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Jack Shaw has been a technology futurist for over 30 years - which is about 15 years longer than anyone, including Jack, realized such a profession existed! But helping others understand the strategic implications of emerging technologies has only continued to increase in importance in the days since the first PC's.

At the start of 2014, Jack was voted by over 12,000 meetings planners, executives and conference attendees from around the world as one of the world's Top 5 Technology Futurists for 2014. In fact, he was the only Technology Futurist who was among the overall Top 5 Speakers in votes.

For over 25 years, Jack Shaw has provided advisory services to leading Technology Solution Providers including IBM, SAP, Oracle, CA Technologies and others. He has also delivered expert guidance and best practices to many such Fortune 500 Companies as GE and Coca Cola as well as hundreds of small to mid-sized businesses.

A business and technology strategist, Jack has spent his career helping companies from many industries, and the providers of their technologies, find better ways to conduct and operate their businesses. He is widely recognized for his expertise in such breakthrough business technologies as:

  • "Big Data" (Data Analytics)
  • Decision Management
  • Cloud Computing
  • e-Commerce / OmniCommerce
  • e-Procurement
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Social Media
  • Supply Chain Management

He's a marketing strategist, industry thought leader and 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 e-Commerce Buyer's Guide. A charismatic speaker, he's delivered more than 1,000 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 made corporations billions by using technology to implement better processes and help them compete more effectively today 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 graduated from Yale with a degree in Business Administration and has an MBA from Kellogg in Finance and Marketing.


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  • OmniCommerce - Meeting Business' Next Grand Challenge - As we become an ever more mobile global society, people expect to be able to work, shop, and play from wherever they are located. And customers expect, indeed demand, a seamless experience across physical stores, web presence, and their mobile devices - that is, everywhere. This is OmniCommerce. But making this happen means businesses must integrate their physical processes and their IT systems to provide consistent customer experiences and to make near real time decisions on virtually everything from product designs to marketing campaigns to investment strategies. Join us for a session that will both stimulate action for today and catalyze change for tomorrow.

  • Bracing for the Big One: Business Systems and Processes That Think for Themselves - The Big One is coming, and it's coming soon. Intelligent Systems will utterly transform business, commerce, and society. Self-optimizing production scheduling, autonomic supply chains, and self-configuring business ecosystems are just a few examples of Intelligent Systems that will shake the world. In this presentation, Jack will cite case studies, real-world examples, and success stories show how leading edge businesses are using these technologies to cut costs, improve service, and promote innovation. Join us as he explains intelligent systems and what your organizations can do to plan for the most dynamic, breathtaking set of business technologies yet.

  • Intelligent Decision Management - Infusing Discipline into Decisions - We now have access to more information than we can possibly comprehend. In many cases, this glut of data has made it even more difficult to make decisions than in the past. What we need are systems and processes that help us make better decisions, and can do so faster, more accurately, more consistently, more flexibly, and at lower cost than traditional systems. In this presentation, Jack will help you understand Decision Management - the principles and processes that make up a sound approach to handling decisions in the organization - whether day-to-day or strategic in nature.

  • Emerging Technologies for Executives - Mobile Commerce, Cloud Computing, Social Media, "Big Data," Intelligent Systems - these and other emerging technologies are changing how we do business at an accelerating rate. Most executives recognize that their companies should address these new technologies, but few fully understand their implications or how to respond to them. In this speech, Jack presents practical, scalable ideas and innovations already in use. He shows how these technologies are facilitating deeper collaboration and how advanced practitioners are using them to better anticipate and meet the needs of their customers.

  • The Impact of Emerging Technologies on Energy Utilities - In this presentation, Jack will show how leading edge energy utilities are using advanced technologies to cut costs, improve service, and promote innovation. Equally importantly, he'll act as your guide to the future evolution of the energy ecosystem - showing how the integration of advanced technologies and sophisticated business processes will transform power generation, energy transmission and distribution, and energy management in the future.

  • Staying One Step Ahead of Mobile Devices - The rapid growth in payments via mobile devices epitomizes two key elements of the mobile revolution - smartphones and tablets are changing the business landscape at wildfire speed, far in excess of anyone's expectations. The relentless surge in mobility is forcing marketing and IT departments to change priorities. Companies are realizing that they need to design their websites for mobile users first, rather than make this an afterthought. With mobile devices growing in popularity, CIOs will need to rapidly adjust for this change or they'll have to redo much of what they are currently planning relatively quickly.

  • Mobile Computing: Moving the Construction Industry Ahead - Jack Shaw grew up in the construction business and has worked with and spoken to numerous construction businesses and related groups about how mobile computing is driving change and innovation in the construction industry. Mobile, cloud-based communications are cutting costs and speeding jobs through better scheduling and inventory control. This means improved margins and competitive position. Mobile apps also are allowing builders to keep clients apprised of progress and resolve issues before they become problems. And forward looking construction businesses will use location based marketing and geofencing to promote their work to prospective new clients and the broader market.

  • 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.

  • The Future of Manufacturing and Distribution - Autonomous Machinery; 3-D "Printing"; Dynamic Routing; Intelligent Production Planning; Optimized Picking, Packing, Loading, and Shipping. The future of manufacturing and distribution depends on emerging technologies that add increasing levels of intelligence to critical processes. Manufacturers will dynamically reroute production orders as conditions change. Sophisticated planning systems will account for changing economic conditions and even weather to optimize production, picking, packing, loading, shipping, and distribution. And breakthroughs in shared supply networks will cut costs and speed availability of parts and materials for manufacturers and finished products for distributors, retailers, and end consumers.

  • 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.
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