Digital Transformation Trend Predictions for 2019

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An infographic created by ZDNet to summarise its digital transformation trend predictions for 2019.

Hinchcliffe’s predictions for technological trends are big-picture rather than specific. Instead of placing his bets on particular technologies that will dominate the landscape, he forecasts the trends that are likely to influence them. These include better strategic organisation of enterprise data, investment in reducing technical debt, and better delivery on digital customer experience.

He also predicts that we will see a number of new technologies emerge in 2019 “to augment the vast and growing list of emerging tech that the enterprise must somehow absorb to stay relevant.” Fortunately, Hinchcliffe believes that 2019 will be the year that organisations become systematically better and faster at fielding emerging technology, experimenting, and trialling promising new innovations.

We’ll see how true that turns out to be – but the businesses that manage it will undoubtedly set themselves apart in 2019.

Is Digital Transformation just jargon?

The Digital or the Transformation can be misleading or jargon, and is diluted meaning the more it is mentioned.

Working with many clients in different stages of their digital transformation, leads me into framing with my clients what digital transformation is and what it isn’t. ‘Digital Transformation’ is a buzzword, appearing everywhere, with no clarity on what it is and what it means.  This can cripple organisations into action; some are not even able to articulate what is in they are in need of improving.

Before leaping into choosing new systems to implement, first an organisation should think about the maturity of digital skills of your people, this will be a factor in an ability to transform.

Transformation is also about an appetite to change. Motivated staff will wish to drive forward new and improved ways of working, but beware that enforcing it can result in demotivation and changes in the team structure.

The Digital or the Transformation can be misleading or jargon, and is diluted meaning the more it is mentioned. Put down the ‘transforming posters’ and PR is to put in place later in the programme, when you have tangible outcomes to demonstrate about change, unveiling a programme will also create uncertainty amongst staff.

Here’s my top 7 misconceptions in Digital Transformation;

  1. Needs a big budget to start
  2. So many different interpretations of what digital transformation means.  This confuses scope and creates fear in what it means
  3. When the transformation project is over, we can all go back to business as usual. Lots of organisations think you can carry on doing what you already do with some new tools in place.  Organisations that succeed in transformation are those who can adapt
  4. Customer experience is all that matters
  5. Digital transformation is only for tech companies
  6. It’s a big bang – incorrect, you can approach a transformation in phases with quick wins or smaller stepping-stone projects to form the overall digital transformation programme
  7. It’s about reducing the headcount and workforce

Moving away from these misconceptions and defining what it is for your organisation is what Technical Pursuit can help you with. Defining first what digital transformation means, together with stakeholders is a key step. Get in touch if you’d like to chat and work together to form your digital transformation.

Why, How and Where Time Gets Lost at Work

Everyone in your organisation keep saying “I’m so busy”? Sound familiar?

Wondering how you can achieve all of the goals and vision of your business by year end?

Often a business will review its physical workspace optimising it for productivity, yet it’s time to look at what else is slowing you down.

There’s only so much time in the day, and you want to make the most of it.  This neat infographic below from Scoro really does show you the why, how and where time gets lost at work. Showing top time-wasting activities, as well as do’s and don’ts of a productive work day.

Scoro’s infographic

 

If you feel like your weeks are flying by without getting much done, then get in touch with Technical Pursuit. We work with organisations to make tasks and projects more organised, structured and work in completely different ways to be effective.

We can help you work towards transforming your business to stop the waste!

How can your actions transform the world?

Upon reflection of the United Nations Day 2018, I wanted to share with you some of the great United Nations organisations I’ve been fortunate to work with so far and a little more about the sustainable development goals – that every individual or organisation can and should get involved in now!

Wouldn’t you or your organisation want to help transform the world?

You may think one individual or organisation action won’t make a difference, but through my own personal volunteering and involvement with charities, as well as assisting two United Nations agencies with their own transformations, I know one individual action makes and contributes, to many others, making a whole LOT of action.

UN Volunteers

Agency: RT Brand Communications

UN Volunteers are an international not-for-profit organisation who deploy almost 7,000 volunteers across the globe, to advance peace and development in developing, war torn and disaster struck regions.

In 2015, we began working with UN Volunteers, undertaking a complete brand review before clarifying and refining their branding which had become diluted, under-utilised and contained mixed messages.

Since the completion of the work, the new brand and messaging has been launched globally and toolkits deployed, in line with the United Nations’ Strategic Goals. The organisation has also secured several new corporate partners and sponsors.

My role in the process was pulling together the proposal and submitting our tendor to the UN Volunteers to demonstrate why working with us would assist their transformation. I then continued to be involved by overseeing the project health during the contract.

UNIDO

United Nations Industrial Development Organization is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development. There are 168 global member states all working towards promoting and accelerating this.

In 2017 we consulted and led an accelerated digital transformation project for this United Nations agency UNIDO. Worked with their chief of Communications and wider team, to identify and transform their digital skills and processes.

My role in this project was Digital Transformation Project Lead. Working remotely with the team from UNIDO’s HQ in Austria, we conducted interviews by videoconferencing, sharing documentation virtually.

A key part of how UNIDO operate is forming and fostering partnerships, your business may have a sustainable commitment to make and this is how you can get involved.

