Guest post by Intellyx Principal Analyst Charles Araujo
The reason I believe digital transformation is not only more than a fad, but
is actually a life-or-death imperative for every business and IT executive on
the planet is simple: there will be no place for an "industrial enterprise"
in a digital world.
Transformation, by definition, is a metamorphosis from one state to another,
wholly new state. As such, a true digital transformation must be the act of
transforming an industrial-era organization into something wholly different -
the Digital Enterprise.
Digital transformation has moved beyond a mere buzzword and is getting harder
and harder to dismiss as just another fad. As it is becoming accepted as a
business imperative, however, organizations are struggling to understand what
it actually means to execute a digital transformation effort.
For most people, digita... (more)
Remember Mad Libs? You'd get a book that contained paragraphs with key words
missing, replaced with hints as to what might fill the blanks. You and your
friends would come up with silly words to complete the sentences, with
predictably hilarious results.
Well, it's time for some Gartner Mad Libs. For this game, the same word
belongs in all the blanks. See if you can figure out what the missing word is
(here's the source if you can't resist peeking).
The current software ecosystem allows only whole products to be
commercialized - not functions or features.... While the number of e... (more)
Every generation, it seems, sports its own business transformation du jour.
From Business Process Reengineering (BPR) to the Quality Movement to
eBusiness to name a few, organizations large and small have sought to improve
their profits, lower their costs, and keep their customers happy by shaking
up the way they do things.
Digital transformation is unquestionably a blisteringly hot topic across
enterprises today. Companies in every industry have fallen into the vast
digital maelstrom, as customer demands and software innovation form the
Scylla and Charybdis that threaten to si... (more)
Since we launched our Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster two weeks
ago, several hundred people around the globe have downloaded it - but it's
not clear how many of them have taken the time to work their way through it.
Haven't seen it yet, you say? No worries - you can download the poster for
free at AgileDigitalTransformation.com.
OK then - everyone have the poster handy? Good. Here's how to make sense of
So...Where's the Roadmap?
The first thing you'll notice about the ADT Roadmap is that it doesn't look
too much like the sort of roadmap you'd likely see in the cou... (more)
“We have a mess on our hands,” said John, the CIO of an international
hospitality and resort enterprise I’ll call Horizon (I’ve fictionalized
the story but it’s based on a combination of true stories). “Every line
of business wants something different from IT. There’s lodging, resort
operations, restaurant operations, facilities management – even
housekeeping, and they all want their own apps.”
It’s a familiar story, of course. I needed to get to the crux of the
matter. “Of all the challenges you face, what’s the biggest?” I asked.
“What keeps you up at night?”
“Lack of respect... (more)
Heidrick & Struggles, the big headhunter, says it's seeing "clients in need
of immediate access to top talent who can step into short-term situations and
solve problems quickly, or provide operating insights and advise" so it's
setting up what it calls a Chief Advisor Network to fill the bill. Heidrick
says it's got a "select group of proven C-Suite and senior executives" who
can come in and deal with situations like turnarounds, the sudden departure
of C-Level folk or a new market opportunity. It's launching the network in
the U.S. and teaming with existing practices in Europe a... (more)