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Promoting Gender Equality at the Leadership Level

joseph-browning.keren@adlittle.com

To date, contemporary theories, which include the behaviors, attitudes, and skills attributed to women in management roles, appear to have had little suc­cess in shifting the attitudes of decision makers in organizations to appoint women into leadership positions, and this includes the technology domain. It has been a quarter of a century since researchers Bernard M. Bass and Bruce J.


Where Organizations Are Focusing Sustainability Efforts

curt.hall@att.net
Governments and industries worldwide are accelerating their efforts to reduce the carbon footprint associated with their operations, supply chains, products, and services — and technology is playing a key role in these efforts. In this Advisor, we look at some of the key areas and projects where organizations are focusing their carbon reduction and other environmental sustainability initiatives.

Flexibility Can Help Tech Close the DEI Gap

ben.duke1@btinternet.com

societal attitude that home and childcare duties should be carried out by women is widespread in many countries. During the COVID-19 global pandemic, more women than men lost their jobs or felt they had to stop work. But the IT sector initiated, and needs to continue with, COVID-19-induced societal transformation toward remote work.


What Does “DEI” Really Mean?

samin@jalapenovan.com
The term “DEI” (diversity, equity, inclusion) is currently trending across the business world but is frequently and increasingly misused. In this Advisor, we break down each concept into simple language that can help your company "walk the talk" when it comes to organizational transformation.

Advancing DEI with Evolving Attitudes and Inclusive Language

ben.duke1@btinternet.com
DEI problems are created by offensive and archaic attitudes that persist in the workplace. As explored in this Advisor, organizations can advance DEI by removing their institutional structural barriers and by using inclusive language to help create an equitable workplace.

Aligning Decentralized and Hybrid R&D Activity: A CTO's Challenge

thuriaux.ben@adlittle.com, ripert.enguerran@adlittle.com, johnson.nicholas@adlittle.com
Increasingly, organizations are adopting a decentralized approach to R&D, carrying out a significant amount of activity within the business units. This Advisor explores the challenge of gaining R&D insight, from project management systems that don't fit the bill, to the need for better system configuration.

When Good Data Goes Bad, Part VI

barry@9sight.com
Good data is honestly and ethically sourced, fully contextualized, reliable, resilient, widely available, and well-understood. How can this be achieved? Contemplating these characteristics, we are led directly to principles and programs for data/information governance, ethics, and the organizational structures needed to support and drive their success. This Advisor explores the path forward to good data.

Technology Push Is Winning the Adoption Race

steve@andriole.com
How are today's organizations adopting and deploying emerging technologies? Research suggests that companies have abandoned their obsession with “requirements” and — however quietly — appear to instead endorse a “technology-first/requirements-second” approach to technology adoption.

Diverse Values and Perspectives Lead to Quality Team Work

bob.ogilvie@gmail.com, jmcnall1@gmail.com
As work and teams strive to be more agile, team diversity boosts resilience by allowing the team to adapt to new missions and changing situations more easily.

The Root Cause of Ineffective Software Design

wmmulrich@tsgconsultinginc.com
Organizations can utilize business architecture to inform and shape software designs to achieve more stable, maintainable, and scalable software systems. This Advisor examines the root cause of ineffective software design, specifically, the lack of consistency and clarity of the business perspectives being used as input to software design efforts.

Growing More with Less: Drones in Precision Agriculture

helen.pukszta@dronearrival.com
Precision agriculture is a set of farming management practices that produces higher yields through more efficient use of critical resources such as land and water, as well as lowered consumption of fossil fuels, fertilizers, and pesticides. This Advisor explores how drone technology enables these practices.

Alleviating Algorithmic Bias in AI-Powered HR & Workforce Management Systems

curt.hall@att.net
Neural networks and other ML model development typically use large amounts of data for training and testing purposes. Because much of this data is historical, there is the risk that the AI models could learn existing prejudices pertaining to gender, race, age, sexual orientation, and other biases. This Advisor explores how the Data & Trust Alliance consortium created an initiative to help end-user organizations evaluate vendors offering AI-based solutions according to their ability to detect, mitigate, and monitor algorithmic bias over the lifecycle of their products.

How to Define, Assess and Plan Successful Technology Projects

s_ridhar@yahoo.com
Project success is evaluated by the degree to which an end goal is achieved. Having a vivid understanding of the result, its impact, and the potential impediments to success can help improve a project. This Advisor explores the three beginning stages of a technology proj­ect and their keys to success: define, assess, and plan. Each stage has its own characteristics that need examination.

