Speaking Topics

 Whether you are a technology solution provider looking to help your target markets see the value of your offerings, or are with an organization who wishes to better understand the significance of new technologies, Jack can help you communicate more effectively with your audiences.

Representative Topics

Jack speaks on many topics, and his presentations are custom-developed for each client. Below is a list of representative topic titles with links to Topic Descriptions. Or you can scroll through the full range of topic descriptions.

Jack delivers customized presentations on these and related topics. Or you can work with him to integrate aspects of multiple topics into a unique program that precisely meets the needs of your business and your audience.

Emerging Technologies for Executives

  • Mobile Commerce
  • Cloud Computing
  • Social Media
  • “Big Data”
  • Intelligent Systems

These and other emerging technologies are changing our lives – and the ways we do business at an accelerating rate. Most executives recognize that they, and their companies, should address the implications of these technologies. However, few fully understand those implications – much less how they should respond to them.

Jack Shaw, author of Surviving the Digital Jungle and Doing Business in the Information Age, is a world-renowned business technology futurist and expert on leveraging technology for strategic advantage.

In his speech, Jack cites case studies, real-world examples, and success stories show how leading edge organizations are using these technologies to cut costs, improve service, and facilitate innovation.

Jack presents practical, scalable ideas and innovations already in use. He discusses ways Mobile Commerce, Cloud Computing, and Social Media are facilitating deeper collaboration within and between organizations. In addition, he shows how advanced practitioners are using such tools as data analytics (“Big Data”), logistics optimization, and intelligent systems to accurately anticipate and more effectively meet the needs of their customers.

Equally importantly, he’ll act as your guide to the future evolution of business – showing how the integration of advanced technologies and sophisticated business processes are transforming organizations for the future. Join us for a presentation that will both stimulate action for today and catalyze change for tomorrow.


Cloud Computing and Virtualization
– Business Technology Unleashed

In 2002 in an interview with Jack Shaw, Bill Wulf, President of the National Academy of Engineering, said “Ubiquitous computing is inevitable. Within the next few years, you won’t be anywhere that you won’t have access to any data plus massive computational capabilities.”

Smart Phones and tablets provide ubiquity of access. (See Business on the Move – Mobile Commerce!)

Cloud Computing and Virtualization provide the computational capabilities.

Forward looking organizations recognize that building and operating data centers is not their core competency, and they are moving, first to private clouds with virtualized assets, and increasingly to public and hybrid clouds. Cloud Service Providers provide Infrastructure, systems development Platforms, and application Software systems as Cloud-based Services (IaaS / PaaS / SaaS).

Migrating these functions to the Cloud and outsourcing processes previously managed in-house is allowing businesses to implement new business models not possible with conventional IT architectures. And as businesses are making these changes, Information Technology organizations are evolving into Business Technology management organizations.

In his presentations, Jack discusses these emerging technology architectures, the new processes they enable, and the strategic implications and opportunities for businesses and other organizations.


Business on the Move  Mobile Commerce!

iPhones, Droids, iPads –”smart” phone and tablets are changing the way businesses interact with their customers and people interact with each other. Literally thousands of “apps” are redefining the business model for technology solution providers. And location based devices mean that businesses now must keep track of their customers – literally!

Learn how leading edge companies are leveraging mobile commerce for better service, improved productivity, and increased revenues and profits. See how advanced technology companies are anticipating the needs of the market. And prepare to be amazed as Jack demonstrates some of the most powerful and creative new apps for your own mobile devices.


Innovating from a Legacy Platform

You’re a large organization with tens, maybe hundreds, of millions invested in mission critical applications. You’ve been customizing and enhancing these applications for many years.

The intellectual property they embody lies at the heart of your business. You would no more be able to tear them out and replace them than to tear down your buildings, fire all your people, and start your business from scratch.

The problem is – your legacy applications don’t leverage the latest technologies. They may be written in mature languages like COBOL, or may use older databases like ISAM or DB2. As originally implemented, these systems did not support such recently emerging, and strategically significant, technologies as mobile computing, data analytics, or Cloud Computing.

