Leslie Shannon

Head of Trend and Innovation Scouting | Nokia

Leslie Shannon is the Head of Trend and Innovation Scouting for Nokia.  A Silicon Valley-based futurist, she focuses on identifying connectivity-related tech disruptions and opportunities, including developments in robotics, drones, visual analytics, cloud gaming, generative AI, and especially augmented and virtual reality, the foundations of the Metaverse.  Leslie has a BA from the University of Virginia, a Master’s Degree from Yale University, and does all her daily fitness work in virtual reality.  She worked as a Business Analyst in Australia from 1997 to 2000.

Leslie is the author of Interconnected Realities, a look at the current and future development of the Metaverse, and, with Catherine D. Henry, Virtual Natives, an examination of how Gen Z and Gen Alpha’s use of digital technologies is revolutionizing how humans relate to both computers and each other.

Presentation: New Tools for Business Analysis:  Digital Twins, Generative AI, and even the Metaverse
There are a raft of new tech trends and buzzwords that can be hard to keep up with while you’re busy just doing your day-to-day job.  Yet some of these technologies are more important than others.  Some will specifically make the life of a BA easier; others are more far-reaching and will change the very nature of the overall relationship between humans and computers.  As Nokia’s Head of Trend and Innovation Scouting, former BA Leslie Shannon, now based in Silicon Valley, has been analyzing these new technical developments for almost a decade.  Please join her in this session for a concrete look at some of the most useful new tech developments that will be bringing change to the world of business analysis.