As industries become increasingly disintermediated, social media chatter shapes trends and demand, and shifting demographics bring changing expectations, leaders across every sector have to rethink their customer-focused strategies. Simultaneously, employee expectations, personal networks, and information channels continue to expand, forcing these same leaders to reconsider and reshape their organizational constructs. With so much to address in the immediate timeframe, it’s not surprising that only a handful of companies look farther than a traditional five-year planning horizon.
Posted by Dave Baber
Jul 12, 2017 1:00:00 PM
Over the course of the past few months, we’ve given blog space to an increasingly pervasive question: as innovations in smart technology reshape the organization and competitive marketplace, how is the role of the human worker changing? Secondarily, what new skills do leaders need to hire for and nurture to address immediate challenges and opportunities, and build a resilient, future-focused organization?
Posted by Deb Westphal
Jul 6, 2017 8:15:00 AM
Organizations must not only understand and decide how to best address their workforce health needs and expectations, but also determine the best business systems to support that future direction. Vision is not enough, critical actions must take place to align cost structure and revenue forecasts to support growth into a potentially new adjacency.
Posted by Eric Chase
Jun 28, 2017 10:30:00 AM
In 1950, Alan Turing published an article in MIND entitled Computing Machinery and Intelligence. It posits, confidently, that computers would advance to a point at which they could be programmed to learn and perform with skills rivaling human intelligence. At the time, the proposition was revolutionary, though it actually reflected ‘computability and the universal machine’ work he had been pursuing since 1936. The paper laid out the concept of the discrete state machine model, clarified the prospect of what he termed 'intelligent machinery' and provided real suggestions about how Artificial Intelligence could happen.
Posted by Caitlin Durkovich
Jun 21, 2017 8:43:22 AM
Toffler Associates interviewed hundreds of subject matter experts to develop a perspective on the Future of Security and Protection. Combined with our deep understanding of drivers shaping the future and our ALTERNATE FUTURES ® scenario planning approach, we have begun to imagine what security and protection will look like in 2026.
Posted by William Desrosiers
Jun 14, 2017 10:30:00 AM
With increasing volume and velocity, smart city technologies and autonomous vehicles are reshaping the structure of our cities and how we live and work in them. Smart city technologies include the Internet of Things, hyper-connected citizens, and data-driven public solutions. Beyond self-driving cars, autonomous vehicles encompass commercial and public applications, aerial, subsurface, and intermodal, and alternative energy components. These innovations are indeed disruptive individually, but in aggregate promise incredible opportunity for our metro areas. They also have the potential to create major hurdles for those tasked with putting these new resources to work.
Posted by Nina Martire
Jun 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM
Global demographics are shifting, and the global population is aging. Longer life spans will allow this population to travel and work later in life, creating new needs and opportunities. By understanding the shifting demographics and the needs of the new population, your organization can take advantage of future opportunities.
Innovation and business transformation have reached radical speed. Market forces, financial growth targets, businesses, national economics, politics, and societies are shifting at a commensurate pace, exposing new opportunities and vulnerabilities almost constantly. It’s a game of disruptive whack-a-mole that has (insightful) organizations putting more focus on security. More and more, organizations are recognizing that an incident or breach is a when – not an if.
Posted by Toffler Associates
May 24, 2017 4:30:00 PM
Future business success will rely on the ability to use personal data to customize the experience for every individual. Businesses must consider more than IT when shaping the role of data in the future. The protagonists of The Wizard of Oz sought a brain, a heart, courage, and home. Similarly, successful businesses will need to take these four steps: create knowledge from data, maintain consumer trust, update privacy policies, and organize for the future.
Posted by Tyler Sweatt
May 17, 2017 8:30:00 AM
Every day, powerful new technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, automation, and robotics are emerging and forcing leaders to rethink their organization and to consider a host of unknowns for their future. They’re coming into the marketplace faster than ever, are increasingly complex, and are disrupting how many institutions operate. It’s not surprising that many leaders struggle to understand how to engage new resources, how to introduce and explain them to their people – and even whether they should.