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Our world is shifting, changing, and digitalizing at a faster pace than ever before. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the way we live and work and, for business leaders, there are still many more questions than answers. What is coming next and how can your organization prepare to thrive in an uncertain future? Pour a coffee and join host and moderator Bonnie D. Graham for this timely series of conversations with cross-industry executives. Together, they will be uncovering new perspectives on topics spanning IT, innovation, and more. Learn about the strategic approaches, and the technologies that power them, that can transform your organization and set it up for success in the years to come. Think Tank: Conversations in a digital world. Presented by SAP, in collaboration with Microsoft and Intel. Now available on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.

Our world is shifting, changing, and digitalizing at a faster pace than ever before. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the way we live and work and, for business leaders, there are still many more questions than answers. What is coming next and how can your organization prepare to thrive in an uncertain future? Pour a coffee and join host and moderator Bonnie D. Graham for this timely series of conversations with cross-industry executives. Together, they will be uncovering new perspectives on topics spanning IT, innovation, and more. Learn about the strategic approaches, and the technologies that power them, that can transform your organization and set it up for success in the years to come. Think Tank: Conversations in a digital world. Presented by SAP, in collaboration with Microsoft and Intel. Now available on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.

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United States

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Our world is shifting, changing, and digitalizing at a faster pace than ever before. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the way we live and work and, for business leaders, there are still many more questions than answers. What is coming next and how can your organization prepare to thrive in an uncertain future? Pour a coffee and join host and moderator Bonnie D. Graham for this timely series of conversations with cross-industry executives. Together, they will be uncovering new perspectives on topics spanning IT, innovation, and more. Learn about the strategic approaches, and the technologies that power them, that can transform your organization and set it up for success in the years to come. Think Tank: Conversations in a digital world. Presented by SAP, in collaboration with Microsoft and Intel. Now available on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.

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English


Episodes

From She-cession to She-covery: Rising from the Pandemic

5/20/2021
The Buzz [May 2020/updated January 2021]: “Women are in the bullseye of this pandemic … In leisure, hospitality, education, health care and retail — the sectors that are getting hit the hardest — women are the ones who are falling victim to the first massive waves of this economic crisis.… Women are disproportionately those who do the lowest paid jobs in our economy… women of color in particular are over-represented.” (Emily Martin, VP, National Women’s Law Center,...

Duration:00:49:05

What Does “Future-Proofing” Your Business Actually Mean?

4/22/2021
The Buzz: “Future-proofing is the process of anticipating the future and developing methods of minimizing the effects of shocks and stresses of future events. In general, the term future-proof refers to the ability of something to continue to be of value into the distant future—that the item does not become obsolete. [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_proof] We hear it all the time: leaders need to “future-proof” their businesses. But what does that actually mean? One thing is clear, you must...

Duration:00:53:01

Building Supply Chain Resilience in Consumer Products and Retail

4/1/2021
The Buzz: “Many companies did not fully prepare their supply chains to deal with the mounting impact of the coronavirus epidemic…There are steps…to make sure their supply chains can better cope with other disruptive events down the road…revisiting the design of the supply chain to ensure it is ultra-agile and responsive…to deal with future large-scale crises.” (https://hbr.org/2020/02/prepare-your-supply-chain-for-coronavirus February 27, 2020) The supply and demand foundations of the...

Duration:00:48:10

HR Transformation: Modernize HR. Prepare for Next.

3/11/2021
The Buzz: “Building critical skills and competencies continues to top the list of priorities for HR leaders in 2021. Also on the radar — organizational (re)design and change, and leadership…None of these goals is new to HR leaders, but all have been made more urgent by the effects of COVID-19.” [www.gartner.com] While accelerating the need for digital transformation, the new business environment is creating immediate and large-scale challenges for workforce and skills. To prepare for “next”,...

Duration:00:49:17

High Hopes for 5G: Will It Breathe Life Into Our Cities?

3/4/2021
The buzz: “5G is one piece of the puzzle to become more of a digital city that relies on connectivity more effectively. Broadband expansions, wireless networks, IoT deployments, economic development drivers…make up the overall smart city ecosystem.” [www.csbj.com/premier/businessnews/the-5g-promise-smart-cities-smart-businesses-smarter-medicine/article_15a650b7-ec34-5241-9f93-ba4b1c6675f3.html] The year 2020 saw some of the world’s most vibrant and populated cities become deserted, with...

Duration:00:46:34

Boosting Employee Engagement: Human Experience Management – HXM

2/4/2021
The buzz: “I’ve always been surprised by CEOs who don’t take the results of employee engagement scores seriously…Companies need to accept that employee engagement scores are paramount…either companies improve or people will leave.” (Ron Thomas, Strategy Focused Group, the-future-of-commerce.com) More than business tools and technologies, your employees’ talent and drive keep your company moving forward. Managing their experience requires continuous listening, quick responses, and support...

Duration:00:50:27

Welcome to The Work from Home Revolution!

12/23/2020
The buzz: “Despite all the positive press about working remote, some studies suggest it’s not what it’s cracked up to be.…WFH burnout and the virus itself have combined to shock the health and well-being of workers worldwide.” forbes.com The COVID-19 pandemic started a work from home revolution in early 2020. Now nine months later, this “grand experiment” has sparked serious questions in search of answers. The downsides of WFH? A Twingate study of 1000+ workers found remote employment is...

