Insights and trends

“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training”

While individuals may have different innate talents, the world’s most successful people have always been those who continually enhance their skills and develop instincts through countless hours of training.

Think about it this way, you’re not going to be able to run a marathon on sheer optimism alone — you’re going to have to make sacrifices, invest in new tools and seek out proper guidance and training to ensure you’ll make it to the finish line. The same goes for professional development.

How are you expecting to secure that promotion, ace that big project or become a respected thought leader in your field if you’re not constantly pushing the boundaries and making a proactive effort to widen your knowledge base?

Data Analytics: The fine line between success and failure in the Data-driven Economy

Trying to understand how you can integrate a data-driven vision into your strategic agenda? Or perhaps you understand the need for a data-driven vision but need some tools to successfully implement it in your organisation. In this article, I will closely examine 5 core factors for an organisation’s success or failure in the data-driven economy, some of which you may find surprising.

How To Make A Great Coffee… And Business Architecture

A great cup of coffee might seem like an easy every day item, but have you ever truly considered what has to happen to make that coffee? The beans need to be beautifully roasted, they are ground to the perfect consistency, the milk is steamed until it’s silky and smooth, the crema is flowing and then the barista expertly combines them to give you a delicious mouthful of caffeine. Get even one of these elements wrong and suddenly the whole coffee experience is lost.

Stories Are The Secret To Influence

Imagine your team has designed a business architecture for your company, and now you have ten minutes to present your findings and recommendations to the CEO.

What do you say? How can you get them believing beyond a shadow of a doubt that your recommendations are the best way forward?

I had the opportunity to hear some of these pitches from the CEO’s chair while three teams presented their solutions to a case study scenario.

Video: Digital Strategy Summit Presentation

While a digital strategy is now a mandatory requirement for corporations the world over, there are varying perspectives of what a digital strategy should comprise, often reflecting the authorship of the strategy within the offices of Marketing, Products or Technology. However, in many instances these strategies appear indistinguishable from the business technology innovation strategies of yesterday.

At the heart of Digital Strategy should be the premise that the confluence of contemporary forces and capabilities present the opportunity for market disruption and service reinvention – yet invention and disruption generally escapes the major corporates seems to remain the domain of the start-ups.

Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication

Good design is one of the core elements of the Enterprise Architecture discipline. I recently came across and was inspired by Mike Monteiro’s presentation at Webstock 2013. Mike’s presentation was a ‘call to action’ to designers of all walks of life to take their responsibility seriously and deliver good design. This caused me to re-visit a paper I presented some time ago at the Software Engineering Conference in 2010 that aimed to identify the principles of good design[1].

Webinar: Business by Design

On Tuesday the 29th of April 2014 I delivered a webinar in conjunction with our US partner IAG Consulting. If you missed the opportunity to participate, I have provided a summary of the presentation and the recorded webinar video below.

Webinar: Using Business Architecture to Enable Customer Experience and Value Strategies

On Friday the 21st of February 2014, I delivered an Open Group webinar titled ‘Using Business Architecture to Enable Customer Experience and Value Strategies’.

The Digital Playing Field: Positioning the CIO & CMO

You don’t have to look too far these days before you come across a story about the demise of the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Some argue that IT consumerisation, cloud and mobile are bringing into question the need for the CIO.  With the ability of practically anyone with a credit card to procure IT services some even go as far as to question the need for an internal IT department all together.  Those arguments however come under question when one considers more complex challenges such as the management, integration and utilisation of ‘big data’, information management, experience management and, more recently, digital.

Transformational Change in Higher Education

All organisations are constantly under pressure from various change drivers, but many industries are currently going through massive and disruptive changes.  When organisations face such pressures, the response is often to initiate bold but complicated organization-wide transformations.  ‘Architecture thinking’ can help plan and manage change, especially in such large-scale efforts.  Enterprise Architecture can take a capability-based approach to change that aims to understand which capabilities are strategically significant in order to inform decision making.