"Futurology has always bounced around between common sense, nonsense and a healthy dose of wishful thinking." That's how a 2012 Scientific American article summed up the history of prediction. Our compelling annual urge to predict the future traces back to the ancient Greeks and their Delphic Oracle--so who am I to argue with such venerable tradition? Here's my top 10 countdown for the shape of our industry in 2015:
Stories by Michael Friedenberg
In 2005, Thomas Friedman's award-winning book The World Is Flat championed the transformative power of globalization. It highlighted how the traditional barriers of commerce, communication and politics were rapidly changing in these early years of the 21st century, due to the powerful impact of the Internet. It's a brilliant work whose core ideas continue to be proven as the digitization of every industry accelerates.
Congratulations to this year's CIO 100 Award winners and to our six newest members of the CIO Hall of Fame. This who's who list of innovative companies and highly accomplished IT leaders casts a brilliant spotlight on the best aspects of business transformation.
IDG Communications CEO Michael Friedenberg dips into the history of the once-thriving ice industry to put today's period of business transformation in crystal-clear perspective.
IDG Communications CEO Michael Friedenberg offers his take on the latest IDC predictions about retail customers, big data, supply chain and more
IDG Communications CEO, Michael Friedenberg, says it already has, as he contemplates 3D printing technology that can create things as varied as a human liver and a new home.
One CEO gains inspiration from quotes by business luminaries such as John Chambers, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey and Howard Schultz
CEO Michael Friedenberg reads the signs of an enterprise tech industry that is unraveling before our eyes. But as one computing era ends, a new one (which IDC calls the third platform) is just beginning.
CEO Mike Friedenberg ponders the big questions for IT leaders during his summer beach brainstorm.
IDG Enterprise's CEO spells out the future of big data, mobility and the impact of 50 billion connected devices by 2020.
IDG Enterprise CEO Mike Friedenberg ponders a bleak future where self-driving cars, smart appliances and drone technology leave humans without much to do--except get fat and push buttons.
Investing in cutting-edge technologies could lead to big rewards, but it also brings incredible risk for CIOs, says Michael Friedenberg
Michael Friedenberg shares his top 10 resolutions for CIOs, including losing weight (the legacy IT kind) and lowering your handicap (professional weaknesses).
As we head into the new year, IDG Enterprise CEO Michael Friedenberg pairs his list of favorite quotes with questions to spark your thinking
The IT talent wars are intensifying. IDG Enterprise CEO Michael Friedenberg identifies several approaches that CIOs are using to attract and nurture top talent.