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Explore my views on a multitude of transformation topics.

Harvard's Roadmap to Driving Digital Transformation

The need to understand new technology capabilities is no longer exclusive to the CIO’s organisation. Leaders across all lines of business must also stay abreast of digital trends, innovation and business transformation and collaborate with the CIO who should help them achieve business goals via a journey of digital enterprise transformation. But…

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The 2015 State Of Innovation

The word ‘Innovation’ conjurs up different definitions for different people, and while most companies proudly announce how innovative they are, many are yet to do any truly innovative. But most people do at least agree that it’s good to be an innovator. Take a glimpse into the global state of innovation and download the…

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Marriage Made in Vendor Management

Large initiatives involving multiple vendors are challenging and require world-class management to get multiple success factors right. Many of these initiatives go badly wrong, pouring million$ down the drain and generating unwelcome negative press about a company’s failed efforts. So are vendors more trouble than they are worth? On a positive note, with…

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What's Your Digital Capability Framework?

Too many companies are vulnerable to embarking on a digital enterprise transformation with the core focus on wanting certain digital technologies and then figuring out if and how they will add value to the firm after they have kicked off a project or programme. This smacks of the backward…

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Inspiration for Innovation

Imagine sitting back on your flight using the window next to you as a tablet computer. Airbus has already filed a patent for its smart aircraft window. Imagine  the disruptive business impact on opticians, but the immense positive impact on millions of the world’s underprivileged who face going…

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Building Your Fast-Moving Digital Enterprise

Large companies typically have one transformation success case somewhere, but transforming the entire company to a whole new way of working is what most struggle with. McKinsey’s Edwin van Bommel describes how organisations can quickly develop digital capabilities. He explains what it takes to deliver rapid results, the three Ds of…

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The Age of Disruption

It is tempting to dismiss disruption as yet another business fad, but nothing could be further from the truth. Disruption is going force thousands of healthy large companies into the history books because they suffered from complacency and a naive confidence that they could not possibly find their business threatened by…

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Like it or Not – The Future is BRETT

Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence. Like it or not, the robot named BRETT…

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Authority But No Leadership

Few people reading this post will not have come across people in high authority that who have poor leadership capabilities. Listen to Simon Sinek touch on this topic.

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Who Will Disrupt Your Ride?

While we sit back relaxed and witness the taxi industry being disrupted and Uber being one step closer to picking you up in a self-driving car, have you thought about who will unexpectedly disrupt your company’s comfortable ride? Perhaps an unknown start-up in a small shared space…

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Museum Out-Transforms 1000s of Firms

Is your company even slower than a museum in undergoing a genuine business transformation? Founded in 1885, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam underwent a 10 year transformation to redesign and reinvent itself, leveraging digital technology in order to live up to rapidly changing customer expectations. Read how…

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Disrupting Digital Business – The Book

The world is shifting from an economy of products and services, to one that focuses on experiences and outcomes. Firms insisting that their antiquated models will continue to be successful will suffer the Kodak-effect and drift into history. Ray Wang’s new book (published by Harvard) explains that current…

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Meet 50 Top Disruptors

A few weeks ago we looked at 16 sectors unprepared for digital. But who are the forward-thinking upstarts that are seizing opportunity in unexploited niches that can cripple corporate giants? Look at CNBC’s list of Top 50 Disruptors and the business model that has taken Moderna to the number…

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No Moore’s Law – But Open Innovation

Real economic growth depends on real innovation, and technology will play a key role, says Professor Eugene Fitzgerald at MIT. He explains that open innovation ecosystems allow big business, start-ups and academia to pool their strengths, budgets and practices together to invent new solutions together. Discover more about how…

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McKinsey on The Digital Age & Disruption

The digital age is disrupting every area of business, including the way marketing engages and interacts with prospective clients and existing ones. Listen to David Edelman at McKinsey Digital explain how successfully adapting requires more than new strategies, and that it requires a complete restructuring of the marketing organisation and its…

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How to be a Thought Leader

Too many people carry around the romantic old idea that if they work hard they will be recognised as experts, but the world doesn’t work that way these days. Making a name for yourself requires capitalising on your perspective and knowledge and inspiring others to listen and take action. Learn about…

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Leadership Across Cultures

Watching a leader with poor emotional intelligence makes many of us cringe, and watching such a leader operate in a culture other than their own is even worse. Consider this good advice for leaders on the world stage and advice for people who…

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Access Digital Enterprise Transformation Book Free

The book “Digital Enterprise Transformation” incorporates the Business Transformation Management Methodology (BTM²) with the Digital Capability Framework (DCF). Written by The Business Transformation Academy (BTA) and SAP, Digital Enterprise Transformation presents how companies can blend innovation, digital and business transformation capabilities to add…

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Where Digital Disruption is Leading Us

In this digital era, many people can participate in innovation because it costs so little and the ideas themselves multiply exponentially and spread with tremendous speed. Look how Netflix contributed to Blockbuster’s premature death, Airbnb has hit the hotel industry and Uber is diminishing the traditional taxi…

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Change Culture is Not an Event

Many organisations treat Change as an event which they know they should address when a particular change to the business is on the horizon, such as a change in technology. Others go one step further and create a change culture because their smart leaders recognise that Change is an ongoing process, as…

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