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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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Most office workers will never return full-time, survey says

Lots of similar surveys appearing at the moment. Best that can be said is that there seems to be a polarization of views from those who say “good

McKinsey and Digital Strategy

Some of the recent McKinsey articles on digital strategy. Four myths about building a software business Five Fifty: So you want to be a software company How COVID-19

The Myth of Big Tech Competence

It appears that all large established organizations struggle to deliver on time and on budget. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/14/technology/facebook-vip-system.html Anyone who has worked for a large organization has probably had a

Amazon to pay full college tuition for front-line employees

Well, that’s an interesting move! https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/workplace/amazon-to-pay-full-college-tuition-for-front-line-employees Amazon’s more than 750,000 operations employees in the U.S. are eligible for fully funded college tuition, including cost of classes, books, and

The “Great Attrition”

Whether it is “the great economic reset”, the “the great dispersion”, or some other key aspect that will drive the biggest impacts post-covid remains to be seen. Now

Pet insurance: Why startups are winning

The dynamics of the pet insurance market are a little different than most insurance markets. The size and claims profiles are rather unique and seem to make this

The Social Dilemma

If you have not yet watched this documentary, I would urge you to do so. It raises many important digital ethics issues. Most of which I think we’re

Be afraid: Executives warn about personal data harvesting and use

This is a very worrying article based on a recent KPMG survey about data privacy. If directors of companies are concerned about what their companies are doing with

A decade and a half of instability: The history of Google messaging apps

Anyone who thinks that Big Tech companies such as Google have it all sewn up need to think again. Here is a very long sad story of how

This is the real story of the Afghan biometric databases abandoned to the Taliban

This story is a very stark reminder that who own and has access to our personal data can have very profound consequences. https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/08/30/1033941/afghanistan-biometric-databases-us-military-40-data-points By capturing 40 pieces of

Why Every Executive Should Be Focusing on Culture Change Now

Here is a useful Sloan Management article with a summary of what many people now see as the key elements for any organization seeking to be more adaptable

How data shielded our most vulnerable during the pandemic

A very interesting discussion about managing sensitive digital data at scale. Worth reading and asking yourself how you would look at the challenge of using this data in

Artificial intelligence liability: the rules are changing

The role and impact of changes I the legal system is a key topic for widescale adoption of digital technologies such as AI. https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/businessreview/2021/08/16/artificial-intelligence-liability-the-rules-are-changing/ The law has been

LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky decides to allow employees to work remotely for good

Is this a gimmick? Is it only something that Big Tech companies need to do to keep the best staff? Or is this leading the way? https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2021/08/02/linked-in-permanent-remote-work.html LinkedIn

What will happen to business travel after the pandemic?

As reported in the latest newsletter from Ben Evans, the debates about future work patterns continue. https://skift.com/2021/08/12/global-consulting-firms-project-they-will-save-almost-1-billion-by-cutting-corp-travel-in-2022/ Like most things, if you want to understand what’s happing in