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7 Bold Tech Ideas That Will Make You Uncomfortable

Elite tech leaders pushed the boundaries at the InformationWeek Conference. At least one of these ideas should make you squirm and think, "We need to do that."
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Wal-mart's Karenann Terrell (right), with InformationWeek's Stephanie Stahl.
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Wal-mart's Karenann Terrell (right), with InformationWeek's Stephanie Stahl.

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StaceyE,
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6/30/2015 | 9:12:57 PM
Re: Analyze risk
Great point. I think this is overlooked way too often.
StaceyE
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StaceyE,
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6/30/2015 | 9:11:05 PM
Re: Pfft!
Haha this made me think of a meme I saw about Wal-Mart having 50 registered and only two open because "f you"....
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shakeeb,
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5/31/2015 | 9:24:33 PM
Analyze risk
It is always important to analyze the risk since it will occur in different levels. Especially when you are working on projects.
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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5/31/2015 | 9:20:07 PM
Re: Risk
True. However there can be instances where you should accept risk even without a plan B. in this case the best option would be to analyze the impact of risk.
shakeeb
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5/31/2015 | 9:13:46 PM
Re: As the Old saying goes..
In my opinion quality and cost are more important. Speed will lead towards quality issues.
StaceyE
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5/31/2015 | 4:06:50 PM
Re: As the Old saying goes..
Haha...funny, you know cost will always be number one. Speed or quality will always take the backseat to cost...and unfortunately quality often gets left behind for speed.
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5/31/2015 | 4:05:40 PM
Re: Risk
There should ALWAYS be a contingency plan in place when taking any risk, business or otherwise!
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5/31/2015 | 4:04:26 PM
Re: A common thread...
Great point! Sometimes accuracy is much more important than speed.
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asksqn,
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5/30/2015 | 2:48:20 PM
Pfft!
I think Walmart should focus on keeping its self-checkout POS stations in operable condition before it worries about anything else.  As is, those things are constantly out of order.  And management doesn't like to bring in more than 1 employee to run register for every 50 customers standing on the checkout line.
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5/28/2015 | 10:45:57 AM
Re: A common thread...
Mom always said I was naively optimistic, but I believe that the speed focused on by several of the tech leaders featured here can be a win, if it's done right. I'm reiminded of the day I didn't sleep through a high-school physics class, and learned the difference between vector and scalar quantities. Speed of IT transformation is essential, IF it has a specific direction, or goal. And that goal should always be improvement of agility, resilience, and/or trustworthiness ("ART") of an enterprise. 

Little if anything transpires faster than the speed of human thought. So if the direction of IT transformation is well thought out and focused on improving business operations, speed will thrill, not kill. But speed without clear direction is nothing more than a major catastrophe waiting to happen.
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