Category Archives: Strategy

Reading List: Ishmael, An adventure of the Mind and Spirit

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Doing Strategy

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Doing StrategyI talk a lot about technology strategy and the importance of technology strategy to business strategy.  I think it is important to understand the importance of technology historically in order to grasp what is actually at stake here.  For that, best to go back… Read More »

Digital Build vs. Buy

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Digital Build vs. Buy

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Digital Build vs. BuyA common question that I have helped banks struggle with over the years is “build vs. buy”.  For digital banking channels, banks are wondering if they should build a bespoke banking multi/omni/channel offing or buy a packaged product/platform. The arguments for both… Read More »

Strategic Technology: Service Virtualization (GreenHat)

This entry is part 30 of 33 in the series Strategic Technologies

This entry is part 30 of 33 in the series Strategic TechnologiesService Virtualization encompasses a strategy and tool set for stubbing out components that provide services required to run a component under test.  An example service virtualization tool is IBM’s Rational Test Virtualization Server (formerly GreenHat).

Strategic Technology: Release Coordination (UrbanCode Release)

This entry is part 29 of 33 in the series Strategic Technologies

This entry is part 29 of 33 in the series Strategic TechnologiesSoftware development teams following an agile process to incrementally develop, build, deploy and release enterprise applications quickly find that keeping track of all of the components and inter-dependencies becomes unmanageable.  Spreadsheets become laborious to maintain and do not track the process and keep a… Read More »

Strategic Technology: Application Deployment Automation (UrbanCode Deploy)

This entry is part 28 of 33 in the series Strategic Technologies

This entry is part 28 of 33 in the series Strategic TechnologiesContinuous Integration and other modern code development practices seek to manage scale and complexity, and increase speed and quality, by introducing automation across the software development life cycle (SDLC).  This is especially true of areas that occur frequently and contain many repetitive steps such… Read More »

IT Capability: User Centered Design

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Strategic IT Capabilities

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Strategic IT CapabilitiesThe IT group is usually tasked with designing new applications.  I am not sure I advocate that but that is what I have seen in practice at banks.  Therefore, I categorize User Centered Design as an IT Capability. The following diagram lifted from… Read More »

Strategic Technology: Mobile Money Apps (Monitise)

This entry is part 25 of 33 in the series Strategic Technologies

This entry is part 25 of 33 in the series Strategic Technologies  IBM and Monitise have recently announced a partnership to deploy new mobile banking, payments and commerce solutions. Monitise provides services to more than 350 financial institutions and has partnerships with most UK high street banks. It also has strategic partnerships with Visa Europe,… Read More »