Agility and Stability

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Jun 282016
 
Agility and Stability

The world is in a time of rapid change resulting from the usual culprits: The integrated economies and labor market have created a “flat world. The Internet has reduced friction in the marketplace The accessibility of data has revolutionized target marketing The low cost of processing, storage, and software environments (e.g., Java, Python, R) has made application development efficient, enabling innovation and disruptive technology. In the past, building business was associated with stability — creating an organization of lasting value that persisted even through a change of management or some market structure change. Running a business in the face of today’s changes, however, alters the nature of business management. “Agility” is the facility of quick response Read more

Jun 142016
 

The boundary between machine capabilities and what once seemed uniquely human has certainly moved over the years, justifying concerns that the relatively new field of roboethics addresses. Roboethics goes beyond job losses and looks at the impact of robotization on society as a whole; that is the major topic here. (I will address job losses at the end.) An algorithm can be unethical in both obvious and subtle ways. It could be illegal, as may have been the case with Volkswagen’s engine management algorithms for its “clean” diesel engines. It could be unethical in the sense that it violates a sense of fair play. More subtly, an algorithm could take on decision-­making roles that a Read more

Jun 142016
 
How to Architect a Data Lake

“How do you architect a lake?” If the question sounds like the opening line of a joke, the answer would clearly come as: “You don’t. You can only discover one.” Whether it is data warehouses or marts, data lakes, or reservoirs, the IT industry has a penchant for metaphor. The subliminal images conjured in the human mind by the above terms are, in my opinion, of critical importance in guiding thinking about the fundamental meanings and architectures of these constructs. Thus, a data warehouse is a large, cavernous, but well-organized location for gathering and storing data prior to its final use and a place where consumers are less than welcome for fear of being knocked Read more

Jun 102016
 
Think you're making rational business decisions? Think again.

Cutter Senior Consultant Barry Devlin is passionate about extending BI approaches into true business insight. His four-part series over at Upside.com digs into the science of decision making (hint: we’re less rational than we think!) and how that fits with current BI tools (hint: not very well). Here’s an excerpt from How Do You Make Decisions? (Part 4). In my book, Business unIntelligence: Insight and Innovation beyond Analytics and Big Data, I developed a conceptual model for decision making support in today’s world. This model consists of three “thinking spaces.” Two of these are obvious and long-recognized: information and process. However, I also explicitly included a people space in the conceptual architecture, sitting atop the Read more

May 312016
 
Will Wearables Disrupt the Financial Sector?

Digital transformation continues to change the financial sector. The increasing use of smartphones and tablets has changed customers’ behaviors and fueled adoption of mobile banking. Wearables capable of storing and processing data allow us to integrate better with the technology and incorporate electronics into every domain of our lives. The question arises whether the wearables can follow that success and become a new disruption for the financial sector. And if so, will they replace or supplement the mobile devices that are currently in use? Current Wearables Banking Market Assessment Wearable technology has exploded in popularity in recent years as the devices have grown smaller and their communication and integration capabilities have grown significantly. The global wearables market was valued Read more

May 312016
 
Attention Agile Organizations: Alignment = Better Decision Making

A frequent complaint we hear from Agile teams is that their self-organization is not respected and their manager routinely overrules their decisions. If you talk to the manager, he or she complains that the team doesn’t respect company policies anymore and makes decisions it’s not entitled to make. What seems to be a battle about power in many cases and like a confusion of self-organization with autonomy turns out to be an unfinished Agile integration into the organization. Last December, we discussed this topic at a workshop of the “Supporting Agile Adoption” program of the Agile Alliance from the perspective of decision making. Decision making has been a topic of management literature since at least the middle of Read more

May 242016
 
Call for Papers: Business-Driven Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is at the top of many executive agendas and organizations are investing substantial resources to make it happen. While there may be internal benefits such as efficiency gains, the primary driver for digital transformation is the customer. Customers are now in the driver’s seat with high expectations demanding what they want, when they want it, and how they want it – and they will go elsewhere to find it if not satisfied. Years of growth and change have created tremendous complexity and redundancy in large enterprises. This complexity has become more transparent to the customer and so improving the customer experience and achieving true digital transformation requires significant changes to the business and Read more

May 172016
 
When Architecture Disappears, the Enterprise Thrives

Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better. — Edsger W. Dijkstra Architecture’s raison d’être is to manage complexity and enable value generation for the enterprise that rests on it. But does the enterprise of architecture always produce the architecture for the enterprise? My experience tells me that it often does not. Sometimes, though, in our finest moments, we manage to architect things of elegance that push our enterprises and industry to much higher levels. It may not all be by design; emergence may be a better explanation for some of our architectural accomplishments. So, what would Read more

May 032016
 
What measures are you taking to protect your data?

Cutter’s Curt Hall is conducting research on the measures organizations are taking to safeguard their data in light of the persistent breaches that have become commonplace in our world. This confidential survey seeks to gauge the various trends impacting organizations’ data security protection practices, and the extent to which organizations are using data-centric practices and technologies. Survey results will be revealed in upcoming Cutter Consortium research. Those who complete the survey will receive a $50 Cutter Bookstore credit. Thanks in advance for your participation! Take the survey.

May 032016
 
EA's Role in the Innovation Management Process

By asking the CEOs of some of the most successful and influential companies in the world, such as GE and Google, a clear definition of innovation manage­ment emerges. The definition addresses the need to quickly and effectively implement organizational goals and objectives to remain competitive and the desire to strengthen advantages through the adoption of innovative ideas, products, processes, and business models.[1] Enterprises facing increasing competition and the pressure of techno­logical innovation are beginning to realize that to drive organic business growth and maintain a competitive advantage, they need to discover and imple­ment innovation quickly and with great care to ensure maximum value. One-off innovations are moderately easy to take advantage of, but to create a pipeline of Read more