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An interesting series of short videos from McKinsey profiling the digital transformation of DBS Bank based on an interview with CIO David Gledhill.

Highly relevant to our 'Leading Digital' workshops- The Three Key Elements; Digital to the Core; Our Rallying Call: Becoming the "D" in GANDALF; Our Outcomes; A Scorecard for our Mission; Advice for Others on this Journey.

"The digital transformation of any enterprise is a herculean task requiring a willingness to embrace cultural change, the ability to immerse the entire organization in the customer journey, and a total commitment to digitize to the core. DBS Bank Chief Information Officer David Gledhill shares his insights on DBS’s digital transformation with McKinsey’s Vinayak HV, a partner in the Singapore office".

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Football fans (soccer to our North American friends) should find the two videos below to be of interest.

How Bayern Munchen uses digital technology to enhance the fan experience at the Allianz Arena.

A big thank you to 'Gunner' fan Mohammed AlGhazali from the Strathclyde Business School MBA programme (Bahrain) for showing me these during the recent Digital Leaders workshop in Abu Dhabi.

Having experienced every senior football ground in Scotland, annually for the last 50 plus years, the only thing i can add is 'if only'.

Take care.

Jim H…

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According to a recent report by Capgemini Consulting, organisations are now convinced of the benefits AI can bring. The key question now is where and how they should invest.

The research, freely available here Turning AI into concrete value: the successful implementers’ toolkit, offers a pragmatic guide helping organisations in their AI investment decisions.

Based on an analysis of over 50 AI use cases, together with a survey of over 1,000 senior executives, the report presents interesting case examples of AI delivering tangible business benefits across a range of different industries. Highly practical advice is provided in terms of devleoping an AI strategy and roadmap for your own…

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The concept of Digital Operating Advantage is one of the key issues discussed during our ‘Leading Digital’ Masterclasses.

It refers to the way in which organisations can leverage the full potential of emerging technologies to streamline internal processes and systems, improve efficiency, reduce costs, building a more collaborative, cost efficient, agile, responsive, data driven organisation, ‘fit-for-purpose’ in a digital age.

The successful deployment of an Enterprise Social Media (ESM) platform is critical in this respect as highlighted in the video below.

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Following our recent post Charting the Digital Transformation Genome, a HBR paper examines the reasons why some high profile digital transformation programmes fail based on the experiences of compaies such as GE, Lego, Nike, Procter & Gamble, Burberry, Ford and others. All case examples of heavy commitments to digital capability development which failed to meeet basic financial performance objectives.

The authors present four main reasons for failure:

First, there are a very wide range of factors that impact on a company's performance as much or even more than digital. Managers, therefore, should not view digital as a…

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According to Anthony Abbatiello, principal, Deloitte Consulting and global leader of Deloitte Leadership, $400 billion is wasted every year in failed digital transformations. Even though many companies profess to have digital strategies, they don’t fully understand what it’s actually going to take or haven’t pinpointed what they want the business to look like.

There’s also an element of “executive tourism” as senior managers see things they like in Silicon Valley and seek to cut-and-paste them into their own organizations.

So, they embark on “random acts of digital” rather than create a cohesive strategy. They invest in digital technology and are disappointed when the expected massive change (and returns) don’t appear.

Despite such failure rates, digital…

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Since the digitization of music, the need to find new methods of access and distribution to music has become more prevalent. Since the birth of Napster, Kazaa, and Limewire, the music industry has taken a hit in terms of music sales. Listeners have easier access to content, while the creators of said content aren’t necessarily getting the bang for their buck.

So, how does introducing blockchain technology affect the accessibility and distribution of music? I turned to international house music DJ, Gareth Emery, and why his latest project, Choon, is the music industry of the future.

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A recent McKinsey podcast examined how technology has affected employment and incomes in manufacturing and other sectors and whether automation could widen the gap between high- and low-income jobs.

Automation could reduce workers’ wages, further widen the gap between rich and the poor. Smart policies will be required to prevent unemployment and wage friction in the future.

Click the image below to be taken to the podcast page.

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Artificial intelligence and robotics are disrupting every aspect of work and redefining productivity. The old ways of working, assessing capabilities, hiring and compensation, are undergoing a massive change.

A recent Knowledge@Wharton conversation discussed what this means for individuals, organizations and countries. Managerial jobs and tasks that are repetitive in nature will be displaced and the ability to learn new skills will be critical for individuals who want to stay relevant. Companies will need to devise new ways of training and assessing the skills of employees while countries must develop a learning ecosystem.

“Work will be more contractual in nature and deep technical skills, creativity and learnability will be at a premium.”

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According to a recent survey by McKinsey, the way companies engage with customers and the tools supporting customer interaction will change dramatically over the next few years.

An omnichannel world will emerge with customers having access to a wide range of digital contact options for interacting with companies, not just the traditional call centre. Fully 75 percent of customers will use multiple service channels. This will include web sites, apps, social media, chat and voice.

