Almost a year ago, I wrote these words, "Technology has reached the tipping
point for me, it moved from a help to a hindrance." The plethora of
adrenaline- and endorphin-inducing mobile apps, 24x7 news, notifications,
alerts and updates, drip fed my brain and hindered my "deep work and deep
thoughts." In Cal Newport's new book titled, Deep Work he posits that most
knowledge workers need concentration and substantial time, dedicated and
uninterrupted, to produce their best work. He argues that a lot of
technologies and open office layouts today inhibit creativity, "deep work"
and "deep thoughts," and are the very things that are most highly valued, and
one of the key differentiators between humans and robots.
Newport argues that we must understand and optimize the conditions that
enable our brains to work best. To sum up his argument, constant drip feeding
I was on a high-rise construction site 34-floors above the city. I was
talking to the construction crew when a fight broke out. There was an
explosion and the floor collapsed. I removed the virtual reality (VR)
goggles and laughed. It was so real. The VR solutions provided an incredible
experience, almost like being there. As good as my experience was, it was not
reality. It was a controlled pre-programmed experience - a notional idea.
Today, however, VR and sensor technologies enable a notional idea to become
reality - a Real-Reality.
IoT sensors extend our physical senses b... (more)
Although we often write about and discuss digital transformation, we often
fail to identify the end goal we are really trying to achieve. We talk at
great length about data, analytics, speed, information logistics systems and
personalized user experiences, but none of these are the end goal.
Ultimately we must digitally transform so we can remove the "fog of war," and
have clear visibility and insights into our businesses and the needs of our
customers. The end goal of digital transformation, however, is the ability
to rapidly act and react to changing data, competitive condit... (more)
Digital Transformation is the process of transforming a business from one
state to another - from a state where businesses operate in Human time, to a
state that operates in Digital time and finally to Future time. Businesses
today must digitally transform in order to compete in all three of these time
Let's first identify these different time continuums:
Human time - time governed by our physical, biological and mental limitations
as humans Digital time - time governed by computing, networking and data
transmission speeds Future time - time governed b... (more)
Surviving the Three Ages of Digital Transformation
When digital laggards finally recognize the degree of market disruption being
caused by the rapid adoption of digital technologies, and desperately try to
outrun the inescapable Darwinian effect of their slow response, they will be
faced with not one, but three ages of digital transformation to navigate and
survive. Understanding these ages, and what is unique about each one, is
critical for business strategy, prioritizing, planning, sequencing and
Today, we live and work in the Age of Disruptive Transformation.