Category Archives for "Digital Transformation"

May 18

Why We Organised the IT Leader Growth Summit?

By Mark Geschke | Digital Transformation , Strategic IT Leadership

By now you will have no doubt heard or seen something about the IT Leader Growth Summit for IT Managers, Heads of IT and CIOs of mid-sized businesses that kicks off this Sunday.

Yes, that is a Xuviate Summit!

With 55 sessions to prepare and a whole summit infrastructure to pretty much build from scratch, it should be no surprise to hear that we have been extremely busy over the last 6 months.

The great news is that IT leaders everywhere love the concept and we already have signups from 41 countries from 6 continents.

Best of all, every single one of the 45 pre-recorded and 11 LIVE sessions will be available for FREE for a specific period of time between 20 and 24 May!

And this last bit is generally what freaks everybody out.

Why on earth are we putting in so much effort, over so many months, to just give it all away for free?

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Jul 25

Culture Trumps Technology In Digital Transformation

By Mark Geschke | Digital Transformation , Strategic IT Leadership

It is easy for an IT leader in a mid-sized business to look at all the exciting technological advances from around the world and conclude that most of it is hype and of little relevance to their current employer.

In a similar vein it is easy to assume that digital transformation is just a current buzzword of the IT industry and will soon be eclipsed by something even more exciting.

Unfortunately, this thinking is very dangerous and could quite literally stall an otherwise promising career!

The critical mistake that most IT and business leaders make is to believe that digital transformation is primarily about shiny new technology.

It is most certainly not!

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Jul 11

How to Kick-Start Digital Transformation Without CEO Support?

By Mark Geschke | Digital Transformation , Strategic IT Leadership

Many IT leaders in mid-sized businesses strongly believe that digital technologies are undervalued by their employers and that they could be playing a much more influential role in shaping the future of the business.

If you are such an IT leader, however, you will also know just how hard it is to convince other senior leaders (including the CEO) to see the same exciting future you see.

Your one option is to chip away at their reluctance and hope they will come around over time.

You just don't know how much time this will take and your past experiences are not really encouraging...

Or you could adopt our proven 7-step kick-start guide and gain serious momentum in as little as 3 months....

The choice is yours!

Which one will it be?

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May 16

Business CIOs Urgently Needed – But Most IT Leaders Still Don’t Get It!

By Mark Geschke | Digital Transformation , Strategic IT Leadership

I seriously believe that every growth-minded mid-sized business will appoint a Chief Information Officer (CIO) within the next 3 years!

And not just any CIO, but a real business-savvy leader that knows how to create business value from technology and who is respected at the highest levels for strategic business contributions.

Even more contentious is my firm belief that most current IT leaders will not be ready to step up when the time is right.

 
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Apr 11

What is Digital?

By Mathias Tölken | Digital Transformation , Operational IT Leadership , Strategic IT Leadership

Wherever one looks, the word Digital does tend to crop up more and more. Every business publication will have at least one article concerning some aspect of digital. Often the term is used in conjunction with either Disruption or Transformation, but also derivatives like Digitisation and Digitalisation are becoming more and more widely used. And let’s not forget expressions like going digital. But what is meant by this and what is the difference between all these terms?

In this blog I will have a look at several key phrases and words, what they mean and especially how they relate to each other.  

I will conclude with a short, unified definition of the overarching concept of Digital.

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Mar 22

The 5 Stages of Digital Transformation Maturity in Mid-Sized Businesses

By Mark Geschke | Digital Transformation , Strategic IT Leadership

After many years of being on the sidelines of the digital transformation (DX) media frenzy you have decided that it is time to do something.

But where and how do you really start?


If you are like me, you will read all the information you can lay your hands on (articles, books, reports) ... and I suspect you will be as confused as I have been for a long time.

To save you all this trouble, we have created a super-easy to use digital transformation (DX) maturity model for mid-sized businesses.

By applying it, you will not only learn more about the big picture of digital transformation, but also gain clarity on what your possible next steps should be based on your current level of maturity.

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Mar 14

The Speed of Agility: How IT Is Teaching Business a Lesson

By Mathias Tölken | Digital Transformation , Operational IT Leadership , Strategic IT Leadership

In last week's blog I observed that "strategy as we know it is dead" and that the practice of setting BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) that last for the next five, ten or even thirty years, is doomed to fail in this fast-paced world.

I then used a word to describe the new state that every organisation should aspire to: agile.

"Agile" (with a capital A) is a term that originated in software development.

But what does it mean?

And more importantly, why and how should we use it to better manage our businesses?

In this blog I will not only answer these questions but also highlight three lessons any business can learn from IT.

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Mar 07

5 Key Insights the Past Two Years Have Taught Us About Digital Transformation for the Mid-Market

By Mathias Tölken | Digital Transformation , Operational IT Leadership , Strategic IT Leadership

Last week it was 2 years since Mark Geschke and I did officially lay down the reigns at Space Age Technologies to fully focus on Relevant IT and what was to become Xuviate.

In the 3 months that followed, we upgraded the Relevant IT Framework  to version 3 and it has served us well, but recently we realised that it is time again for a revision.

We are busy with that process and will report on it in due course, but in the mean time I would like to reflect a bit on what the past two years have taught us about Digital Transformation and also how the marketplace has changed.

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Feb 28

Delaying Digital Transformation Is Super Risky

By Mark Geschke | Digital Transformation , Operational IT Leadership , Strategic IT Leadership

Open any business publication and I can guarantee that you will find multiple articles about digital disruption and the almost universal need for digital transformation.

And yet, when I talk to senior business and IT leaders of mid-sized businesses there is usually no urgency to address this topic formally. Most are content to wait for a competitor to do something and to then be a fast follower.

Unfortunately this strategy is no longer viable in our digital world and will probably lead to disaster!

To understand why, I'll introduce you to 3 little-known facts that companies with strong digital DNA know very well ... and will use against your company.

  What do you think? Am I exaggerating or missing something?
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Feb 21

Survey Confirms – SMEs Are Lagging with Digital Transformation

By Mathias Tölken | Digital Transformation , Strategic IT Leadership

We first went on record in 2015 to say that Digital Transformation (or DX in short) “Squeezes” Mid-Sized Firms.  Last week my business partner Mark Geschke in a blog took a closer look at why we believe that SMEs are potentially the biggest losers of Digital Disruption.

But what do SMEs themselves say? To find out we published a fun Digital Disruption Simulator on our website.

This is a sneak peek at the interim results provided by nearly 150 respondents from all over the world.

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