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Innovative Technologies: Essentials Reads

The rapid advancements in technology have brought along an urgency from organizations to stay vigilant and up-to-date with these evolving changes.

As consumers are becoming more aware and demanding, organizations need to ensure a secure technological transformation, in order to protect their consumers and assets alike. These relentless fast pace of innovations, such as AI, IoT, Blockchain, etc., are changing the way organizations operate, as well as affecting individual’s day-to-day life. We have compiled a list of books below, to help you get started on understanding these technologies and their effect better.

Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation by George Westerman, Didier Bonnet, and Andrew McAfee

This is a very useful and comprehensive manual for business executives who want to embrace the possibilities of developing technological innovations but need assistance getting started, staying on track for success, and maintaining the momentum they have built. Both organizational leadership ability and IT mastery are necessary for success. Neither is sufficient to become a “digital master” on its own.

According to the authors, the beginning point is a transformative vision of one’s business employing the potential for new waves of IT and unanimity among the top team, including the person selected to lead the technological dimension. The authors discuss the potential of new digital technologies to revolutionize consumer experiences and operations, and create new lines of business, referred to as business models in their terminology. A good read and a useful guide for both technical leaders and business executives.

Designed for Digital: How to Architect Your Business for Sustained Success by Jeanne W. Ross, Cynthia M. Beath, and Martin Mocker

This book will answer many of your digital transformation questions. It is a wellresearched and well-written book on winning the digital race, with chapters that offer clear definitions, advice on each topic, as well as simple and insightful graphics. It presents a reference model for use in digital transformation and discusses how to create a roadmap to change an enterprise to fit that model.

It is illustrated with copious real-world examples, drawn from the authors’ research on many big-name companies, such as Schneider Electric, Toyota, Phillips, USAA, etc., offering enlightenment to both IT and non-IT readers. The authors have identified five building blocks that organizations must integrate to help with putting non-IT managers or staff, IT managers, and outside tech partners on the same path with a shared vocabulary. This book is unique in the sense that it offers a solid, progressive, and clearly outlined approach to building a digital company.

Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust by Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis

While significant and important progress has been made in artificial intelligence, there has also been a surge of hype. The authors do a great job of explaining where the field of AI is currently, what the advantages and disadvantages of some modern technologies are, where they reckon that the field is going wrong, and what we should do instead. To progress beyond where we are now, we need machines with a functional model of the world in which they operate, the ability to generalize, and a database of real-world experiences to rely on in order to adapt to and integrate new information.

This is a fantastic non-technical book that challenges the AI hype while highlighting both real advancement and the complex questions that remain on the way to understanding how to create intelligent systems with human-like flexibility and scope. If you are intrigued by AI or its potential applications, this book is designed for the general reader and includes numerous illustrations.

The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order Paperback by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey

This book offers some unique attributes and makes a great introduction to Bitcoin for anyone interested in understanding it better, not simply those involved in the field. It offers extensive historical details about the start of Bitcoin, the people involved in the early development of Bitcoin, and the early days of progress made to get it used in everyday transactions, as well as economics.

A thought-provoking and well-researched book, the authors provide a simplified and easy-to-understand way of explaining this important and complex topic, focusing an entire chapter on how the Blockchain works. Vigna and Casey, as journalists, keep a neutral perspective and clearly point out the advantages and disadvantages. Reading this book will make you begin to appreciate why many people believe this protocol may change the world of finance in a way similar to how the internet changed communications.

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