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Enterprise transformation at IBM explained

Enterprise transformation at IBM explained | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Enterprise Transformation is a popular term used to describe efforts on the part of senior executives to improve the overall performance of their businesses. Of all the terms that have been tossed around recently, it probably is the best description of how executives understand what it is they are doing. IBM suggests:

  1. Start a movement - Transformation requires the active engagement of employees.
  2. Establish clear transformation governance - The initial energy of a new initiative fades, and the effort ultimately succeeds only if there is a clear structure in place to see that goals are accomplished.
  3. Transformation requires a data-driven discussion - It's important to gather volumes of data and then to analyze it to track what is working and where there are problems.
  4. Radically simplify business process - IBM focused on eliminating, standardizing and automating work, with a special focus on eliminating complexities that impede integration efforts.
  5. Invest in transformative innovation - New technologies, new platforms, new approaches can't solve every problem but they can accelerate your processes and enable your people.
  6. Embody creative leadership - IBM surveys suggested that the number one leadership quality needed for successive transformations was creativity—which IBM went on to associate with "broader and deeper thinking of systems and patterns, the ability to handle uncertainty with optimism and enthusiasm, more openness to a multitude of cultural differences, meaningful collaboration, and a spirit of restless reinvention." This may sound like fuzzy stuff, but IBM proceeded to pioneer classes in these leadership skills.
Farid Mheirs insight:

Read the article in PDF to get insights on how IBM achieved its enterprise transformation. Not purely a digital one, I believe it does highlight important aspects that digital transformation must go through.

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Chart: Google Handles 115 Billion Searches a Month | Statista

Chart: Google Handles 115 Billion Searches a Month | Statista | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In December 2012, more than 175 billion online searches were conducted worldwide. That is 65,000 searches per second, of which 65 percent were handled by market leader Google.

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Google remains "the" search destination so making sure your web properties appear near the top of search results is even more important than ever.

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Georgia, Amazon face off over sales tax

Georgia, Amazon face off over sales tax | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Amazon.com is in negotiations with the state about starting to charge sales tax to Georgia shoppers, three people familiar with the talks said.
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Not charging for sales tax is a major price "advantage" that online pure plays have over brick and mortar retailers. By charging sales tax, Amazon sees this price advantage shrink but with warehouses that are closer to customers, it can reduce shipping costs and offer next day and even soon same day delivery.

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Digital Enterprise Road Map Series: Part 1

Digital Enterprise Road Map Series: Part 1 | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
I've spent time in the past year writing about the emerging digital enterprise. I want to shift my focus to the road map required to become one. This is the first in a six part series that examines...
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Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Here's Everywhere You Should Enable Two-Factor Authentication Right Now

Here's Everywhere You Should Enable Two-Factor Authentication Right Now | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Two-factor authentication is one of the best things you can do to make sure your accounts don't get hacked.

Sites that support 2 factor authentication: Google/Gmail, LastPass, Facebook, Dropbox, Microsoft (some), Yahoo Mail, Amazon Web Service, Wordpress, DreamHost

Farid Mheirs insight:

Based on the idea that security is improved if you are required to provide 2 pieces of information. In most cases, it means something you know (a password) and something you have (a cell phone). Takes a bit of effort to setup but essential for anybody or corporation that is seriously going digital.

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Ocado pledges it will make a profit despite another year of losses - Telegraph

Ocado pledges it will make a profit despite another year of losses - Telegraph | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
The chief executive of Ocado has pledged that the online grocery retailer will “make hundreds of millions of pounds” in the future despite reporting another year of annual losses and warning it is also unlikely to make a profit in...
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Not easy to sell food online and turn a profit, even in the UK where the market is ripe and order volumes are high.

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Standing desks and walking stations replace office chairs at GSK's new Philadelphia offices

Standing desks and walking stations replace office chairs at GSK's new Philadelphia offices | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
About a year ago, Glaxo set up a pilot program in which employees could work at adjustable-height desks, among a slew of other workplace design changes in preparation for the company's move to new offices.


The design of the 208,000-square-foot Navy Yard office is "180 degrees from where we are today," he said, describing the current setting as a "cubicle world" not optimal for morale, productivity, or health.


In the new office space, no one has a designated seat; desk drawers have been replaced with lockers; trash cans and printers are in centralized areas to encourage movement; phones are embedded in computers; and workers could be typing away while sitting on a yoga ball or on a chair. And there are treadmill desks, known as "walking stations."

Farid Mheirs insight:

Going digital often means more time in front of a computer. This means a lot of time sitting at a desk. Transformation thus also must take shape in the design of office spaces. I have been embracing the standup station for 15 months now and found numerous benefits. Although I also find that it takes serious commitment as the transition from sitting to standing may be too much for some. I suggest going "hybrid" for a while: few hours on your feet, the balance on a chair.

