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Guy is the Editor-in-Chief of the Forum’s publication “Innovate!”, encouraging  regular interaction and on-going communications with Forum members, business leaders and technologists involved in accelerating innovation throughout all corners of business. In addition, Guy is Editor of NetReporter, an information service which provides the international media community with updates  on the hottest trends in networking and IT. He monitors developments in areas such as cloud-native connectivity, data centre and network automation, AI, IoT, 5G, edge compute and cybersecurity. In a long career in tech journalism he has written extensively for titles such as Capacity, European Communications, Vanilla Plus, Computing and Computer Reseller News.

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Enterprise Migration to the Cloud: Getting the network right

Making healthy progress with digital transformation

Book Review: The Serendipity Mindset: The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck

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Enterprise Migration to the Cloud: Getting the network right

Analyst Chair: Brandon Butler

Tommy Gardner, HP
Thiagaraja Manikandan, Olam
Parag Thakore, Netskope
TATA Communications
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Cyber Security – Meeting CISO Demands

Analyst Chair: Mauricio Sanchez, Research Director, Network Security & Data Center Appliance, SASE Market Research Dell’Oro Group

Ryan Hammer, Chief Information Security Officer, Ciena
John Kindervag, SVP, Cybersecurity Strategy, ON2IT
Dr. Ronald Layton, Vice President, Converged Security Operations, Sallie Mae Bank
Ben de Bont, Chief Information Security Officer, ServiceNow
Srinivasan CR, Executive Vice President – Cloud and Security Business
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INNOVATIVE NETWORKING STRATEGIES TO ACCELERATE YOUR COMPETITIVE EDGE

Analyst Chair: Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group

Panelists:
Atif Khan, CTO and Founder, Alkira
Ravi Malick, Global Chief Information Officer, Box Inc.
Katrina Redmond, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Eaton
Amit Sinha Roy, Vice President, Global Head of Marketing & Communications, Tata Communications
Tom Bianculli, Chief Technology Officer, Zebra Technologies
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The Branch of One and the New Enterprise Edge

Analyst Chair: Brandon Butler, Senior Research Analyst, Enterprise Networks IDC

Samantha Davis, CIO Americas, Arkema Inc.
Mark Parr, Global Director of Information Technology, HFW
Gaurav Anand, Board Member, Tata Communications America, Inc.
Ian Wood, Head of Technology UK&I at Veritas Technologies


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Global Enterprise Customer Insights: An Analysis of 2021 IT Investment Priorities

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Migrating MPLS Networks to the New Era of Cloud Networking

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CIO Round Table on Predicting and Preparing for the New Normal

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Combating Today’s Cybersecurity Threats Faced by CISOs in Enterprise and Hybrid Cloud Environments

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The Serendipity Mindset: The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck

By Dr Christian Busch
Serendipity is an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. To other people it looks like “good luck”, but it is more the ability to recognise and seize an opportunity, rather than have good fortune thrust upon one. Finding a wallet stuffed with money on the conference room floor is good luck, whereas holding it up and asking if anyone has lost their wallet might be the beginning of a valuable friendship – that would be serendipity.

Chance encounters, or strokes of fortune, feature in countless stories of business success. This book looks beneath the surface, reveals and teaches the mindset that can transform pure chance into opportunity. The author is director of the Global Economy Program at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, and a lecturer at the London School of Economics.

Serendipity is an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. To other people it looks like “good luck”, but it is more the ability to recognise and seize an opportunity, rather than have good fortune thrust upon one. Finding a wallet stuffed with money on the conference room floor is good luck, whereas holding it up and asking if anyone has lost their wallet might be the beginning of a valuable friendship – that would be serendipity.

The author says “This is a book about the interactions of coincidence, human ambition and imagination”. In the above example: finding the wallet is the coincidence; ambition is the desire to make something of the discovery; add imagination and you open up a whole menu of possibilities: from spending spree to earning a reputation for honesty – or even making a wealthy friend.

Business is typically forged on human ambition and imagination, but early success often feeds an appetite for control – and “control freaks” can be blind to the opportunities thrown up by the unexpected. They only see chance events as distractions. If plans go awry, they may blame the failure on “bad luck” rather than admit their own inflexible attitude.

The author himself admits to being “a German who is used to planning” and prone to feel anxious when something unexpected happens. That makes him an ideal teacher, because he has worked hard to discover and analyse the mindset that enables one to “connect the dots” and cultivate serendipity. He presents a goldmine of examples from science, business and life where an apparent mishap or failure lead to a breakthrough.

Indeed, studies suggest that around 50% of major scientific breakthroughs emerge as the result of accidents or coincidences. A well-known example is Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin, launching the whole field of antibiotics. Other examples include X-rays, nylon, microwave ovens, rubber, Velcro, Viagra and Post-it Notes – where would we be without these!

The book goes beyond the ability to recognise and respond to opportunities in chaos, but the subtitle – The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck – is actually a bit misleading. True, he does show ways to develop better fortune, but it would be better to call it “inviting” or “encouraging” good luck. For example, he suggests better ways to start a conversation with a stranger – ways that will make it more likely to lead to chance connections or shared interests.

The publishers may have chosen the word “creating” to make the book appeal to the human desire to control – for control freaks are exactly the readership that would benefit the most from this book’s wisdom and practical advice.

For the rest of us, it offers a great way to rediscover the sense of play that is so important in life – and too often lost in business.

 

“Following the success of The Serendipity Mindset hardback, a paperback edition has also now been launched under the title “Connect the Dots”.

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