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Charles Araujo

Keynote Speaker, Tech Industry Analyst & Author at Charles Araujo International, LLC

New York, United States

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Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and the best-selling author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change.

He is Principal Analyst with Intellyx, an industry analyst firm covering digital transformation. He has authored three books and published hundreds of articles. He is a regular contributor to CIO.com and has been quoted or published in magazines, blogs and websites including Time, InformationWeek, CIO Insight, NetworkWorld, CIO & Leader, IT Business Edge, TechRepublic, Computerworld, USA Today, and Forbes.

He is the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker having addressed over 10,000 business and IT leaders in more than 10 countries over the last several years. He is passionate about the power of technology to deliver competitive and transformational advantage to organizations and in the critical need to develop next generation “digital leaders” that can transform their organizations into Digital Enterprises. He is presently at work on a new book entitled, The New Human Age: Why embracing your humanity is the key to transforming your life, reshaping your organization and thriving in a technology-driven world.

Earlier in his career, Charles served as an advisor and consultant for nearly twenty years, leading numerous large scale transformation programs for Fortune 1000 organizations and government institutions involving as many as 10,000 program participants.

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Company Information

Company Type: Individual
Business Unit: Technology
Theatre: North America

Areas of Expertise

AI 30.22
Analytics 52.30
Cloud 30.63
Customer Experience 37.15
Design Thinking 46.87
Digital Disruption 30.13
Digital Transformation 45.60
Emerging Technology 44.57
Innovation 36.27
IoT 30.66
Agile 31.21
Blockchain 30.26
Big Data 30.47
Future of Work 30.13

Industry Experience

Financial Services & Banking
Healthcare
High Tech & Electronics

Publications

52 Article/Blogs
IDG Contributor Network: Is all-in on the cloud a real strategy?
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March 27, 2019

 [Disclosure: Many of the companies mentioned in this article – OutSystems, AgilePoint, Compuware, CA, SkyTap and WaveMaker – are current or past clients of the author.]The scene opens with the blue-grey drabness and cold columns typical of an old-school bank.A man walks through the scene la

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Tags: Cloud

IDG Contributor Network: The 3 surprising secrets that drive innovation in the digital era
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March 08, 2019

What if everything you knew about innovation was wrong?The fear of digital disruption and the boundless opportunities that are arising as we enter the digital era are making innovation a critical topic for CIOs and their C-suite counterparts.As a result, enterprises are launching innovation-focus

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation

IDG Contributor Network: Tapping into the WeWork Effect with an app?
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February 19, 2019

Eight short years ago, the words “we” and “work” were innocuous enough. Today, the phrase WeWork can cause a range of emotions including awe, disdain, joy, and, at least for its erstwhile competitors (whose ranks are growing), fear.Using what the New York Times called its “…recipe [of

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption

IDG Contributor Network: The hidden challenges undermining the customer experience
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February 07, 2019


He traveled all around the world and everywhere he wentHe'd use his word and all would say there goes a clever gent—Lyrics from “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
In the movie Mary Poppins, everyone’s favorite nanny shared with the world “the word to say when you don’t know what to

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Tags: Customer Experience

IDG Contributor Network: Why a computer may be your next manager
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January 18, 2019

There’s a new drinking game that is sweeping across after-work corporate watering holes.Everyone takes turns guessing how long it will be until their job is automated out of existence. After every guess, everyone drinks.There is a steady drumbeat of news and analysis that predict a certain demi

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Tags: Emerging Technology

IDG Contributor Network: The ‘future of work’ in the digital era may not be what you think
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January 09, 2019

I remember walking through the turnstile at Disneyland as a kid. The moment we were actually in the park, I knew exactly where I was headed.Like any Southern California native, I had a laundry list of my favorite spots at The Happiest Place on Earth. But at the top of that list — and the place

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Tags: Future of Work

IDG Contributor Network: Has storage become sexy?
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November 19, 2018


