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IDG Contributor Network: Why rate of change should be the most important metric in your company

August 24, 2017 - 2:13pm

Tech leaders, in general, are always accused of overzealousness, setting bold expectations, imploring their teams to do the impossible. Perhaps this mania, as it were, is a response to the state of our times — the only way, some might argue, to stay relevant at a time when relevance is a very transitory thing.

I’ll save you the usual cliches about technology and change, but to really understand what distinguishes great companies from the rest, we need to understand — really understand — the world we are in today, and its changing relationship to time.

To that end, let’s consider inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil’s theses (Not just another best-selling academic, Kurzweil belongs to the entrepreneur species, having pioneered and sold four AI-based businesses.) 

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How to get a job in IT consulting

August 24, 2017 - 11:00am

Do you have cutting-edge IT skills? Are you well-versed in an industry that's hot, like healthcare or finance? Are you feeling underappreciated, and wouldn't mind being fussed over, courted and enticed? Then it might be time to think about pursuing a career in IT consulting.

"There is absolutely a war for talent in consulting," says John Reed, senior executive director for recruiting firm Robert Half Technology, who estimates that the unemployment rate for IT consultants is between zero and three percent, with salaries going up. "There's a lot of pent-up demand among consulting firms looking for resources."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for management consultants (though not necessarily those specifically in IT) "is projected to grow 19% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for the services of these workers will grow as organizations continue to seek ways to improve efficiency and control costs." According to the BLS's 2012 statistics, the most recent available, the median salary for management consulting services was $84,300.

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IDG Contributor Network: CIOs: Caught in the crosshairs

August 23, 2017 - 2:44pm

There are two ways to look at the current fate of the CIO role: Either the CIO is in the perfect place and time as the worlds of business and IT converge, or they are standing squarely in the "kill zone" waiting for those same converging forces to fell them.

I have been covering digital transformation for over three years and have watched with fascination as it has evolved from a new idea to its present state of frenzied hype. My hope was that as its mind share reached critical mass with business and IT executives, there would be a renaissance in strategy and action within executive suites.

Unfortunately, it appears that organizations have realized only the first half of that hope.

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IDG Contributor Network: CIOs: Caught in the crosshairs

August 23, 2017 - 2:44pm

There are two ways to look at the current fate of the CIO role: Either the CIO is in the perfect place and time as the worlds of business and IT converge, or they are standing squarely in the "kill zone" waiting for those same converging forces to fell them.

I have been covering digital transformation for over three years and have watched with fascination as it has evolved from a new idea to its present state of frenzied hype. My hope was that as its mind share reached critical mass with business and IT executives, there would be a renaissance in strategy and action within executive suites.

Unfortunately, it appears that organizations have realized only the first half of that hope.

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IDG Contributor Network: 5 tips for career rebranding

August 23, 2017 - 2:34pm

Are you stuck in a rut at work? Bored? Feel like you’re on a career train to nowhere?  Need a change?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you’re not unlike many professionals I come across in my work. People get busy with the routine of their jobs and sometimes wake up years later and wonder what happened to the time, realizing they’ve been going through the motions without enjoying what they’ve been doing. Other times, people stick with a profession they are not passionate about because it is just the path of least resistance. It’s hard to choose change, and it’s even harder to bring about change.

Recently, I mentored someone through the SMU Digital Accelerator program – let’s call him John – who was very successful in choosing to rebrand himself and change both industry and function. John was with a large IT staffing and consulting company for a long time, and had taken a role in IT infrastructure project management to gain broader management experience and increase his promotability. John realized one day that he really wanted to get back to his early-career roots of UX and to a role where digital transformation was important, but his company had him locked on another career path. Through soul searching, self-assessment, and self-reflection, John knew he needed to make a change. He successfully rebranded himself, focusing on his core strengths and interests, and he landed his dream job with a large financial services company doing exactly what he wanted to do: delight customers with an incredible user experience.

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IDG Contributor Network: 5 tips for career rebranding

August 23, 2017 - 2:34pm

Are you stuck in a rut at work? Bored? Feel like you’re on a career train to nowhere?  Need a change?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you’re not unlike many professionals I come across in my work. People get busy with the routine of their jobs and sometimes wake up years later and wonder what happened to the time, realizing they’ve been going through the motions without enjoying what they’ve been doing. Other times, people stick with a profession they are not passionate about because it is just the path of least resistance. It’s hard to choose change, and it’s even harder to bring about change.

Recently, I mentored someone through the SMU Digital Accelerator program – let’s call him John – who was very successful in choosing to rebrand himself and change both industry and function. John was with a large IT staffing and consulting company for a long time, and had taken a role in IT infrastructure project management to gain broader management experience and increase his promotability. John realized one day that he really wanted to get back to his early-career roots of UX and to a role where digital transformation was important, but his company had him locked on another career path. Through soul searching, self-assessment, and self-reflection, John knew he needed to make a change. He successfully rebranded himself, focusing on his core strengths and interests, and he landed his dream job with a large financial services company doing exactly what he wanted to do: delight customers with an incredible user experience.

