Advisor

Top Intriguing Cutter Business Technology Journal Articles for 2020

Posted December 30, 2020 in Cutter Business Technology Journal
Cutter Business Technology Journal
Karen Coburn

As has been our tradition for the last several years, we’ve compiled the five most intriguing articles published by the Cutter Business Technology Journal this year for today’s Advisor. How did we come up with this list? We chose the articles that garnered the most feedback from Cutter Members. Your questions and comments not only make it possible to create lists like this, they help focus Cutter’s Senior Consultants’ research on the areas that are most important to organizations like yours. So please keep your feedback coming. Look for these lists from each of our four practice areas, and rediscover Cutter’s most intriguing articles of the year!

All of us at Cutter wish you health, prosperity, and happiness in the New Year!

— Karen Coburn, President & CEO

1. Design Thinking to the Rescue!

by Gustav Toppenberg and Biren Mehta

Transformation of a company and managing through change are inherently difficult. The inclusion of a digital component in this transformation effort makes the work that much more challenging, even for the sharpest and most visionary of executives. Companies undertaking digital transformation, in our opinion and based on our experience, face four major challenges that we believe design thinking tools can help overcome. In this Advisor, we explore two of these challenges and explain how design thinking can provide solutions.

2. Data Architecture Is Really About People — Opening Statement

by Martijn ten Napel

This issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal will help you understand that a data architecture should be much more than merely a technology roadmap. To be of any value to people in an organization, the architecture should guide the people in an organization to an understanding of how to organize for ever-changing information requirements.

3. Inclusion in the Workplace: Are We Doing Enough?

by Ebonye Gussine Wilkins

Ebonye Gussine Wilkins challenges us to do the work. Wilkins goes beyond the data that may have us enjoy a false sense of progress and unpacks what the numbers mean when parsed by marginalized groups and their lived experiences. She goes deeper still and offers historical perspectives that further explain racial divisions and spells out why data without insight tells a partial story. Her premise focuses on knowledge, education, insight, and wisdom as necessary, yet missing, elements to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. 

4. It’s Time to Address Long-Term Work-from-Home Issues

by Mark Lee

In this article, Mark Lee gets specific about how pandemics should solve long-term work-from-home (WFH) problems. He discusses why VPNs are problematic, how they can — and should — be replaced, and why we need a long-term WFH strategy.

5. Closing the Business-IT Gap with a Model-Driven Architecture

by Christian Kaul and Lars Rönnbäck

Christian Kaul and Lars Rönnbäck explore what it means to adopt a data-centric paradigm. It certainly isn’t enough to have a data-centric data architecture; the implications are much more fundamental. The ultimate consequence is that you need to create a model-driven organization. By doing so, data architecture determines the shape of the organization, not the other way around.

About The Author
Karen Coburn
Karen Coburn founded Cutter Information Corp. (DBA Cutter Consortium) in 1986. She leads Cutter's strategic vision and growth initiatives. Ms. Coburn has more than 40 years of experience in the information technology and management business. Ms. Coburn’s consulting is focused on assisting business and technology executives as they respond to digitally-driven disruption of traditional business models and mobilize to leverage emerging tech. She… Read More