When industry veteran Charlie Giancarlo decided a little over a year ago that it was time to step back into a tech company role, he had his pick of opportunities.Coming out of an eight-year stint as a partner at private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, he had an inside track on the future of the

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IDG Contributor Network: Are you ready for the data-driven management revolution?
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October 17, 2018


Amid all the talk about automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and the rising importance of data, there is another trend that is flying beneath the radar of most industry observers: the instrumentation of work.At Dreamforce, Salesforce’s recently held user conference, there was meandering ta

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Tags: Analytics

IDG Contributor Network: The future of big data and AI boils down to one thing
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September 24, 2018


When I started my first business in the mid-90’s I did what most first-time entrepreneurs do — I ordered business cards.Actually, I first had to get an address and order a phone. After all, I couldn’t order business cards without them. Then it was setting up an accounting system, doing the

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Tags: Big Data

Low-Code and the Third Way of App Modernization
LinkedIn
August 24, 2018
While the primary driver of the low-code movement was to improve enterprise developer productivity and to create a more agile and collaborative development workflow, the evolution of these platforms has also opened the door to a new hybrid approach to application modernization.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Agile

Dump IoT to get IoT Right
LinkedIn
August 13, 2018
IoT will be one of only a handful of genuinely transformative classes of technology, along with artificial intelligence (AI) and potentially blockchain — but only if enterprise leaders get it right.
The idea that the Internet of Things (IoT) is somehow a single, simple technology is an idea that many business and even IT executives seem to believe.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, IoT

IDG Contributor Network: It’s a roll-your-own Internet of Things world
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August 10, 2018
For years, my family had a Thanksgiving Day tradition of playing a friendly game of poker.House rules were that the dealer picked the rules of the hand — and boy, were there some crazy, almost unrecognizable versions of poker played around the family dining room table.My personal favorite was a...

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Tags: IoT

The Third Way to Application Modernization
LinkedIn
July 20, 2018
A new modernization approach combines new application development platforms with a fresh take on outsourcing, helping enterprises overcome inertia and finally bring their legacy applications into the modern age.
Application modernization is now a top-of-mind issue for virtually every enterprise IT executive.

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Tags: Agile

The Unheralded Digital Era Hero: The Question
LinkedIn
July 16, 2018
You always know it when you meet someone who has a two or three-year-old at home. They’re easy to spot because they always have this exasperated look on their face.
The source of this exasperation is the never-ceasing series of one-word daggers to the heart: “Why?”
Young children have an insatiable curiosity, which results in them turning to the people whom they see as the fonts of all wisdom — their parents — for explanations on how everything works.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation

IDG Contributor Network: LA Fitness, ‘Hotel California’ and the fallacy of digital transformation
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June 21, 2018


It felt like I was living the lyrics of one of my all-time favorite songs.As I sat there staring at the four rows of idle ‘sales counselors’ at LA Fitness, the words from “Hotel California” by the Eagles rang in my head:
'Relax' said the night man,We are programmed to receive.You can chec

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Tags: Digital Transformation

IDG Contributor Network: Is the employee experience the digital transformation linchpin?
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June 05, 2018


There’s a new buzzword in town, and it’s taking the industry airwaves by storm. Our industry’s new object of affection: the employee experience.Of course, the idea that organizations should pay attention to and improve the employee experience in the form of the workplace, the tools, and the

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Tags: Digital Transformation

ManageEngine: A Grounds-up Approach to Managing the Complexity of IT
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April 21, 2018
An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief What would happen if you built an integrated solution to manage the end-to-end complexity of IT operations from the ground-up? This […]

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data

Zugata: Helping Enterprises Create a High-Performance Culture
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April 21, 2018
An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief “Our people are our most important asset.” Most enterprise organizations have a statement similar to this within their mission statement or […]

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Tags: Social

2 trends reshaping the future of IT support
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April 20, 2018
We are in the early stages of a broader transformation in how enterprise organizations look at the role of support. In the near future, support will […]

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IDG Contributor Network: 2 trends reshaping the future of IT support
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April 19, 2018


