How we leverage, protect, enhance, and use data is more important than any other time in history. Information Technology is a competitive advantage and will continue to be a critical piece of any world-class organization. For a customized keynote that is energizing, impactful, and actionable – book Kaihan for your next IT event or conference.


Information technology is advancing rapidly and undergoing dramatic change and disruption. Movement to the cloud, decentralization of information, cybersecurity, and risk of cyber hacking are all top of mind. When change happens there is opportunity to explore new business models, re-think how you engage employees, evaluate what impact your organization has on the world, and develop creative solutions to complex problems.There has never been a more important time than now to encourage strategic thinking, creativity, and innovation that will grow your organization for the future.

Throughout his career as a consultant, keynote speaker, and founder of the Outthinker Strategy Network (an exclusive network of Chief Strategy Officers and Executives from Fortune 500 and private companies with $1B+ revenue), Kaihan Krippendorff has worked with some of the biggest brands in IT including: Microsoft, Avnet, Biotronik, Compucom, Deacom, Coveo, Garmin, Google, Ingram Micro, Maxis, Mouser Electronics, IBM, Celestica, and ShipCompliant.

Selecting the right keynote speaker for your information technology event is one of the most important decisions you will make this year. Content, energy, ability to connect to an audience, and actionability are all important factors to consider. Former McKinsey Consultant, NYU Professor, bestselling author, and globally recognized authority on strategy, growth, and transformation, Kaihan Krippendorff will make your event an undeniable success with a customized IT keynote that leverages his unique perspective of technology, software, IoT, big data, and networks.

The time to act is now. Don’t just be a Thinker. Be an Outthinker.

An active leader in information technology, Kaihan brings deep industry experience, proprietary research, and exclusive insights to every keynote he delivers.


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  • Public cloud service revenues are expected to reach $354.6B worldwide by 2022 (Deloitte).
  • Revenues of AI are estimated to reach $100B by 2025 (Deloitte).
  • Seventy percent of executives believe that concerns with security are a primary inhibitor toward normalization of cloud services in the public (Deloitte).
  • The global digital economy is expected to grow to $23T (24.3 percent of the global GDP) by 2025 (Huawei).

Trends in Information Technology (IT)

Moving to the Cloud

Decentralizing Information

Improving Cybersecurity

Moving to the Cloud

  • With data collection and analytics growing across every industry, the need for cloud-based solutions is opening doors in the IT sector. Worldwide, organizations are increasingly seeking ways to store data, information, and other digital resources in the cloud, and companies offering cloud migration, security, and computing services can find opportunity servicing them (Linchpin).  
  • Over 74 percent of CFOs believe that cloud computing is essential to the growth of their business (Linchpin).  
  • As a whole, movement to the cloud across all industries—most specifically in as-a-service businesses (XaaS)—is forecasted to reach $345B in the next decade (Deloitte). 
  • According to research by Deloitte, XaaS implementation in businesses can improve expense models, allow for better scalability of applications and infrastructure, and streamline operations by freeing up resources for other tasks (Deloitte).  

Decentralizing Information

  • As Big Data on hand continues to grow exponentially each year, methods of spreading the information across a wider plane are growing, too. Blockchain technology is moving information away from centralized databases and returning accessibility to information to the general population. 
  • IoT networks allow for decentralized control and interaction among consumer-owned devices, central databases, and the cloud.  
  • Edge computing is creating opportunities to increase efficiency and optimization of computing and analytics by spreading tasks across a variety of devices on the outside of networks (Linchpin).  
  • Combining 5G transfer speeds with edge computing capabilities allows companies to perform relatively complex tasks in cases which traditionally relied upon central computing, and opens up opportunities to make independent technological devices on the fringe of their networks (Deloitte).  

Improving Cybersecurity

  • The world is on track to contain 200 zettabytes of data by 2025 (Forbes), and with increasing information comes the need for improving security. As nearly half of the labor force is working at home due to pandemic-driven change, data is more decentralized than ever.  
  • By the end of 2025, there will be more than 30 billion IoT connections, with each one a potential entry point for hackers (IoT Analytics). According to McKinsey, 127 new devices connect to the internet every second (Forbes).  
  • In 2020, malware sent online more than tripled (Forbes). As more and more IoT connections are formed, critical infrastructure around the world will begin to integrate with and rely upon the stability of networks.  
  • Companies like Cloudflare seek to bring enhanced safety and security to the Web through a variety of products and services for individuals and enterprises. 

The Outthinker 8P framework – opportunities for disruption and innovation in Information Technology (IT)


  • Cloudflare is an internet security software provider with the mission “to build a better internet” (Fast Company).
  • Cloudflare developed a tool for mobile app developers, the Mobile SDK, which helps them in monitoring and improving network performance.
  • Cloudflare released their first service to consumers, the DNS system, which provides users with safer, more secure web browsing.
  • During the US election year of 2020 (Fast Company), they offered complimentary enterprise-grade security to United States state and local election websites.
  • In March 2021, Honeywell’s System Model H1 became the highest performing quantum computing system in the world. The company has set several previous quantum volume records (Source).
  • The one-hundred-year-old company uses a “trapped ion” process that is slower but more accurate.
  • Honeywell has grown its share of voice within the quantum computing industry from 1 percent to 25 percent (Source).

Leverage Point

“8Ps” of Strategy

Opportunity for Disruption

Recommended Leverage Points


The core customer you serve, what need you meet with what brand attributes


Who is your target customer, and what need do they have that you seek to meet?

How does your organization mission coincide with the need of your customer base?


The offerings and packages you deliver, where you outperform and where you underperform


How can you expand your IT services to incorporate growth in cloud applications?

Are there ways for you to reposition your products or services to prioritize XaaS?

What elements of security are included in your offering?


How you communicate with customers (including your marketing, sales, and PR teams)


How can you connect your services to new customers? How can you create personal connections with current customers?

How does your current advertising model appeal to consumers in IT?


How much you charge for services, how you monetize


Have you considered a subscription-based pricing model for your services?

How does your pricing structure differentiate you from competitors in your space?


How you deliver on your value proposition, and through what channels


Where can customers access or purchase your technology?

What other distribution channels can you utilize to bring value to your customers?

Physical Experience

The customer experience, what they see, smell, feel, taste, or hear


Do your services communicate safety and security to your customers?

Who controls the data you collect, and how can you exercise data transparency with your customers?


Your operations and processes


How can you optimize your services to provide cloud and XaaS support to customers?

Are you seeking opportunities to expand into data decentralization?

How can you take advantage of dramatic growth in edge computing and blockchain technology?


The choices you make regarding hiring, organizing, and incentivizing your people. Your values.


How can you optimize your personnel structure to accommodate remote IT collaboration?