Rank #1: Diginomica Episode #66 - Phil Wainewright in conversation with Rick Nucci, CEO Guru
While working at Dell Boomi, Rick Nucci, co-founder Boomi and now CEO Guru found that internal sharing systems didn't work. Guru attempts to solve this problem.
Phil took the opportunity to record a conversation with Rick while at a Slack event so this one has the added bonus of being set to music.
Rank #2: Diginomica - Episode #19 - Raven Intel on HR implementation myth busting
Rank #3: Diginomica - Episode #42 - the SAP restructuring
Rank #4: Diginomica Episode #31 - plenty of use cases including SAP Business ByDesign, Boomi and Man U
It's the use case edition folks with awesome success stories that feed directly into topics that matter in the 21st century.
Rank #5: Diginomica Episode #26 - DJ Adams on community, livestreaming and beer
DJ Adams is one of my all-time heroes as both a proponent of open source and teacher/mentor to children who he encourages to learn coding skills in his home town of Manchester.
He's coming up to a year as an 'evangelist' in the developer relations team at SAP. It's been a year of experimentation including the recent launch of his own live streaming show where he talks and writes code in real time.
We talk about these issues and the many challenges involved in creating a podcast or live stream that people want to listen/view.
We also talk (briefly) about beer, an understanding of which is a pre-requisite for being a modern-day coder.
Rank #6: Diginomica Episode #64 - Den in conversation with Mico Yuk and Clive Boulton re: Salesforce acquiring Tableau
This week, Salesforce announced it is acquiring Tableau for an eye-popping $15bn. That was a 42% premium on the previous close. The deal is expected to close Q3 2019.
There's plenty to like about this deal but we don't ignore the larger market impact, what it means for SAP and BOBJ or Microsoft Power BI and Google.
Rank #7: Diginomica Episode #35 - in which Jon Reed scores a session with Joe McKendrickt MariaDB's customer event
Much of what is discussed here is about the change in training needed to help IT people better understand the business. Lo-code and No code may be fashion mots du jour but they count for little if the developer doesn't have a good sense of what business problem is at stake. Simply asking to help with digital transformation doesn't cut it.
Rank #8: Diginomica Episode #32 - more customer stories inc Walmart, Fabuwood Carpentry and Accuride
Each customer story provides a different angle on the work companies are undertaking to further their digital transformation journeys.
Accuride is especially interesting as it plays off a podcast I recorded with CIO Paul Wright. We've been following this firm for 4 years and the story keeps improving, despite multiple technology providers plus M&A in the mix.
Rank #9: Diginomica - Episode #40 - the full on retail edition with Macys, JC Penney, Lowes, Home Depot and GAP
We've had a lot of retail coverage recently. Much of it has been unfortunate.
- Old Navy widens the gap between its omni-channel future and The GAP’s legacy retail present Lowe’s and Home Depot – home improvement retailers in search of digital fixing up JC Penney CEO – we need to re-establish “the foundations of retail” despite years of digital transformation Macy’s – another year, another restructuring, but there are omni-channel retail successes
and our Breaking Bad just has to be seen to be believed
Rank #10: Diginomica Episode #25 - Lora Cecere on the broken supply chain
Lora Cecere has spent her entire career working in the supply chain arena as both practitioner and analyst. Most recently, she delivered a message to practitioners that says we're looking at supply chains from the wrong end of the proverbial telescope. Instead of looking inside out we should be looking outside in, focusing on value-based outcomes driven by market signals and not, as is currently the case, based on the primacy of orders as the lead indicator for what should be planned for in the supply chain. It's a wakeup call for a world where healthcare is moving to wellness and where some forecasts say that the world will not be able to feed itself by 2050.
In this discussion, Lora recaps the main points of her current thinking and offers a framework for the future that includes the use of advanced technologies including machine learning for essential tasks like data cleansing.
She also has a warning for the usual suspects - the startup world is coming to get you.
Rank #11: Diginomica - Episode #45 - a two-for as Den catches up on the week's news
Apologies for missing yesterday's show. I have a good reason - and it was not 'the dog ate my homework' - tune in to find out what happened.
On today's show, we have ECM revista, two important pieces about International Women's Day, apprenticeships, spend management and taxis.
My favorite quote from one of the stories:
I hate the dogma behind modern methodologies. Of course we use Agile but we also use Waterfall. We are “experience led and product centric” with rapid feature iteration, but we also run traditional projects. The question is always, are we improving the customer (passenger and driver) experience and can we do it better and faster? And, by the way, Agile is not always about fast.
Amen brother, amen!
