Stories by Thornton A. May

Thornton May: Reflections on inflections

Every day, contemporary executives confront a series of inflection points, where received wisdom is no longer adequate.

Thornton May: The path to big data mastery

While the path-to-mastery pattern is conceptually simple, successfully executing it requires courage, perseverance and patience.

Thornton A. May: IT for the whole brain and the whole organization

What will really turn IT careers upside down in 2014 is integrating value-creating IT behaviors into every nook and cranny of the enterprise. It sounds simple until one remembers that the history of our industry and profession is one of separation.

Thornton May: Caught between mobility's rock and hard place

The rock: Users want to use their smartphones for work. The hard place: Security is deficient. All CIOs are caught between the two.

Thornton May: The future will need CIOs

For the CIO job, things are going to get bigger, better and different on a massive scale.

The one thing we know about the future is that it's coming

In the history of computing, enterprise IT has rarely ever been prepared for the future. But we can't go on that way.

Thornton May: Why would IT want to be a 'device Santa Claus'?

Evolving technology buying behaviors deserve much more rigorous management attention than they have been getting.

Thornton May: IT cost management doesn't mean cost reduction

When CEOs talk about IT cost management, they don't mean they want to spend less on IT. They just want to spend smarter.

Thornton May: Stalking the elusive data scientist

Since it is virtually impossible to find all needed analytical skills resident in the same human being, it might be wise to adopt an 'ensemble' approach to your organization's deficit in those skills. Insider (registration required)

Thornton A. May: Is the future knowable?

Knowing the future is a big part of the new IT skill set. But if you are going to find the future, you have to know where to look for it.

Thornton May: IT and the Internet of Things

In an era when any real-world object can be IP-addressable, connectedness will become an important metric.

Thornton May: 3 questions every CIO must answer

What business is IT in today? What business should it be in tomorrow? What should the 'I' in 'CIO' signify?

Thornton May: Futuring should be job No. 1 for IT

Futuring is not what you do when you are finished with the imagined real work of operations.

Thornton May: 'Future' as a verb

The organizations that will prosper in the future are those led by people who have imagined a future they want to live in.

IT Needs to Aspire and Really Make a Difference

Victor Hugo, the great writer of 19th-century France, said, "You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come." The same can be said of technologies.

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