You are working from home, making a presentation from your mobile phone to 50+ attendees and – BAM –the call drops! You quickly try to redial and there’s NO SIGNAL! Why did you cancel your landline service? Wouldn’t Wi-Fi® calling come in handy right now?
At one point in my career I was near the end of my contract at an advertising agency and I had begun searching for a new job. I found an opportunity that was a great match for my skills, but there was one catch, it was a graphics management position at a company in the adult entertainment field. Profits from the company were used to provide humanitarian aid to third world countries so there was a solid moral rationale to be in the business, but I had to consider whether that rationale would work for me as an individual. I had my doubts, but I was also very anxious to find a job.
As Head of Sustainability at Alcatel-Lucent, one of the most challenging areas of my role is driving stakeholder dialogue. Alcatel-Lucent has a global footprint and has set a high bar on sustainability. Maintaining active interaction with employees as well as customers, investors, suppliers, civil society can keep you busy for a very LONG time! And yet mastering stakeholder dialogue is so crucial to understanding whether or not a technology leader organization such as ours is “right on the mark” in our approach to responsible business innovation, or totally off course.
For more than 40 years Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) has helped various industries to monitor and manage their industrial applications and processes, helping to boost the efficiency of operations and reduce costs. Yet with technological advances expanding the range of systems and monitoring methods available, has SCADA had its day?
Startups have been leading the field for several years. They have revolutionized whole parts of the economy, their valuations are soaring and they are attracting the brightest young graduates. To many, they represent the future and their capacity for innovation stands in stark contrast to large companies.