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IDG Contributor Network: IT relevance and delivery model changes when moving to digital models

August 21, 2017 - 5:30pm

Over the years, companies structured their IT into centrally managed departments organized by functional capabilities. The objective was to improve the delivery of information technology by establishing and meeting service levels and lowering the cost of the function. These services were sold or provided back to the business, which ingested them into the respective business processes. In most companies, this evolution is now mature and the enterprise receives quality services at an ever-decreasing cost per unit. But an unintended consequence occurred.

The unintended consequence

As organizations matured, they looked to establish and maintain both technical and process standards that further aid in ensuring quality and lowering cost. This quest for functional excellence and lower unit cost increases misalignment of enterprise IT from the goals and concerns of the business leaders.

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IDG Contributor Network: IT relevance and delivery model changes when moving to digital models

August 21, 2017 - 5:30pm

Over the years, companies structured their IT into centrally managed departments organized by functional capabilities. The objective was to improve the delivery of information technology by establishing and meeting service levels and lowering the cost of the function. These services were sold or provided back to the business, which ingested them into the respective business processes. In most companies, this evolution is now mature and the enterprise receives quality services at an ever-decreasing cost per unit. But an unintended consequence occurred.

The unintended consequence

As organizations matured, they looked to establish and maintain both technical and process standards that further aid in ensuring quality and lowering cost. This quest for functional excellence and lower unit cost increases misalignment of enterprise IT from the goals and concerns of the business leaders.

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IDG Contributor Network: Bank acceptance of bitcoin key to wider adoption of crypto

August 21, 2017 - 2:39pm

Bitcoin broke into public consciousness during the early part of the decade. Now that bitcoin is trading at more than $4,000, it can be hard to imagine why it's not getting more attention.

While bitcoin has been the talk of the town of late, adoption of cryptocurrencies and crypto services are still limited. We have yet to see ordinary consumers use bitcoin to pay for day-to-day transactions over cash and cards. In addition, banks and bitcoin still appear to be at odds with each other.

Financial institutions have not been oblivious to blockchain, the technology that powers bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies. Financial organizations appear best fit to use blockchain for the speedy and immutable distributed ledger technology that it is. The financial services industry has essentially acknowledged the technology's capabilities by embarking on its own blockchain projects. An IBM study revealed that 33 percent of organizations are actively exploring blockchain. Recently, IBM was also reported to be working with seven of Europe's biggest banks to develop blockchain technology.

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IDG Contributor Network: Bank acceptance of bitcoin key to wider adoption of crypto

August 21, 2017 - 2:39pm

Bitcoin broke into public consciousness during the early part of the decade. Now that bitcoin is trading at more than $4,000, it can be hard to imagine why it's not getting more attention.

While bitcoin has been the talk of the town of late, adoption of cryptocurrencies and crypto services are still limited. We have yet to see ordinary consumers use bitcoin to pay for day-to-day transactions over cash and cards. In addition, banks and bitcoin still appear to be at odds with each other.

Financial institutions have not been oblivious to blockchain, the technology that powers bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies. Financial organizations appear best fit to use blockchain for the speedy and immutable distributed ledger technology that it is. The financial services industry has essentially acknowledged the technology's capabilities by embarking on its own blockchain projects. An IBM study revealed that 33 percent of organizations are actively exploring blockchain. Recently, IBM was also reported to be working with seven of Europe's biggest banks to develop blockchain technology.

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3D printing is now entrenched at Ford

August 21, 2017 - 11:00am

DEARBORN, Mich. -- If you were to put the brakes on 3D printing technology at Ford today, the company's vehicle development would literally come to a screeching halt.

Additive manufacturing at the automaker has evolved from being a niche technology a few engineers toyed with 20 years ago to its integration in the R&D process 10 years ago to the "entrenched" development process it is now.

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3D printing is now entrenched at Ford

August 21, 2017 - 11:00am

DEARBORN, Mich. -- If you were to put the brakes on 3D printing technology at Ford today, the company's vehicle development would literally come to a screeching halt.

Additive manufacturing at the automaker has evolved from being a niche technology a few engineers toyed with 20 years ago to its integration in the R&D process 10 years ago to the "entrenched" development process it is now.

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IDG Contributor Network: This fall, college towns and businesses can get smart with location data

August 18, 2017 - 12:17pm

Back to school isn’t just about yellow buses, backpacks and pencils. For colleges as well as the cities and businesses that surround campuses, it means an influx of students and dollars. The fact that just about all of those people will be carrying mobile devices means there’s far more data available than ever before that can help local businesses get a better handle on who’s in town and uncover potential opportunities.

