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Maverick* Research explores high-impact future scenarios that help our clients think differently to uncover opportunity and enable innovation. Our collection of research is intentionally disruptive and edgy to help you get ahead of the mainstream and take advantage of trends and insights that could impact your IT strategy and your organization.

Tom Austin, VP and Gartner Fellow, explains how Gartner clients can benefit from Maverick* Research.

Maverick* Research

Smart Machines

Maverick* Research: Surviving the Rise of 'Smart Machines,' the Loss of 'Dream Jobs' and '90% Unemployment'

23 September 2013

CIOs must change their mission to address the proliferation of smart machines in a widening range of jobs, including knowledge work, and causing increasing levels of unemployment. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

People Centered

Maverick* Research: Pivoting from Silicon Systems to Human Systems — The New IT Charter

23 September 2013

IT leaders will focus less on silicon-based assets (computers) and more on helping carbon-based ones (humans) — to become more agile and innovative in a move we call the human pivot. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Maverick* Research: From Command and Control to Conversation

23 September 2013

Digital technology can amplify the voice of socially centered leaders or subvert their best intentions. Using it effectively is critical for leading the digital business. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Maverick* Research: Living and Leading in the Brain-Aware Enterprise

23 September 2013

Neuroscience findings about human performance will transform the enterprise. CIOs and other IT leaders should adopt brain awareness to reap profits of the next frontier: employees. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Maverick* Research: Myths and Realities in the Brain-Aware Enterprise

23 September 2013

Neuroscience is blowing up old ideas of how brains work. CIOs and other IT leaders can use this knowledge to recoup wasted employee energy that can be channeled into value creation. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Maverick* Research: Profit From Society's Digital Evolution or Be Dominated by It

23 September 2013

Digital extremists are reordering society as we know it. Organizations can profit through a clear understanding and application of digital dexterity or be rendered obsolete by it. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Maverick* Research: You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling — The Dehumanization of Human Resources

23 September 2013

HR is automating itself toward irrelevancy. Technological myopia dilutes HR's strategic potential, obscures real workplace issues, and positions HR as a support function. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Leadership

Maverick* Research: Digital Leadership Lessons From the Game of Go

24 September 2013

As the digital world evolves, and new models are needed, digital leaders can and should learn from the highly strategic game of Go. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Business Strategy

Maverick* Research: Peer-to-Peer Sharing of Excess IT Resources Puts Money in the Bank

23 September 2013

Cloud's promise of lower-cost "infinite" capacity will drive the sharing of excess IT capacity. Our P2P IT sharing model helps organizations monetize assets in the sharing economy. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Maverick* Research: What the West Can Learn From China's Hothouse of Technology Innovation

23 September 2013

For many in the West, China's awe-inspiring economic rise has been based on imitation rather than innovation. But, as demonstrated here, this belief is largely a myth. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Maverick* Research: The Future of Technology Belongs to the 'Silver Surfer'

25 September 2013

Silver surfers represent a more important technology market than Generation X and Generation Y. Technologists, designers and marketers must refocus to seize this crucial opportunity. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Maverick* Research: How Invasive Species, From Burmese Pythons to Kudzu Plants, Succeed in Nature and in Business

23 September 2013

Market entrants that adopt traits of invasive species maximize opportunity and cause permanent change. Failure by executive officers to anticipate and detect invaders can be fatal. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Risk

Maverick* Research: Ethics Are at the Center of the Nexus of Forces

23 September 2013

IT is often seen as amoral, but we challenge this view. Through the Nexus of Forces, corporate computing has expanded its footprint on society. CIOs should embrace the ethics of IT. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Maverick* Research Toolkit: Ethics at the Nexus of Forces

23 September 2013

The juncture of social, mobile, cloud and information forces enables uses of IT that pose ethical questions. Discussing this Toolkit's 15 examples will help you decide your stance. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Maverick* Research: The Surveillance State and Stalker Economy Rise From the Unholy Union of Big Data, Big Algorithms and the Internet of Things

3 October 2013

A sea change in the security space (the scope and depth of surveillance) requires a recalibration of what can be observed and by whom, and where the data ends up. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Maverick* Research: Black-Hat Data Science Will Impact Society and Your Business

1 October 2013

The emerging era of big data has a dark side. Even more effective than hacking systems is hacking data, and "black hat" data scientists are the new hackers. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Maverick* Research: Personal Surveillance as the New Barter System

23 September 2013

Personalized sensor technology creates compelling opportunities. Business models and bartering services that fairly compensate consumers for exchange of personal data are required. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Maverick* Research: 'Want a Byte of Me? Then Pay for It!' The Rise of the Privacy Entrepreneurr

23 September 2013

People will start to take control of their own data and find ways to sell it. Technology and service providers need new strategies as notions of "privacy" continue to evolve. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Technology

Maverick* Research: Should Microsoft Kill SharePoint?

1 October 2013

Microsoft has plans for Office 365 and Yammer, which will drastically change SharePoint. Pressure from various trends will drive IT managers to plan for a post-SharePoint world. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Maverick* Research: When English Is No Longer the Programming Language

2 October 2013

Shifts in the geopolitical, economic and religious landscape may reduce the dominance of programming languages based on English and the Latin character set. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Maverick* Research: Nexus Fatigue Drives Social Dysfunction and Operational Failure

23 September 2013

The dark side of the Nexus of Forces is a disconnected, anti-social world. This research presents a new paradigm for CIOs to accommodate the cycle of nexus fatigue. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Maverick* Research: Managing the Nexus Fatigue Cycle

23 September 2013

Nexus fatigue is the extreme tiredness of mobile, social, cloud and information overload. Managing the nexus fatigue cycle is critical for CIOs and their organizations. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

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