Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution

Technology

Product Managers

As organizations in every industry sector look to technology to facilitate their own transformations, the opportunities for technologists with business savvy have broadened considerably. Business teams and technology teams don’t always speak the same languages, don’t communicate regularly, and typically struggle to try to overcome historical siloes.

A product manager acts as the point person throughout a software, hardware, or service product’s lifecycle. It is a role that requires you to balance input, concerns, and feedback from multiple departments, key stakeholders, business leaders, customers, and clients. Understanding and representing user needs. Monitoring the market and developing competitive analyses. Defining a vision for a product. Aligning stakeholders around the vision for the product.

We bridge the gap between technology and business strategy. Product Managers work with marketing, operations, product design, and engineering teams to identify a critical business problem and creatively build solutions,

What I’m keeping an eye on:

  • 5G – beyond speed improvement for communications and entertainment, this tech is expected to unleash an IoT (Internet of Things) ecosystem where networks can serve communication needs for billions of connected devices with the right balances between speed, latency, and cost.
  • Metaverse – technologies that make up the metaverse can include virtual reality and augmented reality but is not exclusive to VR and AR, they can be accessed via PC, game console, or smartphone.
  • Blockchain, the foundation for digital currency, has enormous implications not only for the financial services industry but for any company that intends to manage currency in the digital age. The future of the metaverse is likely tied to blockchain.
  • NFTs – “Non-fungible tokens” more or less means that it’s unique and can’t be replaced with something else. For example, a bitcoin is fungible — trade one for another bitcoin, and you’ll have exactly the same thing. A one-of-a-kind digital art piece, however, is non-fungible. Or how about the very first tweet on Twitter?
  • XR (Extended Reality) combines AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality), and MR (Mixed Reality) under one umbrella.
  • IoT (Internet of Things) refers to the billions of physical devices that can connect to the internet, collecting and sharing data. For consumers, this means interacting with the global information network without the intermediary of a keyboard or screen; many everyday objects and appliances could take instructions from that network with minimal human intervention. For business, this means, even more, streamlining and automation in manufacturing and delivery industries.
  • AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) are making use of the mounds of data being mined, collected, and consolidated.
  • RPA (Robotic Process Automation) is the technology that allows anyone today to configure computer software, or a “robot” to emulate and integrate the actions of a human interacting within digital systems to execute a business process.
  • Cognitive technologies such as NLP (Natural Language Processing), and speech and pattern recognition are being embedded into software applications, imbuing big data with superior capabilities. Siri and Alexa are already embedded in most people’s lives, imagine having this tech available in every application you use.