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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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Hundreds of AI tools have been built to catch covid. None of them helped.

A really useful analysis of the use of AI-based tools over the past 18 months. The disappointing conclusion is based on a catalog of errors and lack of

Amazon will pay you $10 in credit for your palm print biometrics

So, $10 in exchange for your palm print. A good deal? https://techcrunch.com/2021/08/02/amazon-credit-palm-biometrics

The CEO of Pfizer on Developing a Vaccine in Record Time

Absolutely fascinating discussion of the Pfizer journey. A “must read” on what it takes for a Large Established Organization to act in an agile way. What does it

With open banking on the horizon, the fintech-SME love story is just beginning

Another great example of data-driven innovation is Open Banking. And its impact are just starting to become clear. This is a great summary of why. https://techcrunch.com/2021/07/16/with-open-banking-on-the-horizon-the-fintech-sme-love-story-is-just-beginning/ Since open

O2O

Some fascinating illustrations of O2O from Andrew Ng. https://www.andrewng.org/video/ There is a rise of O2O (online to offline) services, in which users are using their cellphones to get

Importance of Trust in AI

A very useful discussion of the different influences on trust in AI. A really key topic as AI-based systems become more widely used. https://medium.com/geekculture/importance-of-trust-in-ai-622b303dc91f In this article, we

Business Agility Value Stream

The SAFe people have recently updated their Business Agility article. This is the keystone article that defines and explains what we mean by Business Agility, and the value

Who has access to your health data?

Here is a new “Data Uses Register” from the NHS. It lists who has access to which datasets and why. https://digital.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/nhs-digital-launches-data-uses-register-to-improve-transparency The new data release register provides an

Latest MIT Sloan article by John Cotter on culture change

Just saw this latest article by John Kotter on dealing with culture change as we come through the pandemic. Is there anything remotely new here? Hasn’t this been

Home or office? Survey shows opinions about work after COVID-19

Another interesting survey and analysis about the future of work after the pandemic. This one is from the World Economic Forum and involved polling of 12,500 people across

Shock treatment: can the pandemic turn the NHS digital?

More on covid and its implications for digital transformation in the public sector. https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2021/07/shock-treatment-can-the-pandemic-turn-the-nhs-digital/ Spoiler alert: No.

5 Key Lessons from HBS’s Pandemic Teaching Transformation

Good solid advice, and very much inline with my own experiences teaching online. https://hbsp.harvard.edu/inspiring-minds/5-key-lessons-from-hbs-pandemic-teaching-transformation

Apple vs Facebook: how the war between the Silicon Valley giants is changing tech

I really enjoyed this article. It clearly lays out some of the biggest digital economy challenges of our time: Control of the internet, exploitation of personal data, how

‘Ventilator challenge’ to equip NHS for Covid lost £143m of public money

This is one of the reasons that you have to be very, very careful with “open innovation” approaches and mass hackathons. The opportunities for waste and inefficiency is

The UK’s Most Valuable Unicorns

Who knew?