Identity Verified Thinker in Business / Strategy / Innovation
Daniel A Burrus
Daniel A Burrus
Daniel Burrus, Technology Futurist and Keynote Speaker on Business Trends, Technology and Future Trends. Author of the best-selling book, Flash Foresight.


Nov. 18, 2015 11:01 am
More and more of late, the age range of the entrepreneurial demographic — those innovators responsible for the most recent advancements in tech we’ve benefitted from and enjoy — has skewed younger. Whereas many of the great 20th-century tech geniuses were far removed from academia (and their parents’ basements) when they reached the career-defining breakthroughs for which they came to be known, a...  Read More
Nov. 4, 2015 10:59 am
When it comes to the future of your industry, how secure do you feel, not only in your position, but in your career, your abilities, as a whole? The era in which a professional could go to school for a specific skill or trade, develop his or her acumen and skills, and stick with that skill set to establish and grow a career until retirement has passed. Now, the future of your career doesn’t...  Read More
Oct. 28, 2015 12:31 pm
Too often, the younger generation and older generation see each other as rivals. We can imagine that stereotypical notion they each tend to hurl at the other: “They just don’t get it!” But this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, it seemingly represents a willful sort of dissociation, a deliberate self-isolation, on the part of both old and young. When faced with what seems to the respective...  Read More
Oct. 21, 2015 11:35 am
Data analytics is the science of extracting patterns, trends, and actionable information from large sets of data. While often used interchangeably with the term “business intelligence,” it’s useful to distinguish the terms. Think of business intelligence as the ways in which companies use data to improve their management and operations. Data analytics involves improving your ways of making sense...  Read More
Sep. 30, 2015 12:37 pm
In today’s world of technology-driven transformation, leaders need to embrace a new leadership principle if they want their organization to be relevant today and in the future. In recent years, leaders have added agility — being able to change quickly based on external circumstances— as an organizational competency . But digital disruption from the outside-in has been coming at an...  Read More
Sep. 23, 2015 1:13 pm
When I talk about digitization and digital advancement, I often mention what I refer to as the Three Digital Accelerators: bandwidth, storage, and processing power. These three technological tenets drive digital disruption and are increasing exponentially every year, and thanks to rapidly advancing technology, will continue to do so. One of the laws most central to this principle is Moore’s Law,...  Read More
Sep. 9, 2015 11:53 am
These days, we see new, dramatic innovations in technology with considerable frequency. Moreover, when we consider the past decade or so, the pace of new developments is increasing at an exponential rate. But while we’re seeing more creativity and inventiveness, how much of this technological development is disruptive rather than simple tweaks to existing innovations already embedded within...  Read More
Sep. 2, 2015 12:14 pm
Dematerialization is a Hard Trend — we know that computer technology has only decreased in size while increasing in functionality, and it’s going to continue in that direction. The use of mobile devices in the workplace is just the next step in this process. From desktops to laptops to smartphones, we’ve finally arrived at a portable office that fits in your pocket. The question is: How do...  Read More
Jul. 22, 2015 11:43 am
Today’s smartest smart homes have your appliances talking to you through texts sent directly to your smartphone. We have thermostats that automatically adjust based not just on the temperature, but on your daily routine. Some smart homes allow the homeowner to control everything—from starting your coffee in the morning to locking your doors and arming your security system—right from your...  Read More
Jul. 17, 2015 11:31 am
There’s incredible value in foresight — in business, in government, but most of all, in your personal life. And nothing’s more intrinsically, existentially valuable than foresight about your own health. If you could know what will happen to your body based on the way you treat it now, along with your genetic profile, would you make lifestyle changes to prevent those problems from happening? A...  Read More
Jun. 17, 2015 1:24 pm
What makes a good leader? Things like integrity, honesty, and personal responsibility immediately come to mind. While those are all vital traits, they’re not the leadership traits I’m addressing right now. There’s a new leadership principle leaders must embrace if they want to be relevant and effective in today’s world of technology-driven transformation and move forward into the future. You...  Read More
Jun. 3, 2015 11:41 am
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying that a tool is only as useful as the person who wields it. I believe that’s true for a lot of things — including high-speed data analytics. The term “high-speed data analytics” refers to the leveraging of raw data and converting it into actionable knowledge and insights. The most prized data comes from customers and from the products and services customers use,...  Read More
May 13, 2015 12:23 pm
A few weeks ago, a Fortune 50 CEO shared with me that “The pace of change is now faster than our organization’s ability to respond to it.” I hear this observation quite often as I travel around the world working with executives from some of the largest companies on the planet. And you might find it interesting to know that many of them are technology-focused companies that create, manufacture,...  Read More
May 6, 2015 1:31 pm
This may be counterintuitive, but we’re running out of trained talent. I’m sure you noticed that I inserted the word “trained” before the word “talent”. When my brother’s son was a young boy, he had a talent for drawing, but without the skills and insights that education and training can bring, his talent was undeveloped. I’m happy to report that he will be graduating from college with honors in...  Read More
Apr. 22, 2015 1:48 pm
Why didn’t a cab driver think of Uber? Why didn’t Barnes & Noble think of Amazon? Why didn’t Blockbuster think of Netflix? Why didn’t Marriott think of AirBnB? The answer to all four, and the myriad other companies displaced by digital disruption, is that at some point, you established a cash cow—a product or service that generates the majority of your income and profits—and you spent years and...  Read More
