Thornton May

Contributing Columnist

Futurist Thornton A. May, author of The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics, is a speaker, educator and adviser. More information is available on his website at thorntonamay.com.

What humans need to learn about machine learning

What humans need to learn about machine learning

Coming to terms with machine learning is critical, but most executives are unprepared.

Trending toward the unknown unknowns

Trending toward the unknown unknowns

Next-generation leaders will need to become masters at trend triage: figuring out how much time and resources to allocate to which trends.

Getting analytical about analytics

Getting analytical about analytics

Too many of us are making ad hoc decisions around things like analytic strategy, architecture and tool sets.

Getting the most out of conferences

Getting the most out of conferences

The best thing about conferences is that they are a locus for really smart people converging on one topic.

Evolution of the CIO: The real story

Evolution of the CIO: The real story

CIOs were always meant to be strategists, but the position is changing in interesting ways. Here are three new roles that CIOs are beginning to take on.

Trends are trending

Trends are trending

The fascinating question is how IT leaders can know which trends deserve attention.

IT and the entrepreneurial age

IT and the entrepreneurial age

Today, if you want to be hired as a C-level executive in a major global enterprise, you are going to have to be capable of delivering high-growth and high-margin revenue streams. In short, you are going to have to be entrepreneurial.

Analytics and the state of knowing

Analytics and the state of knowing

Abetted by technology, our capacity to know is far outstripping what we actually know. (Insider; registration required)

Tech’s Holy Grail: IT can’t afford to choose poorly

Tech’s Holy Grail: IT can’t afford to choose poorly

When we’re surrounded by “next big things,” how does IT decide what to choose and what to do with that choice?

IT must map its way to visibility

IT must map its way to visibility

An enterprise in today’s world can’t know where it’s going without a technology map. IT needs to do that mapping and stop being invisible.

When IT meets the IoT

When IT meets the IoT

The question for executives isn’t ‘What can smart things do?’ but ‘What can we do with smart things?’ (Insider; registration required)

5 questions you should be asking about the future

5 questions you should be asking about the future

Things IT leaders need to be thinking about to prepare for what’s coming.

With data analytics, no more Pontiac Azteks

With data analytics, no more Pontiac Azteks

Focus groups had a hand in the development of what is widely considered one of the ugliest car in history. Today, there are better ways to know what consumers really want, as opposed to what they say they want.

A few technology predictions

We’re three years away from big changes in the world of technology and IT. Here are some thoughts on what will happen before then.

We All Work In Information Security Now

We All Work In Information Security Now

To ensure both safety and survival, we all have to recognize our personal responsibility for information security.

Future Fetish

Future Fetish

Long-term planning involves much more than compiling a list of cool new things.

5 Reasons the CIO Matters More Than Ever

5 Reasons the CIO Matters More Than Ever

The Chief Information Officer is here to stay – in a role that is going to be bigger and better than ever.

Are Value Villains Slowing Your Path to Analytic Mastery?

Are Value Villains Slowing Your Path to Analytic Mastery?

The value villain here is not an individual. It is ignorance of the possibilities of advanced analytics

Women and the Future of IT

Women and the Future of IT

The industry’s attitude toward women has to change, just as much as women’s attitude toward the industry and STEM education has to be revised. The key will be starting when they’re young.

Disruptive technology: Dead companies do tell tales

Disruptive technology: Dead companies do tell tales

Companies nearly always have plenty of time to properly address disruptive technology. So why do so many fail to do so?

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