This presents a conundrum. Do you simply ignore these emerging trends and the new business models they enable? Do you spend many millions rewriting or replacing your legacy applications? Or is there a third, better way?

In this revealing presentation Jack Shaw show that you can have the best of both worlds. He pulls back the curtain on the world of application modernization technology.

By applying the right tools and techniques, businesses can integrate their existing, legacy applications with the latest 21st Century Technologies — including mobile computing, data analytics, or Cloud Computing and others. And they can do so for a fraction of the cost or risk of replacing or rewriting those legacy applications.

Discover the potential of application modernization technology for your organization, and expand the range of options available for your business to compete in the 21st Century marketplace!


Social Media, Marketing, Management
– The Strategic Business Implications

LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google + –how should we be using social media in our business? Corporate executives are beginning to recognize how valuable – and potentially overwhelming – all the data available through social media has become. Simply participating is no longer enough. You must have a clear strategy for using social media –not only for marketing, but for a broader range of customer interactions and even for other operations.

A successful social media strategy is not just about accumulating the most “friends” or “followers”. It’s about leveraging social media for relevant interactions that help buyers make good decisions. As is almost always the case in business, quality is becoming more important than quantity.

As businesses make more strategic use of social media, they expect to integrate their use of social media into their existing information architectures, business processes, and decision management.

In his presentation, Jack shows where social media is headed and, more importantly, how to develop a roadmap for incorporating social media into the overall business strategy.


Succeeding in Today’s Economy
with Intelligent Decision Management

There’s little more important to the success of an organization than ensuring that operational business decisions are accurate, consistent, fast, flexible, and cost effective. And in today’s challenging economy, companies must do this with limited staff and training budgets.

Through the Internet, we are deluged with data – more than all the people we could ever afford to hire could possibly have time to analyze and act on. Tools like Business Intelligence, while helpful for analysis of historical data are only part of the solution.

Decision Management (DM) is a fast growing business practice which leverages the powerful intelligent systems technologies which have emerged in the past few years. These new technologies have made DM practical; and it is rapidly transforming organizations around the world. Those companies that incorporate DM into their standard business practices will seize the high ground in their markets – adding value for customers and differentiating themselves from their competitors.

Jack Shaw communicates both the business practices needed for successful DM and the intelligent systems technologies behind it. See exciting examples of DM, videos of the intelligent systems technologies which enable it and the phenomenal results some companies are getting by implementing Decision Management.


Dynamic Business Process Management™

Business Process Management (BPM) has been a hot topic. But in a rapidly changing business environment, static business processes, no matter how well managed, become a liability rather than an asset. Dynamic Business Process Management (DBPM) leverages the most advanced business technologies to enable your organization to rethink its business processes in ways not previously possible. DBPM gives your company unmatched strategic benefits allowing you to anticipate and respond to market changes and competitive threats far more effectively.

Jack has spent his career developing and applying the concepts and techniques of Dynamic Business Process Management. He shows how organizations can gain its strategic benefits.


Enterprise Risk Management

After Lehman Brothers, the Japanese tsunami, and the Greek monetary crisis, businesses have realized that risk is a critical strategic issue. And, they’ve recognized that they can no longer manage risk in silos, but must address it on an enterprise-wide basis from the topmost levels of the company.

In this enlightening session, Jack addresses not only traditional financial and credit risks, but also challenging operational and strategic risks arising from a host of external forces. Jack explains how businesses are implementing enterprise risk management (ERM), demonstrates some of the powerful tools companies are using to manage risk today, and shows why ERM is an important part of a company’s future.


Taking Cost Out of Your Supply Chain

The companies that comprise the most competitive supply chains take costs out of their supply chains through optimized, collaborative supply chain event management. Collaboration means the sharing of key supply, demand, and inventory information among partners up and down the supply chain – and in real time.

Collaborative supply chain management allows supply chain participants to measure the value added by each supply chain partner and thus to identify optimal means for sharing the benefits of supply chain improvements. This aligns the interests of the individual partners with the economic vitality of the supply chain as a whole taking cost out through improved logistics – including packing, shipping, and routing.