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Taking Inspiration from Others: Transformation at DB Systel Part 2

In the first blog post, René Schneider and Andrea Sturm described the why and how of DB Systel’s transformation journey. Here they dive into how their organisation is now structured and some of the steps taken to achieve this state. It’s not a pattern that can be cut-and-pasted, but I find inspiration and insights in […]

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Learners lead, leaders learn: The case for technology fluency in the C-Suite

“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” —Brian Herbert, Author It’s easy to think of life as linear stages. Where did you go to school? What do you do for a living? What are your retirement plans? These stages are interspersed […]

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Opportunity Risks and Costs of Delay

We’re taught as managers that rigorous analysis and due diligence are a critical part of our jobs. There’s certainly comfort in spending the time to deeply analyze decisions before we make them. I don’t mean to question that received wisdom, just to point out that there’s a trade-off. Good managers need to do “the right […]

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Enterprise Strategy Blog 2021: Year-End Roundup

Overview Throughout the year, we write blog posts on whatever topics seem to be most important to the AWS customer executives we speak to. Each of us on the Enterprise Strategy team holds 100-200 customer meetings a year, generally at the most senior executive levels, to try to help with their challenges in digital transformation—cultural […]

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Funding more transformational capacity – Show me the money!

by Chris Hennesey, Enterprise Strategist, AWS Enterprise Strategy As I meet with more AWS customers, it is clear that many enterprises struggle to have enough capacity to focus on transforming their business. Transformation spending provides a company with necessary resources to embrace new technology and innovation for enhanced capacity. With close to 80% of IT […]

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Running a Security Organization in Times of Uncertainty and Change

As part of Verified: Presented by AWS Security, a new video series of discussions with security leaders, Amazon Web Services CISO Steve Schmidt sat down with Noopur Davis, EVP and Chief Product and Information Security Officer at Comcast, to discuss what it’s like to run a large security organization during challenging times. You can watch […]

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Mental Models for Your Digital Transformation

Mental models are deeply held internal images of how the world works, images that limit us to familiar ways of thinking and acting. Very often, we are not consciously aware of our mental models or the effects they have on our behavior. – Peter Senge As leaders, we are responsible for making decisions in the […]

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Best of Both Worlds: Building an Entrepreneurial Culture in the Enterprise

In our Executive Summit roundtable session at re:Invent 2019, Phil Potloff and I discussed the topic of innovation in large enterprises with executives spanning many industries and public sector organisations. Much has been written about how large companies often lose elements of their original DNA as they grow, including their aptitude to innovate. Given this, […]

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Drive Change but Avoid the Chasms

Every change will be met with an equal, opposite, unpredictable change of its own. —Inspired by Isaac Newton In “Today’s CIO—Orchestrator in Chief,” we covered how changes can be introduced into organisations, but only eluded to matching different approaches with different audiences. This approach is similar to how marketers segment customers to target different buying […]

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Digitally Transforming What Exactly?

If I were given one hour to save the planet, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute resolving it.  Albert Einstein I’ve been asked multiple times recently what “digital transformation” means? Given that by 2023 conservative estimates of annual expenditure on digital transformations are north of $2 trillion but with well […]

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