How the enterprise has adapted to COVID-19 disruptionPeering into enterprise technology investments and implementations, the story is clear. Instead of data leading strategy, plans, and processes, it followed the centuries-old industrial practices of lean automation. Lean automation is linear, defined, rigid. The only lever to pull is the one that drives profitability and does more with less. The data, even in the age of machine-learning-driven automation, is simple and contained to a handful of data points and 1–2 metrics. The coronavirus demonstrated immediately from shutdown to treading water to reopening that our over-optimized businesses failed. There was no elasticity because the process defined the data, rather than data defining the process. … [Read more...] about COVID-19 didn’t break your business. Data did.
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"Sitting with my back against the wheel well of a jeep in the Sahara desert, I knew I had a choice to make. I had just mentally pulled out of my first Ultra Marathon and was facing regret, frustration, and disappointment. Would I put my tail between my legs and sulk during the next four days of the race, or would I be proud of the effort, and bring a positive attitude to support my seven teammates while they finished the race? Instantly, the lifelong learner in me knew the answer. I wanted to help, learn, and see if I could figure out how to complete one of these races. Here is how I learned how to address failure, build capacity everyday, and leverage mentors through the marathon of life," said Nanka. Nanka shares three things to think about as you position yourself to find opportunities in a crisis. … [Read more...] about How to defeat average during times of uncertainty
Rashomon As attractive as HBO Max’s new and original content is, its library of classic films is proving to be an equally powerful draw for film lovers eager to get cheap and easy access to some of the greatest films ever made. One such film is Rashomon from the legendary Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa, whose works inspired countless Western adaptations like The Magnificent Seven. Starring the unrivaled Toshiro Mifune, Rashomon is a psychological drama featuring masterful storytelling and cinematography that has forever changed the way Eastern and Western movies are made. … [Read more...] about What to Watch on HBO Max at Launch
Over the last year, Trump's advisors have been trying to cobble together a package of initiatives that would respond to Trump's desire for action against Big Tech while staying within the bounds of the law. On Thursday, the president finally signed the result of their efforts. It directs various federal agencies to take steps that penalize big technology platforms for perceived political bias. … [Read more...] about President Trump is desperate to punish Big Tech but has no good way to do it
Unlike the 2008 financial crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic is unique and not something companies have seen before. As a result, enterprises are going to accelerate digital transformation efforts. Benioff also noted that Salesforce is seeing strong bookings and pipeline figures even as the company cut its revenue outlook for fiscal 2021 due to the COVID-19 uncertainty. … [Read more...] about Salesforce CEO Benioff: ‘In a moment of crisis, you need to invest through it’