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September 4, 2019
Here’s today’s Buzz: Theceomagazine.com reported the rise of the ‘fempreneur’. “It’s fairly clear that women are starting businesses faster than ever…According to the ABS, 34% of businesses operators in 2014 were women…an increase in business ownership by females of more than 46% in the last twenty years.” According to Inc.com, “the top 20 most influential millennial entrepreneurs all created an internet-based service… 87% of millennials believe the success of a business should be measured on its impact on the world” (forbes.com). “Millennial entrepreneurs…are changing the way companies function” (blog.markgrowth.com). Who are these FemPreneurs? What future do they envision for their companies and markets, and those who aspire to follow in their steps? We’ll ask Tori Dunlap, Her First $100K; Makenzie Davies, davies and Dixon, Lorena Soriano, Isoline Consulting and Global Girls Give; Les Alfred, BalancedBlackGirls Podcast. Join us for Her First $100K: The Tech-Fueled FemPreneur.
August 28, 2019
The Buzz: “The transition from high school to college life is difficult enough for any number of students without considering a disability” (edsmart.org). Bryan Stromer describes Cerebral Palsy as a part of his identity: “If someone has already written me off because of the way I walk, it gives me the opportunity to prove them wrong and exceed their expectations, while also hopefully redefining how they think about disability” (forbes.com). The Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973…many college campuses began to rethink their facilities…powered accessible doors, wheelchair ramps and elevators in all multi floor buildings” (collegechoice.net). We’ll ask five experts about the future of higher education for students of all abilities: Patricia Parrish and Delaina Parrish, Fearless Independence; Ali Parrish, Physical Therapist; Gerry Altamirano, Disability Resource Center, Univ. of Florida; Jarrod Rowles, Numotion. Join us for Tech At College: Opening Doors for Unique-Ability Students.
August 21, 2019
Here’s today’s Buzz: Theceomagazine.com reported the rise of the ‘fempreneur’. “It’s fairly clear that women are starting businesses faster than ever…According to the ABS, 34% of businesses operators in 2014 were women…an increase in business ownership by females of more than 46% in the last twenty years.” According to Inc.com, “the top 20 most influential millennial entrepreneurs all created an internet-based service… 87% of millennials believe the success of a business should be measured on its impact on the world” (forbes.com). “Millennial entrepreneurs…are changing the way companies function” (blog.markgrowth.com). Who are these FemPreneurs? What future do they envision for their companies and markets, and those who aspire to follow in their steps? We’ll ask Tori Dunlap, Her First $100K; Makenzie Davies, davies and Dixon, Lorena Soriano, Isoline Consulting and Global Girls Give; Les Alfred, BalancedBlackGirls Podcast. Join us for Her First $100K: The Tech-Fueled FemPreneur.
August 14, 2019
The Buzz: “Drones in the sky, drones in the sea, drones on land: this is the future of human augmentation” (www.popularmechanics.com). “There are few pieces of technology that excite tech lovers and the general public quite like drones” (www.roboticsbusinessreview.com). “… Business execs with their finger on the pulse of tech trends and updates realize the myriad of benefits drones could offer by integrating the tech into their operations” (www.mondo.com). “From a military innovation, to an exciting hobby, to a technology that’s transforming commercial industries, the use of drones has rapidly changed over the past years — and future opportunities in the field are limitless” (www.calu.edu). All true? We’ll ask five experts: Robert Biggs, Phoenix Drone Pros; Christopher Todd, Airborne International Response Team; Kerry Brown, SAP; Patrick Egan, sUAS News; David Patterson, Ardenna. You are invited to join us for Look Up! It’s Not a Bird or a Plane. It’s A Drone! Are You Ready?
August 7, 2019
The buzz: “From tin-can robots to sophisticated, sentient virtual environments, artificial intelligence is a dominant theme in science fiction. With real-world advances in machine learning and deep learning, the gap between fact and fiction is narrowing. Real AI is not all about robots and self-aware computers. From Siri, search engines and motion-sensing video games to medical imaging and diagnostics, artificial intelligence is an increasingly significant part of our lives” Cray.com. Today we use various techniques to achieve AI with multiple levels of intelligence. We have made significant progress since the term artificial intelligence was first coined by John McCarthy and team in 1955 Mark Etwaru, CIO.com. How does AI in sci-fi match up with reality? We will ask the experts: Frank Diana, TCS and John H. Shannon, Seton Hall University and Gray Scott, Futuristic Now and Daniel Wellers, SAP. Please join us for Welcome To Your Digital Life: Science Fiction vs. Science Fact.
July 31, 2019
How are you hearing me: Live on internet radio? On a recorded podcast? Steve Jobs said in 2005: “Podcasting is the next generation of radio and users can now subscribe to more than 3,000 free podcasts and have each new episode automatically delivered over the Internet to their computer and iPod.” By 2018, the iTunes store had 500,000+ podcasts. The world's first internet radio station was launched by Carl Malmud in 1993. The internet’s first live video stream was a performance by garage band Severe Tire Damage in June 1993. In August 2015, Facebook launched Live. On average, people watch live streams three times longer and comment 10 times more than on regular video. We’ll ask four insiders to predict the future of how we listen: Ryan Treasure, VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network. Rob Greenlee, Libsyn. Dr. Judy Morgan, Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine. Randall Libero / VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network. Join us for Are YOU Talking To ME? Podcasts, Radio, Live-Streaming: Craze or Classic?
July 24, 2019
Who’s at the desk next to me? What – a robot? The buzz: “They record our shows, cook our food, play our music, and even run our cars. We just don't see it because these "robots" don't have a face we can talk to or a butt we can kick. I know four things robots can do right now that will change our lives for the future, and all in a good way. The first is entertainment (done that), the second is grunt work in dangerous places (coming up), third is elderly care, and last but not least is telepresence shopping, tourism, and assistance” (Mark W. Tilden, robot physicist www.theguardian.com). How will robots change the workforce and our ability to earn a living in the future? We'll ask four thought leaders for their take on this: Scott Feldman, Independent Management Consultant; Stephen Reed, Co-Founder at Ai-BlockChain; Kerry Brown, VP Workforce Adoption at SAP; and Jonny Bourgeois, CTO at Ai-BlockChain. Join us for AI At Work: Ready to Meet Your Robot Co-Workers?
July 17, 2019
The buzz: '[CBD] is a Disneyland for a pharmacologist. There are so many possible mechanisms, so many possible ways it can be useful' (Francisco Guimaraes, Brazil pharmacologist, www.washingtonpost.com). According to board-certified physician and nutritionist Eddie Fatakhov, M.D., “Cannabidiol is quickly becoming a household name better known as CBD. This marijuana plant-derived, non-psychoactive, natural remedy is being adapted to treat a wide variety of ailments from anxiety and pain to various seizure disorders.” We have so many questions: Is CBD Legal? Is it safe? Does CBD get you “high”? Can CBD calm anxiety, cure cancer, eliminate epileptic seizures and give insomniacs a full night’s sleep? We'll ask four experts about CBD fact vs. fiction and their predictions for its future: Eddie Fatakhov, MD, Autumn Shelton at Autumn Brands, Dr. Murdoc Khaleghic at Elevate CBD, and Karl Wes Young, WeSparkLabs. Join us for A-B-C-D – CBD: Miracle Med, Dubious Drug or Wishful Woo-Woo?
July 10, 2019
The buzz: "AI is now the most in-demand tool in the media market…According to a report, viewers are 85 percent more likely to buy a product after watching a video…The technology is making things easier. Even giants like YouTube and Netflix have adapted to AI for better user experience…From data analytics to filming, this revolutionary technology is changing the way [the] video industry used to work” (Akash Deep, HackerNoon.com). Cameras! Lights! Action! We'll speak with Jesse Ariss at Vidyard, Matthew Trushinski at Miovision, and Kirsten Boileau and Charrele Robinson-Brown at SAP. Join us for The Future of AI and Your Videos: Coolness Beyond Cute Cats.
June 26, 2019
The buzz: "Soon there will be entire American football league built on the premise that fans should be able to choose the players and coaches that make up each of the eight inaugural teams and even pick the teams' offensive plays. The innovative league is based on the belief that fans will enjoy a product that feels more like a video game than a traditional football-watching experience.” When Darren Heitner reported this in 2017 for Forbes SportsMoney, he was talking about the new Fan Controlled Football League (FCFL) powered on the Ethereum blockchain. Wow! The league ranks fans’ voting power for drafting players, picking coaches and calling the plays by the seven-on-seven teams on the field – using a new FAN Token cryptocurrency. Prognosis? We'll speak with Ray Austin and Jason Chilton of the Fan Controlled Football League, Andy Dolich of Dolich & Associates, and Carsten Winsnes at Strive Tech. Join us for High-Tech Touchdown! Fan-Controlled Football and Future of Sports.
June 19, 2019
The buzz: "We now have the world in our pockets. Our TVs are smart. Our cars soon to be driverless…The technology we craft creates new use cases, opportunities, and dangers. The tech and its application cannot be separated. This brings us to larger questions of how we should employ technology, what risks new tech may bring, and what the arrival of these new futures means to us as humans on our little ball of dirt. This is the sphere of digital ethics.” (Adam Henshall). Are you loving the technologies that are making your work easier, your home smarter, your healthcare more efficient, and your social life more fun? We don't mean to be a Debbie Downer, but the tech you love may be compromising your privacy and more in ways you can’t imagine. Who is making the new rules? We’ll ask the experts: Frank Diana at TCS, Seton Hall Law Professor John H. Shannon and Dan Wellers at SAP Insights You are invited to join us for Brave New World of Digital Ethics: Who's Deciding Our Technology Rules?
June 12, 2019
The buzz: "The fashion industry is starting to care about people with disabilities…designing apparel, shoes and other products for consumers with non-standard body types, boosting an overlooked population's confidence – and their own bottom lines” cbsnews.com). When you got dressed today, other than deciding what to wear, was it EASY? Not if you have a disability that makes it challenging to use buttons, snaps, zippers, hooks, or pull on shirts and pants. Where to find “stylish adaptive clothing” with easy-on-off features? Many mainstream clothing retailers mostly ignore Americans with disabilities, despite their total disposable income of $490B. Can technologies like AI algorithms, robotics, and 3D printing help manufacturers adapt production processes to this market? We'll ask Mindy Scheier, Runway of Dreams Foundation; Billy Price, Billy Footwear; Matt Laukaitis and Maria Morais, SAP. Join us for Help Me Get Dressed! 1 Billion Reasons for Adaptive Fashion!
