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“The Obando Fertility Rites are a dance ritual and Catholic…

“The Obando Fertility Rites are a dance ritual and Catholic festival celebrated every May in Obando, Bulacan, Philippines.
Locals and pilgrims, sometimes dressed in traditional costume, dance
and sing in the town’s streets to honor and beseech Obando’s three patron saints: San Pascual, Santa Clara, and Nuestra Señora de Salambáo.

During the Second World War,
the church and a large portion of Obando were ravaged by fire; included
amongst the damaged property were the images of the three patron
saints. A few years after the war’s end, both the Archbishop of Manila and the vicar
of Obando Church forbade the fertility dance due to its pagan origins.
During the prohibition, normal religious processions were still held on
the triduum, but without the lively street dancing.

In 1972, parish priest Rev. Fr. Rome R. Fernández and the Commission on Culture of Obando helped in having the ban lifted and
in reviving the ancient dance ritual, which is still practiced to this
day.”

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Craig Robinson Joins Robert Downey Jr. For The Live Action-Animated Film ‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’

CraigRobinson Craig Robinson Joins Robert Downey Jr. For The Live Action Animated Film ‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’

On social today, Robert Downey Jr. announced the entire cast for Universal’s live action-animated hybrid The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle which is due out on April 12, 2019. Pic is currently shooting in London.

New to the cast are: Oscar winners Marion Cotillard and Octavia Spencer, Oscar nominee Kumail Nanjiani, Emmy Award winner Rami Malek, Craig Robinson, John Cena, Carmen Ejogo and Frances De La Tour who will all provide voiceovers.

Playing live action roles are Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Harry Collett and Jim Broadbent.

Previously announced cast members include Downey, Jr., Ralph Fiennes, Emma Thompson, Tom Holland and Selena Gomez.

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle is based on the character from the 1920s series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting.

Stephen Gaghan directs from his screenplay, with an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd. Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum produce for their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films alongside Susan Downey for Team Downey. Roth/Kirschenbaum Films has been behind such family blockbusters as Alice In Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Maleficent.  Susan Downey’s credits include the Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Judge and The Brave One. Executive Vice President Jon Mone and Creative Executive Lexi Barta will oversee production for Universal.

Cotillard is represented CAA and Adequat; Spencer is represented by WME and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein; Malek is represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern, LLP; Robinson is represented by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham LLP; Cena is represented by ICM Partners; Nanjiani is represented by UTA, Mosaic and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams; Ejogo is represented by WME and Anonymous Content; de La Tour is represented by APA, Independent Talent Group in the U.K. and Simmons & Scott Entertainment.

Sheryl Underwood Set To Co-Host The Daytime Emmys With Mario Lopez!

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Whoopi Goldberg Joins Tiffany Haddish In Tyler Perry’s New Comedy Titled ‘The List’

whoopi Whoopi Goldberg Joins Tiffany Haddish In Tyler Perry’s New Comedy Titled ‘The List’

Whoopi Goldberg will star with Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter and Omari Hardwick in Tyler Perry’s comedy “The List.”

Perry is directing and producing from his own script. Paramount Players has already set a Nov. 2 release date for the film.

Perry made the announcement on ABC’s talk show “The View,” which Goldberg has moderated for more than a decade.

Haddish will portray a wild woman who gets released from prison and reunites with her sister, played by Sumpter. Sumpter’s character is in an online relationship with a man that may be “catfishing” her.

Paramount Pictures launched Paramount Players in June, with veteran producer and executive Brian Robbins in charge. Robbins is working with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and BET to generate projects, while the new division focuses on contemporary properties.

In October, Paramount Players acquired rights and set a Jan. 4, 2019, release date to the psychological horror movie “Eli” — its first film to go into production. It also tapped Taraji P. Henson to star in “What Men Want,” a gender-bending remake of the Paramount comedy “What Women Want,” and announced deals last month for a Gucci Mane biopic with Imagine Entertainment and a movie version of bestselling author David Arnold’s upcoming young adult novel “The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik.”

Goldberg is one of the few actors to have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Oscar, and a Tony Award.

Source: Variety

Actress DuShon Monique Brown Of NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’ Passes Away!

