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2021 Tech Trends and the Pandemic Impact on the business


I was given to present last week to investment bankers, and wanted to share what I covered about 2021 Tech Trends and the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the business adoption of tech innovations. I based this presentation on McKinsey’s publications and research.

I eluded to:

  • Cloud (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, DaaS),
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI/ML),
  • Internet of Things (IoT),
  • High Connectivity (5G),
  • Trusted Architectures (BlockChain),
  • Robots, Cobots and RPA
  • Software 2.0.
  • 3D / 4D Printing
  • and more…

Will your organization make the most of these trends to pursue new heights of rapid innovation, improved performance, and significant achievement?

“In the next decade, we’ll experience more progress than in the past 100 years combined.”

Peter Diamandis,
Cofounder of the Singular University

But what did the COVID 19 pandemic did introduce in the digital transformation, apart from accelerating its adoption, typically 3-7 years of forecasted adoption in just a few months of lockdown?

  • Digital Adoption
  • Accelerate core business pace
  • Build new digital business models
  • Achieve 20%+ revenue with product and services that didn’t exist one year ago

Share of sales from products or services not existing 1 YEAR ago (%)

Top Performers 21%
All Others 12%

According to McKinsey and the 1,200 executives they interviewed, companies with better overall technology capabilities, talent, leadership, and resources are seeing better economic outcomes.

Top economic performers were more innovative than their peers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Reporting on the online survey conducted from January 19 to January 29, 2021, and garnered responses from 1,140 C-level executives, senior managers, and business-unit, department, or division heads representing the full range of regions, industries, company sizes, and functional specialties.

McKinsey’s results confirm not only that a strong technology foundation is critical but also that leading companies are far ahead of competitors in building theirs. For everyone else, the time is now to make bold investments in technology and capabilities that will equip their businesses to outperform others in a rapidly evolving landscape.

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What a pivotal year in our industry! Mobile, Cloud and Social making new leaders


What a pivotal year in our industry! Let’s face it, IT has been attesting more evidences that its tectonic forces at work did let emerge new leaders and previous ones fade.

Combining this to Big Data and associated analytics to get a modern business insight, let’s attest we’re already in a new world. Get ready if you’re not already! CIO, CMO, CDO or CEOs, don’t let your competition harness these revolutions before you get a chance to compete or lead: initiate change now.

Working in a social enterprise: On boarding @salesforce experience


I’ve just completed my third week at salesforce.com and I wanted to share with you the light and colors of this amazing on-boarding.

My first day already had a special flavor. What would a geek like me do when arriving in the lobby? Foursquare it! And as I’ve included the @salesforce handle in my message that of course got spanned on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook among others – I’m becoming lazy and all my accounts are chained- the salesforce team back in the Bay Area using Radian 6 spotted me within minutes as a new hire. What a surprise when I got a response message on Twitter from the official @salesforce feed stating “Welcome to the family”. I felt it as a social hug if you will, a good first impression of a social enterprise.

This very first day I could feel the energy, passion, commitment and team spirit of this fast growing company individuals. If you were not aware, Salesforce has been to date the B2B software vendor to reach the $2B mark the fastest. It was not Microsoft, Oracle nor SAP. Combined with the think different kind of attitude and this desire to show the world that cloud computing is a must for all enterprises, Salesforce employees seem all to be part of a burning quest: Born Cloud, Reborn Social.

Another clue that I have been joining a cloud company, I could finally behave at work just as I had been in my day to day life: everything on the cloud – my music, my videos, my books, my address book, my email, my calendar, my files from multiple devices, my bank accounts… The ultimate mobility lies in this, just give me a connected device and I can operate within minutes just from everywhere. Computing has truly become a utility, plug and live! Salesforce.com is walking the talk. Good to feel.

As a matter of fact I was totally able to operate with the corporate environment at the end of the very first day, using a Mac at work, my personal iPhone certified and even a request for me to buy an iPad for work. What a difference from any other company I was given to work for before.

I’ve been meeting a lot of people at salesforce since this first day and I can attest there is a true company’s culture by which we all live by. Someone summarized one aspect of it with this quote “Type A people environment where A.H. cannot survive”.

I believe such a company is due to succeed big time because of the people. I’ve been given to compete against very large companies before and I know it: a small gang of passionate and committed individuals with strong beliefs and a quest at heart can make a huge difference.

To be continued…

Week in review: Big Data’s impact on the world – Enterprise Apps gold rush to the cloud


Big Data is pursuing to bubble up as the topic of choice for the beginning of 2012, even during Davos. Not surprising when one can attest that the cloud computing model is making significant progress all over the planet and even in my home country, France, where skepticism used to be the attitude regarding it. In turn, leveraging the cloud leads to Big Data, in a business context as well, to try to extract from all sorts of data streams meaningful business insights.

Big Data’s Impact in the World
Steve Lohr, in the New York Times, develops some examples in various areas and highlights some interesting numbers.

I won’t come back on Facebook IPO as the entire planet just twitted and blogged about it. But let’s step back 5 years ago and remember how people where viewing Facebook back then. It changed big time, Facebook is no longer a youngster phenomena but a business eye opener. Amazing 180° view of the world for a company supposedly going to be valued more than $100B now. Don’t you think? We’re already in a new world. Social Media is now a reality to most businesses, Marketing cannot ignore it anymore and mobile devices are becoming rapidly the #1 entry point to it. By the way, what is the revenue Facebook is making on mobiles ;-)? (None for now, but stay tuned).

By the way, recently SAP acquired Successfactors for $3.4B, Salesforce.com did the same with Rypple and Oracle with Taleo for $1.9B and RightNow, check this out. The enterprise apps gold rush seems to be on the cloud.

As Larry Ellison said about cloud computing in 2008: “What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?” Not there yet apparently 😉

So are you ready for Big Data, cloud computing, social networks and mobile internet?

Week in review: Social Networking Bubble – Value of User Experience – Winston Churchill leadership lessons


Are We in a Social Networking Bubble? 
Coming back from the Bay Area, I can attest IT is on a roll again. The front stage vendors have changed and the topics making a lot of buzz are Big Data with Hadoop, Cloud Computing and PaaS with a heating battle accelerating, Mobility with a head to head competition between Apple and Google Android and of course social networking with a search for talents and executives move (100k+ job posts in the Bay Area).

All of this could make one think that we are living through a new bubble, thus I found this analysis pretty thoughtful and interesting.
Additionally, here are some recent data about VC’s investment in the US: Venture capital investing hits 10-year peak, sparking bubble talk.

Volume is not enough, User Experience is key: Android’s Market Share Collapses As Apple Surges Thanks To The iPhone 4S
I am a big believer in the importance of UI for user adoption and as the main User Experience differentiator. User Experience, as I did state many times, is nowadays critical to stand out in crowded world. Any business not giving some thoughts on this is exposing itself to tough competition. Apple vs. Android is a very good example of how User Experience makes a difference in a very competitive market that saw key leaders like RIM Blackberry and Nokia decline, attesting to it.

Winston Churchill’s Leadership Lessons
Let’s close with some lessons learned from Winston Churchill leadership, though this ebook is not that great 😉

  • Seize the day,
  • Never hesitate to occupy the limelight
  • Do the necessary
  • Learn to be eloquent – but don’t get carried away by your own words
  • Stick to your guns – but know when to compromise

Have a great week.