Category: Digital Transformation

IBM and SAP’s new ‘digital partnership’: showing, not telling

DigTransFeatureToday IBM and SAP jointly announced “plans across both companies to drive the modernisation of clients’ systems and processes and accelerate them into the digital economy”. What does that mean?

The IBM and SAP Partnership for Digital Transformation is a new marketing initiative from the two mega-vendors (which of course are already engaged in a huge strategic alliance) aimed at showcasing their joint strategic technologies and capabilities to joint clients, and encouraging them to invest by highlighting the art of the possible with regard to digital technologies.

Too many Chiefs and too few Injun’s?

I found this note in my Evernote after attending the MIT-CIO event. For IT professionals I recommend attending this event alternate years (not much changes year to year I think) if not for anything else but to hear Andrew McAfee, one of the more entertaining and brilliant academics I have met. Anyway among the topics for discussion was the developing relationship paradigm between Chief Information Officers and Chief Marketing Officers and the race for resources between them. One speaker commented that this is becoming an even more important relationship than the one with the CFO.

Why It’s Critical For Leaders To Build Strong Personal Brands

 

Can you be an effective leader without building a strong personal brand? A renewed focus on your personal brand might be just the thing to inspire you to greater heights in your leadership.

As technology and workplace continues to go mobile, modern life seems to be pushing us to compete more than ever, making it critical for us to differentiate ourselves, in order to reach our goals. And expectations are even greater for leaders to be out in front of all these market forces, to provide their vision and advice for others to move forward. So a strong personal brand seems to be a critical feature of leadership development. Leaders must develop their image consciously continue to invest in their brand and themselves, so that they can effectively serve the company and communities that they lead.

Digital transformation

The two faces of digital transformation

Some pundits think digital transformation is yesterday’s news. Here’s why they’re wrong.

It’s fashionable among some professional technology pundits and futurists to complain “Why are CXOs are still talking about ‘digital’ and digital transformation? This is yesterday’s news.” The new shiny thing has now shifted somewhere else – digital is just part of the landscape now, right?

Unfortunately, no, that’s BS. Anyone who’s telling you this isn’t living in the real world – they’re living in an echo-chamber populated solely by other pundits.

So why isn’t this all done and wrapped up with a nice bow?

A big part of the reason is that many, many organisations are still figuring out what ‘digital’ means for them, and secondarily what digital transformation means – so they can start to make practical plans. But the answer to the former question is very context-specific, and the answer to the latter question is also multi-faceted.