2015 MIT SDM Conference: “Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges”

The 2015 MIT Systems Design & Management Conference took place on October 6 & 7, 2015. The topic hooked me right away with its promise of “Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges”. The flyers added to the ‘doors-will-be-opened’ flavor by underlining that this would be about “A Whole Systems Approach to Product Design and Development”. I was ready. Continue reading

CIOSynergy – Conversations and Insights

CIOSynergy in Boston on September 24, 2015, was as usual compact, high-energy and insightful. About 150 CIOs attended the half-day event. Scott Shuster (BusinessWeek, ABC News, NPR) was the able and engaging guide and foil for the event. I joked with him later that his seamless connecting of IT ideas and probing questions probably merited an honorary CIO degree for him if such were offered. Continue reading

DEMO Traction: A day with the future-builders

In an overcrowded world of tech symposia and expos, I was somewhat skeptical of how “new” the NEW “DEMO Traction Enterprise” event (Boston, September 16, 2015) was going to be. What a pleasant surprise! The promised convergence of investors/26 startups/prospective customers/strategic partners did take place with its own flavor. While the event organizers’ proclaimed obsession with growth was evident, what stood out to me was not any “rah rah” but the thoughtfulness of the event. You got a clear view of where investors and entrepreneurs stand in today’s consumer and enterprise space for new technologies. Continue reading