Business agility – being an adaptive, lean, responsive, and learning organization – is a race that enterprises need to win today, especially with the threat of disruption by new competitors. Yet there is no quick fix and no silver bullet to attain business agility. This is a multi-year journey requiring hard work, experimentation, and most importantly, a willingness to improve. To succeed, business agility requires true agility across the entire organization, not just in software development, DevOps, and IT. The challenge remains of how to move from optimizing team performance to optimizing the entire enterprise to enable rapid response to market conditions and enable innovation. A Disciplined Agile approach lowers risks and provides a path 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.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer just the stuff of science fiction movies; it’s real and transforming the way we live and do business. AI encompasses several technologies including machine learning (ML), deep learning (DL), and chatbots. AI is currently being used in domains such as finance, manufacturing, healthcare, automotive, entertainment, security, and in cyber-physical systems, to name a few. As well, large investments are being made in research, development and marketing of AI products, tools and services. There is increasing awareness of AI and its promises, limitations and concerns. To gain dominance in the AI landscape, there is fierce competition among technology giants as well as startups. Ongoing developments in AI and the resulting Read more
Some leaders mistakenly believe that they can opt out of Digital Transformation. They view Digital Transformation as adopting new technologies, and implementing organizational changes to enable the new technologies to provide the promised business benefits. Unfortunately, this is based on the erroneous assumption that organizations can choose whether they are impacted by new Digital Era technologies. The fact is, new Digital Era technologies are driving new ways of conducting business across industries and geographies. No one is untouched. The overall environment is continually changing and everyone is affected. Digital Era technologies are changing the relationships between employers and employees, between vendors and customers, and between service providers and service consumers. As these relationships change, expectations Read more
With data being collected by organizations at a staggering rate, the demand for analytics to leverage the insight from this data is growing just as fast. Big data can viewed as a gateway to new opportunities, as a means of managing risks, or as a tool to improve business sustainability. Oftentimes, big data is associated with two keywords: analytics and technologies. These keywords represent an evolving suite of trends – from descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics to the application of Machine Learning, and Cloud technologies. Continuously monitoring these trends in analytical approaches and technological breakthroughs in the context of Big Data and applying them to produce business value is the key to survival in this Read more
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
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