In my last Cortex newsletter I explained that the trimodal pattern from Value
Chain Mapping wouldn't fix the well-known issues with bimodal IT. I've also
gone on the record taking issue with Gartner's questionable advice to let
slow go slow. Instead, my advice for getting out of the bimodal IT trap is to
Fix slow, you say? Easier said than done! After all, enterprises have been
struggling with legacy modernization and migration initiatives for decades,
with woefully limited success. Why should we expect any better luck this time
Even if we did have some magic wand that would resolve all our legacy
technology issues, we still have all the people in slow IT, following all of
those slow processes they've been following in one form or another for years.
The good news: we're not necessarily doomed to repeat history. Modernization
ain't what it used to ... (more)
Since we launched our Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster two weeks
ago, several hundred people around the globe have downloaded it - but it's
not clear how many of them have taken the time to work their way through it.
Haven't seen it yet, you say? No worries - you can download the poster for
free at AgileDigitalTransformation.com.
OK then - everyone have the poster handy? Good. Here's how to make sense of
So...Where's the Roadmap?
The first thing you'll notice about the ADT Roadmap is that it doesn't look
too much like the sort of roadmap you'd likely see in the cou... (more)
Digital transformation impacts all corners of the business, and perhaps the
most important corner to us here at Intellyx is the dark cul-de-sac where the
enterprise architects huddle.
Because of their unique capability to maintain and communicate the big
picture of enterprise transformation, EAs can be critical to the success of a
digital initiative - but only if they slough off the paperwork-laden,
gatekeeper-centric thinking of the EA of days past.
Instead, EAs must empower their organization to achieve success with digital
efforts through the proper use of digital architecture... (more)
Whenever the conversation in a large organization circles around to how to be
more innovative, someone always brings up a skunkworks.
According to Wikipedia, the original Skunk Works is Lockheed Martin's
Advanced Development Programs (ADP), responsible for the design of several
aircraft - an effort that continues to this day.
Over time, however, the term skunkworks has taken on a broader meaning.
Innovation thought leader Everett Rogers (the fellow who coined the term
early adopter) defined a skunkworks as "an especially enriched environment
that is intended to help a small group... (more)
Digital means customer preferences and behavior are driving enterprise
technology decisions to be sure, but let's not forget our employees. After
all, when we say customer, we mean customer writ large, including partners,
supply chain participants, and yes, those salaried denizens whose daily labor
forms the cornerstone of the enterprise.
While your customers bask in the warm rays of your digital efforts, are your
employees toiling away in the dark recesses of your enterprise, pecking data
into arcane screens as they struggle to retain a thread of sanity under the
onslaught of m... (more)