Welcome Digital Clarity Group

As many of you may know, Scott Liewehr has been involved with Gilbane activities for years and was our lead consultant and analyst for web content management, and a contributor to our conference program, a role he will continue again this year as a chair of the Customer and Engagement track. Scott has been putting together a team to launch a new analyst firm over the last few months, and the not-so-secret effort is just now officially launched, but already busy, as the Digital Clarity Group (DCG).

Given Scott’s experience and energy level, I was gratified and a little surprised how easy it was to talk him into joining the Gilbane Group. I was gratified and not at all surprised to find he was great to work with and immediately in high demand among our customers. With the seriously impressive group of colleagues Scott has assembled Digital Clarity Group is an organization you will be hearing a lot more from and about. Congratulations and best of luck to all on the team. Below is today’s press release introducing the team and a little about their vision.

(Disclosure: In case you hadn’t noticed, DCG is an analyst sponsor of Gilbane Boston – of course!)

DCG Press Release:

Digital Clarity Group Identifies Top Trends For The Digital Enterprise

NEW YORK, June 12, 2012Engagement and control are two words driving conversations across the enterprise in 2012 and beyond. As the CIO grapples for technology governance, the CMO struggles to keep up with the chaotic changes in marketing.  Both are challenged with leveraging technology to engage, collaborate, socialize, and measure the more empowered consumer and the ever-more virtual workforce.  To meet this challenge – some clarity is needed.

Digital Clarity Group (DCG), a new research-driven advisory firm focused on helping leaders navigate the digital transformation, is celebrating its launch today by identifying several seismic trends affecting the enterprise.

Technology industry veteran Scott Liewehr is President and Principal Analyst of DCG and has assembled an extraordinary “all-star team” of experts to focus on working with business leaders on all aspects of digital transformation.  This includes advising technology vendors on how to approach this market, as well as the buyers on how to better navigate the changes. As Scott stated; “Consumers and knowledge workers alike are grabbing control of the reigns and not letting go. The combination of the social web, open standards, the cloud, and ubiquitous mobility to name just a few, represent a field of dreams for empowered audiences to both collaborate and self-satisfy. For organizations, these represent an opportunity to transform, innovate, engage and develop loyal customers and employees like never before.”

The transformation that DCG addresses is the overlap of where Innovative Change meets the Social Enterprise and Consumer Engagement, and is facilitated with Adaptive Technology.  And as part of the inaugural launch of DCG’s practice, the team has identified several seismic trends impacting leaders across these four themes.

Former Forrester Analyst, and industry veteran Tim Walters is a Partner and Principal Analyst in the new venture and also serves as Director of Research. Tim most recently led Forrester’s research on intranets/employee portals and the emerging next-generation Information Workplace.  His top transformational trend stresses a focus on an enterprise’s need for speed as opposed to “backbone technology”. “Today’s business environment is what the US military calls VUCA – Volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous,” said Tim. “The five-year plan is as archaic in this context as a flintlock rifle on a modern battlefield.  Agility, flexibility, and rapid response will define the winners of the next decade.  Tactics are the new strategy, and ‘business as usual’ is a terminal disease.”

Cathy McKnight is also a Partner and Principal Analyst with DCG, and comes from senior and director level consulting/advisor roles with IBM, Prescient Digital Media, and Aon Hewitt.  She identified employee engagement and empowerment as one of the largest trends impacting the enterprise.   As Cathy said, “To satisfy consumers’ growing demand for comprehensive systems of engagement companies have to completely rethink their approach to everything; operations, IT, sales, customer service, employee empowerment – everything. Success will require a long-term commitment, a full company transformation, and the willingness to embrace the disruption rather than avoid it. ‘That’s not how we do things here’ will appear on the tombstones of the hesitant and half-hearted.”

As a Partner and head of Client Services for DCG, Elise Segar brings more than 15 years of industry expertise to bear directing sales strategy with iFridge & Company, as well as RedDot and, subsequently, OpenText.  As one of the most important trends in the Digital Enterprise, Elise identified the extraordinary importance of collaboration between sales and marketing teams; balancing technology, process – and patience.  As Elise said, “today’s sales and marketing teams are armed with more technology in their quiver than ever imaginable.  Marketing teams can target and tailor messaging, and sales can track and understand relevance of message at any stage in the funnel.  But balancing the tools and the process – and allowing the right amount of adaptability for these teams to understand this context is what is critical.”

Robert Rose is a Contributing Senior Analyst with DCG and comes with a deep background and experience in web content management technology, marketing, and enterprise marketing strategy.  He’s working with DCG to help lead the Web Engagement and Experience Management research and advisory themes. The biggest trend he identified is the need for CMO’s to embrace the chaotic nature of the new consumer engagement model – and to approach technology as one would media, channels or even brand messaging.  “Technology should only be scaled where it helps to drive agility and flexibility to react more quickly,” said Robert. “Adaptability will be the new competitive advantage in marketing. The enterprise’s ability to not only be agile – but its capacity to embrace chaos and change will be critical to marketing success.”

Digital Clarity Group Research themes

Digital Clarity Group’s mission is to provide research-driven, actionable advice to business leaders who are working through the strategic application of adaptive technology.  This may come as a focus to engage employees more deeply or enable a more social and collaborative workspace – or as a way to create new digital experiences for customers and engage them more holistically.  Or, it may come as a way to use measurement techniques to draw insight into any of those areas.   In short, today’s business leader is challenged with creating innovative new strategies for navigating digital transformations.  DCG is there to provide the clearest, most pragmatic, and actionable advice to make that effort successful.

