Friday Jan 17, 2014

Looking Back at our Thought Leaders


Good thought leadership usually stands the test of time and our past series of big thinkers are still relevant today. As you watch and listen to these conversations - it will be certainly be interesting to note the changes to technology and culture that have taken place over the past years following many of the trends spoken about during these conversations. How much have you changed the way you work over the past couple of years? Are you more social, mobile and cloud-focused now?

Top 10 Technology Trends Driving Business InnovationOrganic Business Networks: Doing Business in a Hyper-Connected WorldSocial Business and Innovation

Race Against the MachineMobile is the New Face of EngagementManaging Social Relationships for the Enterprise

5 Critical Descisions Made by Beloved CompaniesEmployee Engagement Benchmark Study


Thursday Jan 16, 2014

Evolution to the Strategic Technology Trends for 2014

This time of year is always a reflective time as we look back and look forward to the new year. As I've been thinking about thought leadership and some of the interesting webcasts we've hosted over the past couple of years (look to next post for a review of these), I was thinking about those trend predictions that emerge every year. I just recently watched Gartner's most recent webcast they offer each year on the "Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends" that enterprises should be planning for over the next 3 years.

Its interesting to note the evolution of not only the language used to describe the trends, but the consolidation of many of them into single trends in the comparison chart I created below from the past 3 years. As technologies have emerged from the Hype cycle's "Peak of Inflated Expectations" and start sliding down into the "Trough of Disillusionment" there seems to be some strategic consolidation and commodification as expected.

Gartner’s Futurist, David Cearley said: "We have identified the top 10 technologies that companies should factor into their strategic planning processes. This does not necessarily mean adoption and investment in all of the listed technologies, but companies should look to make deliberate decisions about them during the next two years.” 

He also added that the "Nexus of Forces – Social, Mobile, Cloud and Information – are driving these changes in technology." Take a look at this informative short video on the "Nexus of Forces" for a better understanding. We also have a previous blog post on this topic here.


Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends 2012-2014
2012 2013 2014 
1. Media Tablets and Beyond
1. Mobile Devices Battles
1. Mobile Device Diversity & Management
2. Mobile-centric Applications and Interfaces
2. Mobile Apps and HTML5
2. Mobile Apps & Applications
3. Contextual and Social User Experience
3. Personal Cloud
3. The Internet of Everything
4. The Internet of Things
4. The Internet Of Things
4. Hybrid Cloud & IT as Service Broker
5. App Stores and Marketplaces
5. Hybrid IT and Cloud Computing
5. Cloud/Client Architecture
6. Next-generation Analytics
6. Strategic Big Data
6. The Era of Personal Cloud
7. Big Data
7. Actionable Analytics
7. Software Defined Anything
8. In-memory Computing
8. Mainstream In-Memory Computing (IMC)
8. Web Scale IT
9. Extreme Low-energy Servers
9. Integrated Ecosystems
9. Smart Machines
10.Cloud Computing
10. Enterprise App Stores
10. 3-D Printing

Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014:

