Feral Leadership

Industry expert Frank Cutitta blogs on the organizational complexities of the convergence of IT, marketing and data science

The battle for digital attention span

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Information overload and attention span are the fiercest of natural enemies. While information growth has no boundaries, attention span has temporal limitations that can’t be adjusted. One grows exponentially with absolutely no possibility of slowing down while the other is coming in shorter and shorter supply. Needless to say this creates tremendous challenges for digital […]

The joy of missing out (JOMO) on technology hype curves

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Despite being in a business that demands hundreds of human-to-human interactions a week, my wife considers me a recluse when I’m not talking with executives. She couldn’t be more different given her FOMO, or fear of missing out, on local social events. I was recently made aware of the corollary to FOMO, now known as […]

Exploring data at The Edge

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In case you haven’t noticed, data has become much more “edgy”. That’s not a statement about its attitude, but rather a reflection on its source. After 34 years in technology marketing I constantly wonder if certain hype curves are simply rehashed trends. Just as many people used to ask, “Can you explain this client-server thing […]

How Mergers & Acquisitions disrupt healthcare technology

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Disruption is often cited as something positive today, but when it comes to the disruption of healthcare technology caused by mergers and acquisitions, it can be downright frustrating. Even the best technology can be paralyzed by corporate culture, so consider what happens when you’re trying to merge the corporate and technological cultures of two or even […]

What technology is your pet shopping for?

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As the fawning owner of a 5-year-old Australian Labradoodle I’ve become interested in what kind of technology is available to the canine (or feline) demographic — and I’ve tried to view this as the pet being the consumer of the technology. So, have we reached a point where Bowser can have his own Alexa skills […]

Is natural language processing a healthcare game changer?

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How comfortable would you feel if your entire health profile was based on text that could fit into a field in a form filled out at a healthcare provider ? All the in-person consultations during doctors’ appointments, images, emails, voice recordings are documented but unable to be integrated into your full medical storyline. The frightening […]

How drones could reinvent the delivery of healthcare

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It struck me as we had our family vacation picture taken from 300ˊ in the air that I too had become part of the consumer and commercial drone infatuation. My nephew is a police sergeant tasked with developing a drone strategy for his local squad. He admitted that most of the applications were rather mundane […]

How culture affects healthcare delivery

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Healthcare is complicated.  Healthcare across diverse cultures is even more so. Healthcare technology vendors are obsessed by global economies of scale affecting healthcare delivery: How many codes and components of their products are compatible with the systems in the international markets they sell?  Needless to say, the greater the localization needed, the higher the development […]

How internal “Shark Tank” competitions drive organic innovation

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Never can one underestimate the role of a competition for driving innovation. Surely it can and should happen organically. But anyone who’s been to a middle school science fair knows that bragging rights can produce some very impressive results. This concept has not been lost on applying “Shark Tank”-style innovation competitions within the corporate world. […]

Four global universals of healthcare technology

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Every day we read about another shift in the technicalities and funding of the Affordable Care Act, a controversy at the U.S. Department Health & Human Services or the ability to buy health insurance across state borders. To spin an old Tip O’Neill line, one could argue that, “All healthcare is local.”  Many in Europe, […]