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A growing issue for AR pros and their companies is defining what ‘digital’ means. Or, more importantly, understanding how the different industry analyst firms define digital and “digital transformation”. It is certain that digital will “disrupt”, and that more existing businesses will get ‘Uber-ed”, as one of our panellists put it. However what is less clear is just how and where digital transformation will impact existing business models over the next few years, as well as what the opportunities and threats will emerge from digital. How might the AR pro navigate the new digital landscape when briefing and engaging with industry analysts firms? These were just some of the questions posed to a distinguished panel of leading industry analysts at the latest IIAR event hosted at the glamourous Heron Tower on August 13th 2015.
Aniruddho Mukherjee of the IIAR kicking off the evening with an overview and update on IIAR to its members,whilst Debleena Paul and Neil Pollock also both from the IIAR look on
|Is 2015 a tipping point in terms of digital transformation?|
The convenor, Debleena Paul, got the ball rolling by asking the panellists whether 2015 is a tipping point in terms of digital transformation. Are digital technologies beginning to bring the kind of disruption that has been promised for some time? Marianne Kolding (Vice President and Executive Sponsor, European Digital Transformation Practice at IDC) responded that it was coming but that it was not there yet. A lot of firms have it on their agenda and are “dabbling”, but change wasn’t happening everywhere. Tim Walters (Co-founder and Principal Analyst at Digital Clarity Group), saw that ‘phase 1’ of the change had occurred, where companies beginning to educate the public about how digital was something that they would need, but that ‘phase 2’, where companies were beginning to think about what they were going to do about it, was only just beginning.
Pictured, from left to right, Debleena Paul (IIAR), Dominic Trott (PAC), Tom Reuner (HfS), Gerry Brown (Ovum), Tim Walters (DCG), Marianne Kolding (IDC)
|Digital transformation can be anything. The first problem is identifying it, says Gerry Brown from Ovum|
Very quickly the panellists got to the issue plaguing discussions of digital transformation thus far: What exactly is it? Tom Reuner (Managing Director for IT Outsourcing Research at HfS), thought that digital transformation meant different things to different people. The term was being used by everyone simply as a place holder. Debleena quizzed the panellists on what their definition was – noting how each industry analyst firm seemed to have a different conception of digital transformation.
|Digital transformation is a process, not a project, says Marianne Kolding from IDC|
Marianne Kolding told the audience that IDC saw digital transformation as where the business model for the company was fundamentally changed. This was both in the way it served its customers but also how its employees operated. For IDC, digital transformation was not just about reconfiguring the front-end but also transforming back office processes. Firms had to build a new way of looking at technology. Digital transformation cannot simply be another project, she argued, it has to be a process. Dominic Trott, (Senior Analyst Digital Business at PAC), told the audience that PAC has two definitions for digital transformation. The first is tackling the front end where the company attempts to build tighter customer interactions but the second is a broader change in culture and mindset in terms of reorganising the business around the needs of the customer.
Debleena Paul (IIAR) grills Dominic Trott (PAC)
|Digital is a wave but has unexpected force, Tim Walters from DCG notes that companies need to understand and react appropriately to the energy|
Tim Walters reminded the audience that the kinds and amount of change that companies were undergoing today was not unprecedented. Companies had been subject to similar waves of change through earlier technologies. And like these waves before companies needed to understand and react to the specific energy in the wave. What is different this time, argued Tim, was that whereas in past waves it was the company that led the change, this time around it is the consumer that is empowered; it is the customer that is driving the change.
Tim Walters and Gerry brown debating the finer points of the digital ecosystem
|AR Pro Tip 101 on how to improve a presentation: Ask the analyst what they would find valuable!|
The conversation turned to how AR pros might improve the way they present their companies digital transformation strategy to industry analysts. Here, rather than dissensus, there was much agreement. Tom Reuner strongly pushed for companies not to present technologies but “narratives”. Companies needed to come up with narratives which were true for their organisation as they were for the problems experienced by their customers. Rather than standard ‘corporate decks’, Gerry Brown, (Senior Analyst, Customer Engagement in Digital Technology at Ovum), wanted to hear ‘war stories’. This includes what has worked and what hasn’t; the upsides and downsides of the digital transformation strategy. Tim Walters was similarly interested in hearing the ‘process’ by which the company understands their customers’ problems. He was much less interested in companies telling him what they can do, but rather how they were now doing things they couldn’t do before, because a client has a new problem and has asked for it.
