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How your organization can achieve the ambidextrous advantage

 Posted by on Mar 20, 2019  Comments Off on How your organization can achieve the ambidextrous advantage
Mar 202019
 
How your organization can achieve the ambidextrous advantage

Organizational resilience is emerging as a key source of competitive advantage in the age of hyper-competition and disruption. A new breed of leaders understands that winning requires being ambidextrous—the ability to embrace both speed/creativity and scale/productivity. In their Executive Update “Ambidextrous Organizations: How to Embrace Disruption and Create Organizational Advantage,” Cutter Consortium Senior Consultants Wilhelm Lerner and Marten Zieris introduce the Ambidextrous Organization Development Canvas—a model that drills down from 6 design dimensions into 72 specific business capabilities to help organizations develop a common language and make decisions on organization transformation priorities. To move toward ambidexterity, organizations use the concept of capability building blocks to determine their desired individual organizational equilibrium. This approach is based Read more

Blockchain budgets poised to break out in 2018; initiatives to take off in 3 years

 Posted by on Jun 13, 2017  Comments Off on Blockchain budgets poised to break out in 2018; initiatives to take off in 3 years
Jun 132017
 
Blockchain budgets poised to break out in 2018; initiatives to take off in 3 years

Cutter Consortium has been conducting a survey to gain insight into how organizations are adopting — or planning to adopt — blockchain technology. A few weeks ago, I reported on some of the finding about who is leading the blockchain efforts in organizations. A significant indicator of how far a new technology has penetrated the mainstream enterprise is the extent that organizations are budgeting for its adoption or usage. Cutter Senior Consultant Curt Hall is analyzing the data for a series of Executive Updates, and recently revealed his findings about budgeting for blockchain. Current budgeting for blockchain efforts in the enterprise is quite limited, with less than 20% of surveyed organizations having done so. (See Figure 1 below.) Read more

Who is Taking the Lead on Blockchain?

 Posted by on Apr 11, 2017  Comments Off on Who is Taking the Lead on Blockchain?
Apr 112017
 
Who is Taking the Lead on Blockchain?

Cutter Consortium has been conducting a survey to gain insight into how organizations are adopting — or planning to adopt — blockchain technology. We are also looking to identify important issues organizations are encountering (or foresee encountering) in their blockchain efforts. In addition to analyzing the data, Cutter Senior Consultant Curt Hall has been conducting phone interviews with leaders and practitioners from different organizations who are implementing or working to implement blockchain applications. Their opinions and recommendations on using the technology add depth and richness to Curt’s analysis. Curt will be presenting his findings in a series of Executive Updates over the next couple of months. Hall’s first Executive Update, published last week, examined the initial survey Read more

What is the Role of the Business Architect?

 Posted by on Apr 4, 2017  Comments Off on What is the Role of the Business Architect?
Apr 042017
 
What is the Role of the Business Architect?

There is a common set of questions burning in peoples’ minds when they think about the business architect role, whether they are new to the discipline or experienced but seeking to compare approaches. Recently, Cutter Senior Consultant Whynde Kuehn addressed these important questions in depth in a Business & Enterprise Architecture Advisor. Here’s a bulleted outline:  1. What Do Business Architects Do? The business architect role is a strategic one that works at an enterprise level across business units. At a high level, business architects: Facilitate the application of business architecture for business and IT value. Build and maintain the business architecture knowledgebase. Provide input to and assist with the internal business architecture practice. 2. How Read more

Building the Case for Blockchain in Your Organization

 Posted by on Mar 28, 2017  Comments Off on Building the Case for Blockchain in Your Organization
Mar 282017
 
Building the Case for Blockchain in Your Organization

Is there a case for blockchain in your organization? Cutter Business Technology Journal contributing authors Steven Kursh and Arthur Schnure recently argued that companies should begin considering which parts of their organization might benefit from blockchain. Among their advice to CIOs and CTOs is to look for areas of friction when it comes to exchange of value or information that would benefit from a blockchain implementation and profit from a shared ledger system. Write Kursh and Schnure, “Take a page from IBM, which announced in July 2016 that it plans to implement a solution to help its finance division resolve client and partner disputes. IBM believes the new system — one of the largest commercial rollouts of Read more

The Truth about Transformation

 Posted by on Mar 21, 2017  Comments Off on The Truth about Transformation
Mar 212017
 
The Truth about Transformation

According to Dr. Stephen J. Andriole, Cutter Fellow and Professor of Business Technology at Villanova University, most professionals think digital leverages emerging technologies. However, Steve Andriole’s experience tells a different story: “The truth is that most transformational leverage comes from operational and strategic technology rather than emerging technology. This is because many business models and processes are antiquated, as evidenced by the relative ease with which, for example, Uber and Airbnb cut directly into the taxi and hotel markets. Of course, there are countless ways emerging technology can improve — and even disrupt — processes and even whole industries, but the real leverage lies with operational and strategic technology, especially when they are leveraged together. “Does this mean that Read more

IoT-based DDOS Attacks

 Posted by on Oct 26, 2016  Comments Off on IoT-based DDOS Attacks
Oct 262016
 
IoT-based DDOS Attacks

Last week’s DDoS attack against Dyn Inc. had an impact on many organizations beyond the reported hits to PayPal, Twitter, Amazon, Spotify, and others. Even Cutter’s website search function was out of commission for a short while! Experts have warned that at some point, smart versions of devices such as refrigerators, televisions and thermostats could be manipulated to alter their basic functions, but did anyone foresee that these devices would be used to launch a third-party attack? This isn’t the first time it’s happened, and it’s not likely to be the last. In the July 2016 Cutter article Securing the IoT: It Takes the Global Village, author David Tayouri discusses the threats Internet of Things Read more