Apr. 8, 2015 12:56 pm
Apple's smartwatch launch will launch far more than their smartwatch, it will launch wearable technology into the mainstream for the first time and create enormous growth opportunities for both companies that are already in the wearable space, and new companies that will spring up thanks to a rapidly growing consumer demand. Even before Apple’s launch, there is a growing list of naysayers who...  Read More
Jan. 28, 2015 1:42 pm
You can’t do it all alone. In order to succeed, it’s essential to build exactly the kind of staff you want. But building your staff doesn’t end at the hiring process. You’ve got to be able to foresee the challenges ahead. And when it comes to creating an amazing team, you can count on the fact that employee retention will be a challenge. Everyone wants to hire the best. How can you ensure that...  Read More
Dec. 17, 2014 1:47 pm
Big data analytics is changing every industry. It’s a hard trend, and it’s spread is inevitable – the question is: how are you succeeding or failing at positioning your business to take advantage of it? Let’s put it in simple terms. Big data refers to the use of very large amounts of raw data by businesses, ideally to create products and services that meet customer needs better than ever before....  Read More
Dec. 10, 2014 12:59 pm
Successful innovators are the people who see a demand before it arises and develop the technology required to meet it. Certain demands may seem to arise on a whim, as part of some inscrutable cultural shift. But other demands are inevitable; we can see them coming. They develop as a result of irreversible and linear changes: the shifting landscape, the growing population. These are examples of...  Read More
Dec. 3, 2014 1:24 pm
Deadly and infectious viruses, such as Ebola, are an inevitable and unavoidable fact of nature. In other words, they are examples of a Hard Trend. And they demand new innovations in order to combat them. I cannot overstate that Ebola, which is responsible for ending thousands of lives and devastating many thousands more, is a profound tragedy and a global crisis. But the deadly force of...  Read More
Nov. 26, 2014 12:27 pm
Last week I talked about how people are thinking too small when they think about the Internet of Things. When we truly consider the ramifications of connecting a vast array of data-gathering sensors, devices, and machines together, what’s important to realize is that information will be translated into action at a rate that we have never seen before. We are closing in on a world with...  Read More
Nov. 21, 2014 10:41 am
When people talk about “the next big thing,” they’re never thinking big enough. It’s not a lack of imagination; it’s a lack of observation. I’ve maintained that the future is always within sight, and you don’t need to imagine what’s already there. Case in point: The buzz surrounding the Internet of Things. What’s the buzz? The Internet of Things revolves around increased machine-to-machine...  Read More
Oct. 29, 2014 12:03 pm
Have you heard of Ello yet? It’s a new social media network that has been getting a lot of buzz lately because it’s positioning itself as “the anti-Facebook social platform.” What does that mean? As Facebook finds new ways to learn more about its users so that it can sell those insights to advertisers, Ello is betting that a large and growing number of people want to use a social network that is...  Read More
Oct. 22, 2014 12:26 pm
Strategic planning is extremely important, but the way we plan, and the plan we create, do not provide the dynamic roadmap everyone in the organization needs in order to shape the best future possible. Today’s traditional strategic plan is a static plan. The plan exists as a document, either digital or printed, that is published in some way, shared with key employees, and then put in a file...  Read More
Oct. 15, 2014 1:00 pm
How many times have you been sick and tried to get an appointment with your doctor, only to find out that he or she had no openings for the next three days? Or maybe you got sick over a weekend or in the middle of the night, when your doctor’s office was closed, and had to make your way to an emergency room or urgent care clinic, where you then had to wait for hours before a physician could see...  Read More
Oct. 1, 2014 1:16 pm
Whenever there is a major change in platform, the leaders of the old platform are seldom the leaders of the new platform. For example, at one time, the only way you could use a computer was to use a mainframe. Then, as processing power, storage, and bandwidth increased, our primary computer became a desktop … and then a laptop … and now a smart phone and tablet. Of course, this does not mean the...  Read More
Sep. 17, 2014 12:57 pm
Based on a national interview of people who said they currently have a “dream job,” here are a few comments they made as they described their job: 1) “I love what I do.” 2) “My job makes me feel like I am helping others.” 3) “Time goes by quickly.” 4 “I look forward to going to work.” 5 “My job gives me a feeling of purpose.” 6) “I can’t imagine doing anything else.” 7) “I feel fulfilled.”...  Read More
Sep. 10, 2014 11:44 am
Having new shoes that you need to “break in” because they hurt your feet (or dealing with shoes that always feel uncomfortable no matter how long you wear them) will soon be a thing of the past thanks to 3D Printing. Several shoe companies, including Nike, Feetz, and United Nude, are now using 3D Printing technology to give customers shoes that are custom made for them—in the store, on the spot. ...  Read More
Sep. 3, 2014 12:32 pm
Are you becoming increasingly irrelevant in the eyes of your employer or the marketplace because your education and training has not been keeping up with the dramatic changes that are taking place in your industry? To have job security and increase your earning power both now and in the future, you need to boost your relevance by learning new things. The challenge is knowing what to learn, what...  Read More
Aug. 20, 2014 12:59 pm
Not too long ago, most people lived a very different life filled with many different realities. We had our work reality, our home reality, our recreational reality, our church or religious affiliation reality, our vacation reality, and many others. All of these realities represented different aspects of our life that were separate from each other. After all, many times your spouse and children...  Read More
Return to Main Blog Page
Latest Ebooks