thought leadership

December 4, 2015

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

As Manufacturers Go Digital, Customer Value Expands

Every single day, I’m reminded that a digital revolution is taking place—from researching local coffee places on the dashboard of my car to ordering coffee on my mobile device—it’s clear that our lives are becoming more digitized. This is also apparent for the businesses and industries that manufacture the goods that we use everyday. In […]

November 18, 2015

MANUFACTURING

#AutoFair15 Day 1 with @CiscoMFG

Well, back on the road again, it has been a straight 3 weeks of travel. From Kentucky to Shanghai then to Auckland and Sydney to Phoenix where I blogged about Cisco’s partnership with Caterpillar, now I’m back in my hometown of Chicago for Automation Fair # AutoFair15. Cisco once again has a significant presence at […]

October 13, 2015

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

In the Digital Vortex, It’s All About the Value, Not the Value Chain

Five years ago, the taxi industry seemed about as immune to digital disruption as any industry could be. Taxis, after all, were purely analog contraptions, far removed from digital innovation, software, apps, and the like. What’s more, their business model seemed as foolproof as the day it was created in the early 1900s: drivers prowled […]

October 6, 2015

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

In the Digital Age, Fortune Favors the Bold

The ancient Roman poet Virgil might feel at home in the Digital Age (once the initial future shock wears off!). He famously said, “Fortune favors the bold.” These words have never been more prescient. In a recent article, we likened the current climate of ever-present disruption, innovation, and change to a Digital Vortex, in which […]

September 21, 2015

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Five Keys to Success Leading Digital Business Transformation

As we explored in my previous blog, today’s rampant pace of innovation can be likened to a Digital Vortex, where ideas, technologies, and even entire industries are swept to the center of the Vortex — recombining and merging into disruptive new business models. In such an environment, digital business transformation is critical — and demands […]

September 9, 2015

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Digital Business Transformation Starts with Five Key Leadership Questions

While digital disruption is overturning incumbents faster than just about any force in history, many business leaders are not getting the memo. As I wrote in my previous blog, our recent “Digital Vortex” research found that nearly four in 10 top incumbents will be displaced in each industry due to digital disruption over the next […]

September 1, 2015

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

With Digital Transformation, Banks Can Be the New Disruptors

As a connected consumer, I can buy a book, plan a vacation, or choose a movie from any number of devices and from any location (home, office, car, or airport!). These interactions are not only convenient, they are more and more highly personalized and tailored to my likes and dislikes. We have all experienced this […]

August 17, 2015

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

The Digital Vortex: Relentless, Disruptive, Chaotic — and Empowering

I have good news and bad news. First, the bad news: across industries, digital disruption is threatening to overturn incumbents and reshape markets faster than perhaps any force in history. Now the good news: companies can take control of their own destiny by embracing digital transformation and the Internet of Everything (IoE). Let’s take a […]

IoT Meets Standards, Driving Interoperability and Adoption

For years, industrial control systems have been characterized by proprietary devices, protocols, communications, and applications. However, at the Hannover Fair last spring, virtually every exhibitor showed products that support IP, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi interfaces—something that would have been unthinkable just a decade ago. The Internet of Everything (IoE) is driving this change, with an exponentially […]