Our cornerstone topic page, The new professional and IT as a service, curates the best of that coverage.
We also look at how outsourcers are grappling with the demands digital places. This piece picks high points from our recent coverage - including debates on the future of work and bot-driven automation. I've also got a few "best of the web" picks beyond diginomica.
18 cornerstone topics - curated with readers in mind
Just as a reminder, you can browse all the topic areas by clicking on the menu items directly above. The eighteen topics stem from three areas: Digital enterprise, Cloud apps & processes, and Technology disruptions.
Before I share my picks, here's the criteria for the New Professional cornerstone page:
The as-a-service economy is forcing big changes in professional services. BPO is shifting to digital services and customers expect outcomes – not welcome wagons loaded with consultants. Outsourcing and process automation live on, but buyers want digital partners who deliver more than cost containment. The digital skills gap is a major impediment to digital transformation – and a frequent topic of debate on diginomica. As IT shifts from cost center to IT as a service, CIOs are challenged to think differently about how to serve the business. Use this page as a launching point to learn about the new digital professional, and read field stories about IT services reinvention.
Wipro Digital head talks transformation, inside and out
by: Phil Wainewright
quotage: "This is a very level-headed perspective on digital transformation from Rao, demonstrating that Wipro Digital understands its mission and its implications. Whether that’s enough to fulfill the original ambition of seeing the digital business become one of the firm’s top three service lines by fiscal 2018 remains to be seen.
why I picked it: Wipro's acquisition of cloud professional services pioneer Appirio was one of the most interesting buys of the year. Phil's piece on Wipro's digital pursuits sets the table for how outsourcing-focused firms must evolve.
An optimistic view of bot driven automation on the future of jobs
by: Denis Pombriant
quotage: "Automation does eliminate some jobs but maybe that’s not a bad thing. As we contemplate what to do with the greater freedom the digital disruption will provide, let’s also consider lessons from earlier automation eras."
why I picked it: Pombriant's piece set off a flurry of debate and provoked a monster follow up where he responded to each reader's objections: Still optimistic about the future of jobs in a bot driven world. While I don't share Pombriant's optimism, a well-thought take grounded in historical views is welcome.
SmashFly and the new world of recruiting
by: Brian Sommer
quotage: "Done well, a SmashFly implementation should transform how companies are perceived by jobseekers. It will change how jobseekers are courted and how the organization’s leadership interacts with them days, months and even years before they get hired. It’s not the old want-ad approach to hiring and the differences will require education and reinforcement so that all-new practices replace old, ineffective and irrelevant ones."
why I picked it: The new professional needs a new hiring and recruiting experience. But aside from Monster.com and perhaps LinkedIn, recruitment technology has failed to transform. That may be starting to change. Brian Sommer, rarely impressed, had good things to say about how a company like SmashFly can help - infusing recruiting with new thinking.
Diversity programs and how to do them – some tips from tech leaders
by: Cath Everett
quotage: "One vendor that has already implemented a supplier diversity programme in more than 170 countries around the world, meanwhile, is IBM – although the firm’s US scheme is by far the most mature. In fact, according to Ross Mandiwall, procurement manager for the UK and Ireland, the company views the scheme as a “strategic business imperative due to the value it adds to the business”.
why I picked it: Everett switches gears in our diversity coverage by examining how service providers are facing this issue - and what enterprises can learn.
Mapping paths to servitization – can field service lead the way?
by: Phil Wainewright
quotage: "In this four-phase view of servitization, moving to a subscription-based consumption model is one example of the traction phase. It enables the manufacturer to stimulate product sales with a different financial model, and it puts them on a pathway to bundling other services into the proposition, before transitioning into a more outcomes-focused model."
why I picked it: We can slice and dice the concept of services in different ways - this piece by Phil examines how ServiceMax defines the fusion of products and services.
Bonus content - you may also want to track my ongoing series on digital skills gaps and transitions. Here's a couple recent ones:
- Analyzing fresh data on the digital skills gap, and how to address it – Since we last visited the so-called “IT talent crisis,” the world hasn’t fallen off a cliff after all. But new reports help to show the across-the-board demand for digital skills, and the jobs that are emerging.
- Finessing the DevOps transition – hiring and skills tips from Jason McKay of Logicworks - Logicworks CTO Jason McKay gave me four keys to hiring DevOps pros. He also explained why the best DevOps engineers are “lazy,” but in a good way. Yep, it’s all about automation.
Best of the web - there's a plethora of content on digital skills and the future of work, some of it of dubious value. Here's some resources worth a look:
- The new tech talent you need to succeed in digital - McKinsey has a number of pieces on talent in the digital enterprise, some of which I've critiqued.
- The WTF Economy - Tim O Reilly's extensive series on the future of work, sometimes bloviated, sometimes brilliant, often useful.
- Crunched by the Numbers: The Digital Skills Gap in the Workforce - A downloadable report from Burning Glass, including bonus content on hard-to-find tech/digital skills.