  1. Mobile Device Diversity and Management: Through 2018, the growing variety of devices, computing styles, user contexts and interaction paradigms will make "everything everywhere" strategies unachievable. The unexpected consequence of bring your own device (BYOD) programs is a doubling or even tripling of the size of the mobile workforce. This is placing tremendous strain on IT and Finance organizations. Enterprise policies on employee-owned hardware usage need to be thoroughly reviewed and, where necessary, updated and extended. 
  2. Mobile Apps and Applications: Gartner predicts that through 2014, improved JavaScript performance will begin to push HTML5 and the browser as a mainstream enterprise application development environment. The market for tools to create consumer and enterprise facing apps is complex with well over 100 potential tools vendors. For the next few years no single tool will be optimal for all types of mobile application so expect to employ several. The next evolution in user experience will be to leverage intent, inferred from emotion and actions, to motivate changes in end-user behavior.
  3. The Internet of Everything: The internet is expanding beyond PCs and mobile devices into enterprise assets such as field equipment, and consumer items such as cars and televisions. The problem is that most enterprises and technology vendors have yet to explore the possibilities of an expanded internet and are not operationally or organizationally ready. 
  4. Hybrid Cloud and IT as Service Broker: Bringing together personal clouds and external private cloud services is an imperative. Enterprises should design private cloud services with a hybrid future in mind and make sure future integration/interoperability is possible. Hybrid cloud services can be composed in many ways, varying from relatively static to very dynamic. Managing this composition will often be the responsibility of something filling the role of cloud service broker (CSB), which handles aggregation, integration and customization of services. 
  5. Cloud/Client Architecture: The cloud is the control point and system or record and applications can span multiple client devices. The client environment may be a native application or browser-based; the increasing power of the browser is available to many client devices, mobile and desktop alike. Robust capabilities in many mobile devices, the increased demand on networks, the cost of networks and the need to manage bandwidth use creates incentives, in some cases, to minimize the cloud application computing and storage footprint, and to exploit the intelligence and storage of the client device. However, the increasingly complex demands of mobile users will drive apps to demand increasing amounts of server-side computing and storage capacity.
  6. The Era of Personal Cloud: The personal cloud era will mark a power shift away from devices toward services. In this new world, the specifics of devices will become less important for the organization to worry about, although the devices will still be necessary. Users will use a collection of devices, with the PC remaining one of many options, but no one device will be the primary hub. Rather, the personal cloud will take on that role. Access to the cloud and the content stored or shared from the cloud will be managed and secured, rather than solely focusing on the device itself.
  7. Software Defined Anything: Software-defined anything (SDx) is a collective term that encapsulates the growing market momentum for improved standards for infrastructure programmability and data center interoperability driven by automation inherent to cloud computing, DevOps and fast infrastructure provisioning. As individual SDx technology silos evolve and consortiums arise, look for emerging standards and bridging capabilities to benefit portfolios, but challenge individual technology suppliers to demonstrate their commitment to true interoperability standards within their specific domains. 
  8. Web-Scale IT: Web-scale IT is a pattern of global-class computing that delivers the capabilities of large cloud service providers within an enterprise IT setting by rethinking positions across several dimensions. Large cloud services providers such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, etc., are re-inventing the way in which IT services can be delivered.  Their capabilities go beyond scale in terms of sheer size to also include scale as it pertains to speed and agility. If enterprises want to keep pace, then they need to emulate the architectures, processes and practices of these exemplary cloud providers
  9. Smart Machines: Through 2020, the smart machine era will blossom with a proliferation of contextually aware, intelligent personal assistants, smart advisors (such as IBM Watson), advanced global industrial systems and public availability of early examples of autonomous vehicles. The smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT. New systems that begin to fulfill some of the earliest visions for what information technologies might accomplish — doing what we thought only people could do and machines could not —are now finally emerging. 
  10. 3D Printing: Worldwide shipments of 3D printers are expected to grow 75% in 2014 followed by a near doubling of unit shipments in 2015. While very expensive “additive manufacturing” devices have been around for 20 years, the market for devices ranging from $50,000 to $500, and with commensurate material and build capabilities, is nascent yet growing rapidly. The consumer market hype has made organizations aware of the fact 3D printing is a real, viable and cost-effective means to reduce costs through improved designs, streamlined prototyping and short-run manufacturing.



Thursday Mar 21, 2013

Today's WebCast - Oracle Social Business Thought Leaders

Join us today (03/21/2013 10am PST / 1pm EST) for an interesting presentation by Jeanne Bliss on

"The Five Critical Decisions Made by Beloved and Prosperous Companies"

Oracle Social Business Thought Leaders Webcast Series


Tuesday Sep 18, 2012

The Nine Cs of Customer Engagement

Avoid Social Media Fatigue - Learn the 9 C's of Customer Engagement
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Avoid Social Media Fatigue - Learn the 9 C's of Customer Engagement

Have We Hit a Social-Media Plateau?

In recent years, social media has evolved from a cool but unproven medium to become the foundation of pragmatic social business and a driver of business value. Yet, time is running out for businesses to make the most out of this channel. This isn’t a warning. It’s a fact.

Join leading industry analyst R “Ray” Wang as he explains how to apply the nine Cs of engagement to strengthen customer relationships. Learn:

  • How to overcome social-media fatigue and make the most of the medium
  • Why engagement is the most critical factor in the age of overexposure
  • The nine pillars of successful customer engagement

Register for the eighth Webcast in the Social Business Thought Leaders series today.

