Practical CIO: Agility, speed, and business alignment

Practical CIO: Agility, speed, and business alignment

The big CIO themes today include agility, speed, customer experience, and business alignment. In truth, these concepts are not new although the rise of technology as a strategic business enabler means the CIO mandate is now innovation and growth rather than stability. In contrast to the past, where the goal of IT was system stability, […]

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SAP's evolving partner economy

SAP’s evolving partner economy

Ask about who has had a successful platform strategy, and most people will point to Salesforce. I beg to disagree – compared to revenues Apple has generated for its partners and itself from its iOS store and Amazon with its fulfillment engine over the last decade, Salesforce is a distant laggard. While customers have built plenty of custom objects, the revenues […]

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2019 Prediction: Brexit will be abolished and the UK economy will roar back to life

2019 Prediction: Brexit will be abolished and the UK economy will roar back to life

I am not normally one for big grandiose predictions – I’m actually pretty dull when it comes to big hyperbole (I hope). Honestly, I’d love to declare that AI will destroy a third of the workforce, and then magically perform a 360-degree flip and start creating jobs.  I’d also love to declare that RPA vendors will magically […]

Nokia reinvented: Decline, resurrection, and how CEOs get trapped

Nokia reinvented: Decline, resurrection, and how CEOs get trapped

The Chairman of Nokia explains how the iPhone and Android disrupted this iconic mobile phone company and what they did to survive. He also shares the inside story of negotiating with Steve Ballmer to sell the company to Microsoft. It’s a crucial tale for anyone interested in transformation.

Sympathy for the DevRel

Sympathy for the DevRel

I recently gave the closing keynote at DevRelCon in London, run by Matt Revell and Tamao Nakahara. The conference is building momentum nicely – the first was held above a shop in Shoreditch in 2015, but this year it was held at the QEII center in Westminster. I really wanted to do a good job, […]

RPA will reach $2.3bn next year and $4.3bn by 2022... as we revise upwards our forecasts

RPA will reach $2.3bn next year and $4.3bn by 2022… as we revise upwards our forecasts

Well… it’s been quite a 2018 in the fantasy world of RPA (RPA plus RDA), where some of the fantasy dollars have magically become real, as the market hit $1.7bn – an increase of $250m from our forecast last year.  So when the more conservative of forecasters (HFS) undershoots the market by 17%, you know […]