For well over a decade, leaders around the world have been encouraging software teams to embrace Agile development practices. The success of many of these teams has moved some leaders to extend their Agile approach to other parts of their organizations, allowing them to achieve true Organizational Agility. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in numerous industry surveys, issues related to Leadership have been identified as some of the top reasons that many Agile transformations have struggled. In the more successful transformations, Leadership has often been credited for being a major part of the success. So what can be done to help more leaders engage in successful transformations? An upcoming issue of Read more
Christine Generali is a Group Publisher for Cutter Consortium - responsible for the editorial direction and content management of Cutter's flagship publication, Cutter IT Journal.
Similar to Fintech revolutionizing the financial services industry, Insurtech is taking the insurance sector by storm with its innovative and possibly disruptive technology solutions. The benefits to incumbent insurers include better engagement with and reestablishing trust with customers, the ability to innovate quicker with improved products, services and distribution, increased operational efficiency and profits, the ability to generate meaningful risk insight, and the opening of new market opportunities for millennials seeking easier means of purchasing insurance. However, the transition to an Insurtech business model comes with its challenges as many insurance companies are mired in old legacy systems and cultural barriers that could serve as roadblocks to adoption. As well, Insurtech startups are replete with Read more
Early adopters of interconnected digital technologies in the industrial sector are realizing the benefits of improvements in operational efficiencies, productivity, safety, cost savings, profitability, and customer engagement and satisfaction. These technologies include those related to the IIoT movement such as AI, machine learning, big data, predictive analytics, machine-to-machine communication, and blockchain. Industries in the manufacturing, energy, utilities, automotive, and aviation sectors, to name a few, are capitalizing on investments in these revolutionary technologies. An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal with Guest Editors Patrikakis Charalampos and Jose Barbosa will examine emerging trends and strategies in digital transformation in the industrial sector. How are IIoT, predictive analytics, AI, big data, blockchain, and other technologies being Read more
The business world is poised for an unprecedented wave of innovation. Technological advances such as augmented reality, virtual reality, cognitive assistants, 3D/4D printing, personalization, conversational interfaces, drones, deep learning, predictive analytics, the Internet of Things, blockchain, new payment systems and affective computing play major roles in driving and enabling the next wave of innovation in business. These technologies – combined with new business models facilitated by social/collaborative commerce, shared services/economy, and crowd sourcing – will have a profound influence across the business world. Furthermore, businesses need to cater to the newer expectations and demands of a younger generation (selfi-generation, digitally-embedded generation) of customers. So, business is not going to be as usual, again! Where is Read more
The concepts of Information Superiority and Digital Capital will increasingly shape the business strategies and operations of organizations that face the digital- and hyper-competition that’s so common today. Information Superiority was first introduced to the management world by Paul Strassmann, who defined it as “the capacity to increase economic value faster than the competition.” Strassmann’s definition stresses outcomes (such as increased EVA). The US Department of Defense defines Information Superiority as “the operational advantage derived from the ability to collect, process, and disseminate an uninterrupted flow of information while exploiting or denying an adversary’s ability to do the same.”* Typically, in the business world, organizations focus on winning markets rather than crushing rivals, but Read more
“Musicians play their instruments. I play the orchestra.” Steve Jobs attributed this quote to a famous conductor in the film Steve Jobs. It’s hard to come up with a more vivid illustration of leadership. It acknowledges that conductors may be less adept at playing instruments than any of the players in front of them — and other instruments not at all — yet they elicit brilliant performances. I have been told by a San Francisco Symphony musician that guest conductors can in a few rehearsals have the orchestra sounding like the orchestras where they are based. Leadership, per Webster, means “the quality of a leader; capacity to lead”. In recent years, the word has become Read more
We are currently in the midst of the Fintech revolution. It is evident that technology is significantly transforming and disrupting the financial services landscape. This presents significant opportunities and challenges for incumbents, start-ups and regulatory bodies. Fintech is evolving, moving beyond simply being the realm of start-up disruptors, with many incumbents now making significant R&D investments and many are collaborating with start-ups. Both interest and investment in Fintech has exploded in the last few years. Fintech, the intersection between finance and technology, has experienced a 67% growth in investment in the first quarter of 2016, with investment reaching $5.3 billion (Accenture, 2016). PwC (2016) report that 83% of financial companies believe that specific aspects of Read more