Chris Curran

Chris Curran

Chris is a principal and Chief Technologist for the US firm’s Advisory practice, where he is responsible for technology strategy, enterprise architecture and innovation, and the development of thought leadership reflective of PwC’s point of view on trends and innovations in technology. He works directly with senior executives on their most complex and strategic technology issues, helping to explore the opportunities presented by emerging technologies, define the IT function and organization, deploy IT governance and management practices, and develop business and technical architectures. Among his accomplishments, Chris has global experience helping CIOs be more innovative, and has helped design and lead the implementation of high-value technology initiatives for his clients, most recently in the property and casualty insurance, health insurance and consumer products industries. Chris is a leading technology blogger, and also leads the development and analysis of PwC’s annual Digital IQ Survey, which measures how well companies understand and capitalize on the value of technology and leverage it to meet their business and customer needs.


Briefing: Artificial intelligence

Everyone’s talking about AI, but what do they really mean? Get smart on the basics and the trends for 2018.

Briefing: Scouting emerging technology

Someone has already come up with the idea that will transform your business—or destroy it. You just have to find it.

Top 10 AI trends for business leaders in 2018

Ready to put artificial intelligence to work? Make sure to get these 10 things right.

Cloud: The end of the beginning

We’re just getting started. And industry-specific solutions should be next.

AI is coming. Is your business ready?

CEOs see the potential—and the risks.

To truly scout emerging technology, stop thinking like an executive

Inspiration for your next innovation might just be found in the movies.

Scouting emerging tech: the advantages of university relationships

Looking within universities for innovation is win-win.

How to use accelerators and incubators as a tech scouting tool

Engage in the VC ecosystem to stay on top of emerging tech.

Tech learning through mentoring: Five takeaways

Everything I needed to know about tech scouting I learned by helping my kid build 100lb robots. Three barriers to AI adoption across the enterprise

What’s slowing companies down from seizing this opportunity?

Are you keeping up with your tech-savvy customers?

Vala Afshar of Salesforce on the new rules for delighting—and keeping—your customers in the digital age.

Why I’m sold on collaboration tech

You know technology is truly powerful when it begins to alter a company’s culture, and that’s exactly what we are seeing as real-time collaboration software takes hold.

Embarking on a mission to explore emerging technology

Companies that expect and embrace disruption don’t wait for a particular business problem to solve before they begin experimenting with emerging technology. They dive in.

The role materials play in powering the 3-D printing revolution

As resolutions improve, material choices expand, and methods to control their properties evolve, 3-D printing will find uses beyond rapid prototyping.

Software simplifying the 3-D printing experience

As the experience of sourcing, creating, optimizing and printing 3D models becomes simpler and robust, 3D printing will find uses beyond prototyping.

Augmented reality: A catalyst for the coming cognitive revolution

Augmented reality can extend humans’ cognitive potential, reduce cognitive burden, and provide a new view to business operations.

The road ahead for 3-D printing

As 3-D printers become faster, easier to use, handle multiple materials, and print active components or systems, they will find use beyond rapid prototyping.

The DNA of digital disruptors

Businesses need to understand that incremental innovation and radical innovation with digital requires two different approaches and mindsets.

CIOs wanted for innovation expansion

companies are converging technology, data and product design to expand innovation.

Robotics competitions build stem skills

Things you learn when forward and fast is the only option and failure is par for the course.

A CIOs guide for engaging the board

Given the pace of technological change, how can boards really be on top of their game?

Sportifying STEM through robotics to stimulate learning

What can businesses learn from programs that use robotics and gamification to spark kids’ interest in math and science?

FinTech: Headwinds or windfall for incumbents?

Now that the change has turned from a drum beat into a bang, signs of the upending of the financial services industry are hard to ignore.

Industrial manufacturers digitize operations to compete

Customer loyalty is waning, as technology companies raise the bar. Smart digital operations are requiring vastly different approaches. These key principles can help.

How will people create content for augmented reality?

Augmented reality content creation is expected to become easier as 3-D tracking and authoring capabilities are integrated into a seamless environment.

3 approaches to emerging technology experimentation

The key to effectively experimenting with emerging technology is to link innovations to specific business goals.

Three strategies to decrease IT costs and increase business impact

Successful CIOs have to find new strategies to bridge the growing “Digital Divide.”

How will people interact with augmented reality?

Advancements in gesture, motion, and eye tracking lay the groundwork for natural interaction methods that aid in the success of augmented reality.

The new cybersecurity threat landscape

The new threat landscape is taking shape before our eyes and now is the time for senior executives to sharpen their focus on cybersecurity.

Meet the new enterprise architect: The “capability architect”

A legacy approach to technology management is a death-knell.

Breakthroughs in optics that are reshaping augmented reality

New methods, low-cost manufacturing processes, and adapting to human perceptual capabilities are contributing to better performance for optical systems.

Nine reasons your enterprise is not Agile, yet

Testing-related challenges are holding enterprises back.

The road ahead for augmented reality

Advancements in optical performance, 3-D capabilities, and new interaction methods will define the success of the smartglasses market.

Ushering in the next generation of information architecture

Businesses need a forward-thinking strategy to enable their data and analytics capabilities.

Not quite ready for the (fourth industrial) revolution

With few businesses prepared for Industry 4.0, it’s time to hone your strategy for emerging technology.

HR in the Cloud is soaring

The adoption of cloud HR technology and mobile to engage and deliver important services is climbing at an exponential rate.

Ten questions to discover your digital IQ

The behaviors of best-in-class digital leaders.

Play with tech or play catch up

When executives play, they stop being frozen by their fear and start getting motivated by their imaginations.

Who’s in charge of digital?

As digital investments soar and technology permeates the enterprise, more companies are waking up to the importance of placing a single leader at the helm of digital initiatives.

The CIO’s #1 resolution for 2016

If you had the luxury of focusing on one thing in 2016, what would it be?

Garage university for emerging technologists: Quadcopters

What inspired makers tinkering in their garages can teach businesses about effectively experimenting with technology.

Guiding principles of technology innovators

PwC’s 2015 Digital Survey IQ results explore what digital leaders do to capitalize on their technology investments and drive stronger performance.

Top ten metrics for a new CIO

Speed, innovation and security are more important than ever as digital disrupts the enterprise.

The internet of BBQ

The growing array of BBQ-related apps and devices is a sign that the internet of things is here and could benefit your business.

The power of picking the right prototype

How to overcome some common challenges of using prototypes to test out product ideas.

Field service workers could fix wearables’ PR problem

Why wearables are tailor-made for field service workers, who could become the technology’s biggest advocates.

Lessons in innovation from the future of shopping

How retailers can uncover the innovation opportunities promised by the internet of things.

6 technology innovation sources for outside-in learning

How to stoke the flames of innovation in your company by bringing the outside in.

One simple solution to unite the CIO and CMO

Finding common ground between CIOs and CMOs is vital, especially when evaluating and investing in emerging technologies



Chris Curran

Principal and Chief Technologist, PwC US Tel: +1 (214) 754 5055 Email

Vicki Huff Eckert

Global New Business & Innovation Leader Tel: +1 (650) 387 4956 Email

Mark McCaffery

US Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Leader Tel: +1 (408) 817 4199 Email