any enterprise initiative or capability with the word "innovation" in its title, innovation workshops are also subject to the usual -- and appropriate -- scrutiny, evaluation and questions from various parts of the organization, from senior leadership to managers and employees. Commonly asked questions may revolve around the efficiency and effectiveness of the workshop in terms of its methodology, duration, cost, resource commitments, objectives and outcomes -- and are often inspired by the latest management approach such as "lean," as well as (for obvious business purposes) to ensure and confirm a healthy return on investment.To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Design Thinking, Innovation, Open Innovation

IDG Contributor Network: How the Industrial Internet builds on the new platform for digital business
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January 15, 2016

In a recent article, “Beyond SMAC: The new platform for digital business,” I addressed how eight foundational disruptive technologies -- some mature, some emerging -- are serving as key elements of a new master IT architecture for digital business ecosystems.More than just the Internet of Things and big data/fast data/data analytics, the real potential of the Industrial Internet and Industry 4.0 (aka Industrie 4.0) -- the German vision for the future of manufacturing -- will be realized by the holistic combination of this full set of technology enablers to deliver “dynamic, real-time optimized, self-organizing value chains.”To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, IoT

IDG Contributor Network: 9 key questions to ask of your next digital business initiative
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January 14, 2016

In my last article, "5 digital business predictions for 2016," I highlighted that this year we'll see digital disruptions in the form of innovative industry business models, processes, products and services hitting the marketplace in full force. Much like a seismic event, market activity will become stronger and more frequent this year with ever more digital services -- with compelling new value propositions -- entering the market.As these digital services roll out, there will of course be winners and losers. Armed with a vision for a new digitally enabled product or service, as you get ready to seek internal or external investment, it's important to do the upfront strategic homework. This homework needs to be not just on the vision, value proposition and differentiation of the product or service itself, but on your entire business model and how you intend to go to market.To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Startups

IDG Contributor Network: Digital business predictions for 2016
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December 14, 2015


In 2016, as the race to digital transformation progresses, we’ll start to see the leaders separate themselves from the rest of the pack and set a firm pace that’s fueled by five essential ingredients: a deep understanding of digital disruption, the art and science of the customer experience, the next wave of enabling technologies, a mastery of digital services and continuous innovation from ideation to execution.
Correspondingly, with predictions season in full force, here are five digital business trends which I expect to shape 2016, their implications for business and technology leaders and recommendations for how to prepare for and maximize these trends to your advantage.To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Innovation

IDG Contributor Network: Digital business lessons from the world of Formula One
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November 23, 2015

In addition to the blistering excitement of race day, the world of Formula One is well known for its technology innovation and advancements that later find their way into the consumer auto industry. Examples include a multitude of innovations related to engines, transmission, braking and safety.With all the interest in digital transformation in the business world, what can the world of Formula One, where results are measured in thousandths of a second, teach us about emerging technologies and how to manage, combine and optimize them to deliver competitive advantage?According to Matt Harris, head of IT at the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team, there are a number of business objectives his team has to address. Firstly, the goal of IT is to support and improve the business as a whole. The Formula One team doesn’t sell anything since the “product” in this case goes around the track. IT therefore focuses on providing and operating the core, car-enabling technologies for race performance as well as for the team’s website and worldwide fan base.To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, IoT

IDG Contributor Network: The 5 critical pillars of innovation management capability
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October 13, 2015

Every three to five years the map of the world in terms of innovation is redrawn as organizations change strategic direction, bring in new leaders and/or respond to market threats and opportunities. Three important considerations when repositioning or reevaluating a corporate innovation program include its mission, goals and objectives, where it’s located within the organization and the key capabilities it provides to the organization and its extended set of employees, partners, customers and stakeholders.In prior articles, I’ve addressed how to think about where innovation programs reside within the business, and about fine-tuning an existing corporate innovation program for digital transformation in order to readjust the sights squarely on digital business. In this article, I’ll cover the third consideration in terms of the key capabilities a corporate innovation program should provide.To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Open Innovation

IDG Contributor Network: 6 steps for digital transformation
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October 01, 2015

In terms of digital transformation initiatives, there’s a lot of talk right now in terms of strategy and less emphasis on practical execution. Everyone wants to advise the CEO and the board, but these discussions often only take the conversation so far.So how should an organization think beyond the strategy and get to transformative execution and outcomes? It’s important to develop an approach that can span this divide between strategy and execution so that once the transformation objectives have been selected, there’s a clear path to a unified architectural approach for IT and subsequent agile execution.Here are six steps for digital transformation that you can take to progress from innovative strategy development, to an architectural framework, to practical execution:To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Innovation