Transform Project Thinking with a Logistical Mindset

charette@itabhi.com
Learn how a logistical mindset transforms project think­ing from focusing on avoiding failure to concentrating on achieving success.

Unlock Value and Create Competitive Advantage with Sustainability

milanese.stefano@adlittle.com, eikelenboom.martijn@adlittle.com, stella.carlo@adlittle.com, decadri.stefano@adlittle.com
As we explore in this Advisor, there are tangible benefits to basing corporate purpose on sustainability drivers, and sustainable business models are gaining pace. Therefore, businesses should rethink their role in the context in which they operate and adapt their strategy, organization, resources, processes, and culture accordingly.

Key CPaaS Use Cases

uferer.christoph@adlittle.com, riegel.lars@adlittle.com, mcdevitt.sean@adlittle.com, rajeswaran.arvind@adlittle.com
Communications-platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) products offer quick and easy ways for businesses to build features that allow them to communicate with their customers safely and reliably. This Advisor explores key CPaaS use cases and identifies three desirable benefits of CPaaS.

A New Push for IoT in Healthcare

sehlstedt.ulrica@adlittle.com, RebeckaAW, mcdevitt.sean@adlittle.com, lasku.agron@adlittle.com
As we explore in this Advisor, new Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for healthcare are smarter and, more importantly, tailored to the needs and requirements of healthcare organizations. With 5G being rolled out, now is the time for healthcare providers to set their IoT roadmaps.

Creating a Positive Environmental Impact with Mobile and Web Apps

jacek.chmiel@avenga.com
An often-overlooked aspect in the global discussion about sustainability when it comes to information and communications technology is how software can be created and deployed to mitigate a company’s environmental footprint. This Advisor looks at Mobile and Web apps to see what we can do to create a more positive environmental impact.

AI's Potential for Social Good

denis.dennehy@nuigalway.ie
We encounter AI in our daily lives with services such as Netflix and Amazon using AI and predictive technology to analyze billions of records to suggest films, books, and other items we might like based on our previous reactions and choices and those of others like us. But the potential of AI goes far beyond entertainment and shopping services.

Driving Sustainability via Technology Strategies — An Introduction

dlee@ivey.ca
The ability to monitor and authenticate is crucial for providing credibility to many sustainability efforts. The use of technology (e.g., blockchain, satellite imagery) to monitor and verify activities provides a method of ensuring accountability for actions, both good and bad. This issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal explores the ways technology can be used to monitor and improve the sustainability of a wide range of processes, industrial and otherwise.

How AI is Helping the Environment, Healthcare, and Other Recent Developments

jayashree.arunkumar@wipro.com
How powerful are today’s artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, and which areas are showing the most promise? This Advisor explores how AI can help the environment through the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the enormous potential for AI in patient care, and provides additional examples of how AI is impacting everyday life.

Bolstering Sustainability Initiatives with Carbon Intelligence Platforms

curt.hall@att.net
Cloud-based carbon intelligence platforms can help companies track, measure, and model their CO2 emissions — including providing the ability to integrate and analyze carbon emissions data acquired from across their supply chains — and chart the progress of their overall sustainability initiatives. This Advisor explores some of the new products on the market utilizing distributed ledger technologies to support carbon intelligence platforms.

Stop Talking Yourself Out of Agility with “Not Yet” Stories

Ccrupi
Speed, productivity, quality, and engagement — the benefits of Agile — are vital to your business. Business leaders across industries strive to cultivate these essential qualities on a day-to-day basis. The sheer volume of podcasts, books, seminars, and articles centering on these elements indicate an impressive collective interest in becoming Agile. However, many leaders are slow to start the Agile journey — at least right now.

Consider AI's Unintended Consequences

pclermont
Explore the unintended consequences, such as erosion of human skills and the scope expansion that takes us from reconnecting with old friends online to channels that broadcast un-fact-checked news, that AI can bring. In this Advisor, Paul Clermont offers no-nonsense advice for dealing with these issues.

Using KRIs for Effective Risk Management

marsden.hannah@adlittle.com, mcgowan.kerri@adlittle.com, adams.clive@adlittle.com
For a KRI framework to be successful, it is vital that KRIs are well selected so they can support the business and its objectives within the risk appetite. This Advisor explores some of the means by which KRIs can be established.