Technology on Tuesday – Meetings on communication technologies and digital transformation in organizations.
The Association for commemorating IDF C4I corps (Command & Control, Communications, Computers and Information) in collaboration with the Bureau of Information Technologies in Israel and with the Organization of Communications Systems Consultants (AIMT) are holding a series of professional meetings on contemporary communication topics, designed for the technological community in Israel. The purpose of the meetings is to create an independent and non-binding dialogue and mutual fertilization between the IDF and the academic and industry factors in the field of communication.
The meetings will be presented by IDF needs, trends and technological gaps, while academia and industry will present capabilities, directions, and trends for solutions. The upcoming meeting in the series will deal with the topic of digital transformation.
See the agenda below and click here to see more information on PC Magazine.
Prof. Sivan will present “The Digital Leaders – Mastering Six Transformations.
Come join Professor Yesha Sivan at his latest course in digital leadership offered through the Lahal School of Executive Education at Tel Aviv Univeristy.
Explore the intersection between business strategy and advanced technologies – and learn the skills necessary to manage and lead digital transformation in your organization.
Social Networks, Mobile Applications, Business Analytics and Big Data, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Wearable Computing, Cognitive Computing, Advanced Robotics, Internet of Things, Virtual and Augmented Reality, 3D Printing, and more.
Starting date: February 18th 2020
Meetings – Tuesday 16:00-20:00 (one Wed 11-Mar-20 due to Purim Holiday) – 42 academic hours
As part of the campaign for the new B.Sc. program in Haifa University, on Data Sciences, led by Prof. Mor Peleg, (who recently won the rector’s award for research,) Prof. Sivan will discuss the emerging nature of the Data Scientists.
An Interview with Prof. Michael Zhang and Prof. Yesha Sivan on Agility was selected by China Business Knowledge at the Chinese Univesity of Hong Kong (CUHK) as one of 2018 Top-10 most popular articles.
The new business environment and the pace of penetration of the new digital technologies into every aspect of modern organizations require companies to adopt a different attitude to strategy. Speed and agility have become the new values that have to be implemented by organizations worldwide, and China with its vibrant economy is not an exception. The agile strategy requires Chinese companies to stop for a moment and reflect on how their mindsets should be changed. People in China, however, tend to move too fast and do not have time to stop and reflect.
The modern topic of Agility and how it is reflected in China’s business environment were the main topics of an interview with Prof. Michael Zhang (Associate Dean Innovation and Impact) and Prof. Yesha Sivan (Visiting Professor Digital, Innovation and Venture), both from the Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics at the CHUK Business School.
The interview, titled “Welcome to Agilification”, was selected as one of 2018 Top 10 popular articles published by China Business Knowledge @CHUK.
Prof. Sivan believes that being agile is the key-to-success for modern companies today. “Gone are the days that an organization could plan for a five-year, or even three-year strategic plan in today’s chaotic, dynamic and disruptive business environment. Agility is the new capability to develop a transient competitive advantage with shorter planning and execution cycles,” says Prof. Sivan who is also the founder and CEO of i8 Ventures.
According to Prof. Michael Zhang, the Eastern world will have a slight edge over the Western world. “With the underlying philosophy of yin and yang, the East often values high-level epiphanies. The West, on the other hand, often depend on scientific discoveries to guide their decisions”. Prof. Zhang also said that “In regard to agile strategy, once the companies from the East understand the philosophy behind agile development, they will be able to execute it effectively. However, it’d take longer for Western firms which are more skeptical to accept such strategy, and would need to see concrete returns before adopting it.” Prof. Zhang also thinks that the agile strategy fits particularly well with technology industries, and among startups in China: “Startups in China typically do not follow a well-established structure, and their fast-moving nature will benefit from agility well.”
However, Prof. Zhang explains that as the agile strategy aims to speed up the product development cycle through a slowed down a strategy-development process, this seemingly contradictory insight also becomes the biggest challenge in China, where speed is everything. “Agile strategy requires Chinese companies to stop for a moment and reflect on how their mindsets should be changed. People in China, however, tend to move too fast and do not have time to stop and reflect,” he says. For Chinese companies to take advantage of agility and succeed in such a strategy, Prof. Zhang suggests they need more strategic thinking.
In an article published by Prof. Sivan and Raz Heiferman, Senior Digital Transformation Advisor at i8 ventures, they consider the first step of agilification as being able to accept the mental challenge of building flexible buildings.
“The goal of the modern organization is to rebuild itself all the time,” says Prof. Sivan. This ‘innate mental challenge’, he adds, will likely face many barriers among team members who are used to years of organizational culture supported by fixed systems. “Any attempt to design a building for change – let alone many changes – will not be appreciated, to say the least,” he comments.