Frontline robotics will also play an important gatekeeper role, helping to determine customer requests and handle simple issues. The report estimates that robots will be able to fully resolve 30 to 50 percent of all customer requests.

The emergence of omnichannel digital options will not…

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Next week I will be in Iceland delivering two half-day workshops.

The first session will examine the changing role of HR in an era of digital disruption.

The key motion being discussed during workshop two is whether marketing, as we know it, is becoming obsolete. Is the convergence of disruptive technologies (mobile connectivity, social media, the cloud, big data, predictive analytics, algorithms, IoT, AI, automation, cognitive computing, augmented reality and the blockchain), combined with the rapid emergence of a new generation of constantly connected customers (Gen C), leading to the end of marketing as usual?

Key discussion points will include:

  • Has the marketing profession adapted quickly enough to the digital era? Does the…
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Industry 4.0: Infographic

Connected devices are set to transform manufacturing, from demand forecasting to inventory management. While the vast majority of firms recognise the opportunity, many remain behind the curve in terms of adoption. 

The Infographic below summarise the current state of play. 

Click the image to view in full-size.

View source article here.

 Jim H

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Digital native companies have captured value from established businesses because of their innovative use and development of technologies, business models and customer experiences.

According to a recent study by McKinsey, however, an overlooked element in the success of these companies has been their use of next-generation operating models defined as:

"The continual effort to improve end-to-end customer journeys and business processes by applying advanced technologies and sophisticated operational methods in an integrated manner. The combination typically results in, or is built around, a business model that is new to the industry and allows the company to move, adapt, and scale quickly."

By applying next-generation operating models, traditional companies can…

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Digital Nation Round Table

I have been invited to participate in a Scottish Business Insider/BT Digital Nation Round Table this coming Friday, being held at the University of Strathclyde's new Technology Innovation Centre (TIC). 

A number of challenging questions have been presented to provide focus to the discussion.

Friends and colleagues will know that I have strong views on most of the issues listed below which I will be expressing on the day.

I would be interested in your own thoughts and comments which I will be happy to communicate to the group.

If you would like to comment, please do so on Linkedin at Digital Nation Round Table.

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Another excellent article from Brian Solis and one very relevant to our ‘Leading Digital Change’ 2018 Masterclass series.

The core theme of the article can be summarised as follows:

  • Digital transformation is more than just digital. It is about modernising and future-proofing your organisation. First and foremost, successful digital transformation is about people and culture, not technology.
  • Many organisations continue to struggle with implementing successful change programmes. Digital change agents have a critical role to play in accelerating progress - the unsung heroes of every successful digital transformation.
  • The challenge is whether executives can find and empower them to bring the…
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MIT have recently published their Top 20 Sloan Management Review articles of 2017.

Not surprisingly, articles on digital strategy, transformation, AI and data analytics dominate the most popular reads. 

The Top 20 are listed below (click link to access each article): 

The Jobs That Artificial Intelligence Will Create

Reshaping Business With Artificial Intelligence…

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It’s not very often that a single book changes your life. In my case, it was two books, both published twenty years ago.

Until the mid-1990's, I was following a typical University career path – teaching International Business/International Marketing, researching and publishing in academic journals.

The seed of change was planted in 1996 when i read Being Digital by Nicholas Negroponte, MIT Media Lab.

The digital age is coming and it cannot be denied or stopped. We are discussing a fundamental cultural change. Computing is not about computers, it's about life; being…

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The 8 Types of Company Culture


Our previous blog post argued that people, organisation and culture NOT technology have become the main barriers to successful digital transformation. Many digital change initiatives faiI because of an over-emphasis on technology at the expense of people.

In the interesting video below, researchers from Harvard Business School present eight types of organisational culture with implications for digital change. management. Please click on the image to view the video.…

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People, organisation and culture NOT technology have become the main barriers to successful digital transformation. Many digital change initiatives will fail because of an over-emphasis on technology at the expense of people. The HR profession needs to play a more proactive role in driving the digital transformation agenda.

It is now widely accepted that a convergence of disruptive technologies (mobile connectivity, social media, enterprise social, the cloud, big data, Internet of Things, artificial intelligent, automation and the blockchain), combined with the rapid emergence of a new generation of constantly connected customers and constantly connected employees (Gen C), is leading to the…

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Further evidence of the strong positive correlation that exists between digital maturity and companies' financial performance has been provided in a recent study by Accenture.

Through the more efficient use of new technology, the 900 large companies surveyed could increase their market capitalisation by an average US$6 billion. 

A lack of digital skills, however, is holding back their ability to realise these benefits.

With only 13 percent of executives claiming tangible business benefits being derived from their investments in digital technologies, major scope for improvement exists in leveraging the full potential of emerging technologies such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), autonomous robots, autonomous vehicles,…

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