The Myths of Business Model Innovation

Business model innovation has a couple of myths. One myth is that business model innovation takes big thinking.  Another myth about business model innovation is that technology is the answer. In the book, The Business Model Navigator, Oliver Gassman, Karolin Frankenberger, and Michaela Csik share a couple of myths that need busting so that more…

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Trends for 2015

It’s time to blow your mind with the amazing things going on around the world. Each year, I try to create a bird’s-eye view of key trends.   It’s a mash up of all the changes in technology, consumerism, and ideas that seem to be taking off. Here are my trends for 2015: Trends for 2015: …

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The Sweet Spot of Customer Demand Meets Microsoft Supply

Here’s a simple visual that I whiteboard when I lead workshops for business transformation. The Sweet Spot is where customer “demand” meets Microsoft “supply.” I’m not a fan of product pushers or product pushing.  I’m a fan of creating “pull.” In order for customers to pull-through any product, platform, or service, you need to know…

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How To Build a Roadmap for Your Digital Business Transformation

Let’s say you want to take your business to the Cloud –  How do you do it? If you’re a small shop or a startup, it might be easy to just swipe your credit card and get going. If, on the other hand, you’re a larger business that wants to start your journey to the…

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How Leaders are Building Digital Skills

Cloud, mobile, social, and big data are changing the game of business. But to play the game well, leaders need to grow new skills. In order to create new customer experiences and market-leading operational capabilities, leaders need to invest in digital skills. Our Cloud-First, Mobile-First world provides unprecedented possibilities in terms of connectivity and compute…

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Dual-Speed IT Drives Digital Business Transformation and Improves IT-Business Relationships

Don’t try to turn all of your traditional IT into a digital unit.   You’ll break both, or do neither well. Instead,  add a Digital Unit.   Meanwhile, continue to simplify and optimize your traditional IT, but, at the same time, add a Digital Unit that’s optimized to operate in a Cloud-First, Mobile-First world. This is the…

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How To Improve the IT-Business Relationship

It’s possible to change IT from a poorly respected cost center to a high-functioning business partner. Driving business transformation is a people, process, and technology thing. Some people think they can change their business without IT.   The challenge is that technology is the enabler of significant business change in today’s digital landscape.  Cloud, Mobile, Social,…

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Drive Business Transformation by Reenvisioning Your Operations

When you create your digital vision, you have a few places to start. One place to start is by reenvisioning your customer experience.   Another place to start is by reenvisioning your operations.   And, a third place to start is by renvisioning your business model. In this post, let’s take a look at reenvisioning your operations….

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Driving Business Transformation by Reenvisioning Your Customer Experience

You probably hear a lot about the Mega-Trends (Cloud, Mobile, Social, and Big Data), or the Nexus of Forces (the convergence of social, mobility, cloud and data insights patterns that drive new business scenarios), or the Mega-Trend of Mega-Trends (Internet of Things). And you are probably hearing a lot about digital transformation and maybe even…

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The Future of IT Leaders

I’ll need to elaborate on this at some point, to share what I’ve experienced across lots of businesses large and small, as well as some of the biggest businesses on the planet, as they transform themselves for the digital economy. Meanwhile, here is an interesting read on CIO Straight Talk magazine. In their words, "CIO…

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