11. Apr, 2018

I am back. The Next Now Part I

Back from Munich since early today morning. We had been lucky two times on our way back. 1st our flight was not canceled as a lot of others due to the strike activities in the public services yesterday. And 2nd our target airport was closed for nearly one hour during a thunderstorm and we could not even start in Munich with our plane. As Duesseldorf has a nighttime ban you have to reach the airport before closure.

Today I had to get rid of the email backlog from 2 days and focus on making money again 😎. I could deliver one new profile today and will get another one ready tomorrow. Just to balance the rejection of my two best ager candidates from the past two days. Without my experience from last year after 170+ applications I would possibly just accept the minimal explanation that you get with a rejection - e.g. the functional department did finally decide against the profile or the technical expertise was not good enough - but with some insights I am pretty sure it is more related to their Year of birth, no proof just assumptions. Anyway, difficult to do anything when you are personally impacted, even more impossible for candidates you have to take care for. I will keep going and try to find a new position for them.

As I have just realized, we already passed the #44,444 overall reader number. GREAT!!

On the picture on the left you see Michael Dell, chairman and chief executive officer of Dell Technologies (http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/bios/michael_dell?s=corp). He used the opportunity to combine several customer visits with an appearance during The Next Now event. A quick summary of his key statements below:

  • The World of technology is not restricted to the IT department anymore, it is cross functional now
  • We are seeing 4 transformations in the moment --> Digital, IT, Workforce and Security
  • Key focus is on DATA
    • More important than applications
    • Same level as capital or workforce for companies now
    • Use what is available
    • Make best use of data coming out of intelligent machines
    • Now products are talking back to us
    • Reimagine companies in context of new technologies, possibilities, opportunities
  • Be quick or die
  • We have to take young people directly from schools and train them, only taking from competitors is not working longterm
  • Skills needed: Data science, Collaboration, Communication, etc,
  • Leadership matters
  • Welcome change

More about the other topics on the agenda in the coming days.

We're losing social skills, the human interaction skills, how to read a person's mood, to read their body language, how to be patient until the moment is right to make or press a point. Too much exclusive use of electronic information dehumanises what is a very, very important part of community life and living together. Vincent Nichols, English - Clergyman Born: November 8, 1945