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Brandon Micheal Hall, Star Of ABC’s ‘The Mayor’ Tapped As Lead In CBS Pilot, ‘God Befriended Me’

BrandonMichaelHall Brandon Micheal Hall, Star Of ABC’s ‘The Mayor’ Tapped As Lead In CBS Pilot, ‘God Befriended Me’

Just a few days ago we reported that The Mayor‘s Brandon Micheal Hall is hot commodity for networks during pilot season.

Now, the reports have come to fruition as he’s been tapped as the lead for CBS’s potential procedural, God Befriended Me. 

The series is from Warner Bros. Television and Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions.

Its description: “God Befriended Me is described as a humorous, uplifting series, which explores questions of faith, existence, and science. It centers on Miles (Hall), an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he is “friended” by God on Facebook. Unwittingly, he becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him.”

A relative newcomer, Hall earned rave reviews headlining The Mayor at ABC, which despite getting critical acclaim, is virtually canceled at the Mouse House. He also co-starred on TBS’ Search Party. 

If ordered to series, this could make Hall one of only two black male leads on the network in many years, with the first being Jermaine Fowler on Superior Donuts. However, due to the recent flack CBS has gotten for diversity, and their recent commitment to change for the better, this may be a movement for more diverse leads at the network.

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“The Peacock Throne (Hindustani: मयूर सिंहासन تخت طاؤس: Mayūr…

“The Peacock Throne (Hindustani: मयूर सिंहासन تخت طاؤس: Mayūr Singhāsana, Persian: تخت طاووس‎, Takht-i Tāvūs) was a famous jeweled throne that was the seat of the Mughal emperors of India. It was commissioned in the early 17th century by emperor Shah Jahan and was located in the Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audiences) in the Red Fort of Delhi. The original throne was subsequently captured and taken as a war trophy in 1739 by the Persian king Nadir Shah,
and has been lost ever since. A replacement throne based on the
original was commissioned afterwards and existed until the Indian War of
Independence in 1857.”

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Earle Hyman, Grandpa Huxtable On ‘The Cosby Show,’ Passes Away

Earle Hyman Earle Hyman, Grandpa Huxtable On ‘The Cosby Show,’ Passes Away

A veteran of stages around the world, he received an Emmy nom for his work on the long-running NBC sitcom and was a voice on ‘Thundercats.’

Earle Hyman, the admired stage, television and film actor best known for playing Bill Cosby’s sage father, Russell Huxtable, on The Cosby Show, has died. He was 91.

Hyman died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey, his nephew Rick Ferguson told The Hollywood Reporter.

Hyman played Othello hundreds of times, appeared often on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for featured actor in a play for his performance as Oscar in the original 1980 production of Edward Albee’s The Lady From Dubuque. He also appeared on stages throughout Europe during his career.

Meanwhile, animation fans know him as the baritone voice of the aggressive Panthro, a member of the ThunderCats. He worked on 125 episodes of that cartoon series in the 1980s.

From 1984-92, across 40 episodes of NBC’s ratings smash, Hyman was always memorable on The Cosby Show as obstetrician Cliff Huxtable’s dad and a wise grandfather to Theo (Malcolm-Jamal Warner), Denise (Lisa Bonet), Vanessa (Tempestt Bledsoe), Rudy (Keshia Knight Pulliam) and Sondra (Sabrina Le Beauf).

Russell was at one time a prominent jazz trombonist who went by the nickname “Slide” Huxtable. (In real life, he was just 11 years older than Cosby.) His wife, Anna, was played by the late actress Clarice Taylor.

In 1986, Hyman received an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest performer in a comedy series for his work on the episode “Happy Anniversary.”

That season-two installment centered on the Huxtable clan planning the 49th wedding anniversary for Russell and Anna. It included a memorable scene of the family lip-syncing to Ray Charles’ “(Night Time Is) the Right Time.”

“That’s the one episode that was the most loved, most seen. People just loved it. It just shot off the charts,” Hyman recalled in 2009 on the podcast Just My Show. “We just had a ball, and the atmosphere just went over into a kind of reality. We were no longer Clarice and Earle, we were really Anna and Russell Huxtable.”

In 1997, TV Guide voted it the 54th greatest TV episode of all time.

