The Digital Transformation of the Firm


By Rod Collins

Today’s business leaders face a daunting and unprecedented challenge: The world is changing much faster than their organizations. Every business in every industry, with no exceptions, has been overwhelmed by a relentless accelerating pace of change. What makes this challenge so difficult is that there are no signs that things are going to slow down anytime soon. In fact, with recent budding developments in the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, robotics, 3-D printing, and blockchain technology, all indications are that the pace of change is only going to get faster. Whether we like it or not, for the foreseeable future, we are living in a permanently fast forward world.

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Go Forth & Collaborate… Just Don’t Mess Up!


By Jacque Mallender, Niamh Lennox-Chhugani and David Harrison

There are some very high expectations, in some very high places, about how “collaboration” will transform the fortunes of the NHS. Those working at the “worm’s eye” level appear to have considerable license to collaborate. How’s collaboration working out for you? In recent months, my organisation has spent huge amounts of senior executive time, working alongside colleagues in partner agencies, in an effort to design and landscape our local health system so that collaboration becomes the new black.

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Social Media’s Missed Opportunity, Part 2: Restoring the Promise


By Rod Collins

Social platforms are powerful forces because they tend to be monopolies. As pointed out in Part I of this two part article, until the digital revolution, the only practical social platform was the government, which by its very nature has to be a monopoly. None of us would want competing governments that could promulgate conflicting laws, issue competing currencies, and hold different interpretations of our civil rights. If we were subject to two competing governments and two conflicting sets of rules, social trust would break down and the social exchange necessary for daily living would become near impossible. Some monopolistic platforms are necessary.

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Don’t Let Bad Data Turn into Big Losses


By Anshumaan Atriwal, Amy Languell and Julia Martin

Proper information management prevents simple mistakes and offers opportunities for firms to capitalize on, such as insights on consumer preferences, industry trends, and potential business process improvements. These opportunities have expanded as data has become “smarter” through advanced analytics’ platforms/methodologies allowing new uses for stored data. Partnering with a firm with a dedicated data practice, like Optimity Advisors, enables organizations to increase their productivity and their impact on customer-focused, revenue-generating initiatives quickly and sustainably.

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Social Media’s Missed Opportunity, Part I: How We Got Here


By Rod Collins

One of the great ironies of the digital revolution is that, while the world has been transformed into a hyper-connected community where geography is no longer a barrier to instant collaborations across a wide diversity of people, social media platforms have managed to divide us into a collection of fractious tribes that are wholly incapable of even basic compromises. Over the past few years, in particular, this fomenting tribalism has become troublesome as mutual accusations of bias among all the various clans have justified a plummet into a lack of basic civil behavior.

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