I traveled last week to Las Vegas to try to answer what may become a vital question for an entire sector of the technology industry: is there a future in providing technology support?In the MGM Conference Center, over 2,300 service desk analysts and other technology support professionals gathered

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IDG Contributor Network: Why the customer experience is the future of monitoring
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April 16, 2018


From the earliest days of the modern computing era, IT and business leaders understood that once you deployed technology to run an important part of the business, you needed some way of monitoring and managing that technology.There’s been a robust market for monitoring solutions ever since.As t

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Why the customer experience is the future of monitoring
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April 16, 2018
Enterprise IT and business leaders are looking for technology solutions that help them simultaneously transform and reorient the organization’s operating model around the customer experience, while […]

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How the Customer Experience Killed Shadow IT
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April 16, 2018
Do you remember all the talk about ‘Shadow IT’? Just a short time ago, it was a topic on the tip of every CIO’s tongue. Now, […]

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Tags: Customer Experience

Streamlio: An Intelligent Platform for Fast Data
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April 08, 2018
An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief Data has been rapidly rising in importance within the enterprise. The focus on big data and analytics was all about who […]

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Nehemiah Security: Quantifying CyberSecurity Risk
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April 07, 2018
An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief For the enterprise, dealing with cybersecurity risk is a bit of a no-win situation. It’s something they must do, but it […]

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Cogito: Getting AI Right to Improve the Human-to-Human Experience
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April 04, 2018
An Intellyx Brain Candy Update A lot has changed since we last spoke with Cogito a year and a half ago. At the time, Artificial Intelligence […]

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IR: Managing the Human-to-Human Customer Experience
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April 03, 2018
An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief Even in the age of digital everything, we continue to crave human-to-human interaction. That’s why despite the explosion of communication methods, […]

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Elevating Your Security Posture with Threat-Intelligence-as-a-Service
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March 29, 2018
Every enterprise organization is in a security arms-race that they must win. As technology becomes ever-more intertwined into every business process and every element of the […]

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White Paper: IT’s Critical Role as Development Evolves
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March 29, 2018
In response to digital business demands, organizations are automating everything and anything they can — and are rapidly outpacing IT’s capacity to keep up. As a […]

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DriveScale: Software Composable Infrastructure for the Modern Workload
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March 27, 2018
An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief Modern workloads need a new type of infrastructure. At some level anyway, most enterprises are beginning to understand this fact. Traditional, […]

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Tags: Digital Transformation

IBM bets big on the ‘incumbent disruptor’
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March 27, 2018
Since its inception, IBM has bet on the big enterprise. A stalwart of the industrial age, IBM provided much of the technology its industrial counterparts needed […]

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IDG Contributor Network: IBM bets big on the ‘incumbent disruptor’
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March 26, 2018


Since its inception, IBM has bet on the big enterprise. A stalwart of the industrial age, IBM provided much of the technology its industrial counterparts needed as they embraced the first computer era — and has maintained a significant presence within enterprise organizations ever since.As tech

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Tags: Digital Transformation

Citent’s GW Apps: A Google Cloud-based No-Code Platform
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March 25, 2018
An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief Enterprise customers often turned to Citent when they needed custom applications to automate targeted business functions that integrated with the Google […]

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Tags: Cloud

IPsoft: A Digital Workforce to Improve the Customer Experience
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March 23, 2018
An Intellyx Brain Candy Update The modern enterprise is facing concurrent challenges when it comes to delivering on a vital element of the digital transformation story […]

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Why Chatbots Will Transform HR and the Employee Experience (for real, this time)
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March 22, 2018
Chatbot proponents are the technology world’s equivalent of the boy who cried wolf. For years now, these proponents have been proclaiming that chatbots will revolutionize things […]

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Twistlock: Promising a New Generation of Security for a Cloud-Native World
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March 22, 2018
An Intellyx Brain Candy Update Enterprise organizations are reaching an inflection point. As they seek to digitally transform, they are facing a no-win situation. Secure their […]

