With 30 years in the technology industry under his belt, Tom Petrocelli can weigh in on topics from social collaboration to social media, mobile enterprise to cloud computing, digital marketing to content management. No stranger to stirring up controversy, Tom writes it the way he sees it -- and people react.
Who are you -- in a 140-character tweet? Industry marketing and tech executive, entrepreneur and industry analyst. My interests are in unique value creating technologies.
What attracted you to your field -- and what still excites you about it? Two things attracted me to information technology. First, information technology is the family business -- I grew up with it and was always fascinated with computers. The second is what still excites me with the industry, that it is the fastest moving industry in existence. Nothing else changes so quickly and provides new opportunities for business and society. As an analyst, I get to work with great companies big and small and to influence the best industry in history.
What’s your proudest accomplishment of 2013? I don’t like to brag. Helping clients to achieve their goals makes me proud. My latest report on the Enterprise Social Network market came out pretty good.
What’s your goal, personal or professional, for 2014? One professional goal is to seek out the new and unique technologies that provide tremendous value to businesses. Personally, I continue to look for ways to help my community here in Western New York. I’m especially excited by the newest startups we have in town.
What's an important story you will be tracking in 2014? How social and data analytics are becoming pervasive even as companies struggle to realize value from them. The gold rush of these new technologies is coming to an end as companies say “Why are we doing this again?” Platitudes about collaboration, innovation or understanding the business more are no longer enough.
What’s the one New Year resolution you always make -- and always break? I don’t make New Year resolutions. I do evaluate what I’m doing -- professionally and personally -- on a regular basis and change what needs to change. I find small course corrections more valuable than trying to make one giant gesture.