The 15th annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium (May 23rd, 2018) had as its byline, “Up Your Digital Game: From Vision to Execution”. Well attended and engaging, it was clear that “Digital” was flexible enough to accommodate any future-oriented use case, whether linked to internal productivity or prowess around clients. Any talk of Gartner’s bi-modal IT was very much “yesterday”. Absolutely “in”: AI and machine learning.
While I am not a fan of panel discussions, and the CIO Symposium always favors these, there were some interesting ones. “Creating a Digital Culture” had Tanguy Catlin of McKinsey, David Gledhill of DBS Bank, Andrei Oprisan of Liberty Mutual and Melissa Swift of Korn Ferry Hay Group. George Westerman of MIT started with a presentation on how digital innovation is accelerating. He gave examples of recent advances in AI. There are algorithms that summarize lengthy texts well, AI that beats the Stanford reading text, AI-powered medical diagnostics that beat the doctor, AI software that can clone anyone’s voice after listening for just 3.7 seconds! Continue reading →
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 →