Need Digital Talent? Use a Depth Chart (Part 2 of 4)

Second of a four-part series. Week to week, professional sports teams don’t know which specific players will oppose them or (in championship season) even which team they will face.  They’re never sure which of their players will be sidelined by injuries, retire or be poached by the competition. All this is familiar to anyone competing […]

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Digital Is Here. Is Your Workforce Ready? (Part 1 of 4)

First of a four-part series. “Be digital.” I’ve thought a lot about this business mandate, and I fully agree that it’s not enough to focus on isolated digital initiatives or take anything less than a full-on approach to customer centricity and personalization. It’s completely true that business leaders need to think “digital first” when approaching […]

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The Ever-Evolving Connected Health Ecosystem

Connected health – long just an ideal – is slowly moving toward reality. It’s likely that in the next three to five years, we’ll see the industry working more closely together, enabled by data sharing, collection and monetization for the common purpose of driving better patient outcomes. Key to the healthcare industry’s transformation, however, is […]

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Blockchain as a Design Thinking 2.0 Tool

I recently participated in an IDG-sponsored roundtable discussion on blockchain with representatives from the technology, consulting and academic worlds. All panelists agreed that we will see widespread adoption of blockchain technologies in business and beyond – but likely in ways we haven’t yet thought about. One common observation was that the business relevance of blockchain […]

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The Artificial Intelligence Panacea?

Looking at my analyst barometer, if 2016 was all about digital, then 2017 is all about artificial intelligence. You know something big is happening when scholars, analysts, CEO hot shots and doom mongers talk it up/talk it down all over news feeds and media. Some of the commentary on AI is Elon Musk scary; some […]

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Half Man, Half Machine, All Centaur

A robot is going to steal your job. AI is only a handful of years away from being smarter than you. The bot uprising is coming to enslave or kill us all. Deep learning is creating code that we can’t understand. The great digital divide is coming. Maybe. Or maybe there’s another path forward. Our […]

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Hello, Robot Tax? Meet Habeas Corpus

Bill Gates recently sparked controversy in the Twittersphere for suggesting a robot tax.  His argument: that the government stands to lose an influx of funds from workers’ income taxes because intelligent machines will replace human workers. Now, I pay my taxes willingly, just like most everyone else.  I’m no spokesman for the Howard Jarvis society.  […]

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Connecting the Dots in Digital Healthcare

When I walked the show floor at HIMSS17, the largest healthcare IT conference in our nation, it was immediately apparent that “digital” is leading the transformation of healthcare. More than 1,300 vendors, with foundations rooted in technology, advertised their “connected health” or “digital health” solutions. You name it, and it was on view: analytics, artificial intelligence, cloud, augmented […]

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A New Role for Medical Device Field Service

My first experience in service and repair came in the early ‘90s, working with leading telecommunications companies in the U.S. and Europe.  With deregulation, cost pressures and new technologies, telcos needed to completely change how they planned, dispatched, delivered and managed field service work. It was a tough mandate: Maintain service quality while increasing the […]

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The Make-or-Break Factor for Digital Success in Europe

If you’ve read my previous post and found the time to review my latest report, “Europe’s Digital Imperative,” you’ll know just how much money digital means for Europe. (In fact, one of the reasons for undertaking the research in that report was to provide the net/net of digital transformation.) However, as one of my previous […]

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