Onsite THiNK17: Beyond the buzzword

first_img“Digital Transformation”: It’s been the buzzword of THiNK17 so far, but what does that actually look like?Often times we think that if we add some digital components to our business model then we have embraced digital, we did it, we finally became digital! Unfortunately, in those cases we are confusing “digital transformation” with “digitalization”. When we add a layer of digital to a current legacy system we are upgrading it and solving some problems, but we aren’t transforming the way we operate.We had the pleasure of hearing from Columbia University Professor and author, David Rogers today, and he gave us a breakdown of 5 key components to help you on your path to digital transformation:Members (or really anyone you serve, such as your employees): we need to take them from being passive targets to part of our dynamic network.Competition: pay attention to what’s around you, your competition might not look like you so you need to be able to identify them. (ie: Uber and Google can be competition for Toyota)Data: it’s time to get the data out of silos and find outside partners who can help turn the data we have into an asset by allowing us to act quickly.Innovation: Move away from top-down planning that is slow and expensive, to rapid experimentation so that you can fail smarter and innovate faster.Value: Go from defending your model to adapting and changing to stay relevant.When these 5 pieces come together then you have completely transformed your organization to be the place that people think of when they think of digital companies, alongside Google and Netflix. The path to digital transformation can be hard, but if you keep the focus on the problem that you are solving, the big picture, instead of trying to make what you have fit into place, then you’re sure to be successful. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Reed Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Bowe set for surprise return

first_img The Ireland wing’s tour appeared to be over less than three weeks ago after he broke his hand during the 22-12 victory over Queensland Reds. Initial medical opinion pointed emphatically to an early flight home, but Bowe has confounded logic and he will run out at the Etihad Stadium this weekend wearing a hurling glove for added protection. “I was pretty much told it was curtains when I hurt my hand. On the side of the pitch, the doctor just said ‘I’m sorry’,” Bowe recalled. “I went for X-rays and they all showed a spiral fracture down through the metacarpal. My family are all over here, and I just texted them all to say ‘game over’. I thought that was it.” Miracle man Tommy Bowe will complete a remarkable recovery from injury when he lines up for the British and Irish Lions in Saturday’s second Test against Australia. Lions doctor Eanna Falvey, though, rang Brisbane-based orthopaedic surgeon Dr Peter Rowan, and it proved a tour-changing moment for Bowe. “Eanna called the surgeon, and he was the one who said ‘I’ve had rugby league guys coming back within three weeks, maximum’, so that was the shining light, the opportunity that there might be a chance to stay on,” he added. “When I got back to the hotel it was a range of emotion – to go from the lows, thinking your tour is over so early into it, to think that you have a chance. I didn’t know whether I would be back in time for the Test matches, but there was always that opportunity, and to get picked now is an even higher emotion. “In fairness to Dr Rowan – I think he normally sails, or does something on a Sunday morning – but he came in first thing to come and do the operation. I owe a huge amount to him.” Bowe, who has scored 26 tries in 51 Tests for Ireland, is one of the Lions’ proven big-game players, which is a fact not lost on head coach Warren Gatland. “We got some information pretty quickly in terms of the bone misplacement, and the surgeon said if everything went well there was a possibility of Tommy getting back on the field in three weeks,” Gatland said. “What we’ve tried to do with everyone is just not to make rash decisions, to give them 24-48 hours and then to reassess after that. Experienced players just come in and are able to slot in really quickly, and he did that on Tuesday morning. You could see the experience and quality was there, and that will give a boost to some of the other players.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more