Jay Williams is the founder and managing partner of Williams Technology Group, and has been a chief technology officer and consultant to many of the Fortune 500. As a consultant, he developed a highly refined process for managing a company’s technology infrastructure, including applications, security, and network assets. Jay is a highly sought-after, enterprise systems architect and problem solver. He has advised a number of high profile technology companies on their products and is known for a rare combination of deep technology expertise, expert problem solving ability and business acumen. Jay is widely respected by peers and has influenced many pivotal technology consortia and industry steering groups. He is frequently consulted by venture and capital investors for analyses of new technology strategies.
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Haydn Shaughnessy is described as “one of the most refreshing thinkers on innovation.” He began his innovation adventure as a science officer in the European Union’s advanced communications research department, set up to compete with ARPA and DARPA. A broadcast journalist by background he went on to manage projects in the emerging mobile and broadband communications space in the early 1990s, developing experimental broadband and mobile applications before 3G was around.
As a long term observer of the tech space, and a former Forbes.com columnist, innovation feature writer for the Irish Times, Harvard Business Review contributor, and editor of Innovation Management, he has been a pioneer of platform and ecosystem thinking and strategy. More recently he’s been working in blockchain and ICO ecosystem planning.
He has worked on blockchain projects also for companies in global financial infrastructure, been an advisor on platform disruption to banks such as RBS and global payments providers SWIFT and Earthport, as well as developing platform strategies in global imaging and social networking.
His work on patterns of disruption and global economics have embraced studies of Chinese Millennials, Chinese Technology Platforms and shifting patterns of global trade.
His ambition is to challenge leaders to rethink the structures of global economic governance, but for now, his focus is new ways to work.
On FLOW, he says:
“My book FLOW, written with Aviva CIO Fin Goulding, is a how-to guide for redesigning the modern organization in the digital age. It’s a minimalist Agile framework for digital transformation, which focuses on the cultural aspects of working in enterprises that are being redefined by DevOps and Microservices.
“Essentially, companies now have to learn how to manage without a grand plan. They have to manage without complex governance frameworks or detailed, rules-bound processes. That means culture becomes increasingly important. So in FLOW, we emphasize all the ways we have experimented with culture in order to increase the level of social interaction and co-decision making in the firm.
“The book also majors on how to bridge the IT-Business divide, how to draw business leaders into a minimalist agile framework, and how to integrate customers into workflow.
“FLOW is a new philosophy of work based on collective intelligence, extreme transparency and improved social interaction.”
To learn more about the Flow philosophy, click here.
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