June 5, 2019
The buzz: "I would like to see people more aware of where their food comes from" (Anthony Bourdain). Food safety is becoming a serious concern along the entire “food chain” – hunters, fishers, farmers, processors, transporters, preparers, cooks, sellers, and, of course, eaters. How and where was your food obtained? Was anything added to it? Who touched it before it landed on your plate? Good news! Technology can now inform and ensure us that the food we consume is the real deal. Today, on our new series debut, we’re saving a seat at the table for you, as our experts serve food for thought: Tony Costa, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Bumble Bee Foods. Drew Hingorani, CEO at Ai-BlockChain. Randy Evins, Business Development Lead for Food and Drug Retail, SAP America. Paul Larson, Senior Principal, Industry Executive Advisor for Consumer Products at SAP. You are cordially invited to join us for Today’s Lunch Special: Tuna & Blockchain Sandwich!
May 29, 2019
The buzz: “The future is already here”? Tired of the hearing this? We are, too. That was yesterday’s future. Today’s future hasn’t happened. After 7.5 years and 372 episodes heard by millions around the globe, Coffee Break with Game-Changers will be reborn as Technology Revolution: The Future of Now, produced and hosted by me, Bonnie D. Graham, in partnership with VoiceAmerica.com. Today you’ll get a preview of the new show with 4 savvy futurists. Frank Diana, TCS: “The longer you can look back, the farther you can look forward” (W. Churchill). Gray Scott, Futurist: “One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition” (A.Toffler). Kai Goerlich, SAP: “Consistency is the playground of dull minds” (Yuval N. Harari). J. Paul Duplantis, Emergentweb.org: “The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action" (John Dewey). Join us for Preview for Technology Revolution: The Future of Now!
May 22, 2019
The buzz: “Today’s average high-end car has roughly seven times more code than a Boeing 787” (mckinsey.com). The auto industry faces unprecedented changes: ride and car-sharing, electrification, autonomy, climate change regulation, new ownership and distribution models. Each one challenges the industry’s ability to be nimble and quickly reinvent itself, neither of which automotive does well. What will it take to turn customers into fanatics, products into obsessions, employees into ambassadors, and brands into religions? The experts speak. Jordan Katz, Qualtrics: “The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don't have a space program, it'll serve us right!" (Larry Niven as quoted by Arthur C. Clarke). Moncombu Raju, SAP: “The world’s gone from flat, to fast, to deep (and probably be psychic next)!” (Thomas L. Friedman). Join us for The Key to Automotive Industry Disruption: Become Customer-Obsessed – Part 2.
May 15, 2019
The buzz: “In this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world” (Nicholas D. Kristof). Organizations from the United Nations to university clubs have been trying to secure a world of equality in business for years. Recent initiatives like the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC), WiDS and FQ (Female Quotient) have created a vast ecosystem matrix focused on creating change. How and where is it happening? The experts speak. Shelley Zalis, The Female Quotient: “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different” (Coco Chanel). Judy Logan, Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference, Stanford University: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" (Eleanor Roosevelt). Anita Varshney, SAP: “Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality” (Jonas Salk). Join us for The Future of Equality in Business, Technology and Innovation – Part 2.
May 8, 2019
The buzz: “The idea that social selling is dead or dying is a bit over exaggerated…Cold calling should be dead” (Koka Sexton). In conversations about account-based marketing, we keep hearing that cold calling, email and social selling aka digital selling are dead. True or false? It depends. The key to the longevity and success of any channel is its rocket fuel: content. Timely, targeted and relevant messages can help you break into target accounts and drive ongoing buyer engagement in a range of channels. The experts speak. Paul Slack, Vende Social: “What we've got here is failure to communicate” (Cool Hand Luke). Tom Martin, Converse Digital: “Man looks in the abyss, there's nothing staring back at him. At that moment man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss" (Lou Mannheim). Charrele Robinson-Brown, SAP: “Invest your evaporating time and leave a legacy behind for future generations” (Sunday Adelaja). Join us for Is Digital Selling Dead? – Part 2.
May 1, 2019
The buzz: "When UX doesn’t consider ALL users, shouldn’t it be known as “SOME User Experience” or… SUX?” (Billy Gregory). The World Health Organization estimates 1B people, 1 in 7, live with a disability. Per the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, access to information technology is a basic human right. The impact of design and user experience (UX) on business success is profound. User experiences impact customer satisfaction and loyalty in a competitive marketplace. How to eliminate disability barriers in workplace software? Harness advances in natural language processing and artificial intelligence. The experts speak. Neil Milliken, Atos: “Diversity is reality, inclusion is a choice” (Stephen Frost). Debra M. Ruh, Ruh Global Communications: “It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see" (Henry David Thoreau). Nicole Windmann, SAP: “Done is better than perfect” (Sheryl Sandberg). Join us for Accessible and Inclusive UX Design: The Business Case.
April 24, 2019
The buzz: “Augmenting human decision-making at the enterprise level will bring us to the next level in growth” (Joseph Byrum, Principal Financial Group). Companies are exploring how to cope with the volume and velocity of change, as political turmoil, climate change, market and supply chain globalization, rise and fall of economies converge into a perfect storm of business disruption. Will becoming an Intelligent Enterprise solve these challenges? If yes, are Machine Learning, Blockchain and IoT enough to get you there? The experts speak. Chris Beiswenger, PwC: “Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, ... distinguishes the strong soul from the weak” (Thomas Carlyle). Scott Feldman, Technology Evangelist: “Only the paranoid survive” (Andy Grove). Shammy Sohal, SAP: "I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet” (Sadi). Join us for Do Intelligent Technologies Make The Intelligent Enterprise? – Part 2.
April 17, 2019
The buzz: “The global human resource management (HRM) sector is projected to reach $30 billion by 2025. in other words, the business of creating innovative HR solutions is booming” ?(learn.g2crowd.com/2019-hr-trends). In 2016 Dr. Steve Hunt created the “Wine Bottle Index” to categorize HCM forecasts, trends and predictions by whether they address well-established vs. novel challenges (old vs. new wine) and use familiar vs. innovative solutions (old vs. new bottles). What is truly new in HCM versus old stuff in new bottles? The experts speak. Dr. Steve Hunt, HR Consultant: “The future looks a lot like the past, but different” (NZ Philosopher). Stacia Sherman Garr, RedThread Research: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever” (Mahatma Gandhi). David Youssefnia, Uplevel: “Entrepreneurship is at its best when it alters the future, and it alters the future when it jumps curves” (Guy Kawasaki). Join us for HCM Trends: The Wine Bottle Index.
April 10, 2019
The buzz: “Few business applications have attracted as much management attention over the years as ERP systems … the line between fact and fiction or myth and best practice can be difficult to discern.”?(www.atkearney.cz) In IT, curiosity drives innovation, some of it pie-in-the-sky buzz and some essential to modern life and business. New ERP and intelligent technologies and systems promise breakthroughs in organizations focused on healthcare, finance, retail, manufacturing and consumer products. How to separate fiction from fact? The experts speak. David Lowson, Capgemini “A dream will not become an innovation if there is no realization” (Ciputra). Alex Bulat, Capgemini: “It’s not a good idea if it has not been killed at least three times” (Safi Bahcall). Brad Borkan, SAP: “Science is a process of investigating … posing questions and coming up with a method. It's delving in” (Sally Ride). Join us for ERP and Beyond: From Techno "Buzz" to Value-Add Solutions.
April 3, 2019
The buzz: “We will design products differently if we knew that those products were going to come back to us…and we could extract value from them” (T. Domenech). 150 years of industrial evolution have been dominated by a one-way Linear Economy model of production and consumption. Goods are manufactured from raw materials, sold, used, discarded or incinerated. How to get past this unsustainable practice? Welcome to the circular economy model, which maintains products, extends their service life, and repurposes one product’s waste to maintain another – reuse, repair, remanufacture. The experts speak. Dan Wellers: Questions you cannot answer are usually far better for you than answers you cannot question” (Y.N. Harari). Christopher Koch: “There are no gray areas when it comes to survival. Either we go on as a civilization or we don't" (Greta Thunberg). Will Ritzrau: “Action expresses priorities” (Gandhi). Join us for Circular Economy: Radical and Unproven or Saving the Planet? Part 3.
March 27, 2019
The buzz: “The fourth revolution brought by digital is a turning point for the fashion industry”?(Hasna Kourda, Save Your Wardrobe). Technology has infused itself across how consumers expect to engage with retailers and vice versa – in Fashion more than other industries. Why? Fashion retailers need technology to achieve creation-to-reuse sustainability; hyper-personalization; responsive manufacturing; just-in-time delivery; and instant inventory insight. For up-and-coming design houses and legacy design brands alike, nano seasons have no respect for laggards. The experts speak. Oliver Stocks, SAP: “Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on the unreasonable people” (George Bernard Shaw). Rick Barber, SAP: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever” (Mahatma Gandhi). Join us for Dress for Success: The Future of Fashion Is Here! – Part 2.
March 20, 2019
The buzz: “Most people that I know are interested in on-demand stuff. Podcasts are essentially audio Netflix” (Jordan Harbinger). In our current digital renaissance, with disruptive breakthrough technologies maturing, an old-school yet cutting-edge marketing tactic is resurging: audio. From podcasts to audio whitepapers, apps to smart speakers, the world of sound is immediate, portable, affordable, customizable, and wherever you go. Are you on-board with audio yet? The experts speak. Pam Didner, Consultant and Author: “The word 'listen' contains the same letters as the word 'silent’” (Alfred Brendel). Kenneth Kinney, AI Media Group: “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus” (Bruce Lee). Ginger Shimp, SAP: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can” (Arthur Ashe). Jeff Janiszewski, SAP: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” (Walt Disney). Join us for Hear and Now: Audio Content in Digital Marketing – Part 2.
March 13, 2019
The buzz: “If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine!” (Jim Barksdale). Machine Learning is impacting core business processes, but many companies are struggling with how to operationalize it. The key – and what data scientists spend 80% of their efforts on – is having the right data. What is good data? The experts speak. Ginger Gatling, SAP: “Chemistry is the study of matter, but I prefer to see it as the study of change” (Walter White, Breaking Bad). Blake Howitt, SAP: “If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn’t thinking” (Gen. George S. Patton). David Quirk, SAP: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now” (Chinese Proverb). John Schitka, SAP: “We classify things for the purpose of doing something to them. Any classification which does not assist manipulation is worse than useless” (Randolph Bourne). Join us for Can’t Live Without You: Predictive Machine Learning Needs Data Management – Part 2.
