Day: February 7, 2018
As they move from corporate R&D labs to public streets and highways, self-driving vehicles are getting a lot of attention. Industry observers love to talk about the potential of these futuristic cars and trucks to transform the way we move people, products and materials from one place to another. But there’s one thing some commentators may be missing when they talk about autonomous vehicles (AVs) being the next big thing. AVs have actually been with us for decades, operating efficiently in many industries.
Just ask the folks at Caterpillar, the company that introduced the industrial world to autonomous vehicles in 1996.[1} That legacy continues today in the Caterpillar autonomous mining program, which is working to take the driver out of the company’s Cat® 793F mining trucks.
2017 saw the marketing winds shift in favor of podcasts as entrepreneurs continue to spend more time on the go. In 2017, 112 million Americans listened to a podcast; with the lion’s share of downloads flowing to a select few. Anecdotally, during exercise I’ve switched from music beats to The Gary Vee Audio Experience (#18 in 2017), The Unconventional Life Show (#1 in 2017) and Create Your Own Life in order to learn. The pace of podcasts and the utility–not just the fact that most podcasts guests have something to say but that the best podcast hosts can get the best results from them–align with what most entrepreneurs up to the enterprise-level C-suite are looking for.
After completing a digital transformation as the CIO of American Cancer Society, Jay Ferro left for ISP EarthLink in 2016 as CIO and chief product officer, overseeing both IT and the company’s enterprise product strategy. Ferro began working with then CEO Joe Eazor on a turnaround strategy in which he helped build enterprise products.
But later that year EarthLink merged with Windstream, and Ferro was offered a role at the combined company that no longer included purview over product. He declined the role and is now CIO of TransPerfect. “The direction of the organization just wasn’t what I was interested in,” Ferro tells CIO.com.
Whether the focus is a storm brewing over the ocean, a simple five-day local forecast or predictions about global warming, weather and climate are continually in the news. And there’s good reason for this. Weather and climate are universal concerns. They influence our lives in countless ways, from the decisions we make about how to dress for the day, to the steps we take to protect our health and safety — now and in the years to come.
It’s really not hyperbole to say that, when it comes to weather and climate, lives are on the line. With more timely and accurate weather forecasting and improved climate modeling, we can do the things we need to do to mitigate the threats to our wellbeing that come with catastrophic weather events, rising oceans and changing climates.
Silicon Valley goes to extreme lengths to lure and retain tech talent — from office puppies to on-site massages to catered meals. But which benefits actually matter to the talent you’re trying to recruit? And which actually help you sign that talent faster?
“By far, the ‘standard bearers’ of company benefits did have a positive impact on hiring time: leave, insurance and financial incentives,” says Kieran Snyder, co-founder of Textio, an augmented writing platform that recently scrutinized the performance of 75 benefits in over 300 million job posts to see which perks actually attract IT job seekers and speed up hiring time. “So, I wouldn’t ditch those. But do you need to offer onsite massage? It has no impact on hiring. How about that climbing wall? Nope. Concierge services? Nada. Puppies? Please, tell me dogs in the office made the cut!? Definitely not (neither did puppy leave),” Snyder says.