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    I am intrigued when I see a company in a traditional industry, acquire some kind of digital or information technology business. It’s a very modern M&A sub-trend I’ll call  “techquisitioning”. We did not see much of it during the original dot com and e-business boom of the early 2000’s. However, there are many more interesting entities […]

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    Two very different business examples of recent times have started me thinking about the dilemma business leaders face when tying to tell the difference between a strategy that is cleverly shifting to preempt disruption and a strategy that is ‘wandering’ away from core business. Last year I enjoyed frequently quoting this late 2013 remark from Kevin Plank, […]

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    Last year, our CEO survey showed that digital and IT was 4th in chief executives business priorities – up from 11th place in 2013. I have no doubt, this represents the highest visibility for technology among CEOs for over a decade. The key question is – will it persist?  I’m working on our latest CEO […]

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    People as old as me can remember when the internet arrived and when companies created their first websites. Very quickly, it became obvious that some big companies could sell their stuff directly to end customers by electronic commerce, because websites could be developed to become online self-service machines. Orders could be taken, products could be configured […]

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    From time to time CEOs do create new C level roles and titles. Trends break out and copying happens. Some of this is very real and important – but some of it is entirely imagined. In today’s online ‘news’ world, it is perfectly possible for any bright spark to coin a new C-level job title […]

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    A traditional view holds that information technologists generate way too much  jargon. It irritates business people; a source of friction that impedes progress. As an analyst I have certainly seen that problem many times in the past, but it isn’t troubling me these days. I think we have flipped to the exact opposite problem. Technologists are not creating enough of the […]

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    Like many analysts, I have been fascinated by the prospects of aerial drone use in everyday business. My first moment of awakening was seeing the famous UK Dominoes pizzadrone PR experiment video in 2013.  Since that time, whenever I speak with CIOs and business leadership teams of larger companies about it,  I am usually faced by […]

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    Yesterday, 25 June, I experienced the wrath of digital backlash – first hand.  French taxi drivers did everything in their power to disrupt me. Any business person flying into or out of Paris was the target.  It wasn’t just a lack of official taxis – they blockaded the airport from all cars. It wasn’t just the roads […]

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    A recent Wall Street Journal article revealed that three competing car companies have agreed to acquire the digital mapping services of Nokia. The article goes on to suggest that these initial buyers might offer ownership stakes to other major automotive companies. I see this as a good example of a two new kinds of digital […]

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    Yesterday, July 3rd, came the news that Mike Bracken, head of the UK Government Digital Service (GDS) will be leaving.  During his 5 years in post, he revolutionized the way government thinks about technology and delivers it. His leadership and inspiration spread way beyond the UK and beyond government. He probably achieved more of lasting […]

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    I just got back from Gartner Symposium in Orlando. It’s a huge event – many thousands of clients interacting with analysts to help solve real world technology and management problems. The energy is just great. I have been doing the job for 15 years and it is still incredibly stimulating. No two days are the […]

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    This week, two major business news stories provided evidence of the massive investment and strategic change needed to take digital to the core of a business. CEOs in all kinds of companies should watch and learn from what is happening at these supertanker sized firms as they make their long, wide turn towards becoming truly digital businesses. Walmart […]

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    (October 20 2105 is the official publication date for Gartner’s latest co-authored book. Website here. This post appears on both Graham’s Blog and Mark’s Blog ) If you are anywhere near the intersection of business and technology your world is changing radically. Back in early 2013 we started to realize just what was coming. Mark […]

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    In our new book “Digital to the Core” Graham and I argue that digital change has become an external factor, driving or even dictating some of the direction in corporate strategy. Gone are the days when information technology was framed as a set of internal choices about how to support more efficient business operations. Nowadays, […]

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    In our annual CEO survey (paywall), we always ask “what are your top business priorities?” for the coming two years. Respondents provide answers in their own words, which we then categorize.  ‘Growth’ has been the top priority category for several years. This is no surprise at all – it’s the primary purpose of a CEO. […]

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    In our 2014 CEO survey we discovered that business leaders see tech trends as the third most important of all the external macro factors that frame their business strategies today (behind economies first and regulation second). Yet the board of directors of most companies today, often lacks anyone with obvious technology experience and credentials. The […]

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    In Digital to the Core, Graham and I describe three technology enabled macro trends that are so powerful, they act as external forces on companies – compelling action. The first of the three, we call Resolution Revolution. It’s obvious that Moore’s law is the fundamental root source of progress that continues to underpin the macro changes […]

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    People as old as me can remember when the internet arrived and when companies created their first websites. Very quickly, it became obvious that some big companies could sell their stuff directly to end customers by electronic commerce, because websites could be developed to become online self-service machines. Orders could be taken, products could be configured […]

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    A traditional view holds that information technologists generate way too much  jargon. It irritates business people; a source of friction that impedes progress. As an analyst I have certainly seen that problem many times in the past, but it isn’t troubling me these days. I think we have flipped to the exact opposite problem. Technologists are not creating enough of the […]

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    Like many analysts, I have been fascinated by the prospects of aerial drone use in everyday business. My first moment of awakening was seeing the famous UK Dominoes pizzadrone PR experiment video in 2013.  Since that time, whenever I speak with CIOs and business leadership teams of larger companies about it,  I am usually faced by […]

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