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Data & Disruption

By Ian BowerDirector, Business Design Lead, NTT DATA UK , Caroline CarruthersAward-winning data expert, author and co-founder of global data consultancy Carruthers and Jackson

Scenario Planning: A Tool for Navigating Future Turbulence

By Paul SchoemakerFormer Research Director of the Mack Center for Innovation Management at the Wharton School and author of Advanced Introduction to Scenario Planning

In the midst of uncertain times that only look set to continue, one thing is particularly crucial to an organization’s ability to navigate confidently: the ability – and agility – to envision and strategize for multiple possible futures.

Digital Transformation in the Consumer Goods Industry

By Waliuollah AliHead of Industry Segments Consumer Products and Process Industries, NTT DATA Business Solutions

When it comes to consumer goods, standards are exactingly high across the industry, and processes are often complex. Digital transformation across multiple vectors – from logistics to packaging to quality control – can both revolutionize efficiency and ensure that the highest standards are met.

Cloud is the Future of Banking (But Getting There is Not Easy)

By José Manuel PérezGlobal Head of Banking Platforms and Banking in the Cloud, NTT DATA

As digital native challenger banks rapidly encroach, it has become imperative for retail banks to move to the cloud to compete. There are numerous benefits associated with cloud migration, but they should also be aware of the pitfalls.

5 Minutes On… Navigating Complexity With Data

By Caroline CarruthersAward-winning data expert, author and co-founder of global data consultancy Carruthers and Jackson

Pragmatism and Innovation: The Perfect Partnership in Uncertain Times

By Eric ClarkChief Executive Officer, Americas, NTT Ltd.

Against the backdrop of a somewhat tumultuous economic landscape, a new trend is emerging: many companies are assessing the environment and deciding to direct their innovation efforts inwards, towards the more pragmatic matters of organizational efficiency and agility. When it comes to nurturing both long-term growth and customer value, this is a strategy that makes sense.

Acting on Data and Digitalization

By Caroline CarruthersAward-winning data expert, author and co-founder of global data consultancy Carruthers and Jackson

When times are uncertain and we don’t have the comfortable leeway we are used to, how can we use the basics to uncover the diamonds in the rock pile? How does data drive the digital agenda to overcome the perceived panacea of technology, and get to the answers which make a difference?

Perseverance, Servant Leadership and Achieving Agility in Uncertainty

By Ravi PurushothamanHead of Enterprise Agility, NTT DATA UK

In a global market defined by uncertainty and choppy economic headwinds, change isn’t always easy to absorb – but with an agile mindset, companies can achieve remarkable outcomes that turn challenges into success stories.

How Organizations Can Accelerate Growth and Self-Fund Their Digital Journey

By Chris FoxSenior Vice President, Digital Transformation Services, NTT DATA Services

We’re experiencing a time of constant disruption. Global pandemics, geopolitical struggles and economic challenges have leaders looking for ways to move beyond merely surviving. How can businesses capitalize on constant change, transforming even when budgets are tight, finding talent is tough, and legacy systems can hold us back from innovating faster on behalf of customers?

Transformative Stickiness: Embracing the Who, What and Why in Data-Driven Organizations

By Kim CurleyVice President, Workforce Readiness Consulting, NTT DATA Services

Uncertainty and disruption are, ironically, the only certainties on the business horizon, bringing with them complexities and unplanned eventualities that demand organizations be agile, flexible and internally disruptive. Following the data with strategic intent is key to shaping how the organization faces these forces, and how it supports its people as they too experience the complexities of change in uncertain times.

Leading with Empathy: How to Build High Impact Teams

By Cristina PaternosterSenior Engagement Manager, NTT DATA ITALIA

In the wake of a pandemic that has reshaped countless aspects of life as we once knew it, it is clear that many of the ‘old models’ – of working, corporate culture, and especially leadership – are no longer fit for purpose. In this new landscape, where many of us have re-assessed our priorities and are taking care to focus more on our well-being, one leadership quality is more impactful than all others in maintaining employee engagement: empathy.

The Evolving Role of the CFO: From Financial Anchor to Strategic Leader

By Belen VillasanteGlobal Digital Finance Transformation Partner, NTT DATA EMEAL

As the business landscape grows ever more uncertain and disrupted, CFOs need to reinvent themselves so that their focus increasingly falls on fostering innovation and promoting adaptability, rather than solely on accounting, compliance and safeguarding assets. Those who can become comfortable in today’s climate of upheaval and change will discover new opportunities in what will be an increasingly key leadership role.

Agility in Uncertainty: Surfing the Waves, Reaping the Rewards

By Carmine ParaganoAssociate Director, NTT DATA Italia

For an enterprise to grow in uncertain times, it requires strategic approaches that are focused on seamless transformation – while deftly managing the gap between strategic intent and real-world implementation. This means using the right models and having the right people, because both need to align to ensure relevant and scalable transformation.

How to Make the New, Hyper-Connected World of Work Work for Everyone


Successful leadership in today’s world of hybrid work requires a reset in how we manage and empower our teams. What we have lost to remote work – those watercooler moments – must be reinstated. Leaders should focus on facilitating social connections and creating a fertile breeding ground for innovation by establishing the structures for employees to network and collaborate across boundaries.

