Lead story - HRMO wake up call - the top 10 HR ethical challenges
Just when HR leaders are coming up for air on "What to do about generative AI?", Brian has a thorny gift basket of ethical questions. As he explains in Top 10 HR ethical challenges - guilty or not guilty?, the stakes are high:
If your firm is still losing the war for talent, it’s time to be more circumspect and ask what, internally, is going on in your firm that is triggering continued attrition and low employment interest.
All of these are doozies, but a few jumped out:
- HR is using AI-powered solutions that it probably doesn’t understand or can’t defend.
- HR continues to hire record numbers of replacement employees while doing nothing to address the #1 attrition trigger: bad bosses.
- Monitoring employee social media accounts (a reality, but yuck)
So what should ethical HR leaders do about this? Brian says culture change and employee engagement matter - but not if it's another round of lip service or handing out mood rings. He also warns HR leaders about getting dazzled by the shiny new tech toy. Oh, and this "top ten" was far from comprehensive. Brian piles on:
Other issues that could go on your firm’s top HR ethical challenges might include continuing ageism, offering below poverty level wages, unsafe working conditions, a failure to monitor outsourced worker/work conditions, slow/no progress in supporting a more diverse workforce, etc.
For more on the worst buzzwords in HR - and also how HR leaders should take action - check the audio version of my show with Brian, Stacey Harris and Bonnie Tinder: HR tech blowout - research reveal and buzzword deconstructions.
Diginomica picks - my top stories on diginomica this week
- AI regulation - to lead with a carrot or a stick? Derek explores the regulatory challenges ahead: "We’re already beginning to see how this cat and mouse game is starting to play out, as regulators respond to concerns with varied action, and innovators in the field seek to advance quickly, whilst also playing down the risks."
- Getting chatty with AI - how loveholidays has enhanced CX with help from a bot named Sandy - Stuart reveals how one firm cracked that conversational AI nut. He quotes loveholidays: "70% of every conversation started with us will start and end in conversational AI with Sandy. You won't need to go on to human agent, which is fantastic."
- Let's get phygital! - CIOs need to prioritize digital-physical convergence, says Accenture - I gave Accenture a rough ride for last year's Technology Vision report, (so did Stuart), which I found heavy on grandiose Web3 and Metaverse financial/cultural imaginings. What did George make of this year's event? As he writes: "Increasingly CIOs need to build the infrastructure for digitalizing the physical world to stay competitive and respond to increasing complexity." Yes, Accenture mentioned generative AI in this context, and some Metaverse components are clearly implied. But overall this is a far more sensible framework than what I heard last year - one that I believe CIOs can usefully contrast against their plans. I still disagree with putting an "Industrial Metaverse" coat of spiffy marketing paint on the already-well-established approach of digital twins, but that's a debate for another time.
- TomTom maps identity management savings - Mark Chillingworth with a digital use case of a firm that has re-invented itself rather quickly.
Vendor analysis, diginomica style. Here's my top choices from our vendor coverage:
- Adobe Summit - a frictionless perspective on connecting design, marketing, product and beyond - Phil looks back at the flurry of Adobe Summit news, and finds an underlying theme: "Separately from the individual roadmaps of each vendor, customers must take charge of their own over-arching Frictionless Enterprise roadmap for joining up data and processes end-to-end."
- Swedbank embraces advanced analytics through new Azure-Databricks-Immuta powered platform - Gary issues a fresh analytics use case.
- How Bupa put opportunity ahead of threat to transform employee engagement and customer experience with ServiceNow - Stuart: "There have been some significant metrics thrown up along the way on this transformation journey, not least an increase in productivity, driven by lower absence, improved attrition, and higher engagement."
- Breaking down finance silos - inside Fannie Mae's General Ledger transformation project with Workday - I shared another standout customer story from Workday's AI/ML Innovation Summit in San Francisco.