IDG Contributor Network: How digital business disrupts the five forces of industry competition
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August 26, 2015


Exactly why is digital business so disruptive to traditional business models and traditional notions of industry competition? A useful way to analyze the situation is by looking at Porter’s model of the five forces of industry competition and exploring how digital business is impacting each of the various forces.
According to Michael E. Porter, in one of his landmark books, titled Competitive Strategy, “In any industry, whether it is domestic or international or produces a product or a service, the rules of competition are embodied in five competitive forces: the entry of new competitors, the threat of substitutes, the bargaining power of buyers, the bargaining power of suppliers, and the rivalry among the existing competitors.”To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology

IDG Contributor Network: Instrumenting the human and socializing the machine
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August 12, 2015
When it comes to the digital workplace, the popular opinion, and fear, is that machines are encroaching upon human work activities and taking an ever larger percentage of this work away for good — from the dirty and dangerous, to the dull, to decisions. Fortunately, this doesn’t take into account the realm of possibilities created when work processes are reimagined in the context of mutual human-machine collaboration.By instrumenting the human and socializing the machine, we can redesign business processes to optimize the blend of human-machine participation and interaction — and complete tasks far more efficiently than either could individually. Machines are stepping out from behind the cage, and humans are stepping into their worlds.To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: AI, Autonomous Vehicles, Future of Work

IDG Contributor Network: The wild, Wild West of IoT security
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August 03, 2015


In the case of Internet of Things security, it’s the Wild West out there. Drones with firearms attached, connected cars remotely sabotaged — the potential for trouble seems to be endless. Even popular culture’s been getting into the act. Witness HBO’s Silicon Valley episode where the self-driving “Hooli” car abruptly changes its destination and enters a shipping container, taking Jared to a man-made island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (“I’m sorry, what? Mister car? Excuse me?”).To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology, IoT

IDG Contributor Network: It's time for a Digital Customer Experience Bill of Rights
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July 28, 2015

In this age of digital disruption, some companies — Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Uber and Airbnb, among them — are doing things right. A highly positive digital customer experience drives customer satisfaction, which in turn leads to increased revenues and ongoing customer loyalty for businesses. Consumers now expect and even demand the same kinds of digital experiences from any company they deal with, regardless of industry.The unfortunate truth, however, is that many organizations are harming their customers' digital experience — and in some cases their safety — on a regular basis. Customers can find themselves with limited access to personal data, discover that their connected vehicle can be digitally sabotaged or experience a wide range of cellular service quality at U.S. airports.To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Customer Experience, Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption

8 classic (digital) business strategy moves from Apple Pay
CIO.com
June 09, 2015
Apple’s recent announcement at its Worldwide Developers Conference of giving shoppers even more ways to pay via its Apple Pay service is an interesting example of a set of eight classic (digital) business strategy moves the company has executed over the course of launching its service.

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Tags: Customer Experience, Cybersecurity, Mobility

The Internet of Things meets disruptive technologies
Import from computerworld.com
April 21, 2014
The Internet of Things (IoT) will be everywhere. According to Gartner, by 2020 the IoT will be more than a $300 billion market, with over 26 billion devices installed. In contrast, today we use 7.3 billion smartphones, tablets and PCs.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, IoT

Mobile Next.0: Five business scenarios for the wearable, augmented-reality era
Import from computerworld.com
September 09, 2013
As mobile computing evolves, two of the most interesting developments now emerging are wearable devices and augmented-reality applications. And if mobile computing has taught us anything, it's that the old consumer/enterprise technology divide is disappearing. If users buy a device that they can use for business, they will use it for business. With that in mind, I want to review five business scenarios that are compelling for the combination of wearables and AR.First, though, it seems like a good idea to consider the likelihood of wearables and AR becoming broadly adopted at all. We can't know this, of course, but there's good reason to believe that the trajectory of mobile computing over the past decade will carry over to wearables and AR.To read this article in full, please click here

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Mobility

Why Wal-Mart Had to Deploy RFID
RFID Journal
November 29, 2004
If the retailer didn't move to use RFID in its supply chain, it risked allowing upstarts to use the new technology to erode Wal-Mart's competitive advantage.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, IoT

4 Books
The Internet of Things: Living in a connected world
British Computer Society
May 02, 2017
Over the last few years the Internet of Things (IoT), the large network of devices ('things') connected to the internet and able to send and receive data has become a very hot topic, sparking much excitement and debate across industries. This ebook provides a collection of articles discussing the role, impact, benefits, and issues around the current and future Internet of Things.