March 6, 2019
The buzz: “The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes" (Bella Abzug). Organizations from the UN to university clubs have been trying to secure a world of equality in business for years. Initiatives like the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC), WiDS and FQ (Female Quotient) have created a vast ecosystem matrix focused on creating change. But how and where is it happening? In honor of International Women’s Day, our panel will discuss where things stand and what is needed to accelerate change. The experts speak. Anita Varshney, SAP: “Making money is no fun. Contributing to and changing the world is a lot more fun" (Muhammed Yunus). Shelley Zalis, The Female Quotient: “Trying to be a man is a waste of a woman” (Coco Chanel). Judy Logan, Women In Data Science, Stanford Univ.: “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames” (Rumi). Join us for The Future of Equality in Business, Technology and Innovation.
February 27, 2019
The buzz: “In coming years, the most intelligent organizations…will have an advantage over their rivals” (sloanreview.mit.edu). Companies are trying to cope with the volume and velocity of change, as political turmoil, climate change, supply chain globalization, rise and fall of economies converge into a perfect storm of business disruption. Will becoming an Intelligent Enterprise solve these challenges? If yes, is it enough to embrace Machine Learning, Blockchain and IoT or is more needed? The experts speak. Chris Beiswenger, PwC: “I guess it comes down to a simple choice really. Get busy living or get busy dying!’’ (Shawshank Redemption). Scott Feldman, SAP: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles...” (Theodore Roosevelt). Sameer Padhye, SAP: ““Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future” (Steve Jobs). Join us for Do Intelligent Technologies Make The Intelligent Enterprise?
February 20, 2019
The buzz: “A techno-philanthropist can be ‘a young, idealistic iPad jet setter who cares about the world–the whole world–in a new way'" (Peter Diamandis). Technology has created techno-philanthropists who use their money to try to solve seemingly unsolvable problems such as hunger and disease, by driving acceleration across the Sciences and Technology. For example, Bill Gates’s brainchild Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) investment fund aims to accelerate energy innovation via high-profile investors Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Jack Ma, and Michael Bloomberg. Why and what would you give? The experts speak. Frank Diana, TCS: “On the face of it, shareholder value is the dumbest idea in the world’’ (Jack Welch). Gray Scott, Futuristic Now: “Right now, and for the first time ever, a passionate and committed individual has access to the technology, minds, and capital required to take on any challenge” (Peter Diamandis). Join us for Digital Giving: Will You Be A Techno-Philanthropist?
February 13, 2019
The buzz: “…Smart Cities will vacuum up data — and attempt to protect it” (cbinsights.com). The data revolution and the competition to become the smart city of the future are combining to exponentially transform our cities. Visionary city leaders are embracing business model innovation to re-imagine public services, urban sustainability?and economic growth – all powered by data. Is your city in the running? The experts speak.Harald Wouters, City of Den Bosch: “… our personal data is probably the most valuable resource most humans still have to offer, and we are giving it to the tech giants in exchange for email services and funny cat videos" (Yuval Noah Harari). Ivan Caballero, Citibeats: “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills” (Chinese Proverb). Max Claps, SAP: “Do not go where the path may lead you; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). Join us for Data-Driven Cities of the Future – Part 2.
February 6, 2019
The buzz: Podcasts aren’t a bubble, they’re a boom—and that boom is only getting louder” (Miranda Katz). In the midst of our current digital renaissance, with breakthrough technologies maturing, an old-school yet cutting-edge marketing tactic is resurging: audio. From podcasts to audio whitepapers, apps to smart speakers, the world of sound is immediate, portable, affordable, customizable, and wherever you go. The experts speak. Pam Didner, Consultant and Author: “Keep it simple stupid” (Kelly Johnson). Kenneth Kinney, AI Media Group: “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift…the present” (Alice M. Earle). Ginger Shimp, SAP: “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it” (Henry Ford). Jeff Janiszewski, SAP: “Everyone wants some magic pill—some life hack—that eliminates the need to do the work. But that does not exist” (Jocko Willink). Join us for Hear and Now: Audio Content in Digital Marketing.
January 30, 2019
The buzz: “Sales Isn’t A Laughing Matter. But Maybe It Should Be?” (yesware.com). Good salespeople understand the science behind selling – an ironclad knowledge of their products or services coupled with the calculated practice of qualifying a prospect’s needs. Truly great salespeople, also tap into a psychological component by positioning themselves as the most engaging and likeable option. Today, a strategic alliances exec, partnership relationship manager, and IT sales rep turned comedian-and-motivator make the case for using right-timed appropriate humor as a sales tool. The experts speak. Jon Selig, Comedian: “Once in a while you can get shown the light in the strangest of places, if you look at it right” (Grateful Dead). RJ Bibby, NetApp: “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately” (Ben Franklin). Casey Ryan, SAP: “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people” (Victor Borge). Join us for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sales Pitch.
January 23, 2019
The buzz: “Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now" (Mattie Stepanek). If your #1 business wish is knowing what 2019 holds for your company, your industry and the world, stay tuned. Live today, January 23 – and on-demand from Dec. 5, 12, 19, 2018 and Jan. 9 and 16 – we’re bringing you 80+ thought leaders’ predictions covering the exciting technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you grow and compete better in 2019 and beyond. Pour a cup of Joe, Earl, Dom, and join us for SAP Game-Changers Radio 2019 Predictions – Part 6 live. Guests: Werner Zeitlberger, Hackett Group; Rita Sallam, Gartner; Rogan Morrison, Olayan Group; Uli Muench, Lori Mitchell-Keller, Werner Baumbach, Timo Elliott, and Matt Jennings, SAP; Erika Hovland, IOLITE360; Barbara Giamanco, Social Centered Selling; Michael Bernard, Vertex; Joanne Black, No More Cold Calling; Sven Denecken, SAP; Lisa Durrett, Broad Insite; Chris Kernaghan, Bluefin Solutions; Jim Davis, SAP.
January 16, 2019
The buzz: “The future is not what it used to be” (Laura Riding & Robert Graves, 1937). Welcome to 2019! If your #1 business wish is knowing what the year holds for your company, your industry and the world, stay tuned. Today, January 16, and on January 23 – and on-demand from December 5, 12, 19, 2018 and January 9 – we’re bringing you 80 thought leaders’ predictions covering the exciting technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you grow and compete better in 2019 and beyond. Pour a cup of Joe, Earl, or Dom, and join us for SAP Game-Changers Radio 2019 Predictions – Part 5 live. You’ll hear from James Rothwell, AgilityWorks; Shannon Platz, SAP; Dr. John Frey, HPE; Chris Carlstead, Thomson Reuters; Matt Creason, SAP; Brian Everett, itelligence; Brandon Bornancin, Seamless.ai; Tom Franklin, TCS; Christopher Koch, SAP; Will Ritzrau, SAP; Dan Wellers, SAP; Paul Lewis, Hitachi Vantara; Loic Simon, PartnerWin; Benjiman Zimmerman, EY. Happy new year from SAP Game-Changers Radio!
January 9, 2019
The buzz: “It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” (Karl. K. Steincke, Danish politician, 1948). If your #1 business wish this new year is knowing what 2019 holds for your company, your industry and the world, we’ve got the next best thing. We’re bringing you six weeks of predictions from nearly 80 thought leaders about the technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you grow and compete in 2019 and beyond. Pour a cup of Joe, Earl, or Dom, and join us for SAP Game-Changers Radio 2019 Predictions – Part 4 live. You’ll hear from Perry van Beek, Social.ONE; Thiagu Bala, Deloitte; Nicholas Whittall, Accenture; Tina Rosario, SAP; Andy Steer, itelligence; Sana Salam, Sodales Solutions; Yusuf Jazakallah, Recruitment Smart; Frank Diana, TCS; Casey Ryan, SAP; Mic Adam, Vanguard Leadership; Mashhood Alam, SAP; Sabrina Sigourney, Blue Marble Consulting; Nicole Sahin, Globalization Partners; Jesse Samberg, IBM. Happy new year from SAP Game-Changers Radio!
December 19, 2018
The buzz: “I am interested in the future because I expect to spend the rest of my life in the future” (C.F. Kettering). If your #1 business wish this holiday is knowing what 2019 holds for your company, your industry and the world, we’ve got the next best thing. We’re bringing you six weeks of predictions from a total of 80 thought leaders about the technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you grow and compete in 2019 and beyond. Pour a cup of Joe, Earl, or Dom, and join us for SAP Game-Changers Radio 2019 Predictions – Part 3 live. You’ll hear from Tom Raftery, SAP; Alistair Wheate, Onalytica; David Graham, City of Carlsbad, Ca; Kay Sargent, HOK; Devraj Bardhan, IBM; Frederick Ronse, Ovinto; Meg Divitto, Divitto Design Group; Harpreet Singh, Deloitte; Alexandra Witte, SAP; Kyle Tate , Eventful Conferences; Birgit Starmanns, SAP; Joe Renz, New Mobility Lab; Mike Lackey, SAP; William Newman, SAP; and Hudson Harris, HarrisLogic. Happy holidays from SAP Game-Changers Radio!
December 12, 2018
The buzz: “The future is not what it used to be” (Laura Riding & Robert Graves, 1937). Good news! If your #1 business wish this holiday season is knowing what 2019 holds for your company, your industry and the world, we’ve got the next best thing. Over six weeks, we're bringing you predictions from 80 thought leaders about the technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you grow and compete in 2019 and beyond. Pour a cup of Joe, Earl, or Dom, and join us for SAP Game-Changers Radio 2019 Predictions – Part 2 live featuring Surendra Reddy, Quantiply Corporation; Ton Dobbe, Value Inspiration; Jochen Nagel, Accenture; Mark Hunter, The Sales Hunter; John Walker, Chirp; Bryan Mattimore, The Growth Engine Company; Robert Thiele, OpenText; Michael Harding, Virtustream; Chip Kleinheksel, Deloitte; Sebastian Valencia, Clarkston Consulting; John Schitka, SAP; Margaret Laffan, SAP; Juliet Henry, EPI-USE America; Craig Stasila, SAP. Happy holidays from SAP Game-Changers Radio!
December 5, 2018
The buzz: “It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future” (K.K. Steincke). Good news! If your #1 business wish this holiday season is knowing what 2019 holds for your company, industry and the world, we’ve got the next best thing. Coffee Break with Game-Changers Radio is bringing you six weeks of predictions from 80 thought leaders about the technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you grow and compete in 2019 and beyond. Pour a cup of Joe, Earl, or Dom, and join us for SAP Game-Changers Radio 2019 Predictions–Part 1 live. You’ll hear from Shaun Syvertsen, Convergent IS; Brian Kalish. Kalish Consulting; Gerard Das, SAP; Christian K. Kugelmeier, VORSPRUNGatwork; Maggie Goralska, SAP; Ellen Sasson, SAP; Jim Harris, JimHarris.com; Julio Viskovich, NexLevel Sales; Christopher Carter, Approyo; Richard Mooney, SAP; Sam Smith, Stellar One Consulting; Gray Scott, GrayScott.com; Praful Karanth; SAP; David Jonker, SAP. Happy holidays from Game-Changers Radio!
