IDG Contributor Network: 5 tips for career rebranding

Are you stuck in a rut at work? Bored? Feel like you’re on a career train to nowhere?  Need a change?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you’re not unlike many professionals I come across in my work. People get busy with the routine of their jobs and sometimes wake up years later and wonder what happened to the time, realizing they’ve been going through the motions without enjoying what they’ve been doing. Other times, people stick with a profession they are not passionate about because it is just the path of least resistance. It’s hard to choose change, and it’s even harder to bring about change.

Recently, I mentored someone through the SMU Digital Accelerator program – let’s call him John – who was very successful in choosing to rebrand himself and change both industry and function. John was with a large IT staffing and consulting company for a long time, and had taken a role in IT infrastructure project management to gain broader management experience and increase his promotability. John realized one day that he really wanted to get back to his early-career roots of UX and to a role where digital transformation was important, but his company had him locked on another career path. Through soul searching, self-assessment, and self-reflection, John knew he needed to make a change. He successfully rebranded himself, focusing on his core strengths and interests, and he landed his dream job with a large financial services company doing exactly what he wanted to do: delight customers with an incredible user experience.

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Are you stuck in a rut at work? Bored? Feel like you’re on a career train to nowhere?  Need a change?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you’re not unlike many professionals I come across in my work. People get busy with the routine of their jobs and sometimes wake up years later and wonder what happened to the time, realizing they’ve been going through the motions without enjoying what they’ve been doing. Other times, people stick with a profession they are not passionate about because it is just the path of least resistance. It’s hard to choose change, and it’s even harder to bring about change.

Recently, I mentored someone through the SMU Digital Accelerator program – let’s call him John – who was very successful in choosing to rebrand himself and change both industry and function. John was with a large IT staffing and consulting company for a long time, and had taken a role in IT infrastructure project management to gain broader management experience and increase his promotability. John realized one day that he really wanted to get back to his early-career roots of UX and to a role where digital transformation was important, but his company had him locked on another career path. Through soul searching, self-assessment, and self-reflection, John knew he needed to make a change. He successfully rebranded himself, focusing on his core strengths and interests, and he landed his dream job with a large financial services company doing exactly what he wanted to do: delight customers with an incredible user experience.

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IDG Contributor Network: Lending as a service (LaaS) and why it matters

The financial crisis of 2008 caused global shockwaves, wrecking businesses and wiping away thousands of dollars’ worth of individuals’ savings. World markets are still recovering to this day, and governments have enacted strong reforms to prevent a repeat occurrence. These new, stricter regulations have deeply changed the financial world. Along with shifts in consumer preferences, banks and lenders are now faced with a vastly different financing landscape.

Traditional financial services providers have tightened their lending requirements, leading to tougher barriers for regular customers to find funding. Whereas customers with weaker credit had few problems finding loans in the past, banks are now turning them away in droves. For many small business owners, this harder path to access financing through loans means that they are left with few channels to uncover the capital they need. However, developments in financial technology and online lending offer small businesses a new alternative in the form of lending as a service, or LaaS.

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The financial crisis of 2008 caused global shockwaves, wrecking businesses and wiping away thousands of dollars’ worth of individuals’ savings. World markets are still recovering to this day, and governments have enacted strong reforms to prevent a repeat occurrence. These new, stricter regulations have deeply changed the financial world. Along with shifts in consumer preferences, banks and lenders are now faced with a vastly different financing landscape.

Traditional financial services providers have tightened their lending requirements, leading to tougher barriers for regular customers to find funding. Whereas customers with weaker credit had few problems finding loans in the past, banks are now turning them away in droves. For many small business owners, this harder path to access financing through loans means that they are left with few channels to uncover the capital they need. However, developments in financial technology and online lending offer small businesses a new alternative in the form of lending as a service, or LaaS.

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IDG Contributor Network: Lending as a service (LaaS) and why it matters

The financial crisis of 2008 caused global shockwaves, wrecking businesses and wiping away thousands of dollars’ worth of individuals’ savings. World markets are still recovering to this day, and governments have enacted strong reforms to prevent a repeat occurrence. These new, stricter regulations have deeply changed the financial world. Along with shifts in consumer preferences, banks and lenders are now faced with a vastly different financing landscape.

Traditional financial services providers have tightened their lending requirements, leading to tougher barriers for regular customers to find funding. Whereas customers with weaker credit had few problems finding loans in the past, banks are now turning them away in droves. For many small business owners, this harder path to access financing through loans means that they are left with few channels to uncover the capital they need. However, developments in financial technology and online lending offer small businesses a new alternative in the form of lending as a service, or LaaS.

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The financial crisis of 2008 caused global shockwaves, wrecking businesses and wiping away thousands of dollars’ worth of individuals’ savings. World markets are still recovering to this day, and governments have enacted strong reforms to prevent a repeat occurrence. These new, stricter regulations have deeply changed the financial world. Along with shifts in consumer preferences, banks and lenders are now faced with a vastly different financing landscape.

