COVID-19 Gives Manufacturing CIOs Unique OT Learning Opportunity

In my recent blog posts on why CIO’s need to get over the OT/IT divide, I explained why failure to address the IT/OT divide was going to doom manufacturers’ Digital Transformation efforts. I promised to provide insight as to how CIO’s can start breaking down the wall between IT and the OT centric parts of…

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Business Shock Recovery Requires Re-thinking

I’ve seen increasing discussion over the past week-plus about the effects of COVID-19 as a “shock” to business, rather than an interruption of the type around which most firms build disaster response and recovery (DRR) plans. I think that “shock” is a perfect term. And I think that business management software (e.g., ERP) and managed…

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The New Normal For Supply Chains

COVID-19 pandemic reveals how globalization can both spread a virus and cripple supply chains People have been trading goods across vast distances for millennia. The Silk Road and Timbuktu’s trans-Saharan caravan are two examples. Now globalization describes capability, opportunity, scale and speed for production and distribution of goods. That are specialized, manufactured and delivered just-in-time.…

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Surviving Hard Times For Independent Analysts

Some form of this post is going to make it into a book I am writing titled Curmudgeon: How to Succeed as an Industry Analyst. I had a good start on the book before talking with Gene Kim shortly after he sold Tripwire to Belkin in December 2014. Gene encouraged me to to put Curmudgeon…

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Connect the DOTS for Covid-19 workforce risk

Your business continuity plan did not foresee the true impact on the workforce of a pandemic.  Now what?  Leaders of businesses and other entities that continue to operate through the pandemic must take charge now with a tactical plan of attack to protect the workforce while also maintaining productivity. To manage Covid-19 workforce risks: Consult…

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