When a person has clogged arteries it restricts and reduces the flow of
oxygen-rich blood through their body. Clogged arteries also greatly increase
the risk of strokes, heart attacks and even death. In the digital age the
equivalent of oxygen-rich blood for organizations is the data running through
an information logistics system.
Healthy and digitally mature organizations have in place an optimized
information logistics system (OILS) that enables data to flow unencumbered
and efficiently throughout an organization in digital-time. Data must flow in
digital-time, a speed that is fast enough to satisfy even impatient digital
Clogged or restricted data movement and usage, however, hurts an organization
by preventing it from working at the pace of digital commerce, and places it
at risk just like in the biological world.
What clogs or restricts data moveme... (more)
Presidents are powerful people facing and dealing with complex nation, market
and economy sized problems. Making good decisions and managing these deeply
complex systems and organizations requires massive amounts of data, analysis,
experience and understanding. They must process and analyze millions of data
inputs, and have a clear understanding of what the data in aggregate means,
and then have an understanding of how they can influence the outcomes by
pulling the right levers of power and influence to achieve their goals.
The responsibility of dealing with these massive levels ... (more)
Digital transformation requires participants to have a vision for and
understanding of what they are trying to achieve and why. In fact, the lack
of a clear digital strategy is the second biggest mistake companies make in
digital transformation, right behind moving too slowly, according to the
middle managers we surveyed. Digital strategies, however, should evolve out
of a documented, enterprise-focused digital transformation "doctrine."
The purpose of a digital transformation doctrine is to create a unified
understanding of why digital transformation is needed. An organization's ... (more)
Technologies help us deliver on a business strategy. Without a strategy,
there is no rationale for deploying technologies. In addition, there is no
rationale for digital transformation, unless there is a need for business
transformation. If you believe this as we do, then strategy development
will be a priority. Strategies, however, are developed under the guidance
of a doctrine. The purpose of a doctrine is to create a high level
understanding of what we we want to achieve with our strategy, and the
concepts that must be employed to achieve it. An organization's doctrine w... (more)
The Three Tsunamis of Digital Transformation - The Details Are in the Data
Change is hard, and many of us procrastinate, make excuses or lag behind.
Today, we simply can't. Digital technologies are no longer "nice-to-have"
tools of the business - today they are the business. Digital laggards are
already finding their markets disrupted and their abilities to compete
overturned. As they desperately try to outrun the Darwinian effect of their
slow responses, they are faced with not one but three periods - or ages - of
digital transformation to navigate - disruptive transformation, hy... (more)