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Judith Hurwitz

judith hurwitz headshotJudith Hurwitz is an author, speaker and business technology consultant with decades of experience.  Judith's full bio
Maybe I have been around the technology market too long but it appears to me that there is nothing new under the sun. The foundational technologies that are the rage today all have their roots in technology that has been around for decades. That is actually a good thing. Simply put, a unique technology concept often will not be commercially viable for at least a decade. So, as I look into 2012, it is clear to me that we are at a tipping point where technologies that have been incubating for many years are customer requirements. Some, like cloud computing are...
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  When I started working on my latest book, Smart or Lucky? How Technology Leaders Turn Chance into Success, I thought a lot about what makes one company sustain itself over decades while other companies fade away.  What does innovation really mean and how does it happen? Innovation is not an easy achievement. Many companies that find themselves in trouble proclaim that they will improve their fortunes by through innovation.  While it makes sense it can be somewhat perplexing.  Shouldn’t companies always be focused on innovation? Isn’t it logical to assume that if a company were consistently innovating that they would...
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Can HP survive its DNA?

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This blog was originally published in Harvard Business Review I remember attending a Hewlett-Packard meeting for industry analysts in the early 1990s and hearing HP proudly declare that it was becoming a software company. Software had turned into a stronger driver of revenue in the computer industry than hardware, and HP management had realized that it had to make the shift to sustain its growth. I raised my hand and asked Lew Platt, HP's president at the time, how much of overall revenue he anticipated would come from software within five years. His answer: by the end of the decade, about...
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My colleague, Fern Halper has just competed an extensive study on predictive analytics. Below is the blog she posted today about the study and the importance of Predictive Analytics to customers. The Inaugural Hurwitz & Associates Predictive Analytics Victory Index is complete! By Fern Halper For more years than I like to admit, I have been focused on the importance of managing data so that it helps companies anticipate changes and therefore be prepared to take proactive action. Therefore, as I watched the market for predictive analytics really emerge I thought it was important to provide customers with a holistic perspective...
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It is inevitable that data would emerge as the most complex and important topics of the next decade. The expansion of the amount and types of data that we have been accumulating across more systems—physical and virtual, applications, and electronic devices – is astounding.  These environments generate huge amounts of data – from structured to unstructured – and with increasing use of digital images, social media, and data streams this explosion of data is continuing beyond what we could have imagined. Many organizations have created workarounds to manage these large volumes of complex data using warehouses, data marts, and moving...
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The following is a guest blog that I wrote for the Harvard Business Review. I joined LinkedIn in 2007. I can't remember why. After connecting to a few dozen people, I still couldn't fathom what the purpose of LinkedIn was, especially for an already-established professional. Yes, I knew these people, but to what end were we connecting on this site? But for some reason I stayed on for the ride, more as an experiment than in any effort to gain value. I was fascinated with the platform this company was building and wondered what its business model might be. Even after...
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The following is a guest blog that I wrote for the Harvard Business Review. HP finds itself in a complicated position. While the technology giant's second-quarter revenue increased by 3%, its relatively new CEO, Leo Apotheker, was forced to lower the forecast for revenue for the fiscal year. He blamed the Japan earthquake, the anemic PC market, and a troubled services organization. Wall Street did not take kindly to the news. While HP was once the technology leader that could do no wrong, market watchers are now concerned that the company does not have a clear strategy to overcome its problems....
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After spending two days at the Red Hat Summit last week, I started thinking about the power of open source software and how it has transformed the software industry. When I was writing my new book, Smart or Lucky, How Technology Leaders Turn Change into Success, I analyzed the success and failures of companies that attempted to cement their offerings as a standard in the market.  In the 1980 and 1990s companies like Microsoft were able to establish their platforms as a de facto standard. Fast forward another couple of decades and it is becoming clear that open source has changed...
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