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Artificial Intelligence: The Time is Now
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March 19, 2018
As an industry observer, I’ve watched the development of artificial intelligence (AI) with fascination. While the technology itself is developing at a breakneck pace and offers […]

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Why a Vertically Integrated Cloud Stack Could Be the Wrong Move
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March 16, 2018
When the cloud first entered the enterprise consciousness, the pitch was simple: move your applications to the cloud and enjoy the simplicity of an on-demand, integrated […]

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Riverbed and Zscaler Help Organizations Strike Balance Between Agility and Security
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March 15, 2018
Organizations now find themselves stuck between two competing pressures. On the one hand, they are under near-constant assault by bad actors who wish to compromise their […]

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Riverbed and Zscaler Help Organizations Strike Balance Between Agility and Security
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March 15, 2018
Organizations now find themselves stuck between two competing pressures. On the one hand, they are under near-constant assault by bad actors who wish to compromise their […]

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IDG Contributor Network: The 3 principles of modernization success
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February 09, 2018


Enterprises are seemingly stuck.They have a bunch of legacy applications hanging like albatrosses around their necks, inhibiting their ability to compete and deliver new experiences to their customers, employees, and partners.As a result, there is tremendous pressure to refresh interfaces and upd

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Tags: Digital Transformation

IDG Contributor Network: Missile launches, false alarms and a user experience wake-up call
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January 24, 2018



"BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL." —Text from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency on January 13, 2018
As most everyone is now aware, the state of Hawaii sent its citizens into a panic earlier this month by erroneously issuing a warning

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IDG Contributor Network: Is it the end of coding in the enterprise?
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December 13, 2017


Coding has never been a particularly desirable or efficient exercise within enterprise organizations. Most of the executive team has little idea what developers actually do, and, truth be told, they don’t really want to be in the business of producing software in the first place.Still, enterpri

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IDG Contributor Network: Is this ITIL’s last gasp?
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November 15, 2017


You probably missed it, but earlier this month something significant took place. Its significance is less about what happened, but rather because of what didn’t.At FUSION 17, one of the industry’s largest IT Service Management conferences (produced by itSMF USA and HDI), AXELOS announced its

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IDG Contributor Network: 2 lessons cloud native companies have for enterprise leaders
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November 08, 2017
If you’re reading this from anywhere but Southeast Asia, you’ve probably never heard of Grab. The company, however, is the region’s leading on-demand transportation and mobile payments platform. Think Uber and ApplePay rolled into one. Oh, and they’ve raised a ton of money...

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Tags: Cloud

IDG Contributor Network: The promise and perils of machine learning in the enterprise
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November 03, 2017


Several years ago, I lived along the coast and had this fantastic deck. It had this crazy breeze that always seemed to be blowing across it. I loved that deck, except for one thing. It could get very cold.So, I decided that I needed a space heater to complete my vision of deck-bliss. But I just c

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IDG Contributor Network: Getting big data right
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October 02, 2017


The gathered crowd looked on with amazement and let out an audible gasp. The volunteer thought he had stumped the magician with his chosen number, 83. The magician had written 16 numbers in a four by four matrix — and 83 was nowhere in the mix.But then the magician broke into a wide grin.“Che

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Tags: Analytics

IDG Contributor Network: Atlassian means business
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September 21, 2017


During last week’s Atlassian Summit, the company rolled out a brand new logo and look. One audience member expressed their disapproval on Twitter: “Jeez! It's about the @Atlassian logo again. Who cares? So self absorbed.”In this case, however, I don’t think it was a mere branding exercise

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IDG Contributor Network: Why you may be looking at AI all wrong
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September 07, 2017


It’s getting pretty hard to escape Artificial Intelligence ("AI"). I don’t mean the impact that AI will have on your life — I just mean the idea of AI. In the business and technology press, a single day does not pass without some reference to the impact that AI is having — or will have

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IDG Contributor Network: CIOs: Caught in the crosshairs
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August 23, 2017


