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.

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.

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.

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