Traditional financial services providers have tightened their lending requirements, leading to tougher barriers for regular customers to find funding. Whereas customers with weaker credit had few problems finding loans in the past, banks are now turning them away in droves. For many small business owners, this harder path to access financing through loans means that they are left with few channels to uncover the capital they need. However, developments in financial technology and online lending offer small businesses a new alternative in the form of lending as a service, or LaaS.

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65% off Etekcity 2 Pack Portable Collapsible LED Camping Lantern – Deal Alert

The Etekcity collapsible LED Lantern provides up to 12 hours of bright omnidirectional lighting for your surroundings. It’s lighter, brighter, and more portable than most flashlights while still featuring the rugged durability to withstand the outdoors. The military-grade exterior is water resistant for more practical use in a high range of environments. Save time, energy, and luggage weight with its simple design and practicality. The fold-out collapsible handles make the lantern portable and easy to hang. Keep it on a table or hanging on a branch to illuminate your environment, and the lantern will take care of the rest. Right now a 2-pack of lanterns, with batteries included, is discounted 65% to just $13.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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The Etekcity collapsible LED Lantern provides up to 12 hours of bright omnidirectional lighting for your surroundings. It’s lighter, brighter, and more portable than most flashlights while still featuring the rugged durability to withstand the outdoors. The military-grade exterior is water resistant for more practical use in a high range of environments. Save time, energy, and luggage weight with its simple design and practicality. The fold-out collapsible handles make the lantern portable and easy to hang. Keep it on a table or hanging on a branch to illuminate your environment, and the lantern will take care of the rest. Right now a 2-pack of lanterns, with batteries included, is discounted 65% to just $13.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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65% off Etekcity 2 Pack Portable Collapsible LED Camping Lantern – Deal Alert

The Etekcity collapsible LED Lantern provides up to 12 hours of bright omnidirectional lighting for your surroundings. It’s lighter, brighter, and more portable than most flashlights while still featuring the rugged durability to withstand the outdoors. The military-grade exterior is water resistant for more practical use in a high range of environments. Save time, energy, and luggage weight with its simple design and practicality. The fold-out collapsible handles make the lantern portable and easy to hang. Keep it on a table or hanging on a branch to illuminate your environment, and the lantern will take care of the rest. Right now a 2-pack of lanterns, with batteries included, is discounted 65% to just $13.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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The Etekcity collapsible LED Lantern provides up to 12 hours of bright omnidirectional lighting for your surroundings. It’s lighter, brighter, and more portable than most flashlights while still featuring the rugged durability to withstand the outdoors. The military-grade exterior is water resistant for more practical use in a high range of environments. Save time, energy, and luggage weight with its simple design and practicality. The fold-out collapsible handles make the lantern portable and easy to hang. Keep it on a table or hanging on a branch to illuminate your environment, and the lantern will take care of the rest. Right now a 2-pack of lanterns, with batteries included, is discounted 65% to just $13.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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IDG Contributor Network: 3 keys to negotiating successful cloud agreements

Nowadays it is both impossible and impractical to avoid the cloud. Regardless of whether your organization is a growing SMB or finds itself within the Fortune 500, it is highly likely a cloud solution is currently under serious consideration or has already been implemented. Many different types of cloud offerings are available – such as software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) – as companies have been drawn to the cloud’s promises of agility, flexibility, reduced costs and faster time to benefits.

Software as a service

In the SaaS category, vendors such as Salesforce.com have been quite successful in gaining significant market share in customer relationship management (CRM), as organizations and their respective sales branches have often led with CRM to start their journey into the cloud. In the human capital management (HCM) space, vendors such as Workday, SAP (through its acquisition of SuccessFactors), and Oracle (through its acquisition of Taleo) are aggressively pushing their cloud-based offerings to the market.

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Nowadays it is both impossible and impractical to avoid the cloud. Regardless of whether your organization is a growing SMB or finds itself within the Fortune 500, it is highly likely a cloud solution is currently under serious consideration or has already been implemented. Many different types of cloud offerings are available – such as software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) – as companies have been drawn to the cloud’s promises of agility, flexibility, reduced costs and faster time to benefits.

Software as a service

In the SaaS category, vendors such as Salesforce.com have been quite successful in gaining significant market share in customer relationship management (CRM), as organizations and their respective sales branches have often led with CRM to start their journey into the cloud. In the human capital management (HCM) space, vendors such as Workday, SAP (through its acquisition of SuccessFactors), and Oracle (through its acquisition of Taleo) are aggressively pushing their cloud-based offerings to the market.

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IDG Contributor Network: 3 keys to negotiating successful cloud agreements

Nowadays it is both impossible and impractical to avoid the cloud. Regardless of whether your organization is a growing SMB or finds itself within the Fortune 500, it is highly likely a cloud solution is currently under serious consideration or has already been implemented. Many different types of cloud offerings are available – such as software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) – as companies have been drawn to the cloud’s promises of agility, flexibility, reduced costs and faster time to benefits.

