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 .

Changing roles inside the C-suite

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.

Women and the future of IT

Women and the future of IT

The industry’s attitude toward women has to change, just as much as women’s attitude toward the industry and STEM education has to be revised. The key will be starting when they’re young.

Could regulatory compliance be an IT competency?

Could regulatory compliance be an IT competency?

Even if you feel that we have far too many regulations, there’s something to the idea that compliance should be done well.

Disruptive technology: Dead companies do tell tales

Disruptive technology: Dead companies do tell tales

Companies nearly always have plenty of time to properly address disruptive technology. So why do so many fail to do so?

Analytics for the rest of us

Analytics for the rest of us

In most enterprises up to now, analytics has been something separate from day-to-day operations. That’s about to change.

Where is modern IT heading?

Where is modern IT heading?

Put 100 CIOs in a room and ask them that question and you’ll get no consensus.

A strategy for strategy: Figuring out how to figure out  what IT should do next

A strategy for strategy: Figuring out how to figure out what IT should do next

Though nearly all modern enterprises are well managed, a sadly large proportion lack a real IT strategy. That equates to going nowhere with great efficiency.

Thornton A. May: IT has lost control, but that's not lamentable

Control is a quaint and cartoonish managerial fantasy. Insider (registration required)

Thornton May: The time is now for information governance. But do you even know what it is?

Information governance covers the entire spectrum of information management, but most people have a fuzzy notion of what it is. This must change, because the real value of information can't be fully realized unless it is properly...

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