Digitalization: The Formula of Success

A recent survey among German, Austrian and Swiss IT decision-makers has shown, for the second year in succession, that companies and industries in these three countries are, to varying degrees, lagging behind in terms of digitalization. This is partly owed to an obvious underestimation of the significance of the trend that I and my colleagues at CSC do not share. In addition, there is a mix of fears and prejudices, which are, in our opinion, essentially unjustified. Among the latter are, predictably, cost issues, a…

Inside the Minds of Today’s Digital Leaders

Some businesses are more globally integrated, more effective at sharing information and more likely to report better financial performance than their competitors. They’re also entirely digital across all major functions. In a recent Economist Intelligence Unit survey of C-level executives and IT leaders around the world, these digital leaders stood out. The 7th annual survey report sponsored by CSC, “What Makes Digital Leaders: A Full C-Suite Perspective,” explores links between digital technologies and strategic success. It highlights current investments in IT and how companies plan to…

What Do ‚Digital Leaders‘ Do Differently to Become More Successful in Today’s Business World?

Digital transformation is still in its early days in Europe. Many clients in various industries are looking to digitalize their existing business or to enter new business models. Great examples for how fast this topic is progressing can be found in the automotive industry like with Ford, VW or Daimler or within manufacturing striving for Internet of Things (IoT) and industry 4.0 solutions. Beside technological challenges there are also organizational barriers to overcome. IT companies like CSC are aiming to help clients with their digital…

Beyond the Comfort Zone – The Digital CIO

I recently came across an article in the British CIO Magazine, titled ‘Beyond the Comfort Zone’ and describing an IDG survey among CIOs. Only two out of ten respondents felt fit to fulfil the role of a ‘digital CIO’. Wait, I thought, a CIO is a Head of IT – and isn’t IT by definition digital? No. According to the article, a ‘digital CIO’ is one who can help digitalise the entire business, not just hardware, software and network. Anyhow, the results seemed devastating: to date,…

Reimagining Reengineering: Organizational Strategy for Next Generation Infrastructures

20 years ago, two CSC consultants, James Champy and Michael Hammer, introduced one of the most radical idea in management thinking since Max Weber’s originally codified the concept of bureaucracy in the early 20th Century. Reengineering the Corporation (1993) with its focus on the process, not the task, transformed organizational thinking and produced the flexible global supply chains of today: Max Weber’s task-minded bureaucracy was replaced by the process, a perspective-shift that transformed how we do business. This epistemological development has put systems integration that…

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