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Today’s CIO—Orchestrator in Chief Part 1

“Nothing is more difficult than to introduce a new order. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.” – Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince A regular topic with customers is how they can approach transforming their […]

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Raising the IT IQ: An Executive Education

“Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” Plato As with many subjects, Plato was ahead of his time in understanding the challenges of a CIO. In many businesses today, we have excelled at the desire (“We will lead our industry with digital transformation.”) and the emotion (“I’m passionate about transforming our […]

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The Frozen Middle—Part One: Understanding

First in a two-part series In many of our conversations with customers, we hear talk of a “frozen middle”—middle managers in IT who are reluctant to change and either block or slow down attempts at transformation. The idea is that senior leadership wants to gain the benefits of the cloud and digital transformation while line […]

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Addressing the Digital Workforce Gap through Diversity and Inclusion

A frequent topic in our conversations with enterprise leaders is just how difficult it is to find people with the right skills for the digital age. We often suggest that their go-to-strategy should be to grow talent internally, developing the skills of people they already employ (an earlier blog post covers this subject as well). But […]

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How Can Government Grow and Recruit Digital Talent? The Case of the UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

This blog is adapted from a conversation with Tom Brewer, Head of Service Creation, UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, and Matthew Lewis, Chief Architect, UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, moderated by Mark Schwartz, Director, Enterprise Strategy, AWS. The discussion, which was a part of the European Government Delegation Programme at re:Invent 2018, focused on how governments can […]

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Creating the Cloud Business Office

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” —Winston Churchill “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” —Benjamin Franklin Many modern enterprises are a maelstrom of emotions, facts, opinions, and in many cases, outright competition both inside and outside of the organization. The bigger […]

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Keeping Up with Technology: A Conversation with Today’s Enterprise Cloud Leaders

Recently, I sat down with seven leaders from both commercial enterprises and the public sector to hear how they approach developing a culture that enables innovation at scale. In a series of video interviews, we discussed the different roles that technology, people, and culture play as C-level executives navigate their organizations through the cloud journey. […]

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Organizing for Insights

Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and big data technologies enable organizations to harness the troves of data being captured (or which were previously thrown away), bringing new insights, automating processes, and even creating new products, services, and businesses. AI, ML, and the associated data (powered by the AWS cloud) is a critical […]

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Transforming Up and Down: Leading Change from the Middle

In several earlier blog posts, I discussed techniques for leading a digital transformation from the top of an organization. In the first of these posts, I discussed how to take organizational power—the power that comes from sitting high in the organizational chart—and, in an ironic twist, use it to lead the organization from a hierarchical, […]

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