Hyman made his Broadway debut in 1944 in Anna Lucasta and appeared over the years on the Great White Way in The Merchant of Venice; in the original production of No Time for Sergeants; as the title character in the Nigeria-set Mister Johnson; twice in Saint Joan, more than a decade apart; in Waiting for Godot in an acclaimed all-black production in 1957; in Les Blancs; and in Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, opposite Lynn Redgrave.

Born on Oct. 11, 1926, in Rocky Mount, N.C., Hyman was the son of schoolteachers with Native-American and African-American roots. He was raised in Brooklyn and began his film career with an uncredited appearance in the best picture Oscar winner The Lost Weekend (1945).

Hyman also guest-starred on many TV shows in the 1950s and ’60s, including Camera ThreeEast Side/West Side and The Defenders, and he appeared on the big screen in the war film The Bamboo Prison (1954) and in the crime drama Fighting Back (1982).

An admirer of Ibsen, Hyman took a vacation to Oslo in 1957, eventually became fluent in Norwegian and owned property in that country.

“The only place I’m a star in the true sense of the word is Norway,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 1988. “There they come to see me and hope the play is all right. I’m the only foreign actor and only black actor who performs in both Norwegian languages.”

In addition to Ferguson, his survivors include his nieces Cassandra, Yvette and Monica and nephew Derryl.

Hyman’s death was first reported by the website Broadway Black.

Source: Broadway Black, The Hollywood Reporter

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A Thanksgiving Tribute to “The Wolf”

We recently received some very sad news:  the world lost Mike Miskell, one of the absolute-best humans I’ve ever met, a little over a week ago.  All of the standard phrases apply here for sure.  Too soon.  Tragic.  Shocking.  But that’s not what I’m here to talk about today.

Instead, I simply want to honor a truly amazing person and friend.  Right now there is a fantastic family in NY/CT who should be celebrating Thanksgiving with their fantastic husband and father, and instead they are mourning his sudden passing.

If we, or I, can do anything to help them today, it would be to tell his story through our lens.  Through MY lens, more specifically, but everyone here at P3 who knew him had EXACTLY the same sort of experience with him, so please consider my take to be representative.

When we formed this company in 2013, Mike (in his role at Kaman Industrial, a billion-dollar plus in annual revenue, publicly-traded firm) was the first person to hire us for an enterprise-level project.  To this day, “the Kaman Story” is one of the five client stories I tell basically everywhere I go.

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One of Mike’s Favorite Quotes
(And SUPER appropriate for the kinds of things he and his team have accomplished with Power BI since 2013)

In 2013, the C-level executives at Kaman had tasked Mike with the single most-critical project on their entire radar.  They needed to get better at pricing their products, to rein in a “margin erosion” problem.  This was easier said than done.  It didn’t just require them to “get smarter.”  It also required them to drive behavior change across hundreds of people, each of which needed to make many difficult and time-sensitive decisions every day.  All of those decisions – thousands per day – needed to be made slightly better in order for the overall needle to move.  And he had this WILD idea that this new Power Pivot thing might represent a path to a solution.  Crazy insightful for 2013!

And in the end, all we did was help Kaman’s stock price go up.  Yawn.  All in a day’s (well, two months’) work for Mike.

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Yeah…  I know…  correlation is not causation.  But don’t underestimate what someone like Mike can do.

As I got to know Mike, I learned that this was par for the course:  when there was a big problem, the execs called Mike.  I’d spent most of my career up until that point safely ensconced in the software engineering trenches, far from the executive levels, and it was downright fascinating to watch Mike operate.  He had a serious and formal job title at the time – Director of Process Improvement, which honestly sounded pretty boring to me.  But that was just a title.  Because hey, to run in Mike’s world of industrial distribution and manufacturing, you NEEDED a serious and sober job title.

But his REAL role was “The Fixer.”  Got a big problem?  Seems impossible to solve?  Put Mike on it.  He solves anything.  And then comes back for more.  Everyone knew that.

And this got me thinking about Winston Wolf, the “fixer” from Pulp Fiction.

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Mike didn’t strike me as a Pulp Fiction fan (in fact he’d never seen it), but he LOVED the comparison when I shared it with him.  Embraced it.  Had fun with it.

