Disruption in media business – 4 points sometime forgotten

digital disruption

You want your company to survive in digital-era? Four potential areas to check are: channel approach, processes, scope and people. Failing to be digital in any of these areas may significantly hinder down your capability to survive in ever increasing competition or just make your profits go down.

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Amazon – future promise or too diverged to survive?

imageI have been earlier following the cloud war between #amazon, #microsoft and #google. Things would be easier to observe, if these would be pure cloud providers, but most of their business is else where. The question that comes to my mind is, if that is sustainable and is there enough focus?

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Cybersecurity – growing market?

Previous week was quite active in cyber security scene: collapsing cn-domains, twitter hick-ups, unpublished online news papers.  Some splashes went over to my tiny site too: I got suddenly few thousand new readers. Unfortunately they were reported either unknown robots or know spamming IPs. Continue reading Cybersecurity – growing market?

Net attitude – details change, but thinking out of the box remains important over time

A book from history: beginning of this century. I don’t know if this book is anymore available anywhere. I started to read it out of curiosity: how development and future of internet was seen by this book?

Writer had interesting edge into story as he started to think about internet and its opportunities already during 1993. At that time they were considering if it is possible to monetize this new technology. While considering how, they came to conclusion that they don’t know.

Basically book is pointing out the handicaps of thinking that was common during early 2000. Most of those examples seem amusing ten years after, but if you abstract those though a bit there might be some relevance for today’s business world too. When you try to move your old business model into new environment you are making mistake. You need rethink what you are doind seizing the opportunities created by new environment. Some things might have changed to be mandatory, even they were considered optional earlier. Those companies who figure out new rules fasted, will gain the benefits too.

I don’t know if i would recommend to read the whole book, but rather consider the main thought: think out of the box when entering the new arena with new rules and especially consider your timing. It seem that often first mover advantage is a myth or lucky strike. In many cases second wave hits into more mature market and picks the berries.


Enterprise architecture as strategy – measure progress and make it visible

This book has introduces nice way to analyze current architecture level of an organization. I find it helpful as with this kind of model you can turn an abstract thing like enterprise architecture more tangible and it also provides means for pointing out the progress while you are seeking higher levels of maturity of architecture. Naturally you may need to adjust some of the measures defined in the model, but basic principles introduced in this book provide clear and good starting point.

We have utilized the ideas from this book successfully at same time also taking benchmark of our architecture maturity level in iCMG’s competition. The category we participated was “New service offering”. Basic story from us was business transformation that is supported by growing enterprise architecture maturity level. Naturally you need also committed and capable people to utlize the framework, it is not working alone.

This book was definitely interesting and useful reading. One open ended though after experiencing this book was: is there another stage after business modularity, which was defined as highest stage here. Also it would be interesting to figure out, if organizations in different industries actually can be happy with some of the earlier stages in this four level model.