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5 Ways To Beat The Digital Disruption Curse
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Laurianne
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8/19/2014 | 1:27:54 PM
Keep tinkering
For #3, better title might be Keep Tinkering. Don't wait too long to release -- and then keep tinkering, a la Facebook, Twitter and Netflix. Right?
Shane M. O'Neill
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8/19/2014 | 4:00:32 PM
Re: Keep tinkering
Definitely keep tinkering. I think what Pete meant by Stop Tinkering was to stop testing and perfecting and just release the damn thing. But the tinkering must go on. Till death we tinker.   
SaneIT
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8/20/2014 | 7:50:51 AM
Re: Keep tinkering
I was popping in to agree that the tinkering needed to stop.  There's a saying a group that I used to work with used "Steal our stuff and make it yours".  That sounds like they encouraged tinkering but in reality it meant, this works, customize it to fit your situation.  There is a difference.  I see many people sit there and pick at a project, change, pick, change, pick until the thing falls apart because no one has any idea where the thing is actually headed.  Making course adjustments is necessary and expected but new icons on your app every month or so because you keep finding cooler looking ones just frustrates users.  
PeteJW
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9/17/2014 | 5:54:17 AM
Re: Keep tinkering
Yep, well put Shane. Maybe tinkering wasn't the best word to use. Today it's all about experimentation, failing fast and moving on. 
D. Henschen
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8/19/2014 | 1:29:11 PM
Bladerunner Analogy Holds True
Is Bladerunner really that old? No wonder Harrison Ford was such a zombie on the last Oscars telecast.

Seriously, I like this analogy (if a bit forced here and there) and think that companies have to avoid Replicant syndrome. Sometimes it feels like I'm reading the same social-network-customer-intelligence and Internet-of-things predictive maintenance big data use-case scenarios over and over again. The innovators coming up with truly unique applications are probably keeping quiet about what they've come up with, for fear they'll breed a fresh crop of corporate Replicants!
majenkins
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8/20/2014 | 9:46:51 AM
Re: Bladerunner Analogy Holds True
More than a bit forced IMO.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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8/19/2014 | 1:32:31 PM
Pan Am in science fiction
I didn't remember that Pan Am made it into Blade Runner, but it was also the featured airline of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Pan Am was gone by 1991 (not that commercial space travel arrived on schedule, either).

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Thomas Claburn
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8/19/2014 | 6:22:44 PM
Re: Pan Am in science fiction
You know there's a Blade Runner sequel in the works:

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/may/16/blade-runner-sequel-harrison-ford-invite-ridley-scott

Does that mean defunct businesses get a second chance?
PeteJW
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9/17/2014 | 5:51:39 AM
Re: Pan Am in science fiction
Funny! It'll be interesting to see who's game enough to take on the 'Blade runner curse' in the sequel
Susan_Nunziata
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8/21/2014 | 6:16:09 PM
1982?!?
@Peter: once i sufficiently recovered from the shock of realizing that Bladerunner came out 32 years ago (1982? Really?) I was able to absorb your very valid points. Especially this: look for opportunities to unify digital teams across lines-of-business.

From where I sit, the days of IT and devops being the only resources of digital creativity in the enterprise are long over, and the quicker organizaitons realize this, the better off they will be. The average business-side employee is more tech-savvy than ever, particularly in certain industries.

Do you see any particular industry sectors being ahead of the curve in terms of creating cross-functional teams to advance the organization's digital development?

Your point about mobile apps is also a good one: All too often there's still a mobile ghetto mentality where organizations fail to fully integrate mobility into the work stream.

Oh, and thanks for making me feel really reall old...

:)
Ashu001
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8/31/2014 | 12:09:37 PM
Re: 1982?!?
SusanN,

I shared your sense of Surprise as well[I thought it was the Wesley Snipes version which came out a decade back & Had to go back and research this Movie).

Very fair and Valid points regarding Cross-Functional teams.

I never cease to be amazed by the level of Knowledge and expertise available in most Companies but it gets lost because its Siloed.

The folks in IT/DevOps need to put their egos aside and consult with whoever there is in the Organization who can delivers the Good stuff so that the Organization benefits enormously in the Long-run.

Regards

Ashish.
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9/17/2014 | 5:47:11 AM
Re: 1982?!?
Hi Susan - sorry for making you feel old. I feel exactly the same way and still can't believe it was 1982 when the movie first hit the screen. I still think it's the best sci-fi film ever made - grimy, edgy and dystopian - maybe a little like IT

To answer your question, I don't see any one particular vertical being ahead of the curve. What I do see is lot's more orgs coming to terms with the need for experimatation, learning from failure and transforming the IT workforce.
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8/23/2014 | 2:43:55 PM
#3 is true for a small company
I think that while small companies like Tesla only deliver after there are enough requests for the upgrade, larger companies cannot afford this kind of a thing because too many requests can make the consumer lose interest on the company, just like Samsung is losing smartphones sales. Larger companies therefore pay millions of dollars to a wide range of logistics and market experts in every field.
SachinEE
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8/23/2014 | 2:47:39 PM
#2 is concerning
Do you think companies look for a generic skillset or a specific skillset? Most companies would want an all round employee who is a jack of all trades, master of none, but in the long run, does it really prove to be profitable? employing 5 employees with an average of $100,000 salary is much more while an experienced person (one that may or may not have many degrees in education) can do all that work for $300,000?
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8/31/2014 | 12:02:33 PM
Re: #2 is concerning
Sachin,

You raised a Valuable point and in most cases Companies will go for Second Option as it saves them costs Directly and immediately.

But what happens in the Long-Run?

The Same Sole Employee gets over-burdened with responsibility,Takes breaks ,falls sick ,may get demotivated,etc.

Which means you will be stuck with Higher Costs(hiring and Training a Replacement or a Temp) over the Long-run.

Contrast that with what happens when you have a team of 5 such (maybe less qualified employees);A Situation will rarely arise where all 5 of them will leave Jobs together (as long as you have a fully professional Company).

Its definitely the right way of looking at things from a Long-term sustainability point of view.

Who knows,you could even Grow one of those employees to take on Higher level of Responsibility in the future?

EXCELLENT POINT!





Regards

Ashish.
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8/31/2014 | 2:18:32 PM
Re: #2 is concerning
The average age of an IT guy in the industry is around 47 years. IT jobs are pressurizing and more work means less efficiency. Most companies follow the rule of repairing and replacing employees through their Human Resources management, but even after all the tries they end up losing employees, some of which migrate to other companies and some who near the extinction of their technical career.
SunitaT0
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8/31/2014 | 2:15:48 PM
Nice comparison with movies
The author clearly understands what the business management staff needs and how they should handle it.

#4 is pretty detailed. Indeed a business management staff has to look around and do some digging, as long as that is legal. Since the pushing forward of the business depends upon the management and not the IT, competitor regulation should be checked periodically to ensure that user/customer satisfaction is guaranteed and if not guaranteed, then the team has to make sure that the other companies aren't doing anything better.


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