Brian Vellmure

The Cloud keeps attempting to disintermediate the CIO

The cloud. It’s remarkable. The widely available and rapidly growing source of the greatest computing power and storage capability ever known to man continues to unleash the rapid spread of new innovations. It allows unthinkable productivity miracles to happen anywhere at anytime with a nonchalant...

Immersive Experiences: Changing (and extending) Our World

Last month I spent some time with more than 150,000 people from 140 countries at CES 2015 in Las Vegas. There were over 3,600 exhibitors spread out across several venues. I had the privilege to see and speak with many of them. As I drove...

What Business Are You In? Are you sure?

As we draw towards the close of 2014 and look ahead to a new year, it’s a time of reflection, evaluation, and goal setting for many people. Performance reviews (if you’re still doing it the old way), finalizing budgets, and making plans for the...

The circus known as Dreamforce and the company behind it: A 2014 Retrospective

Over 150,000 registrants, 5,000,000 online streaming views, and well over 1,000,000 meals to help feed the hungry. The stage(s) featured execs from some of the most recognized organizations in the world, a former US Vice President (Al Gore) and Secretary of State (Hillary Rodham...

Wearables in the Enterprise: CIO Implications

In my last post, I highlighted the imminent penetration of wearables into society, considering some of the broader implications. In this post, I’d like to narrow in a bit on the topic of wearables in the enterprise, and the implications this will have on the...

The Digitization of Everything: Wearables Rising

Since the early days of computing, ever shrinking computers have been on a collision course towards human integration. The distinction between what is physical and digital continues to dissolve. Early stage prototypes are already allowing neurological signals to manipulate the physical world directly via the...

Leveraging the Internet of Everything to Create a Better Customer Experience

The other day I received a letter in the mail. What was in the letter left me feeling depressed. It left me feeling inadequate, unprepared, incapable of mustering the mental and emotional energy to complete it’s request. You see it wasn’t asking me to do...

What if the walls actually COULD speak?

“If these walls could speak…” The phrase invokes wonder and horror, depending on who you are, and what may have happened within the walls in question. Surprisingly, we’re now at a place in history where we can envision a time where the walls might actually…

What connection brings

The kids were sleeping in the backseats as our loaded down Sequoia traversed the winding road over the sheer cliffs that drop down into the vast and rugged Pacific coastline. I asked my wife in a whisper to do a little bit of research...

Is there any real music in the digital disruptive innovation cacophony?

Photo Credit: Stacey Young, Flickr This morning I read a dozen or so articles. Like an ever growing selection of our collective voices, many of them dealt with disruption and digital. It’s becoming more difficult to sift the meaningful signal from the noise. I’m becoming...

Sizing up opportunities in the mid market

Somewhere in between the fast moving pace of innovative startups and the household names of the Fortune 1000 live the companies that generate over $10 trillion in revenue and employ more than 1/3 of all workers in the United States. The data and impact...

Micro Everything

In 1959, a physicist named Richard Fyenman took the stage at CalTech for the annual meeting of the American Physical Society. A short bit into his presentation, he asked a transformative question. “Why cannot we write the entire 24 volumes of the Encyclopaedia Brittanica on...

Mobile as an intermediate step towards the Internet of Everything

Faces down. Palms up. Mesmerized Stare. It’s the position of humans at stoplights; In elevators; In lines; Just about everywhere and anytime that they’re not engaged fully and directly with someone or something else. Even when they folks are watching one screen, they’re increasingly using...

The Digitization of Everything: Jumping the Titanic for a Speed Boat

You or someone you know have undoubtedly experienced a visit to the hospital for chest pain, the birth of a baby, a severe headache, or some other unfortunate event. At some point during your visit, you’ve been hooked up to sensors, where your vitals...

Why Big Data won’t solve your Big Problems

If you follow this blog at all, you know that I work tirelessly trying to piece together tomorrow’s technology with the challenges of today to help organizations grow; by creating new value propositions and better customer experiences. The world we live in is being re-architected...

Is every company becoming a technology company?

A couple of recent headlines caught my attention. From Quartz: From Re/code: I imagine myself sitting there in 2004, given a sneak peek at the future, and contemplating these headlines. I would immediately be puzzled. Why is a coffee company and a footwear company talking…

Speed Kills

Speed Kills. These words are most often attributed to the late, great owner of the Oakland Raiders, Al Davis. The game of football has evolved over the past 50 years to embrace this reality. In the 50s and 60s, football was a gladiator sport; full…

Demand for speed driving investment in customer analytics & marketing technology

The cabbie welcomed me and we started on our way to Dulles. The snow had been falling for hours, and his impression was that people would be trying to beat the weather. I was indeed leaving a bit early to make sure to catch...

Lithium bets big and acquires Klout: Published deal size in question

When Kara Swisher broke the story last month, it seemed implausible, and perhaps even ridiculous to many at first. I theorized shortly thereafter why it might make sense for Lithium Technologies, known primarily as a customer community vendor, to acquire Klout, often considered both...

Exponential Technology Innovation creating Complex Strategy and Leadership Dilemmas

Wearables. Augmented reality. Robotics. Artificial Intelligence. Predictive Analytics. Deep Learning. Genome mapping. The growth of technological progress is outpacing our ability to keep up. Over the last few decades, we’ve witnessed the dynamics of Moore’s Law extend beyond microprocessors to storage costs, biotech applications, human...

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