Weekly Download 14.10

download-158006_640Here’s a recap of news and notes from around the Web that caught my attention over the past week or so.

The Next Generation Enterprise Platform explores the need “for a technical approach for the next generation enterprise that’s beyond what is currently available, or maybe more accurately, supports the need to use available technology in a somewhat different way.”

User-Centric IT: Transforming IT to Put People First  looks at a new paradigm for enterprise IT. The five core principles resonate with me:

  1. User-Centric IT serves the business by empowering people.
  2. User-Centric IT adapts to the way people work, not the other way around..
  3. People, information and knowledge must connect in real time.
  4. Mobility is a work-style preference, not a device..
  5. Security should be inherent and transparent to the user experience.

A graphic overview of Accenture’s six key IT Trends 2014. You can click on each box for a deeper dive. Then, take a second look at the trends in a circle graph that shows the evolution from technology to the building blocks for new business models.

New ways of consuming information are making news:

  • Have you heard of Quartz?  Think Tumblr meets Wired magazine. This is old media (Atlantic Media) innovating to stay relevant.
  • Very Short List describes themselves as a “delightful e-mail that shares cultural gems from a different curator every day.”
  • Tab Dump is a curated list of news available via RSS, Twitter or email.

Weekly Download 14.9

download-158006_640Here’s a recap of news and notes from around the Web that caught my attention over the past week or so.

Tech entrepreneur Josh Linkler gives a quick lesson in how to Avoid the Complexity Trap.

“Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.” —legendary jazz bassist Charles Mingus

Mark McDonald, Managing Partner Accenture, is always insightful in his blog. His recent post, The end matters when we all start in the same place, is no exception. Here is one of my favorite quotes to entice you to read it thoroughly:

“Digital is more of a market than a channel. There are distinct groups that choose to transact in the digital world instead of in traditional markets. Those groups are inaccessible unless you participate in the digital marketplace.”

Mark encourages us as we’re all at the starting line in the digital strategy race. You must get started and learn as you go. There is not prescribed winning path—it’s all about the learning. Kind of like life.

Apple’s biggest news today is in the plumbing. That is, the best feature of its newest IOS may be the behind-the-scenes elements that will greatly enhance the user experience.


Weekly Download 14.7

download-158006_640Here’s a recap of news and notes from around the Web that caught my attention over the past week or so.

An oldie but a goodie. How Change Fails: CEOs Focus On Symptoms NOT The System. Click “next post” on the right of the screen for more from Forbes.com contributor Christine Comaford. Good stuff.

Accenture’s take on the digital decade. A summary of twelve truths and a closer look at truth #4.

McKinsey & Company looks at Ten IT-enabled business trends for the decade ahead.

  1. Social
  2. Big data
  3. Internet of things
  4. Anything as a service
  5. Automating knowledge work
  6. Global digital citizens
  7. When digital and physical worlds collide
  8. Personalization and simplification
  9. Digital commerce
  10. Transforming government, healthcare and education