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When Is the Right Time to Innovate?

Okay, that does sound like a loaded question. The average executive would probably answer, “Right now,” while raising an eyebrow that the question was even asked. But the answer may not be quite that simple. In an article for Business 2 Community, Daniel Burrus adds a bit of additional nuance to the discussion. Innovate Soon On the one hand—yes, businesses should always be pursuing innovation of all kinds right now. On the other hand, when …

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Beware a Meager ROI on Automation

Homer Simpson ran for Sanitation Commissioner on a platform of, “Can’t someone else do it?” and he won. People love not having to do stuff. But automation is not always as instantly sound in practice as in theory. In an article for InformationWeek, Mark Dickson outlines why the return on investment (ROI) on automation will be underwhelming if you are not careful. History Is the Best Teacher Dickson uses an unusual but powerful example to …

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How Do We Prepare for the Coming AI Projects?

AI used to be the term we used to describe awesome dudes like C-3PO. Now it has been co-opted to mean boring things like game-changing business innovation. Alas, IT must make do with the coming of this less-exciting version of AI. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels discusses what CIOs can do to prepare for AI projects. Artificial Ideas Right now, robotic process automation (RPA) to handle mindless tasks is the hot new thing. …

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What Is Digital Transformation?

It wouldn’t be surprising if you encountered some form of digital transformation by this point in time. The term itself means that an organization is adopting new technology into existing practices to drive stronger efficiencies and organizational alignment. However, Forbes published a statistic that stated 84% of companies have failed at this. In a post for the Association for Project Management, Ketan Patel discusses some of the nuance of digital transformation. Taking on Transformation In …

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The 5 Pillars of Digital Transformation Success

In a world where digital transformation is everywhere, it can be different to determine what should be driving the change. While it may make sense to say the technology is changing how businesses function, making them the foundation of your digital transformation isn’t a good course of action. In an article for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco discusses the five pillars for digital transformation success: Becoming a data-driven enterprise Becoming an on-demand enterprise Becoming a digital enterprise …

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Hackett Data on How to Get to the Digital Transformation Stage

Despite what its name may invoke, digital transformation isn’t a new take on Transformers. It is instead the name of a business moving into the new and exciting digital age that we are currently experiencing. Digital transformation has affected everything from the way we interact with customers to how our business models are structured. In an article for InformationWeek, Charles Babcock explains how to get your company to the digital transformation jump-off point using data …

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Serverless Computing: What? How?

Since “as-a-Service” has taken off in popularity, it’s seen many different spins on what the premise could apply to. The latest iteration is FaaS, also known as Function-as-a-Service or serverless. And looking at it at face value, serverless computing may seem like a bit of a head scratcher. In an article for CIO.com, Scott Fenton explains what serverless computing is and how it can affect your company. Serverless for the Win Back before serverless computing …

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Voice Technology Is the Way of the Future

Back 15 years ago, voice-activated technology only existed in science fiction. But with Siri, Cortana, and Alexa becoming an increasingly integral part of consumers’ day-to-day lives, we now have this technology as a reality. But how can you make these new technologies work for you? In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels explores some of the ways technology will affect business moving forward, as well as how to analyze the future potential of these technologies. …

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Agile at Scale Enables Your Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I had sharp cheddar cheese and butter in the fridge, but no bread. So, I opened Amazon Prime Now (also known as “assisted living for Millennials” in San Francisco) and ordered a loaf of dark rye, Greek yogurt with blueberries, a huge bag of Fritos, and a few other groceries to breach the $25 minimum. Then I got back into the Word document I’d been struggling with. Got an email confirming the order, and another …

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Blockchain: 3 Big Implications for Your Company

Be it with bitcoin or another type of cryptocurrency, the digital age has completely transformed how we buy and sell things. Now blockchain aims to change everything else about how businesses operate digitally. In her article for the Enterprisers Project, Minda Zetlin describes three areas blockchain will affect your company in the future: Cryptocurrency transactions Transactions between organizations Workflow within large organizations Blockchain on the Brain As already noted, cryptocurrency transactions will be greatly affected …

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