Bay Area Digital Executive Dinner Series 

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Farallon | 450 Post Street | San Francisco, CA 94102
Wednesday, May 1 at 6pm PT

ISG Partner, Prashant Kelker will present
Implementing & Tracking a Digital Operating Model

TOPIC:  Implementing & Managing New Digital Operating Models

WHY ATTEND:  This session will focus on understanding what others are doing to establish and govern digital operating models in the new world.  We will be speaking to the challenges they face, and how some companies have overcome these challenges – the key topics we will address are:

• How should the organization structure adapt/change to address new digital models, and how have the leading companies executed change management?

• How will the design and execution of technology transformation programs inform and build its required target business capabilities iteratively using an evolving provider ecosystem?

• How do you ensure a solid digital backbone and operating model is established and maintained to scale and ensure quality in your transformation programs?

• How do you harness emerging technologies and bring them to mass scale usage within your enterprise (automation, analytics, ML, cloud, blockchain, etc.)


  • 6pm PT Networking/Happy Hour:  45 minutes
  • 7pm PT Dinner:
  • Appetizer:  Implementing & Tracking a Digital Operating Mode
    Presented by Prashant Kelker, ISG Partner - Digital Strategy & Solutions
  • Dinner:  Open Q&A
  • Dessert:  Future Topics & Networking

This is a great opportunity to network and learn from peers. Feel free to bring a colleague!

Upcoming dinners:

Date TBD - Palo Alto: Blockchain Reality & Impact

Date TBD - San Francisco: The Automation Journey Conundrum


Connectivity is the New Currency

A frequent theme of this blog is my disdain for jargon, but sometimes one has to admit defeat. I battled for years against what today we call “outsourcing governance,” arguing it was not governance at all, and I had the dictionary definitions to prove it. I thought “cloud” was just a euphemism for the way companies could repackage existing assets, and that the only new capability it offered was dynamic provisioning. And don’t even get me started on what passes for “innovation” in the outsourcing industry.

And, yet, I am at a loss for words to describe the age upon us. I suppose most of the world has begun to call it “digital,” but, to my ear, this doesn’t fully capture it. Among friends, I’ve started calling it “the age of inter-everything,” enabled, of course, by the inter-net. In the end, it’s not the name that’s important. It’s the fact that most enterprises are missing the boat.

Here is my manifesto for how organizations will gain competitive advantage starting today:

The future is about connectivity. Most of the darlings of Wall Street and the business media own few assets. Instead, they make connections. You know the ones: Uber, Google, Apple, AirBnB, AliBaba. The companies that will win going forward will use technology and a deep understanding of human behavior, enabled by analytics, to constantly make new connections. These connections could be between systems in the traditional sense, but they also will be between people. They definitely will be between systems and people. They also will be between providers, companies, governments, regulators, communities and even competitors. These connections will be continually redefined; the ones that are made today may not be as valuable as the ones made tomorrow because, by their very nature, networks add value when they expand.

So the enterprises that win will be able to connect and disconnect with blazing speed. Most of us already understand the value of the inter-connected world, but many of us struggle to make and break those connections at the speed the market demands.

By connecting data, systems, analytics and human behavior, an agri-business enterprise will be able to offer a tailored seed solution for farmers to optimize their crops every year; oil and gas companies will be able to optimize production for demand in ways they haven’t been able to do before; a healthcare insurance company will be able to identify risks and illnesses even before their patients do; a chemicals business will be able to develop compounds their manufacturing customers don’t even know they need yet, and life sciences companies will be able to deliver safe, proven drugs to market far faster than they do today. Enterprises that want to be relevant tomorrow need to ask themselves: what new connections can we make?

Long before we had enabling technologies like the Internet of Things or machine learning, famous designer Charles Eames said, “Eventually everything connects—people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.” This idea will be the defining characteristic of our future.

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