Your Point of View!
You’re read what we think. We’d love to hear your point of view on what digital transformation might mean for companies and how AR pros could do a better job of communicating their transformation strategies to industry analysts and others. We’re working on a longer version of this blog post, and would like to incorporate your feedback into a white paper that would be circulated with IIAR members. Let us know your experiences. Add your comments to the blog or email us.
It wasn’t all digital transformation, however. There was also time for some of the event attendees to enjoy an expert talk on the famous Heron building fish tank! We learnt it was the largest privately owned fish tank in Europe, and the names of quite a few fish too!
The prestigious Lord’s Pavilion Roof Terrace set the scene for the biggest IIAR Summer Networking Party – a very special evening of drinks, jazz and networking with a crowd of more than 120 guests from 50+ firms and no powerpoint in sight!
Sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services, the party started with a note by Shankar Narayanan, TCS Country Head who welcomed cricketing legend, Graham Gooch OBE (ex England Cricket Team Captain and the scorer of the most runs ever!)
It was a perfect pitch for analysts and AR professionals to network and share ideas and best practice…..and the pictures are finally in at – view them at Flickr #IIARReception2015
I’ve been watching analysts for a long time and think this is fascinating -I was waiting for such a “JD Power of Tech” for a long time.
If they get it right, it will finally change the analyst business. Continue Reading →
Report from the IIAR Webinar with Everest Group, on the 19th March 2014, presented by Eric Simonson (Managing Partner, Research), Rajesh Ranjan (VP, BPO), Jimit Arora (VP IT Services) and hosted by Simon Levin (IIAR Board)
In the webinar, Everest Group examined key trends that are re-shaping global services (Everest Group defines global services as the intersection of the solution model, technology model, talent and location model, and the sourcing model). In addition, Everest Group identified seven technology themes that are creating broad-based disruption in the IT and Business Process Services market. Continue Reading →
The Technology Research Market … and where it fits in the bigger picture
Companies in the IT Research space have always carried a big reputation – often appearing to be bigger than they are and drawing interest from many corners. Outsell, Inc. has been an industry watcher of the research and business information space for many years and conducts an annual market size and share effort for the IT Research space as well as related information markets.
Outsell VP, Harry Henry (@harryhenry), will provide us with an early look at how results for 2013 wound up for the IT Research players as well as the main forces weighing on the overall business information markets. He will also review how the widespread availability of data, impact of social media and wave of marketing automation start-ups has affected all market research organizations. Continue Reading →
Kable recently underwent a rapid transformation, after its ownership was transferred for £2.3m from the Guardian Group to Progressive Digital Media Group, the company presided over by Mike Danson -the fhe founder of Datamonitor which he later sold to Informa for £502m.
Kable was a specialist of government information intelligence and plans to broaden its reach to other industries. Mike brought several Ovum and Datamonitor staff, including Tim Royston-Webb (LinkedIn), now the group’s MD. Continue Reading →
Not all IT research is about numbers, but the IT analyst business definitely is. It’s a business after all, and if you don’t make the numbers, you don’t have a business. But what’s interesting is how many different ways there are to make the numbers stack up.
It’s somewhat ironic that while IT analyst firms often rely on public – and private – disclosure of information from both vendors and end-user organisations to make their prognostications, they often don’t like to reveal too much about their own businesses. The big public firms, Gartner & Forrester, disclose good detail about their revenues to meet their statutory requirements, and perhaps a little more, while the private firms tend to be fairly vague. Continue Reading →
In order to extend our research leadership in enterprise mobility, Strategy Analytics, is offering an outstanding career opportunity for a disciplined and results-driven team member to join our Wireless Enterprise Strategies (WES) team. A strong desire for success, visibility in a highly dynamic industry, and a background within the wireless telecommunications, enterprise IT and/or market research sectors are essential for this role. Continue Reading →