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  • feedwordpress 16:40:05 on 2019/10/09 Permalink

    (Re)Defining Digital Transformation in a Data-driven Era 

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    Digital Transformation Defined

    If you’ve read the myriad definitions of digital transformation and thought they sounded a decade old, you’re right. Many of the definitions, while certainly appropriate at the time, were focused on digitization over transformation (aka turning paper into PDFs). As a result, the definitions have become either too narrowly scoped or rich with meaningless buzzwords. 

    At Kaleido Insights, we think it’s time to refine the definition of digital transformation to better reflect the data-driven era we find ourselves in. We’ve interviewed scores of business and technology leaders to gather inputs, as well as engaged in discussion on social media. The result is a working definition (read: it will keep evolving!) that speaks to the modern-day innovator’s charter: 

    Digital Transformation:
    A technological, cultural, and operational shift in which organizations leverage data to deliver customer value, innovate with agility, and sustain vitality.
    -Kaleido Insights, 2019

    We specifically focused on the changes that are happening to culture inside of an organization as a result of disruptive, data-rich technology adoption across the ecosystem. In our body of research around corporate innovation, the employee mindset and the way people work was the core aspect that needed to change for digital transformation to be successful. 

    We also focused more on data vs. point technologies, as it is truly the driving force behind digital transformation’s value to customers and employees alike. After analyzing how companies are pushing to lead their market, it became apparent that they were striving to maintain vitality, a word that aptly describes strength, being active, energy, and continuance of life.

    We want to hear from you. Does this definition speak to what you’re trying to achieve along the digital transformation journey? We’ll continually revisit this definition to ensure it encapsulates the goals and experiences of change agents like you.

    And, if you need help in digitally transforming, we’re here for that too. We work with companies on their digital transformation efforts, through our advisory work, our Digital Directive research service, and thought-provoking speeches. Contact us today.

  • feedwordpress 13:11:14 on 2019/09/30 Permalink
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    Digital Transformation = Culture & Business Model Change 

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    Digital Directive, Digital Transformation Scope by Kaleido Insights
    Digital Directive, Digital Transformation Scope by Kaleido Insights

    Many companies talk about “Digital Transformation” but use it in a limited fashion, such as: just turning paper into PDFs or using web tools to communicate to customers, but in the end, the core culture, and even business model has changed.

    The scope of digital transformation is wide: In our offering the Digital Directive, we’ve segmented it in seven major modules (each spans multi-departments), for a total of 60 criteria in how we scan this for companies in our Digital Diagnostic offering.

    The seven modules you must analyze include:

    Strategy, Data, Customer Experience, Organizational Alignment, Analytics & AI, People & Culture and Innovation. Data, Customer Experience, Organizational Alignment, Analytics & AI, People & Culture and Innovation.

    In the interviews we’ve completed to generate this list, the most commonly overlooked item is the mindset of workers, managers and leaders to be a “digital first” culture.

    What is a “digital first culture? this means: making decisions based on data analysis, understanding how to harness information and data as a product not just physical assets, rapid iteration, acceptance of failure as a means for progress, and developing a culture that is pliable and nimble. In the end, the company has developed new ways to go to market, resulting in new offerings, and even new business models.

  • feedwordpress 11:58:36 on 2019/09/26 Permalink
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    Tech Trend: Rent a Satellite from These Companies 

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    Photo by NASA on Unsplash

    This is an important trend: imagine having a birds-eye view of your home, commute, company, supply chain  or competitors.

    Recently I gave you the What, Why & How of Satellites as a Service. Now, I’m going to break down the current players in the space – pun intended.

    Quick recap – You can now “own” your own satellite with Satellites as a Service. Rent space on someone else’s satellite. The sharing/collaborative economy has gone to space. 

    It’s key we understand this trend, as this data-service will provide incredible troves of information about your customers and competitors — and they will get access to this information, too. 

    Ground Station
    Key ExecutivesChris Boshuizen, Robbie Schingler, Will Marshall (all ex-NASA)Shayn HawthorneJeroen Cappaert, Joel Spark, Peter Platzer
    Funding$351MPrivate funding$159M
    # Employees430Unknown101-250
    Key FactsBusiness model: Subscription services formonitoring, tasking, analytics, imagery
    140 satellites in orbit (deployed over 350 since 2013)30 ground stations30,000 users400 customers40+ countriesMaintains a 7+ petabyte imagery archive
    Business model: Control satellite communications, process data

    2 ground stations live10 more ground stations by end of 2019Expects to lower cost of satellite control services by 80%
    Business model: Space to cloud data & analytics, orbital services, visualization

    84 satellites in orbit30+ active ground stationsFocus on tracking global weather, ships and airplanes

    So, who’s doing what?

    Planet is different than the others because they provide universal access to imagery of the entire planet. They are “using space to help life on earth.” Their earth-imaging satellites have successfully mapped the entire planet. 

