The Three Cs of Digital Transformation

What a ride this class has been! My girlfriend and I have been on a big Scattergories kick in our house, so I’m deep into trying to start every word I can think of with the same letter. Tonight’s die landed on C, so I figured I’d go with Cs to recap my semester. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the Wikipedia page. **as a side note, we never got to hear more of those early Wikipedia research stories @geraldckane , would love to hear the most interesting one you can think of in the comments!**

Cool Computers

Ok, I really wanted to say “cool technology” here, but I wanted the double points for alliteration, so I went for “cool computers” – hopefully I still get credit. What I loved about the course is that we covered some awesome technologies core to the class curriculum – blockchain, and AI; we heard about even more awesome stuff from guest speakers – Alexa, wearables, social media; and to top that off, I got to learn about so many cool topics from classmates – AR/VR, machine learning, cloud, satellite internet, captchas and more. The list is truly endless and I’ve truly appreciated the different perspectives and interests that my classmates have brought into the class discussions, posts, and threads.

technology gadgets and whatnot

Company Culture

I said in my intro blog that I wanted to bring away from class at least 1 concept that could directly apply at work. What I had in mind was some piece of digital technology, but in actuality, what I think this course provided for me was a better perspective and picture of what digitally mature organizations look like. With that knowledge, I can bring to my enterprise legacy customers the point of view not only on technologies that may help them, but company and culture attributes that are vital to success with that technology. It has also helped me identify who the right people/buyers are to be able to discuss true transformation with (and more directly, who not to bother with) – the culture that they foster with their teams is directly correlated with if they will be willing to be forward-thinking about technology, and eventually buy my software (lol).

Class Comradery

Twitter, WordPress and more have made me feel like I know my classmates much better. That was one of my goals for the course and I think we nailed it, together. The other piece of comradery I thought was awesome came in the form of having guest speakers, many of whom work or attended BC. I feel more connected to the broader BC community now, via LinkedIn and beyond – we’ve got some pretty cool alums. I look forward to staying in touch with everybody after the semester.

our school, looking pretty darn nice

Bonus C: Coming back to my intial expectations blog

I thought like all good conclusions, I oughta go back and reference my introduction, so here goes:

  1. So this is notttttt the same as Digital Strategy class: Uh, yeah, this was nothing like the Digital Strategy course. Much more of our time was spent thinking about how companies can evolve and change their cultures, not just their technology and business models. WordPress did prove to be a great vehicle for helping me hone my writing skills, and an excuse to dive deeper on a few topics I touch at a surface level at work.
  2. I pride myself on being the most organized guy on the planet, but this workload/schedule has my head spinning a bit: The workload management turned out just fine! In fact, it was a welcomed change from traditional course-loads that are heavy on exams.
  3. Hands-on and direct application is the name of the game: We did cover what trips up businesses in digital transformation pretty comprehensively (see: Technology Fallacy and Technology Myth), and spoiler alert, it wasn’t just the technologies they pick.
  4. Over/Under on my iPhone screen time per day increase due to this class set at 4 hours: Good news on the average screen time / Twitter addiction. My screen time from the first week of class until now has actually gone DOWN. That just means all the time spent on our class twitter talking shop on all things digital has overridden endless Instagram scrolling. Not sure the effects have fully hit my brain yet, but that’s a welcome change.

Cheers to a great semester, and looking forward to seeing a tweet announcing the launch of the next Technology book of the Technology Myth and Fallacy trilogy!

5 comments

  1. What a creative blog post Jake! I have good (or maybe a little ptsd) from the big scattegories games growing up, but this was cool. I loved that you came back to your initial post and discussed those points. I think this class has gotten me to reflect more thoughtfully and be a better future leader in times of disruption. Was great meeting you and hearing your perspective!!

  2. bccryptoassets · ·

    Sweet post using Scattergories as a backdrop. I think you nailed the three C’s in relation to describing this course. Cool (technology), class comradery and company culture are vital components to learning and succeeding in this class. This isn’t the traditional class we’re accustomed to taking, but you learn to appreciate a different class structure and hope other courses adopt some of the same strategies Professor Kane does. I wish everyone has a chance to take this class to learn from their peers, because it truly does bring an entirely different perspective than a textbook or lecture slides. Happy Holidays!

  3. Nice post. I did a talk over at HBS on my Wikipedia research a few years ago. They did a video of the summary, which you can find here. https://digital.hbs.edu/platforms-crowds/seminar-highlights-gerald-kane-online-collaboration/

  4. greenmonsterbc · ·

    Hi Jake, it was a pleasure to be your classmate in not one, but two courses this semester! Creative use of alliteration and a nice touch back to your original post. Looking forward to watching you progress in your career.

  5. totombc2021 · ·

    Another C for you would be, creative commentary in your final blog! Great breakdown here, well done

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