Prof. Sivan thinks it is crucial for people to discard this mental objection and to truly understand agility, and to arrive at various different structures, processes, and business models in order to match the needs of the ever-changing market. The goal of the modern organization is to rebuild itself all the time. In terms of digital abilities, Prof. Sivan thinks organizations should consider taking advantages of cloud computing, building a data warehouse, capturing business value from the data they received, as well as various information systems. Non-digital abilities include aspects such as branding, business models and market resources. “Digital abilities should be groomed using specific actions. Actions are specific endeavors that both create business value and build long-term abilities,” he says.
Prof. Yesha Sivan, the Founder and CEO of i8 Ventures, was interviewed by
Amir Farhi, WalkMe VP of Strategic Development. WalkMe develops and promotes the concept and platform named DAP – Digital Adoption Platform.
WalkMe pioneered the concept of DAP to simplify user experiences by combining insights, guidance, and automation capabilities.
In the interview, Prof. Sivan focuses on 6 digital transformations that each and every manager in the digital era should master and understand. The
framework divides the 6 transformations into two categories: Internal
(transformations that affect the products and the services an organization
provides to its customers) and External (transformations that affect the organizations’ strategy, business models, and is even disrupting the industry).
The full details of the six transformations framework can be found in the article “Digital Leader: Master of Six Digital Transformations” authored by Prof. Yesha Sivan and Raz Heiferman, published by Cutter Consortium, on the Business Technology Strategies journal Vol. 12, No. 2, September 2014. The link to the article can be found in the interview.
Chapter 4 in our Hebrew e-book “Doing Digital"” published on “e-vrit” platform https://bit.ly/2odl5th contains a detailed description of the six digital transformations framework.
On Daily Maily’s Nov. 28, 2018 issue, a short article was published after Prof. Yesha Sivan and Raz Heiferman visited People & Computers Group headquarter to meet Peli the Tiger, the founder and Co-CEO (together with his wife Dalia) of the People & Computers Group. The group was founded almost 40 years ago, and has become an integral part of the growing IT and High tech community by publishing daily news, periodical magazines, organizing conferences, running many professional forums and more.
We told Peli about i8 Ventures company, a new company founded by Prof. Yesha Sivan at the beginning of 2018, that is focused on helping and supporting organizations throughout their digital transformation journey. The company employs several senior advisors and works with several organizations in Israel and China.
As part of i8 Ventures consulting processes, the company has developed some knowledge sharing activities and materials. Yesha and Raz have written many articles, published in Israel and USA (by Cutter Consortium), run many workshops for different stakeholders and taught many academic courses.
The latest publication of Yesha and Raz is a new book “Doing Digital: Digital Transformation – Background, Theory and Practice, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Journey”, published in Hebrew in digital format. The book can be found on Ivrit application for e-books.
The Yearly Conference of the Israeli Chamber of Information Technology
On Nov. 7th the yearly and main conference of The Israeli Chamber of Information Technology “Digital Summit 2018 – Digital for Growth” took place with the participation of hundreds of participants. Prof. Yesha Sivan, Founder and CEO of i8 Ventures, was the conference chairman and welcomed the participants.
In his speech, Prof. Sivan said “We decided on the name of Digital for Growth for 2 reasons: the impact of digital on organizations is growing all the time, together with the need of all of us, the IT professionals, to constantly learn and grow”.
Raz Heiferman, Senior Digital Transformation Advisor at i8.Ventures, was part of the conference organizing committee.
During the conference, which is one of the biggest professional conferences in Israel, many presentations were presented by speakers from Israel and abroad, a panel with several CIO’s from large organizations was held, 5 different Special Interest Groups parallel sessions were held, awards to outstanding CIO and projects were awarded. The keynote speaker that concluded the conference was Mr. Moshe (Bogei) Ya’alon, Israel’s previous Minister of Defense and IDF’s Chief of Staff, who spoked about Israel’s unique geopolitical challenges.
Vantiq’s Global Partners Summit was held at San Francisco on October 2018. Raz had the honor to give a presentation at the conference on the importance of business agility in the new era of digital business and why tools like Vantiq support the new generation of development, deployment and maintenance tools as required by the digital transformation. Before the conference, Blaine Mathew, Vantiq’s Chief Marketing and Product Officer, interviewed Raz on this topic.
Vantiq has developed a new development and deployment environment designated for developing event-driven and distributed applications, developed quickly by using low-code and capable to run on-premise, cloud and on edge devices. Vantiq supports the full lifecycle of the distributed applications, from development to deployment and to ongoing maintenance, a challenge few (if any) tools support. Vantiq has quickly partnered with many local integrators in several countries to support their customers to efficiently use the tool to develop sophisticated the new breed of applications.
You can find Raz’s interview on this link to Vantiq TV.
Raz’s presentation was based on his latest article co-authored with Prof. Yesha Sivan, titled “Agilifying You Digital Business – 6 Steps to Get Started”, published by Cutter Consortium. The article emphasizes the importance of becoming an agile business and provides 6 specific steps an organization can follow in the journey of becoming an agile business.
The following link enables you to make your registration to Cutter’s web site and download our article.
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