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The Rise of the ‘Novel Economy’ and the Three Phases to Thrive Against COVID-19 Disruption

The Rise of the ‘Novel Economy’ and the Three Phases to Thrive Against COVID-19 Disruption

I joined Salesforce as Global Innovation Evangelist just as the global pandemic was soaring. The world was unified in its sudden devastation and its urgency to respond to COVID-19 across multiple, critical fronts. As the innovation “evangelist” for one of the most innovative companies in the world, during a worldwide disruptive event, my work seemed inconsequential. It’s been said to never let a crisis go to waste. The only way forward was to start anew. My most pressing agenda was…

Digital transformation: Inventing the Future We Want

Digital transformation: Inventing the Future We Want

Karen Roby is a long-time friend and also a reporter for TechRepublic/CBS Interactive. Every now and then, we spend time together exploring the future of digital transformation and innovation. After I joined Salesforce, she invited me on her show to talk about my new areas of research and thought leadership. I wanted to share our conversation with you here. TechRepublic’s Karen Roby talked with analyst Brian Solis about the impact of COVID-19 on digital transformation. The following is an edited…

Salesforce Hires Brian Solis as Global Innovation Evangelist

Salesforce Hires Brian Solis as Global Innovation Evangelist

Amit Chowdhry at Pulse 2.0 covered the big news! Brian Solis officially joined Salesforce as Global Innovation Evangelist. Renowned keynote speaker and digital evangelist Brian Solis announced he has been hired as Global Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce. Solis is known for studying global digital trends in order to understand their impact on market dynamics and identifying opportunities for innovation. Solis researches digital transformation, innovation, customer experience, disruption, and digital commerce. And as a “digital anthropologist,” he also observes the evolution…

Future Ready? The Future Needs a Hero

Future Ready? The Future Needs a Hero

My friend Nick Davis leads innovation and customer experience at Reaching the Future Faster and faculty chair for corporate innovation at Singularity University. Late in 2019, Nick and I were talking about his upcoming book, “Future Ready: A Changemaker’s Guide to the Exponential Revolution.” When I read the draft, I immediately had an idea for a foreword. We agreed. My request was that I could share it here with upon release. Future Ready is a how-to guide for changemakers who are…

The Humanization Of CX In An Era Of AI

The Humanization Of CX In An Era Of AI

AI is promising the automation of customer engagement to scale intelligent, real-time CX to survive digital Darwinism. The future has two possibilities however. We can automate and scale the standards and capabilities for CX as we’ve come to define and shape them over the decades. Or, we can use AI as a mechanism to deliver personalized, on-demand experiences that connected customers are learning to expect from their favorite digital-native apps and services. In this special session at PegaWorld 2019, I…

2020 Enterprise Technology Trends: Digital Transformation, AI, Cognitive Automation and Quantum Computing

2020 Enterprise Technology Trends: Digital Transformation, AI, Cognitive Automation and Quantum Computing

Karen Roby is a veteran reporter for TechRepublic and ZDNet. Every so often, we get together to talk the latest tech trends and explore how organizations can successfully navigate their path forward. In our latest conversation, we talk about the state of digital transformation, quantum computing, customer experience, and enterprise innovation. Please watch the video here. Full article here. Analyst Brian Solis explains why he is also excited about quantum computing, cognitive automation, and robotic process automation. Karen Roby: You…

Brian Solis Nominated to Join Global Innovation Institute’s Board of Advisors

Brian Solis Nominated to Join Global Innovation Institute’s Board of Advisors

Brian Solis has been nominated to Global Innovation Institute‘s board of advisors. GInI is the world’s leading professional certification, accreditation, and membership association in the field of innovation. “When you look through a lens of past experience, it can be hard to see what’s right in front of you. But once you see things through a lens of possibility, with wonder and without bias, you’ll wish you had only seen it sooner.”  

Google’s Meena Chatbot Could Humanize Conversational AI, But Are Enterprises Ready to Invest in More Intuitive Digital Customer Experiences

Google’s Meena Chatbot Could Humanize Conversational AI, But Are Enterprises Ready to Invest in More Intuitive Digital Customer Experiences

TechTarget’s Don Fluckinger is a friend and a highly regarded tech journalist. He recently rounded up dome of the industry’s leading CX and AI experts to explore Google Meena’s next-generation conversational AI. He always brings together a great group for a productive and thoughtful conversation! For context, chatbots today are largely used in rule-based engagements, sitting on top of structured data to perform a set of focused operations. They connect customers to common information or facilitate everyday transactions. In the more effective…

TechTarget Asks Brian Solis About Google’s Meena AI Chatbot and Its Role in CX Innovation

TechTarget Asks Brian Solis About Google’s Meena AI Chatbot and Its Role in CX Innovation

TechTarget’s Don Fluckinger rounded up industry experts to explore Google Meena’s next-generation conversational AI. He always brings together a great group for a productive and thoughtful conversation. Leading digital analyst Brian Solis believes that Meena represents a potentially significant leap forward in conversational AI. Today, chatbots are largely used in rule-based engagements, sitting on top of structured data to perform a set of limited operations. They connect customers to common information or facilitate everyday transactions. In the more effective cases, AI is…

Top Digital Transformation Trends in the Enterprise

Top Digital Transformation Trends in the Enterprise

Frost & Sullivan released its latest analysis, “Top End User Priorities in Digital Transformation, Global, 2019.” Key findings include: The retail (44%) and transportation (43%) sectors are ahead of others in their digital transformation. More than two-thirds of companies feel that the sales and marketing department will be the most impacted department by their digital transformation. Enhancing customer experience, digital presence, and sales and marketing effectiveness are the three major drivers for IT/telecom investment over the next two years. Improving…

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