Monthly Archives: September 2013

There is a big hubbub today over a New York Times article N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens. I fail to understand why this is big news, since US intelligence agencies have been using social network analysis (SNA) for domestic purposes since the 1990s, and likely even before that. The only issue

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[VIDEO] Conversation with Gerd Leonhard: The future of Switzerland

When I was recently visiting Switzerland to deliver a keynote on the future of work my colleague Gerd Leonhard and I recorded a series of video conversations that are featured in his Meeting of the Minds series. Following our conversations on the implications of Big Data and the future of privacy, here is our dialogue

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Launch of CIO of the Future

Advanced Human Technologies is, among other things, a publisher. To complement our existing ventures and publications, we have been building the platform and capabilities to generate more web publications and soon, more books and reports. The general theme of our publications is the future, or in some cases what we need to do today to

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Exploring the future of investment management

Last week I was in Amsterdam for the International User Community Meeting of SimCorp, a leading provider of software for the investment management industry. I gave the keynote on the Future of Investment Management and ran a half-day Executive Master Class on Creating the Successful Organisation of the Future. Prior to founding Advanced Human Technologies

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I recently spend some time with Gerd Leonhard recording some conversations about the future. After our video on Big Data, here are our thoughts on the future of privacy in the wake of the disclosures of NSA and US government data gathering. Some of the points we made in our conversation:

This morning I gave the opening keynote at SAP Australia Users Group Summit on Leadership in Enterprise Technology. One of my central themes was that leadership in enterprise technology no longer resides just with the CIO and IT function. The Future of the CIO is absolutely a critical frame, not least because I believe the

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The crime of the century: stopping the potential of connectivity

Last week I gave the keynotes at the Sydney and Melbourne relaunch events of Nextgen Group, which has restructured and rebranded with the acquisition of 70% of the group by Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (OTPP) from Leighton Holdings. The group provides networks, data centers, and hosting services, including a 100Gbps link between major Australian cities,

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I am looking forward to getting back to Amsterdam this September 18-20, after doing the keynote at TheNextWeb last year. I will be giving a keynote on The Future of Investment Management and run an executive workshop on Creating the Successful Organisation of the Future at the closed-door SimCorp International User Community Meeting. I will

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My futurist colleague Gerd Leonhard and I have highly complementary perspectives, so we are finding increasing interest in engaging us together for executive sessions. When Gerd was in Sydney two years ago we created a series of videos together. After I recently did a keynote in Interlaken, Switzerland, I visited Gerd at his home in

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