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  • Why Digital Organizations Are Principles-Based

    Why Digital Organizations Are Principles-Based

    I was talking to the executive team at one of our enterprise customers recently when this connection suddenly hit me. Someone on the team had asked a question along the lines of “How can you...

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  • Resilience, Part Two: Focusing on People

    Resilience, Part Two: Focusing on People

    We’ve learned from COVID-19 that in a crisis, enterprises quickly have to focus on getting their employees working again. It’s the chief prerequisite for reestablishing business operations. After...

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  • Revisiting Buy vs. Build: 3 Traps to Avoid

    Revisiting Buy vs. Build: 3 Traps to Avoid

    Many enterprises anchor their IT strategy on buy vs. build decisions: what software packages or systems they buy versus which ones they prefer to build themselves. Buy over build is the default...

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  • Guts, Part Three: Having Backbone – Disagreeing and Committing

    Guts, Part Three: Having Backbone – Disagreeing and Committing

    Sometimes, other leaders in your company reject your ideas. Perhaps you’re a CIO, who knows perfectly well that the cloud will have tremendous benefit for your company. But the CFO says no, it’s...

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  • Evolving GRC to Maximize Your Business Benefits from the Cloud

    Evolving GRC to Maximize Your Business Benefits from the Cloud

    Introduction by Mark Schwartz This post continues our series on governance in the cloud. In earlier posts we discussed new strategies for governance, the governance that requires standardization...

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  • Mental Models to Clarify the Goals of Digital Transformation, Part 2

    Mental Models to Clarify the Goals of Digital Transformation, Part 2

    In an earlier post, I proposed that rather than trying to make sense of the term digital transformation, we think of it as the application of eight new mental models to the way we do business. In...

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  • Making Time to Change: Freeing Up Time

    Making Time to Change: Freeing Up Time

    The time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum [of money] involved. —C. Northcote Parkinson: Parkinson’s Law of Triviality   In my last blog post I covered...

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  • One Yardstick to Rule Them All: How Gamifying Marginal Cost Could Be a Game Changer

    One Yardstick to Rule Them All: How Gamifying Marginal Cost Could Be a Game Changer

    Introduction by Mark Schwartz Back around the end of 2018 we ran a series of blog posts on the implications of the cloud on cost structure, where we discussed some of the interesting and more...

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  • Transform Your GRC Strategy to Get the Most Out of the Cloud

    Transform Your GRC Strategy to Get the Most Out of the Cloud

    Introduction by Mark Schwartz In several earlier posts I discussed new strategies for governance in the cloud and the digital world in general. In the first, I talked about the kind of governance...

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  • Making Time to Change, Part 1

    Making Time to Change, Part 1

    A person who chases two rabbits catches neither. —Confucius “I need to transform my organisation to become more agile, but I don’t have enough people or time.” Does this ring a bell? As...

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  • Guts, Part Two: Working with Vendors and Contractors

    Guts, Part Two: Working with Vendors and Contractors

    In my last post I talked about the need for leaders to have guts—in the sense of being willing to make decisions under uncertainty once they’ve gathered enough information. But that’s not the end...

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  • Database Freedom Is Real: The Autodesk Story

    Database Freedom Is Real: The Autodesk Story

    As a previous customer and current enterprise strategist for Amazon Web Services (AWS), I’ve seen that although no two companies are the same, IT challenges are extremely similar across the...

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  • Mental Models to Clarify the Goals of Digital Transformation, Part 1

    Mental Models to Clarify the Goals of Digital Transformation, Part 1

    As we’ve all realized by now, the term digital transformation has become slippery and overused. Something big is going on today in the way technology is used in large enterprises, a change that...

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  • Creating Psychological Safety: The Building Block for Agility

    Creating Psychological Safety: The Building Block for Agility

    The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. ― Ernest Hemingway At a discussion on the characteristics of modern agile organisations, a chief people officer asked how...

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  • Resilience, Part One: Preparing for Unknown Unknowns

    Resilience, Part One: Preparing for Unknown Unknowns

    The important lesson to learn from COVID-19 is not that we need to be prepared for pandemics: it’s that we need to be prepared for unexpected, high-impact events, whatever they may be. Any...

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  • Guest Blog: Accelerating Adoption of Machine Learning in the Financial Services Industry

    Guest Blog: Accelerating Adoption of Machine Learning in the Financial Services Industry

    Machine Learning (ML) is such a powerful new set of technologies, opening up so many business possibilities, that it’s sometimes difficult to imagine how best to put it to use. The possibilities...

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  • Increasing Digital User Engagement in the Insurance Industry

    Increasing Digital User Engagement in the Insurance Industry

    Like other industries, insurance must respond to rising customer expectations for digital interactions. In this post, Tony Jacob, Amazon Web Services’ Worldwide Insurance Business Development...

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  • Is Your Cloud Journey Stuck in the Value Gap?

    Is Your Cloud Journey Stuck in the Value Gap?

    Your cloud migration was off to a good start: you set out with a clear plan, used the “Six Rs” to segment your workloads by the different strategies of moving to the cloud, and have closely...

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  • Guts

    Guts

    Can I speak frankly? Leadership requires guts. There comes a time when a leader has enough information and has mitigated enough risks to move forward with any urgent decision. That’s the moment...

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  • Guest Blog: Raising the IT IQ – Insights from Kmart

    Guest Blog: Raising the IT IQ – Insights from Kmart

    The limits of my language mean the limits of my world. —Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosopher Digital transformation is the buzz phrase du jour in the majority of companies today. Execution against...

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