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  • Blog Post: The Sweet Spot of Customer Demand Meets Microsoft Supply

    Here’s a simple visual that I whiteboard when I lead workshops for business transformation. The Sweet Spot is where customer “demand” meets Microsoft “supply.” I’m not a fan of product pushers or product pushing.  I’m a fan of creating “pull.” In order for customers to pull-through any product,...
  • Blog Post: How To Build a Roadmap for Your Digital Business Transformation

    Let’s say you want to take your business to the Cloud --  How do you do it? If you’re a small shop or a startup, it might be easy to just swipe your credit card and get going. If, on the other hand, you’re a larger business that wants to start your journey to the Cloud, with a lot of investments...
  • Blog Post: How Leaders are Building Digital Skills

    Cloud, mobile, social, and big data are changing the game of business. But to play the game well, leaders need to grow new skills. In order to create new customer experiences and market-leading operational capabilities, leaders need to invest in digital skills. Our Cloud-First, Mobile-First world provides...
  • Blog Post: Dual-Speed IT Drives Digital Business Transformation and Improves IT-Business Relationships

    Don’t try to turn all of your traditional IT into a digital unit. You’ll break both, or do neither well. Instead, add a Digital Unit. Meanwhile, continue to simplify and optimize your traditional IT, but, at the same time, add a Digital Unit that’s optimized to operate in a Cloud...
  • Blog Post: How To Improve the IT-Business Relationship

    It’s possible to change IT from a poorly respected cost center to a high-functioning business partner. Driving business transformation is a people, process, and technology thing. Some people think they can change their business without IT.   The challenge is that technology is the enabler of...
  • Blog Post: Drive Business Transformation by Reenvisioning Your Operations

    When you create your digital vision, you have a few places to start. One place to start is by reenvisioning your customer experience . Another place to start is by reenvisioning your operations. And, a third place to start is by renvisioning your business model. In this post, let’s take a...
  • Blog Post: Driving Business Transformation by Reenvisioning Your Customer Experience

    You probably hear a lot about the Mega-Trends (Cloud, Mobile, Social, and Big Data), or the Nexus of Forces (the convergence of social, mobility, cloud and data insights patterns that drive new business scenarios), or the Mega-Trend of Mega-Trends (Internet of Things). And you are probably hearing...
  • Blog Post: The Future of IT Leaders

    I’ll need to elaborate on this at some point, to share what I’ve experienced across lots of businesses large and small, as well as some of the biggest businesses on the planet, as they transform themselves for the digital economy. Meanwhile, here is an interesting read on CIO Straight Talk magazine ...
  • Blog Post: Think a Series of Sprints, Not Marathons

    When you drive business change and digital initiatives with Cloud, Mobile, Social, and Big Data (and Internet of Things), successful businesses think a series of sprints, not marathons. Successful businesses go digital by transforming their customer experiences, their employee experiences, and their...
  • Blog Post: Building Better Business Cases for Digital Initiatives

    It’s hard to drive digital initiatives and business transformation if you can’t create the business case.  Stakeholder want to know what their investment is supposed to get them One of the simplest ways to think about business cases is to think in terms of stakeholders, benefits, KPIs, costs, and...
  • Blog Post: How Digital is Changing Physical Experiences

    The business economy is going through massive change, as the old world meets the new world. The convergence of mobility, analytics, social media, cloud computing, and embedded devices is driving the next wave of digital business transformation, where the physical world meets new online possibilities...
  • Blog Post: McKinsey on Unleashing the Value of Big Data Analytics

    Big Data Analytics and Insights are changing the game, as more businesses introduce automated systems to support human judgment. Add to this, advanced visualizations of Big Data, and throw in some power tools for motivated users and you have a powerful way to empower the front-line to better analyze...
  • Blog Post: Management Innovation is at the Top of the Innovation Stack

    Management Innovation is at the top of the Innovation Stack.   The Innovation Stack includes the following layers: Management Innovation Strategic Innovation Product Innovation Operational Innovation While there is value in all of the layers, some layers of the Innovation Stack are more valuable...
  • Blog Post: How Can Enterprise Architects Drive Business Value the Agile Way?

    An Enterprise Architect can have a tough job when it comes to driving value to the business.   With multiple stakeholders, multiple moving parts, and a rapid rate of change, delivering value is tough enough.   But what if you want to accelerate value and maximize business impact?...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Company Where Everyone Gives Their Best

    “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” —Steve Jobs What does it take to create a company where everybody gives their best where they have their best...
  • Blog Post: The Principles of Modern Management

    Are your management practices long in the tooth? I think I was lucky that early on, I worked in environments that shook things up and rattled the cage in pursuit of more customer impact, employee engagement, and better organizational performance. In one of the environments, a manufacturing plant, the...
  • Blog Post: Why Have a Strategy?

    To be able to change it. Brilliant pithy advice from Professor Jason Davis’ class, Technology Strategy (MIT’s OpenCourseWare.)
  • Blog Post: The Most Effective CIOs in 2014

    I was reading The Fruits of Innovation: Top 10 IT Trends in 2014 , by Mark Harris. Harris had this to say about the evolving role of the CIO: “In the end, these leaders are now tasked to accurately manage, predict, execute and justify. Hence, the CIO’s role will evolve. Previously, CIOs were mostly technologists...
  • Blog Post: Stephen Kell on Value Realization

    This is a guest post by Stephen Kell on Value Realization and how it can help IT organizations stay relevant through changing times, as well as become a strategic partner within the organization.  For background, Stephen is a Microsoft Enterprise Architect with extensive experience in Telecoms,...
  • Blog Post: Martin Sykes on Value Realization

    This is a guest blog post from Martin Sykes. Martin has been involved with Enterprise Architecture and IT Strategy for 15 years and is today a coach in Microsoft Service’s Enterprise Strategy Centre of Excellence . He’s also known for his use of visual storytelling techniques and is one of the authors...
  • Blog Post: Cognizant on the Next Generation Enterprise

    As a strategist, I need to stay on top of how the world of business is changing, especially from an IT perspective.  The world of business is changing faster than ever.   Changes are happening in the ways we work, business models and processes are evolving, customers are changing what...
  • Blog Post: Steve Ballmer Quotes

    This is my roundup of Steve Ballmer quotes. I wanted to gain new insight into what Ballmer is really about.  I find that quotes arranged in meaningful buckets can help tell a story and provide a new lens.  In fact, I was actually surprised by what I ended up with.  I anticipated a focus...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Values

    “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” -- Henry David Thoreau Values are the ultimate lightening-rod.  They bring people together, or divide them apart. If you don’t get how much values shape a company, from the people they hire to the people they fire, check out Video interview...
  • Blog Post: The Collaboration Economy

    Is collaboration the new competitive advantage?  Possibly.   I do know that those at work that pair up on things, and combine their capabilities can outshine those that go it alone.  And, I do see how people with better networks tend to have an easier time making their ideas happen...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Trends Page at Sources of Insight

    One of the most important things I learned long ago is the power of trends, and how they can help you anticipate.  Now, each year, as a habit, I put together a serious and significant roundup of trends.   Here are my trends collections at your fingertips: Trends (If you read nothing else...
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