Thornton May

I write about digital journeys. Every executive, every organization, and now with the Internet of Things, every object is on a digital journey. I am an empirical futurist collecting endoxia [“views of fairly reflective people after some reflection”] regarding how modern tribes create value with technology. I am a “CIO Whisperer” anthropologically studying the evolving role of the CIO. My book, The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics examines how organizations compete with knowledge

Preparing for the 15-year future

Data realities of 2017 and beyond

Data realities of 2017 and beyond

There’s no escaping the facts anymore: Data rules everything now. Are IT leaders prepared to deal with that?

IT and the forever revolution

IT and the forever revolution

We live in revolutionary times, and we have to figure out what we are going to do about it.

Leaders as communicators

Leaders as communicators

Honing your message is critically important, but so is choosing the right medium to reach your target audience.

2017 will be a bad year for pessimists

2017 will be a bad year for pessimists

Executives see a lot to be hopeful for in the coming year.

9 big ideas IT shouldn’t ignore

9 big ideas IT shouldn’t ignore

Too often, big ideas exist in press releases, CEO public statements and marketing campaigns but are not part of the operational agenda.

The digital dissidents

The digital dissidents

How do organizations cope when any single super-empowered person can carry out far-reaching sabotage?

The world of yesterday, today and tomorrow

The world of yesterday, today and tomorrow

Looking back is a necessary part of looking ahead.

The CIO is becoming the HVAC guy

The CIO is becoming the HVAC guy

A world where IT is perceived as essential but not strategic is an ugly place to be.

IT leaders: Don't fear the future
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IT leaders: Don't fear the future

For longtime Computerworld columnist Thornton May, the inevitability of technology progression means that a key skill for IT leaders is to anticipate what’s coming and determine what will be worth incorporating into the business and...

CIOs and the politics of technology

CIOs and the politics of technology

A lot of people in IT say things would go much more smoothly if not for politics. Their attitude is misinformed.

What humans need to learn about machine learning

What humans need to learn about machine learning

Coming to terms with machine learning is critical, but most executives are unprepared.

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