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Conversations About AI

Conference producers organize conversations for a living, and one of the joys of the job is watching an idea whose time has come explode into the public consciousness after years of quietly doing important work out of the limelight.

OpenAI launched ChatGPT on November 30, 2022. Within two months it already had over 100 million active users, making it the fastest growing consumer application ever to date. As an interactive tool and toy, it has captured people’s imaginations and made Artificial Intelligence a topic of everyday conversation from boardroom tables to breakfast tables.

As unlikely as it would have sounded two years ago, just about everyone nowadays has at least a passing understanding of how Large Language Models work, and most people have asked with varying degrees of trepidation or excitement, “But what does AI mean for me?”

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Interview Worth Your Time

We have mentioned before that 2023 is the year The bluEPrint podcast moved from an intermittent thing to a regular weekly piece of content, and we are excited to add our YouTube Channel as one more way to highlight some of the great conversations we are having both at our events and through virtual interviews in between summits. Just before last Christmas we put together, ‘Our Favorite Interviews of 2022’ to showcase some of the discussions we were most proud of in the run-up to this year’s expansion, and then in early April we did another collection, “Showcasing the Interviews…

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Questions to Ask About Your Digital Transformation Journey

For something we talk about all the time and build heavily into every one of Executive Platforms’ ten annual events (with more on the way), I was surprised when I spotted the last time I wrote a blog post specifically about the Digital Revolution was all the way back in the beginning of May, and the last time we got into real ‘How to Get This Right’ content was all the way back in January. Let me correct that lapse right now. One of the things I love most about this subject matter is that while everyone’s Digital Transformation Journey…

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BLOG, TECHNOLOGY

Cybersecurity Trends We Are Following

Executive Platforms will be starting a new event series next year! The first North American Information Security Summit will run June 16-18, 2024, at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center near Denver, Colorado. We plan to gather together the top Chief Information Security Officers, Chief Risk Officers, Chief Data Officers, Chief Information Officers, and other senior executives working in data and information security from across North America to share their experiences and expertise with one another at a peer-to-peer level. Cybersecurity is going to be a big part of that event’s agenda, and so we thought it was probably…

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Survey Results: Top-of-Mind Issues and Challenges Facing Senior Manufacturing Executives

As senior leaders register for Executive Platforms’ events they are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire that allows us to better understand their role within their organizations and what they want to take away from our gatherings. By and large this information is not published for a number of reasons, but a few months ago we used some of it in developing the questions and prompts for the first edition of our popular new Speaker Roundtable series, and we thought it might be valuable and interesting to take some of our preparatory notes and translate them into a short blog…

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The Digital Revolution and Frontline Workers: Putting the Big Picture in the Palm of Their Hands

Last week marked my thirteenth anniversary as an industry conference producer, and of all the conferences, summits, forums, and symposia I have worked on over the years, the largest single category must be manufacturing events. I love building events for people who build things. It helps that I worked a bunch of factory jobs to pay my way through school. I crushed rock into powder. I cooked steel until it was hard enough to cut other steel. I made brake parts for trains and gas tanks for cars. When people talk about safety training or shopfloor optimization or materials handling,…

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Demonstrating the ROI of FSQ Digitization

One of the great challenges of Food Safety and Quality professionals is connecting what they do to the bottom line of the company, especially when they are advocating for new tools and capabilities. We have discussed this briefly before in an earlier blog post. While FSQ is vital to the success of every business that works with food, it is not a profit generator or a competitive advantage. There is also a natural and deep-seated conservatism in tinkering with what already works among the people responsible for safeguarding what we eat and drink. All this adds up to it being…

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Building Towards Long-Term Goals in a Quarterly Report World

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it has been under construction every day for centuries. So many of the issues we talk about at Executive Platforms events, in this blog, and through our podcast need to be discussed within the framework of a journey, because the destination is not something that will be reached in a matter of days, or weeks, or months, or even years. In many cases organizations commit themselves to a journey knowing from the very beginning that there will never be a stopping point. A Journey of Continuous Improvement, for example, is the commitment to…

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How Does Edge Computing Fit into the Larger Digital Revolution?

We write a lot about digital transformations on this blog. We also talk about it a great deal in our podcast episodes, and the speaker faculties of our events always have a lot to say about it too. I sometimes worry that there’s not a lot left to say in this space without getting into specifics that by their very nature start excluding people. No one case study or example can cover everything or speak to everyone, right? Then this morning I was reading something about Edge Computing, and it occurred to me while I have heard people talk about…

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A Checklist for Successful Digital Transformations

I’m a copywriter. I love synonyms. When there’s more than one way to say a thing, it gives me options to talk about the same ideas and concepts different ways without repeating myself too often. The Digital Revolution, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, or The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been a boon for business copywriters. It has been less of a boon for the people responsible for effectively delivering on its promises. Now that may seem unfair at first. Enormous corporate empires and entire professions have risen in the last few decades on the promise…

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