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I’ve spent 30 years focused on agile approaches to business transformation, and the relationship between technology and business innovation in today’s rapidly-evolving digital economy.

I now teach and research in digital transformation topics, and consult with startups and established organizations in the public and private sector to help them figure out what’s going on, ask better questions, and learn quickly from their experiences.

Digital Economy Dispatches

Alan is a world-class academic in both teaching and mentoring. However, he is truly unique and exceptional by connecting his academic work with real-world examples from his work in industry.

-Ronald A. Crawford, Entrepreneur and Investor

Working with Alan has been one of my professional highlights in the last few years. He brings a great blend of expertise, creativity, passion, collaboration and humour to his work.

– Elvin Turner Author of “Be Less Zombie”

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You don’t need a Platform, you need One Thing That Works

A very good discussion about the promises and pitfalls of “platform thinking”. This is really an elaboration of what Mark, Will Venters, Jerry Fishenden and I have been

Every fourth company in Austria sees no benefit in digitization

Not everyone see digitization as a good thing. Not sure I quite understand this. But it seams that Austrians are not convinced about digitization! https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/every-fourth-company-austria-sees-benefit-martin-treiber More surprising, the

Value Creation in the Metaverse

Lots of discussion about the Metaverse and its implications. But it is interesting to see McKinsey ask the key question – where is the value? https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/growth-marketing-and-sales/our-insights/value-creation-in-the-metaverse A useful

“AI is invisible – that’s part of the problem,” says Wendy Hall

Are we now seeing a new stage in the adoption of digital technologies such as AI where they are becoming so ubiquitous that they are disappearing below the

A long delayed golden age: or why has the ICT ‘installation period’ lasted so long?

For some time, Carlota Perez has been one of the most important voices in the discussions about the impact of technological change and the future of our digital

ONS data on working from home

Lots of discussion on hybrid working, attitudes to working from home, and how patterns of work have changes over the past months. Here’s some data from the ONS.

Researching in context

Using digital solutions isn’t always as straightforward as we would hope. In practice, many manual workarounds are used to overcome challenges with the technology. Add this to the

Carbon credit trading on the blockchain

The founder of WeWork, the controversial Adam Neumann, has a new venture trading carbon credits on the blockchain. Given his adventurous lifestyle and the history of WeWork, what

How GDPR is Failing

We took a big step forward in data protection with the GDPR regulations. But that was 4 years ago. Is it still fit for purpose? Some people think

At the Concord station (for Leo Marx)

Here is a really interesting extract from Nicholas Carr’s book “The Shallows” that was release to mark the death of Leo Max. He was the author of a

Why We Need to Update Financial Reporting for the Digital Era

Accounting is dead. Long live accounting. One of the most important lessons from the current era of digital innovation is that traditional was of measuring it are broken.

Paradise at the Crypto Arcade: Inside the Web3 Revolution

A very good review of what Web3 might or might not mean to us mere mortals. https://www.wired.com/story/web3-paradise-crypto-arcade/ The Term Web3, as you may or may not have noticed,

The End of Trust

Perhaps the most important commodity that is required in the digital transformation is trust. And it seems to be in remarkably short supply! https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/12/trust-recession-economy/620522/ But trust is less

Forget Personalization, It’s Wrong and it Doesn’t Work!

An interesting…and provocative…article looking are the perils and pitfalls of using digital technologies to optimize personalization activities in marketing. Makes a strong case for the fallacy of personalize

Wearable devices measure a growing array of health indicators

An excellent summary of the use of wearable technology for healthcare. A must read! https://www.economist.com/technology-quarterly/2022/05/01/wearable-devices-measure-a-growing-array-of-health-indicators In a recent review, a research firm, found 384 wearable devices marketed to