As if the broad topics of digital disruption and digital transformation weren’t already disorienting enough, the underlying components and innovations that drive these trends are intimidating in their own right.
Phrases like big data, blockchain, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and a host of others like them are tossed around the boardroom table like Uno cards, and, as is often the case with the popular family card game, everybody has their own version of the “rules”.
Subject matter experts in any one of these fields tend to see the entire technology ecosystem – and its possibilities – through that lens. Often technologists and enthusiasts by nature, they sometimes find it difficult to paint a business-relevant picture that not only explains the individual trends, but places them in context. In context of what? Well, firstly in context of the broader business and leadership mandate, and secondly, in context of each other…
How does AI relate to IoT? Are machine learning and deep learning the same thing? What’s the deal with quantum computing, and is it just a fringe trend everyone is talking (panicking) about, or should you have a base level understanding of it? Is big data more important than data? Where’s the darn cloud?
It was these questions that inspired us to develop the DARWIN framework. Why Darwin? Well, these disruptive forces are best understood as evolutionary improvements on each other – a natural result of the rapid advancements in processing power, storage and connectivity that underpin all computing (digital) progress.
An understanding of any one trend – even the complex ones like blockchain or IoT – starts with a decent understanding of DATA. That’s the D in DARWIN. The building block. The cornerstone. If you understand why and how the need for more (and better) data has driven almost all of our innovation in computing since the mid-20th century, all the other pieces start falling into place.
We deliver the framework in form of keynote presentations, interactive workshops, as a coaching framework, and in our consulting initiatives. If you’re interested in finding out how the DARWIN Framework could be used as a tool in your organisation, don’t hesitate to contact us here.