For over 20 years Jack Shaw has provided advisory services to leading Technology Solution Providers including IBM, SAP, Oracle and others as well as providing expert guidance and best practices to Fortune 500 Companies such as General Electric, Coca Cola, Allstate, PacBell and many more.
Jack is a visionary technology and business strategist who has spent his career leading companies in numerous industries and their technology suppliers to better, more efficient ways of conducting and operating their businesses.
Mr. Shaw is widely recognized for his expertise in such leading edge business technologies such as:
- Mobile Commerce
- Decision Management
- Social Media
- Virtualization and Cloud Computing
- Supply Chain Management
- Process Improvement
- Spend Management
- Intelligent Systems
- Business Intelligence
He is a Marketing Strategist, an Industry thought leader, and the noted Author of three critically acclaimed books and numerous White Papers. He was the Founder and Editor of the e-Commerce Executive newsletter, and of the EDI Buyer's Guide. A charismatic speaker, he's delivered more than 1000 paid keynote addresses and executive presentations in more than 20 countries.
The advisory services of the Management Consulting Firms Jack founded, Breakthrough Business Technologies and e-Commerce Strategies, have saved corporations billions of dollars over the last twenty-five years by enabling them to implement more efficient processes and by leveraging technologies to position them to compete better in today's market and in the future.
His keen perception and vision into emerging technologies and business practices have also enabled Technology Solution Providers to build products and services that anticipate where the market is headed thus generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues for those organizations.
Jack is uniquely talented at translating business technology into business value propositions. His C-Level Executive credibility and dynamic delivery accelerate new business through the sales cycle.
Jack graduated from Yale with a degree in Business Administration and has an MBA from Kellogg in Finance and Marketing.
- 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 other mobile devices provide ubiquity of access. It's Virtualization and Cloud Computing which provide the massive computational capabilities.
Forward looking organizations are moving, first to private clouds with virtualized assets, and increasingly to public clouds. These Public Cloud Services 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 presentation, Jack discusses these emerging technology architectures, the new processes they enable, and the strategic implications for your business.
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- Watson and the Crash of Flight 447 - What You Need to Know about Intelligent Decision Management [ + ]
People around the world were astounded at the remarkable performance of IBM's Watson computer on the Jeopardy Challenge in which the computer trounced the two all-time human Jeopardy champs. Many people assume that any sufficiently powerful computer would easily beat humans at such an endeavor, but that's not so. Watson won because it was able to make sound decisions about the information it had and whether the answers it came up with for the questions posed by Jeopardy were reliable enough for it to risk making a bet on its findings. Because it was able to make accurate decisions so quickly, it dominated the match.
Decision Management (DM) is a fast growing business practice which leverages the same powerful intelligent systems technologies that enabled Watson to beat its human competitors - technologies which have emerged over 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.
So what does this have to do with the Crash of Flight 447? Air France Flight 447 was a scheduled commercial flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009 killing all 216 passengers and 12 crew members. The avionics of the Airbus A330 incorporate some of the most advanced decision management (DM) technology available, yet they still failed to prevent this crash. But, according to the PBS show NOVA, the crash of flight 447 was not caused by the use of intelligent decision management technology. As NOVA indicates, it was actually caused by the failure to use intelligent DM technology effectively.
For businesses, the take away is this. Intelligent decision management can be very powerful - far more powerful than most businesses recognize. But, as businesses put intelligent DM in place, they must think carefully about how it is used. The biggest mistake business could make would be to not use these emerging intelligent DM technologies at all. As their competitors use DM to increase productivity, improve customer service, and respond more quickly to changing markets, businesses which aren't using intelligent decision management at all are the ones which will really find themselves in Jeopardy!
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- Succeeding in Today's Economy with Intelligent Decision Management [ + ]
Enterprise Decision Management (EDM) is a fast growing business practice which leverages the powerful intelligent systems technologies which have emerged over the past few years. These new technologies have made EDM practical; and it is rapidly transforming organizations around the world. Those companies that incorporate EDM into their standard business practices will seize the high ground in their markets - adding value for customers and differentiating themselves from their competitors. Learn how your organization can improve the speed, agility, reliability, precision and value of its business decisions. See exciting examples of EDM, videos of the intelligent systems technologies which enable it, and the phenomenal results some companies are getting by implementing Enterprise Decision Management. [ - ]
- The Fifth Wave - Cognitive Systems [ + ]
Our society has passed through four waves of Information Technology evolution over the past fifty years. These were Mainframe Computing, Personal Computing, Client-Server Computing and the Internet. Each changed our world more than the ones before. We are now at the brink of the Fifth Wave, Cognitive Systems. And, like its predecessors, it promises to change the world even more profoundly than they did. Cognitive systems allow us to incorporate into a wide range of systems and processes the ability to reason about information in the same ways that human experts do. But cognitive systems never forget anything, work 24 x 7 and can think thousands of times faster than people. Cognitive systems aren't designed to replace people; they are designed to empower them. Putting these tools in the hands of people will multiply their effectiveness to previously unimaginable levels. Learn how cognitive systems will change your industry, your organization and your job.
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- Dynamic Business Process Management™ [ + ]
Business Process Management (BPM) has become a hot topic recently. But too few organizations recognize that, 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 will show how your organization can gain its strategic benefits.
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- Enterprise Risk Management [ + ]
After September 11, Enron and the other corporate malfeasance scandals, and the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, 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. [ - ]
- 21st Century Artificial Intelligence: AI is Back - to Stay! [ + ]
People have been discussing the possibilities of artificial intelligence ever since the first computers were invented, but it has never seemed to fulfill its potential. Now, with the explosion of information available through the Internet and other sources, AI is needed more than ever. And, it's here today, but in a different form than previously expected. "Associate" systems are joint cognitive systems that work for people - not the other way around! In this visionary presentation, Jack first explains why it was not possible for AI to succeed in the past and why it is now surpassing all expectations. He then shows how associate systems are being used in everything from unmanned aircraft to advanced business systems. And, he explains exactly what you can do to take advantage of this new way of thinking about business, information, and management in your organization.
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- Who Moved My Mousetrap? Achieving Disruptive Innovation [ + ]
Innovation isn't really innovative unless it's also disruptive. But what is disruptive innovation? How do you recognize it, and how can you achieve it? In this insightful presentation, Jack Shaw explains the technologies and trends that are driving innovation today. He shows why even the best companies often miss disruptive change. And, he spells out the steps you can take in your organization to respond effectively to disruptive change and to create the disruptive innovations that will lead to success in the marketplace.
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- Globalization at the Intersection of Business and Technology [ + ]
The phenomenon of globalization has been written about and discussed at length in the past few years. In this session, Jack builds on work done by such authors as Thomas Friedman in his book The World is Flat. Jack not only confirms the critical role of business technology in creating globalization, he also shows why your organization must leverage the best in current and emerging technologies in order to take advantage of globalization. If you plan to compete in the global marketplace, this session is for you.
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- Taking Cost Out of Your Supply Chain [ + ]
The companies that comprise the most competitive supply chains take costs out of their supply chains through 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.
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