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Purposeful Innovation

Real innovation generates business results … it’s not about sitting around and generating ideas …

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Digital Strategy and Your Team – Talent and Engagement

So far, we have talked about the “obviously” Digital components of your Great Digital Strategy – systems and processes that support internal Operations, bring us closer to our Customers, and change the nature of our Products. We also talked about that critical connective tissue – Data – and the skills required to extract information to […]

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Digital Strategy and Products: Changing the Game in a Big Way

In my previous posts on the Five Core Components of a Great Digital Strategy, I’ve covered how information and technology have made significant changes in how your business works. Michael Porter pointed out that changes have come in three big waves. 30 years ago it was all about accounting systems (ERP) and automating internal processes; […]

Five Components of a Great Digital Strategy – The Slides

I started a series of posts about the Five Components of a Great Digital Strategy – still a work in process, but I needed to take a break so I could complete a slide deck for a public presentation on the topic. Here’s a link to the slides – presented this past week in Chicago. […]

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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 […]

Digital Strategy and Internal Operations: Treasure in the Foundation

In my previous post I talked broadly about the Five Core Components of a Great Digital Strategy. Now it’s time to get a bit more specific, starting in an area that some think mundane; internal operations (woo hoo!) and the foundational system that drives it all – your ERP. Heads up, now! Don’t think of […]

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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 […]

May you live in interesting times …

(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: How to Identify Customer Value

When introducing the idea of Smart, Connected Products (a.k.a. the Internet of Things, or IoT), one of the many early conversations are about creating value. The focus will be different, based on who you’re talking with; with a product manager, you’re talking about how much revenue can be generated. The CEO and the Board, on […]

The Internet of Things and Applied Digital Strategy

When I speak publicly (and internally) about the Internet of Things (IOT), I prefer the term Smart, Connected Products. Yes, I know – sounds like a buzzphrase. But the words are used with intent, to shift thinking away from the tactical aspects of IOT, and focus on a strategic view of this important digital component. […]

Getting Started with the Intranet of Things

Nope – not a typo! When I speak to groups about Smart Connected Products, I specifically call out the use of the term from Porter’s HBR articles in 2015. We are talking about adding information as a new and differentiating product feature, adding data about how those products are operating as new, value adding services […]