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10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
Presented by:

Presenter Ray Wong

R “Ray” Wang
Principal Analyst and CEO,
Constellation Research

Presenter Christian Finn

Christian Finn
Senior Director, Product Management
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Tuesday Jul 17, 2012

Creating a Culture of Collaboration

Michael Fauscette

Today's guest post provided by:
Michael Fauscette, GVP, Software Business Solutions, IDC

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Creating a Culture of Collaboration

In almost every business journal you read or business conference you attend, there will be some discussion around the need to build a collaborative business. I guess it’s not surprising really; it’s the realization and changing expectations that employees are bringing into the workplace from their personal experiences on the social Web. It ties directly to the “hot topic” of consumerization of IT that’s been discussed to death over the last five years or so.

It would be hard to argue that collaboration is a bad thing, so many companies are throwing the word around a lot, but what does it really mean to be a collaborative enterprise?

The definition of collaboration, I think, has shifted over the last 5 years. This shift, to me, is a good thing, and is starting to be reflected in a new generation of collaboration tools that are now available. In the past, collaboration often was tied to file management and file sharing more than anything, which was unfortunate. Don’t get me wrong, managing files is important, but it is not collaboration. In fact, many of the old “collaboration” systems were the opposite of collaborative, as they really tracked documents and document versions, and restricted the open sharing of information.

The new definition of collaboration is focused on people-centric collaboration. Many of you are probably laughing at me now; I mean, shouldn’t collaboration always have been about connecting people to people? Absolutely. But think about the technology that was offered under the umbrella of collaboration. Did it help people connect?

Collaboration is about more than technology, of course — it’s really about business culture. So how do you build a collaborative culture? Here are a few things a business can do to start the change ball rolling:

    • Ensure that executives set the tone and lead by participating in collaborative efforts. “Do what you say and say what you do.”

    • Incentives and rewards must be aligned to support collaboration, not individual achievement. You will get the behavior you incent.

    • “What’s in it for me?” If you want participation, you must show employees what they’ll get out of expending the effort and learning new tools, or they won’t support and adopt the changes.

    • Technology is important as a facilitator of the culture shift, and that technology needs to provide the ability to connect people to people, data, information, and to other systems. The technology enables the company to deploy an enterprise social network, and provides the benefits to the company and to the employees that they get from being connected and operating in a more open, engaged environment.

    • Change is hard, and to be effective, you should approach this like any project. Use employee champions to drive use and engagement; train employees on new tools; put important company information into the new tool exclusively so employees get used to using it; and demonstrate that collaboration is rewarded over individual achievement.


With the right executive focus, the right incentives, the right tools, and a real effort to encourage knowledge-sharing over knowledge-hording, a business can  become a collaborative enterprise. Collaborative businesses leverage all their resources more effectively; they use the collective knowledge of customers,  employees, and partners to gain competitive advantage. And they make more effective business decisions that leverage facts over myths. It’s not an easy transition, but the journey is well worth it.


Organic Business Networks - featuring Michael Fauscette, GVP, Software Business Solutions, IDC




To hear more with featured guest speaker, Michael Fauscette, GVP, Software Business Solutions, IDC -  Watch the On-Demand webcast of the Oracle Social Business Thought Leader Webcast Series - “Organic Business Networks: Doing Business in a Hyper-Connected World”




Monday Jul 16, 2012

New Technology Trends: Oracle Social Business Thought Leaders

In today’s always-connected, global environment, the business world is increasingly flat. Organizations must operate 24/7 utilizing teams distributed in different locations and time zones. These frequently ad-hoc but critical workgroups are the heart of the new social enterprise—driving business processes forward, spearheading change to keep an organization vibrant and relevant, and driving innovation to ensure business success.

Join us for our Social Business Thought Leaders Webcast series featuring industry experts with leading perspectives about how social tools, technology, and the changing workplace are affecting businesses today.


Coming up later this week, we’ll be broadcasting a fascinating discussion with one of the major technology thought leaders of this decade, Andy Mulholland. We featured Andy earlier in our webcast series and there was so much interest and so much more to discuss, that we invited him back another time. 