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Tags: IoT

Mastering Digital Business: How Powerful Combinations of Disruptive Technologies Are Enabling the Next Wave of Digital Transformation
British Computer Society
January 31, 2017
Today, companies worldwide are applying digital transformation to redesign traditional business models and strategies in the context of new disruptive technologies, digitally-savvy consumers, and our globally connected society. This strategic guide for business and IT executives focuses on how today's most disruptive technologies (including social, mobile, analytics, cloud, wearables, intelligent automation, robotics, and the IoT) can be applied in powerful combinations, together with platform business models, mastery of digital services, and leading practices in corporate innovation, to help you develop and execute your digital strategies for competitive advantage.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Innovation

Business Agility: Strategies for Gaining Competitive Advantage through Mobile Business Solutions
Financial Times Prentice Hall
January 06, 2005
Mobile technology enables you to achieve extraordinary organizational agility and deliver unprecedented value to customers wherever they are. In Business Agility, Internet Week columnist Nicholas D. Evans draws upon real case studies to illuminate today's best mobile strategies and tactics, and offers a complete step-by-step blueprint for execution: planning, process models, architecture, implementation, and much more.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology, Mobility

Business Innovation and Disruptive Technology: Harnessing the Power of Breakthrough Technology ...For Competitive Advantage
Financial Times / Prentice Hall
January 01, 2003

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Innovation

2 Book Awards
Award winning finalist in the Business-General category of 2018 International Book Awards
2018 International Book Awards
May 27, 2018
Mastering Digital Business: How Powerful Combinations of Disruptive Technologies are Enabling the Next Wave of Digital Transformation by Nicholas D. Evans
British Computer Society (BCS)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1780173458

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Bronze medalist in the Business-Technology category of the 2017 Axiom Business Book Awards
2017 Axiom Business Book Awards
February 22, 2017
Mastering Digital Business: How Powerful Combinations of Disruptive Technologies are Enabling the Next Wave of Digital Transformation, by Nicholas D. Evans (BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT). https://www.amazon.com/dp/1780173458

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Innovation

2 Keynotes
Web Expo Forum, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Web Expo Forum
April 03, 2013
Conference Keynote on Social Business

Painel – Keynote speaker internacional
Palestra: Social Computing: chave para aumentar o valor e a organização de sua empresa.

A apresentação abordar a importância do negócio, as tendências de mercado e considerações do CIO, os principais cenários de negócios para Social Computing, perspectivas e recomendações e caso de sucesso de plataforma de colaboração e social computing “MySite”
Palestrante:
Nick Evans, Vice-presidente & Gerente Geral da Unisys para a área do CTO, responsável por liderar as áreas de Inovação e Estratégia de Soluções.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Innovation, Social

IDC Consumerization Conference, London
IDC
June 09, 2011
Keynote Speaker – Disruptive Trends - "Embracing Disruptive Technologies for Business Advantage - Consumerisation at Unisys"

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Innovation

7 Media Interviews
Is thought leadership evaluation the answer to fake news and fake followers?
Jennifer Sanchis
August 29, 2018
The fake news and fake influencers crisis have left social media and giant tech companies under scrutiny. Actions have been taken to tackle authenticity issues with organisations attempting to monitor, measure and clean content from our digital platforms. Influencer marketing and advertising continue to fuel debates about digital integrity and online trust.

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Tags: Marketing, Social

Transforming Procurement for the Future
SAP Ariba
July 17, 2018
SAP Ariba Chief Digital Officer, Marcell Vollmer, talks to Nicholas Evans about the role of Procurement and its evolution from a back-office function to a key driver of growth within organizations.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Procurement

#TimTalk with Nick Evans @NicholasDEvans - Looking at Ways Of Mastering a Digital Business
Timothy Hughes via YouTube
July 16, 2018
Nick Evans @NicholasDEvans is a consultant and author of over 10 books, his latest "Mastering Digital Business" is published by BCS (The British Computer Society) and provides a strategic guide for the next wave of digital transformation. In this talk we discuss the 4 strategic themes of world-class digital businesses as well as Nick's case studies. Nick is also Founder and CEO of https://www.thinkers360.com/. Click or tap to follow the link. https://www.thinkers360.com/ @Thinkers360 which is the world’s first platform for thought leaders to curate their content, showcase their portfolios, share opportunities, and promote and advance their expertise.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Innovation

A look ahead at the Cloud offerings enterprises are most eager to adopt
CIO.com
July 10, 2018
Members of IDG’s Influencer Network foresee an array of ‘as-a-Service’ solutions

Nicholas Evans (@NicholasDEvans), founder of Thinkers360, likewise foresees two major categories of sought-after offerings.

