Transforming Business: Big Data, Mobility & Globalization
The consumerization of IT in the enterprise represents one of the most fundamental shifts in how businesses procure and apply technology since the advent of PCs in the 1980s. In this talk, Allison Cerra will discuss the results of research directed at more than 5,000 respondents across every walk of life in US and Chinese enterprises - including frontline knowledge workers and HR, IT, and business decision makers - to reveal the opportunities and risks when technology collides with culture. She will also frame how the expectations of tomorrow's knowledge worker will further alter the complexion of the enterprise and technology's role within it, based on research directed at several hundred elite upcoming graduates from the top universities in the United States and China. In particular, this research addresses the following questions:
- How are the trends of mobility, cloud, big data, and collaboration changing the behavior and purchasing habits of the enterprise? What are the opportunities and challenges for enterprises and those that serve them?
- How are company culture and the role of various functions (including IT, HR, finance, and marketing) being affected by the changing appetites and work patterns of employees?
- What are the implications to enterprises attempting to attract and retain the skills necessary to compete in a hypercompetitive global marketplace?
The Shift: Where Education Meets Technology in the Networked-Community Age
In this session, Allison Cerra not only examines how Millennials, as a generation, are most influenced by the technology surrounding them but also points out key differences that Millennials of various life stages (college students vs. young professionals, for instance) experience when shaping their own identities. Given that most educators are not digital natives themselves, this presentation explains why certain behavioral patterns among Millennials are commonplace and demonstrates how swiftly technology is changing the landscape.
This session is designed for educators and explains why technology is a major cultural cornerstone among Millennials and how this generation is poised to change tomorrow's workforce.