The topic this week will be: Top 10 Technology Trends Driving Business Innovation

Register Here
Thursday, July 19, 2012 10a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET 

- Hosted by Christian Finn

- Featuring: Andy Mulholland, Global CTO, Capgemini

Here's a preview from Andy's "CTOBlog" - Ten Game Changing Technology Shifts in 2012 - 

For those of you that aren't familiar with Andy. Here's a snip of his bio from the CTOBlog.

Andy Mulholland was formerly Capgemini Global Chief Technology Officer, Andy was a member of the Capgemini Group management board and advised on all aspects of technology-driven market changes, together with being a member of the Policy Board for the British Computer Society. Andy is the author of many white papers, and the co-author of three books that have charted the current changes in technology and its use by business starting in 2006 with ‘Mashup Corporations’ detailing how enterprises could make use of Web 2.0 to develop new go to market propositions. This was followed in May 2008 by Mesh Collaboration focusing on the impact of Web 2.0 on the enterprise front office and its working techniques, then in 2010 “Enterprise Cloud Computing: A Strategy Guide for Business and Technology leaders” co-authored with well-known academic Peter Fingar and one of the leading authorities on business process, John Pyke. The book describes the wider business implications of Cloud Computing with the promise of on-demand business innovation. It looks at how businesses trade differently on the web using mash-ups but also the challenges in managing more frequent change through social tools, and what happens when cloud comes into play in fully fledged operations. Andy was voted one of the top 25 most influential CTOs in the world in 2009 by InfoWorld and is grateful to readers of Computing Weekly who voted the Capgemini CTOblog the best Blog for Business Managers and CIOs each year for the last three years.

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Can You Name the Trends?

No need to do the research. Come to this Webcast and find out. Join the conversation as Andy discusses the 10 game-changing technology trends that will enable business innovation.

As you might expect, three of the trends discussed will be:

  • Mobility: from nice-to-have to a cornerstone of user engagement
  • Big data: how to acquire, organize, and analyze it
  • Cloud computing: how to build applications, automate processes, collaborate, and secure the enterprise

But you’ll have to attend the Webcast to learn about the other seven trends. Register now. And profit from the experience.

Tuesday May 22, 2012

SOCIAL BUSINESS AND INNOVATION

Oracle Social Business Thought Leaders Webcast Series

Are you losing sleep at night staring at the ceiling wondering about:

How content management and Enterprise IT are being changed by social technologies?

How social technologies are being used to drive innovation and transform processes?

What the implications of this transformation are for information professionals?

Of course you are!  

Worry no more! Tune in this week and hear John Mancini present his industry-changing views on these topics and others as our series of Social Business Thought Leaders Webcast Series continues its momentum as thousands have viewed our topical thought-provoking free webcasts.

John Mancini, President, AIIM

SOCIAL BUSINESS AND INNOVATION

John Mancini, President, AIIM

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 10:00 AM PDT

Moving from Records to Engagement to Insight — AIIM President John Mancini discusses the factors that are driving organizations to think more strategically about the intersection between content, social, and process. Join us for this webcast to hear how content management and Enterprise IT are being changed by social technologies and how those technologies are being used to drive innovation and transform processes.

REGISTER HERE

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John F. Mancini joined AIIM in May 1996. AIIM helps organizations find, control, and optimize their information. AIIM's activities are organized into 3 areas: 1) training; 2) B2B marketing support services; and 3) research. Prior to joining AIIM, Mancini spent 11 years in various positions at the American Electronics Association in Washington, D.C., most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He has also served as Executive Director of the Foundation for Public Affairs.

Mancini is a frequent speaker at meetings and conferences throughout the world on various topics including the content management marketplace and E20 technologies. Contact him if you are looking for a keynote for your next meeting. Click on this link -- http://www.slideshare.net/jmancini77/info360-keynote-by-aiim-president-john-mancini -- for an example of a previous keynote on Disruptive Technologies. Some other recent "mini topics" (that can be expanded into broader presentations...) The Facebook Dilemma, The Mobile Exigency, The SharePoint Paradox, The Shutterfly Effect, and The Black Swan.

Mancini holds a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary and a master's degree from Princeton University. Mancini blogs under the title Digital Landfill (http://www.digitallandfill.org), tweets as jmancini77, can be found as jmancini77 on LinkedIn and Facebook. and is the creator of the "8 things" series. He is the author quite some time ago of a children's book, Will's Christmas List, which has sold literally tens of copies.

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