He even got a chuckle about me bad-photoshopping his face over Harvey Keitel’s and then publishing it for thousands to see:

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From the Oct 2014 Post, “Winston Wolf Has Job For You

Thanks to the things we learned working with Mike, “The Wolf” became a Favorite Client Archetype for us over the years, as we met a number of other Executive-Level Fixers, each with their own distinct job title but a very similar “real” role.

But Mike was the first, and he was always so generous with his time and thoughts, it ALLOWED us to learn about “Wolves.”

ROB:  “So Mike, we all know Power BI is gonna replace Cognos as the official BI tool at Kaman…”

MIKE:  “No not at all!  There are things Cognos does better than Power BI, and things Power BI does better than Cognos, and we’re just gonna keep using each tool for its strengths.”

ROB:  “Yeah yeah yeah, excellent politician-speak.  But there’s no one here but the two of us!  You can level with me!  Cognos is going away and we both know it!”

MIKE:    “No no no, Rob…  these tools are very different.”

ROB:    “Yep they’re different, one is just better, we both know it, so why won’t you break character???”

MIKE:
  “Break character???  My dear sir I’m afraid I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

MIKE:  “Hey Rob guess what!  They just put me in charge of ALL the BI at Kaman, and you know what?  I think we might retire Cognos!!!

ROB:  “You’re a cagey veteran Mike and I’m gonna make sure we never become opponents.”

image thumb 22 A Thanksgiving Tribute to “The Wolf”One of my favorite Mike stories played out over the course of YEARS.  It was an ongoing inside joke of sorts.  Kaman had long been using a traditional BI tool called Cognos.  The Margin Scorecard project that we built with Kaman was originally “given” to the Cognos team to address, and said Cognos team had cried uncle (because hey, traditional BI doesn’t work, no matter which software vendor you chose).

So Cognos was still the answer for Kaman, for everything EXCEPT the Margin Scorecard, which we built in Power Pivot.  And the smashing success of said scorecard, well…  I’m sure that surprised the Cognos team just a bit.  I suspect they were betting “if we can’t do it, neither can so-called Modern Excel.”  In their shoes, I would have been surprised too!

This created a tension behind the scenes at Kaman – the age-old “but we have an official BI tool, please stop using that newfangled interloper tool” tension.  And the way Mike navigated that…  I will forever be in his debt, because I never saw things quite the same after watching him manage that situation.

Every time I saw Mike, I’d needle him about this situation, and every time, it went down as illustrated above.  I could always see the glimmer in his eye, even as he denied.  He knew.  He agreed.  But he ALSO knew that it would never help ANYONE to say such a thing out loud.  It drove me nuts that he wouldn’t “level” with me, but he was doing both of us a major service, longer-term.

“Never try to convince anyone that Power BI is a better tool than other tools, even if YOU believe it.  Instead, just go build something that was otherwise impossible, and KEEP delivering the impossible, without EVER picking a fight with the proponents of the other tools.  Tell them you’re happy to switch to their tool of choice as soon as they’re ready to duplicate what you’ve built in Power BI.  They’ll never get around to it of course, but in the meantime, no one is served by picking a fight.”

-One of our company’s core recommendations, learned by watching Mike.

I’ll leave you with a few quick additional Mike stories…

On one of my visits to Kaman HQ, I witnessed Mike debugging a Fax Server of all things.  Not just ANY fax server, of course, but one that sent and received hundreds per day as part of the customers’ ordering process.  So, huge crisis?  Has nothing to do with BI or Analytics?  Yep, Mike’s on it.  I’d known him for years at this point and I was still laughing in admiration as he rallied the troops to solve a deep and hairy tech problem that he himself knew ZERO about…  and yet, I watched him untangle the web of people and problems and get it mitigated.

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Mike and I Gave a Talk About the Margin Scorecard Project Together in 2014 wlEmoticon smile 2 A Thanksgiving Tribute to “The Wolf”

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Yeah.  Mike Co-Organized a Private Summit Between Us, Some of Our Other “Wolf” Clients, and the Engineering Leaders from Microsoft

We’re all fond of the hand-drawn art style here, even when it means hybridizing several images into one.  So it was only fitting to “commission” one such piece for our good friend Mike:

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Happy Trails to a Fabulous Colleague and Friend

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“The Space Migration Part Is What I’m Working On Right Now”

Timothy Leary had numerous odd experiences behind prison walls. There was the time he dropped acid with Massachusetts inmates, the one in which he shared a Folsom cell block with Charles Manson and let us never forget that he was lectured in the pen by friend Marshall McLuhan. Such was the life of an LSD salesman.

