An Interview on Artificial Intelligence with Christine Ashton - CDO, Digital Office s/4 HANA Cloud

Written by EO Executives on Dec 20, 2017

Intelligent Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP ) cloud for every company- Interview with Christine Ashton, CDO, Digital Office S/4 HANA Cloud

With continuous advancements in technology, organisations everywhere are now relying on Applications and Products (SAP) to deliver world-class enterprise resource planning (ERP) that defines the state of the art and enables innovation. With SAP ERP Cloud, SAP has again redefined the field with Intelligent ERP that sets a new standard for advanced technology.

At EO Executives we are passionate about understanding the role of Artificial Intelligence. Our Technology Practice will be publishing an Artificial Intelligence white-paper in January 2018, where we will uncover more insights like this from interviews with the industry’s top experts. Along with what it means for businesses, and how to C-Suite should be better prepared. So, stay tuned!

To extend our understanding we reached out to our network to gain some industry insights on the importance of Artificial Intelligence and the potential impact it could have on the structure of many businesses.

So, who better to reach out to than Christine Ashton, CDO, Digital Office S/4 HANA Cloud. Christine also leads the new CXO practice to help increase collaboration from C-suite leaders. She has a background in utilities, natural resources and telecommunications.

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Could Your AI (Artificial Intelligence) Machines Land You in Trouble?

Written by EO Executives on Sep 13, 2017

Szu Hill, EO Executives – VP & C-Suite exec search, 13th September 2017

In AI-proliferated industries, one of the biggest immediate minefield for the C-Suite is perhaps the GDPR implications in data collection & processing by AI entities.  When AI entities used by your organisation collect vast amounts of data, either:

  • via impersonal acquisition of such data via the Internet of Things (such as sensors or trackers), or,
  • via more personal interactions with customers - e.g. through chatbots in automated online banking transactions, or through an Alexa-like AI customer assistant when purchasing goods via an e-commerce platform,

… we have to ask if all the information collected about the customer has been obtained in a
GDPR-compliant manner?  And when that data has been collected, how will it be ensured that it will be legally processed so that it doesn’t infringe the customer’s data privacy or consumer rights? 

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Watch out - Artificial Intelligence Can Replace Highly-Skilled Cybersecurity Specialists Too!

Written by EO Executives on Sep 11, 2017


EO Executives – VP & C-Suite Executive Search

In my previous blog on Artificial Intelligence (AI) (read here) I mentioned that in our post-Brexit world, a continued shortage in the availability of resources to carry out low-skilled labour at often unsociable hours and at low wages may hasten the adoption of robots in both the farming and non-farming sectors (aka hospitality and service sectors).

However, we also have a chronic shortage of higher-end skills, especially those in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sectors. According to the UK Commission for Employment & Skills, 43% of STEM vacancies in UK are hard to fill, due to a shortage of applicants with the required skills or experience. Additionally, there may not be as many people who have the inclination to pursue a career in the more scientific or technical sectors.

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Why Gamification Is the Future of Learning

Written by Lucy Bielby on Sep 01, 2017

Let’s talk about Gamification… 

Gamification is the application of the typical elements of game playing (e.g. point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity, typically used as an online marketing technique to encourage engagement with a product or service.

Over recent years, gamification has been used in marketing as a tool for organisations to increase customer engagement. However, in more recent years it has made its way into the employee journey process and has become an integral aspect of employee engagement.

So, how can gamification be used in the work place and why is it important?

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5 Tips for Hiring a Rockstar Chief Technology Officer

Written by EO Executives on Aug 23, 2017

In this blog, Technology Practice Lead Ben Walton focuses on how in a competitive market, C-Level leaders of rapidly growing, digitally first companies can better attract and retain top Chief Technology Officers into their businesses...

As an Associate Director and Head of Technology practice at EO Executives, I am privileged to meet with some of the most talented, innovative and forward-thinking Chief Technology Officers (CTO’s) in the country on a regular basis. 

Speaking with such inspirational leaders and partnering with so many awesome businesses gives me a unique opportunity to stay up to date with what is happening in the market, and ensures I stay engaged with my client’s key priorities.

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Staying Ahead of the Curve in the 4th Industrial Revolution – How Should the C-Suite Manage an AI-Driven Organisation Where Men & Machines Are Co-Workers?

Written by EO Executives on Aug 11, 2017

Szu Hill, EO Executives – VP & C-Suite exec search, 11th August 2017

On June 20th I had the privilege of attending the CogX Artificial Intelligence (AI) event at The Brewery in London. It was attended by leading edge experts in AI and automation, highly intelligent creators of AI technology and robotics, as well as the general public who like me are fascinated by the advance in AI and what it could mean for the future of work and society as a whole.

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What Is the Key to Successful Internal Communication?

Written by Lucy Bielby on Jun 23, 2017

Leading the HR Practice at EO Executives, I have recently seen an increased demand from my clients for Internal Communications professionals and it got me questioning as to why. Why now is there the sudden demand?

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The SaaS Implementation and Post-Implementation Stage

Written by EO Executives on Jun 07, 2017

 

“Oh, that’s for the Technology team to sort out now, Sales have done their bit” … Is this true?

Hi there, I am Szu and I am part of the executive search team in EO Executives who identify and place the best and brightest talent for the C-level/VP roles we have. Previously, I worked with IT Services companies in solutions & product development. At HPE, as part of my MSc in IT, I worked in the global cloud services team to help design a cloud Integration platform for small & medium-sized independent software vendors. At CSC, I led the R&D part of the solutions development function to deliver new IaaS/SaaS offerings.

As part of EO Executives’ survey of over 100+ industry leaders (CTO’s and Commercial Directors) to understand how aligned sales and technology teams are in modern business, we kicked off a theme blog “Are Sales and Technology Pulling in Different Directions?” From this EO article, I started off a spin-off series of blogs talking about why alignment between the Sales and Technology leads is so crucial the at all stages of the SaaS life cycle:

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How to Identify the Right Product Leader for Your Business…and Why This Is So Damn Important!

Written by EO Executives on May 17, 2017

It all sounds so simple really. To stay ahead of the competition and be successful, Technology board rooms up and down the country know that they need to differentiate, successfully commercialise and build effective, user-friendly products.

So, how does product play a part and what are the four kinds of Product Leader you should consider for your business?

Historically, Commercial Leaders were tasked with defining key products and functionality and then filtering down these plans to the tech teams to implement. Having someone to look at strategy and someone else to put this into practice is all very straight forward in theory…but they were missing a trick.

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The SaaS Go-To-Market Stage – Why It's Critical That Sales and Technology Functions Should Continue to Work Seamlessly

Written by EO Executives on May 15, 2017

Hi there, I am Szu and I am part of the executive search team in EO Executives who identify and place the best and brightest talent for the C-level/VP roles we have. Previously, I worked with IT Services companies in solutions & product development. At HPE, as part of my MSc in IT, I worked in the global cloud services team to help design a cloud Integration platform for small & medium-sized independent software vendors. At CSC, I led the R&D part of the solutions development function to deliver new IaaS/SaaS offerings.

Early this year, EO Executives surveyed over 100+ industry leaders who were mainly a mixture of CTO’s and Commercial Directors to understand how aligned sales and technology teams are in modern business, which resulted in a theme blog “Are Sales and Technology Pulling in Different Directions?”

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