Nicholas D. Evans

Contributing writer

Nicholas D. Evans is the Chief Innovation Officer at WGI, a national design and professional services firm. He is the founder of Thinkers360, the world’s premier B2B thought leader and influencer marketplace as well as Innovators360.

Articles by Nicholas D. Evans

4 strategic themes for digital transformation in 2018
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4 strategic themes for digital transformation in 2018

With so much focus on specific trends and technologies in the world of digital transformation, it’s often valuable to step back and make sure you can see the forest for the trees.
December 19, 2017
Managing Innovation & Disruptive Technology

How digital is helping the RNLI to save lives at sea

Every day of every year, people of all backgrounds get into danger in the water. Here's how the Royal National Lifeboat Institution employs “digital” to support a very important and highly-specific mission – that of saving lives at sea.
November 1, 2017
Platform business models: 4 key steps for implementation
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Platform business models: 4 key steps for implementation

Platform business models are a very different animal from traditional IT projects, they often involve the entire company and require multiple business units to come together and stay in close alignment.
October 31, 2017
Bitcoin lessons from the California gold rush
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Bitcoin lessons from the California gold rush

We’re at the beginning of another “Kodak moment” as the world shifts more and more towards bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. As the world transforms, the lessons from the California gold rush may help you put your best foot (or shovel) forward.
August 18, 2017
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Assessing your organization’s digital transformation maturity

While there are perennial capabilities and skills that are required for business success – investment, leadership, culture, change management, governance – digital transformation requires new capabilities that organizations need to acquire and develop mastery around.
August 15, 2017
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Assessing your organization’s digital transformation maturity

While there are perennial capabilities and skills that are required for business success (e.g. investment, leadership, culture, change management and governance), digital transformation requires new capabilities that organizations need to acquire and develop mastery around.
August 4, 2017
6 ways the digital-physical blur is affecting your money
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6 ways the digital-physical blur is affecting your money

The banking industry as well as the high-tech industry is continuing to experiment with the art of the possible, particularly around the digital-physical blur of payments and redesigned business processes. After more than 65 years of traditional credit cards, 50 years of cash machines, and nearly 20 years of contactless payments, almost everything is up for reimagination.
January 18, 2017
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5 digital business predictions for 2017

While discrete technology trends often get all the attention in New Year's lists, this coming year will be highlighted by organizations taking a more holistic focus on digital transformation with an increasing number of "world-firsts" as vertical industries refine their mastery of digital business.
December 9, 2016
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Platform business models: A primer

Platform business models can be a powerful ecosystem for value exchange and innovation. Here is a primer on the definition and benefits of platform business models and some go-forward strategy recommendations for executives and managers.
October 26, 2016
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The future of innovation management software

Today, the market for innovation management software is highly fragmented and centered on the idea-management portion of the innovation life cycle. Here are five areas where today's software needs to evolve over the next few years to best support continuous digital innovation.
September 7, 2016
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The IoT past, present and future

Professor Sanjay Sarma is best known for his ground-breaking work with Kevin Ashton and David Brock in co-founding the MIT Auto-ID Center. It was during this period back in 1999 that the term “Internet of Things” was coined and “things” truly started to get connected to the Internet.
June 2, 2016
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Blockchain’s split personality: Digital disruption or digital distraction?

When deluged with so much information, and stark differences in opinion, it’s worth looking at the facts and formulating a go-forward approach which is appropriate for blockchain’s relative maturity in the market and your organizations appetite for risk.
May 13, 2016
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Digital business ecosystems and platforms: 5 new rules for innovators

Just as there's a dominant technology platform for digital business, comprised of a set of foundational emerging and disruptive technologies, there's also a dominant new business model emerging in the form of digital business ecosystems.
March 21, 2016
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3 steps to a lean innovation workshop

If you're managing any aspect of innovation for your organization, particularly innovation workshops or other initiatives in support of targeted ideation, here are some steps to ensure your activities pass -- and even exceed -- the litmus test in terms of "lean" principles.
February 12, 2016
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How the Industrial Internet builds on the new platform for digital business

More than just the IoT and big data/fast data/data analytics, the real potential of the Industrial Internet and Industry 4.0 will be realized by the holistic combination of a key set of technology enablers to deliver “dynamic, real-time optimized, self-organizing value chains”.
January 15, 2016
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9 key questions to ask of your next digital business initiative

Here's a list of nine key questions to ask of your next digital business initiative -- not just on the vision, value proposition and differentiation of the product or service itself, but on your entire business model and how you intend to go to market.
January 14, 2016
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Digital business predictions for 2016

In 2016, as the race to digital transformation progresses, we’ll start to see the leaders separate themselves from the rest of the pack by setting a firm pace that’s fueled by five essential ingredients.
December 14, 2015
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Digital business lessons from the world of Formula One

With all the interest in digital transformation in the business world, what can the world of Formula One, where results are measured in thousandths of a second, teach us about emerging technologies and how to manage, combine and optimize them to deliver competitive advantage?
November 23, 2015
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The 5 critical pillars of innovation management capability

