In business, it’s costly to try something new, especially if it doesn’t work out. But in the digital era, technology can be deployed to augment the creative abilities of people and organizations. Today’s digital technologies have reached a level of maturation that enables cheap and rapid iteration to make new, invaluable forms of innovation possible.
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As digital technologies evolve, managers and employees will need to learn three important skills: partnering with new digital “colleagues,” creating a mindful relationship with omnipresent digital technologies, and developing empathy for the varying technology preferences of their human coworkers. Organizations, for their part, will need to design processes to support these efforts, and managers will need to be both flexible and thoughtful in how they respond.
Digital transformation is happening all around us, but it’s the foundation for a much more profound transformation still to come. With huge challenges facing humanity on many fronts — climate, disease, population, food and water — we need cognitive technologies to augment human problem-solving capabilities. And those technologies are almost here.
Although it’s unlikely that a single system will be able to handle all strategic decisions, the narrow intelligence that computers display today is already sufficient to handle specific strategic problems.
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Developing the characteristics of an effective digital culture is one clear path that companies can follow to becoming digital mature, regardless of industry or company size.
An infographic provides highlights of MIT SMR‘s 2016 digital business report and illustrates the importance of aligning talent, culture, leadership, and strategy for long-term digital success.
Steve Blank’s disruption warning; a more effective cybersecurity mindset; should robots pay social security?
Employee odometers and technostress; big data trumps analytics; profiling the chief data officer.
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If your brand is on Instagram or other social media platforms, your current followers are likely also your future customers. Engaging them now, and continuing to keep them engaged, can influence the likelihood of maintaining – and reaping the benefits of – their long-term loyalty.
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