One of the few trips Leary never got to take, except posthumously, was a trek to outer space. In 1976, during his “comeback tour” after stays in 29 jails and a retirement of sorts, Leary dreamed of leaving it all behind—way behind. The opening of John Riley’s People article “Timothy Leary Is Free, Demonstrably in Love and Making Extraterrestrial Plans“:

High in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains, in a wood-heated A-frame beside a rushing stream, the retired guru speaks:

“After six years of silence, we have three new ideas which we think are fairly good. One is space migration. Another is intelligence increase. The third is life extension. We use the acronym SMI2LE to bring them together.”

The sage is Timothy Leary, high priest of the 1960s LSD movement, who is just four weeks out of the 29th jail he has inhabited since his first arrest in Laredo, Texas, 11 years ago. That charge was possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana that his then-wife, Rosemarie, had handed to his daughter. In recent months, when Leary was appearing before federal grand juries investigating the Weather Underground, he was moved from prison to prison for his own safety. Now paroled at age 56, he will soon start a term of probation whose length will be set by a federal judge.

Leary fled a federal work camp in California in 1970, an escape planned by Rosemarie and the Weather Underground. The Learys went first to Africa, then to Switzerland, where their marriage collapsed. Leary met and was captivated by a then 26-year-old jet-setter, Joanna Harcourt-Smith, whom he married in 1972. Three weeks later they traveled to Afghanistan, where U.S. authorities captured them both and flew them back to Los Angeles.

“Joanna visited me regularly,” Leary says. “She published several of my books and lobbied and schemed to get me free.” He looks at her adoringly, and she turns from the breakfast dishes in the sink to kiss him. Joanna tells how she collared Betty Ford on a street in San Diego and pleaded with her for Tim’s freedom. “I’m doing for my husband what you’re doing for yours. You’re helping yours get elected President, and I’m helping mine get out of prison.”

“One of the plans that she was continually hatching to break me out,” says Leary, “was for her to descend onto the Vacaville prison grounds in a silver helicopter blaring Pink Floyd music, wearing nothing but a machine gun. We called it Plan No. 346.”

“You know,” he continues, after Joanna has left to drive to a village 10 miles away for groceries and cigarettes, “in 1970 the U.S. government directly and bluntly shut me up. It was the greatest thing that could have happened, because I had run out of ideas.” His face, its prison pallor turned to brown by the mountain sun, breaks into a grin. A woodpecker hammers at the chimney of their Franklin stove. “Does that every morning,” says Leary. “We’ve named him the tinpecker.

“Well, SMI2LE, as I said, is a good idea. The acronym is woven into Joanna’s belts and purses. The space migration part is what I’m working on right now. Los Alamos [the atomic laboratory] is not far away and I have lots of questions about laser fusion. And this valley is an ideal temporary planetary base of operations for getting away from earth.”

Leary not only wants to live on a space station between the earth and the moon, he wants to take some of the planet with him. “How far can we see from here?” he asks. “Half a mile? According to a professor at Princeton, such an area could be compressed to a degree that I figure could be fit within a NASA spacecraft.”•

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The city of Kamianets-Podilskyi, in modern Ukraine, has the…

The city of
Kamianets-Podilskyi, in modern Ukraine, has the unique feature of being almost entirely surrounded by
Smotrych River.  This natural defense was supplemented by successive fortresses, yet still the town changed hands numerous times in its thousand year history.

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Five Things I Learned From “The Last Jedi” Trailer

277357 l srgb s gl 300x200 Five Things I Learned From “The Last Jedi” Trailer“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

As a part of the last wave of Millennials joining the workforce, I have been inspired by Jobs’ definition of innovation. For years, Millennials like me have been told that we need to be faster, better, and smarter than our peers. With this thought in mind and the endless possibilities of the Internet, it’s easy to see that the digital economy is here, and it is defining my generation.