Every three to five years the map of the world in terms of innovation is redrawn as organizations change strategic direction, bring in new leaders and/or respond to market threats and opportunities. Here are five critical pillars of innovation management capability that need to be a part of any large-scale initiative.
October 13, 2015
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6 steps for digital transformation

How should an organization think beyond the strategy and get to transformative execution and outcomes for digital business? Here are six steps for digital transformation that you can take to progress from innovative strategy development, to an architectural framework, to practical execution.
October 1, 2015
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Instrumenting the human and socializing the machine

When it comes to the digital workplace, the popular opinion, and fear, is that machines are encroaching upon human work activities and taking an ever larger percentage of this work away for good, Fortunately, this doesn’t take into account the realm of possibilities created when work processes are reimagined in the context of mutual human-machine collaboration.
August 12, 2015
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The wild, Wild West of IoT security

When it comes to IoT security, it’s the Wild West out there. One of the main problems is that security is often an afterthought, bolted onto solutions after the fact, once issues arise. Here are some steps to help you do things better.
August 3, 2015
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It’s time for a Digital Customer Experience Bill of Rights

Many organizations are harming their customer’s digital experience – and in some cases their safety – on a regular basis, as evidenced by the recent issues around limited access to personal data and the ability to digitally sabotage connected vehicles. What we need is a Digital Customer Experience Bill of Rights, along the lines of the Consumer Bill of Rights, which spells out a set of essential rights and protections for consumers in terms of their dealings with product and service providers.
July 28, 2015
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5 lessons monkeys can teach us about innovation

Corporate innovation programs need to be living, breathing, socially connected entities. They need to constantly adapt to their environment, evolve as the target business outcomes of innovation evolve, follow natural rhythms in terms of event-based and ongoing ideation, and be highly attuned to your corporate culture and its appetite in terms of ability assimilate change.
July 9, 2015
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8 classic (digital) business strategy moves from Apple Pay

Apple’s recent announcement at its Worldwide Developers Conference of giving shoppers even more ways to pay via its Apple Pay service is an interesting example of a set of eight classic (digital) business strategy moves the company has executed over the course of launching its service.
June 9, 2015
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Beyond SMAC: The new platform for digital business

From being a former disruption to enterprise IT, SMAC technologies are now becoming the essential building blocks of a new platform for digital business initiatives.
May 11, 2015
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Preparing for the digital disruption that’s coming to your industry

The business strategies and options regarding how and where to play in the future value chain are the same strategic decisions that organizations have needed to make for decades. What’s new and different is the magnitude of potential business disruption and transformation that's achievable via today’s fresh new wave of disruptive technologies.
April 22, 2015
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Multi-modal ideation: 5 best practices for setting the rhythm of innovation

By implementing a multi-modal ideation approach, with both event-based and ongoing ideation vehicles, your organization will be well-poised to maximize the innovation potential across your diverse ecosystem of employees, customers, suppliers and partners in a systematic manner and equally able to mobilize ideation sessions as, where and when opportunities arise.
April 10, 2015
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Digital services mastery: A key competency for digital business

Mastery of digital services is going to become a key competency for organizations to grow their business and build sustainable competitive advantage in the years ahead. It’s no longer sufficient to have an innovative set of products or services, you have to be a master of how you design, develop, deploy, manage and continually evolve your digital services as well.
March 9, 2015
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5 considerations for adapting innovation programs for digital transformation

In one form or another, most organizations have had a corporate innovation program for many years now. Today’s innovation objectives, however, are all gravitating towards digital transformation. So how should an existing corporate innovation program change or be fine-tuned to most effectively support digital transformation both now and in the years to come?
January 27, 2015
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Be careful what you transform: The unintended consequences of digital innovation

While shortcuts are often the goal in re-thinking and re-designing business processes to create process efficiencies, cost savings, and an innovative and highly convenient new digital customer experience, every business model and process innovation must still carefully navigate the waters surrounding legality, privacy, security and safety.
December 11, 2014
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A brief history of hybrid IT: How today’s digital business gets done

Hybrid IT is perhaps the mirror image of digital business. As digital business continues its march towards digitizing physical business models, processes, products and services, then hybrid IT responds by providing a palette of technology options for optimizing how this work is achieved.
November 21, 2014
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The hidden disruption of digital business models

Many of new SMAC-enabled digital business models have the intrinsic potential to be more transformative than they would at first appear to CEOs as they re-think and re-design their traditional, existing business models and processes in the context of today’s disruptive technologies, the consumerization of IT, ubiquitous low-cost computing, and our globally connected society.
October 27, 2014
5 cybersecurity tips for consumers: Lessons learned in the enterprise
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5 cybersecurity tips for consumers: Lessons learned in the enterprise

So many of our everyday consumer business processes -- finance, healthcare, etc. -- are now online. They’ve become de-facto mission critical computing processes. We need them constantly accessible, available and secure.
September 24, 2014
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Digital transformation needs an industrialized software-defined data center

In today’s fast-paced environment, where digital transformation creates opportunities to literally re-wire how business gets done, the concept of a totally software-defined data center is vital to enable the speed of change required for organizations to stay competitive and react to ever-changing customer needs.
September 11, 2014