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The Five Core Components of a Great Digital Strategy

Over the past year, I’ve heard many breathless opinions about the “digitization of business”; the stunning transformations possible when a company fully embraces new technology, and incorporates it into the very fabric of their strategy and tactics. Lots of opinions, with fancy slide decks and pithy bullet points that, in the end, don’t really say […]

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Real change happens along a continuum that stretches from The Big Idea to Real Results, and people / organizations that want to make real change happen need to understand the different elements along the way.

Inspiration

The ability to imagine what is possible (aka Vision)

Art

As goods, services, & even data becomes commoditized, effective and engaging design becomes a competitive differentiator

Science

Sooner or later, you have to be able to translate your hand-waving to something that actually works!

Execution

Results derive from making something happen – quickly, effectively, sustainably

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Recent Posts

May you live in interesting times …
Inspiration
November 13, 2016

(mythical Chinese curse) We truly do live in interesting times; world, political, and economic events over the past days, weeks, and months have impacted us all. Some may see these as exciting and positive – others see fear, uncertainty, and doubt. But it is no doubt interesting. Truth be told, in our world of Information […]

IOT Field Notes: Whose Cloud is it Anyway? (2 of 2)
Execution, with some elements of Science
June 12, 2016

In my previous post, I told the story of ThermoCo, UBrewCo, and their “IoT eco-system” of manufacturers, distributors, service providers, and customers. All of the players have a strong interest in the promise of operational data analytics, but none have the confidence and conviction to actually build something. Everyone seems to be waiting for the […]

IOT Field Notes: Whose Cloud is it Anyway? (1 of 2)
Execution, with some elements of Science
May 29, 2016

In the industrial manufacturing world, I’m seeing an interesting pattern develop. It comes up in strategic and tactical conversations with small, medium, and large sized firms, along various points in the value chain to the ultimate end customer. And the overriding pattern is “waiting to take the first step”. Consider this typical Manufacturing Hierarchy; sophisticated […]

The Subtle Power of Design: Making Something Happen
Art
May 15, 2016

Design has been a recurring theme for me lately – in writing and in conversation – and I keep seeing opportunities for applying Design Thinking to different types of work … Implementing new systems and supporting process change Managing simple and complex projects Collaborating and sharing knowledge Building user interfaces Creating effective presentations Targeting strategic […]

The Subtle Power of Design: An Introduction
Art
April 26, 2016

A few weeks ago, I wrote about creating value – one in a series of posts on the Internet of Things. The feedback was great, but some of the more interesting reactions were focused on the illustration – something I built a few months ago, when I needed to convey a large amount of meaning […]