Welcome!

Wearables Authors: Carmen Gonzalez, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Yeshim Deniz, William Schmarzo

Related Topics: Wearables, Mobile IoT, Microservices Expo

Wearables: Blog Feed Post

Steve Jobs and the Future of Apple – All Biz Truly IS Show Biz…

Perhaps the ultimate adage in show business is, “Leave ‘em wanting more.”

Perhaps the ultimate adage in show business is, “Leave ‘em wanting more.”

As a professional speaker for the better part of three decades, the constant reminder is it is “better to stop too early than too late.”

And, this afternoon, Steve Jobs showed he knows that all business is show business as well as any executive who ever lived.

Certainly, we hope and pray there is no subsequent annoucement about his health. However, why would he desire the role of Chairman of Apple’s Board of Directors if he didn’t plan on being around?

Instead, look at what he has done. He returned to the company he had founded years earlier during a time it was on life support — with many investors calling for the corporate equivilent of “pulling the plug” — and simply turned it into the most valuable organization on the planet.

Anyone involved with manufacturing knows that product development has a long lead cycle — and that Apple is probably already working on iPhone 6 and 7, and iPad 3 and 4. Jobs’ input and influence will last for a long time.

However…it is more than that. Jobs can leave his day-to-day role now and concentrate on the big issues, rather than the details. He can continue to inspire while he relinquishes management.

And, what better time could there possibly be to leave? Apple is at the absolute, unquestioned top of the world.

In sports, fans hate it when the athlete stays around too long and tarnishs his or her image and reputation. I don’t want to think about Michael Jordan in a Wizards uniform, or Willie Mays barely able to shag a fly ball for the Mets in his final year.

Jobs leaves at the absolute pinnacle.

With one more aspect…back when I was working a bit in television news, it always killed me that it was never asked how a story would impact someone’s family. Everyone reported upon was someone’s father, mother, daughter, or son. It was never questioned how a report might cause harm — or good — to the family.

It is easy to forget that Steve Jobs is also a husband and dad.

And maybe…just maybe…after conquering the world, being hailed as a genius, and revolutionizing business around the planet…he just wants to savor life.

If that is the case, he is reminding us of something infinitely more important than how to run a business.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Scott McKain

Scott McKain is a business leader, bestselling author, and Hall of Fame professional speaker.
Scott's latest book, "The Collapse of Distinction: Stand Out and Move Up While Your Competition Fails" reached the #1 spot on Amazon.com list of Customer Service Bestsellers! He is the author of two #1 additional business bestsellers (Amazon.com & 800-CEO-READ): "What Customers REALLY Want" (currently available in trade paperback) and "ALL Business is Show Business."
He is the Co-founder and Principal of The Value Added Institute, a think-tank that examines the role of the customer experience in creating significant advances in the level of client loyalty, and has appeared on multiple occasions as a commentator and analyst on FOX News Channel. His platform presentations have run the gamut from the White House lawn with the President in the audience carried live on CNN and NBC's "Today" show...to a remote outpost near the Amazon...all 50 states, seven Canadian provinces...and from Singapore to Sweden...Mexico to Morocco.
An inductee into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame, he is also a member of "Speakers Roundtable" -- an elite, invitation-only group of twenty of the world's top business speakers.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
Every organization is facing their own Digital Transformation as they attempt to stay ahead of the competition, or worse, just keep up. Each new opportunity, whether embracing machine learning, IoT, or a cloud migration, seems to bring new development, deployment, and management models. The results are more diverse and federated computing models than any time in our history.
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight...
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...