Software as a service

In the SaaS category, vendors such as Salesforce.com have been quite successful in gaining significant market share in customer relationship management (CRM), as organizations and their respective sales branches have often led with CRM to start their journey into the cloud. In the human capital management (HCM) space, vendors such as Workday, SAP (through its acquisition of SuccessFactors), and Oracle (through its acquisition of Taleo) are aggressively pushing their cloud-based offerings to the market.

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Nowadays it is both impossible and impractical to avoid the cloud. Regardless of whether your organization is a growing SMB or finds itself within the Fortune 500, it is highly likely a cloud solution is currently under serious consideration or has already been implemented. Many different types of cloud offerings are available – such as software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) – as companies have been drawn to the cloud’s promises of agility, flexibility, reduced costs and faster time to benefits.

Software as a service

In the SaaS category, vendors such as Salesforce.com have been quite successful in gaining significant market share in customer relationship management (CRM), as organizations and their respective sales branches have often led with CRM to start their journey into the cloud. In the human capital management (HCM) space, vendors such as Workday, SAP (through its acquisition of SuccessFactors), and Oracle (through its acquisition of Taleo) are aggressively pushing their cloud-based offerings to the market.

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IDG Contributor Network: Why CIOs must bet on enterprise cloud to boost digital business

Cloud thought leader Joe McKendrick was right when three years ago, in his cloud computing’s second act is all business, posted on Forbes, he predicted “IT is one small piece of the cloud story. A much bigger story is coming from the business itself…

Cloud thought leader Joe McKendrick was right when three years ago, in his cloud computing's second act is all business, posted on Forbes, he predicted "IT is one small piece of the cloud story. A much bigger story is coming from the business itself. The curtain is now opening on cloud computing's second act, which is all business. But this is also the hard part."

Increasingly, the business value of the recent IT innovations is being challenged. Business line (BL) leaders doubt the promised business benefits of either cloud computing or DevOps. Leaders of some top Fortune 500 companies, despite massive investments in these technologies, are being fired for deficient business transformations.

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IDG Contributor Network: Why CIOs must bet on enterprise cloud to boost digital business

Cloud thought leader Joe McKendrick was right when three years ago, in his cloud computing’s second act is all business, posted on Forbes, he predicted “IT is one small piece of the cloud story. A much bigger story is coming from the business itself…

Cloud thought leader Joe McKendrick was right when three years ago, in his cloud computing's second act is all business, posted on Forbes, he predicted "IT is one small piece of the cloud story. A much bigger story is coming from the business itself. The curtain is now opening on cloud computing's second act, which is all business. But this is also the hard part."

Increasingly, the business value of the recent IT innovations is being challenged. Business line (BL) leaders doubt the promised business benefits of either cloud computing or DevOps. Leaders of some top Fortune 500 companies, despite massive investments in these technologies, are being fired for deficient business transformations.

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IDG Contributor Network: How IoT is helping insurers move from the mitigation to elimination of risk

The rapid proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) has created millions of devices measuring virtually anything in the physical world, from weather conditions and vehicle telematics to personal fitness activity and vital health signs. Over the last five years, there has been a significant uptick in the reliance on personal smart devices to help simplify and enhance consumer life. From quantifying the number of miles ran to controlling home thermostats, the IoT is becoming a necessity. Data is king, and this opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the insurance industry.

As IoT is transforming daily life, insurers must also adapt to running a business in the age of the connected customer. Today’s digitally native consumers expect higher levels of engagement, and these expectations are spurring change at an unprecedented rate.  As a result, insurance companies are identifying new ways to improve customer experience and turning policies for the first time into living, breathing products. Gone are the days of the insurance policy that is only given thought twice in its life: at point of purchase and point of claim. Thanks to emerging technologies like the IoT, the insurance industry is experiencing a digital transformation that allows insurers to turn traditional peace of mind into more frequent value-add touchpoints with policyholders. 

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The rapid proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) has created millions of devices measuring virtually anything in the physical world, from weather conditions and vehicle telematics to personal fitness activity and vital health signs. Over the last five years, there has been a significant uptick in the reliance on personal smart devices to help simplify and enhance consumer life. From quantifying the number of miles ran to controlling home thermostats, the IoT is becoming a necessity. Data is king, and this opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the insurance industry.

As IoT is transforming daily life, insurers must also adapt to running a business in the age of the connected customer. Today’s digitally native consumers expect higher levels of engagement, and these expectations are spurring change at an unprecedented rate.  As a result, insurance companies are identifying new ways to improve customer experience and turning policies for the first time into living, breathing products. Gone are the days of the insurance policy that is only given thought twice in its life: at point of purchase and point of claim. Thanks to emerging technologies like the IoT, the insurance industry is experiencing a digital transformation that allows insurers to turn traditional peace of mind into more frequent value-add touchpoints with policyholders. 

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