November 28, 2018
The buzz: “Artificial Intelligence, deep learning, machine learning?—?whatever you’re doing if you don’t understand it?—?learn it. Because otherwise you’re going to be a dinosaur within 3 years” (Mark Cuban). No longer just for “cool” early adopters, AI, ML, and IoT are moving into the core of business systems, potentially shaping the new economy. What would you do if an ML-educated AI CEO took the reins of your company? The experts speak. Owen Pettiford, BackOffice Associates: “Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?” (The Scarecrow). Carsten Nitschke, SAP: “Sacred Cows Make The Best Burgers” (R. Kriegel & D. Brandt). Frank Diana, TCS: “We have a duty to think hard about what may be so as to better prepare society for the changes that may come” (Richard Baldwin). Gray Scott, Futurist: “Prediction is not just one of the things your brain does. It is...the foundation of intelligence” (Jeff Hawkins). Join us for The Bots Are Coming: Ready to Meet Your AI CEO?
November 14, 2018
The buzz: “Data is the new oil? No: Data is the new soil” (David McCandless). Big data has officially crashed into the business world, taking competition to new levels. Can your organization benefit if you don’t have qualified data-science resources like a data science lab or pedigreed experts to navigate and take advantage of AI, Machine Learning and other powerful technologies? Good news. Packaged application software has lowered the skills barrier to data mining. Our panel offers proof that anyone can successfully use data analytics tools. What did they wish they’d known when they began? The experts speak. Chris Carter, Approyo: “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take” (Wayne Gretzky). Jason Olsen, Kimberly-Clark: “When eating an elephant, take one bite at a time” (Creighton Abrams). Samantha Wong, SAP: “If you see it there, darling, then it’s there” (Freddy Mercury). Join us for Business Analyst by Day, Data Science Hero by Night – Part 2.
November 7, 2018
The buzz: “Videos are more frequently shared on social media as compared to written content.” (Koka Sexton) Whether you are in sales or marketing, it’s time to think outside of the box to reach and encourage prospects to buy from you. How? Create videos in-house using your own people. Then use the video content in sales and social selling strategies. We have tips and tricks to optimize engagement and pipeline from your videos. The experts speak. Mark Lotenero, Grapevine6: “No matter what happened to you in your past, you are not your past, you are the resources and the capabilities you gain from it. And that is the basis for all change” (Jordan Belfort). Julio Viskovich, NextLevel Sales: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” (Confucius). Alexandra Witte, SAP: “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be” (Maya Angelou). Join us for Social Sellers and Video: Look Ma – I’m on Camera! – Part 2.
October 31, 2018
The buzz: “Using Instagram in B2B marketing actually isn’t a bad idea” (komarketing.com). If your business is unsure about which social channels to focus on, here's the scoop. “When most B2B marketers think of Instagram, they may think of teenagers or millennials who are using it to post photos about their lives...a 2017 Marketing Profs infographic reports that Instagram is the fastest growing platform for B2B marketers... actually has the highest engagement rate...” Is Instagram right for you? The experts speak. Vanessa Baker, Tribal Impact: “Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story” (Desiderata). Kirsten Boileau, SAP: “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men” (Herman Melville). Charrele Robinson-Brown, SAP: “You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water” (Rabindranath Tagore). Join us for Insider Secrets: Instagram for B2B Social Selling.
October 24, 2018
The buzz: “Our emerging workforce is not interested in command-and-control leadership. They don't want to do things because I said so; they want to do things because they want to do them” (Irene Rosenfeld). Businesses are drawing on full-time and external employees – contingent workers, SOW-based consultants, freelancers, contractors, gig workers – to get work done in new ways. The new employment model reality requires strategies to shape new talent and a culture that reimagines, enables and motivates tomorrow’s total workforce. Ready? The experts speak. Nicholas Whittall, Accenture: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time” (General Creighton Abrams). Dr. Autumn Krauss, SAP SuccessFactors: “Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge” (Winston Churchill). Mark Shaw, SAP Fieldglass: “Understanding is a three-edged sword, your side, their side, and the truth” (Babylon 5, 1997). .Join us for Total Workforce Management: The Good, The Bad and The Possible – Part 2.
October 17, 2018
The buzz: “Technology is reinventing the store and reimagining the customer experience….experts encourage retailers to…shift mindsets to customer behavior” (medium.com). From social showrooming to crowdsourcing, smart curation to sustainable fashion, the fashion industry is evolving and technology plays a key role in how we dress. IoT sensors and beacons recognize shoppers and personalize offers. Near-field communications make impulse offers to nearby shoppers. Blockchain facilitates sustainable supply chains. The experts speak. Dr. Timo Sandritter, LDJ Productions: “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect” (Mark Twain). Adrian Slater, Keytree: “If you think good design is expensive, you should look at the cost of bad design” (Dr. Ralf Speith). Peter Akbar, SAP: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” (Nelson Mandela). Join us for The Future of Fashion: Will Technology Dress Us for Success?–Part 2.
October 10, 2018
The buzz: “In the old days, sellers would bring their Rolodex from company to company – now they bring their LinkedIn network” (@RobBois). Top salespeople have mastered social networks to grow revenue potential, exceed quota, prospect efficiently, and maintain a robust pipeline. How? They play by each network’s etiquette and what, how and when customers want to see information. Our panel shares pro and con guidelines for your social selling playbook. The experts speak. Joanne Black, No More Cold Calling: “Even though I get older, what I do never gets old, and that's what I think keeps me hungry” (Steven Spielberg). Lori Richardson, Score More Sales: “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared” (Buddha). Phil Lurie, SAP: “When in doubt tell the truth. It will confound your enemies and astound your friends” (Mark Twain). Join us for Social Sellers Playbook: Top 5 Do’s and Don’t Do’s.
October 3, 2018
The buzz: “Modern Corporate Real Estate Management can surely contribute to the transformation of real estate from being a mere ‘cost of doing business’ to a true value generator” (servicefutures.com). Of the $25T in U.S. real estate assets, $10T+ is owned by non-real-estate companies, municipalities, and institutions. For most of them, it is the second largest balance sheet item and operating cost. Yet most C-Suites overlook the earnings and optimization potential of capital dedicated to real estate. The experts speak. David Wilk, Colliers International: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” (Winston Churchill). Kay Sargent, HOK: “A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world” (John le Carré). Thomas Anderson, SAP: “Do more than belong; participate … Do more than believe; practice … Do more than dream; work” (William Arthur Ward). Join us for Real Estate and Your Workforce: Optimizing Space Management–Part 2.
September 26, 2018
The buzz: “If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places” (Fred Kent). By 2030, 2/3 of humanity will live in urban areas and megacities with 10+ million populations will increase by 65%. Good news: cities bring innovation and economic progress. Not-so-good-news: cities are bogged down by traffic congestion, aging infrastructures, quality of life threats. Can smart city technologies focused on automotive – intermodal transportation planning and intelligent traffic management– alleviate these challenges? The experts speak. Joe Renz, New Mobility Lab: “Just do it!” (Nike slogan). Monali Shah: “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray” (Rumi). Dante Ricci, SAP: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” (Gandhi). Join us for Urban Mobility and Smart Cities – Part 2.
September 12, 2018
The buzz: “56 cents of every dollar spent in a store is influenced by a consumer’s digital interaction with the product over multiple connected devices.” (deloitte.wsj.com/cmo/2017/01/26/2017-consumer-products-outlook). Consumer Product (CP) companies are being forced to rethink channel partner relationships, product mix and pricing strategies. Why? Because of business-as-usual disruption by eCommerce giants like Amazon, direct-to-consumer subscriptions, and expanded retail private label lines. How can CP companies use data to bolster their brands and strengthen consumer loyalty? The experts speak. Jerry Wolfe, Vivanda: “Give me only what I need, It doesn't take too much to keep me satisfied” (Rival Sons). Barbara Thau, Retail Writer: “…one job is not better than another” (Geoffrey Owens). Colby Sheridan, SAP: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing” (Benjamin Franklin). Join us for Consumer Products Under Attack: Time to Reclaim Market Share – Part 2.
August 29, 2018
The buzz: “…we are in the middle of this Platform Revolution. The platform facilitates an accessible, scalable and efficient network of users, services, devices and intermediaries … value is created, distributed, discovered and consumed.” (ING, 2016). In this digital age, successful platform businesses are using scalable cloud system architecture and sophisticated technology, and implementing smart adoption and monetization strategies. The result? Market dominance, exploding margins and volumes of sensitive data. Is your company on board yet? The experts speak. Dr. Bernd-Uwe Pagel, SAP: “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom” (Isaac Asimov). Claus von Riegen, SAP: “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end” (Seneca). Nils Herzberg, SAP: “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb” (Nelson Mandela). Join us for Platform Business Models: Friend or Foe? – Part 2.
August 22, 2018
The buzz: “No one in the world needs a Rhino horn but a Rhino” (Paul Oxton). Africa’s wildlife threat levels are growing at alarming rates – particularly from the poaching of elephants and rhinos. Traditional conservation methods fall short due to lack funding and people-power. Enter a creative solution: technology with purpose involving drones and GPS, sparking a new definition of ERP: Elephants, Rhinos and People. We'll catch up with ERP to get a update on how technology is helping the organization meet its worthy goals. The experts speak. Quintin Smith, EPI-USE: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” (Edmund Burke). David Allen, EPI-USE: “It's the ones without scars – those are the people you have to watch out for….” (Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam). Ashley Tully, SAP: “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance” (Samuel Johnson). Join us for ERP, Tech and Purpose in the Wild: Elephants, Rhinos, People – Part 3.
August 15, 2018
The buzz: “There are loads of studies which show that marketers struggle with measuring ROI from social media” (David Moth). If you’re the designated social selling results “bean counter” for your company, the standardization of digital performance metrics will give you relief. How? You’ll be able to measure the business impact of all digital selling performance across the organization and provide timely feedback to reinforce what’s working vs what can be improved or eliminated. The experts speak. Mark Hunter, The Sales Hunter: “You don't have to be great at something to start, but you have to start to be great at something” (Zig Ziglar). Scott Santucci, Social Enablement Society: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” Sir (Winston Churchill). Marco Cai, SAP: “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things" (Einstein). Join us for Social Sellers’ Playbook: Making It Count – Part 2.
