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Frank Buytendijk
Distinguished VP and Gartner Fellow Emeritus
10 years at Gartner
23 years IT Industry

Frank Buytendijk covers Data and Analytics, Digital Ethics, #DigitalSociety and Futures Impact. He is also the co-lead of Gartner's Maverick program, the company's incubator for unconventional research. Read Full Bio

Wishing You A Huggy 2018!

by Frank Buytendijk  |  December 28, 2017

We live in times in which everything is a transaction, a contract, a sale. We learn to “sell” our ideas. We call something the “money” slide, when it represents the core of the matter.  But is it the core of the matter? Is everything for sale? Aren’t there many things of which the value disappears […]

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How Can You Know What You Don’t Know?

by Frank Buytendijk  |  November 30, 2017

Once in a while in a conversation, a question comes up that is really triggering. In this case the question was “How can you know what you don’t know?” It got me thinking. At first glance, it is a question on the level of “what is the meaning of life?” or “what is true, and […]

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#DigitalSociety: Digital Innovation on a Societal Scale

by Frank Buytendijk  |  November 28, 2017

In my last blog I was describing the need for futurism (or more formally futures studies), and how this is needed in markets with high levels of uncertainty, lots of innovation and competitive pressure (in other words, in about every market). More or less coincidentally, I had the opportunity to see a number of futurists […]

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The Future is Here. The Future is Now.

by Frank Buytendijk  |  September 28, 2017

“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson “Only in motion is the future” – Yoda “In the future, it’s all going to be different! And better! And bigger! Technology will …” <everybody else to fill in their dystopian or utopian vision> We’re getting a bit tired of […]

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A Futurist Perspective … Digital Fatigue, And Why You Shouldn’t

by Frank Buytendijk  |  September 7, 2017

Today I had an interesting conversation. About “digital fatigue”. The word digital is indeed used quite a bit, and it is easy to get tired of it. If you put “digital” in front of everything, it becomes meaningless, doesn’t it? There are two types of digital fatigue I guess. Some feel it is overhyped. Overstated. […]

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The #digitalsociety and the digital social contract

by Frank Buytendijk  |  May 30, 2017

Ok, that wins first prize on “least attractive blog title”. But it is a very important subject. In this blog I regularly comment on the digitalization of society. In my last blog I focused mostly on your role, dear reader. In this blog I’d like to take it one step further, and see if we […]

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by Frank Buytendijk  |  March 29, 2017

Think of everything you read and heard about the digitalization of business, digital strategies and digital platforms this week or this month, and put it aside. There is a much larger and much more important trend emerging: the digitalization of society itself. It’s a little like the Himalayas. You’re looking at a mountain ridge, and […]

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Participate In A New Research Project!

by Frank Buytendijk  |  December 1, 2016

  In essence, ethics is what you believe is right and what is wrong. In personal life, but also in business. In order to make sure that you what you believe is good behavior then also happens, and that as much as possible what you believe is bad behavior is being avoided, some governance is […]

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Who Owns The Data, Anyway?

by Frank Buytendijk  |  November 5, 2016

A digital society is emerging, in which virtual and physical elements blend into a new reality. We have to get it right. I mean, if a digital business messes up, there are often alternatives of where you can take your business. But in the digital society? We cannot live outside of it. We are part […]

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Introducing “Digital Connectivism”: A New Philosophy for the Digital Society

by Frank Buytendijk  |  November 5, 2016

“We are creating a digital society that is reshaping who we are and how we live. This new dynamic needs a new philosophy as our old business-driven ways don’t work anymore. Digital leaders should embrace digital connectivism to navigate the new digital society with skill and in comfort.” That’s the summary of the new set […]

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