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How CTOs Can Incorporate Megatrend Analysis Into Their Technology Strategy

Published: 05 November 2019

ID: G00441713

Analyst(s): Christos Voudouris , Nick Jones


Organizations are good at understanding short-term trends but generally weak at assessing the impact of long-term trends. Enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders, including CTOs, should add megatrend identification and impact analysis to their responsibilities.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Action: Make the Case for Formally Tracking Megatrends
  • Action: Identify Megatrends and Highlight Those Which Are Relevant
  • Action: Integrate Megatrend Analysis Into Technology Planning Activities
    • Identify Megatrends and Educate Staff
    • Identify Tipping Points
    • Communicate Megatrends and Their Impact to Senior Executives
    • Integrate Megatrends Into Technology and Innovation Planning
    • Build Relationships With Other Long-Term Planning Activities

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