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Data & Digital Architecture: Enabling Successful Digital Transformation 

FINTECH: The COVID-19 Impact and Opportunities for Economic Growth

mHEALTH: The New Frontier in Healthcare 

Cultivating Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace


Data & Digital Architecture: Enabling Successful Digital Transformation

Guest Editor: Gustav Toppenberg 
Abstract Deadline: October 15, 2020
Article Deadline: November 16, 2020

Digital transformations aren’t games of chance. They require big and bold commitments in the midst of uncertainty to reinvent the business and operating models rather than just improve it incrementally. Digital transformation — as the use of technology to radically improve performance or reach of enterprises — is an approach that CEOs as described above are pursuing. Three areas of an enterprise have become the focus of such transformations (Business Models, Customer Experiences, and Operational Processes) which helps transformation leaders focus their skills, expertise and resources in the best way possible and ensures that the correct leaders are aligned to a specific effort.

The statistics on digital transformation efforts that fail to produce the expected results range depending on the institution measuring and researching but it is safe to say that the range is within 60%-85% for large enterprises across the global economy.

Digital transformation and enterprise architecture leaders have a choice to make in developing and modernizing their data and digital platforms and architecture to enable and support these transformational efforts. Managed as an iterative balance between building the foundation from a technology perspective, and through business use cases, the data and digital architecture platform can be an asset in ensuring that digital transformation efforts are carried out in such a way that it aligns to the enterprise and its approach to transformation.

An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal, with Guest Editor Gustav Toppenberg, will explore how enabling successful digital transformations through data and digital architectures can help facilitate the enablement of value streams and customer journeys companies build to stay in touch with changing client expectations and user experiences.

Articles ideas may include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • How can a solid data and digital architecture support digital transformation efforts?
  • How can a data and digital architecture enable successful change management?
  • How can a data and digital architecture platform help leaders focus their skills, expertise, and resources in the best way possible and ensure that the correct leaders are aligned to a specific effort?
  • How can a data and digital architecture enable an effective customer experience and journey?
  • How can a data and digital architecture enable successful change management?
  • How can a data and digital architecture enhance the corporate value chain?
  • How can a data and digital architecture ensure a successful digital transformation?
  • What are the ethical challenges/considerations of a data and digital architecture?
  • What types of leadership skills and employee competency and training are necessary to affect a successful data and digital transformation?
  • How does biomimicry influence the design of a data and digital architecture?
  • What are the data security/consumer protection issues and challenges associated with a data and digital architecture?
  • What are the considerations when building a cloud-based data and digital architecture?

FOR CONSIDERATION: Please send an abstract (~ 400 words or less of proposed article content and author(s) bio) to Gustav Toppenberg and Christine Generali. Final article length is typically 2,000-3,500 words plus graphics. More editorial guidelines.


mHEALTH: The New Frontier in Healthcare

Guest Editor: Carl Bate 
Abstract Deadline: accepting article proposals
Article Deadline: September 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic encompasses humankind on a global scale, the demand for access to remote healthcare services has reached unparalleled levels. Telehealth has made it possible for doctors to communicate and administer healthcare services to patients remotely while mitigating exposure to the virus. The success of telehealth services during the pandemic has not only emphasized its integral role in the healthcare system, but it has underscored the need for ongoing advances in healthcare innovation to further improve remote patient-to-doctor accessibility, for present use and future crises.

Which brings us to mHealth. mHealth, a subset of telehealth, uses mobile technology and wireless devices to help achieve health care goals both remotely, for example via Remote Patient Monitoring, and within hospital settings.

An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal, with Guest Editor Carl Bate, will explore how mHealth can help facilitate the remote delivery of healthcare services, now and in the future. It will also identify the opportunities, challenges, new advances and applications of mHealth innovations.

