Prediction 2021: Post-COVID Business Environment

The post-COVID business situation will never return to the pre-COVID status quo. As COVID-19 vaccines begin to appear, it’s natural to want to go back to how things were in the ‘before time’ of a year ago.  Fantasizing about traveling on vacation or hearing live music again is fine, but business planners should not assume…

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Prediction 2021: HR and Digital Transformation

By 2025, human resources departments will hire at least, one leader responsible for digital transformation. Digital transformation in 2020, planned or pandemic-induced, has forever altered our working lives. Especially now, technology is a critical element to engage and interact with colleagues, partners and customers. How digital technology impacts employee engagement, effectiveness and advancement is a…

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Prediction 2021: Business IT

My prediction is that business IT cannot handle the truth of re-globalized business, especially for the next couple of years. When COVID-19 broke supply chains, it became clear that the so-called globalized business still relied on consolidated, massive financial, industrial and commercial centers, connected by traditional, sequential supply chains. It was ‘global’ because the centers…

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Fintech Blockchain Prediction: 2023 – Global Adoption Exceeds 70%

CEO’s top technology priority in 2021 is blockchain, especially in the fintech sector. Five blockchain opportunities revolutionize banking and financial services for business and central banks’ adoption. As more emerging/new fintech blockchain services are available for adoption, existing financial services will require refresh/retro-fit upgrades. Banks, credit unions, and financial services must revolutionize their traditional services to be relevant within five years!

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Salesforce: Where’s the Payback for Slack?

Salesforce is buying collaborative software vendor Slack to counter two massive threats, and to grow business. Salesforce might succeed in countering some of one threat and more of the second. I am more optimistic about Salesforce using Slack to develop enough business data to pay for the $28B price tag, possibly within three to five…

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The Odd Couple of the Digital Age

It used to be that IT market research could be segmented into tidy categories of technology types written for technology professionals. Analysts looked at technology through the lens of IT and the distinct categories it served. Working with Human Resources (HR) or other business-aligned professionals for advice and perspective was not needed, as the focus…

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