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The expert consultants on staff with Innovation Vista bring C-level Technology leadership experience to their roles and insights for our clients.

Turning IT into a Profit Center – Client Success Story

Innovation Vista keeps our past clients and partnerships confidential.  Unless you choose to publicize our joint work, the public - and specifically your competitors - will not know you are working with us, or planning anything new or different.   Sun Tzu said it well: All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.  -- Sun Tzu, The Art of War It is often useful for new and potential clients, though, who are envisioning possible innovation and digital projects, to consider how our approach has benefitted other companies, even just in broad anonymized strokes... One recent example was a financial intermediary involved in connecting counterparties with specific investment needs [...]

2019-10-13T15:29:12-06:00May 1st, 2019|Innovative Success|0 Comments

How is IT Doing? Ask Business Leadership FIRST

"We do a great job.  90% of our KPIs and projects are in the green, and we had 99.9% uptime last month..." ...Comments like this can be indicative of successful IT shops, hitting on all/most cylinders and empowering their companies to great results. ...Comments like this can also come out of IT leaders' mouths in departments which are completely failing their businesses - possibly without them even knowing it.   Wait, you say.  How could Key Performance Indicators be put in place, or projects approved, without the business being on board?  And if 90% of them are in the green isn't that a good sign?  Not necessarily.  They could very well be meaningful, but KPIs may not really measure how well IT is supporting and empowering the business.   Consider these common situations: KPIs surrounding reaction times to requests, but none addressing proactivity KPIs about bug fixes, but none measuring the [...]

2019-10-01T17:14:05-06:00December 2nd, 2018|Assessments, Transitional Leadership|0 Comments

A security checklist for CEOs to sleep at night

CEOs are in a complex quandary on information security. On the one hand this is a topic requiring deep technical expertise which is (usually) outside the wheelhouse of CEOs, unless they head up a security tech company. On the other hand, it has become abundantly clear that in the court of public perception (and for that matter, the court of law), it is considered a CEO's personal responsibility to ensure that appropriate protections are in place to protect the information of a company's customers - particularly consumers. No CEO wants to end up on the front page of the newspaper or sued for negligence over a breach. Recent incidents should serve as sufficient motivation: Yahoo - 3.5 billion account details were hacked in two different breaches.  Every single account on a system serving nearly half of the world's population in 2013-14 (not fully disclosed until 2017) Sony Motion Pictures - [...]

2019-10-01T17:18:10-06:00September 20th, 2018|Assessments, Security|0 Comments

Blockbuster – April Fools Day cautionary tale

It is a hallmark of the disruptive nature of digitalization that it has turned the tables on surprised companies who have gone from industry leaders to bankrupt has-beens in relatively short periods of time.  In an effort to encourage our clients to avoid similar thought traps, and to commemorate and analyze a few of the most famous of these failures, Innovation Vista is initiating an annual "April Fool's Day" article series.  We are pleased to kickoff this series with the sad & strange case of Blockbuster.   The Multiple Missed Opportunities of Blockbuster with Netflix The disruption of the video rental industry is very unique in that the industry leader had multiple chances to purchase, and then to partner with, its disruptor, less than a decade from its own bankruptcy. To our knowledge, this seems to be the best example of opportunity of this kind being offered, and of course, [...]

Be the Business – CIOs in the New Era of IT

Be the Business is the latest offering from well-known CIO recruiter Martha Heller, author of the CIO Paradox, a well-written guide to the myriad trade-offs involved in being a successful CIO. In her latest book, she further explores the challenges faced by CIOs in the new Digital era of disruption and transformation, and she proposes a significant shift in mindset as the key answer.  Rather than a service provider, partner, or other analogous relationship, Heller’s suggestion is to envision IT as identical with the business, in the sense of how it measures its success and how it should set its priorities. Increasingly, with new technologies rising in impact and disrupting so many industries, it is IT which both enables and envisions many companies’ futures.  Owning that responsibility helps CIOs set their mindset on the right compass heading, and should also increase their wingspan and influence at the executive table as [...]