Articles ideas may include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Building on sand? EMR/EHR data is known to be of variable quality. How can mHealth help, but where might it make things worse?
  • mData: Innovators like doc.ai are putting patients in control of their data. What is the future for medical data in the mHealth world? What are the new risks and opportunities?
  • Adoption: Physicians face increasing pressures of cognitive workloads. How can mHealth help?
  • Reimbursement: While the health economics may look compelling, who pays for mHealth, and why?
  • How can innovations in the AI-field be used in mHealth, and where are we already seeing medical value?
  • IoT -> IoM: From Internet of things to Internet of Mobile devices, what are the key mHealth innovations turning the phone into a medtech device? E.g. binah.ai, medpic, VisualDx et al
  • Data Liquidity: Even though there are data standards (HL7, FHIR, IC10), these aren’t uniformly applied. What are new challenges and opportunities with mHealth for data integration and sharing across medical systems?
  • Clinical Trials: What innovations can mHealth bring to trials, who are the trailblazers? E.g. Neurocast et al
  • More Dr Google? Empowered and engaged patients can lead to better health outcomes. But this can also create tension in the patient-physician relationship. What does this mean for mHealth?

FOR CONSIDERATION: Please send an abstract (~ 400 words or less of proposed article content and author(s) bio) to Carl Bate and Christine Generali. Final article length is typically 2,000-3,500 words plus graphics. More editorial guidelines.


Cultivating Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

Guest Editor: Carla Ogunrinde
Abstract Deadline: open
Article Deadline: September 30, 2020

As business leaders, the implications of a global health crisis and social injustice reform have driven us to make difficult choices to survive a turbulent economy and reassess our workplace diversity initiatives. As many businesses struggle to regain lost revenue, thoughts of meaningful workplace diversity and inclusion are often put on the back burner. What many companies do not realize is that making diversity and inclusion a strategic priority can lead to improved financial performance and equity for all employees.

Facilitating diversity and inclusion in the workplace helps to attract and retain the best talent, drives innovation and creativity, enables insight into customer needs, and positively impacts employees, culture, as well as the bottom-line. Starting with the C-suite/leadership team, it can have a cascading and enriching effect throughout the organization. According to Katherine W. Phillips, Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Columbia Business School, “Diversity makes us smarter. Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working.”*

Data shows not enough progress has been made in creating workplace diversity; there is room for significant improvement, particularly as it relates to women and minorities. Even with the best intentions, many organizations have failed to make it work. How can companies make workplace diversity a strategic priority? What practices are necessary to not only plan for but implement and maintain it successfully? What gets in the way?

An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal seeks insight on what measures businesses can take to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, and how to make diversity a recognized priority at every level of the organization.

Articles ideas may include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • How can a successful workplace diversity plan be created, implemented, and managed?
  • Why are the challenges of creating diversity programs, why do they fail, what are the solutions?
  • If workplace diversity has been achieved, how can inclusiveness be cultivated? What practices are leaders using to ensure an inclusive workplace culture?
  • What importance does Allyship play to effect real change? How is it different from what’s been done in the past?
  • How can we ensure diversity in our leadership? What type of leadership is needed to effectively manage/encourage a culture of diversity? How can empathetic leadership foster diversity?
  • How can inclusive leadership be practiced, and how can your management team further your goals of diversity and inclusion?
  • How does lack of knowledge and education of cultural differences play a role in achieving an inclusive workplace?
  • What industries/occupations have the lowest representation of women and minorities as leaders? How can this trend be rectified?
  • How can diversity be made a strategic priority?
  • What are the HR challenges? How can recruitment practices be designed to reach a diverse range of talent? How can bias be reduced in hiring and recruitment practices? What role can technology play? How can pay gaps be addressed?
  • How can you ensure equal opportunities for advancement are provided?
  • How does technology affect (positively/negatively) our ability to diversify our workplace?
  • What kinds of partnerships can be developed to facilitate access to talent? How can unrepresented communities be reached?

FOR CONSIDERATION: Please send an abstract (~ 400 words or less of proposed article content and author(s) bio) to Carla Ogunrinde and Christine Generali. Final article length is typically 2,000-3,500 words plus graphics. More editorial guidelines.

*How Diversity Makes Us Smarter, Katherine W. Phillips, Scientific American


FINTECH: The COVID-19 Impact and Opportunities for Economic Growth

Guest Editors: Phil O'Reilly and Kevin O'Leary
Abstract Deadline: September 18, 2020
Article Deadline: October 16, 2020

The current pandemic has accelerated a shift toward digital transformation and underscored the necessity of having a robust digital infrastructure in place to support operations and a digital platform and business model to serve customers. Many of those who fared well in the financial services industry were already equipped with innovative, digital business models to support their customer’s financial needs. An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal will explore the impact of COVID-19 on financial institutions, and the opportunities afforded by Fintech to influence economic growth.