When my firm UberMedia evaluated Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood, home to schools including Georgetown University and George Washington University, earlier this year, we used data showing the pathways to well-known shops there such as Anthropologie and Banana Republic. Anonymized mobile location data can tell us a lot – where people come from, how long they spend in each location and where they travel afterwards. Even in that simple form without additional data layered on, it’s powerful information for these large international retailers.

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IDG Contributor Network: This fall, college towns and businesses can get smart with location data

August 18, 2017 - 12:17pm

Back to school isn’t just about yellow buses, backpacks and pencils. For colleges as well as the cities and businesses that surround campuses, it means an influx of students and dollars. The fact that just about all of those people will be carrying mobile devices means there’s far more data available than ever before that can help local businesses get a better handle on who’s in town and uncover potential opportunities.

When my firm UberMedia evaluated Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood, home to schools including Georgetown University and George Washington University, earlier this year, we used data showing the pathways to well-known shops there such as Anthropologie and Banana Republic. Anonymized mobile location data can tell us a lot – where people come from, how long they spend in each location and where they travel afterwards. Even in that simple form without additional data layered on, it’s powerful information for these large international retailers.

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Oracle's Hurd, AT&T's Donovan on their massive cloud migration deal

August 16, 2017 - 3:00pm

If worries about digital transformation projects keep you up at night, imagine how it would feel to be responsible for moving thousands of internal databases to the cloud for a company with more than $160 billion in annual sales and 260,000 employees. That's the job that AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan is undertaking, and he's working with Oracle CEO Mark Hurd to do it. 

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Oracle's Hurd, AT&T's Donovan on their massive cloud migration deal

August 16, 2017 - 3:00pm

If worries about digital transformation projects keep you up at night, imagine how it would feel to be responsible for moving thousands of internal databases to the cloud for a company with more than $160 billion in annual sales and 260,000 employees. That's the job that AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan is undertaking, and he's working with Oracle CEO Mark Hurd to do it. 

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IDG Contributor Network: The business value of data-driven storytelling

August 16, 2017 - 12:04pm

As I talk with executives from around the world, it’s clear that their companies’ data to-do lists are changing. A few years ago, businesses were focused on gathering information — from internal systems, customers, suppliers, etc. But now that those aggregation hurdles have (mostly) been cleared, attention is shifting. Today, business executives are most concerned with this: What’s the best way for us to extract value from the deluge of data we’re collecting every day?

The challenge is incredibly daunting. After all, analysts predict that more data will be created this year than was created in the last 5,000 years combined! But raw, unstructured information is essentially meaningless. In order to benefit from the sea of available data, you need to filter, sort and synthesize it. Then, you’ll need the expertise of data scientists who can search for insights and effectively communicate their findings with other decision makers.

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IDG Contributor Network: The business value of data-driven storytelling

August 16, 2017 - 12:04pm

As I talk with executives from around the world, it’s clear that their companies’ data to-do lists are changing. A few years ago, businesses were focused on gathering information — from internal systems, customers, suppliers, etc. But now that those aggregation hurdles have (mostly) been cleared, attention is shifting. Today, business executives are most concerned with this: What’s the best way for us to extract value from the deluge of data we’re collecting every day?

The challenge is incredibly daunting. After all, analysts predict that more data will be created this year than was created in the last 5,000 years combined! But raw, unstructured information is essentially meaningless. In order to benefit from the sea of available data, you need to filter, sort and synthesize it. Then, you’ll need the expertise of data scientists who can search for insights and effectively communicate their findings with other decision makers.

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IDG Contributor Network: Assessing your organization’s digital transformation maturity

August 15, 2017 - 3:27pm

With most organizations now several years into their digital transformation journeys, many are looking to measure progress, gauge maturity, and benchmark against peers in their industry. The key questions are how to assess this maturity, what are the key pillars and elements of maturity, and which capabilities are new and different compared to business as usual.

Digital transformation is a broad subject that requires competency across strategy and vision, people and culture, process and governance, and technology and capabilities, as show in following chart:

Nicholas D. Evans

Key pillars of digital transformation (Source: "Mastering Digital Business", BCS, 2017)

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IDG Contributor Network: Assessing your organization’s digital transformation maturity

August 15, 2017 - 3:27pm

With most organizations now several years into their digital transformation journeys, many are looking to measure progress, gauge maturity, and benchmark against peers in their industry. The key questions are how to assess this maturity, what are the key pillars and elements of maturity, and which capabilities are new and different compared to business as usual.

Digital transformation is a broad subject that requires competency across strategy and vision, people and culture, process and governance, and technology and capabilities, as show in following chart:

Nicholas D. Evans

Key pillars of digital transformation (Source: "Mastering Digital Business", BCS, 2017)

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