Weekly Member Update - Monday, July 6, 2020

 
Online retailers have long lured customers with the ability to browse vast selections of merchandise from home, quickly compare prices and offers, and have goods conveniently delivered to their doorstep. But much of the in-person shopping experience has been lost, not the least of which is trying on clothes to see how they fit, how the colors work with your complexion, and so on.
 
Today, most of us depend heavily on the Internet, for everything from work, to managing our finances, answering correspondences, or our social lives. The applications of the web are both endless and vital to modern life. While many of us have been online since the 1990s, the history of computing stretches back even far further - and after all, without computing, there can be no web. In fact, the first primitive computing devices were conceived as long ago as the 17th Century, with the earliest concepts for programmable computers emerging in the mid-19th Century. 
 
Last year, Google produced a 53-qubit quantum computer that could perform a specific calculation significantly faster than the world's fastest supercomputer. Like most of today's largest quantum computers, this system boasts tens of qubits—the quantum counterparts to bits, which encode information in conventional computers.
 
Covid-19 and the great lockdown triggered a mass migration from analog to digital and highlighted that access to the Internet is crucial for socioeconomic inclusion. High-speed Internet is key for working from home, for children's education when they can't attend school in person, for telemedicine, for benefiting from social support programs and for enabling access to financial services for everyone, especially for those living in remote areas.
 

 

DXC Thought Leader Interview: Bob Heideman, CTO of A.O. Smith Corporation

Join the Digital Transformation Community as we interview the leading minds in DX on the third Thursday of every month at 12pm ET. July's Thought Leader is Robert (Bob) Heideman, Chief Technology Officer of A.O. Smith Corporation. Through the DXC, participants have the chance to attend and ask questions in live interviews with diverse industry thought leaders. 
 
When: July 16, 2020 at 12 PM (ET)
 

How can we enhance the performance of the Horizon 2 portfolio?

Many companies see lower performance in their Horizon 2 portfolio as compared to their Horizon 1 and 3 portfolios.  Why is this?  By leveraging insights from adjacent industries, illuminating best practices of companies with success in this space, and identifying, this project aims to provide knowledgeable guidance to members to help successfully navigate the H2 gap and advance compelling, qualified prospects into H1 portfolios.  Contact Lee Green to learn more.
 
 

Get expert knowledge on how to manage strategic innovation in uncertain times

Gina O’Connor applies her years of research into innovation management into steps that practitioners can take to maintain their strategic innovation efforts even in the face of a global crisis.  Get a quick download from her in this lightning webinar on July 23 at 11-11:30 AM (ET).  Preview her perspective here and register for the webinar.