A Key Advisory, in Shorthand, to CEOs in Search of Successful Transformations

Enterprise Alliance is honored to be presenting four eloquent, sharp, and memorable featured speakers, spearheading a stage cast of altogether 33 carefully chosen speakers, moderators, and panelists.

We did brief interviews with a number of these speakers, always asking the same five questions. The results comprise a compendium of clear-eyed, experience-driven, and actionable advice. Herein, we share some of our favorite moments from these interviews.

Enterprise Alliance: What can you best do to help get past these barriers of understanding and help them get over the fear?

Mico Yuk: I tell them a story and the hero of the story resembles them. As the path to transformation then becomes relevant to them, we can eradicate three other fears that tend to crop up: loss of time, loss of money, and insurmountable difficulty.

Mico Yuk, Founder & CEO of BI Brainz, is the Keynote Speaker Thursday, January 24th, 2019 from 9 AM to 10 AM

Enterprise Alliance: You have been working in the realm of business and systems engineering for almost 3 decades and most recently have been focusing on innovation, digital transformation and emerging technologies. As you look forward to addressing an audience of business leaders in need of insight into how to get their arms around emerging and tempting technologies, what barriers to their understanding have you observed in recent years?

Craig Nel: Theodore Levitt, the former Harvard Business School professor and editor of the Harvard Business Review, famously said “People don’t want to buy a quarter inch drill. They want a quarter inch hole.”

The majority of customers I talk to, know almost instinctively that “they want a quarter inch hole”; and because technology vendors are great at selling drills and drill bits – most know “how” to get one.

Sadly, very few know or understand why. Phrases like “everybody else has one”, “we need it to be competitive” or “our survival depends on it” are often used to market the intent but the underlying motivation is often left unexplored.

As an official spokesperson and thought leader in cognitive experience at Oracle, Craig Nel is often engaged by the media and press to comment on innovation, transformation and emerging technology trends. Craig is a member of the Enterprise Services Power Panel.

Enterprise Alliance: What can you best do to help get past these barriers of understanding and help them get over the fear?

Mike Perk: Given the current economic climate, the need for leadership to step up and become digitally mature has never been greater. But leading in a digital world requires new behaviors, actions and — most importantly — authentic ownership of the digital change.

To help clients move from fear of transformation to embracing transformation, I follow a methodology that stresses establishment of clear-eyed transformational goals, covers internal communication requirements, a more positive reaction to temporary failures that will occur along the way, and inevitably the fostering of a culture that embraces personal growth and the growth of others.

The bottom line is that values rather than trends drive the technology decisions these leaders make.
Mike is the CEO of WWC, a “people focused” digital transformation advisory. He is the moderator of our panel: Successful Digital Transformation Begins with Your People and a panelist on the Experts’ Recommendations Round Table

Enterprise Alliance: What do you do to help get past these barriers of understanding?

Marcell Vollmer: I help customers to understand how fast business models are changing. I point to Uber, Airbnb or Tesla as positive examples of successful transformation. At the same time, I also use examples like Nokia, Kodak or Blackberry, all of whom failed to transform and thus withered.

The moral of the story is: “Uber yourselves before someone else does.”

Distinguished Chief Digital Officer and thought leader, Marcell Vollmer, leads a discussion “Digital Transformation: Making It So”, regarding successful digital transformation of procurement, supply chain, finance, and shared services with select industry experts.

Enterprise Alliance: Specific to the African continent, are there aspects to the market that you consider to be beneficial to client organizations seeking technology evolution?

Tom Raftery: One African advantage is that it does not suffer from a lot of sunk cost for complex legacy systems that have hindered digital evolution in more mature markets. Africans thus have fewer impediments in their forward technological path and therefore have greater agility.

In similar fashion, Africa has also shown a capacity to ‘leapfrog’ over defunct technologies and straight into modern technologies. For example, Africans pretty much skipped the age of telephone landlines because of the enormous cost of landline infrastructure and moved straight to mobile. They are now ‘leapfrogging’ over carbon-based energy to low-carbon technologies, again because of a paucity of old energy legacy assets holding them back.
An internationally recognized and respected thought leader and evangelist in the realm of emerging digital technologies, Tom Raftery’s feature presentation is “Tom Raftery’s Guided Tour of the Digital Universe”