2019-10-13T22:21:38-06:00September 27th, 2016|Book Review|0 Comments

Why We Build Trust First for Innovation Success

"Build Trust First" is Innovation Vista's unique methodology for all engagements relating to change, transformation and transition.  We believe not only that it leads to success; we believe something like it is absolutely necessary for success! Gartner reports that 75% of Digital Transformation initiatives will fail, highlighting particularly higher risks when these are seen as "IT Projects".  That is a daunting estimate, but one based on real facts and track records.   ..and one we believe is based on human nature...   Trust is a universal Human Need Turbo-charger   Although we apply this approach to IT-driven transformation, it is truly in effect in every aspect of our lives.  Myriad leadership studies have proven the connection between success/efficiency/effectiveness and trust.  And each of us can confirm in our own lives the "difference" between situations where trust was absent vs. present; it is not difficult to recall in which situations we were at [...]

Forbes Highlights Demand for Digital Consultancies

A Forbes article yesterday about Digital Consultancies highlights a major change underway not only among Big 4 and Big 3 consulting firms, but across the economy.  Increasingly, firms are building out their "Digitalization" consulting practices to respond to the increase in demand in these services among their clients. Some are hiring experts to handle the current and projected future project increase; other firms are acquiring smaller firms at a frenetic pace.  It is this same trend in demand that created the reason for the formation of Innovation Vista in the fall of 2015... What is so different about this trend in consulting and in technology at large? New technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Smart Process Automation, Augmented/Virtual Reality are reaching maturity to be ready for mainstream adoption worldwide.  Most companies will find one or more use cases for these capabilities. Because these tools are new, there are not enough experts [...]

2019-10-13T20:59:13-06:00March 24th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Bold – How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World

Peter Diamondis & Steven Kotler latest work builds on their earlier book Abundance, and provides some helpful specifics for how to implement real innovation in today’s business climate. Aimed particularly at entrepreneurs and business owners, the book lays out the powerful dynamics impacting our economy currently, and suggests a mindset to find success.   As would be guessed by the title of the book, his counsel is to be bold and to aim for huge growth opportunities and strategies which have the promise of 10x increase. Technology is bringing expontential change to a world much more used to linear incremental change, and the book makes a good case that business leaders today have to completely adjust their thinking to avoid not only missing out on opportunities, but being left behind. The world – especially our economy – are not the same as the one we grew up in!  This book is [...]

2019-10-13T18:41:15-06:00February 26th, 2016|Book Review|0 Comments

Zone to Win – Organizing to Compete in an Age of Disruption

Geoffrey Moore's new book "Zone to Win" is a strong sequel to his works "Crossing the Chasm" and "Escape Velocity", and it solidifies his place as one of the thought leaders in corporate structure and culture for the Digital Age. Moore's main suggestion, supported by case studies and examples from Salesforce and Microsoft, is that to succeed in these challenging times, organizations should create separate divisions with different charters to "win" and achieve the distinct goals relevant for these times: Performance Zone:  executing a company's current business plan Productivity Zone:  focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the current business plan Incubation Zone:  devoted to exploring potential new business lines or ways of operating Transformation Zone:  focused on scaling up successful projects from the Incubation Zone to become the company's new business plan In particular, the Incubation and Transformation Zones are key concepts which separate out the search for, [...]

2019-10-13T19:59:17-06:00November 3rd, 2015|Book Review|0 Comments

Digital to the Core

Graham Waller & Mark Raskino's new book on Digital business has a lot to recommend it.  The two authors are colleagues at Gartner and it's clear that the book unifies not only their perspectives but also a lot of wisdom gleaned from their myriad interactions with client organizations, on what is needed for a successful transition to Digital business. The book pushes the increasingly common perspective that Digitalization is inevitable and that companies who don't make this transition in the near term will struggle to survive.   While we certainly see the coming Digital revolution as significant, strategic, and revolutionary - it's no small part of why Innovation Vista has been formed! - we believe the impact will vary significantly in speed across industries.  The earliest impact will likely be felt where there is a significant share of costs being expensed in personnel roles "one level above" the current limit of [...]

2019-10-13T20:15:40-06:00October 20th, 2015|Book Review|0 Comments