enterprise architecture

To Platform or to Perish. That is the critical CEO question!

I have led transformation projects for 20 years. Across most industries. From the start of the Internet and the WWW to today's digital disruption. And each era between. They all hold one thing in common. New technology. Which drives new behaviour. Which leads to change. Each new technology attracts its early evangelists. Doom and gloom [...]

Platform Scalability Beyond Reason

Platforms defy reason. We are used to 1:1 relationships in our analogue world. Put so much in and get that much out. But platforms do not operate on a multiplier of 1 but much higher. Put in 1 in and get 100 out. Not by chance or luck, but repeatedly. This is the power of [...]

Are smart goals unusually dumb?

Everyone knows we need goals. Most of us have one. But is it the right one? And can it be measured? Let's begin with the latter. How to measure goals. Here we have few options, and in reality, only one. The SMART goal-setting framework that originates from the 1980's. SMART goals stand for: Specific – target [...]

Sun Tzu – The Art of Transformation

The Art of Transformation Sun Tsu is one of the most influential thinkers ever. He is the grandfather of military strategy and created a new genre of strategic thinking and reasoning. About 2,500 years ago. Fast forward to more modern times. Europe in the early 1900's faced a new problem. Large scale wars, leading up [...]

Self-Disruption is Essential to be Agile

Benjamin Franklin said that only death and taxes can be certain. Heraclitus, 2,500 years before him, said that only change is certain. Today, it's more like only increasing change is certain. In addition to death and taxes of course. Change and self-disruption are hard. We know it's needed. But we don't like it (and prefer if others [...]