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    Interview: Six Digital Eras on the Sprinklr Coffee Club 


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    Please see above embedded YouTube recording, or access directly, of an interview I recently completed with my long term friend Marshall Kirkpatrick who leads Analyst/Influencer Relations at Sprinklr. We discussed my take on the Six Digital Eras, Tech Wellness, and how businesses will respond to these future trends. I’ve really enjoyed how our careers have intertwined from the early days of social media to how digital has impacted companies in every role and department. A few of the resources I cited: Six Digital Eras, and my posts on Modern Wellbeing. Photo from Pexels
     
  • feedwordpress 12:07:56 on 2019/11/19 Permalink
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    Phases of Digital Transformation Maturity: from Stunted Awareness to Sustained Vitality 


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    By Jeremiah Owyang, Jessica Groopman and Jaimy Szymanski. Digital transformation has become a top priority to many companies, yet to provide clarity to an overused term, we published a definition and now share a maturity framework with descriptors. We define digital transformation as: a technological, cultural, and operational shift in which organizations leverage data to deliver customer value, innovate with agility, and sustain vitality.  The final word of this definition is the end state: “vitality”. This suggests the organization is architected to be proactive and foster new business growth both internally and externally across an ecosystem of customers, partners, and beyond.  So how do companies get to vitality? As a research firm, we’ve conducted over 200 interviews over the last … Continue readingPhases of Digital Transformation Maturity: from Stunted Awareness to Sustained Vitality
     
  • feedwordpress 16:40:05 on 2019/10/09 Permalink
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    (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
    Founded201020192012
    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.

     
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