Articles ideas may include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • How are Fintech businesses thriving over traditional financial institutions during this pandemic?
  • What digital platforms are playing a critical role in the ability of financial institutions to navigate COVID-19, continue business operations, and sustain growth?
  • What role can digital technologies play in helping financial organizations survive and thrive in the new normal?
  • What new financial strategies and operating models will enable businesses to respond to the digital disruption of COVID-disrupted traditional business models?
  • What lessons can be learned from this crisis and applied to future financial business models/operating practices? How can business resilience be improved?
  • What new Fintech innovations were launched successfully during the COVID-19 crisis?
  • What new Fintech technology research/innovations are in the works?
  • What challenges were met by financial institutions during the pandemic and how were they addressed?
  • How did COVID-19 impact Fintech businesses/traditional banking?
  • What have the unique impacts of COVID-19 been on financial services in developing nations and how can they accelerate digitization to be better prepared in the future?
  • How did COVID-19 impact digital payments; remittance services?
  • How were payment and settlement systems disrupted?
  • How can SMEs recover with the use of fintech technologies?
  • What operational risks were encountered during the pandemic such as the unavailability of critical staff, system capacity constraints, cybersecurity risk, FX volatility?
  • How can a digital workplace be created?
  • What new Fintech partnerships can we expect to see? What competitive advantage will they gain from these new partnerships?
  • What will the future of consumer banking look like?
  • How can Fintech help the gig economy and the underbanked?

FOR CONSIDERATION: Please send an abstract (~ 400 words or less of proposed article content and author(s) bio) to Philip O'Reilly, Kevin O'Leary and Christine Generali. Accepted articles due October 16, 2020. Final article length is typically 2,000-3,500 words plus graphics. More editorial guidelines.


Editorial Guidelines

These notes are intended to give authors some guidance and direction for articles submitted to Cutter Business Technology Journal (CBTJ) for publication.

Length: The average article in CBTJ is 2,000-3,500 words, unless otherwise specified by the Group Publisher.

Article Format: Please send your article in word document format for editing purposes. Please do not send it as a PDF.

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Audience: Publishing with Cutter affords the opportunity to present your insights and research to a global corporate audience that is highly interested in emerging developments. Typical readers of CBTJ range from CIOs, CTOs, business technology executives and vice presidents to directors, technology managers, project leaders, and very senior technical staff. Most work in fairly large organizations: Fortune 500 organizations, universities, large computer vendors, NGOs/IGOs, and government agencies and spanning industries such as finance and banking, education, energy, entertainment, food, government, healthcare, insurance, and manufacturing. 48% of our readership is outside of the US (15% from Canada, 14% Europe, 5% Australia/NZ, 14% elsewhere).

Editorial advice: Introductory-level, tutorial coverage of a topic is not very popular with our readership because they're fairly senior people. Delete the introductory "fluff" and get to the meat of the topic. Assume you're writing for someone who has been in the industry for 10 to 20 years, is very busy, and very impatient. Assume he or she is mentally asking, while reading your article, "What's the point? What do I do with this information?" Apply the "So what?" test to everything you write.

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1DeMarco, Tom, and Timothy Lister. Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects. Dorset House, 2003.

2In this survey, “innovation” refers to any new initiatives to introduce innovative, leading-edge, or unconventional software project development methods, processes, tools, or techniques.

3Hall, Curt. “AI & Machine Learning in the Enterprise, Part XI: Success of AI Application Development Efforts.” Cutter Consortium Data Analytics & Digital Technologies, Executive Update, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2019.

4DeMarco and Lister (see 1).

   5Smart grid.” Wikipedia.


