Ce que signifie la transformation digitale : le passage à l’économie de l’apprentissage


Ce billet est la conclusion de la série Ce que signifie la transformation digitale. Les autres sont disponibles en ligne :

  1. Définition et enjeux
  2. les points cardinaux (1/2) : relation client, produits et services, processus, outils
  3. les points cardinaux (2/2) : leadership, culture, équipe et management
  4. les projets
  5. l’ingénierie

Cette synthèse avance que la transformation digitale marque la bascule de l’économie de la connaissance à celle de l’apprentissage permanent. Et voici pourquoi …

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Ce que signifie la transformation digitale – 5ème partie

Ce nouvel épisode de la série consacrée à la transformation digitale s’intéresse à la culture de l’ingénierie, et, plus particulièrement, comme on peut s’en douter, à celle de l’ingénierie numérique.

La vidéo ci-dessus, est probablement une de celles apportant l’éclairage le plus précis sur la nouvelle culture de l’ingénierie numérique. John Allspaw a travaillé pour Friendster, a dirigé l’équipe IT de Flickr de 2005 à 2010 (9 personnes pour passer de 2 à 5 milliards de photos en ligne sur ce site communautaire) et est aujourd’hui SVP Infrastructure & Operations chez le site de vente en ligne Etsy.com.

Pionnier de l’approche DevOps et de la Continuous Delivery, Allspaw décrit parfaitement dans cette vidéo les principes d’ingénierie à l’oeuvre chez ces entreprises phares du numérique. Le 1er billet de la série sur la transformation digitale avance comme hypothèse que LE logiciel de ces entreprises est la mantra exprimée par Eric Ries dans Lean Startup : Build, Measure, Learn ; cette présentation de Allspaw en est une parfaite incarnation.

Une culture de l’ingénierie très souvent à l’opposée de celles constatées dans nos DSIs qui sont pourtant elles aussi, soumises aux enjeux de cette transformation …

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My Digital Story : How online communities helped me survive professionally after 9/11

Everyone has got a digital story, a story about how digital has somehow transformed her. Here’s mine. I’ve partially told it once or twice on this blog but never completely, so here it is in full. How about yours ? I’d love to read it. Continue reading “My Digital Story : How online communities helped me survive professionally after 9/11”

What playing in a rock band taught me about working in creative collaborative environments

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Just like football, I love music and I always will. I have been lucky enough to listen to it ever since I was born as both my parents are music fans. I love most styles of music (chamber classical music, jazz, folk, cuban, afro-beat, electro) but the one that resonates the most with me is indie-rock. A huge fan of Jimmy Page as a kid and then Johnny Marr as a teenager, I am fascinated by electric guitars and I started playing when I was twelve, more than 30 years ago. From 15 onwards, apart from the 10 years I have spent abroad (London and then Zürich), I have always been playing in a band.

Being part or leading software development teams for more than 15 years, I have noticed many common traits with the musical activity. Even if for some weird reasons, I may have not sold as many CDs as Radiohead or REM, I still believe there is some value in sharing what I have learnt through these hours of work and all the analogies we can draw with creative work in a collaborative environment.

A post in 8 measures, we are talking about rock’n’roll here …

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The Lean Scale-up


Startups have been all the craze for the last 15 years or so and the two bubbles : 1.0 (dot com’s) and 2.0 (social apps). One could argue that their most impressive achievement is succeeding in making technology entrepreneurship sexy and successful entrepreneurs as glamorous as rock stars, despite the swimming pools flip-flap.

There have been many blog posts about what a startup is and what is not but I’ve always thought there were something missing. Until I read this essay by Paul Graham, co-founder of startup incubator Y Combinator. The name of this essay does not hold so much suspense : Startup = Growth. The guy behind the success of dozens of startups including Airbnb explains why. At this point, I can only recommend you to read this essay and come back, as this is probably the most insightful 15mns read you can have about start-up. (Go ahead, take your time, I’ll be waiting here).

First takeaway :

For a company to grow really big, it must (a) make something lots of people want, and (b) reach and serve all those people.

My perspective is that startups have put great focus on (a), the external part of the challenge, mostly thanks to Eric Ries formalization of Lean Startup. However, I believe that these small companies sometimes are left wanting on (b), i.e internal processes and management. As a result, even young companies succeeding in finding their audience and target customer sometimes struggle to deliver and to achieve promised results and growth.

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Sunday Quote – Cowen, McAfee and Brynjolfsson

We are having more fun, in part because of the internet. We also are having more cheap fun. But we are coming up on short on the revenue side so it is harder to pay our debts, whether individuals, business or governments” (Tyler Cowen). Twenty first century Information and Communication Technology, in short, is failing the prime test of being economically significant. 

This meta quote, quote about McAfee and Brynjolfsson quoting economist Tyler Cowen, is taken from the Second Machine Age. In the section of the book the quote is taken from, the authors wonder whether ICT are General Purpose Technology such as steam engine or electricity, i.e pervasive technologies that change the way we live, work and do business. They are adamant they are, yet they question the economic return of these technologies.

A strongly recommended read to understand the profound transformation our times are going through.


La DSI désintégrée face à la digitalisation de l’entreprise


Un sujet qui me trotte dans la tête depuis une bonne année maintenant. Plus précisément depuis l’interview de Catherine Chabiron en charge du programme Lean chez Faurecia. Un des éléments que Catherine identifie comme structurant dans l’amélioration significative de sa DSI : la ré-internalisation des équipes :

We believe in insourcing rather than outsourcing, to maintain in house competences on our core services

L’autre source d’inspiration est cet article du toujours pertinent Bertrand Duperrin sur les conditions de succès de la transformation digitale. La deuxième partie de ce billet va donc questionner l’applicabilité de l’orthodoxie en stratégie SI (dont l’externalisation) dans ce contexte de la digitalisation de l’entreprise, un des enjeux majeurs des DSIs pour les années à venir.

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