Internet of things

Digital Transformation: To CDO or not to CDO, that is the question.

Written by Martin Hermsen


A couple of days ago I was asked to join a Chief Digital Officer Roundtable in London* to discuss the many pitfalls and challenges a digital transformation brings to an organization. Looking at the program and the intended attendee list it promises to be a very interesting couple of days. Nonetheless, the title of the conference left me in limbo: Does an organization need a Chief Digital Officer? (CDO) The title ‘Chief Digital Officer’ holds quite some aspects.
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30 sep

DIS2015: Amazon Web Services (AWS) – “pay-as-you-go” infrastructure

Written by Martin Hermsen

Our Consultants have been called in to help fix stalled data center transformations, but why not do it right from the start with Amazon AWS?

Data center outsourcing initiatives are one way to reduce IT service costs.  Unfortunately, many of these projects focus purely on realizing fixed costs reduction instead of adding in agility factors like: pay-per-use. And many of these projects fail or end in a stalled client-supplier relationship.

When this happened some of our consultants were called in to fix it. Some key reasons for failure are: multi-party settings on the supplier side, highly complex fixed-price contracts in a win-lose setting, and early reduction of critical knowledge on the client side (to achieve the FTE savings). But is it wise in digital times to cut out process and technology knowledge of your business?

A great report on this topic is by Jim Ditmore: “why IT outsourcing project often fail”. He as well talks about a series of outsourcing deals that were reversed to actually deliver the right benefits. Ditmore, in his report, has multiple examples why it’s key to keep the knowledgeable employees on-board to deliver required savings.

In our Dicitas Digital Partners Network we work with Amazon Web Services. Why? Because: they provide their service based on “pay-as-you-go” terms (how many DCs are undersized or oversized from day 1?). The AWS solutions can be managed by the clients staff without an additional managed service provider. You can achieve the savings, deliver the benefits and keep your knowledge in-house.

At Dicitas we help our clients to successfully transform their business and close their digital performance gap. Stay tuned for more updates from our ITx practice. A good starting point is to get an independent view on your IT organization: email me, Oliver Trier, for an introduction &  IT maturity assessment

I invite you to join our ITx and Amazon break-out during the Digital Innovation Summit 2015 about: How to truly benefit from the IoT (Internet of Things).

Register now!

24 aug

Dicitas Consulting predictions for 2015 and the digital performance benchmark

Written by Dicitas

During the recent New Year party of Dicitas Consulting co-hosted by Software AG, Martin Hermsen presented the Dicitas Digital Predictions for 2015.


2015 Predictions



The audience acting as the expert panel evaluated all predications on their likelihood to become true in 2015. The outcome was remarkable! The overall conclusion was that 2015 will be the definitive year for the full breakthrough for everything digital. Digital channels, digital devices, digital consumers, digital equipment, digital things, it all dramatically changed our world.


Organizations are forced to rethink how they do business, reframe their go to market, restructure their organization and revitalize their people to fully speak digital in the omnipresent digital world.


It’s essential for organizations to know where they are, what is required now to not go down, what is of strategic importance to win tomorrow. To help organizations with their digital journey Dicitas Consulting developed the Digital Performance Benchmark to take action NOW and FAST.




19 feb

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