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R "Ray" Wang        

Founder, Chairman & Principal Analyst at Constellation Research; Author of "Disrupting Digital Business"

R “Ray” Wang (pronounced WAHNG) is the Founder, Chairman and Principal Analyst of Silicon Valley based Constellation Research Inc., a research and advisory firm which studies disruptive business and exponential technology trends.

Wang’s the co-host and co-founder of the widely watched DisrupTV, a weekly enterprise tech and leadership webcast that averages 50,000 views per episode. He’s also the author of the popular business strategy and technology blog “A Software Insider’s Point of View” that has received millions of page views per month. Wang also serves as a non-resident Senior Fellow at The Atlantic Council's GeoTech Center.

Since 2003, Wang has delivered thousands of live and virtual keynotes around the world that are inspiring and legendary. Wang has spoken at almost every major tech conference, including Salesforce’s Dreamforce, Adobe Summit, IBM, HR Tech Conference, NASSCOM, Mobile World Congress, CES, NRF, HIMSS, Oracle, Microsoft, Wipro, ServiceNow, Google Next, SAP, Infosys, TCS, SXSW, CIO100, TEDX, and sessions at Davos for various clients. His clients include the Global 2000 companies, governments, startups, and investment firms.

Wang has held executive roles at institutions such as Forrester Research, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. His ground-breaking best selling book on digital transformation, Disrupting Digital Business, was published by Harvard Business Review Press in 2015. Ray's new book about Digital Giants and the future of business titled, Everybody Wants to Rule The World will be released July 2021 by Harper Collins Leadership.

Wang is well quoted and frequently interviewed in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business News, CNBC, Yahoo Finance, Cheddar, Bloomberg, CGTN America, Tech Crunch, ZDNet, CIO Magazine, Forbes, and Fortune. Ray frequently receives accolades and awards from various independent organizations as one of the top technology and business analysts in the world.

Speech Topics

Rethinking Your Business to Compete in the Age of New Monopolies

• It’s More Than a Turnaround; It’s a Rethinking of Your Business • Why Now is a Window of Opportunity to Pursue Bold Change • Five Pillars of Growth and Change Ideal audiences for this talk are legacy business leaders and private equity.

Regulation in the Age of Digital Giants: The New Way to Balance Free Markets and Consumer Innovation

• Secure the Critical Infrastructure and Digital Building Blocks for Public Good • Advocate the Global Recognition of Personal Data as a Human Right • Encourage Entrepreneurship with Start-Up Friendly Policies Ideal audiences for this talk are policymakers and business schools.

Competing in the Age of Extreme Capitalism & Formidable Monopolies

• How Organizations Can Partner with Others to Become Digital Giants • How to Craft a Joint Venture (The Right Way) • 11 Best Practices for Joint Ventures • Three Models to Galvanize Joint Venture Startups Ideal audiences for this talk are Global 2000 CXO’s, System Integrators, VCs & PEs.

Should You Invest in Digital Giants?: All-Big Tech Stocks Are Not Created Equal

• Big Tech Stocks Dominate the Growth Story: trillion-dollar market cap trades in Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft and FAANG stocks like Facebook and Netflix.
• Investors Rushed Into the Tech Space: not all tech stocks are created equal. • Identify the New Digital Giants and Evaluate How They Will Fare in Both the IPO Market and the Post-IPO Climate.
• The five elements of Digital Giants & Why the World is Moving to Markets with two monopolies per industry (duopolies) Ideal audiences for this talk are investors, private equity, and family offices.

Entrepreneurship in the age of Extreme Capitalism and Formidable Monopolies

• How to Build a Data-Driven Digital Network to Compete in the Age of New Monopolies • Four Elements of the DDDN Business Model • Six Monetization Strategies for DDDN Ideal audiences for this talk are startups and business schools.

Dynamic Leadership: A Responsive and Responsible Approach

The need to create responsive and responsible leadership is a hallmark for success in digital transformation and jump starting growth inside organizations. Dynamic leadership describes a model where leaders follow a set of immutable traits and balance foundational attributes of leadership. This new framework takes into account a multi-dimensional approach and addresses the challenges existing leadership models often neglect. The global call for responsive and responsible leadership will require a new way to approach the timeless topic of leadership. Instead of taking a classical binary or rigid approach, learn the five immutable core traits and develop a balance of 14 foundational attributes as a guide to successful and sustainable dynamic leadership.

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Augmented Humanity and AI Driven Smart Services: What Happens When The Machines Take Over

Searching for a competitive advantage and fearful of disruption, board rooms and CXO’s have rushed to artificial intelligence as the next big thing. The investment in pilots for AI’s subsets of machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and cognitive computing have moved from science projects to new digital business models powered by smart services. This unifying force for digital transformation in customer journeys, Internet of Things, future of work, commerce, and distributed ledger block chain technology revolves around the creation of AI driven smart services.

Learn how to bring immersive experiences, mass personalization at scale, and value exchange to create an orchestration of trust. Understand how these smart services will drive seven outcomes from artificial intelligence and jump start growth in every industry. While these smart services will dominate the landscape over the next decade, learn what rules and ethics need to be applied to not only augment humanity, but also keep humanity safe.

Join R “Ray” Wang (@rwang0), head of Silicon Valley-based Constellation Research and best selling author of the Harvard Business Review Press book, Disrupting Digital Business, as he shares practical guidance on how to jump start growth with AI driven smart services.

The Shift From Chief Digital Officers To Digitally Enabled CXO's

The existing leadership structure in most organizations is ill-equipped to drive the change required for dominating digital disruption. Consequently, the emergence of the chief digital officer (CDO) is essential for the new age of digital business.