Lately we’ve all read articles proclaiming that “the digital economy and the economy are becoming one in the same. The lines are being blurred.” While this may be true, Millennials do not see this distinction. To us, it’s just the economy. Everything we do happens in the abstract digital economy – we shop digitally, get our news digitally, communicate digitally, and we take pictures digitally. In fact, the things that we don’t do digitally are few and far between.

Millennial disruption: How to get our attention in the digital economy

In this fast-moving, highly technical era, innovation and technology are ubiquitous, forcing companies to deliver immediate value to consumers. This principle is ingrained in us – it’s stark reality. One day, a brand is a world leader, promising incredible change. Then just a few weeks later, it disappears. Millennials view leaders of the emerging (digital) economy as scrappy, agile, and comfortable making decisions that disrupt the norm, and that may or may not pan out.

What does it take to earn the attention of Millennials? Here are three things you should consider:

1. Millennials appreciate innovations that reinvent product delivery and service to make life better and simpler.

Uber, Vimeo, ASOS, and Apple are some of the most successful disruptors in the current digital economy. Why? They took an already mature market and used technology to make valuable connections with their Millennial customers. These companies did not invent a new product – they reinvented the way business is done within the economy. They knew what their consumers wanted before they realized it.

Millennials thrive on these companies. In fact, we seek them out and expect them to create rapid, digital changes to our daily lives. We want to use the products they developed. We adapt quickly to the changes powered by their new ideas or technologies. With that being said, it’s not astonishing that Millennials feel the need to connect regularly and digitally.

2. It’s not technology that captures us – it’s the simplicity that technology enables.

Recently, McKinsey & Company revealed that “CEOs expect 15%–50% of their companies’ future earnings to come from disruptive technology.” Considering this statistic, it may come as a surprise to these executives that buzzwords – including cloud, diversity, innovation, the Internet of Things, and future of work – does not resonate with us. Sure, we were raised on these terms, but it’s such a part of our culture that we do not think about it. We expect companies to deeply embed this technology now.

What we really crave is technology-enabled simplicity in every aspect of our lives. If something is too complicated to navigate, most of us stop using the product. And why not? It does not add value if we cannot use it immediately.

Many experts claim that this is unique to Millennials, but it truly isn’t. It might just be more obvious and prevalent with us. Some might translate our never-ending desire for simplicity into laziness. Yet striving to make daily activities simpler with the use of technology has been seen throughout history. Millennials just happen to be the first generation to be completely reliant on technology, simplicity, and digitally powered “personal” connections.

3. Millennials keep an eye on where and how the next technology revolution will begin.

Within the next few years Millennials will be the largest generation in the workforce. As a result, the onslaught of coverage on the evolution of technology will most likely be phased out. While the history of technology is significant for our predecessors, this not an overly important story for Millennials because we have not seen the technology evolution ourselves. For us, the digital revolution is a fact of life.

Companies like SAP, Amazon, and Apple did not invent the wheel. Rather, they were able to create a new digital future. For a company to be successful, senior leaders must demonstrate a talent for R&D genius as well as fortune-telling. They need to develop easy-to-use, brilliantly designed products, market them effectively to the masses, and maintain their product elite. It’s not easy, but the companies that upend an entire industry are successfully balancing these tasks.

Disruption can happen anywhere and at any time. Get ready!

Across every industry, big players are threatened — not only by well-known competitors, but by small teams sitting in a garage drafting new ideas that could turn the market upside down. In reality, anyone, anywhere, at any time can cause disruption and bring an idea to life.

Take my employer SAP, for example. With the creation of SAP S/4HANA, we are disrupting the tech market as we help our customers engage in digital transformation. By removing data warehousing and enabling real-time operations, companies are reimagining their future. Organizations such as La Trobe University, the NFL, and Adidas have made it easy to understand and conceptualize the effects using data in real time. But only time will tell whether Millennials will ever realize how much disruption was needed to get where we are today.

Find out how SAP Services & Support you can minimize the impact of disruption and maximize the success of your business. Read SAP S/4HANA customer success stories, visit the SAP Services HUB, or visit the customer testimonial page on SAP.com.

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