Thornton May

Contributing columnist

Futurist Thornton A. May, author of The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics, is a speaker, educator and adviser. More information is available on his website at thorntonamay.com .

Evolution of the CIO: The real story

Trends are trending

Trends are trending

The fascinating question is how IT leaders can know which trends deserve attention.

IT and the entrepreneurial age

IT and the entrepreneurial age

Today, if you want to be hired as a C-level executive in a major global enterprise, you are going to have to be capable of delivering high-growth and high-margin revenue streams. In short, you are going to have to be entrepreneurial.

Analytics and the state of knowing

Analytics and the state of knowing

Abetted by technology, our capacity to know is far outstripping what we actually know. (Insider; registration required)

Tech’s Holy Grail: IT can’t afford to choose poorly

Tech’s Holy Grail: IT can’t afford to choose poorly

When we’re surrounded by “next big things,” how does IT decide what to choose and what to do with that choice?

IT must map its way to visibility

IT must map its way to visibility

An enterprise in today’s world can’t know where it’s going without a technology map. IT needs to do that mapping and stop being invisible.

When IT meets the IoT

When IT meets the IoT

The question for executives isn’t ‘What can smart things do?’ but ‘What can we do with smart things?’ (Insider; registration required)

5 questions you should be asking about the future

5 questions you should be asking about the future

Things IT leaders need to be thinking about to prepare for what’s coming.

Changing roles inside the C-suite

Changing roles inside the C-suite

To figure out the future of CIO, pay attention to the changing roles of the CEO, the CMO and the CFO.

With data analytics, no more Pontiac Azteks

With data analytics, no more Pontiac Azteks

Focus groups had a hand in the development of what is widely considered one of the ugliest car in history. Today, there are better ways to know what consumers really want, as opposed to what they say they want.

A few technology predictions

A few technology predictions

We’re three years away from big changes in the world of technology and IT. Here are some thoughts on what will happen before then.

Future fetish

Future fetish

Long-term planning involves much more than compiling a list of cool new things.

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