“The first can be described as Capability-as-a-Service,” he said. “Offerings such as Blockchain-as-a-Service and AI-as-a-Service will be in increasing demand so that enterprises can rapidly access and build on top of these services to speed time to market for their own industry-specific use cases and applications. The second will be industry-focused platform business models (i.e., industry clouds such as manufacturing clouds) so enterprises can access ready-made, ecosystem-centric, highly advanced apps and services and immediately put them to work in their business.”

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cloud

IOT Recruiting Podcast - #4 Nicholas Evans - Digital Transformation Innovator
IoT Recruiting
March 08, 2018

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, IoT

Assessing the Value of Blockchain for Your Business
FinancialExecutives.org
August 09, 2017
With so much market attention and activity, blockchain is worthy of inclusion in your list of strategic focus areas.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Digital Transformation

Stealth & Beyond (History Channel)
History Channel
January 01, 2004
History Channel interview based on "Military Gadgets" book (Financial Times Prentice Hall)

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology, Innovation

1 Patent
Electronic customer service and rating system and method
USPTO
June 20, 2006
A method and system of receiving, storing, and delivering customer comments, including qualitative and quantitative feedback, over a communications network, such as the Internet. Also, the present invention relates to a method and system of rating and ranking companies, including individual merchants and both buyers and sellers, and their products and services based upon comments received and then awarding the companies points based upon their rating.

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Tags: Customer Experience, Digital Transformation, Social

1 Speaking Engagement
Strategic Technology Trends for 2017
Tech Titans
February 03, 2017
The next wave of digital development that talks about platform business models, leading practices in corporate innovation and competitive advantage. Presented to the Tech Titans Board.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Innovation

1 Whitepaper
Future Skills
Oxford University Press
February 26, 2016
Nicholas D. Evans FBCS looks at the future IT skills that will be needed as the
digital business era evolves. Organisations have to select from a palette of new technologies
to enable their strategies for transforming business models, processes, products and
services. IT skills in these areas will be vital.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Innovation

Blog

3 Article/Blogs
Taking a counterintuitive approach to business strategy and technology deployment
Thinkers360
November 12, 2018
As with other disruptive technologies such as augmented/virtual reality, blockchain, drones/UAVs and the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence (AI) has significant potential to transform business models, processes, products and services. According to McKinsey, it’s estimated that AI has the potential to deliver additional global economic activity of around $13 trillion by 2030, or about 16 percent higher cumulative GDP compared with today. This amounts to 1.2 percent additional GDP growth per year.

Along with this growth comes the potential of a growing digital divide in business performance between early adopters and laggards or non-adopters of these emerging technologies. The question is how to get started with exploring technologies like AI for your business and how to quickly navigate from strategy to execution. This learning curve can be somewhat of an issue for CIOs and their teams because according to a recent Gartner survey, 37 percent of organizations are still looking to define their AI strategies, while 35 percent are struggling to identify suitable use cases.

While conventional thinking is often to “get the business strategy sorted out before thinking about technology” and to “focus more on technology during pilot and implementation phases,” counter-intuitively, the reverse is often the best course of action.

In a recent article for CIO.com, we explore this counter-intuitive approach in more detail with a two-pronged approach of developing the technology-informed business case and then the business-focused technology pilot: Taking a counterintuitive approach to business strategy and technology deployment.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Lean Startup

Towards balanced business models and the purpose-driven economy
Thinkers360
August 08, 2018
Many of today’s most powerful business models put the customer at the center and drive scale by offering an incredible value proposition that’s simply too good to resist. Amazon’s ecommerce model gives customers the ultimate in price, selection and availability. Uber’s ride service gives customers ease of use, convenience and real-time visibility. The list goes on.