August 8, 2018
The buzz: “Chief sustainability executives the new environmental chiefs…wield extraordinary power” (www.sustainabilitydegrees.com). More employees, consumers and stockholders expect the companies they work for, buy from and invest in to be purpose-driven. How to get on board? Hire a Sustainable Innovation Technologist to develop teams, solutions and procedures to grow efficiency, employee retention, global impact and profits, all while reducing costs. Who knew purpose could be so good? The experts speak. Dr. John Frey, HPE: “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other” (Mother Teresa). Rob Thiele, OpenText: “Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge” (Plato). Jim Sullivan, SAP: “Do you know what my favorite renewable fuel is? An ecosystem for innovation” (Thomas Friedman). Join us for Now Hiring on Purpose: Sustainable Innovation Technologist – Part 2.
August 1, 2018
The buzz: “We will design products differently if we knew that those products were going to come back to us as manufacturers and we could extract value from them and create new products from them” (Teresa Domenech). The last 150 years of industrial evolution have been dominated by a one-way Linear Economy model of production and consumption. Goods are manufactured from raw materials, sold, used, then discarded or incinerated as waste. How to get past this unsustainable practice? Welcome to the circular economy model, which maintains products, extends their service life, and repurposes one product’s waste to maintain another – reuse, repair, remanufacture. Is your company on board yet? The experts speak. Christopher Koch, SAP: “Say something once, why say it again?” (David Byrne “Psycho Killer” lyrics). Will Ritzrau, SAP: “Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all” (Ernest Shackleton). Join us for Circular Economy: Radical and Unproven or Saving the Planet? – Part 2.
July 25, 2018
The buzz: “The qualities that make Twitter seem inane and half-baked are what makes it so powerful” (Jonathan Zittrain). If your business is reviewing social media channels to determine where to focus your people and time, you may be dismissing Twitter as not a serious tool. Facebook has the most users. LinkedIn is for serious professionals. Twitter is in-between. Per the American Press Institute, 79% of its members use Twitter to get the news, 36% to pass the time, and 19% to network. But 19% doesn’t mean you should omit Twitter as a social selling tool. The experts speak. Sarah Goodall, Tribal Impact: “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” (Winston Churchill). Kirsten Boileau, SAP: “One of my favorite things is to have a three-hour conversation over coffee with someone” (Andy Grammer). Michael LaBate, SAP: “The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet” (Gustave Flaubert). Join us for Insider Secrets: Twitter for Social Selling – Part 2.
July 18, 2018
The buzz: ”…women are starting to gain ground as consumers and workers in a traditionally male-dominated industry, and brands should be taking note" (Jose Costa, Huffington Post). Women driving the automotive industry? In 2014, Mary Barra broke the automotive industry’s boys club gender barrier when she became GM’s first-ever female CEO and Chairman. Women are also driving car purchase decision traffic. Our panel of powerful women in automotive will share their playbooks. The experts speak. Pamela Niekamp, Nielsen: “I think the most important thing, and the key ingredient for a woman, is to act like you belong there and believe that you belong there” (Chelsea Handler). Meg Divitto, IBM: “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on" (Sheryl Sandberg). Ellen Sasson, SAP: “My philosophy is that losers have goals and winners have systems” (Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert). Join us for Women Take the Wheel: Transforming The Automotive Ecosystem - Part 2.
July 11, 2018
The buzz: “…there are some job perks that will make millennials consider working for less, by as much as 12 percent” (cnbc.com). Few things impact employee productivity, engagement and well-being as much as compensation. But as definitions of work and workforce change, top talent may not be interested in traditional pay-for-performance formulas. The experts speak. Dr. Gabby Burlacu, SAP SuccessFactors: “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get” (W.Buffett). Lauren Bidwell, PhD, SAP SuccessFactors: “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place” (G.B.Shaw). John Weldon, Baylor Univ.: "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it” (Aristotle). Chris Seifert, Baylor Univ.: ‘Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be "damned if you do, and damned if you don't” (E.Roosevelt). Join us for Getting Serious About Getting Paid: Your Company’s Compensation Part 2.
June 27, 2018
Truth time: Do you stalk prospects to get into their Facebook newsfeed? Or are you a patient advisor in their buying journey? We continue our discussion about the do’s and don’ts of Social Selling, and how you and your team “should” vs. “should not” behave in the digital world. Yes, the Golden Rule still applies. The experts speak. Barbara Giamanco, Social Centered Selling: “Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own” (Carole Burnett). Viveka von Rosen, Vengreso: “You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it's important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages” (Michelle Obama). Charrele Robinson-Brown, SAP: “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles that he has had to overcome ...” (Booker T. Washington). Join us for Mind Your Manners: Social Selling Etiquette and The Golden Rule – Part 5.
June 20, 2018
The buzz: “The strategic and financial importance of Corporate Real Estate is growing” (www.pwc.de) $10+T of the $25T in U.S. real estate assets is owned by non-real estate companies, municipalities, and institutions. Corporate real estate is often their second largest balance sheet item and operating cost. But it is not getting the respect it deserves in the C-Suite as enterprises overlook the earnings and optimization potential of capital dedicated to real estate. The experts speak. David Wilk, Colliers: “When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock … without as much as a crack showing...” (Jacob Riis). Kay Sargent, HOK: “It’s important to live it, to experience things and to see things from a different perspective...also important that we move…” (John Le Carre). John Chapman, SAP: “When did Noah build the Ark? Before the rain, before the rain” (Spy Game, 2001 film). Join us for Real Estate and Your Workforce: Optimizing Space Management.
June 13, 2018
The buzz: “Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge.” (Lao Tzu) Given the uncertainty, pace, and unexpected nature of today’s world, there are too many unknowns for us to effectively predict the future. Reality check: A convergence across science, technology, politics, society, economics, the environment, and growing ethics discussion, has created a complex web that requires the type of system thinking that may exceed our human capacity. Do machines hold the answer? Can they predict the path of an overwhelming number of possible futures? The experts speak. Frank Diana, TCS: “We have a duty to think hard about what may be, so as to better prepare society for the changes that may come” (Richard Baldwin). Gray Scott, Futurist: “Prediction is not just one of the things your brain does. It is the primary function of the neo-cortex, and the foundation of intelligence” (Jeff Hawkins). Join us for Tech Magic or Hype: Can We Teach Machines to Predict?
June 6, 2018
The buzz: “No one in the world needs a Rhino horn but a Rhino” (Paul Oxton). Africa’s wildlife threat levels are growing at alarming rates – particularly from increasing poaching of elephants and rhinos. Traditional conservation methods fall short due to lack funding and people-power. Enter a creative solution: technology with purpose involving drones and GPS, sparking a new definition of ERP: Elephants, Rhinos and People. The experts speak. Quintin Smith, EPI-USE: “I guess it comes down a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying” (Shawshank Redemption). David Allen, EPI-USE: “There are some four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. Four million different solutions to the problems of staying alive.=” (Sir David Attenborough). Ashley Tully, SAP: “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how” (Friedrich Nietzsche). Join us for ERP, Technology and Purpose in the Wild: Elephants, Rhinos, People
May 30, 2018
The buzz: “The era of diversity as a “check the box” initiative owned by HR is over. CEOs must take ownership and drive accountability among leaders at all levels to close the gap between what is said and actual impact” (Deloitte). Diversity is an X-factor that overcomes the trappings of bias, but there needs to be a second ingredient that overcomes the tenacity of bias. Enter data. Diversity plus data empowers women beyond reactive leadership to be strong transformational leaders, anticipate and plan for change, and open new competitive doors for business. The experts speak. Shannon Platz, SAP: “It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so” (Mark Twain). Rita Sallam, Gartner: “Having courage does not mean we are unafraid" (Maya Angelou). Cindi Howson, Gartner: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” (Maya Angelou). Join us for The X Factor: STEM, Diversity, Bias and The Competitive Business.
May 23, 2018
The buzz: “We’ll never know our full potential unless we push ourselves to find it” (Travis Rice). Career stretch opportunities – temporary work assignments for expertise outside regular job duties – are embraced by companies and by their workers eager to showcase new skills and passions. Is this the right thing for you? Hear more insights on how each gender can accept and negotiate stretch assignments on your own terms. The experts speak. Selena Rezvani, Be Leaderly: “Never think of yourself as ‘finished’; otherwise you really will be finished” (Thomas L. Friedman). Robert Solomon, NEW: “…criticism without a viable solution is nothing more than an arrogant show of words laced with barren self-importance" (Stanley Tookie Williams). Shuchi Sharma, SAP: “Work hard to seem infallible and others will work to find our flaws. Admit our shortcomings and others will work to help us be infallible” (Simon Sinek). Join us for Career Stretch and Readiness: Gender Lens Differences? – Part 2.
May 16, 2018
The buzz: “It's easy to forget that for centuries – for millennia – the 'workforce' was all of us” (Peter Diamandis). Businesses today are drawing on multiple talent sources – full-time employees, contingent workers, SOW-based consultants, freelancers, contractors, gig workers – to get work done. This new employment model reality, influenced by new technologies and changing consumer preferences, requires developing strategies to shape new talent and create a culture that reimagines, enables and motivates the total workforce of tomorrow. Are you ready? The experts speak. Nicholas Whittall, Accenture: “Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward” (Nelson Mandela). Dr. Autumn Krauss, SAP SuccessFactors: “Who is wise? He that learns from everyone….” (Benjamin Franklin). Jim Brozny, SAP Fieldglass: “The meaning of life is just to be alive...” (Alan Watts). Join us for Total Workforce Management: The Good, The Bad and The Possible.
May 9, 2018
The buzz: “Robots have already taken over Wall Street, as hundreds of financial analysts are being replaced with software or robo-advisors” (theconversation.com). Machines are beginning to do the work of Finance professionals, using AI and ML technologies. Beyond automating transactional processes, they are beginning to augment value-based activities like analytics, forecasting and performance management. As AI and ML use grow, they may eliminate some human roles and create entirely new jobs.The experts speak. Nilly Essaides, The Hackett Group: “We’ve been merging with tools since the beginning of human revolution, and arguably that’s one of the things that makes us human” (Franklin Foer). Anders Liu-Lindberg, Maersk: “Fail fast to succeed sooner” (David Kelley). Vanessa Keating, The Hackett Group: “…the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do” (Rob Siltanen). Join us for Finance Talent in the Machine Age: Human or Bot?