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Loyalty Begets Loyalty | STORES.org

Loyalty Begets Loyalty | STORES.org | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Three years ago Metro launched a joint venture partnership with dunnhumby, a firm best known for helping retailers like Tesco and Kroger put customers at the center of every decision. That partnership has already yielded a 7.6 percent increase in Metro’s customer reach via the weekly flyer.

Greater than 95 percent of shopper communications are now fully customized, and Metro attributes a year-over-year sales increase of $39 million to five million mailings consisting of 37 million personalized coupons. In addition, the Metro & Moi loyalty program now reaches more than one million households and has paid $50 million Canadian in cash rewards to participating customers.

Farid Mheirs insight:

Metro loyalty program represents a major digital transformation that goes way beyond being able to track members  and offer them rewards. 

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How to Get Hired When You Are Just Starting Out

How to Get Hired When You Are Just Starting Out | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
No experience? No problem. Side projects and tailored applications can help overcome your lack of work history.
Farid Mheirs insight:

Digital transforms the way people market themselves and look for jobs. Are businesses changing the way they recruit to adapt to this new reality?

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Why Are People, Processes and Platforms the Three Fundamental P’s of Any Social Business Enterprise 2.0 transformation?

Why Are People, Processes and Platforms the        Three Fundamental P’s of Any Social Business Enterprise 2.0 transformation? | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
1. People and behavioral changes People are at the core of any successful organizational and structural company change.  A technological fix vs. a behavioral change remains once and for all, an ina...
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Always people-process-technology!

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Six social-media skills every leader needs

Six social-media skills every leader needs | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Organizational social-media literacy is fast becoming a source of competitive advantage. Learn, through the lens of executives at General Electric, how you and your leaders can keep up. A McKinsey Quarterly Strategy article.
Farid Mheirs insight:

Interesting overview of how GE had to transform itself from traditional skillset to a digital one with the advent of social networks.

Luigi Cappel's comment, February 4, 2013 12:51 PM
Excellent infographic
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Le numérique peut-il changer le modèle d'affaires de l'état via - webcom Québec

Le numérique peut-il changer le modèle d'affaires de l'état via - webcom Québec | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
  • Gouvernement ouvert et données ouvertes
  • Gouvernance 2.0
  • Citoyen numérique
  • Démocratie ouverte
  • Relations citoyennes et médias sociaux
  • Mobilité
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Judge: GPS tracking evidence can be used in burglary case - Athens NEWS

Judge: GPS tracking evidence can be used in burglary case - Athens NEWS | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Athens NEWS Judge: GPS tracking evidence can be used in burglary case Athens NEWS The Athens County Prosecutor's office claims that a Nelsonville man who's charged with a string of burglaries made the rather serious mistake of committing them while...
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This guys was wearing an anckle bracelet but we can easily apply the same process to cell phones and apply the same principle to employees that are suspected of theft or of not being where they are supposed to be. For now, access to the GPS data in cell phones is a bit cumbersome but I would expect that digital businesses may require their employees to add special tracking apps in their phones - especially company-provided ones - and keep a record of their personnel.

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AmazonFresh set to expand?

AmazonFresh set to expand? | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
After five years, Amazon’s local grocery-delivery service remains in limited test mode, but the Internet giant recently has made some moves that could set the stage for expansion.


“It is a very convenient service, but picking, packing and delivering grocery orders is expensive,” said former technology Vice President Nadia Shouraboura, who left Amazon last year to create Hointer, a robot-operated clothing store in Seattle’s University District.

“Just like apparel, the grocery business is both large and ripe for innovation, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Amazon be very persistent and patient,” she said. “Jeff always thinks long-term.”

Farid Mheirs insight:

I've said this before: looks like Amazon will use grocery delivery to put trucks on the road and offer same-day or next-day delivery while bypassing UPS-FedEx and other carriers altogether. This will both bring down its costs (delivery accounts for 10-15% of the online costs) but also may prove that having a physical store presence is not required for online pure plays. We'll see...

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10 Companies With Fantastic Career Sites and What You Can Learn From Them

10 Companies With Fantastic Career Sites and What You Can Learn From Them | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
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Useful insights

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JWT: 100 Things to Watch in 2013

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Many digital elements to watch for.

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2013: The Year Of Digital Business | Forrester Blogs

2013: The Year Of Digital Business | Forrester Blogs | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
  1. The Communications Evolution
  2. Social Business evolution
  3. 2013: year of digital business
  4. The Great Human Capital Conundrum
  5. The Emerging Chief Digital Officer
Farid Mheirs insight:

Interesting predictions that all point in the direction of a digital transformation acceleration in 2013.

