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In Their Own Words

Many Summit attendees come back year after year. Read on — and discover what they think is so special about the Summit.

I really enjoy that the Cutter Summit is not about a single company or about products that someone wants to sell to you, but about how to improve the processes both through learning from experience and thinking anew. I find it inspiring to discuss both cases and challenges that I have with the Cutter consultants who not only have loads of experience but are also authorities in their field. I feel that I can trust the Cutter consultants to be a sounding board based on common sense and experience.
Michael Regnarsen
Chief System Architect, Technology & Architecture, SimCorp

 

 

What would I tell a colleague about my experiences at the Summit? Attend next time!
Dale Howard
Manager, Large Financial Organization
Very thought-provoking. I'm sure that I will be able to quickly put some of these concepts into practice.
Gary Walker
Manager, Software Development, MDS Sciex

 

 

Each topic was fresh and the worldwide attendees put a different spin on them. I learn from every encounter with each member of the Consortium. They have so much knowledge and are so willing to share.
Len Bernazza
Program Manager, Sprint Nextel

 

 

I am amazed that this venue exists; that I can listen and interact with these individuals. I am more amazed that I have not done this before.
Mark Rubin
Development Manager/Architect, Fidelity Investments

Every session seemed to insist on new opportunities for collaboration (with external partners as well as among colleagues) that are changing the nature of work and can dramatically increase the chances of new business successes.
Olivier Brousseau
Schlumberger

 

The three best things about Cutter Summit? 1. The people 2. The people 3. The people
Roger Partridge
Technology Strategist, Fidelity National Information Systems

The level of the event is phenomenal not only from the keynoters but also of the participants.
José Núñez
CIO, Altta Holmes

 

 

Nourishing & refreshing
David Sum
Director Product Platforms, Custom House
The Summit is intimate, interactive, brain teasing and stimulating. The topics presented are relevant, based on deep research, spot on! and delivered by presenters second to none.
Susan Boyea
Vice President, Shared Services, IT, Sagicor Financial Corp.

I highly recommend the Cutter Summit to others -- but I'm afraid it will get too popular!
David Smalley
IT Group Manager, Progressive

I love the interactiveness of the presentations.
Senior Manager
Enterprise Architecture

 

Open, qualitative discussion, candid.
Steve Linstead
Program Manager, Johnson Controls

The Summit is really about knowledge creation and knowledge sharing. That is, face to face interaction based on keynote and panel debate topics.
Rune Gustavsson
University of Karlskrona, Ronneby, Sweden

The interchange of discussion was excellent and many opportunities to interact with presenters and panelists was a real change from the normal conferences I have attended in the past.
Ginny Jones
Director Technology Strategies, Tampa Electric Co.

'Best of Breed' panels.
Ron Abruzzo
Galileo International, Denver, Colorado
I got several significant takeaways that have the potential to help me very much. Interaction with my peers and the experts around the topics makes for a huge learning experience.
Curtis Rose
Colorado Department of Human Services

I liked the point/ counterpoint format - a chance to hear different perspectives on each topic. And I enjoyed talking with other attendees and the 'experts.'
Karen M. Davis
Research Triangle Institute

The Cutter Summit was wonderfully different - highly valuable!
Tom Mroczowski
Director, Information Systems Architecture Northwestern Mutual
Thank you. What an excellent update on a broad array of technology topics. Extremely valuable!
Susan Fehl
Human Performance Consultant, Bank One

This conference has given me an excellent insight into the thought processes of our industry leaders. It has provoked me to change my approach in many ways.
Jack Vaalburg
Web Development Manager, Towers Perrin

I have learned more in the last 3 days than in the last six months.
Dorrit Gordon
Software Process Engineer, Seagate Technology


Learn more about the Cutter Summit

Philip O'Reilly
Article

Beyond Fintech: New Frontiers — Opening Statement

by Philip OReilly

This issue focuses on key topics of interest for financial services organizations, namely equity crowdfunding, legacy systems migration, robo-advisors, test outsourcing, and refining the reconciliation process.


Bhardwaj Velamakanni
Advisor

Implementing Design Thinking in Agile

by Bhardwaj Velamakanni

This Advisor presents an overview of improving Agile techniques and practices by using design thinking within the Agile space and describes three techniques from design thinking methodologies that tend to yield benefits to Agile practitioners.