May 2, 2018
The buzz: “While upgrading all 160,000 streetlights in Los Angeles with remote monitoring and smart controls will cost about $14 million, the city is saving $8 million per year by switching to more energy-efficient LED bulbs (CNN Money). Digital communications and energy-efficient LED lighting are revolutionizing and transforming urban lighting infrastructures into information pathways with the capacity to collect and share data and offer insights that enable and drive the smart city. Is your city “bright” enough yet (pun intended)? The experts speak. Susanne Seitinger, Philips Lighting: “You can’t think seriously about thinking without thinking about thinking about something” (Seymour Papert). David Graham, City of San Diego: “This is an adventure” (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou). Marlyn Zelkowitz, SAP: “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle” (James Keller). Join us for You Light Up My Life: Smart Cities, Smart Lighting – Part 4.
April 25, 2018
The buzz: “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date” (White Rabbit). Don’t like sitting in traffic? No one does. More drivers around the world are enduring traffic delays due to soaring economic growth, residential housing closer to the urban core, and infrastructure that can't keep up with demand. Cities are looking at the costs: commuter stress, impacts on family and business, housing prices, demand for city services. Can smart citizens engage with governments and technology to get anywhere on time? The experts speak. Donovan Guin, IBM: “We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us” (John M. Culkin). Jesse Samberg, IBM: “You can't always get what you want, but if you try some times, you just might find, you get what you need.” (Rolling Stones) Mike Eberhardt, SAP: “If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools” (Plato). Join us for Smart Citizen Engagement and Transportation: Get Me There On Time!
April 18, 2018
The buzz: “…it’s clear that AI (and robotics) will change the face of sales” (www.i-scoop.eu/). Reality check: Buying and selling have changed dramatically in the Digital Age. Traditional sales methodologies will not work the way they used to. How to solve this selling dilemma? Picture this: The world of digital leaves data-point breadcrumbs of a buyer's behavior. The world of AI never gives up, never sleeps, never errs, never misses opportunities. When these worlds collide, their synergy could solve your challenges. The experts speak. Mario Martinez, Jr., Vengreso: “Don't persuade, defend or interrupt. Be curious, be conversational, be real. And listen" (Elizabeth Lesser). Paul Teshima, Nudge.ai: “No stop signs, speed limit, nobody's going to slow me down” (AC/DC). Kirsten Boileau, SAP: “Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible” (Francis of Assisi). Join us for Digital Sales Meets AI: Two Worlds Colliding – Part 2.
April 11, 2018
The buzz: “The blockchain does one thing: It replaces third-party trust with mathematical proof that something happened” (Adam Draper). Yes. Blockchain is redefining how we transact in the digital world where digitized trust is required. According to WEF research, 58% of tech execs expect 10% of global GDP ($5.3t) to be stored on the blockchain by 2025. Are you on board? The experts speak. Drew Hingorani, Ai-BlockChain: “Behind every cloud is another cloud” (Judy Garland). Peter Ebert, CryptoWork: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” (Leonardo da Vinci). Andreas Fichter, SAP: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” (Sir Arthur C. Clarke). Jonathan Bourgeois, Ai-BlockChain: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark” (Michelangelo). Join us for Blockchain, Trust and Startups – Part 2.
April 4, 2018
The buzz: “…We are all looking for the magic formula. Well, here you go: Creativity + Iterative Development = Innovation” (James Dyson, 2005). Welcome to the Digital Era, where new technology terminology, hype and interpretations bombard us daily at work and at home. What do IoT, ML, Big Data, and Blockchain really mean? How will they impact your organization, customers, business partners, and lifestyle? The experts speak. Tom Raftery, SAP: “I want to die on Mars – just not on impact” (Elon Musk). Dion Hinchcliffe, Constellation Research: “Everything flows and nothing abides, everything gives way and nothing stays fixed” (Heraclitus). Tamara McCleary, Thulium: “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep” (Scott Adams). Join us for The State of Innovation 2018: Fluff vs. Fact – Part 2.
March 28, 2018
The buzz: “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life” (Confucius). Few things impact employee productivity, engagement, and well-being as compensation. But as definitions of work and workforce change–diversity, telecommuting, contingent labor–traditional pay-for-performance formulas could cost you the ability to engage top talent. The experts speak. Dr. Gabby Burlacu, SAP SuccessFactors: “I think the definition of a book is changing” (Jeff Bezos). Lauren Pytel, SAP SuccessFactors: “After a certain point, money is meaningless…The game is what counts” (Aristotle Onassis). John Weldon, Baylor University: “You must be ready to give up even the most attractive ideas when experiment shows them to be wrong” (Alessandro Volta). Chris Seifert, Baylor University: ‘People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity…” (Andrew Carnegie). Join us for Getting Serious About Getting Paid: Your Company’s Compensation.
March 21, 2018
The buzz: “The golden rule for every business man is this: 'Put yourself in your customer's place” [Orison S. Marden]. Yes, the rule still applies in our Age of Social Selling. Do you stalk prospects to get in their Facebook newsfeed vs. being a patient buying journey advisor? Tune in for our ongoing discussion of social behavior do’s and don’ts. The experts speak. Viveka von Rosen, Vengreso: ‘Leadership is not about men in suits. It is a way of life for those who know who they are and are willing to be their best to create the life they want to live” (K. Schafer) Barbara Giamanco, Social Centered Selling: “Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image” (Johann W. von Goethe). Charrele Robinson-Brown, SAP: “A brand is the set of expectations, stories, memories and relationships, that taken together account for a customer’s decision to choose one product or service over another” (S. Godin). Join us for Mind Your Manners: Social Selling Etiquette and The Golden Rule–Part 4.
March 14, 2018
The buzz: “The human spirit is like an elastic band. The more you stretch, the greater your capacity” (Bidemi Mark-Mordi). Career stretch opportunities–temporary assignments requiring expertise outside an employee’s regular job duties–are embraced by companies as well as their workers who are eager to showcase new skills and passions. What does this mean for you? Our panel will share insights on how to accept and negotiate stretch assignments on your own terms, and on a Be Leaderly report about how each gender decides their readiness to stretch. The experts speak. Selena Rezvani, Be Leaderly: “You will never climb Career Mountain and get to the top and shout, 'I made it!’” (Amy Poehler). Robert F. Solomon, Jr., Network of Executive Women (NEW): “The world is not changed by people who sort of care" (Sally Hogshead). Schuchi Sharma, SAP: “The greatest contribution of a leader is to make other leaders” (Simon Sinek). Join us for Career Stretch and Readiness: Gender Lens Differences?
March 7, 2018
The buzz: “Just as salespeople are moving into the future, the buyers are already ahead of us” (K.Sexton). Your staff may be excited about social selling training and enablement. But will they put those lessons into practice in their day-to-day jobs? The gauges of your social selling success should reflect how well and how consistently your staff executes their lessons – and how well you monitor them in the real business world. Tune in for best practices to encourage social selling adoption, maintain momentum, and monitor execution. The experts speak. Mic Adam, Vanguard Leadership: “...People will do business with, and refer business to, those people they know, like, and trust” (Bob Burg). Loic Simon, PartnerWin: “It's not about the shoes, it's about what you do in them" (Michael Jordan). Marco Cai, SAP: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” (Einstein). Join us for Social Selling Post-Training Momentum: Strategies and Best Practices – Part 2.
February 28, 2018
The buzz: “No one in the world needs a Rhino horn but a Rhino” (Paul Oxton). Africa’s wildlife threat levels are growing at alarming rates – particularly from increasing poaching of elephants and rhinos. Traditional conservation methods fall short due to lack funding and people-power. Enter a creative solution: technology with purpose involving drones and GPS, sparking a new definition of ERP: Elephants, Rhinos and People. The experts speak. Quintin Smith, EPI-USE: “I guess it comes down a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying” (Shawshank Redemption). David Allen, EPI-USE: “There are some four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. Four million different solutions to the problems of staying alive.=” (Sir David Attenborough). Ashley Tully, SAP: “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how” (Friedrich Nietzsche). Join us for ERP, Technology and Purpose in the Wild: Elephants, Rhinos, People
February 21, 2018
The buzz: “By 2030…8.3 billion people with an urban proportion of about 51%. So out of necessity, smart cities are needed …” (Dr Gráinne Watson, Fujitsu) In our mobile-first, digitally connected world, consumers expect to access digital services whenever and wherever they want. Citizens expect the same personalized communications with their city governments. Is this possible? The smart future city will put the citizen at the center of service delivery models. Is your city there yet? The experts speak. Donovan Guin, IBM: “All politics is local” (Tip O’Neill). Kirk Talbott, City of Atlanta: “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog … build a wall…pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects” (Robert A Heinlein). Mike Eberhardt, SAP: “Walk a mile in my shoes” (Joe South, 1970). Join us for Smart Cities Citizen Engagement: Mobile, Connected and Digital – Part 2.
February 14, 2018
The buzz: “…it’s clear that AI (and robotics) will change the face of sales” (www.i-scoop.eu/). Reality check: Buying and selling have changed dramatically in the Digital Age. Outreach to today's buyer is more difficult using traditional sales methodologies. Where to turn? Hint: The world of digital leaves data point breadcrumbs of a buyer's behavior. The world of AI never gives up, sleeps, or misses opportunities. When these worlds collide, can their synergy boost your sales? The experts speak. Mario Martinez, Jr., Vengreso: “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best" (1897). Kirsten Boileau, SAP: “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity” (Amelia Earhart). Paul Teshima, Nudge.ai: “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” (Friday Night Lights). Alex Terry, Conversica: “The best way to predict the future is to create it” (Peter Drucker). Join us for Digital Sales Meets AI: Two Worlds Colliding.
February 7, 2018
The buzz: “UI is the saddle, the stirrups, and the reins. UX is the feeling you get being able to ride the horse, and rope your cattle” (Dain Miller). Remember your anticipation when you got your first smartphone? Your curiosity the first time you typed “@” online? As the world gets increasingly digital, we expect great experiences in every interaction with every organization. Do UX designers ever sleep? The experts speak. Matt Grajcar, Google: “The good building is not one that hurts the landscape, but one which makes the landscape more beautiful than it was before the building was built" (F.L. Wright). RJ Owen, CreativeMornings: “People ignore design that ignores people” (Frank Chimero). Shaun Syvertsen, Convergent IS: “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again” (R. Branson). Maricel Cabahug, SAP: “If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re going” (Prof. Irwin Corey). Join us for UX 2018: User Experiences for a New Generation – Part 2.