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Curate Amazon Products While Making a Profit At It: The Wirecutter

Curate Amazon Products While Making a Profit At It: The Wirecutter | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it




Via Robin Good
Farid Mheirs insight:

This is a trend. At NRF show, Dell presented marketvine, a stealth project that allows customers to creation collections of products for sale. It is a new model for retailers to watch for.

Robin Good's curator insight, January 23, 2013 12:22 PM


Can you curate Amazon products, review and rate them and then make a profit by reselling them from your site? It looks like this business model may have some potential.

Apparent proof comes from TheWireCutter.com, a site I have recently discovered and which does essentially that. Under 20 and more product categories TheWireCutter professionally selects and reviews the most valuable and interesting products while providing lots of good information, references and insight.


All links to products are tagged to identify TheWireCutter as the affiliate reseller, and therefore Amazon pays a commission for any of the products that readers of TheWireCutter will eventually buy.


Great example of how to make the affiliation model pay while curating existing commercial content / products and adding lots of extra value.


Check it out: http://thewirecutter.com/



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WeSeekYou: pour des entreprises plus séduisantes | Yves Therrien | Techno

WeSeekYou: pour des entreprises plus séduisantes | Yves Therrien | Techno | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
L'entreprise a mis au point une manière de recruter du personnel en se situant dans l'espace entre les chasseurs de têtes et les Workopolis et Joboom aux méthodes...
Farid Mheirs insight:

Recruiting transformation can lead to better, faster, less expensive process. But it also means, as is the case with Via Capitale, to change the way recruitment is performed to leverage the digital medium and the options to connect directly with people.

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Next-Generation Ecommerce With Service Oriented Architecture | Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog

Next-Generation Ecommerce With Service Oriented Architecture | Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Next-Generation Ecommerce With Service Oriented Architecture - Ecommerce Platforms, SOA
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Benefits of a reference architecture is highlighted here with a good comparison between legacy and SOA.

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Wearable Computers the Size of Buttons to Monitor Health - IEEE Spectrum

Wearable Computers the Size of Buttons to Monitor Health - IEEE Spectrum | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

According to an article in October in InformationWeek, “ABI Research has projected that by 2016, wearable wireless medical device sales will reach more than 100 million devices annually. The market for wearable sports and fitness-related monitoring devices is projected to grow as well, reaching 80 million device sales by 2016.”

Farid Mheirs insight:

With advances in wearable devices and the ubiquity of smartphones, it is essential for businesses with workers in dangerous conditions (mining, construction, etc.) to equip their teams with such devices. This may help prevent injuries but also reduce insurance premiums.

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4 Reasons Why Human Resources Must Become the Control Center for any Social Business Enterprise 2.0 Transformation (Part 1)

4 Reasons Why Human Resources Must Become the Control Center for any Social Business Enterprise 2.0 Transformation (Part 1) | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

1. HR to abandon its traditional administrative role and become the company’s cultural citadel and spokesman

2. HR to proactively destroy company silos

3. HR to clearly spell out company mission, vision and shared values

4. HR to become the Enterprise Social Networks (ESN) driving force

Farid Mheirs insight:

Interestingly, digital transformation of HR appears to shift their role from being a recruitment hub - which can easilly and more efficiently be decentralized with the presence of social networks - to the facilitator of the enterprise network. This will require changes to processes and a reskilling of many in the HR field, so I expect this will take a long time to materialize.

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The Future Is Now: What We Imagined for 2013 — 10 Years Ago | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

The Future Is Now: What We Imagined for 2013 — 10 Years Ago | Gadget Lab | Wired.com | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Ten years ago, we boldly declared that we'd be living with phones on our wrists, data-driven goggles on our eyes and gadgets that would safety-test our food for us. Turns out, we were remarkably prescient.

Via Gloria Alvarez, Estelle Metayer
Gloria Alvarez's curator insight, January 8, 2013 11:21 AM

2013 Prediction in tech done in 2003 via @wired

FutureCast's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:09 PM

Indeed...

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Google looks to kill the password using tiny cryptographic card

Google looks to kill the password using tiny cryptographic card | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Search giant experiments with YubiKey card to automatically log in users into GMail and other websites, not just Google properties.

Farid Mheirs insight:

Again something to consider when going digital. Better than passwords, yet it does not solve all the security issues and concerns...

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INFOGRAPHIC: : Data Breach Review | CloudTweaks

INFOGRAPHIC: : Data Breach Review | CloudTweaks | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Via Peter Azzopardi, Patrick Bouillaud
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Security remains at the center of concerns when companies go digital. Of course, going digital incresases the surface of attack and the probability of exposing private information to the general public. However, risks must be weighed against the benefits that digital brings.

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