Mastering the Art of Digital Disruption

Over the past few months we’ve been publishing articles linked to the need for CIOs in ‘customer-obsessed’ organisations to deliver ‘quality at speed’ a topic very close to our hearts at ROQ.

We’ve covered the market triggers for this shift in cadence in ‘The Need for Speed (and Quality)‘ as well as considering how to ‘Kickstart your Drive for Quality at Speed’. We have gone on to consider the cultural basis for change in order to ensure that you have the right levels of horizontal and vertical stakeholder alignment needed to make it happen in ‘The Cultural Basis for Digital Disruption’.

There has also been discussion around the people, process and technology aspects that underpin such initiatives – particularly those iterative methods that call time on siloed working, waste, sluggish progress and spiralling costs – such as DevOps which centres in on increased flow, fast feedback and continuous improvement.

Rarely are such shifts an overnight success, they are a journey. We’ve found that to embed these new approaches you can start small, experiment, learn and drive small incremental changes that roll-up to a much bigger whole.

The payoff is the ability to create higher-grade software at an increased speed – a huge source of competitive advantage in the digital age. Mastering this will also unlock a treasure trove of new and innovative digital offerings which disrupt the status quo to drive unparalleled opportunities for your companies and their customers.

As you might have seen – we’re hosting an event on February 22nd entitled ‘Mastering the Art of Digital Disruption’ where many of these themes will be covered.

We’ve got a fantastic array of speakers lined up on the day, giving their own unique perspectives on driving positive change and embedding a culture of innovation in their respective organisations:

Chris Lord, CTO, Babcock International will be discussing ‘Leadership in the Digital Age’ with a focus on the culture necessary to implement change and how to ensure what he terms ‘Real Transformation’ within organisations.

Craig Ambler, IT Director, Center Parcs will be focusing on Readiness for the Digital Age – Putting Theory into Practice. Craig will discuss the importance of what it truly means to be ‘digital ready’ and how simply running the same operation when you have digitally transformed will not give you commercial edge or results expected.

And Alan McLaren, Head of IT Project Delivery, Gatwick Airport will be sharing some of the details which led to LGW winning a number of digital awards over the last year and being recognised by the industry as the world’s 4th most innovative airport with Placing Digital Disruption & Innovation Centre-stage.

If you’d like to join us on the day then we still have the last few remaining seats available – register here now to ensure you don’t miss out. We look forward to sharing with you in the next couple of weeks some of the key takeaways from the event

Andrew P. Ayres MBA

I am currently Director for UK & Ireland at ROQ having previously held roles with information technology consultancies in the UK, Europe and the Middle East - working closely with Boards of Directors, CIOs and their teams to make digital transformation a reality. My focus now is on highlighting the strategic importance of software quality in the digital age, publically advocating the ‘shift-left’ agenda and assisting global organisations to deliver real business value via sound testing and QA practices that deliver results, first time around. In my view, this domain area is going to be a huge focus for businesses - especially as software and the information housed within it - is already the beating heart of the digital enterprise, becoming yet more powerful when robots and semi-autonomous machines form a larger part of the workforce.

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