Jon's grab bag - Stuart reports on another pending regulatory skirmish in UK regulator considers referring IaaS market to competition authorities, with AWS and Microsoft in the firing line. Madeline shares a worthy initiative from Celonis and Deloitte in Process Mining gets its own women’s group to drive gender equality in this emerging tech.
Madeline filed a notable real-world sustainability use case in DPD speeds ahead with robotic measures to deliver 2040 Net Zero target. Finally, Neil took apart the arguments in a now-infamous AI letter in Six month moratorium on AI development? In your dreams.
Best of the enterprise web
My top seven
- Low and no-code paradox: Freeing up tech pros' time, but creating new entanglements - Joe McKendrick hones in on the low-code sticking point: app governance: "Ultimately, IT professionals need to remain hands-on when it comes to guiding citizen developers to adhere to corporate and technology standards"
- These Little Things Lead to Digital Transformation And ERP Implementation Failures - Third Stage's Eric Kimberling continues a strong series on digital transformation pitfalls. If forced to pick one, I'll take 'Data management and migration - often treated as an afterthought during a digital transformation.'
- Don’t Kill Innovation, But Apply Guardrails For AI - Constellation's Andy Thurai looks to reconcile the speed of AI innovation with the need for smart constraints: "There is a strong possibility of IP information leaking by simple attacks over LLMs which is proven by research students as many of these systems have weak security protocols in place."
- GPT-5 and irrational exuberance - Speaking of guardrails, Gary Marcus puts a strong set around the extravagant expectations for GPT-5: "Basing our AI policies around fantasies doesn’t seem like a particularly good idea."
- Six CEO priorities for 2023 - McKinsey details the big picture issues leaders should get out in front of: "Do you treat the technology executives in your company as equal to, and at the same table as, business executives? Next, how sophisticated is your product management? Do you have a product management capability that ensures an end-to-end connection between the benefits created, the technology to create those benefits, and the feedback loop on customer and business performance?"
- Google Will 'Absolutely' Bring AI Chat to Your Searches - I still think generative AI is a lousy fit with consumer search, but - 1. Google can't just let Bing freestyle its way into search dominance, and 2. Google has been utilizing AI to drive various forms of in-line search for a while. So, we'll see.
The Continued Decline of High-Quality Deals - Gartner's Hank Barnes calls attention to a concerning trend: "It is really all about (relatively) Inexperienced Buying Teams, who:
- Don’t agree on requirements.
- Don’t take a disciplined approach.
- Don’t investigate thoroughly.
- Don’t understand all the steps to complete a purchase in their organization.
- Don’t know the composition of an effective buying team (or don’t choose to assemble one)."
So I had a bit of Twitter fun with a leaked professional services employee manual:
Big Law firm draws ire for leaked list of 'non-negotiable expectations' for associates — including being online 24/7 'no exceptions, no excuses' https://t.co/yfn0Av5f8L
-> enjoy your job lol, you are now a cyborg
— Jon Reed (@jonerp) April 8, 2023
Which led to a sizzling reply from Melissa Swift:
Client service should not =24/7 servitude. Some of the most helpful business conversations with clients happen when you ask *why* they need something that seems excessive. The reason why is generally 1000x useful
than just blindly doing. No more Boss Baby Customers! pic.twitter.com/CzDCdYLrIG
— Melissa Swift (@meswift) April 8, 2023
Boss Baby Customers? I'm going to remember that one for a while! Remember what I said about the problematic future of AI search?
This is why "future of search" is such a crummy/overhyped generative AI/LLM use case.... https://t.co/9kT1sT7V5y
— Jon Reed (@jonerp) April 8, 2023
And finally - you can't sneak a casual mention of quantum computing's pending teleportation capabilities by me that easily:
Quantum computers can't teleport things—yet https://t.co/rdH7q8OQjy
-> lol nice credible headline. no problem, we can wait a few more years for teleportation.
— Jon Reed (@jonerp) April 8, 2023
Something tells me if quantum solves for teleportation shortly, we won't hear much about generative AI for a while... See you next time.
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