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Digital Strategy and Data – The Critical Connective Tissue

In my previous posts, I’ve talked about the first three components of your Great Digital Strategy – things you would expect to be there, like systems and process used to automate Internal Operations, connect with your Customers, and provide innovative Products & Services. These may start as separate initiatives, but smart organizations create more value […]

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Digital Strategy and Customer Relationships: Big Value in Tight Connections

In my previous post on the Five Core Components of a Great Digital Strategy, I talk about the data, process, and systems that drive internal operations. Quite possibly the most boring part of a digital strategy – decidedly unsexy, been around for ages, the electronic epitome of drudgery and toil. But now, we think about […]

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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 […]

IOT Field Notes: Whose Cloud is it Anyway? (2 of 2)

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)

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 […]

Fighting over Amber Boxes

I’m standing at the white board, leading a technical disagreement discussion about a particular data conversion component in a macro environment of sensors and data, hardware and software. This type of discussion pops up many times during the introduction and incorporation of innovations; we are debating definitions and abstract concepts, technical specifics, data volumes, vendor […]

IoT Field Notes: Seed Fund, Year 2

In the past, I have written about our internal Seed Fund and how IT is helping our business units move forward with some of their ideas around Smart, Connected Products (aka the Internet of Things). Over the last few weeks (during our annual review / budget season), I’ve had a chance to recast some of […]

Two Simple Methods for Communicating your Big Idea

Distilling your big idea into a relatively terse but impactful statement can be a subtly difficult task – best not to overthink the words and overcomplicate the meaning. There are alternative ways to capture your “elevator pitch” and get folks to quickly understand where you are going (and actively support you in the process); here […]

You’re a Digital Business Already – Start Acting Like It

I’m not sure if the term Digital Business is just a buzzword, or truly an insightful take on reality. But I am sure that many businesses are digital already; it’s sometimes called “shadow IT”, but if you really open your eyes, it’s out in the open, for all to see: Finance: With their complex spreadsheets […]

Conflict is a Canary for Change

Are you intimidated by, or afraid of, conflict in your organization? Maybe it’s just a signal that something else is going on. Recently, I got into a discussion on the best response to conflict in the workplace – what should the people on the team do? What should a good leader do? The nature of […]