CIO as Futurist: Anticipate Paradigm Shifts and Create the Change You Desire

SIM StaffGeneral Session 2019

The future is knowable – if you collaborate with the right people in the right way. Every three years, a major paradigm shift regarding dominant design for foundational technology (chips, servers, networks, storage and software) occurs. Every year a major new application category (e.g., mobility, Business Intelligence, social media, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain) appears. Every quarter a new technology advance makes something that was once impossible/too expensive possible/affordable. Every minute a customer has an expanded expectation.

In this highly interactive session, you will be launched on a voyage of discovery. You will learn:

  • How to avoid and how to create strategic surprise
  • How to tap the “wisdom of the crowd” and simultaneously avoid “groupthink”
  • How to navigate the realpolitik of information and data
  • How to take action on critical emerging trends

Thornton May, Futurist, Educator, Anthropologist and Author

Thornton May is a futurist, educator, anthropologist and author. His extensive experience researching and consulting on the role and behaviors of “C” level executives in creating value with information technology has won him an unquestioned place on the short list of serious thinkers on this topic.

Thornton combines a scholar’s patience for empirical research, a stand-up comic’s capacity for pattern recognition and a second-to-none gift for storytelling to address the information technology management problems facing executives.

The editors at eWeek honored Thornton, including him on their list of “Top 100 Most Influential People in IT.” The editors at Fast Company labeled him one of the “Top 50 brains in business.”
Thornton May is also the author of The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics. Thornton May has established a reputation for innovation in time-compressed, collaborative problem solving. He designs the curriculum that enables the mental models which allow organizations to outperform competitors, delight customers and extract maximum value from tools and suppliers.

Thornton’s insights have appeared in the Harvard Business Review (on IT strategy); The Financial Times (on IT value creation); The Wall Street Journal (on the future of the computer industry); the M.I.T. Sloan Management Review (on the future of marketing), American Demographics (on the evolving demographics of Electronic Commerce), USA Today (on the future of the consumer electronics industry) Business Week (on the future of CEO direct reports), and on National Public Radio (debating the future practice of strategy with Professor Michael Porter). Thornton is a columnist at Computerworld and has served as an Advisor to the Founding Editors of Fast Company Magazine.

Thornton’s research has been acknowledged in such seminal business books as Seth Godin’s Permission Marketing; Michael Schrage’s Serious Play: How the World’s Best Companies Simulate to Innovate; Moshe Rubenstein’s The Minding Organization; Bill Jensen’s Simplicity; and Jeff William’s Renewable Advantage: Crafting Strategy Through Economic Time.