Welcome to this week’s DX Digest (Issue 3) where we have curated some of the most important digital transformation and innovation stories for our community.
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella kicked off the company’s recent earnings call saying “what we have witnessed over the past year is the dawn of a second wave of digital transformation, sweeping every company and every industry.” [From Microsoft]
Even the guitar industry continues to innovate. The Gibson guitar innovation lab has partnered with the Kirk Douglas to create a new technologically advanced guitar. [From American Songwriter]
Transformative consumer and enterprise applications will emerge from pervasive 5G connectivity and networking at the edge. Global telco giant Telefonica is looking beyond internal R&D for new 5G applications. [From: The Fast Mode]
BCG is partnering with regional giants like Temasek, Olam International, Singapore Exchange and DBS, to bring new products to market within twelve months. And BCG has ten other corporate innovation centers around the world. [From The Business Times]
The TSA asks travelers to participate in its Power of Passengers Challenge for ideas on how to better use its data—which is really their data. [From Federal News Network]
Raj Iyer, the new CIO of the Army, is the first civilian in that job ever. He announced plans to unify the service’s global enterprise and tactical networks and has committed to a culture of innovation. [From C4ISRnet]
On The Move
Virgin Galactic Appoints Alistair Burns as Chief Information Officer
He joins Virgin Galactic from systems and components manufacturer OSI Systems, where he was SVP & CIO.
VMLY&R Promotes Debbie Ellison To Global Chief Digital Officer
The WPP-owned shop promoted Ellison from CDO of Geometry, which was recently integrated into VMLY&R.
Aviva Appoints Ben Luckett Chief Innovation Officer
Luckett had been head of the corporate venture capital arm at Aviva – a leading UK insurer.
W20 Group Hires Larry Mickelberg as Group President, Technology & Engagement
The former Deloitte Digital Managing Director and Havas Chief Digital Officer joins the PR/comms shop to head its creative business, 21GRAMS.