I was recently asked, “What do you think are the top information technology trends impacting businesses in the next few years?” With rapid changes happening everywhere, there are a plethora of innovations coming into the mainstream; both industry-specific and by business function (e. g. 3-D printing revolutionizing manufacturing, Blockchain in financial and transaction models). I […]
The Power of Great Questions Before starting to seek answers, it’s important to ask the right questions. Are you struggling with some of these questions regarding your digital journey? How do I identify a digital strategy to help differentiate, disrupt and win in the marketplace? Where should I invest in technologies […]
Developing an IT, technology, or digital strategy often helps an organization build-out or update their overall business strategy. This focus on strategy can be a critical success factor not only for IT, but for the business. With the convergence of business and IT, looking strategically is equally important for both the business and IT. Rather […]
Successful companies look at the move to digital holistically, as part of their business strategy led from the top of the organization rather than a simple IT effort just “bolting on” additional technology to call it done. Digital needs to be at the core of a company’s business strategy. It’s not sufficient anymore for technology […]
ITDirections was engaged by a $500 Million worldwide high-tech manufacturing company with 3,400 employees in 35 facilities in 24 countries. The Client was an early adopter in the digital space and desired an overall e-business (or digital) strategy. At the time, their industry was using the Internet mainly for online marketing, but the Client wanted to be a leader in their industry and go beyond its competitors and proactively identify digital opportunities.
Is it really that important to have an IT Strategy? Understandably, many organizations shy away from having teams of expensive consultants work for months developing a high-level IT strategic plan or digital strategy. Often, these plans may not seem to add much value to the organization. Others may say they have a strategy, when in reality […]
The day after Thanksgiving was always a standing event and tradition when a friend and I would hit the stores from 4 a.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday. It was always incredible fun, as we would mix in restaurants, beverages, exercise, and spa treatments….but always a car-full of shopping. We would get the Black Friday […]
You’ve probably heard the story of a frog in a jar filled with water. If you start heating the water gradually, the frog adjusts its body temperature. When the water is about to reach boiling point, the frog cannot adjust anymore. At this point when the frog decides to jump out, it is unable to […]
I recently went to both New York and San Francisco to visit my sons. I think it is fascinating to watch how Uber and Lyft (and Sidecar) are disrupting the cab industry, an industry until recently seemed relatively safe from others due to the high barriers of entry. In fact, in some cities in the […]
ITDirections was engaged by a Financial Services organization with more than 23,000 clients, managing almost $8 billion in loan and lease assets with over 600 team members. The Client was looking for an overall assessment and plan of their IT situation. ITDirections assisted the Client with fourteen projects over the course of seven years, with the first one being a comprehensive IT Strategic Plan.