Speaker's Short Bio

R "Ray" Wang is the Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman of Silicon Valley based Constellation Research, Inc. He's also the author of the popular business strategy and technology blog "A Software Insider’s Point of View". With viewership in the 10's of millions of page views a year, his blog provides insight into how disruptive technologies and new business models such as digital transformation impact brands, enterprises, and organizations. Wang has held executive roles in product, marketing, strategy, and consulting at companies such as Forrester Research, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
His new best selling book Disrupting Digital Business, published by Harvard Business Review Press and globally available in Spring of 2015, provides insights on why 52% of the Fortune 500 have been merged, acquired, gone bankrupt, or fallen off the list since 2000. In fact, this impact of digital disruption is real. However, it’s not the technologies that drive this change. It’s a shift in how new business models are created.
Wang has held executive roles in product, marketing, strategy, and consulting at companies such as Forrester Research, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Personify, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a prominent and dynamic keynote speaker and research analyst working with clients on digital, innovation, business model design, engagement strategies, customer experience, matrix commerce, and big data.
His Silicon Valley research firm, Constellation Research, Inc., advises Global 2000 companies on the future, business strategy, and disruptive technology adoption. Ray is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and well quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNBC TV, Reuters, IDG News Service, and other global media outlets. Wang has thrice won the prestigious Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR) Analyst of the Year Award

2 responses to “Monday’s Musings: Reflections On Obama And The False Hope For A Tech Halo”

  1. Scott Francis

    Ray, some how you’ve made strengths sound like weaknesses.
    1. Our universities attract the world’s brightest to attend our top-notch engineering programs. It turns out, typically other countries and companies in those countries typically don’t sponsor Art History majors. Just an observation. But you state it as if they are filling a need we can’t fulfill ourselves – supplying engineers. Our universities would not be in shambles without these students- quite the contrary, they have built up their capacity for specific majors on the basis of those students’ demand for those majors. And, just as a counterpoint, Stanford’s CS department saw a 41% increase in CS majors two years ago, and a 30% rise on top of that last year. This is undergraduate education – not dominated by imported talent, mind you. It is just one example… but it is so contrary to the mainstream hype that one wonders if it is the only one. Of course, what we’d really like to see is for the # of engineering majors (of which CS is just one) rise for many years to come at a more sustainable rate.

    2. Attracting skilled labor – you make it sound like we screwed up somehow 🙂 I challenge you to come up with the stats to support “the majority” of skilled labor pool being imported, but certainly extremely important contributions, in large numbers, come from first and second generation immigrants. Good! This is not, I’m afraid, a sign of what’s wrong. But of what’s right.

    3. The one thing I do NOT hear these days is that access to capital is a problem. I’m really surprised you think this is actually an issue, when many investors are complaining of an investment “bubble” (granted, there are plenty that argue against this point of view – but I haven’t heard anyone decrying the lack of available investment capital).

    Having said all that, I think your recipes for success are perfectly valid, and I support them. (Except for one thing: there’s no evidence that it actually matters who holds your debt. The amount of debt is a concern, who holds it is really not. )