Though the current debate often centers on whether the CIO or CMO will win out or whether chief digital officers may arise from an expanded role for the CIO, we see these arguments as short-sighted. As with any other massive transformation, the skill sets required for digital will be infused throughout the executive ranks and the organization’s DNA. The pathway forward will involve a multidisciplinary approach. However, the skills behind digital business transformation will require chief digital officers or those tasked with digital.

Join R "Ray" Wang (@rwang0), head of Silicon Valley-based Constellation Research and author of the Harvard Business Review Press book, Disrupting Digital Business, as he shows how the path forward from CDO to Digital CXO's will take place over the next 3 years.

The Right To Choose To Be Disconnected: An International Human Right For The Digital Age

In this increasingly digital and connected world, no person nor object will be left disconnected. Yet, humanity faces the biggest human rights abuse - the loss of privacy. What will it take to keep the right to choose to be disconnected a human right and what will you do to defend this freedom.

Join R "Ray" Wang (@rwang0), head of Silicon Valley-based Constellation Research and author of the Harvard Business Review Press book, Disrupting Digital Business as he shares insights in to this fascinating human right that must be defended at all costs

Disrupting Digital Business: The Post Sales, On Demand, Attention Economy Is Here

We’re standing at the dawn of a digital business revolution, but we barely realize it. As with the beginning of every revolution, those in the midst of it can feel it, sense it, and realize that something big is happening. Yet it’s hard to quantify the shift. The data isn’t clear. From how we interact with each other to how we engage with organizations, the shift is right in front of us. However, organizations usually react to change by denying, delaying, and disparaging — a key reason why 52 percent of the Fortune 500 have been merged, acquired, gone bankrupt, or fallen off the list since 2000.

Digital business disruption is no longer an option—it’s a necessity. Social, organizational, and technology shifts require a new way of thinking about business, one that leverages a digital DNA to deliver experiences and outcomes, and to transition from selling products to keeping brand promises. Learn how digital transformation allows you to use digital to disrupt instead of become one of the disrupted

Join R "Ray" Wang (@rwang0), head of Silicon Valley-based Constellation Research and best selling author of the Harvard Business Review Press book, Disrupting Digital Business, as he shares practical guidance on how to disrupt and transform in any industry.

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HBR: The Four Personas of the Next Gen CIO
Five years ago, Chief Information Officers (CIOs) were on top of the world. These executives played mission-critical roles in driving multi-million dollar projects that delivered massive change. However, a global recession and the inability of CIOs to deliver on business value have tarnished their status. Today’s CIOs are under pressure to deliver on requests for innovation, cost reduction, connectivity, and a growing demand for business intelligence.
HBR: Making the Leap From Consumer Tech to Enterprise Class
What's required for the leap to Consumer Tech? What I learned from SXSW in 2011
HBR: Coming To Terms With Consumerizaiton Of IT
The corporate e-mail server is down, but work doesn’t grind to a halt. Everybody just switches to Gmail, Skype, or BB Chat to get around the inconvenience. For the most part, they’re using these consumer technologies at work already — often because they’re better than anything the IT department can provide.
HBR: Moving from Transaction to Engagement
Mobile enterprise, social business, cloud computing, advanced analytics, and unified communications are converging. Armed with the art of the possible, innovators are seeking to apply disruptive consumer technologies to enterprise class uses — call it the consumerization of IT in the enterprise. The likely results include new methods of furthering relationships, crafting longer term engagement, and creating transformational business models. It’s part of a shift from transactional systems to engagement systems.
HBR: How to Engage Your Customers And Employee
Most customers now ignore targeted marketing campaigns, avoid responding to offers, and provide minimal feedback when asked. Instead, potential customers interact with each other, bypassing sanitized corporate messages devoid of meaning or value.
HBR: Beware Trading Privacy for Convenience
We pay for things with the swipe of a finger. We ask Siri how to get to a restaurant. Our friends can track exactly when we’ll show up. We can monitor our heart rates and calories burned — and compare our results with friends and strangers. We’re in the early days of a digital, mobile transformation. The benefits can seem limitless. And as a society, we are already becoming accustomed to the convenience, the connectivity, and the new insights that surface.
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HBR: The Building Blocks of Successful Corporate IT
The job of Chief Information Officer has never exactly been easy. But massive disruptions in business models, technology, and the work force have been throwing up massive new challenges for CIOs and other technology leaders.
HBR: To Jumpstart Growth, Flip the Company's Priorities
The punishing forces of quarter-to-quarter performance expectations have forced business leaders to scramble for short-term profit gains at the long-term expense of the organization. Because of those short-term bets and strategic pivots, organizations are struggling to meet ever-changing customer needs, are challenged to drive margins, and find themselves vulnerable to non-traditional competitors and unattractive to potential employees. This confluence of forces has led 52% of the Fortune 500 to be acquired, merged, go bankrupt, or fall off the list since 2000.
HBR: What a Visit to an AI-Enabled Hospital Might Look Like
The combination of machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and cognitive computing will soon change the ways that we interact with our environments. AI-driven smart services will sense what we’re doing, know what our preferences are from our past behavior, and subtly guide us through our daily lives in ways that will feel truly seamless.
HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW IDEA CAST: Making Sense of Digital Disruption
Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. Today I’m talking with Ray Wang, author of the new book, Disrupting Digital Business: Create an Authentic Experience in the Peer-to-Peer Economy. Ray, thank you so much for talking with us today.
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Trading Identity for Convenience – What Would You Give Up ...
At next month's Cloud Identity Summit 2013, Principal Analyst and CEO of Constellation Research R “Ray” Wang will discuss how evolvi.
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