"No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else".
Bill Joy, creator of Berkeley Unix (bsd) and one of the founders of Sun Microsystems said that whilst I was with Sun in their early days. Forrester reminded me of that at their Australia and A/P Predictions breakfast this Wednesday, where they talked much about (you guessed it) Digital Transformation.
Tim Sheedy and his colleagues, as usual, provided good insights into the state of the market. Their research shows that the majority (over 70% now) of enterprises say that they have started their digital transformation journeys to some extent, but their conclusion is that most large organisations are spending vastly too little on it - meaning they've not made that exercise truly strategic. For those that are spending at the right level to achieve real transformation, most of those costs won't be on technology, they'll be spent in the exercise of business transformation - reimagining behaviours, processes, metrics and changing culture.
If you're not running, you might be lunch
Disruption. If you're in business and not already frightened about the startup that wants to eat your lunch by disrupting the way your industry works (or even the big company that sets up little start-uplets within their organisation to do the same) then perhaps it's time to sit in on one of the start-up shows which are popping up all over the world.
For goodness sakes, even IBM has "Outthink Disruption" as the slogan on their postcode-sized stand at MWC! It shows that they recognise that large enterprises need to think the same as start-ups would about their busineses.
Mobile is Everything. The Internet of Everything. Everything.
You can't fault the organisers of MWC16 for failing on the breathless hyperbole front, as you can see from the huge poster at the entrance to 9 halls of mobile delights. There's nothing wrong in thinking big, in my opinion, and the notion that every industry and endeavour is, today, being rethought with mobile technologies isn't so far from the truth, although I think that we'll look back in a few years and recognise that the word "mobile" in this context didn't just mean the devices and technologies we carry around (which is what most of the show is still about). It will probably be more about technology supporting you in most activities that you want it to without being intrusive.
Having just experienced London Technology Week for the first time in the varied roles of delegate, key note presenter and award winner, I have a strong recommendation.... If you're a technology leader or influencer of any sort, don't miss an opportunity to visit London Technology Week sometime over the next few years. It should inspire you and fuel your thoughts about how we in Australia could be much more effective at embracing technology into our businesses and our economy.
London has, for a while now, been building its credentials as one of the world's technology hot spots. The UK political leadership at both a national and local level has been engaging closely with the scientific and technological communities. Ensuring that the country is at the forefront of thought leadership in areas such as educational reform to support a technology-led economy, the evolution of smart cities and the nurturing of innovation. In the words of Ellen Burbage of Passion Capital, a venture capital provider, "...why it excels over any other tech hubs of the world is that it combines the technology and digital innovation of Silicon Valley with the Wall Street financing heritage of New York and the policy making of Washington DC - all in one phenomenal city."