Nigel Fenwick

Vice President, Principal Analyst

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How To Build A Better (Digital) Mousetrap

Nigel Fenwick March 21, 2019
“Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.” While Ralph Waldo Emerson may not have said these exact words, the principles remain as true as ever today. Going Beyond Improving Today’s Customer Experience If you’ve been following my blog, you may remember a post from 2016, where I introduced […]
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Digital Myth No. 5 — Every Tech Vendor Is An Expert In Digital Transformation

Nigel Fenwick March 19, 2019
While every tech vendor seems to lay claim to being an expert in digital transformation, it stands to reason that not all can be. For sure, there are many vendors with experience helping clients create new customer or employee digital experiences, but this experience doesn’t make them experts in digital business transformation. For 20 years, […]
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Webinar: Digital Business Transformation Accelerators

Nigel Fenwick March 5, 2019
Almost every technology consulting firm, and many others besides, claims to be able to help your business transform into a digital business. Digital transformation has been used to describe everything from moving applications from a data center to the cloud to updating the systems and processes in the finance department. Many examples of so-called transformation highlight […]
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Accelerate Innovative Digital Transformation

Nigel Fenwick January 30, 2019
Quick video perspective on applying design thinking to business strategy.
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Accelerate Revenue Growth With Digital Innovation

Nigel Fenwick January 30, 2019
CEOs want to understand how digital translates into revenue growth. They don’t just want to hear how similar companies have digitally transformed; they want to understand what the net result was on revenue and profitability. If you’re a technology sales professional working for one of the myriad companies delivering digital transformation, you’ve probably already honed […]
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Digital Snakes And Ladders

Nigel Fenwick January 29, 2019
Games are a great teaching aid. The digital snakes and ladders game from Forrester helps teams identify and focus on best practices of digital transformation. Learn about it in an upcoming webinar.
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GE Announces New Industrial IoT Software Business

Nigel Fenwick December 13, 2018
With GE establishing a new standalone software business, we examine what it means for existing and potential customers of GE Digital and for GE. What we know: On December 13, 2018, GE announced the formation of a new industrial IoT (or IIoT) software business, with $1.2 billion in revenue (based on GE Digital sales combined with sales […]
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Digital Myth No. 4 — Your Company Needs A Digital Strategy

Nigel Fenwick October 17, 2018
When your CEO asks you for your digital strategy, you could go away and huddle up with your team for a month and produce some voluminous document full of TLAs, only to have it sit on the shelf for the next two years. Instead, simply give your CEO a copy of your business strategy. After […]
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Myth No. 3 — Digital Transformation Requires A Chief Digital Officer

Nigel Fenwick September 27, 2018
Do you see the chief digital officer (CDO) as some kind of digital superhero, swooping in to rescue a dysfunctional business and transform it into a digital powerhouse? The truth is that chief digital officers can be very effective with strong CEO backing, but they are not always necessary. A business-savvy, customer-obsessed CIO can be […]
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Five Myths Of Digital Transformation: Myth No. 2 — CIOs Can’t Drive Transformation

Nigel Fenwick August 7, 2018
Many people believe that digital transformation is not an IT thing. While this may have been true when applied to last century’s typical IT group, it should not be true in 2018. To be fair to anyone who believes that IT cannot lead digital transformation, I’m referring to a new kind of IT: The technology team […]
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Five Myths Of Digital Transformation

Nigel Fenwick July 27, 2018
Since I first wrote about digital transformation back at the end of 2012, the term has become wildly overhyped. Since CEOs are now at least asking about digital transformation, and every technology vendor now claims expertise in digital transformation, it’s time to burst a few of the myths surrounding digital transformation. But first, let’s recap […]
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Webinar On Culture And The Power Of Metrics

Nigel Fenwick March 29, 2018
Followers of my blog may remember this post from February: “It’s Time To Fix Your Broken Business Culture.” Here’s a snippet: “Employees make everyday judgements based on what the organization signals to them is important. And while many CEOs assert that the customer is the most important person, the metrics they use to measure employee […]
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Accelerate Digital Transformation With Forrester’s Business Innovation Canvas

Nigel Fenwick March 5, 2018
Challenge Thinking, Lead Change! I take very seriously my role in delivering on our company tagline – “Challenge Thinking, Lead Change” – especially the “challenge thinking” piece. In some companies, challenging thinking can get you into trouble fast, especially if you challenge leadership thinking. Some might describe this as “a career-limiting move.” But not leaders […]
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The State Of Digital Business 2018: Top Technologies

Nigel Fenwick March 2, 2018
Top Technologies By Maturity While the scope of business strategy is increasingly defined by technology, not all technologies are equally important. To help digital leaders think about where to place their future technology bets, we published “The Top Emerging Technologies For Digital Predators” in 2017. More recently, as I was examining our latest digital survey […]
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Your Business Doesn’t Need A Digital Strategy!

Nigel Fenwick March 1, 2018
Digitize Your Business Strategy Before It’s Too Late In 2018, every CEO wants to have a “digital strategy” – which means at least we’ve made some progress over the past five years! To solve what they perceive to be the immediate challenge, CEOs adopt a range of tactics. Some, like Patrice Louvet at Ralph Lauren, […]
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GE Digital Update: Lessons From An Industrial Giant

Nigel Fenwick February 21, 2018
Last year we published The Right Way To Establish A Digital Platform Business to examine how GE’s former CEO, Jeff Immelt, established GE Digital under the leadership of Bill Ruh. GE Digital and its Predix platform were supposed to be an engine of revenue growth for GE. Given all the doom and gloom news surrounding […]
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It’s Time To Fix Your Broken Business Culture

Nigel Fenwick February 12, 2018
Culture remains the No. 1 barrier to successful digital transformation. Every time we survey business executives about digital transformation, they tell us that their organizational culture is a problem. After years of looking at data and interviewing executives, I can now see that the word “culture” masks a multitude of sins inside the organization. Which […]
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To Be A Platform, Or Not To Be A Platform?

Nigel Fenwick February 9, 2018
That is the question! If you’re the CEO of your business, or maybe the chief digital officer (CDO) responsible for digital business strategy, it’s the central question you need to be asking of your leadership team. A platform business can take many forms, depending on how we define it. A platform business is certainly a […]
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Mind The Gap: The Forrester Digital Business Benchmark 2018

Nigel Fenwick February 8, 2018
Mind The Gap The digital gap between digitally advanced companies and their less digitally mature counterparts is widening. And the risk for companies just starting their digital journey is that they may have left it too late to catch up (see last week’s post, Your CEO Doesn’t Understand Digital). This is one of many insights […]
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DXQuickBytes: Your CEO Doesn’t Really Understand Digital

Nigel Fenwick February 2, 2018
#DXQuickBytes Your CEO may be the exception that proves the rule. But most CEOs don’t fully understand the impact emerging digital technologies will have on their industry in the next ten years. They think they do, but they typically limit their thinking through no fault of their own. If changing your business to become a […]
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