Award-Winning Technology Analyst
As one of America’s most respected industry analysts, Cheryl Currid brings rare insight about how people, business and technology can work together. An IT executive, award winning journalist and analyst to emerging technology companies, Cheryl brings many years of hands-on experience and secrets of tomorrow’s inventions. She understands ‘Why, When & How’ to best use information technology.
Cheryl Currid’s understanding of technology trends make her a highly successful forecaster. She shares her enthusiasm on how people can make technology work for them. She challenges people to get smart, do things differently, and can explain technology to people at all levels – from novice to nerd.
Cheryl’s research organization, Currid & Company, evaluates new technology concepts and products. Her firm frequently develops the educational content for industry conferences, seminars, symposiums and events. An international lecturer, Cheryl’s speeches range from topics of organizational efficiency, computer forensics, social networking, and using emerging technologies to get a competitive advantage in business. Cheryl Currid is often among the first to predict the use of emerging technologies while testing products before market distribution.
Cheryl’s 14 books and over 1,200 articles, journal papers, and opinion columns span both technical and business topics. Her work has been translated into more than 10 languages. She was named as one of the most influential industry personalities by Marketing Computers and won a Computer Press Association award for her expert ‘Opinion.’
Cheryl Currid regularly contributes analysis and opinion to internet, TV, radio, and print media. Her Cyber Bytes segment on ABC has featured great technology solutions and products for business, SOHO, and consumers for more than seven years. Her segments also appear on ten video sites such as YouTube, MetaCafe, and Vimeo. Also, she’s lends her views on computer industry trends to business media such as The New York Times, Reuters, Associated Press, ABC, CNN, CNBC, and PBS. She is currently working on two books that focus on managing in the information age and disruptive technology.
She started using wireless email in 1993 and worked with early Internet search engines the following year. Cheryl Currid was also dubbed a “Digital Mom” for showing parents how to outsmart even tech-savvy teenagers. Today she prepares parents on how to counteract internet predators. Prior to founding Currid & Company, Cheryl was in charge of applying information technology at a division of The Coca-Cola Company. There, she pioneered an enterprise-wide network that connected the company’s people by connecting their computers.
That innovative infrastructure helped open the world of information to corporate computer users and Cheryl Currid was nationally recognized for her successes. Her operating model of the Internet and networked computers has become commonplace in business today. Cheryl Currid lives in Houston, Texas in a talking automated home that controls lighting, thermostats, drapes and pool cleaner. It is networked with more than 30 computers and 20 cameras which can be accessed over the Internet. Solar panels provide more than 50% of energy used.
Understanding How to Compete in Nanoseconds
It’s a fast business world, and information is critical. People must know their business, get down to the facts, and be right. There’s no second chance and no excuses for not knowing or for being wrong.
Making People Smarter
The goal of technology today is to make people smarter. Sure, automation helps make business processes move faster — but the true benefits of technology come when people can absorb the knowledge, blend it with wisdom, and take action. And, every employee and associate is a knowledge worker that has to act smart. Unless it gets inside your head, information is wasted or ignored.
Commitment to Change
Making technology work is the easy part — getting people to change the challenge. No matter how well planned or bug free, computer systems will fail if people don’t accept the challenge of change.
Welcoming New Ways to Get the Job Done
Do you use DVD’s? Do you use e-mail to confirm appointments? Can you keep yourself and computer busy so you get twice as much work done? Cheryl shares plenty of ways for changing habits to take advantage of technology and save time and energy on the process.
Convergence: When Computers Meet Communications Technology
Computers alone do little more than give an answer to a single person. Communications technology alone merely provides a pipe to spread words. Together they offer a means to share data, information, and knowledge. Cleverly used, these technologies offer new methods for doing business, servicing customers, and working smart. Cheryl Currid gets your ideas started on how to make convergence technology work for your organization.
The Challenge of Change
In today's cut-throat competitive business world, there's little room for error. Nothing stands still not business, not technology, not people. From banking to banana farming, people are using every trick in the book to change the rules, capture customers, and lower operational cost. Information technology (IT) plays a pivotal role in re-defining who, how, when, and where work gets done. Cheryl Currid provides an update in key areas - business models, information technology, and people - and delivers a call to action about getting IT together.