    You can access their imagery through different products: Global Monitoring (daily, monthly, quarterly), Tasking – requesting specific actions, or Analytics – where the imagery is turned into insights, for example for Roads, Buildings and Vessels.

    The industries they focus on include Agriculture, Defense & Intelligence, Energy & Infrastructure, Insurance and Maritime. Their archive goes back to 2009. 

    Amazon’s AWS Ground Station just went live at the end of May. Unlike Planet, Ground Station offers on-demand satellite access where you can control satellite communications and scale your own operations without managing your own ground station infrastructure. 

    It is satellite operators that are using the ground station service. Currently, they run their own ground stations. But, this service will provide faster speeds at lower costs. This allows operators to access data in near real-time. They control their satellite through the ground station, then downlink data from their satellite to the ground station, then process the data on their cloud storage and computing services. 

    Amazon’s Ground Station service offers pay-as-you-go access to its own global network of antennas, aiming to reduce ground station expenses to startups by up to 80 percent. The plan is to also reduce the time it takes for satellite data to be processed, analyzed, and forwarded to operators and their clients because the stations will be co-located with Amazon’s data centers. 

    The current AWS Ground Station customers include the leading satellite operators: Capella Space, D-Orbit, Maxar Technologies, Myriota, NSLComm, Open Cosmos, Spire and Thales Alenia Space.

    Spire focuses primarily on tracking global weather, ships and airplanes. They have 80+ CubeSats in orbit. Spire’s focus is on providing data – identifying, tracking and predicting the movement of the world’s resources and weather systems so that businesses and governments can make smart decisions.

    Honorable mentions: Capella Space and BlackSky.

    Satellites as a service is no longer a ‘some day’ wish. The data and visualization is here today for your business. Keep your eyes on these players as they continue to push the boundaries of outer space.

  • feedwordpress 17:14:59 on 2019/09/19 Permalink
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    Introducing: Digital Directive, Benchmark and Roadmap 

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    I’m excited to announce our latest offering, the Digital Directive a digital transformation diagnostic and roadmap.

    After years of research reports, and dozens of meetings with decision makers on our new offering, I’m proud to announce our company, Kaleido Insights is launching a new offering called the “Digital Directive”

    We help digital and innovation leaders at large companies, by benchmarking the digital maturity of a company (over 60 criteria based on our existing body of research), document on a scorecard, and provide an actionable roadmap. A few quarters later, we come back and rescore the company, demonstrating the improvements of the program.

    I’m honored to have partnered with my business partners Jaimy Szymanski, and Jessica Groopman to develop this offering and help companies move forward with their digital efforts. Below are some key screenshots of the offering, and if nou wanted to learn more, please email me at jeremiah@kaleidoinsights,com.

    The Digital Directive Scorecard we provide demonstrates a company’s maturity. Not shown: the customized roadmap to improve a company’s digital efforts,
  • feedwordpress 00:01:29 on 2019/09/15 Permalink

    The Rise of Digital Feudalism; Chances are, You’re a Serf. 

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    Gaping Void
    Gaping Void

    This was originally posted on Hugh McCloud’s Gaping Void newsletter.

    Technology has fulfilled many promises from connecting the world, enabling transparency to increase the speed of otherwise slow processes. While we can and should celebrate the benefits of the tech industry, we also need to recognize that the promise of “power to the people” was a false promise. Just a few decades after the birth of the internet, we can see that power is centralized to the very few, harkening back on prior eras – the era of feudalism.

    What’s feudalism? Dusting off our history books, it was a class-based system that was led by kings who granted land and resources to lords, who in turn ran the castles, who then managed the lowly-working serfs. In today’s modern tech era, we’re seeing a similar model emerge called digital feudalism. In this model, the investors (kings) grant resources to the tech entrepreneurs (lords), who then build software for the masses to use. If you can’t relate to either of these roles, then chances are you’re a modern-day digital serf.

    A modern-day serf is doing the work for others: creating content, creating data, driving others around, managing physical properties for rent so others can profit on marketplaces, and working for others as a contractor without full benefits. This working-class willingly signed over their rights in the lengthy and ever-changing terms of service they quickly glanced over before hitting “agree.” The entrepreneurs use this free labor to generate eyeballs, sell the data and monetize the wealth for themselves and the investor class.

    One interesting role which has had a unique rise is the artist class. In prior eras, they had to overcome challenges for their work to be seen. In today’s digital world, they can quickly be discovered on social websites enabling their creativity to shine, like our mutual friend here, Hugh. Additionally, as we see many roles becoming automated and digitized, the need for human roles increases artists, poets, thinkers, musicians, and philosophers.

    To modernize the last word of Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin’s famed quote; “In antiquity, slaves were, in all honesty, called slaves. In the middle ages, they took the name of serfs. Nowadays they are called users.”

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