Partner: Leaps Innovation

UN goes digital

A digital tool for your pocket, is the Sustainable Development Goals in Action App, get it here. It has detailed information about each of the 17 goals, including targets, explanatory videos, key facts and figures, and suggestions on how you can help achieve them take action. What action will you take?

Form a partnership with the UN

Another way to take action is to partner with the many United Nations agencies and help them work towards 2030 and the sustainable development goals. There’s lots of examples already and your idea or action through a partnership could make a difference, just like our examples above did! The United Nations collaborate with creative agencies, the entertainment industry, media organizations and businesses who are committed to achieving the sustainable development goals. Here are few of their successful partnerships.

If you would like to collaborate with Technical Pursuit in helping your digital transformation, please do get in touch and I’d love to hear about your call to action in the comments to this article.

What do you get when you mix Project Management and F1?

A showcase of technology and innovation at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed! I project managed this event with the Siemens UK Communications team for around 6 weeks, with some of them working on it for several months to make it the success that it was.

Since the event I have seen some fantastic posts from employees who won tickets, crew who worked hard to speak to the public and what shines through is the pride to be Siemens and that what the team pulled off on the Autonomous Mustang was a sight on the hill they won’t forget! Well that’s exactly the result the project team was looking for and so much more.

I don’t know where to start to talk about what a unique, complex and logistically challenging outdoor event for Siemens partnership with Goodwood, was to project manage. We created 3 different touch points at the event to communicate what Siemens does and how it does it in the event’s Future Lab, in the F1 Paddock and at the First Glance Paddock. The core project team worked in separate workstreams, some remotely and self-collaborating throughout the project, working agile and towards common goals. It was teamwork that made it happen and a lot of hours working endlessly behind the scenes.

What was the hardest part to pull off? Well the unknown which was our autonomous Mustang, from concept to execution was only 6 weeks and this meant a lot of challenges along the way to get a 53 year old legend of a car onto the Goodwood FoS track, Lee Dryden, Head of Planning &Strategy for Siemens UK Communications led this and the overall strategy at the event, and the results are a great showcase for a media moment as well as getting people talking about the future of autonomy. You can see how and why we did this here.

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We had over 50 staff working the event, a core project team of 15, many customers, Siemens hosts and 2 thought leadership round tables, 7 demonstration vehicle entries in the infamous hill climb making a historic first at the event with a classic Mustang v8 289 performance engine fitted with robotics, and controlled by GPS, software algorithms, over 85 press & TV pieces featuring the event (probably more to come).

Some fantastic partners from across Siemens divisions for the lead up to the event and spokespersons during the event. With external partners for content, communications, video, public relations, social, web, virtual reality experience and more. We also had the pleasure to host Siemens executives, board members and business divisions leads and they came to visit our staff on stand and around the event experiences.

I was asked what could we do next time to top this event? And you know what there are many ideas because Siemens has great innovations to showcase in the future…

Its great isn’t it when you are working and you are having so much fun, it does not feel like work, now that’s the next project I’m looking for!

 

Selfies at Goodwood FoS
Who’s ready for day 3 at the Future Lab @fosgoodwood?

After lots of selfies, walking at least 40 miles in 4 days and over 200,000 visitors to our showcases, I cannot finish this post without mentioning my favourite cars?! … well of course our own Mustang but these two stood out. The Lamborghini Aventador supercar and of course the Landy lover in me, the 70th edition V8 Defender that roared up the hill.

Is Project Management as we know it, dead?

With 20 years of experience, I know and have lived how Project Management over the years has changed. Submitting my CV with project management experience is not really cutting it now, you know why? Because companies and organisations are going through major change and need leaders who can take them on that change. Continue reading “Is Project Management as we know it, dead?”

Recruitment reflections – from a candidate

“It’s all in the power of the candidate now”

“Things happen for a reason, you’ll find something”

“Recruitment is a two way street”

It’s spring, there’s been time for lunch today in your working day. Maybe you’re finishing early and are just having a mooch around LinkedIn to pass the time? Well I am in that mood today is a Friday, of reflection, reflections from the last three months of looking for my next opportunity. Also receiving your P45 in the post also helps you reflect quite a lot!

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Not too late to plan 2014 – Top 5 Tech Tips for your business

It’s not too late, even if it is already the last day of the month. You can make today your first day to focus on your goals for 2014.

Have you set your goals for 2014? Have you thought about how technology is going to help you achieve them? No then don’t worry, I’ve thought about it for you. Here’s my top 5 goals…

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Want to grow your business? Why you want to leave Facebook…

facebook4732-270x167I speak to many people about how it can be difficult to setup a small business or shared interest group on Facebook. I quickly reply, “That’s because they want you to pay. It won’t be free forever” I get baffled looks and people ask for more about this ‘not free Facebook’ I talk of. I generally give an example.

“Did you know when you post an update from a group or page not all of your followers see it?” I get inquisitive looks back. I continue…

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Demystifying Digital Stategy

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Many people ask me how do you define your Digital Strategy?  Well cliche I know, but it depends…

Who is the ‘your’? Are you a large corporation governed by standards and regulations? Are you a small charity and you don’t think you need any digital strategy? Are you a business owner and don’t have the time or think it’s important?  Well here’s some thoughts on  this area. One digital strategy does not fill all types of business, sizes or organisations or industry areas. Customising and applying a best approach is what’s required.

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