The CEO of Accenture North America, Julie Sweet, says that they are still seeing a very continued big focus by companies on digital transformation. The problem is that there are not enough workers with the right skills. Sweet believes that the US should not only upskill current workers through training but should also pivot our educational system for the jobs that are going to be created in the future. Accenture just opened a new Innovation Hub in Seattle which will create 300 highly skilled technology jobs by the end of 2020 and expanding its U.S. apprenticeship program. The apprenticeship program provides under-represented groups greater access to innovation-economy jobs. Accenture’s national program will grow to more than 150 apprentices by the end of this year, building upon the success of the company’s apprenticeship programs in other cities, including Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, and San Antonio. “Our investment in Seattle ensures that we have … [Read more...] about Accenture NA CEO on Creative Ways to Fill Jobs for the Digital Transformation
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Gap Inc. is choosing Microsoft as its preferred cloud vendor as part of a broader digital transformation effort. Gap will move its inventory and commerce sites to Microsoft Azure first in a multiyear deployment and then ultimately look to leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence services.The retailer features a collection of mature and fast growing brands including Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, Hill City and Intermix. CEO Arthur Peck has said on earnings conference calls and investor presentations that technology can help it serve its customers better as well as provide efficiency gains. I've highlighted our data asset. It's a data asset that we're really just scratching the surface of it, just starting to explore. We have our data sciences team. We're building that team up pretty aggressively. But, really, for the first time in the history of the company, we do have a 360 longitudinal view of the customer. And we know that customer's psychographics and … [Read more...] about Gap picks Microsoft Azure as preferred cloud vendor: Here’s a look at the digital transformation plan
Ask a business leader who has undertaken a project to implement new technology within their company, and you may find yourself hearing stories about delayed timelines, cost overruns and unforeseen roadblocks. The reason for this is that digital transformation is inherently complex if it is not thought through from end to end. Our customers, across a range of industries, are telling us that their digital journey is not an easy one. Taking on the challenge of aligning technology features with business functions, integrating new technology with old technology, and delivering innovation in areas that are traditionally risk-averse is no mean feat. This is especially true when you consider that all this must be done while taking into account the impact on the culture of a business and its employees.However, business leaders cannot allow these challenges to stand in the way of their company’s digital future. It is important to understand why digital transformation projects are perceived … [Read more...] about The digital transformation journey dissected – why do some businesses succeed while others lag behind?
The world is changing at an ever-increasing pace. To keep up, forward-thinking companies in nearly every industry are investing in transformation initiatives and re-evaluating how they should be operating in a digital environment.As the CEO of Alpha, the company behind the industry-leading integrated experimentation platform that’s used by one-third of the Fortune 100, I’ve had a front row seat to many digital transformation efforts. The one factor that separates the success stories from the failures is the speed of their iteration cycles. The companies that succeed build excellence in collecting and acting on data with speed, so that they can iterate and make informed decisions with speed.One simple story shows why.In mid-2017, a large financial services company used our platform to test facial recognition for mobile app logins. Users overwhelmingly reacted negatively – they didn’t trust that facial recognition was secure, consistent, or convenient. The bank … [Read more...] about How digital transformation leaders move at the speed of startups
If a technology solutions salesperson walks out of your office without playing the “digital transformation” card, he or she is not likely long for that job.Vendors, whether through strategic vision or competitive necessity, have latched onto the aspirations and concerns of business customers who fear digital disruption.“Digital transformation rocketed to the top of mind for brands, enterprises, and organizations in 2016,” writes R. “Ray” Wang, founder of Constellation Research and author of Disrupting Digital Business. “The fear of being disrupted by non-traditional competitors, margin pressure from competitors, and the realization that digital was more than just technologies gave boardrooms and CXOs the political capital to invest in digital transformation projects.”In fact, IDC recently asserted that “organizations are at an inflection point as digital transformation efforts shift from ‘project’ or … [Read more...] about Funding Digital Transformation