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Explore my views on a multitude of transformation topics.

Consulting on the Cusp of Disruption

The consulting industry is consistently warning clients why they need to transform, but continues itself to use a business model that has not changed in more than 100 years. Is there a pot calling the kettle black? People-to-people consulting will play a part in the inevitable decomposition of yet another industry.

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Business Transformation Health Check

Countless business transformation initiatives proceed without a health check, because “in the short-term” it’s far more convenient, painless and cheaper to mark our own homework. But in the longer term, the cost and pain can be far greater when fundamental issues are not addressed early enough. Consider having a certified…

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Innovation Partnership Program

The Innovation Partnership Program (IPP) curates a group of 30 Fortune 500 companies that participate in a three-year innovation journey. It helps leaders harness the power of disruptive technology and the wisdom of crowds, and it guides them in developing a roadmap and view of how accelerating technologies in development will impact their…

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Generating $20 Billion in Transformation Value

Many business transformation initiatives are launched with scant regard for Value Management, which is a particularly alien concept for some transformation leaders with a technology background. Read and hear how the former president of Allergan created $20 billion in new value and reduced costs by $500 million, and…

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Corporate Acquisition of Digital Capabilities

Corporate acquisitions have been happening for many years but recently the firms with cash to spare are buying their way into the digital age. Just last week, PayPal bought Xoom, Accenture bought Javelin and in May McKinsey snapped up Lunar to improve its competitive position. But despite…

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Exponential Technologies – Vital for Survival

Exponential technology is changing from something that was available to major companies at high cost, to something that is becoming available to us all, at low cost. The threat that many people face is failing to grasp both the concept and the opportunity, and standing like a rabbit caught in…

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Journey to the Centre of a Digital Vortex

The Digital Vortex is an inevitable shift of all industries towards a digital centre, where business models, offerings, and value chains are digitised to their maximum extent. There is no choice about the existence of the digital vortex. There is only a choice that CEOs can make in terms of how they…

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How to Increase Your Digital Quotient

While a certain anxiety has flourished around the need to become a digital enterprise, too many are embarking on the journey without the Innovation Capability, Transformation Capability and IT Excellence that are prerequisites to digital enterprise transformation. Discover what it takes to raise your…

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The 4 Lenses of Innovation

Many of us witness the world’s young bright minds seizing on opportunities to disrupt entire industries and wonder how on earth did they figure that out. A new book called The Four Lenses of Innovation debunks this illusion by explaining how innovation is systematic, methodical, and something we can all achieve. Read a…

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How Happy is Your Organisation?

Some people suffer a miserable existence inside their organisation for far too long. Many complain but do nothing; while most high performers will endeavour to change things but won’t suffer fools for too long and move on to a happier place. Good people have a choice between the best…

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How to Take Advantage of Digital Technologies

Edited by Axel Uhl – Head of the Business Transformation Academy and Lars Gollenia – Head of SAP’s Global Business Transformation Services, the book “Digital Enterprise Transformation” provides an overview of the Digital Capability Framework (DCF) and helps explain how companies can take full advantage of digital…

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How a Successful HR Transformation Looks

Many CEOs across the globe are disappointed with their HR functions and complaints about HR are now commonplace. But why do people love to hate HR, and what can HR do about it? On the other hand, there are many splendid HR leaders who are truly transforming the future…

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Innovation in Higher Education

It takes far more than academic qualifications for young people to be successful in today’s world, so education establishments need to do more to prepare students for the highly competitive world that awaits their contribution. There are too many high-performing academics who lack the entrepreneurial and life-skills required to…

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Fuel Your Innovation From a Red Box

In today’s world of emerging technologies, markets and consumer demands, innovation is no longer a “nice to have” but a “must have” for any business and here are some practical ways to incorporate innovation into your business. Adobe’s new Red Box (aka Kickbox) contains everything you need…

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No Ordinary Disruption

In No Ordinary Disruption, a McKinsey think tank dives deep into current headlines to analyse the forces that are transforming our planet’s economy. The book is an excellent primer in how to think strategically about the transformational role of technology and the accelerating flow of goods,…

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6 Things a Digital-Age CIO Should Do

The term “Digital-Age” is important because it separates the CIOs companies need, from the CIOs who are stuck in the past and bogged down with operational IT. But any CIO who is keen to shift into the digital age should consider increasing collaboration with business leaders, increasing their access…

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CIOs Urged to Lead Digital Transformation

Harvard research reveals that only 23% of leaders are confident their organisations have the knowledge and skills to succeed in digital transformation. Given that companies cannot transform without the right capabilities, what are the CIOs in question doing to transcend traditional IT and lead their digital enterprise transformation? Download the…

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SAP Business Transformation Summit 2015

Another SAP Business Transformation Summit is scheduled for 22-23 October 2015 where some of the world’s finest transformation experts come together for this inspirational annual event focused on business transformation. Learn more.  …

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We Don't Need Faster Horses

Henry Ford’s words “if I had asked my customers what they wanted they would have said a faster horse” don’t seem to hit home with many companies these days, because they keep doing the same old thing. It is the rare breed who have the courage and vision to become…

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Getting Organisational Re-design Right

It appears that the frequency of organisational redesign reflects a high level of disappointment with the outcome and McKinsey research shows that less than 25% of organisational-redesign efforts succeed. in an effort to help companies avoid the pitfalls, McKinsey suggest that companies will better integrate their people, processes, and structures by…

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