Gustav Toppenberg
Executive Update

Data’s Story: An Enterprise Asset in the Digital Backbone

by Gustav Toppenberg

The existence of a digital backbone in an organization means that anyone aspiring and planning to transform different parts of the enterprise can leverage the digital backbone in a consistent and sustainable way, ensuring that each transformation effort connects and leverages a common platform. Digital transformation leaders are starting to realize that a powerful digital services backbone to facilitate rapid innovation and responsiveness is key to successfully executing on a digital strategy.


Effort score and priority rank for requirements in our sample project.
Executive Summary

Can We Measure Agile Performance with an Evolving Scope? An EVM Framework (Executive Summary)

by Alexandre Rodrigues

Can a method like EVM, developed to control projects with well-defined objectives, be applied to control product development initiatives that evolve continuously toward a “moving target”? In an Agile environment, we are faced with the dynamic evolution of a finite boundary of integrated scope, cost, time, and resources; this finiteness — essential for business management and decisions — is the cradle for project management techniques, tools, methods, and frameworks. The EVM method was first developed to help with managing complex R&D projects mostly characterized by an unstable, volatile, and evolving scope. It is therefore no surprise that EVM applies to Agile projects.


Article

The Frontier of Fintech Innovation — Opening Statement

by Philip OReilly

It’s a pleasure for me to introduce the first of two special issues of Cutter Business Technology Journal (CBTJ) showcasing the thought leadership and cutting-edge research and development (R&D) being done in State Street Corporation’s Advanced Technology Centres in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC), in partnership with University College Cork (UCC) and Zhejiang University (ZJU), respectively. The articles in this issue represent a small sample of the output from the R&D undertaken in these centers, which combine academic excellence with real industry impact.


Executive Update

Business Architecture’s Role in Crisis, Risk, and Compliance Management

by William Ulrich

Every business must deal with crisis, risk, and compliance challenges. Teams chartered with addressing these challenges are often split across business units and regions, which fragments crisis, risk, and compliance management efforts. Business unit silos and related complexities obscure ecosystem transparency, which in turn constrain an organization’s ability to identify risks, assure compliance, and prevent and disarm crises. Business architecture delivers business ecosystem transparency as a basis for improving a business’s ability to collectively address challenges related to crisis, risk, and compliance. 


Curt Hall
Advisor

Building New Business Models with Blockchain

by Curt Hall

Organizations are using blockchain to create new business models — exploiting its capabilities for optimizing contract management, financial transaction management, and identity management.


Nine Policy Recommendations for Managing Technical Debt
Executive Update

Managing Technical Debt: Nine Policy Recommendations

by Rick Brenner

For technology-dependent products, companies, institutions, and even societies, sustainability depends on learning how to manage technical debt. Like most transformations, incorporating new practices into our organizations will likely be an iterative process. We already recognize the problem, and researchers are making progress, albeit mostly on technical issues. This Executive Update proposes a policy-centered approach to the problem. It begins with a principle that can serve as a guide for constructing technical debt management policy, and then shows how to apply that principle to develop nine recommendations that enable organizations to manage technical debt effectively.


Bhardwaj Velamakanni
Advisor

Emerging Agile Anti-Patterns

by Bhardwaj Velamakanni

Agile methodologies, however popular they are, bring their own sets of “smells” and anti-patterns to the table, sometimes causing irreparable damage to the team. While the sources of these smells are many, one of the primary culprits is the mindset that treats Agile as “yet another methodology,” totally ignoring the cultural aspect. This article throws light on some of the prominent smells that are emerging of late in the Agile world.


Jens Coldewey
Advisor

Middle Management in Flux

by Jens Coldewey

If you start changing an organization toward an Agile mindset, there’s no real end. Agile is about creating an organization of continuous learning and the transformation is done when there is nothing new to learn, which will probably be never. This puts an enormous challenge on middle management.