January 31, 2018
The buzz: “I refuse to be intimidated by reality anymore. What is reality? Nothing but a collective hunch” (Lily Tomlin). Welcome to the Digital Era, where new technology terminology, hype and interpretations bombard us daily at work and at home. What do IoT, ML, Big Data, and Blockchain really mean? How will they impact your organization, customers, business partners, and lifestyle? The experts speak. Tom Raftery, SAP: “When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain…” (N. Tesla). Dion Hinchcliffe, Constellation Research: “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us” (J. Campbell). Tamara McCleary, Thulium: “It's never too late to be what you might have been” (G. Eliot). Jim Harris, Management Consultant: “… the unreasonable [man] persists in trying to adapt the world to himself…all progress depends on the unreasonable man” (G.B. Shaw). Join us for The State of Innovation 2018: Fluff vs. Fact.
January 24, 2018
The buzz: “Energy is the new new Internet” (Brian Lakamp techcrunch.com/2017/01/22/energy-is-the-new-new-internet). The dynamic, distributed, and multi-participant Energy Internet – aka Enernet – is positioned to transform our lives – perhaps on a larger scale than the Internet before it. It is built around clean energy generation, storage and delivery. With a long list of innovators emerging, the resulting innovation will drive massive change, including how we think about cities, municipal services, transportation, insurance, real estate, financial services and more. The experts speak. Frank Diana, TCS: “You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction” (Alvin Toffler). Gray Scott, Futurist: “It always seems impossible until it is done” (Nelson Mandela). Tom Franklin, TCS: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage” (Anais Nin). Join us for Exploring The Future of Energy: Welcome to the Enernet.
January 17, 2018
If your #1 business wish is to know what 2018 holds for your company, your industry and the world, we’ve got the next best thing. Our five-part 2018 Predictions Special brings you 75 thought leaders’ insights into the technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you and your business grow and compete better in 2018 and beyond. Pour a cup of Joe, Earl, or Dom, and join us for SAP Game-Changers Radio 2018 Predictions – Part 5 live. All episodes will be available on-demand. You’ll hear from Perry van Beek, Social.ONE; Morgan Jones, Televerde; Adam Quinton, Lucas Point Ventures; Jeroen Kusters, Deloitte; David Jonker, SAP; Fabiana Lacerca-Allen, Ethiprax; Joe Burton, Whil Concepts; Maricel Cabahug, SAP; Mario Martinez Jr., Vengreso; Travis Tompkins, Deloitte; Paul Modderman, Mindset Consulting; Gray Scott, Futuristic Now; Joshua Bernstein, Dell EMC; Hosin Min, SAP; and Daniel Wellers, SAP. Happy New Year from SAP Game-Changers Radio!
January 10, 2018
The buzz: Welcome to 2018! If your #1 business wish is to know what 2018 holds for your company, your industry and the world, we’ve got the next best thing. We’re bringing you predictions from 70 thought leaders about the technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you grow and compete in 2018 and beyond. Pour a cup of Joe, Earl, or Dom, and join us for SAP Game-Changers Radio 2018 Predictions–Part 4 live. And mark your calendar for Jan. 17 [Part 5]. All episodes will be available on-demand. You’ll hear from Amit Rustagi, Western Digital; Tom Raftery, SAP; Frank D. Geisler, ERPsourcing AG; Kirsten Boileau, SAP; Chandran Saravana, SAP; Bill Powell, ARI Fleet; Michele Hovet, KSM Consulting; Roger Quinlan, SAP; Nathan Ott, The GC Index®; Cara DeGraff, Vistex; Vanessa Edmonds, TMG Consulting; David Den Boer, Column5 Consulting; Windie Wilson, SAP; Brian Katz, VMware; David Parrish, SAP. Happy New Year from SAP Game-Changers Radio!
January 3, 2018
The buzz: Welcome to 2018! If your #1 business wish is to know what 2018 holds for your company, industry and the world, we’ve got the next best thing. We’re bringing you predictions from 70 thought leaders on the technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you grow and compete in 2018 and beyond. Pour a cup of Joe, Earl, or Dom, and join us for SAP Game-Changers Radio 2018 Predictions–Part 3 live. And mark your calendar for Jan. 10 [Part 4] and Jan. 17 [Part 5]. All episodes will be on-demand. You’ll hear from Brynne Tillman, Vengreso; Rasmus Nelund, NNIT; Thiagu Bala, Deloitte; Rob Kugel, Ventana Research; Owen Pettiford, BackOffice Associates; Bryan Mattimore, Growth Engine Company; Seth Marlow, Wells Fargo; Susanne Seitinger, Philips Lighting; Annie Hayward, SAP; Ronald Schell, Metropolitan Utilities District; Bill Newman, SAP; Mike Lackey, SAP; Ben Zimmerman, EY; Patrick Hickey, Jump Analytics; Peter Ebert, Cryptowerk Corp. Happy New Year from SAP Game-Changers Radio!
December 27, 2017
The buzz: Your crystal ball for 2018 is here! If your #1 business wish this holiday is to know what 2018 holds for your company, your industry and the world, we’ve got the next best thing. We’re bringing you predictions from 70+ thought leaders about the technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you grow and compete in 2018 and beyond. Pour a cup of Joe, Earl, or Dom, and join us for SAP Game-Changers Radio 2018 Predictions–Part 2 live. and there's more on Jan. 3, 10 and 17. All episodes will be available on-demand. Today you’ll hear from Torsten Welte, SAP; Jason Averbook, Leapgen; Brian Kalish, Kalish Consulting; Stefan Guertzgen, SAP; Brenda Cooper, Futurist Author; Yvette Cameron, SAP SuccessFactors; Luisa Silva, SAP Startup Focus; Tom Foley, Lenovo; Kenny Hawk, Mojio; Heather Ashton, IDC; Barbara Ocain, SAP; Matt Singer, Videolicious; Tim Hughes, Digital Leadership Associates; Jeff Hattendorf, Macrospect; Laz Uriza, SAP. Happy holidays from SAP Game-Changers Radio.
December 13, 2017
The buzz: Your crystal ball for 2018 is here! If your #1 business wish this holiday is to know what 2018 holds for your company, your industry and the world, we’ve got the next best thing. We’re bringing you predictions from 70+ thought leaders about the technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you grow and compete in 2018 and beyond. Pour a cup of Joe, Earl, or Dom, and join us for SAP Game-Changers Radio 2018 Predictions–Part 2 live. and there's more on Jan. 3, 10 and 17. All episodes will be available on-demand. Today you’ll hear from Torsten Welte, SAP; Jason Averbook, Leapgen; Brian Kalish, Kalish Consulting; Stefan Guertzgen, SAP; Brenda Cooper, Futurist Author; Yvette Cameron, SAP SuccessFactors; Luisa Silva, SAP Startup Focus; Tom Foley, Lenovo; Kenny Hawk, Mojio; Heather Ashton, IDC; Barbara Ocain, SAP; Matt Singer, Videolicious; Tim Hughes, Digital Leadership Associates; Jeff Hattendorf, Macrospect; Laz Uriza, SAP. Happy holidays from SAP Game-Changers Radio.
December 6, 2017
The buzz: Crytal ball for 2018! If your #1 business wish this holiday is to know what 2018 holds for your company, your industry and the world, we’ve got the next best thing: predictions from 75 thought leaders about the technologies, strategies, and trends that can help you grow and compete in 2018 and beyond. Pour a cup of Joe, Earl, or Dom, and join us for Game-Changers Radio 2018 Predictions–Part 1 live. And mark your calendar for Dec. 13, Jan. 3, 10 and 17. Guests: John Santagate, IDC; Andrew Mack, AMGlobal Consulting; Prof. Rajeev Srinivasan, Indian Institute of Management; Nance L. Schick, Esq., The Law Studio of Nance L. Schick; Brian Kilcourse, Retail Systems Research; Prithvi Sen Sharma, Prakshep; Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD University; Sherryanne Meyer, ASUG; Otto Schell, Opel.com; Tami Reiss, Just Not Sorry; Elizabeth Milne, SAP; Dirk Lonser, DXC Technology; Gary Adams, Vistex; Thorsten Leiduck, SAP; Barbara Giamanco, Social Centered Selling. Happy holidays from Game-Changers!
November 29, 2017
The buzz: “Companies that view technology as a tool rather than an integrated part of a vastly different business future–risk their very survival” (SAP Executive Study). Welcome to the 4th industrial revolution, with digital technologies changing the world and challenging businesses. What does today’s digital transformation leader need to do to ensure their company remains relevant tomorrow? SAP researchers and futurists report. The experts speak. David Jonker, SAP: “Moonshots don’t begin with brainstorming clever answers. They start with the hard work of finding the right questions” (Inside Google’s Moonshot Factory). Michael Rander, SAP: “Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow” (William Pollard). Dan Wellers, SAP: “What we spend our time on is probably the most important decision we make" (Ray Kurzweil).Join us for Today’s Digital Disruption: How Leaders Prepare for Tomorrow – Part 2.
November 22, 2017
The buzz: “Companies that view technology as a tool rather than an integrated part of a vastly different business future – risk their very survival” (SAP Executive Study). Welcome to the 4th industrial revolution. The economy is increasingly based on knowledge, creativity, and adaptability. Digital technologies are changing the world and challenging businesses. SAP researchers and futurists are studying the major trends to understand what today’s digital transformation leader needs to start and what to stop, when to zig and when to zag, to ensure their company is relevant tomorrow. The experts speak. David Jonker, SAP: “Fortune's wheel never stands still–the highest point is therefore the most perilous” (Maria Edgeworth). Michael Rander, SAP: “You don't take a photograph, you make it” (Ansel Adams). Dan Wellers, SAP: “Living at risk is jumping off a cliff and building your wings on the way down” (Ray Bradbury). Join us for Today’s Digital Disruption: How Leaders Prepare for Tomorrow.
November 15, 2017
The buzz: “You’ll be in trouble quickly if you assume your only–or biggest–competition looks exactly like you” (Paige Leidig). All brands operate in a competitive global environment. Some prefer to ignore the competition. Others are obsessed, using "under the radar” spying to track other players. If traditional wisdom still holds–that strong knowledge about competitors’ strengths and weaknesses positions you to make smart marketing strategy decisions–then it’s time to add social media to your competitive info-gathering toolkit. The experts speak. Frank D. Geisler, ERPsourcing: “Don't play the saxophone–let it play you” (Charlie Parker). Simon Deschênes, Oak3s: “If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough" (Mario Andretti). Kirsten Boileau, SAP: “If I had no competitors, I would be lazy, incompetent and inattentive…I salute my competitors...They make and keep me strong” (Paul Lee Tan). Join us for Modern Competitive Analysis: Remember Social Media – Part 2.
