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2020 Tech Trend: Teams, not superstars, are the high performers

Developing high-performing teams will be the focus of many enterprises in 2020. Companies will confront the fallacy that pace is what unlocks the company’s full potential and recognize that how the company organizes its people and information flow is what determines performance. Organizing for a dynamic and complex environment requires a much different structure than […]

A blueprint for winning the tech talent war

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Digital transformation is impossible if enterprises lack the right techologies. But just as critical to digital transformation efforts is having the in-house skills to fully leverage artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, augmented reality, virtual reality, the cloud, edge computing, and other emerging technologies, not to mention the more traditional tech skills necessary to maintain and […]

The secret to being a successful data scientist (hint: it isn’t data or science)

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I wasn’t fortunate enough to be at O’Reilly’s Strata Data Conference in London earlier this year, but in his roundup of the event’s big takeaways, CIO contributor Martin De Saulles listed eight “factors shaping the future of big data, machine learning, and AI.” No. 2 on his list is “changing skillsets for data scientists.” “Cassie […]

Tech jobs that pay the biggest bucks

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It’s well-known that technology jobs pay well relative to many non-tech positions and occupations. Indeed, data released earlier this year by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a median salary of $91,530 for computer or tech-related jobs in the U.S. That’s nearly 50% higher than the U.S. median household income of $63,179, as reported […]

Enterprise innovators need more “friends” in this digital era

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There are few greater quotes on enterprise innovation than one from the mouth of prickly, world-renowned (and fictional) food critic Anton Ego in the Disney Pixar movie Ratatouille. Simply stated: “The new needs friends!” As with many great quotes, it’s beauty is in its simplicity. We can immediately identify with it, not just because it’s […]

4 action steps to prepare your workforce for the future

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What’s the best way to prepare for the workforce of the future? With news of Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and others investing billions in training, you’d be forgiven for thinking the answer is simply “reskilling the workforce.” And yet, reskilling is only one part of the solution. Creating the workforce of tomorrow requires a holistic approach […]

‘Human-friendly’ organizations will thrive in the digital age

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Automation and intelligent machines are an increasing presence in the workplace, yet organizations still need humans as much as ever to engage with customers, make business decisions, manage supply chains, do community outreach, and more. Indeed, there is a growing awareness in the enterprise world that successful organizations must strive to be as “human-friendly” as […]

Multitasking? Hardly! This is the real key to success in the digital era

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Succeeding in the digital era requires an ability to adapt and a willingness to be in lifelong learning mode. Really, you have no choice in an economy where the job you might have in 20 years doesn’t yet exist. Other traits will come in handy in the digital economy: The ability to communicate and collaborate, […]

The personality traits that keep you sane in the digital economy

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If I had to choose one key trait that both enterprises and people need to thrive (or even survive) in the digital economy, it would be adaptability. The ability to handle whatever comes your way, the ability to change when and as fast as necessary, the ability to constantly evolve. Adaptability spawns agility and creates […]

The relationship-powered enterprise

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In a workplace increasingly filled with intelligent machines, strong interpersonal relationships between actual humans will be critical to an enterprise’s success. That’s according to an organization called the Business Relationship Management Institute (BRMI), which recently unveiled a theory it calls “Relationshipism.” I think the folks at BRMI maybe could have brainstormed a bit longer before […]