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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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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

Tony Hsieh, founder and CEO of Zappos, is widely regarded as one of the most successful CEOs of our time. He has successfully built and sold not one, …

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 …

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

Image source: KNOWARTH<p>Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS are two big names in the cloud computing world. Given the several benefits offered by the cloud …

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 …

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

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 …

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 …

The Workplace

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

Inside Magic Leap, The Secretive $4.5 Billion Startup Changing Computing Forever

The hottest ticket in tech is an invitation to a banal South Florida business park, indistinguishable on the outside from countless other office …