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Watch the Digital Business Transformation Iceberg Video

The Digital Business Transformation Iceberg helps to show how the conscious mind of digital leaders should be focused on far more than the tip of the iceberg. Listen to Rob Llewellyn introduce the Digital Business Transformation Iceberg in the 3 minute 20 second video or podcast below.

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12 Quotes About Digital Transformation

“Silicon Valley is coming and if banks don’t up their game, then tech companies will take over the industry’s business. There are hundreds of startups with a lot of brains and money working on various alternatives to traditional banking.” — Jamie Dimon, CEO, J.P. Morgan   “At least 40% of…

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Digital Business Transformation Iceberg Ahead

The Digital Business Transformation Iceberg uses Sigmund Freud’s iceberg analogy to illustrate how the conscious mind of digital leaders should be focused on far more than the tip of the digital iceberg. The alternative might be likened to the disaster that struck the mighty Titanic on its maiden voyage…

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Understanding Digital Business Models Event – 25 & 26 Feb 2016

Understanding digital business models is vital to the survival of all companies. In 2015 we wrote about a study entitled”Digital Vortex: How Digital Disruption is Redefining Industries“, which was published by the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation (DBT Center) – an IMD and Cisco initiative. The…

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In Digital Transformation, Strategy is King

I would like to invite you to walk across the “Valley of Tech Death” – a technology wasteland where many businesses have poured millions of dollars, culled irreplaceable human energy and capital and extracted thousands of hours of time only to produce a failed business outcome. This real estate of…

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Digital Organisation Characteristics

Back in late 2014, the authors of Leading Digital described the digital organisation characteristics that helped some companies become Digital Masters. Fast forward to 2016 and more has been learned. But first let’s reflect on some of the characteristics that have enabled digital masters to achieve high levels of profit, performance and…

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Start Your Digital Transformation in 6 Steps

Current and future technologies (Mobility, Cloud Computing, Social Media, Crowdsourcing, Internet of things, Industry 4.0, Big Data, 3D printing)  allow companies to create competitive advantages. Digital transformation (DX) is one of them which utilizes the most recent innovation as a part of reaction to socio-behavioural changes, to set up a…

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How Political Intelligence Sets Leaders Apart

No amount of technical or functional capability will make up for a lack of leadership political intelligence (PQ) in a transformation environment, and many transformations run into trouble for this reason. Despite strategic decisions to launch new initiatives, with the latest digital solutions involved, the reality in most large…

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Transition From An Expert To An Authority

One of the most common questions I get asked about working as an independent professional is; “What’s the one thing you suggest an independent professional focuses on to attract more customers in a crowded market?” Keeping to that ‘one thing’, my answer is always the same,…

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Chief Digital Officers in 2016

The Chief Digital Officer (CDO) role is growing in popularity to facilitate the strategic business model implications of digital business transformation and make digital integral to strategy. While bridging the innovation gap between the CIO and multiple lines of business, CDOs are a hybrid that can demonstrate digital, business, transformational and operational…

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The Transformation Readiness Challenge

Transformation readiness can be compared to preparing for other major undertakings. The details might be different but the fundamental principles of preparation and readiness remain the same. For example, an Arctic expedition would be seen as foolish if its leaders set off without an immense amount of preparation, and many other…

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Value Metrics and Digital Transformation ROI

Digital transformation ROI is vital to a company and mapping value metrics against the entire digital business transformation portfolio will highlight overlaps, conflicts, gaps, or synergies, enabling informed decision making at the portfolio level. That said, it’s important to remember that not every useful metric has to, can or should tie back…

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Transformation Constrained by Legacy Process, Plans & Culture

While all companies need to see digital technologies become an integral part of their business, this needs to be done in an innovative and integrated  manner, as opposed to simply plugging in and configuring standard solutions. While standard solutions can automate processes and save money, this is neither innovative or transformational, but…

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Leading Digital Business Transformation in 2016

Leading digital business transformation is something that has to be learned by many executives. We hear a lot about the need for companies to transform themselves digitally to remain relevant and competitive, but we hear much less about the personal transformation that leaders need to undergo, before they can lead…

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Independent Professionals Confidence

Brexit has caused concern for thousands of British independent professionals but the dust does seem to have settled somewhat. The 2016 Q3 IPSE Freelancer Confidence Index reported that while sentiment has improved since the initial Brexit announcement, independent professionals are still downbeat in general. As a…

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Get 1,600 Pages of Digital Transformation Intelligence

Through 2015 via CXO Weekly, we have sourced synthesised and sent our thousands of transformation professionals some of the finest and latest digital business transformation intelligence available. Our aim has been to provide leaders with the convenience of upgrading their transformation knowledge by introducing them to a broad and…

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Heidi Furuheim Wins Digital Business Transformation Giveaway

On 1st December 2015 we launched the £840 Digital Business Transformation Giveaway which ran until yesterday. From the number of entries it’s clear that a huge number of people are keen to upgrade their capabilities in order to stay ahead of the game. After a random draw, the winner of…

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Doing Away With Digital Silos

Siloed projects are nothing new, and most people who have been in the business of change or transformation for more than a few years will have tasted their unsavoury consequences. In this digital decade, successful digital business transformation is highly dependent upon leaders who will steer their digital endeavours strategically and…

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10 Worldwide CIO Agenda 2016 Predictions

  Prediction 1: Leading in 3D — Through 2018, Two-Thirds of CIOs Will Have Embraced Leading in 3D, Which Requires Them to Simultaneously Innovate, Integrate, and Incorporate   Prediction 2: New Digital Revenue Streams — By 2018, 35% of IT Resources Will Be…

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What is The Right Time to Get Transformed?

At a gathering with the theme of business transformation, a delegate said; “Transformation never truly can work. Take a gander at me: I am fat, however that is me, it is a piece of my personality, and I get along fine. There are dependably blemishes yet we need to live…

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With over 20 years helping managers and leaders generate commercial value from technology, Rob Llewellyn is dedicated to helping the new breed of digital economy professionals write the next digital economy success stories.

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