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Why C-Suite Executives Must Embrace a “Challenger Spirit” to Lead Their Organizations Into the Future

This week, I will be in San Diego attending Gartner’s 2017 Catalyst Conference with Nicolas Jodal, CEO of GeneXus. We were invited by Gartner, as a result of GeneXus having been named a new Challenger by Gartner, in its 2017 Magic Quadrant for App Development Platforms Report.

I am grateful, proud and honored to have our firm selected for this prestigious distinction.

Challenger is a spirit that should never escape any firm, especially those of us in the tech sector. The blazing speed with which landscapes change can render any leader a true challenger overnight. In the past week, we have seen Amazon announce their entrance into the ticket sales and promotional space, presently dominated by Live Nation – no sector leader could be comfortable with that 800-pound gorilla entering the room. Also during that time, Disney notified Netflix that it will be pulling its films and begin offering its own online service, and it is rumored that other studios will soon follow suit and all-but-guaranteed should it work out for Disney.

Both of those moves undoubtedly sent shockwaves through the campuses of each of these market leaders, and could very well render them challengers in the spaces they once dominated, if it has not done so already. Regardless, they will both be forced to make substantial changes to their operations and strategies, or find themselves among the ranks of so many former tech titans who are now either a shadow of their former selves, or worse vanquished altogether.

Adoption of a challenger mindset, regardless of standing, dovetails nicely with Agile methodologies and philosophy. Continuously, aggressively and enthusiastically adjusting strategy and tactics, as well as testing each as they are modified, can help an organization rapidly adapt to an ever-changing landscape. This may be especially useful for firms in our space, who routinely witness a security threat emerge overnight, and are forced to immediately produce a defense against it.

IoT presents another case where a strong challenger/Agile culture will be especially useful. Per IHS, the IoT market will likely increase from an installed base of 15.4 billion devices in 2015 to 30.7 billion connected devices in 2020 and 75.4 billion in 2025. This meteoric growth will invariably introduce new platforms, frameworks and the invariable opportunities and complications associated with the advent of each. Anybody expecting to compete in this whirlwind will find themselves challenged.

Myself and the entire GeneXus staff are excited about the opportunities and challenges that these happenings will present, and are cautiously optimistic that we will continue to rise to the occasion, as we have for the past three decades. I am very much looking forward to this week’s gathering in San Diego, where Gartner will allow me the chance to exchange ideas with my fellow techies and gain some insight into how they intend to address the exciting times ahead. No doubt the inspiration and opinions shared will prove useful and help GeneXus in our endless pursuit of new solutions.

The Gartner Catalyst agenda is chock full of timely topics that every organization, technology decision-maker, and IT manager should consider when defining and implementing their company’s digital transformation. I’ll be covering as much ground as possible at the event, but the tracks that are of particular interest to me include:

  • Track A: Edge Strategies for Tomorrow’s IT
  • Track B: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and IoT-Driven Data and Analytics Architecture
  • Track E: DevOps and IT Agility: Moving from Fragile to Agile

If you are attending the Catalyst Conference yourself, I look forward to seeing you there. Maybe catch a beer and a bite? Connect with me on Twitter at @AntonioJulioGX or via email at ajulio@genexus.com.

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