Many organisations in the J. Boye network are moving beyond the notion of a separate, stand-alone strategy for digital and towards embedding digital in the existing, overarching business strategies.A bold move and not without challenges. There are still many wildly different interpretations of what “digital” means – even within the same enterprises. ‘Digital transformation’ means different things to different people.
This reality combined with the fact that most large organisations are in a constant state of flux (mergers, re-orgs etc are the order of the day) means that it can be enormously difficult to strategise for success as a digital team. It requires analytical insight, connections in all the right places, agility, a constant ability to change with the surroundings. Not to mention courage and conviction.
In the strategy conference track we explore how to organise yourself and your efforts in order to strategise for digital success.
Thursday, Nov 9
By Janus Boye
On the 60th Anniversary of the First Municipal Computer.
By Steven Pemberton
In the immediate period after the Second World War there was a flurry of research across the world designing electronic computers. A milestone was reached in 1957 when for the first time, a computer was installed in the accounting department of a municipality.
And yet within ten short years of that event, there was talk of an international software crisis: projects being unmanageable, running over-budget, over-time, or not even being completed; delivered software not meeting requirements, being slow, low quality, hard to maintain.
Has this changed much in the intervening 50 years? Alas no: there are still continual reports of failing projects. For example, two years ago in the UK, a £10M project with 70 people working on it failed disastrously: what it produced was too slow, and too expensive to use. But with this project something surprising happened: one man, using a completely different approach, restarted the project from scratch and successfully took it to completion, working alone.
What have we been doing wrong, and what enabled him to be so successful?
|Steven Pemberton (NL)
W3C and CWI
Social event at Memphis Roadhouse
In-depth morning workshops
In-depth afternoon workshops
Keynote by Bebo White
Informal city walk