There are two ways to look at the current fate of the CIO role: Either the CIO is in the perfect place and time as the worlds of business and IT converge, or they are standing squarely in the "kill zone" waiting for those same converging forces to fell them.I have been covering digital transforma

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IDG Contributor Network: SAP sets a course for the future
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May 25, 2017


At its massive customer conference held last week in Orlando, SAP made it clear that it was charting a new course for the future. In announcing Leonardo — what it calls a digital innovation system — and in interviews with company executives, the message was unambiguous: SAP is an important pa

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IDG Contributor Network: A tech company CEO de-hypes digital transformation
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May 17, 2017


It seems that every tech company CEO today is talking about digital transformation in some way. If it’s not in the company tagline, it’s top of mind and top of deck in every sales presentation.The reason is simple: Every client CEO is thinking about digital transformation too—and buying any

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3 Books
Performance-driven IT: How Metrics can transform IT services and operations
TSO
February 19, 2018
Performance-driven IT forces you to rethink how we use the data that we are swamped with every day. ‘Too much information’ is a common cry in business and this title makes a compelling case for reviewing available data sets. Those that are maintained need to be acted on to refocus the organization on the required strategic outcomes along the way, so that the metrics used to measure and manage performance become dynamic. Running IT is not what it used to be. That’s true in both the good and the bad sense. The days of running IT by the ‘seat of your pants’ with your army of heroes dashing from one fire to the next are long gone.

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Tags: Analytics, Digital Transformation

The Ecosystem Advantage: How to Build the Digital Ecosystem That Will Help You Win in the Digital Era
Institute for Digital Transformation
October 16, 2016
IT as we know it may be dead, but it’s future success in creating competitive advantage will come down to one thing: creating a digital ecosystem.

The changes that Charles Araujo described in his best selling book, The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change, are well underway. As an IT leader, you see the changes occurring at an alarmingly increasing rate.

You need to guide your organization through this period of disruption and confidently into the future. You need to find opportunity amid the chaos. But how?

In The Ecosystem Advantage, Araujo explains why the answer is to build a “digital ecosystem” that will power IT into this future.

Based on interviews and insights from senior IT executives across a wide range of industries, Araujo explains that while “cloud” is a significant part of both the disruption and the solution, the true answer to creating competitive advantage is not found in “cloud”, “hybrid” or any other trendy buzzwords flying around the IT industry.

Creating meaningful business advantage occurs only when IT leaders build and nurture complex digital ecosystems that deliver the speed, agility and integration that the modern Digital Enterprise requires. This means more than just changing your approach to technology - it demands organizational and cultural changes as well.

In this concise “micro book”, Araujo explains the real role that cloud will play in your future, the essence of the modern digital ecosystem and how to put your organization on the path toward creating an Ecosystem Advantage.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Innovation

The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change
It Governance Publishing
November 29, 2012
'IT as we know it is dead.' Forces are at work that are reshaping the very fabric of the IT organization. Driven by our own history, changing perceptions of how technology should work and newfound, but very real, competition, IT organizations are struggling to evolve - but into what? In The Quantum Age of IT, Charles Araujo examines what has led us to this point and what it means to the future of IT organizations. With a broad perspective on the fundamental changes affecting the industry, he offers practical guidance that every IT professional needs to compete in this new era of IT. Whether you are an IT executive, or just beginning your career, this book will offer you the key insights you need to understand what is happening and what is coming. Understanding that future, Araujo blends a wide range of research and case studies to help you discover the skills you must develop in order to succeed and thrive in The Quantum Age of IT. As you read this book, you will be able to: • Understand how and why your IT function has changed and define its future role • Compete in this new age by embracing the five traits that will define the IT organization of The Quantum Age • Remain effective and relevant as you understand and implement fundamental changes to future-proof your IT function • Maintain and develop excellent customer relations by better understanding your clients and their requirements • Meet the unique needs of all your customers, as you adopt the five key skills that all IT professionals will have to have • Learn from the past and look forward to a bright future!

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Tags: Customer Experience, Design Thinking, Digital Transformation

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