While this model has built many of the tech giants that we know today, some see growing inequality and a policy failure, and raise the question of whether we have the balance correct for the many stakeholders involved in these business ecosystems and for the broader economy. Is the exchange of value between all stakeholders proportionate or are these business models skewed in favor of customers and investors at the expense of employees, partners and the social good?

Since we live on a planet with finite resources, considerable climate and pollution problems, and with AI continuing its inexorable journey of automation and optimization, it will be vital for corporate business models to be more equitable in the exchange of value for the benefit of society.

As consumers, we have considerable power to drive change. We can choose to do business with companies that treat their employees fairly and have robust approaches to CSR in addition to working with those that offer the most compelling value propositions to us as consumers. The choice doesn’t have to be a binary selection of one or the other and the most innovative companies should be looking at how to deliver excellence on both fronts simultaneously.

We can also choose to do business with companies that have a human-focused approach to implementing AI where they never lose sight of the fact that it’s their employees who are on the front lines of serving and supporting their customers. Rather than being in the people elimination business, companies should focus on how humans and machines can work together.

As consumers, if we’re brave enough, we can force companies to change by voting with our wallets and taking our business elsewhere, but willing companies can play a large role as well. By focusing on purpose-driven as well as business-driven objectives and by focusing on a well-balanced approach to value exchange in their ecosystems, they can truly help make the world a better place.

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Tags: Customer Experience, Sustainability, Leadership

Instrumenting the human and socializing the machine
Thinkers360
July 10, 2018
When it comes to the digital workplace, the popular opinion, and fear, is that machines are encroaching upon human work activities and taking an ever larger percentage of this work away for good — from the dirty and dangerous, to the dull, to decisions. Fortunately, this doesn’t take into account the realm of possibilities created when work processes are reimagined in the context of mutual human-machine collaboration.

By instrumenting the human and socializing the machine, we can redesign business processes to optimize the blend of human-machine participation and interaction — and complete tasks far more efficiently than either could individually. Machines are stepping out from behind the cage, and humans are stepping into their worlds.

Since humans are driving the innovation around automation and robotics, we’re consciously (and perhaps unconsciously) carving out our future roles in the workplace side-by-side with machines. Rather than harsh boundaries between humans and machines, we’re creating a converged future where work processes are being optimized in two converging directions: instrumentation of human processes and socialization of machine processes, so the two can work in greater harmony together.

Mapping the division of labor — human-machine collaboration

If we analyze this collaboration, we can see several distinct classes of work activity where either machines augment human processes, humans augment machine processes, or both.

To illustrate the types of collaboration that can occur, it’s useful to think of who performs the work in terms of human or machine, and whether the work is delivered physically or virtually. The human-machine scenarios include “physical-physical,” such as caregivers working with smart mobile robots to deliver medicines and supplies in hospitals; to “physical-virtual,” such as warehouse employees using smart glasses for navigation and picking instructions to boost productivity; to “virtual-physical,” such as doctors performing telepresence surgery; to “virtual-virtual,” such as call centers with human agents working in tandem with virtual cognitive agents.

The key point is that it’s not just machines that are getting social; it’s that humans are getting instrumented as well, all of which amplifies the possibilities to optimize work activities.

[ For the full article, please visit https://www.cio.com/article/2970083/emerging-technology/the-convergence-of-human-machine-work-processes.html ]

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Autonomous Vehicles

Opportunities

1 Business
Strategic Advisory & Consulting (Digital Transformation, Innovation & Emerging Technology)

Location: Virtual or Travel    Date Available: March 27th, 2018    Fees: Negotiable

Submission Date: March 27th, 2018    Service Type: Service Offered

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1 Keynote
Keynote Speaker

Location: Any location    Date Available: February 26th, 2018    Fees: Available upon request

Submission Date: February 26th, 2018    Service Type: Service Offered

Keynote speaking on digital transformation, innovation and emerging/disruptive technologies. See profile page for full portfolio of publications.

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1 Media Interview - Print/Online
Looking for influencer quotes for upcoming article on future of digital transformation

Location: Virtual    Date Required: May 31st, 2018    Payment: Thought leadership opportunity

Submission Date: May 22nd, 2018    Service Type: Service Needed

We are working on a crowd-sourced article - from our Thinkers360 member thought leaders - on the future of digital transformation. We would like to collect 6-8 quotes from tech influencers and compile the quotes into a full article that will be featured on the Thinkers360 public blog. If interested, please respond via the system or email nick@thinkers360.com and we will send the question for you to answer. Deadline is 5/31/18.

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