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


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.

Trending toward the unknown unknowns

Trending toward the unknown unknowns

Next-generation leaders will need to become masters at trend triage: Figuring out how much time and resources to allocate to which trends.

Getting analytical about analytics

Getting analytical about analytics

Too many of us are making ad hoc decisions around things like analytic strategy, architecture and tool sets.

Getting the most out of conferences

Getting the most out of conferences

The best thing about conferences is that they are a locus for really smart people converging on one topic.

Evolution of the CIO: The real story

Evolution of the CIO: The real story

CIOs were always meant to be strategists, but the position is changing in interesting ways. Here are three new roles that CIOs are beginning to take on.

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