Essential Reading Series: The cognitive technologies are also changing the way of management – therefore new leadership models and digital enablement is needed now!

With our Enterprise Digital SUMMIT starting tomorrow in Paris we are very excited about the recent technological evolutions that seem to provide new impact for change within the organisations. For the preparations of tomorrow’s discussion I came along some more interesting articles that I would like to share in this week’s “essential reading series”.

In this articles we can see once more the impact of intelligent- and agent-based technologies making our lifes and working environments smarter and more effective. On the other hand we need new leadership and enablement of the workforce to make use of the potentials of the technological disruption.

  • Michael Schrage: Fast, iterative “virtual research centers” are edging out traditional approaches to R&D. – The cognitive era gives opportunities to the innovation planning & testing processes within the corporations. In this MIT Sloan article Michael Schrage sees even an era of new economics of experimentation: “In today’s real-time, online environment, good ideas matter less; testable hypotheses matter more. Tomorrow’s innovations and strategies will increasingly be the products — and byproducts — of real-time experimentation and testing.”
  • Dion Hinchcliffe: The enterprise technologies to watch in 2016 – In his recent post on ZDnet Dion Hinchcliffe has put together his thoughts on the trends for enterprise technologies to watch in 2016. While he sees social collaboration technologies as mainstream, he still predicts a lot of disruption coming up for the workplace with the new agent-based technologies: “The tactical technology additions that made the cut this year including contextual computing, workplace application integration, so-called low code platforms, smart agents/chatbots, adaptive cybersecurity, microservices architectures, ambient personalization, and fog computing.”
  • Jessica Leitch / David Lancefield: 10 Principles of Strategic Leadership – Review of a 2015 PwC research on the critial traits of strategic leadership in disruptive times: “They can challenge the prevailing view without provoking outrage or cynicism; they can act on the big and small picture at the same time, and change course if their chosen path turns out to be incorrect; and they lead with inquiry as well as advocacy, and with engagement as well as command, operating all the while from a deeply held humility and respect for others.”
  • Digital maturity is the essential capability for every organisation – Developing the digital mindset needs a digital enablement of the people, the organisation and the culture first.