Enterprise Transformation

  • AI Explorations of a Former Media CTO (With No Prior Machine Learning Experience)

    AI Explorations of a Former Media CTO (With No Prior Machine Learning Experience)

    One of the challenges many enterprise leaders face is how to experiment and quickly create business value from machine learning without establishing large teams with specialized skillsets and...

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  • Mental Models for Your Digital Transformation

    Mental Models for Your Digital Transformation

    Mental models are deeply held internal images of how the world works, images that limit us to familiar ways of thinking and acting. Very often, we are not consciously aware of our mental models or...

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  • The Agile Organisation: Changing our Worldview

    The Agile Organisation: Changing our Worldview

    It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change. —Charles Darwin From childhood, our amazing brain trains itself to recognise patterns. We...

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  • Machine Learning: Avoiding Garbage in, Garbage Out

    Machine Learning: Avoiding Garbage in, Garbage Out

                From speaking with enterprise customers of all shapes and sizes, it is abundantly clear that we all share the same challenges: we’re racing to digitize our businesses, turn stalled...

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  • Best of Both Worlds: Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in the Enterprise

    Best of Both Worlds: Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in the Enterprise

    In our Executive Summit roundtable session at re:Invent 2019, Phil Potloff and I discussed the topic of innovation in large enterprises with executives spanning many industries and public sector...

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  • Part 2: Microservices: Technical, Organizational, or Business Architecture? Yes

    Part 2: Microservices: Technical, Organizational, or Business Architecture? Yes

    Organizations which design systems…are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations. — M. Conway In a previous post, I covered what...

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  • Drive Change but Avoid the Chasms

    Drive Change but Avoid the Chasms

    Every change will be met with an equal, opposite, unpredictable change of its own. —Inspired by Isaac Newton In “Today’s CIO—Orchestrator in Chief,” we covered how changes can be introduced into...

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  • How to Build Data Capabilities

    How to Build Data Capabilities

    “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts—for support rather than for illumination.” —Andrew Lang When it comes to the data, it is culture first and capability second. In my previous...

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  • The Case for a Single Cloud Investment From an Abstraction Addict

    The Case for a Single Cloud Investment From an Abstraction Addict

    By Bill Salak, CTO of Brainly Foreword by Thomas Blood, AWS Leader of Digital Innovation in EMEA As a former Enterprise Strategist and Leader of Digital Innovation in EMEA, I frequently talk to...

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  • Financial Liberation: Taking Control of Costs in the Cloud

    Financial Liberation: Taking Control of Costs in the Cloud

    After culture, people, and process, the most common topic I hear about is the surprise organisations have in shifting their thinking on financial management once on-prem applications move to the...

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  • Letting Go: Enabling Autonomy in Teams

    Letting Go: Enabling Autonomy in Teams

    My detailed project plan won the war. — said no military commander, ever. In the chaos of battle, it is accepted military doctrine that highly centralised decision-making fails. Information cannot...

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  • Part 1: Microservices: Technical, Business, or Organizational Architecture? Yes

    Part 1: Microservices: Technical, Business, or Organizational Architecture? Yes

    With a bucket of Legos, you can tell any story. You can build an airplane or a dragon or a pirate ship—it’s whatever you can imagine. Christopher Miller One of the hallmarks of any digital...

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  • Digitally Transforming What Exactly?

    Digitally Transforming What Exactly?

    If I were given one hour to save the planet, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute resolving it.  Albert Einstein I’ve been asked multiple times recently what “digital...

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  • Failing & Creating a Culture of Learning

    Failing & Creating a Culture of Learning

    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A customer...

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  • Risk and Plans: More Constraints Requires More Agility

    Risk and Plans: More Constraints Requires More Agility

    I am often asked a question along these lines: Mark, I get that Agile and DevOps approaches favor learning and adjusting over rigidly following a plan. But our budgeting process locks in our...

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  • Learning to Learn: The Continuous Cultural Change Competency

    Learning to Learn: The Continuous Cultural Change Competency

    “A learning organisation is an organisation that is continually expanding its capacity to create its future.” Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline There is something excitingly headline worthy about...

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  • Today’s CIO—Orchestrator in Chief Part 2

    Today’s CIO—Orchestrator in Chief Part 2

    “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together” Vincent Van Gogh In my previous blog I outlined the role of the CIO in driving organisational change, and the first steps to be...

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  • Taking charge: Cloud-Enabled Insourcing as a Digital Strategy

    Taking charge: Cloud-Enabled Insourcing as a Digital Strategy

    by John Brigden, VP of AWS Managed Services Introduction by Mark Schwartz In the digital world, speed is all-important. Short lead times allow companies to get products to market faster; build...

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  • Today’s CIO—Orchestrator in Chief Part 1

    Today’s CIO—Orchestrator in Chief Part 1

    “Nothing is more difficult than to introduce a new order. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions and lukewarm defenders in those who may do...

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