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The Weekend Reader: Rewiring for AI and Innovation
This weekend: How to rewire your enterprise, the return to office debates are over(?!?), the cloud may not be ready for AI, and Bill Gates shares why AI challenges are manageable.
This is The DX Report’s Weekend Reader. Each Saturday, I’ll highlight some of the best content from the week (or insights I just discovered!). Consider it your weekend reading list! If you’d prefer not to receive this, you can go to your profile and “manage subscriptions” and unselect The Weekend Reader.
In Case You Missed It: This Week from The DX Report
🌠 This week we only had one piece of analysis, but it was a doozy! In it, I explain the rationale for why I believe the Digital Transformation Platform is the key for an enterprise IT leader’s success.
You need to create agility and a competitive capability from a complex and intertwined collection of hardened functional and LOB apps. To do that, you need to build a Digital Transformation Platform.
Your Weekend Reading List
From McKinsey: Lessons from five rewired enterprises highlight how to turn initial digital gains into enterprise-wide ones.
Snap Analysis: This article is part of a recent trend addressing the more fundamental work necessary to authentically transform an organization for the future. In this case, to “rewire” it, but it’s very much aligned to my work on Digital Transformation Platforms.
From FastCompany: A flurry of new research shows that blanket return-to-office mandates, especially for full-time in-office work, harm productivity by decreasing employee engagement.
Snap Analysis: Not sure I buy that this is a settled matter, but it is some interesting data. It also states that the answer is hybrid as full remote work leads to a drop in productivity. In either case, I think it points to a clear signal that we won’t be returning to the full-time in-the-office past.
From GatesNotes (the blog of Bill Gates): The world has learned a lot about handling problems caused by breakthrough innovations.
Snap Analysis: Not specific to enterprise IT, but important nonetheless. In this analysis, Bill Gates breaks down many of the short-term risks of AI being thrown around and offers his take. The summary: it’s all manageable. You’ll almost certainly hear some of these concerns from your executive team, so it’s worth having Mr. Gates’ perspective in your back pocket.
From The Wall Street Journal: Traditional cloud infrastructure wasn’t designed to support large-scale artificial intelligence. Hyperscalers are quickly working to rebuild it.
Snap Analysis: With so much of IT’s infrastructure in or moving to the cloud, the rise of AI-centric workloads could create risk or challenges. At lot will depend on whether or not you move faster than the cloud providers, which may be more likely than you think. Worth keeping an eye on.