Rank #12: Diginomica Episode #24 - the 'Gucci's marketing sucks' edition
On today's agenda, New Relic's smart acquisition, gig economics that don't make sense and non-integrating integrators who drive Brian mad.
And because you can't make this stuff up - check out the image below:
Rank #13: Diginomica Episode #41 - sales and growth at Target and Salesforce plus commentary on SAP re-org
Target goes to prove that its omnichannel strategy is working - and that Stuart was right. Bonus points for this additional story:
Plus an upbeat Salesforce as it targets (sic) $28 billion in revenue.
Then we have the idea of 'gated offerings' as a way of personalizing for customers. Hmmm...I'm a tad skeptical as personalization is very tough to get right.
As an added extra, I talk about this week's reorganization at SAP. The company seems to have taken a strange position on those who stay and those who leave. There is confusion and the picture is not entirely clear. However, I think SAP is making a mistake in some cases. Check my Tweetstream to find out more.
Rank #14: Diginomica Episode #29 - the pants off edition
I kid you not - this is indeed the pants off edition.
Before we get to that though we're talking Avon, reproductive rights and a thumbs down for financial wellness in the context of HR issues.
Pants off? Check this:
Rank #15: Diginomica Episode - #28 - Paul Wright, CIO Accuride describes his SAP, Workday and Plex landscape
Accuride, a supplier of wheels for the trucking industry is on an implementation journey that includes Plex, Workday and SAP.
The story has important implications for those faced with disparate landscapes and where the prospect of getting to a 'one-size fits all' doesn't fit.
In this story, Paul Wright, Accuride's CIO explains what is happening and why.
For example, we easily forget that different geographies have different laws concerning the export of data, which, in turn, changes the technology decision dynamic. Similarly, some countries have poor internet connectivity making the choice of moving to the cloud much more complex, if not impossible.
Then there's the question of reporting across multiple geos. Here, Paul has an interesting take on how Workday Prism is helping.
Finally, we talk about IoT and other advanced technologies. You'll be in for a surprise if you think that this industry is going full speed on these topics.
Rank #16: Diginomica Episode #23 - taking the non-GAAP mavens to task with Francine McKenna
If you don't know Francine McKenna then you should. I first fell across Francine many moons ago when she was putting out re: the auditors, an in-depth look at the audit profession and how it fails investors. Today, Francine has a regular beat on Marketwatch that again talks of the issues behind corporate reporting.
In today's call we discussed the problems around non-GAAP reporting and how it is out of control yet no-one wants to address the fundamental issue of companies reporting whatever the heck they like ahead of filing the 10-K.
There's a timebomb ticking here folks.
During our call she talked about a small number of companies that file and report at the same time. One of which is Amazon. That company doesn't always get the love it earns but it is doing the right thing.
There will be a written version of this story in the next day that includes links to her latest story about the GAAP and non-GAAP issue. Enjoy.
Rank #17: Diginomica Episode #34 - the 'she said 'simples'' edition
On today's agenda, Marks & Spencer's tilt at Ocado, manufacturing excellence (aka dumping the spreadsheet), motoring mayhem in the modern city and a ministerial meerkat. You have to be British to get this last one but trust me, it's worth it.
Rank #18: Diginomica Episode #21 - Ocado, data fear and inclusivity
Excuse the banging sounds at the beginning. The mice upstairs are dancing while wearing hobnail boots.
Rank #19: Diginomica -Episode #39 - the XaaS edition
Phil Wainewright's XaaS positioning has gained considerable attention in the last year. Here is a precis of his first update to our d·book The XaaS Effect.
Included links are:
How Bosch has replaced its old 7-layer hierarchy with a matrix of 54 separate teams of less than a dozen people each and fintech startup Monzo is a showcase for rapid decision-making enabled by its use of Slack. Here too, cross-functional teams have become the norm.
It may be fashionable to demolish hierarchies, but the trend toward flat organizations already faces an academic backlash
Writing in Forbes, Unit4’s Claus Jepsen says Service organizations need to put their XaaS hats on and engage with their customer ecosystem.
If you’re attending UNLEASH19 in London later this month, catch Phil's session at 11:45am on the 20th, when I’ll be speaking on Frictionless Enterprise, Digital Teamwork and the Future of Work. It’s a perfect opportunity to talk XaaS in person!
Rank #20: Diginomica Episode #20 - shoes, Service Now and bad optics
We're late I know but then there's a good reason. I was on a 3-day death march to move and set up a new office. It's all done now but boy was it a PITA - literally, as I discovered muscles I'd forgotten about, in my rear end no less.