Duration:00:50:02

Agile Commerce: Buzzword or Critical Business Need?

11/19/2020
The buzz: “Innovating the business model is a skill that every company needs from time to time but changing the model near-instantly and perhaps radically is something else. Whether tweaking the model or transforming it, virtually all companies have had to make changes during the pandemic.” [fortune.com] COVID-19’s rapid spread has redesigned the business landscape, with many organizations rethinking their sales model for B2B and B2C transactions. They require integrated digital commerce...

Duration:00:52:36

The Empowered Patient: Implications for Healthcare Delivery

11/12/2020
The buzz: “Seamlessly integrated technology platforms helped healthcare organisations react swiftly to the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring safe and secure patient care after the world shut down. That same technology is changing the way doctors and patients interact.” [healthcareitnews.com] Pre-Covid-19, patients met in-person with doctors and tests were performed in hospitals. Now, many avoid medical facilities and physicians deliver diagnoses by phone and Zoom. A recent Capgemini survey...

Duration:00:49:45

Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught? Three Authors Say Yes!

11/5/2020
The buzz: “Like saplings, many startups fail to grow – many die 1 – 3 years after launch. While there are many factors leading to the failure of a startup, one of the main reasons is the lack of expert startup advice founders receive.…Experience of a seasoned entrepreneur is precious – and no matter how many theoretical models you study, you simply can’t replace the experience they’ve gained through actually doing the work, failing, and succeeding.” (blog.hubspot.com) Entrepreneurship has...

Duration:00:46:44

ESG Environmental, Social, and Governance – A Growing Corporate Trend?

10/29/2020
The buzz: “ENVIRONMENTAL do-goodism. Customers can't buy it. Shareholders can't invest in it. But a growing list of big-name companies appear to be spending ever-bigger chunks of their advertising budgets to promote it.” nytimes.com/2005 Climate change is real. Ice caps are melting. Once-frigid Siberia’s summer temperatures are far above normal. Extreme weather is fueling forest fires, tornadoes, hurricanes. Corporations are seizing the initiative and using technology to help them take...

Duration:00:49:17

Your Future Workforce: Teaching the Entrepreneurial Mindset

10/15/2020
The buzz: “In the unknowable future, all leaders will need to be entrepreneurs: visionaries that can imagine, adapt, and act nimbly to address whatever challenges come their way.” (hbr.org/2020/08) With the business landscape shifting dramatically due to Covid-19 and other global disruptions, companies need to hire confident problem-solvers who can turn obstacles into positive outcomes to improve results. Such employees must be self-reliant yet collaborative communicators who are creative...

Duration:00:50:16

The Urgent Case for Agile Supply Chains

9/23/2020
The buzz: “There have been, and will continue to be, many hard lessons learned in the world of supply chain management from COVID-19. One of those lessons is a sharp reminder that agility, adaptability and alignment win the day re: Triple-A Supply Chains concept by Stanford’s Hau Le in 2004.)” news.ncsu.edu The COVID-19 virus continues to wreak havoc on business operations around the world, impacting organizations of all sizes. Working in a highly manual “situation-room” mode, many companies...

Duration:01:00:00

The Role of Futurists: Helping Organizations Plan a Path Forward

9/15/2020
The buzz: “Futurology is concerned with ‘three P's and a W’, i.e. ‘possible, probable, and preferable’ futures, plus ‘wildcards’, which are low-probability, high-impact events, should they occur In The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin distinguished futurology – the business of prophets, clairvoyants, and futurists – from novelists, whose ‘business is lying.’” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futurist From 2000 to January 2020, the business world was changing rapidly. Then Covid-19 hit and the...

Duration:01:00:00

The “Shecession”: Can Technology Help Working Women In The Covid Era?

8/26/2020
The buzz: “In the Great Recession, men lost twice as many jobs as women. But from Feb. to May, 11.5 million women lost their jobs compared with 9 million men because of business closures intended to stop the spread of Covid-19. By the end of April, women’s job losses had erased a decade of employment gains. The staggering figures have underlined the changing nature of the workforce and brought into focus the overlooked issues attached to that shift. Women…are more vulnerable to sudden losses...

Duration:00:48:07

Healthcare and IT: Managing a Pandemic on the Frontline

8/5/2020
No industry has been impacted more in recent months than Healthcare. Healthcare providers have had to adjust on the fly to the uncertain demands of a highly contagious virus on critical care beds, resources, and new treatment protocols tested in a real-time clinical trial. Agility and speed in data capture and analysis have become a crucial need for healthcare executives in command centers around the world to manage COVID-19. Our panelists will discuss how organizations like Parkland Health...

Duration:00:50:12

Welcome to Think Tank: Our World Is Shifting!

7/28/2020
Our world is shifting, changing, and digitalizing at a faster pace than ever before. COVID is impacting the way we live and work and, for business leaders, there are still many more questions than answers. What is coming next and how can you and your organization prepare to thrive in an uncertain future? Our panelists, from leading IT companies, will be discussing the latest perspectives on topics spanning IT, innovation, and more. What are the organizations that are leading doing...

Duration:00:48:03