Hakan.Altintepe

Hakan Altintepe is the owner of Technology for Alpha LLC. He is a technology strategy and digital transformation adviser to senior executives at leading financial services companies. For 20 years, he has focused on maximizing the business value of technology. Before starting his own firm, he worked at Accenture, a global technology consulting and services company, and A.T. Kearney, a global operations strategy firm.

Hakan specializes in operating model design, technology financial management, workforce transformation, process re-engineering, operations strategy and strategic sourcing. His current thought-leadership focus includes digital enterprises, agile at scale, product management culture, efficiency and change enablement.

Hakan holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.A.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa, and a B.A.Sc. in electrical engineering from Bosporus University in Istanbul.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Hakan Altintepe and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by Hakan.Altintepe

Product funding and the burden of agility
Financial Services IT Goes Digital

Product funding and the burden of agility

Agile organizations are still accountable for their ROI, and just because they adopted lean principles doesn’t mean they are lean.
June 21, 2019
Digital transformation needs an effective IT strategy
Financial Services IT Goes Digital

Digital transformation needs an effective IT strategy

To lift IT performance from “bad” to “good,” conventional strategies, stricter cost controls and increased governance may suffice. However, to become “great”, CIOs need to innovate the way they manage technology during digital transformation.
May 3, 2018
IT effectiveness – Everyone’s desire, yet no one’s mandate
Financial Services IT Goes Digital

IT effectiveness – Everyone’s desire, yet no one’s mandate

Technological innovations have been the primary driver of digital transformation until now. To maintain the momentum, digital transformation needs a corresponding wave of innovations in technology management. IT effectiveness is the strive to achieve the best business outcomes from the available technology spending.
April 17, 2018
IT effectiveness – the engine of digital transformation – is ailing. Why?
Financial Services IT Goes Digital

IT effectiveness – the engine of digital transformation – is ailing. Why?

More than one-fifth of IT effort is potentially wasted on technology outputs that are never used, up to forty percent of business opportunities may be missed due to delays, and outdated management practices tax the IT workforce productivity by double digits.
April 11, 2018
How to narrow the CMO-CIO divide
Financial Services IT Goes Digital

How to narrow the CMO-CIO divide

In the absence of common performance metrics linked to business outcomes, “who should own IT?” is a debate about authority without accountability.
November 20, 2017
The pain of legacy-to-digital transformation is an epidemic
Financial Services IT Goes Digital

The pain of legacy-to-digital transformation is an epidemic

How can the traditional IT organizations remain business relevant while the business IT divide remains, the shadow IT spending increases, and the third-party providers increase their share of the enterprise IT spend? Lean IT has the potential of transforming the way enterprises manage their technology capabilities in the digital-age.
May 19, 2017
Is the business-IT gap intentional?
Financial Services IT Goes Digital

Is the business-IT gap intentional?

IT and business executives must decide whether to transform the way their organizations interact. Maintaining the status quo may feel safe, but it’s risky. To determine if the relationship has reached a tipping point, ask two questions: "Is there a viable alternative model for the business-IT relationship?" and "Is it worth the effort?"
March 2, 2017
A call for action — the renaissance of enterprise IT
Financial Services IT Goes Digital

A call for action — the renaissance of enterprise IT

During the time of transition from industrial-age to digital-age practices, what the business needs most is a renaissance of enterprise IT. This is an exceptional opportunity, a call for action, for CIOs and CDOs to spearhead the end-to-end transformation of the enterprise IT value stream through innovations in management and culture.
February 9, 2017
Financial Services IT Goes Digital

The weakest link in digital transformation

The future of the multitrillion-dollar enterprise IT industry will not evolve from the retrofit of half-century-old IT management practices with relics of the industrial age.
January 5, 2017
Why software capitalization can be wasteful
Financial Services IT Goes Digital

Why software capitalization can be wasteful

The treatment of enterprise applications as capital assets is a relic of the industrial-age IT operating model. In the digital age, capitalization of the application development cost can be wasteful and counterproductive.
December 19, 2016
It’s not the workforce but the system that needs a fix
Financial Services IT Goes Digital

It’s not the workforce but the system that needs a fix

Cheaper inputs are no longer strategic for enterprise IT, but a system that propels productivity and throughput while supplying a steady stream of innovations is. The Trump presidency may become a catalyst for it.
December 2, 2016
What’s next for enterprise IT?
Financial Services IT Goes Digital

What’s next for enterprise IT?

The multitrillion-dollar industry of enterprise IT is facing a major disruption. The process was initiated by the pure-play digital enterprises like Amazon and Google a decade ago, and it has recently accelerated with the broad adoption of digital-era operating models (API, IoT, XaaS), methodologies (agile, DevOps, CI/CD) and technologies (cloud, analytics, mobile).
November 22, 2016
The chasm between efficient IT and lean IT
Financial Services IT Goes Digital

The chasm between efficient IT and lean IT

Despite the $300 billion spent on technology in financial services annually, funding is still scarce for digital opportunities. Lean IT is the next frontier for CIOs -- a steppingstone in their digital transformation journey and a serious fund-raiser for all sorts of digital ambitions of the business.rn
October 14, 2016
Who is watching after your agile money? Part III
Financial Services IT Goes Digital

Who is watching after your agile money? Part III

Business and IT executives need an objective performance yardstick with integrated controls to confidently grow agile program portfolios.
August 31, 2016
Financial Services IT Goes Digital

Who is watching after your agile money? Part II

Agile development, which is the linchpin of digital transformation, requires a different operating model -- the retrofit of the traditional governance and controls won’t work. Financial services organizations are carrying unnecessary operational and financial risks when scaling up their agile operations, and programs with less than 100 full-time employees are most vulnerable.
July 21, 2016
Who is watching after your agile money?
Financial Services IT Goes Digital

Who is watching after your agile money?

In the digital age, the speed of business change is historically unprecedented and exponentially increasing. The traditional enterprise IT model has reached its max speed, and enterprises are investing in agile development by the masses. At the same time, enterprise-scale agile programs are lacking a proven management framework, similar to the program and project management theory that was behind the success of countless waterfall implementations for decades. Enterprise-scale agile programs with over 100 FTEs are most vulnerable. Many aspiring digital organizations are carrying unnecessary operational and financial risks when scaling up agile programs, and it's getting harder for them to demonstrate sufficient business value to justify investments to date.
June 23, 2016
Is your IT ready for the digital age?
Financial Services IT Goes Digital

Is your IT ready for the digital age?

Technological advances in the digital age are profoundly impacting the business models, competitive forces, customer behaviors and regulatory environments. The ability to exploit the speed of business change has therefore become a key competitive advantage. The question we want to explore is whether the traditional Enterprise IT in the financial services industry is ready for the digital transformation; and if not, what needs to change.
June 14, 2016