Sep 192017
 
Who is Performing Well? Get the Facts.

Knowing who is performing well in your organization — and why — are important factors in knowing what to do to improve. Traditionally, organizations have relied on subjective measures to answer questions of what is working and why it works. While sports and music are examples of the very few areas where it’s possible to isolate the contribution of an individual to the success of the “system”, the link between action and outcome is much murkier in most other areas. As Stefan Henningsson and Christian Øhrgaard point out in their recent article, Follow the Digital Trace: Turning Digital Artifacts into Digital Capital, most people contribute to success through a complex system of influencing conditions that Read more

Sep 132017
 
Business Architecture is Here to Stay. Here's One Example Why.

It seems clear that business architecture, as a discipline, is rapidly growing worldwide. Cutter Consortium’s business architecture experts William Ulrich and Whynde Kuehn are seeing the sophistication of how people are using business architecture expanding. They’re witnessing an escalation in both the depth and quality of how people are using business architecture and a shift in focus from how to just build a business architecture practice to how to strategically leverage business architecture to transform the business and launch it forward. Organizations are realizing that business architecture is a critical for translating strategy into execution for large scopes. Business architecture is the bridge between business direction and a coordinated set of downstream actions for business and Read more

Sep 072017
 
[Call for Papers] Change Leadership in a Digital Era

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

Sep 012017
 
[Call for Papers] Big Data Trends: Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning, and Cloud

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

Aug 292017
 
Conducting an Architectural Risk Assessment — Step 1

An architectural risk assessment is not a penetration test or merely a vulnerability scan. It is an engineering process with the aim of understanding, defining, and defending all the functional output from customers, line workers, corporate staff, and client-server interactions. Architectural risk assessments include ethical hacking, source code review, and the formation of a new network design. As Fred Donovan wrote in the Cutter Consortium Executive Update, Architectural Risk Assessment: Matching Security Goals to Business Goals, “Performed correctly, [an architectural risk assessment] will empower the technology staff and enable the business to focus less on security and more on customers.” According to Donovan, the first step of an architectural risk assessment is to conduct interviews Read more

Aug 222017
 
Wondering What are the Best Innovation Practices?

Many companies boast about having a culture of innovation, but, as Cutter Consortium Fellow Steve Andriole writes, they in fact don’t. Instead of breaking free of their cultural constraints to truly innovate, they continue innovate in the past; that is, toward business models, processes, and technologies that are anchored solidly in the 20th century. To break through and become truly innovative Andriole advises organizations study what the best innovators have done and try to repeat their successes by following the formulas that have worked for the most successful innovators. So what do the best companies do? How do they make the list of most innovative companies? In The Heart of Innovation: Best Practices from the Read more

Aug 152017
 
Putting Your People First

Last week, I wrote about Gustav Toppenberg’s research on digital talent, the importance of cultivating that talent in your organization, and sounded the alarm that if you’re not creating opportunities, you’ll soon be watching your digitally talented employees walk out the door. No matter how cutting edge your organization’s work is, it’s the people who make it successful. Bob Furniss offered four ways to put your people first and build relationships that will directly impact your success in the Cutter Consortium Advisor, Putting People First. Cast a vision and communicate it at every level. What is your vision? What is your mission? It has to be more than something that is in a frame on a wall Read more