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The Digital Transformation of Cities and City Governments

The Digital Transformation of Cities and City Governments

Digital transformation is affecting every aspect of our world. Looking beyond the typical business case studies, some of the most interesting, and overdue, work in digital transformation is happening within local, state and federal governments. Increasingly, the role of CIO or CTO is evolving to consider not only new technology implementations for modernizing work, but also how technology is used to improve operations. With roughly 3 million people migrating to cities every week and more than half the world’s population…

Is technology creating a narcissistic society?

Is technology creating a narcissistic society?

Part 2 in a media tour series for my 2016 keynote at Digital Business World Congress (DES) in Madrid, Spain. This interview is with Expansión, “La tecnología está creando una sociedad narcisista.” Technology is creating a narcissistic society We all talk a lot about change, but how can we change ourselves? This question refers to a famous quote by Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, “We all talk of change but we don’t talk of changing ourselves.” To change ourselves requires us to first…

Employees Swipe Right to Personal Tech in the Workplace

Employees Swipe Right to Personal Tech in the Workplace

The consumerization of IT has been long in the making. While it’s nothing new, the employee-driven trends of social media, BYOD (bring your own device) and BYOA (apps) in the workplace are only accelerating and proliferating. In addition to managing enterprise technology infrastructure and digital transformation roadmaps, IT must now balance the sanctioning and connectivity of new technologies while also managing and mitigating costs, compliance, security and data risks. At the same time, employees will say, and attentive organizations will…

Stop Talking About a Customer-Centered Culture and Build It Already

Stop Talking About a Customer-Centered Culture and Build It Already

In 2016, I had the opportunity to visit my mother’s birthplace, Madrid, Spain, and keynote the inaugural Digital Business World Congress (DES). I was invited to present on the business implications of experience design and also the state and future of artificial intelligence (AI) and customer experience (CX). Leading up to the event, I was invited to participate in a media tour to promote my arrival in Spain. The topics ranged from digital transformation to CX to disruptive technologies to corporate innovation….

Is Your Company Investing in Digital Transformation or Digital Iteration?

Is Your Company Investing in Digital Transformation or Digital Iteration?

Digital transformation is more than hype and definitely more meaningful than just another buzzword. But to see what it really is and what could be, you have to think beyond the role you work in today. Depending on who you ask, digital transformation could be simply described as enterprise-wide investments in new technologies, platforms and processes to operate in a digital economy. It’s often painted as a picture of rivalry between CIOs and CMOs. But its very promise is bigger…

Business as Usual is Still Business as Usual: An interview about the real state of digital transformation

Business as Usual is Still Business as Usual: An interview about the real state of digital transformation

Diginomica’s Jon Reed is someone I greatly respect. He’s one of the most discerning and shrewd voices on business modernization out there. I recently had the opportunity to speak with him about the state of digital transformation and the importance of change agents in the evolving enterprise. Every time I have the chance to speak with him, I come away more enlightened and determined. I wanted to share our conversation with you here: Digital transformation may be overhyped, but so…

The Construct for Digital Transformation and Business Model Innovation

The Construct for Digital Transformation and Business Model Innovation

Digital transformation is the new black. It is one of those catch-all terms that seems to describe any investment in trending digital technologies and modern processes and philosophies. Depending on the role, department and mindset, digital transformation means many things to many different people But, digital transformation is much more than just “digital.” It is also the construct for the future of business. I recently appeared on CIO Talk Network with host Sanjog Aul and Steven John, Global CIO of H.B. Fuller, a…

Contrary to Its Name, Digital Transformation is not Digital-First: An Interview with  Steve Snyder of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority

Contrary to Its Name, Digital Transformation is not Digital-First: An Interview with Steve Snyder of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority

“To thrive in a digital economy, create a safe and empowered environment for employees to learn and take risks.” Technology may be at the core of digital transformation, but it’s severely limited in its promise if it’s not influenced by human beings. Yet, every day, companies invest in digital transformation strategies and roadmaps that are absent of human-centered insights and perspectives. On this  episode of Digital Outliers, I sit down with Steve Snyder, CIO, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority to talk…

It’s not the End of Retail, It’s the End of Retail As We Know It

It’s not the End of Retail, It’s the End of Retail As We Know It

Retail, like every industry, faces digital Darwinism as technology and markets evolve and disrupt. This isn’t new. But what is clear, executives are not prioritizing bold strategies and investments that save them from their “Kodak Moment,” that moment when consumer behaviors and values evolve beyond brand recognition. If you read about the state of retail today, you’ll see dramatic descriptors such as “apocalypse,” “the end…,” “dying,” you get the picture. While doom and gloom and disruption is inherent in every…

Brand Innovation and Customer Experience Design: An Interview with Comcast’s Chris Satchell

Brand Innovation and Customer Experience Design: An Interview with Comcast’s Chris Satchell

The potential for breakthrough innovation is at its greatest when there’s purpose. And in an age of disruptive technology, humanity is becoming a killer app. Often in my research on digital transformation and innovation, I find the most compelling catalyst for finding purpose and accelerating change and improvement is customer experience (CX). Think about it. Who owns the customer experience? Yes. The customer owns it. That might seem like one big “duh.” But, believe it or note, many organizations are…

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