Author Archives: Braden Kelley

Are You Ready to Run a Digital Business for the Digital Age?

In our digital age, all companies must change how they think, how they interact with customers, partners, and suppliers, and how their business works on the inside. Customer, partner, and supplier expectations have changed, and a gap is opening between what they expect from their interaction with companies and what those companies are currently able to deliver. Companies must immediately ...

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What is the Cost of a Failed Innovation Project or Change Initiative?

It seems like a simple question. One that you would expect to lead to some risk mitigation behavior, but it doesn’t. And when you consider that companies are spending an increasing amount of their budget on technology and working to transform their operations to be more digital in order to provide a better experience for customers, employees, partners and suppliers ...

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Building a Smarter Workplace

I had the opportunity recently to interview Dave Hopping, President of Siemens Building Technologies for the Americas about technology advancements in the areas of construction and building management and their impact for both employers and employees. By its very name, Dave’s group focuses on technologies that go into buildings to make them safe, secure, efficient, etc. spanning building automation, lighting, ...

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Examining the Future of Work

At Siemens ConneCTs 2018 I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Norbert Gaus, Head of R&D in Digitalization and Automation, and Barbara Humpton, Chief Executive Officer of Siemens USA and one of the topics of conversation that emerged was a collision of different insights and aspects surrounding the future of work. A couple of topics that come up ...

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AI Will Create Many More Jobs Than It Kills

Artificial Intelligence and the Consulting Industry

As I was listening to Dr. Norbert Gaus, an EVP at Siemens and Head of R&D in Digitalization and Automation at Siemens ConneCTs 2018, I was struck by something that he said: “Artificial Intelligence (AI) will create many more jobs than it kills. We have to protect jobs with AI, not against AI. People act as if AI is new, ...

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Teaching Robots to Play Before Putting Them to Work

Recently I had the opportunity to attend Siemens ConneCTs 2018 in Princeton, New Jersey, an event billed as a science fair for adults with a theme this year of AI & the Rise of Autonomous Systems. Dr. Kurt Bettenhausen, the Senior Vice President of Corporate Technology for Siemens US, opened the event and introduced a future of manufacturing automation challenge ...

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Harvesting Innovation from the Desert

I had the opportunity to chair the recent Back End of Innovation 2018 conference in Phoenix, Arizona and I thought I would share some of my notes and takeaways from the event. It’s definitely an event worth attending next year if you’re an innovation professional and missed this year’s conference. Day One The conference opened with a workshop choice between ...

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Should You Fix the Problem or Design it Out?

Let’s start with the problem. According to The Plastic Pollution Coalition (January 3, 2017) – “It’s National Drinking Straw Day! Each day, more than 500 million plastic straws are used and discarded in the U.S. alone. Plastic straws consistently make the top ten list of items found, according to Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup data. In the last three years, ...

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Great Example of Challenging Orthodoxies

With a new Top Gun movie coming out soon, I thought this might be an appropriate share. It used to be in the early days of military aviation that a pilot’s head only served as some level of protection during a crash or a battle. Then with the introduction of radio communications an additional function was added to allow the ...

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Changing Change

Changing Change

The business world is showing an increasing interest in the people side of change, and there is a very real reason for this… Companies are spending an increasing amount of their budget on technology and working to transform their operations to be more digital in order to provide a better experience for customers, employees, partners and suppliers while simultaneously creating ...

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