The hidden secret to transforming into a truly agile organization

An agile enterprise is a term applied to organizations that are quick in responding to changes in the marketplace or environment. Agile enterprises focus on their customers’ needs — opting for customized offerings rather than standardized offerings.

CIO’s guide to building agile foundations

December 16 2020

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Every industry is facing an accelerated pace of change. If companies can’t keep up with their customer’s needs and expectations — they will soon become obsolete. Inertia is a sure way to fail. Companies need to continuously change, as their customers change. 

Creating the perfect storm for change: Unlocking reuse with the right conditions

Some things in life cannot be pursued directly. Success and happiness, as noted in Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, come to mind. Enterprise software reuse is another outcome that cannot be directly pursued. Reuse, like happiness or success, happens when the conditions are right. This concept is specifically important if your enterprise is looking to drive software reuse, and ultimately aiming to create an application network. This is because it’s instructive in telling you what to aim for;

Power of diversity in API strategy and communities: APIs Unplugged

In this episode, Claire Barrett — Director at APIsfirst Consulting — articulates the most important ingredients organizations need for a sustainably successful API program, and also details the Women in APIs program she is leading. Have a listen here:

Value exchange in API business models: APIs Unplugged

In this episode, Mike and Matt dig into the notion of API business models. Inspired by the thinking of Clayton Christensen, Alex Osterwalder, Melissa Perri, and others, they examine the concepts of value networks and value exchange to propose a method for mapping out digital business models powered by APIs. Have a listen here:

How COVID-19 is reimagining the IT organization

The initial business stabilization action needed at the beginning of the pandemic increased the stress on IT organizations to support remote working capabilities, maintain business operations, deliver projects, and innovate. However, the demand for IT didn’t stop with stabilization. As organizations across regions adjust to the new normal and plan for their employees to return to work, IT priorities have shifted once again. 

5 tips to continue your technology transformation

My customers say that the new ways of working brought on by COVID-19 have made a significant impact on the technology transformation initiatives they’re currently executing. Trying to do the same (or more) amid unforeseen circumstances is unsurprisingly not as productive. Projects and programs have been put on hold, reprioritized, or canned completely.

Standards have always accelerated innovation, COVID-19 demands we do this again with data

The COVID-19 crisis has drawn out many of the best sides of our collective character. We are surrounded by inspiring stories of ad-hoc collaborative action to solve this truly human crisis, from doctors sharing notes over email in search of a shared understanding of the virus, to cross-border teams forming to source essential PPE from around the world.

API business modeling through value exchange

Statue in Kipling, Saskatchewan, Canada commemorating the red paperclip that Kyle MacDonald used to start a series of trades that led to him obtaining a house in that town.

In a previous blog post, I explained how Clayton Christensen’s “jobs to be done” theory can be used to identify innovation opportunities that are enabled by API products. The CURE methodology from that blog post is the basis for the group exercise in the API Strategy Workshops we deliver worldwide.

Managing employee relations for the next normal

Across geographies and industries, business leaders are grappling with new norms of operating as the remote workforce becomes the next normal. With the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations have adapted rapidly to new ways of working and managing remote workers.   

In this context, new business priorities have emerged. Leadership has an onus to keep the workforce engaged, connected to central hubs and systems for business continuity, and minimized disruption while keeping employee welfare a top priority.