The role of the CDO in industrial manufacturing

Technical leadership is rarely about technology

As manufacturing companies look to leveraging the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) they might appoint a Chief Digital Officer (CDO) to lead their digital transformation.   What then is the role of the CDO and what are the success factors in the job?

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Like the “manager of e-commerce” in the early 2000’s I believe that the CDO role will be temporary, transformative in nature and ultimately destined to fade away as digital business becomes the new normal.   That doesn’t mean that a CDO is not a real job, it does mean however that the job is likely to morph into something else over time.

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Business analyst – a growing career opportunity

Leverage what you already know

If you consider yourself as  a “Technical Specialist” you are most likely  a software developer, engineer, researcher, scientist, project manager, financial professional and so on.    Have you ever considered how to better leverage your skills in order to take on more business responsibilities?  Or perhaps you are a consultant wanting to improve your overall skills.  Have you considered taking on a business analyst role and gaining some new skills in the process?

Business analysis - a growing career opportunity

If so, then read on.

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The business analyst and the project sponsor

A project partnership focused on business results

The project sponsor has a vital role on the project.  He or she must ensure that the project deliverables remain aligned with the business requirements.   For projects that are complex and involve multiple stakeholders the sponsors role is even more critical.  He or she needs to be clear on the business goals while shielding the project from spurious change requests that might not be in the longer term interests of the business,  or that might severely disrupt the project.  Interestingly,  many of these are also the goals of the business analyst.  The two roles should therefore be working closely together. (more…)

The BA and Project Sponsor

How to lead a virtual team

"Two thirds of employees value flexibility and would sacrifice salary to get it"

The dinosaurs became extinct because they did not know how to adapt to a fast changing environment. If you plan to lead a professional team over the next 10 years and don’t adapt to the nuances of leading virtual teams you could unfortunately suffer the same fate. (more…)

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Why you should pay attention to online learning

A game changer for education?

When any technology enabled industry is showing growth rates as high as 25% in certain countries it is time to sit up and take notice. In a report by Docebo the world wide market for self paced e-Learning is growing at a compound rate of 7.5%. The highest growth rates are between 20-25% and are countries in Asia and Eastern Europe, closely followed by Africa and Latin America. Even in the most mature markets like the USA, a solid growth of 4-6% per annum is being observed.

Online training

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