Chris Curran is a principal and chief technologist for PwC’s advisory practice in the U.S. Curran advises senior executives on their most complex and strategic technology issues. With global experience in designing and implementing high-value technology initiatives across industries, his role has been integral to many leading organizations’ being able to anticipate and effectively embrace technological disruption.
A recognized thought leader on the topic of digital innovation, Curran creates tangible value for his clients by using practical approaches for learning about, planning for, implementing and getting value from emerging technologies. He also co-leads PwC’s annual Global Digital IQ Survey, in which more than 1,400 C-level business and technology executives express their beliefs about the role of IT in economic competition.
Curran frequently contributes to a variety of business and industry journals and blogs, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Forbes, CFO, CIO Leadership Forum, CIO Insight and BigThink. He regularly speaks on the topic of IT and innovation at industry conferences. He also writes the CIO Dashboard blog, listed among BizTech’s Top 50 Must Read IT Blogs.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Texas A&M University.
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I’m a long-time advocate for leveraging prototypes and demos in the enterprise to explore ideas and emerging technologies. And, there’s a particular reason. It’s that precise moment during a prototype presentation when everything in the room changes. Eyes light up. People sit forward in their chairs. The conversation shifts from potential problems to possibilities. Executives […]
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