November 8, 2017
The buzz: “Companies that view technology as a tool rather than an integrated part of a vastly different business future – risk their very survival” (SAP Executive Study). Welcome to the 4th industrial revolution. The economy is increasingly based on knowledge, creativity, and adaptability. Digital technologies are changing the world and challenging businesses. SAP researchers and futurists are studying the major trends to understand what today’s digital transformation leader needs to start and what to stop, when to zig and when to zag, to ensure their company is relevant tomorrow. The experts speak. David Jonker, SAP: “Fortune's wheel never stands still–the highest point is therefore the most perilous” (Maria Edgeworth). Michael Rander, SAP: “You don't take a photograph, you make it” (Ansel Adams). Dan Wellers, SAP: “Living at risk is jumping off a cliff and building your wings on the way down” (Ray Bradbury). Join us for Today’s Digital Disruption: How Leaders Prepare for Tomorrow.
November 1, 2017
The Buzz: “The robots really embody that love-hate relationship we have with technology.” (Daniel H. Wilson) Headline news: “Security robot 'in critical condition.’” Say what? It’s true. When Washington D.C. security robot “Steve” took a plunge in a nearby pond, his on-the-job self-drowning accident raised two pivotal questions: Do we really wants robots in the workforce? And which jobs should go to robots versus to humans? In an SAP Digitalist Magazine online survey of more than 1,000 respondents, 60% said they would want robots to help them on the job. And Andra Keay, managing director of Silicon Valley Robotics, says robots are best suited to jobs that fall in the “Four D” categories: dirty, dull, dangerous, deadly. Is it that simple? The experts speak. Kai Goerlich, SAP: “Life finds a way” (Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park, 1993 sci-fi film). Gray Scott, Futurist: “Everybody's out there wrestling like a robot” (Hulk Hogan). Join us for Robots at Work: Whose Job Is It Anyway?
October 25, 2017
The buzz: “CHROs using artificial intelligence in the workplace…to transform recruiting, HR service centers, and learning and development? I believe the answer is yes” (J. Meister). As AI moves from ideation to reality, businesses face a challenge: how to use AI systems to help human employees be more productive and happier, rather than to replace them. Good news: The new digital workforce has room for both. Ready to integrate this next AI wave into your processes? The experts speak. Darwin Deano, Deloitte: “I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It's all a question of how I view my life” (Paulo Coelho). Dr. Patti Fletcher, SAP SuccessFactors: “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology” (Carl Sagan). Stephanie Stachura, Deloitte: “The most complicated skill is to be simple” (Dejan Stojanovic). Join us for AI at Work: Is Human-Centric Possible?
October 18, 2017
The buzz: “79% of sales people that use social media outsell their peers” [Forbes]. Social selling is at a tipping point, “that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, spreads like wildfire” (Malcolm Gladwell). It is impacting how sales and marketing teams collaborate, do business and engage customers. But the laggards – organizations just now joining the social bandwagon – are in “reactive” instead of “proactive” mode. How can they incorporate social selling into their company’s DNA? The experts speak. Brynne Tillman, Vengreso: “Social does not take the place of a handshake, but it turns a handshake into a hug” (Brian Fanzo). Mario Martinez Jr., Vengreso: “Just remember, you can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets” (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Kirsten Boileau, SAP: “There’s a way to do it better – find it” (Thomas Edison). Join us for Social Selling at the Tipping Point – Part 2.
October 11, 2017
The buzz: “New research provides compelling evidence that diversity unlocks innovation and drives market growth” (hbr.org). With the commoditization of technology, your company may have focused on improving efficiencies. But if you used a cookie-cutter approach to reshape business processes, organizational models, data and architecture, you may have an unwelcome by-product: the inability to innovate. How to fix? Build-in diversity at every level–systems, data, processes, ecosystems, people and skills across your entire organization. The experts speak. Bronwyn Hastings, SAP: “Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination” (William Longgood). Darwin Deano, Deloitte: “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future” (Deepak Chopra). Jodie Stahly, Deloitte: “The real secret of success is enthusiasm” (Walter Chrysler). Join us for Redefining Innovation to the Power of D: Multiple Layers of Diversity.
October 4, 2017
The buzz: “Today thoughtful people everywhere are trying to understand the implications of a protocol that enables mere mortals to manufacture trust through clever code. This has never happened before” (Don and Alex Tapscott). Just when the switch to digital money threatens the banks’ cash-handling function, blockchain technology is attacking their role as a trusted intermediary. This is just the tip of the blockchain iceberg. Blockchain is emerging across other industries and lines of business. How to distinguish wishful hype from concrete cases to re-think business processes of the future? The experts speak. Raimund Gross, SAP: “There are no fast followers in a paradigm shift–only winners and losers” (T. Smith). Dr. Gideon Greenspan, Coin Sciences: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it” (Y. Berra). Kris Hansen, Portag3 Ventures: “We look at the present through a rearview mirror. We march backwards into the future” (M. McLuhan). Join us for Money’s Digital Makeover–Part 3.
September 27, 2017
The buzz: “Male VCs—obviously most are—are very comfortable now giving female entrepreneurs capital for ‘girl stuff’” (Vivoom). Don’t be fooled. Sexual harassment and discriminatory treatment toward women are not a Silicon Valley-only problem, nor can they be undone by men’s “nice” blogs. Female-founded businesses are out-performing male-started businesses 5 to 1, boosting the US economy by $1.6T. Yet only 2% of funding has gone to women startup founders. What will it take to lift these gender barriers? The experts speak. Adam Quinton, Lucas Point Ventures: “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it” (Beyoncé). Victoria Pettibone, Astia: “You've got only one lift to live. You can either make it chickens**t or chicken salad" (Cousins). Dr. Patti Fletcher, SAP SuccessFactors: “What has destroyed every previous civilization has been the tendency to the unequal distribution of wealth and power” (Henry George). Join us for Don’t Start with Me: Funding Female-Founded Startups – Part 2.
September 20, 2017
The buzz: “Motivation is an art, not a science” (Dan Tyre). If you’re regularly paying sales incentives to customers and partners but getting nothing in return, you know the challenges of juggling an array of programs and pressure to achieve bottom line visibility. Wouldn’t it be helpful to learn how to optimally manage complex partner programs for contracts, pricing, rebates, incentives, and more? The experts speak. Cara DeGraff, Vistex: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them” (Albert Einstein). Gary L. Adams, Vistex: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” (Winston Churchill). John McDonnell SAP: “While physics and mathematics may tell us how the universe began, they are not much use in predicting human behavior…I'm no better than anyone else at understanding what makes people tick…” (Stephen Hawking). Join us for Target Incentive and Rebate Programs: Driving Digital Transformation.
September 13, 2017
The buzz: “You can invent alone, but you can’t innovate alone” (G. van Wulfen). Business leaders have long pondered whether culture impacts an organization’s evolution and growth. If culture is the “personality” shaping the ability to drive innovation, what type of culture will spark new ideas while disrupting old models? Will multiple personalities fight each other? The experts speak. Dan Seewald, Pfizer: “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something” (S. Jobs). Ingo Rauth, PhD, Rotman DesignWorks: “If you want a robot to maneuver aggressively, it has to be small. As you scale things down, the 'moment of inertia' - the resistance to angular motion - drops dramatically” (V. Kumar). Jennifer Ford, SAP: “I don't go by the rule book.I lead from the heart, not the head.” (Lady Diana) Join us for Innovation Culture: Is Your Business A Split Personality?
August 23, 2017
The Buzz: “Tax complexity itself is a kind of tax” (Max Baucus). The confluence of global trade, new technologies and governments' increasing need for tax revenue is impacting the global commerce landscape, challenging you and your competitors. To stay afloat, you need to understand, prepare for and stay on top of changing tax and regulatory compliance rules, as well as new technologies and platforms – including blockchain, machine learning, and big data. Got your lifejacket ready? The experts speak. John Viglione, Vertex: Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose” (Bill Gates). Robert Kugel, Ventana: “The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing” (Jean-Baptiste Colbert). Camilla Dahlen, SAP: “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities” (Stephen Covey). Join us for Global Commerce, Tax and Technology: Navigating Rough Waters Ahead.
August 16, 2017
The Buzz: “Disruption is a process, not an event, and innovations can only be disruptive relative to something else” (Clay Christensen). Rapid change has forced today’s visionary business leaders to replace conventional growth models with a Disruptive Solutions mindset. Say what? This creative thinking methodology enables leaders to anticipate and quickly react to industry disruptions, identify unplanned opportunities, and move past internally-directed core competency thinking to leverage open innovation. We’ll tell you how. The experts speak. Bryan W. Mattimore, Growth Engine: “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old” (Peter F. Drucker). Erica Dhawan, Cotential: “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun” (Katharine Hepburn). Denise Fletcher, EZassi: “The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it” (Mark Weiser). Join us for Disruptive Solutions Mindset 101.
August 9, 2017
The Buzz: “Don't annoy science fiction writers…people who destroy entire planets before lunch. Think of what they'll do to you” (John Scalzi). Think a beach day with a sci-fi page-turner is an escape from reality? Not! Sci-fi could prepare us for the possibilities of tomorrow hurtling at us via tech advances like AI, robotics, IoT. Should it be mandatory reading for business leaders? The experts speak. Gray Scott, Futurist: “Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not” (Isaac Asimov). Brenda J. Cooper, Sci-Fi Author: “Change is the principal feature of our age and literature should explore how people deal with it. The best science fiction does that, head-on” (David Brin). Dan Wellers, SAP: “For me science fiction is a way of thinking, a way of logic that bypasses a lot of nonsense. It allows people to look directly at important subjects. (Gene Roddenberry). Join us for Sci-Fi, AI, Wi-Fi: What’s the Story?
August 2, 2017
The buzz: “It's actually women who are creating and leading some of the most established and promising companies overall” (@DrewAHendricks). Female entrepreneurs’ accusations of sexual harassment from male VCs and others, are symptoms of entrepreneur ecosystem gender bias. Female startup founders received $1.46B in VC funding (2016) vs $58.2B to males. Does Silicon Valley mirror global tech-intensive industries? How to access power and capital for all? The experts speak. Adam Quinton, Lucas Point Ventures: “[In politics] If you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman” (Margaret Thatcher). Sharon Vosmek, Astia: “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible" (Dr Maya Angelou). Dr. Patti Fletcher, SAP Successfactors: “There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver” (Charlotte Perkins Gilman). Join us for Don’t Start with Me: Funding Female-Founded Startups.
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