Editorial Calendar

Month Topic Guest Editor
December 2020 Digital Architecture Gustav Toppenberg
November 2020 Fintech: COVID-19 Impact and Opportunities for Economic Growth Philip O'Reilly and Kevin O'Leary
October 2020 Cultivating Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Carla Ogunrinde
September 2020 mHealth: The New Frontier in Healthcare Carl Bate
August 2020 Proactive Risk Management Tom Teixeira
July 2020 Crisis Alert! Strategies for Today and Beyond Steve Andriole
June 2020 Beyond Automation: AI, ML, RPA San Murugesan
May 2020 Trust: Is IT the Problem or the Solution? Claude Baudoin
April 2020 Disrupting Agile Hillel Glazer
March 2020 Want Happy Customers? Make Your Employees Happy! Robert Scott
February 2020 Digital Shift Volker Pfirsching
January 2020 Business Technology Trends and Predictions: 2020 Cutter Consortium
December 2019 Data Architecture is Really About People  Martijn ten Nepal
November 2019 Blockchain: New Industry Trends, Developments, Use Cases Karolina Marzantowicz
October 2019 Blockchain: Here to Stay? Karolina Marzantowicz
September 2019 Digital Architecture: The Spark for Transformation Gar Mac Críosta
August 2019 Caution! AI Consequences Ahead Lou Mazzucchelli
July 2019 Is Software Eating the World? Greg Smith
June 2019 Industry 4.0 Keng Siau
May 2019 Cutting Edge Agile II Alistair Cockburn
April 2019 Technology-Empowered Solutions: Redefining Decision Support Dr. Karen Neville and Dr. Andrew Pope
March 2019 Cutting Edge Agile Alistair Cockburn
February 2019 The Next Frontier in Automation: Opportunities, Challenges and Impact San Murugesan
January 2019 Business Technology Trends & Predictions 2019 Cutter Consortium
November/December 2018 Fintech: Emerging Trends, Future Directions Steve Andriole
October 2018 Riding the Next Wave of Cloud Computing Frank Khan Sullivan
September 2018 Building a Digital Business Starts with Data Barry Devlin
August 2018 The Critical Need for Governance Claude Baudoin
July 2018 Architecture + Agile: The Yin & Yang of Organizational Agility Whynde Kuehn
June 2018 Fog/Edge Computing: Opportunities, Case Studies, Challenges  Cutter Consortium
May 2018 Transforming the Customer Experience Jeanne Bliss
April 2018 Blockchain: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Headed? Phil O'Reilly
March 2018 A Disciplined Agile Approach to Business Agility Scott Ambler and Mark Lines
February 2018 AI: Fear It, Face It, or Embrace It San Murugesan
January 2018 Business Technology Trends and Predictions 2018 Cutter Consortium
December 2017 Change Leadership in a Digital Era Sheila Cox
October/November 2017 Trends in Big Data Technologies and Analytics Bhuvan Unhelkar
September 2017 Insurtech: Reinventing the Insurance Industry Steve Andriole
August 2017 Agile Leadership: Foundation for Organizational Agility Don McIntyre
July 2017 The Industrial Internet: Driving Digital Transformation C. Patrikakis
June 2017 Leveraging Enterprise Architecture for Digital Disruption Roger Evernden
May 2017 Beyond Fintech: New Frontiers Phil O'Reilly
April 2017 The Frontier of Fintech Innovation Phil O'Reilly
March 2017 Business Opportunities in the New Digital Age San Murugesan
February 2017 Information Superiority and Digital Capital Borys Stokalski and Bogumil Kaminski
January 2017 The 21st Century Technology Leader Paul Clermont
December 2016 Technology Trends, Predictions, and Reflections 2017 Cutter Consortium
November 2016 FinTech and the Digitization of Financial Services Philip O'Reilly
October 2016 Cognitive Computing: Applications, Trends, and Implications Paul Harmon
August/September 2016 Business-Driven Digital Transformation Whynde Kuehn
July 2016 Security in the Internet of Everything Era Patrikakis Charlalampos and George Loukas
June 2016 Cultivating Success in Big Data Analytics Barry Devlin
May 2016 The Role of Ethics in Algorithm Design Robert Charette
April 2016 IoT Data Management and Analytics Bhuvan Unhelkar and San Murugesan
March 2016 Technical Debt: The Continued Burden On Software Innovation Tom Grant
February 2016 Disruption and Emergence: What do they mean for Enterprise Architecture? Roger Evernden
January 2016 Technology Trends and Predictions: 2016 Cutter Consortium