Digital Strategy

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

A blog by Martin Erasmuson.

Everything is a work-in-progress; things being born/created/built, and other things dying/being dismantled/demolished.  Certainly some milestones, like those commemorated by plaques in building foyers, ‘Opened by His Worship Mayor no-one-remembers’ and at the time no doubt accompanied by ribbons, a photographer and a brass-band; but ultimately the building is demolished, the plaque goes to the museum and it all becomes just another historical footnote. 

Paying-off my information debt

Paying-off my information debt

A blog by Martin Erasmuson

There is a natural tension between expediency and thought-out decision making.  In that sense information-debt is not necessarily bad.  I’ve blogged before about adaptive-strategies and a ‘Good Enough is Perfect’ approach.  On a personal level, I’ve used the company credit-card tactically for ease of accounting or while waiting for company invoices to be paid.  So, debt is not bad per se.  Sometimes a heuristic method is appropriate and necessary, acknowledging that a particular solution is not guaranteed to be optimal or perfect, but is sufficient to move a project forward, while acknowledging there is likely to be a ‘debt’ once the optimal solution is discovered and re-work is necessary.

Coming Ready or Not: Social-Media, Crowd-Sourcing & Knowledge Management Strategy

Coming Ready or Not: Social-Media, Crowd-Sourcing & Knowledge Management Strategy

A blog by Martin Erasmuson.

The ‘Gone-Viral’ nature of Social Media is now typical of the general business environment.  Rather than relying solely on corporate KM systems, organisations must create a culturefor discovery of the information they need, when they need it.  That needs to work in concert with deep agile capability to VERY quickly pivot resources to respond to (name today’s crisis here) along with a heuristic, ‘good-enough-is-perfect’ attitude.  

Not enough fingers for the dam

Not enough fingers for the dam

Western Governments and organisations have spent decades evolving policies, statutes and by-laws into layers of bureaucracy for everything imaginable; and a few ‘unimaginable things as well.  For example; in the UK, “it is illegal to import potatoes into England and Wales if you have reasonable cause to suspect that they are Polish” (it’s the ascent that gives them away) or; in July 2013 a law was passed in China that states “it is illegal for adult children to ‘not’ visit their parents ‘often’” with a footnote that “they are also required to attend to their parent’s spiritual needs” (Wow – though technically they did invent zen).

Digital Transformation - a faster horse won’t cut it

Digital Transformation  - a faster horse won’t cut it

I still meet the odd business-as-usual (BAU) ‘Digital Transformation Denier’.  Frankly I think the jury is out.  The digital transformation wave is hitting the beach now.  The question; in my view, is not ‘is it happening’ but rather ‘do I want to be on the wave or left behind’?  The key question then is ‘how to catch the wave’?  This blog is directed at that last question.