DT Success Is… Elusive
Dec21

DT Success Is… Elusive

Everybody needs it. Most everybody is trying to achieve it. And the majority of those who try fail to realize its benefits. It is digital transformation — AKA DT, DX or Industry 4.0 — the multi-trillion-dollar business phenomenon enabled by cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), big data and analytics (BDA), mobility, social media and security that is reshaping everything for the foreseeable future. Succeeding at DT is the next new normal, and the stakes are literally life and death, i.e. a 33% increase in speed to market; 40% increase in customer satisfaction; and 37% increase in new business revenue. On average, companies going digital expect to increase annual revenues by 2.9% and reduce costs by 3.6%, but businesses going all-in can achieve both revenue gains and cost reduction of more than 30% at the same time. So DT is an extinction-level phenomenom that is transforming all aspects of our lives, and while the stakes are high, the risks — and failure rates — are higher. The failure rates for unsuccessful digital transformation projects range from a low of only 70% to as high as 84%. The biggest DT barrier is cultural resistance to change, followed by legacy IT systems and retaining critical talent, respectively. “One of the things that our research and expertise consistently show is that shifting people and how they need to operate differently are where some of the big challenges are coming from, as more and more companies try to digitally transform,” said IDC’s Shawn Fitzgerald, research director, worldwide digital transformation strategies. Positioned as a Leader in IDC’s Worldwide Digital Transformation Consulting and Systems Integration Services 2017 Vendor Assessment, Accenture is also grappling with DT internally, as its more than 400,000 professionals visit more than 10,000 customer sites daily, said CIO Andrew Wilson. He told IT Trends & Analysis that organizations need to transform from old techniques and waterfall philosophies to much more horizontal processes and experiences. “You have to be much more real-time.” The service provider practices what it preaches, focusing on the new skills and training required to enable an increasingly mobile and dispersed workforce to make the most effective use of the latest technologies. Wilson said his company is working to connect employees through social collaboration tools like The Stream, Accenture’s version of Facebook, that enables employees to stay connected with colleagues and communities, post updates and share knowledge anywhere. It also uses video communications, including the CIO’s monthly talk show for employees that features interviews with executives from Accenture and alliance partners. A key component of the SP’s DT-delivery capabilities is called Accenture Digital — consisting of Accenture Analytics, Accenture Interactive...

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Digital Transformation: Innovation With A Body Count
Apr27

Digital Transformation: Innovation With A Body Count

For the majority of the IT industry’s history the focus has been on efficiency, how to do more with less. More recently, and now lumped under the catchphrase of ‘Digital Transformation (DT/DX)’, the focus has shifted to effectiveness: it’s no longer a case of just doing things right; the emphasis is changing to doing the right things. Increasingly, DT is an extinction-level event — it’s ‘go digital or die’ — and a new survey from Dell EMC reinforces this dire forecast (or incredible opportunity). The business phenomenon Digital Transformation (AKA digitization or Industry 4.0) and its related technologies — cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), big data and analytics (BDA), mobility, social media and security — changes everything… and nothing. New tools and new applications drive new ways of doing things, but ultimately, it’s still about selling more goods and services with acceptable margins. According to the ESG 2017 IT Transformation Maturity Curve study conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group and commissioned by Dell EMC, only 5% of large companies are prepared to meet the IT requirements of the Digital Business era. As do so many similar studies, Dell EMC found that 95% of survey respondents are falling behind their best-of-breed competitors who are accelerating their digital business goals through IT transformation, while 71% agree that they will not be competitive without IT transformation. Given that 96% of the more mature organizations exceeded revenue targets last year and are more than 2X as likely to meet revenue goals, I have to wonder why only 71% seem worried. As Dell EMC President David Goulden noted in the press release, “… the research shows that most respondents are falling behind a small and elite set of competitors who have cracked the IT Transformation code, and they’re competing more vigorously because of it.” Trey Layton, VP and CTO with Dell EMC’s CPSD, told IT Trends & Analysis the study reinforces the company’s belief that this “is more than a business agenda, it is a digital transformation at the foundation.” A major concern is that enterprises’ foundations typically consist of separate silos, and many employees and executives feel trapped. “If you look at the IT organizations we deal with around the world, they’re in various stages of their journey to transformation… but the power centers are siloed… in compute, storage and network silos…” The biggest concern they’re finding when they talk to customers “is that the future space doesn’t have a place for them from a skill-set perspective,” he said. “CIOs are trying to break down those barriers.” Global Knowledge’s 10th annual IT Skills and Salary Survey, released earlier this month, reported that more...

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SpaceCurve – New Dimensions for Big Data

In December 2014, SpaceCurve will announce a spatial data platform that is designed for big data systems and spatial data, enabling real-time ingest, index, query and correlation of spatial, sensor, “Internet of things”, mobile device, social media and other streaming and historical data sources for real-time analytics and business insights. SpaceCurve has completed beta testing, the solution is generally available and they have five customers. Traditional data architectures weren’t designed to handle spatial data at the speed and scale required to gain insight that can answer complex spatial questions in real-time. SpaceCurve has been architected for large volume (imagery data, for example) fast-moving data (from sensors) and the complex fusion of several types of data (weather, chemical, terrain, for example.) To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Single-Page Apps: With SoMoClo Growth Surging, Less Is More
Apr16

Single-Page Apps: With SoMoClo Growth Surging, Less Is More

Between social media, mobility, and the cloud (SoMoClo), the demands on IT and organizations are changing rapidly, and one of those changes is the growing adoption of Single Page Applications. According to Dru Henke, Executive Director, NVISIA, a consulting firm and software developer, implementing SPAs in an IT department¹s application development process and tools can provide significant cost savings and other benefits. “It’s an opportunity to bring a much richer user experience… rather than loading the page every time,” he said. Henke believes with the huge growth in mobile devices, apps, downloads, and the Internet of Things, SPAs are enabling a more seamless experience. “If you look at the Internet of Things … how you might manage… and interact… I would be surprised if Single-Page App wouldn’t have a bigger role.” A Single Page Application is a web application or web site that fits on a single web page with the goal of providing a more fluid user experience akin to a desktop application. The term has been around since 2005, but it’s only now, as Internet usage is skyrocketing, that it is gaining interest. Then let’s consider some of the drivers for SPA: by 2020 there will be (at least) 50 billion connected devices, including smart sensors. By 2016 there will be 305 billion mobile app downloads, and there will be 5 business apps per device. Smartphones and tablet sales passed the billion mark last year. Social networking is another driver, with more than 55% of companies identifying it as having a strategic significance to their company’s growth. According to IBM CIO, CEO and CMO studies: 60% are ready to embrace cloud computing as a means of growing their businesses and achieving competitive advantage; 70% of companies cited human capital as the single biggest contributor to sustained economic value, while 82% of CMOs are saying they plan to increase their use of social media over the next three-to-five years to communicate with their clients. According to Aberdeen, SoMoClo business value results include: -average 2.5 hours faster in responding to customer inquiries than non-SoMoClo respondents; -reported a higher percentage of better-than-average customer satisfaction; -33% more likely to provide secure remote access to their mobile works; -66% more likely to provide cloud-enabled mobile file sharing; -55% greater workforce productivity improvement year-over-year; -50% greater revenue increase year-over-year; and, -38% less employee turnover, indicating higher employee satisfaction. What does all this have to do with SPAs? According to Nvisia, the average person shifts his attention between his smartphone, tablet and laptop 21 times in a single hour. As such, organizations have realized the need for a seamless transition between desktop, browser, mobile...

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