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It’s Time for the Defense Production Act’s Digital Transformation – War on the Rocks

it’s time for the defense production act’s digital transformation – war on the rocks

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President Donald Trump’s invocation of the Defense Production Act (DPA) marked an important step in the fight against COVID-19. Doing so allowed the president to order 3M to make millions of N95 masks, initiate a 30,000 ventilator contract with General Motors, and force meat processing plants to remain open. Despite these efforts, the administration’s use of the DPA has received mixed reviews.
Behind the scenes, America’s capacity to leverage the DPA is running up against a modernization problem. American leaders are flying blind as they attempt to manage this pandemic equipped with antiquated digital technology, spotty datasets, and inaccurate models. Even more challenging, the tools required for a digitally driven federal response strategy do not exist, nor do regulations to enforce compliance with emergency data management. That gap exists because the 1950s authors of the DPA could not have foreseen today’s digital reality.
The United States should modernize the DPA’s authorities, invest in digital infrastructure, and enhance private sector collaboration. Specifically, Washington should amend the DPA to reflect the critical role data plays in proactive government response efforts, expand bilateral data sharing with the private sector, and challenge norms around digital talent in government.
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The Eight Commandments of Data, Data Science and Digital Transformation Failure

the eight commandments of data, data science and digital transformation failure

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The explosion of ‘Data Science or AI as service’ has brought all organizations to the forefront of the AI world. However, many organizations are unable to generate economic impact despite leveraging these emerging technologies. Today, a huge number of papers and companies talk about the success of models etc., however, the economic value remains elusive. 

Satyam Priyadarshy who is the chief data scientist at Halliburton with over 20 years of experience in academia and industry, shared his experiences on how companies are claiming they have achieved digital transformation but have essentially failed in generating impact. He takes us through the journey of some of the commandments of failure in this journey. 

Digital Transformation In The Current Age

Satyam believes that while the industries are trying to be data-driven and are using various tools to bring it into action, people are taking too much about it without showing actual results. He says that for companies to show results in continuous transformation, it is required for them to work in the real-time. Stressing on the need to have a digital maturity, he says that people are keen on using these trending terms but what we should be actually looking at is if it …

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For RIAs, Digital Transformation is Key for Staying Competitive & Meeting Client Expectations Post-Pandemic: White Paper

for rias, digital transformation is key for staying competitive & meeting client expectations post-pandemic: white paper

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CHICAGO, May 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Envestnet, Inc. (NYSE: ENV) has published a white paper, “RIA Digital Transformation: A Competitive Necessity in a Post-Pandemic Marketplace,” discussing industry sentiments and attitudes toward practice digitalization. The report, commissioned by Envestnet and drafted by Aite Group, discusses how end-to-end digital capabilities can help registered investment advisers (RIAs) effectively engage and service clients, and achieve scalability and sustainability, after the present crisis ends.
Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, most RIAs remained in the nascent stages of building out digital offerings, or had implemented digital tools but never made client usage and adoption a priority. The lockdowns, social distancing, and significant market volatility stemming from the pandemic have elevated digital engagement in importance. However, the current situation also exposes flaws in processes which are not fully digitized. Completing workflows which require manual intervention can be extremely difficult when operational volumes are high, clients are anxious, and staff members are working from home. This white paper outlines best practices for RIAs to transition all practice operations to the cloud, and support clients, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic—and also identifies the most essential digital capabilities for helping RIAs maintain their competitive edge.
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AppDynamics Survey Sees Rush to Digital Transformation – DevOps.com

appdynamics survey sees rush to digital transformation – devops.com

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Digital transformation projects pick up pace under pressure

digital transformation projects pick up pace under pressure

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The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to reduce IT spending in 2020 and potentially beyond, but some industry executives believe there’s still room for innovative projects amid the general economic downturn.

Innovation, however, is being redefined. Projects launched during the early stage of pandemic response have focused on immediate needs to keep businesses functioning in a lockdown. But as the economy begins to reopen, a subsequent wave of projects will address new ways of conducting business that take into account social distancing policies and a jittery public. Other projects will aim to address pandemic-influenced business resiliency requirements.
And while some enterprises had previously embarked on multiyear digital transformation projects, the new initiatives will likely be smaller in scope and have quicker turnaround times (see “Speeding innovation”). The technologies undergirding these emerging projects will include a heavy dose of cloud computing, data analytics, AI and automation.

The first wave: Stabilizing the core
The early wave of projects in March and April focused on the essentials of employee safety and providing the tools for remote working — cloud-based communications and collaboration systems, for example. Those keep-the-lights-on projects aimed to ensure businesses could continue to perform the basic functions necessary to support employees, run the …

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Tips on Digital Adoption and Transformation from Tesla – InformationWeek

tips on digital adoption and transformation from tesla – informationweek

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Former director of learning shares some of the mindset that drives the electric car maker’s strategy for fueling external and internal adoption.The move to cloud-based infrastructure is often described as inevitable but part of the battle is getting teams within organizations to embrace such change. At the Digital Adoption Summit hosted this week by Whatfix, Beth Loeb Davies, the former director of learning at Tesla, discussed some of the approaches used by electric automaker to accelerate adoption of innovation. She is currently co-founder and host of the Career Curves podcast. During her session, she spoke about some of the lessons and strategies Tesla found to be most successful for digital adoption.The momentum pushing digital transformation and cloud migration is building up across many organizations, said Khadim Batti, cofounder and CEO of Whatfix, in his keynote that launched the summit. He said digital adoption is the key to successful digital transformation, yet adoption also remains a substantial challenge of business executives.
“Investment in cloud infrastructure among enterprises is through the roof,” Batti said. “It is only a matter of time before all applications are solely cloud based.” This evolution is already seen with more and more tech talent distributed …

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Council Post: How Inefficient Backlog Management Can Lead To Incomplete Digital Transformations

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A global crisis rewrites priorities everywhere. Crisis management increases the demand for valuable resources. And the economic effect of increased demand for a constrained supply is an increase in backlog.
Though the business impacts of backlog vary from industry to industry, every one of these boils down to poor customer experience. Some industries have the luxury of delaying or dropping the backlog, and some will have no choice but to methodically clear it by whatever means and time it takes.
While the level of impact varies, there are commonalities that industries can learn from. For example, queue management techniques from the transportation industry can be applied to patient management in hospitals, and lessons from retail on how to handle backorders can help manage applications backlog in technology businesses and so on.

When we operate with limited resources, the most common reaction is the push for greater efficiency. Sometimes, even if we have the world of resources at our disposal, we can’t make progress at the pace we want. Irrespective of any trade-offs we could make, we always hit the limit on efficiency. When that happens, the backlog grows again.
Over the last few years, digital transformation has …

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Council Post: The Day Digital Transformation Became Mandatory

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For many businesses, “digital transformation” has been somewhere on a long list of priorities for quite some time. It was important but somehow got easily buried under the urgency of today.
Maybe, we told ourselves, we would move on it after the seasonal rush or, even better, research what our competitors were doing. That seemed to work — until the day our customers needed to interact with businesses almost solely online. This was the moment when digital operations became less a matter of efficiency and more one of survival.
Until The Day Things Changed Forever
Some early adopters have taken this change in stride. These businesses already had cloud-based business operations, a robust online customer experience and mature global supply chains that could manage the seismic switch from online browsing to online everything.

Many creative businesses managed quick turns to online consultancies or a mix of online operations and one-touch interactions such as curbside pickup. The most successful quickly transformed traditional in-person services (such as going to the gym or shopping for new clothes) into app-based platforms that consumers could easily access from their homes. Continued access to these services gives people a way to maintain some sense of …

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