Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Book Review: 'Inflection Point: How the Convergence of Cloud, Mobility, Apps, and Data Will Shape the Future of Business' by Scott Stawski

Inflection Point by Scott Stawski
‘Good business leaders create a vision, articulate it, passionately own it, drive it to completion.’

Texas author Scott A. Stawski earned his Master of Liberal Arts, Extension Studies from Harvard University in Cambridge and is a Cloud Computing Strategist and a recognized expert in analytics and data management, technology strategy, outsourcing, and next-generation application transformation to the cloud. His books include “The Power of Mandate: How Visionary Leaders Keep Their Organization Focused on What Matters Most” and “Inflection Point: How the Convergence of Cloud, Mobility, Apps, and Data Will Shape the Future of Business”. Scott is a recognized expert in analytics and data management, technology strategy, outsourcing, and next-generation application transformation to the cloud and a trusted advisor for CEOs, CFOs, and CIOs in the Americas. 

Many of us who are feeling overwhelmed over the transition to AI and IT and the depersonalization of life in general with the advent of smartphones, social media, texts, tweets, Alexa, robotics etc et etc need to read this accessible book by a very fine writer. The Inflection point book explains the strategic implications of today’s new technology paradigms, helping us reshape strategy to embrace/profit from them.

Scott sums up the key drivers of the book – ‘: ‘For the past forty years, IT has been transforming the business world by devising new processes for production, operations, and personal productivity, and by revolutionizing the ways in which people communicate and collaborate. IT was at the forefront of our culture’s last major inflection point—mainstream use of the Internet—and now it is pushing forward an array of new, game-changing ideas: cloud technologies, mobility, SaaS, and Big Data. As these technologies converge and become “consumerized,” operational IT will slip into the background of all business activities and become both a utility and a true business enabler—empowering companies to focus on their core competency and power an operating model that embraces speed and flexibility through continual transformation. The “new style of IT” promises greater simplicity, agility, speed, and affordability. IT as a real business utility is here now, and its presence means that no company should ever have to “buy” a software license or “own” a piece of IT hardware again. A handful of young companies have already grasped this new reality: Netflix, Uber, and Snapchat have all become household names by embracing a new technology operating model. But other companies are continuing to spend way too much on outdated operational IT.‘

Easy reading, no, but worth reading – absolutely – for all of us who need to understand the transition. For businesses this is a bible of information. 





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