“We’re standing at the dawn of a digital business revolution, but we barely realize it. As with the beginning of every revolution, those in the midst of it can feel it, sense it, and realize that something big is happening. Yet the data isn’t clear and it’s hard to quantify the shift, so many organizations react by denying, delaying, and disparaging.”
Those are the words of R “Ray” Wang, Principal Analyst and founder of Constellation Research, Inc., and best-selling Harvard Business Review Press author, whom we are thrilled to welcome as a keynote speaker at FutureStack17: New York. The event will be held on September 13 and 14, with Ray delivering the opening keynote on the morning of Day 2.
Ray sees the rise of artificial intelligence—including machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and cognitive computing—as the unifying force for many aspects of digital transformation. “The confluence of cloud computing and big data and analytics has enabled faster distribution of innovation, the ability to create AI-driven decisions, enable new business models that connect people to people, and, more important, transformed how computing changes our lives.”
Dynamic Leadership to deal with digital disruption
According to Ray, “Digital business disruption is no longer an option—it’s a necessity. Social, organizational, and technology shifts require a new way of thinking about business, one that leverages digital DNA to deliver experiences and outcomes, and to transition from selling products to keeping brand promises.” His inspirational talk will focus on “how digital transformation allows you to use digital to disrupt—instead of become one of the disrupted.”
The answer, Ray says, is “Dynamic Leadership, a model in which leaders follow a set of immutable traits and balance foundational attributes of leadership. This new framework takes into account a multi-dimensional approach and addresses the challenges traditional leadership models often neglect.” Ray’s talk will share the 5 immutable core traits and 14 foundational attributes he holds essential to successful and sustainable dynamic leadership.
Ray at FutureStack17: New York
So what does Ray hope attendees will take away from his keynote speech?
“Learn how to get started, don’t fear the future, but embrace the art of the possible. Know that digital Darwinism is unkind to those who wait. And, more important, understand why this is about business models first, not technology.”
Meanwhile, he’s personally looking forward to FutureStack17: New York for the chance to “catch up with the innovators, the pioneers who are ready for change. It’s often the small discussions that matter the most.”
Get to know Ray Wang
That makes sense, given Ray’s longstanding passion for software and tech. He started out building PMO systems in Lotus Notes and then graduated to running large software projects. From there, he ended up at software companies such as Oracle, PeopleSoft, and Personify, filling roles in product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing.
As head of marketing at web analytics commerce startup Personify, Ray was exposed to what analysts did for a living. He eventually became an analyst at Forrester Research, where he learned the business from the ground up. That eventually led to realizing analyst firms could do more to help their clients thrive, and he went on to help found Altimeter Group and then Constellation Research in 2010. He has won the prestigious Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR) Analyst of the Year Award not once, not twice, but three times.
To relax, Ray loves small dinner parties and deep, engaging discussions over great food and wine. But, he adds, “When I have time, you may see me at a DJ booth mixing vinyl.”
More about Constellation Research
Unlike most analyst firms, Constellation doesn’t hone in on a particular technology or role. Instead, it brings a confluence of business models, technology, and roles together to focus on mega business themes such as the future of work, matrix commerce, next-gen customer experience, and technology optimization. “We use the PESTEL framework to guide our view of the future,” Ray explains. “This takes into account politics, economics, society, technology, environment, and legislative issues.”
Learn more and register now!
Can’t make it to FutureStack17 in New York City in September? The next stop on our world tour is Sydney, Australia, on October 24, 2017. (Submit your speaking proposals for FutureStack: Sydney here.) And FutureStack returns to San Francisco next year. Stay tuned for more details.
Watch a video recap of our May FutureStack: London event below:
Note: Event dates, speakers, and schedules are subject to change without notice.