I prefer to solve predictable problems before they happen. It is amazing how easy it is to see problems before they happen when you learn what to look for. Of course, predicting the problem is just the beginning. The big opportunity is to solve the problem before it occurs.
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Back in the mid-1980s, I wrote about how GPS would be used to revolutionize our lives. One of my books published back then was called Advances in Agriculture, in which I highlighted how GPS would transform agriculture in the 1990s and beyond.
Move over cash, credit, and debit cards … there’s a new payment method available. It’s called Bitcoin—a virtual and digital version of cash that’s emerging as a global payment platform that can be used through smart phones, tablets, and other devices. Bitcoin, which is a product of open source intelligence using peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks, has the potential to change how millions of people around the world conduct their business.
The Burrus Hard Trend™ Methodology is a scientifically developed system based on thirty years of research. Many companies, including Deloitte, Lockheed Martin, and IBM to name a few, have changed how they forecast and strategize based on this methodology of separating Hard Trends from Soft Trends.
We’ve all heard of drone use in the military. But did you know that drones are being used by a wide variety of individuals and organizations right here at home every day… and that they’ll have expanded commercial uses in the near future?
Currently, the FAA has a ban on the commercial use of drones, although it does make exceptions for hobbyists where the drone stays in sight of the human operator. Over the past several years, a growing number of people and organizations have found a way to get around that FAA ban on commercial use by setting up a not-for-profit or by classifying themselves as hobbyists. This way they can operate their drones in a non-commercial way and collect payments as donations. So far, the FAA has not cracked down on this practice.
Over the last 12 months I’ve surveyed over 700 companies, asking them if they have developed any mobile apps internally to help them with such things as supply chain management, logistics, purchasing, maintenance, service, or sales support. At this point, only 4% said “yes,” which is very low considering how many smart phones and tablets are in use by businesses of all sizes today.
Over the past few years, organizations worldwide were forced to deal with an IT “problem” referred to as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). It started with smart phones, and now it’s occurring with other devices as well.
Here’s what happened: Most large organizations, as well as midsize and even smaller ones, required their people to have a Blackberry. By combining a cell phone with a secure, enterprise level email system, Blackberry changed how we use cell phones and took mobile working to a new level. Unlike the Blackberry, when the Apple iPhone came out, it transformed how we use our mobile phone by making it a handheld multimedia computer. As useful, inexpensive, and easy to install mobile apps took off, it didn’t take long for employees at all levels to discover the power of this transformative tool. It soon became common to see people with two phones: the Blackberry because they had to, and the iPhone because they wanted to. As soon as Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and a host of others got into the smart phone business, and the smart tablet business, BYOD became unstoppable.
Most technologies aren’t really “tools,” as many people call them. They’re “enablers.” Let’s take the Internet, for example. The Internet doesn’t do anything by itself. It’s what’s connected to it—what you do with it—that makes it powerful.
In that same way, the cloud is really an enabler. The cloud itself has no value. It’s what you do with the cloud that makes it valuable. As I like to say, “It’s not the tool that matters; it’s how you use it.”
Augmented reality (AR) provides a live view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated input such as information, sound, video, graphics, or GPS data. AR has been in existence for quite a while. In the 1990s, Boeing used it with head mounted displays to aid in aircraft wiring assembly. The person doing the complex wiring on an aircraft would have a screen in front of them, and overlaid onto that screen would be the data showing where to put the wires, what the right color wires was, what the wire did, etc.
I wanted to take a moment and wish all of my loyal fans and readership a very Happy Holiday Season. I am looking forward to the New Year and am anticipating many new things on the horizon both personally and professionally.
In case you missed it last week, I released my 25 Game-Changing Hard Trends That Will Create Both Disruption and Opportunity on a Global Level. No mater what industry you’re in, you can’t survive without technology, and as we all have seen, technology is increasingly changing how we all live, work and play. To increase the value you bring to your career and organization, you need to be aware of the trends that are shaping your future.