Rank #1: Diginomica - Episode #43 - UK government roundup
Derek duPreez provides the words for this show. Links to appropriate content: How do you solve a problem like identity? Government-as-a-Platform agenda Going global with G-Cloud We still don’t know how to effectively manage a contract and the Public Accounts Committee released a damning report Elsewhere, Derek says: If you’re going to read a blog this week, read Richard Pope and James Darling’s Medium post about where we are at in terms of progressing digital government.
Rank #2: Diginomica - Episode #42 - the SAP restructuring
This is a shortened and slightly nuanced version of the 2,500 word opus I penned yesterday on the topic - SAP’s restructuring – Hunger Games, Game of Thrones or both? - there's a lot to digest.
Rank #3: 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: XaaS virtuous cycle of engage-monitor-improve. 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 #4: 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 #5: Aspen Pumps - implementing SAP Business ByDesign across multiple countries
I have a fascinating conversation with Jonathan Phillips who leads the SAP Business ByDesign implementations at Aspen Pumps, a mid-sized UK based manufacturer of condensate pumps. There are tremendous lessons to be learned about how to establish a successful, mission-driven culture.
Rank #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: Diginomica Episode - #27 - Jon and Den talk about new things we're doing and enterprise angst
Jon and Den get together to talk about some of the things we're thinking about as diginomica moves into its 7th year. We also talk about some of the things we didn't get to during the week and how the independent analysts are firing up a new type of conversation that focuses on what customers want in the 21st century. Check out diginomica.com for a write up that includes a bunch of links on the topics we discuss.
Rank #9: 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. Enjoy.
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.