As part of its launch and the identification of these five trends, DCG invites you to a virtual “open house” for food, drink and conversation about the enterprise’s digital transformation.   Join the DCG team in New York City on June 25th at the W Hotel In Times Square.  At 2:00 PM the team plans a more formal conversation on DCG’s plans for research, and at 5:00 join the team for casual cocktails and celebration of the DCG launch.  Space will be limited so please contact DCG to reserve your place.

Contact Information

Elise Segar
Director Client Services
info@digitalclaritygroup.com
www.digitalclaritygroup.com

Submitting speaking proposals after the deadline

For all of you who missed the deadline for speaking proposals for Gilbane Boston, our policy is that we always accept proposals – in fact we accept them all year long – however, proposals received after the deadline for each conference miss the first review by the program committee and some of the early decisions. If we have two good proposals on the same topic the on-time proposal gets preference. Also, decisions are largely made on a rolling basis once the deadline passes, so if you have missed the deadline it is still a good idea to submit as soon as possible.

If there is a particular topic we need more proposals for we will post about it here, so stay tuned.

And don’t forget to use the submission form!

Speaker proposal update

Thanks all for the speaker proposals!

Next step is a preliminary organization by the program committee to see if we have all the topics covered.

If you have submitted a proposal remember that it may be a few weeks before a decision is made, but we will keep you posted here on our overall progress.

One week till Gilbane Boston speaking proposals deadline!

Every year we get a last minute rush of speaking proposals for Gilbane Boston, and then… we get tons of emails asking when the deadline is, and then… we get requests for an extra day or two, and then… well, you get the picture. You’ve got a week, but why wait till the weekend!?

The deadline this year is May 14th. Here are the relevant links:

New posts on embedded search and mobile development

Check out two new posts this week on the Bluebill blog, one from Lynda on Embedded Search in the Enterprise, and one from Frank on Time to Re-check Your Mobile Development Strategy.

Marketing, big data, and content

“Content” in this context means unstructured data. The need to manage unstructured data is one of the main reasons big data technologies exist – the other being the need for dealing with scale and speed. This is why it is important for us to cover at our conferences. Not every company needs to build new infrastructures around Hadoop-like technologies… yet. But marketers need to manage the mostly unstructured content that is part of their world, and also process and manage the more structured analytic data that will rapidly become “big” for even small organizations, so big data technologies need to be on marketing organizations’ radar as they continue to increase their expertise and spending on technology. See yesterday’s post on Why marketing is the next big money sector in technology.

Call for Papers for Gilbane Boston 2012 now open

Proposal deadline is May 14th!

This year’s conference takes place November 27-29, 2012, at The InterContinental Boston Waterfront in Fort Point Channel & Boston’s Innovation and Seaport District.

The Gilbane conference is all about helping organizations apply content, web, and mobile technologies to increase communication and engagement with their ecosystem of customers, employees, suppliers, and partners in the most effective and efficient way possible.

This means understanding what technologies can and can’t do, what practices in applying them succeed or fail, how to effectively analyze data and apply results, and how to plan for rapid changes in market and technology evolution. Companies need to be agile and able to incorporate multiple mobile platforms with different form factors and capabilities, and also need to combine engaging content and interfaces with small devices and big data. Our program will be designed to help.

To submit a proposal for a presentation or panel please see the topics below listed for the four tracks, then read the guidelines and submit your proposal using our proposal submission form. Please feel free to suggest additional topics on the proposal form.

You can also learn more by visiting the conference website at http://gilbaneboston.comwhere you can see information from our 2011 conference.

 

Customers & Engagement track

Designed for anyone responsible for content, marketing, business, or technical aspects of public facing websites, including, sales & marketing, digital marketing, brand managers, business units with P&L, Web strategists, IT, Web managers, business managers, digital media, e-commerce managers, content managers & strategists. Topics:

  • Web content management
  • Digital marketing
  • Web and mobile analytics
  • User experience
  • Responsive design
  • Localization
  • Social marketing
  • Content strategies
  • Cross-channel marketing
  • e-commerce integration
  • Search engine strategies

 

Colleagues & Collaboration track

Designed for anyone responsible for internal websites, portals, collaboration & knowledge sharing, including, knowledge managers, product managers, project managers, IT, departments (R&D, support, mfg, financial, legal, authoring, etc.). Topics:

  • Collaboration tools
  • Social software platforms
  • Adoption strategies
  • Social media metrics
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Federated search

 

Content Technologies track

Designed for those who are either responsible for technology decisions, or those who need to keep up-to-speed with the latest technology for enterprise content applications of all types, including, central IT, departmental IT, strategists, and managers who need to know what’s possible and what’s coming. Topics:

  • Multilingual technologies
  • Big data
  • Big analytics
  • HTML5
  • Search
  • Semantic technologies
  • Visualization
  • Touch interfaces
  • Content migration
  • Digital asset management
  • Choosing the right technologies
  • Choosing a system integrator

 

Web & Mobile Publishing track

Designed for those responsible for content creation, management, and multi-channel/multi-lingual publishing, product managers, IT and others that need to learn about new mobile and multi-channel demands, including corporate or commercial publishers, content managers, developement managers. Topics:

  • Mobile development frameworks
  • App development strategies
  • HTML5
  • Multi-channel publishing
  • Ebook readers vs tablets
  • Tablets vs smartphones
  • Mobile publishing workflows
  • Matching content to platform

Speaker guidelines • Speaker submission form • Questions? speaking@gilbane.com

Mark your calendar for Gilbane Boston 2012!

Gilbane Boston content management and technologies conference bannerIt is time to mark your calendar for Gilbane Boston 2012. We will be back on Boston’s waterfront adjacent to the new “innovation district“, at the Intercontinental Boston Waterfront. The dates are November 27-29, 2012.