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By Craig Leppan | Ovations Business and Technology Magazine

Execution Is a People Problem, Not a Strategy Problem

Paul,* the CEO of Maxreed, a global publishing company, was having trouble sleeping. Publishing is an industry that’s changing even faster than most other fast-changing industries, but Paul wasn’t awake worrying about his strategy. He had a solid plan that took advantage of new technologies, and …

Leadership

What So Many Strategists Get Wrong About Digital Disruption

“Digital is coming and it’s coming fast”; “No industry sector is immune to disruption”; “One thing is certain about digital transformation: It will be a big change for your entire organization”; “Digital <i>will</i> disrupt your industry.”<p>Judging by the headlines and opening lines of recent articles and …

Harvard Business Review

Successful Innovation Begins and Ends with Effective Leadership

Innovation<p>Harvey Wade - December 21, 2016 - 0 Comments<p>In this blog series, I’ve explored the key role leaders must play to successfully build and nurture an innovative culture throughout an organisation. For many leaders, particularly those running large, well established businesses, it can be a …

Instead of Optimizing Processes, Reimagine Them as Platforms

Process optimization can transform user experience. <i>Rethinking</i> process optimization — visualizing processes as platforms — can transform your business model.<p>One applications outsourcing team, for example, proposed a clever UX tweak to help optimize a global fulfillment process their company managed …

Harvard Business Review

Expect Amazon’s Cloud to See Hotter Competition in 2017

Over the last decade, Amazon Web Services has become the focal point of every tech company, most of which are now fighting to build their own public …

Cloud Computing

How Amazon innovates in ways that Google and Apple can't

The Echo, Amazon’s voice-controlled speaker, was a big hit this holiday season. Amazon is keeping specific sales figures under wraps, but the company says it sold nine times as many Echo devices during the holidays as it did a year earlier.<p>It’s the latest example of Amazon pioneering a new product …

Innovation
Leadership

10 Success lessons from Tony Hsieh - "Zappos Founder" for entrepreneurs

Share17<p>Tweet<p>Share106<p>+13<p>Shares 126<p>Tony Hsieh, founder and CEO of Zappos, is widely regarded as one of the most successful CEOs of our time. He has …

Entrepreneurship
Leadership

Building An Innovation Culture (When You're Stuck With A Lot Of Non-innovators On Payroll)

How do you encourage a culture of innovation at your company, when your employees seem all too comfortable going along with the status quo?<p>It’s not going to be easy at first, but there is a process. Let’s say you’re the CEO, or a division head, and you wake up one morning, gung ho to bring your …

Innovation

Making Agile Innovation Work For Both Marketing And IT

Shutterstock<p>The technology, tools, and systems that enable the analysis of marketing data are often the responsibility of the CIO. But many IT teams haven’t dealt with marketing data before. The fact that it’s uniquely messy, diffuse and complex makes it hard for them to develop timely, …

CRM

Work-Life Balance Vs. Work-Life Integration, Is There Really A Difference?

Pexels.com: Lechon Kirb<p>Most people have heard the term “work-life balance,” but in recent years, the phrase “work-life integration” has been gaining popularity and given way to headlines such as “work-life balance is dead” and “work-life integration: the new norm.” Despite the growing popularity of …

Work-life Balance

Digital skills gap: How to prepare a generation for the modern workplace

While there is merit in adult learning and workplace schemes, the digital skills gap will only be solved if tackled at an earlier stage. ‘As with all …

Education

Microsoft Azure vs Amazon AWS: Comparison Between Two Cloud Computing Giants

Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS are two big names in the cloud computing world. Given the several benefits offered by the cloud - on-demand …

Cloud Computing

THE FUTURE OF BANKING: Growth of innovative banking fintech services

Banking is a rapidly changing industry, and the biggest paradigm shift that has occurred is the move to digital-only banks.<p>Millennials, in particular, are moving more frequently toward digital banking. And as a result, they're walking into their banks' traditional brick-and-mortar branches less …

FinTech

The Great A.I. Awakening

<b>Prologue: You Are What You Have Read</b><p>Late one Friday night in early November, Jun Rekimoto, a distinguished professor of human-computer interaction at the University of Tokyo, was online preparing for a lecture when he began to notice some peculiar posts rolling in on social media. Apparently Google …

Machine Learning

Agile methodologies may save the day for digital transformation, McKinsey says

7 ways to open up the digital and data transformation process and get IT and businesspeople talking about what's really important.<p>Data -- or lack of …

Big Data

How Millennials Will Save The World, Part I

Shutterstock<p>I’m not kidding, or being sarcastic. And I hope I’m right, because the world needs saving, and I’m positive the boomers won’t do it, and pretty sure the gen-Xers aren’t up to the challenge, either.<p>I know that many people over 35 still think of the folks on the younger side of that …

Environmentally Friendly
Millennials

What A Coffee Shop Can Teach Us About Innovation

True innovation comes from more than just a cup of coffee, but it's a good place to start.<p>When you want to chat with a friend or colleague, what's the easiest and least invasive way to do it? Ask them to meet for a cup of coffee.<p>Coffee and beverages have a unique way of bringing people together; …

Coffee

What Is The Difference Between Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are two very hot buzzwords right now, and often seem to be used interchangeably.<p>They are not quite the same thing, but the perception that they are can sometimes lead to some confusion. So I thought it would be worth writing a piece to explain …

Machine Learning

The AWS juggernaut

After last year’s AWS re:Invent conference, we posed the question, “Is Amazon the Most Important Enterprise Company?”<p>Having just returned from re:Invent 2016, we can say the answer is a resounding “Yes”. In terms of both enterprise adoption and the pace of innovation, AWS is a juggernaut. This year …

Cloud Computing

What You Really Need to Do to Make Your Employees Happy (No, It's Not More Money)

Deep down, every human being wants to find meaning in his or her work.<p>Want to inspire your employees to perform at levels you've never imagined?<p>In <i>Give and Take</i>, Adam Grant says that when people find purpose in their work it will not only improve that person's happiness, it will boost …

Leadership

The new technological revolution encourages subtle exploitation

Policy makers throughout the world now espouse the need for “innovation”. It is a manifestation of “techno-nationalism”, a term coined by technology …

Innovation

5 architectural principles for building big data systems on AWS

On Tuesday, at the 2016 AWS re:Invent conference, Siva Raghupathy, senior manager for solutions architecture at Amazon Web Services, shared five …

Big Data

Amazon wants your company’s data by the truckload… literally

In the race to win clients in the highly competitive cloud computing market, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has taken to transporting client data in high-tech tractor trailers.<p>AWS recently introduced its data-on-wheels platform with the appropriate yuletide moniker of Snowmobile.<p>ZDNet covered the recent …

Cloud Computing

AWS on bringing machine learning and artificial intelligence to the cloud masses

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning have emerged as a major talking point for the likes of IBM, Google and Microsoft, with all keen to …

How to Kill Your Team's Motivation Without Really Trying

You are not a team because you work together, you are a team because you respect, trust and care for each other.<p>When it comes to motivation, everyone thinks they are the expert--there are hundreds of blogs, articles and books on the subject.<p>It's a genuine problem in a lot of organizations--I have …

Leadership