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Digital Transformation is Still Largely Technology-First, People-Second

Digital Transformation is Still Largely Technology-First, People-Second

Digital transformation has officially become a ubiquitous term that describes any company’s investment in digital infrastructure regardless of ultimate vision and intention. But, unless digital transformation takes a technology-second and a customer/employee first approach, investments will be unaligned with market evolution and more importantly, human behaviors, preferences and expectations. Technology is just a means to power business transformation. But technology can only get part of the job done. You need people. And, like technology, people are changing. Each time I…

SnapChat Changes Name and Focus; Snap, Inc. Now a Digital Lifestyle Company

SnapChat Changes Name and Focus; Snap, Inc. Now a Digital Lifestyle Company

SnapChat officially changed its name to Snap, Inc. as the company restyles itself from a one-[major] hit app company into a digital lifestyle brand. To mark the occasion, Snap, Inc. introduced Spectacles, fashion and tech-forward sunglasses that record 10-second clips, which can then be uploaded to SnapChat Memories via wifi. Following the Apple playbook, Snap, Inc. also designed a fashionable case that doubles as a charger. Spectacles will be available this Fall and will cost $130. Spectacles are the result…

5 Tips for Reimagining Yourself in an Era of Digital Darwinism

5 Tips for Reimagining Yourself in an Era of Digital Darwinism

Learning to do things differently will have a positive impact on your business. Recently, I had the chance to talk with Deep Patel for Entrepreneur to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding digital Darwinism. In the conversation, I  shared some of my work and observations about how living in an era of great disruption will ultimately humanize business (at least I hope). Following is a summary of our conversation and five prescriptions for surviving and thriving an era of digital Darwinism… 1. Reimagine yourself in an era…

Human-centered CX: Uniting stakeholders across the enterprise

Human-centered CX: Uniting stakeholders across the enterprise

Customer experience is said to be a top business priority for most companies around the world. Many experts agree that investing in CX establishes a competitive advantage against companies that choose to solely prioritise the bottom line. While customer experience is a noble and important catalyst for business transformation, becoming truly customer-centric requires an introspective approach. This takes stepping back to define what customer experience really means from the customer’s perspective – what they truly value and also what’s primed,…

The Human on the Other Side of the Screen

The Human on the Other Side of the Screen

I was in New York recently meeting with the IBM Watson team. While there, I had the the opportunity to sit with Robert Schwartz in the company’s Astor Place studio to record a podcast for a new series, “THINK Leaders,” which provides insights and advice on data-driven leadership for the C-suite. The conversation and the topics were quite provocative and eye-opening. So much so, that I wanted to share it with you here so that it may help, in some way,…

Uber Loses $1.2 Billion by Q2 2016: The Hard Costs of Innovation and Disruption

Uber Loses $1.2 Billion by Q2 2016: The Hard Costs of Innovation and Disruption

Goodbye sharing economy, hello to the on-demand economy… Bloomberg’s Eric Newcomer reported that on a recently Uber quarterly call with shareholders, the company’s head of finance, Guatam Gupta announced that Uber’s losses continue to escalate. Total losses in the first half of 2016 totaled an astounding $1.2 billion. According to Bloomberg’s sources, there are several reasons for this. For one, subsidies for Uber’s drivers are responsible for the majority of the company’s losses globally. On top of that, Uber has been investing billions…

The Inspiring Story of the FCC’s Digital Transformation [Podcast]

The Inspiring Story of the FCC’s Digital Transformation [Podcast]

I’m excited to announce Digital Outliers, a new podcast series that I’m hosting that features some of the brightest minds who are exploring the ways digital technology is transforming (and disrupting) the modern workplace. Each episode dives into the latest trends driving the future of work and also offers prescriptive guide points for companies (and leaders) who want to be more successful in capitalizing on the value the digital workplace offers for productivity, innovation, experiences and relationships. My first guest is David Bray, Chief…

Why Do Many Politicians Use Music Without Artist Consent

Why Do Many Politicians Use Music Without Artist Consent

Guest post by Monica Corton (@momusing) Via The Guardian: Rock band Queen have lodged the latest protest against Donald Trump after the presidential candidate played the band’s famous anthem We Are the Champions at the Republican National Convention. “An unauthorized use at the Republican Convention against our wishes,” the British band said in a succinct statement posted on Twitter. What’s a songwriter to do when a song is used without authorization by a politician who espouses opposite views? This increasingly is becoming…

Why I Study Disruptive Technology AND People

Why I Study Disruptive Technology AND People

Sometimes I struggle with trying to stay present and relevant. There are so many thought leaders and personalities with exceptional marketing behind them. All I can do is share my work and hope it finds and helps you in your work. Every now and then, I open my door to personal interviews. I did just that for Kimberly McSweeney. I wanted to share that discussion with you here… Why do you study technology and its impact on society? What first sparked your…

Building a Brand Through Experience Design

Building a Brand Through Experience Design

  Recently, I had the good fortune of conducting a joint interview with Don Schuerman, chief technology officer and vice president of product marketing at Pegasystems on the topic of customer experience. Don brought an intriguing perspective to the table from more than 20 years on the technology side, working directly with companies to operationalize digital initiatives. You can listen to the interview here, but I also wanted to share some highlights from the conversation: The market is changing, whether we like it or not: Customer expectations…

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