We’ve all heard the adage, “It takes a village to raise a child.” It means that one’s personal development is not achieved in a vacuum; it takes the efforts of many. Notwithstanding an individual’s own talents and effort, that person’s success is, in part, attributable to a broad base of external support within his or her personal environment. It is this environment that serves as the enabler for the individual to demonstrate his or her capacity for success. This same concept holds true in business, as well.
We hear it, we see it, we know it… digital transformation is here and it is fundamentally changing everything. Regardless of area – manufacturing, recreation, jobs, healthcare, etc., the disruptive footprint of digital transformation is pervasive; no part of life –or lifestyle, will go unaffected.
Although all will be affected, not all will be affected equally. Look at the impact the Internet had on the music, newspaper, movie and advertising industries. For many, denial and skepticism created inertia in accepting the evolution of their industries.
Recently, I read an article in PC Magazine discussing the advancements in technology currently underway in China. The article, which also references an earlier story on police officers in the city of Zhengzhou using facial recognition glasses, reveals that China has perfected software that identifies individuals by their gait (i.e., how they walk).The system creates a model of the way a person walks as well as their body shape. Even with their face covered, their back turned and sporting a different strut, the system isn't fooled.
Moore’s Law states that technology doubles itself every 18 months. I referenced this in an earlier blog post (Transforming at the Speed of Cloud) and it seems to be playing out in real time, right before our eyes. At no time in my life have I seen this rate of change so abundantly demonstrated, as I do today.