Article

Business Opportunities in the New Digital Age — Opening Statement

by San Murugesan

The articles in this issue present perspectives and ideas on business transformation in the digital age. We hope they will inspire and encourage you to visualize the likely future of business in your domain and to explore the opportunities it presents. Finally, we hope their insights will help you identify suitable transformation strategies and plans and, if needed, choose viable collaboration models for partnering with startups and other firms in your digital business efforts.


Advisor

Unlocking Value from Digital Initiatives

by Joe Peppard, by John Thorp

Beyond buzzwords, what we are seeing is a seismic shift in the role of technology in organizations. Technology is more and more embedded in everything we do as we move into an increasingly hyper-connected digital world, a world in which technology is driving significant social, organizational, and industry change.


Digital Data Steams impact bottom line
Webinar

Improve Customer Experience — Leverage Your Digital Data Streams

by Federico Pigni, by Gabriele Piccoli

In this on-demand webinar, you'll discover the strategic and tactical opportunities made possible by Digital Data Streams and the opportunities for improved customer experience made possible by DDS.


Lou Mazzucchelli
Advisor

Why Are They Twittering? A Modest Proposal

by Lou Mazzucchelli

At the Cutter Digital Transformation & Innovation Bootcamp, Cutter Fellow and Harvard Business School Professor Karim Lakhani talked about digitally-driven disruption of traditional business models for value creation and capture, discussing platform models like Facebook and Twitter. To date, Twitter has clearly done a good job “creating value.” But unlike Facebook, it continues to struggle with the capture part of the equation.


social collaboration
Executive Update

Seven Ways to Gamify Social Collaboration

by Phaedra Boinodiris

Social collaboration is not about technology. It’s about connecting people, and it’s changing the way business is being conducted. Similarly, gamification is not about games. It’s about motivating the per­sonal and professional behaviors that drive business value. Together, social collaboration and gamifi­cation help companies reap great benefits — among them, the ability to deepen customer relationships, drive operational efficiencies, and optimize their workforce. 


Figure 1 — Tracing a roadmap to projects.
Advisor

Using Roadmaps Strategically

by Roger Evernden

Roadmaps have two key functions in strategy planning. The first is to outline planned architectural changes that will deliver the required strategies; the second is to outline alternative ways to achieve the same results.


Article

Technology Trends, Predictions, and Reflections 2017: Opening Statement

by Cutter Team

Just as recent global events have given us reason to pause and reflect, the pace of technology emergence and disruption is proving to be a source of inspiration and uncertainty. Transitioning to a digital world is front-of-mind for many business executives, yet finding the right path is an ongoing challenge. So we asked Cutter’s team of experts for their insights on some of the technologies, trends, and strategies that will be relevant in 2017 and beyond. In typical Cutter Business Technology Journal fashion, our call produced a wide range of opinions and reflections worthy of consideration as you chart your business technology journey for the new year.


Article

AGI: A Threat, an Opportunity, or an Inevitable Unknown for 2017?

by Alexandre Rodrigues

Artificial general intelligence (AGI) is currently emerging as an area where recent developments are likely to have a major impact on the way organizations do business, societies organize themselves, and even on how we address values and ethics.

The fact is that AGI already exists in our daily life. A common example is the GPS systems present in many new cars manufactured today; and let’s not forget the drones being used to deliver pizzas and cars that drive themselves. While automatic pilots have been used in commercial planes for quite some time, what AGI is about to offer to general business and human activity is well beyond what most of us have seen so far.


Article

The Tech-Driven Tech Backlash

by Carl Pritchard

2017 is going to be a year of strange winners, and perhaps the strangest of all will be a giant leap away from technology and back to solutions that don’t rely on 24/7 connectivity. With the onslaught of major hacks and Facebook embarrassment, the antitech crowd may have its best year in decades. 


Article

Rapid Technology Innovation in Blockchain: Should You Be on the Front Lines?

by Nate OFarrell

One of the most prevalent blockchains in the world, Ethereum, is poised to switch from a proof-of-work (POW) algorithm to a proof-of-stake (POS) algorithm, likely in 2017, with the release of the Casper codebase. Why does this matter? Because blockchain technology is becoming increasingly relevant and prevalent in businesses across the globe. It holds great potential to disrupt how businesses perform basic transactions, from payments, to programmable, self-executing contracts, to identity verification.