Being Strategic with Digital Transformation - My Latest on No Jitter

Digital transformation covers a lot of ground - it’s hard to know where to start, and even harder to know when the work is done. We all have a basic idea of the concept, but it’s pretty malleable, and that makes things difficult for IT when trying to lead a digital transformation initiative.

Last week, I attended and spoke at the SCTC’s CRG event here in Toronto - our Canadian Regional Group. The members are primarily consultants, and they see first-hand how their clients are dealing with change from things like digital transformation.

There were many good takeaways from the event, and I’ll cover them in due course, starting with this one. As a regular contributor to No Jitter, my current post focuses on a talk from Mitel’s CIO, Jamshid Rezaei. He provided a great overview of the challenges his organization faced around digital transformation, along with the approaches that worked best. I distilled that into a set of four lessons learned that should resonate for any IT decision-maker. Here’s the link to my post, and as always, comments and sharing are welcome.

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Enterprise Connect 2019 - $500 Extra Savings on Early Bird Rate Until Jan. 11

I don’t write time-sensitive posts often, but if you’re thinking about going to Enterprise Connect in March, this post is for you.

The early bird pricing ends this Friday - Jan. 11, and it’s a hefty discount. As a speaker, I can extend an add-on discount of another $500 savings, so combined, that’s a really nice incentive.

If that does the trick to get you registered this week, here’s the link to use, and you’ll be all set. After Jan. 11, prices go up, but my $500 discount can still be applied if you use this link.

While I have you, details about my speaking spot are here, and I’ll have more detail on that soon.

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Newsletter Time - January 2019 Edition

Another month, and another newsletter - JAA’s Communication and Collaboration Review. I started this last year, and it’s slowly taking on an identity. Very few people really know what indie analysts do, and even fewer have a sense of our range of services, or my entrepreneurial style. If that’s you, and if I’ve piqued your interest, just click here to subscribe, and then I won’t have to explain myself anymore!

The current edition went out via email to my subscribers today, and I’ve already had some nice feedback. Good to know people are reading it, and enjoying the content. Chris Fine and I have put together another timely podcast that we think you’ll enjoy, and I also did a year-end summary of all my activity for 2018. As always, your support is appreciated, and feel free to share with others and hopefully they’ll subscribe as well.

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Another Q&A on Future of Work with me - by Rich Tehrani

Our Future of Work conference is getting closer by the day, and it’s good to see host TMCnet giving it strong editorial support. This time around, I was interviewed by their CEO, Rich Tehrani, and the Q&A was posted yesterday. I’ve been working with Rich and his team for ages, and this will be a special time, as their flagship event, ITExpo, celebrates it's 20th year - very impressive.

If you haven’t seen the Q&A yet, here’s the link, and if you want more on this topic, this post will take you to the two-part Q&A Paula Bernier did with me earlier.

After digesting all that, and you’re ready to make plans to join us in Fort Lauderdale, feel free to use this code - Jon10 - to get a 10% discount on your registration. Hope to see you there!

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Another Podcast to Share - "I Demand the Cone of Silence!"

Happy 2019 all!

I know I’m dating myself here, but the Cone of Silence from Get Smart is pretty relevant for today’s workplace. It’s even less practical than the shoephone - naturally, it never worked - but the underlying need for a private conversation to discuss sensitive topics is becoming a real challenge with so much pervasive - and invasive - technology around us 24/7.

That’s the teaser for my most recent podcast that my newsletter subscribers receive. As I’ve been explaining with earlier newsletters, I’m keeping that particular content exclusive for subscribers for a few weeks, then it will be shared here to a broader audience.

I was remiss last month in doing that, so blog readers here are getting a double-shot of podcasts. Last week, I posted our podcast from the previous issue - talking about Twilio, including their SIGNAL conference - and I’m pleasantly surprised by how much traffic it’s drawing. Now I’m doing the same for last month’s newsletter, and you can listen by clicking on the embedded link down below.

Even if you’re too young to remember Get Smart , I think you’ll find our discussion of interest, and it goes well beyond the Cone of Silence. If you check it out, I’d love to hear your thoughts, along with suggestions for future podcast topics. And, of course, if you find this to be must-have content - and why wouldn’t you? - just sign up for the newsletter so you have it hot off the press. My January issue is going out this week, so there’s a brand new podcast just waiting to be heard!