A Lesson in Workplace Learning

By Laura BartoliEngagement Manager, NTT DATA , Sara ManocchioAssociate Manager, HR Transformation Practice, NTT DATA Italy

With job skills changing so rapidly and the increasing competition for talent, workplace learning plays a pivotal role in keeping organizations at the top of their game. By making L&D departments more agile and fluid and creating a learning-led company culture, organizations can always keep ahead of new competencies, and talent can be nurtured from within.

Effective Change Management for a Resilient Workforce

By Julia RumpelSenior Change Management Consultant, NTT DATA DACH

Change management ensures organizations can implement new ways of working, new technologies and new methodologies – as well as cultural and mindset changes – without losing employee traction and engagement. This vital element of project delivery keeps people and productivity on side while shifting business foundations towards the future.

The Hybrid Office: A Work in Progress

By Klaus StrackManaging Director, Business Unit Germany, NTT DATA Business Solutions

As interactions between corporate teams reach the point where virtual is as effective as in-person, the very nature and purpose of the physical office has permanently changed. Hybrid working has proven productive for organizations and rewarding for individuals, and is here to stay. Rather than cling to the past, we must embrace the opportunities of this new post-pandemic business environment – and as such improve speed of decision-making, efficiency of operations and the wellbeing of the entire workforce.

Misconceptions Around Zero Trust

By Sushila NairVice President, Security Services, NTT DATA Services

There are misconceptions around Zero Trust, as businesses may be fearful of a perceived need to completely rebuild their security architecture, but all it takes is a step-by-step approach. What is the journey to making the security of your business airtight?

NTT DATA’s Zero Trust Journey 2: Architecture (and What We’ve Learned)

By Sushila NairVice President, Security Services, NTT DATA Services

The zero trust journey is all about taking measures to assure your business security at every level. While it sounds complex, it is more simple than it seems, and is worth every effort to ensure that access to data is only granted to those who have sufficiently proved their identity at every stage necessary.

5 Minutes On… Driving Systemic Change with Information

By John BeckfordPartner at Beckford Consulting, President at the Cybernetics Society, professor and author

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Welcome to the fifth issue of CXO Magazine.

By Bob PryorCEO, NTT DATA Services

Continuous innovation used to be enough to drive growth. However, today’s organisations also must innovate at speed and scale. Indeed, a frequent question we hear from CEOs around the world is: “How can my organisation adapt and move faster?”

The Evolution of Buying Habits in Enterprise IT

By Brian MaddenDistinguished Technologist, VMware CTO Office

The way enterprises are buying IT is changing, and so are the characteristics of the buyers. Several big trends are driving this transformation, from the need for agility to different expectations of time to value and the liberating possibilities of the cloud. Now, IT departments can stitch everything together to meet their exact needs much faster than ever before.

Intelligent Organisations: A Systemic Approach

By Markus SchwaningerProfessor of Management at the University of St. Gallen, and author of Intelligent Organisations: Powerful Models for Systemic Management

Organisations can be designed to behave intelligently and sensitively, and indeed they must if they are to master the complexity of our current environment. Drawing on Systems Theory and Cybernetics, we can understand the prerequisites of organisational intelligence, and create the conditions for our organisations to flourish.

White Paper : History Made Faster: Why Automation Often Fails, But Doesn’t Have To

Business norms have been swept away by the Covid-19 pandemic; because of this disruption, change had to go deeper and faster than conventionally thought possible. Instead of “returning to normal”, we must now refocus technologies, working practices and business models to create an environment that will be starkly different to the old ways of working.

Don’t Sleep on Data: Three Steps to Diving In

By Shamlan SiddiqiVice President, Data Advisory & Transformation Group, NTT DATA Services

Cybersecurity: The Fabric of Any Intelligent Organisation

By Haroon MalikSecurity Consulting Director & Principal Security Consultant, NTT DATA UK , Kiam CameronSecurity Consulting Director & Principal Security Consultant, NTT DATA UK

Does today’s need for cyber vigilance conflict with the move towards organisational intelligence and its need to share data? We believe the opposite is true – robust cybersecurity can be a powerful enabler of progress.

The Role of Operations: Sustainability, Optimisation and Cost Reduction Working Together

By Rodin SocaciuHead of Delivery, NTT DATA Romania

R&D into new forms of power generation, such as solar and wave power, might always attract the most attention, but the teams and individuals running the operational side of businesses also have the opportunity to make a difference. Significant change can come from internal optimisation.

Delivering Agile Decision Making at Rolls-Royce

By Stuart HughesChief Divisional Information Officer, Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace

White Paper: Shaping the change

There are a number of reasons for the pressure to change that many companies are feeling: economic globalisation, unforeseen crises, the rising complexity of business processes, and digitalisation at all levels to name a few. Companies are responding with new structures and processes. In doing so, management has to rely heavily on HR, because every positive change is built on the willingness and skillsets of employees. HR shapes extensive aspects of change and HR managers, therefore, are increasingly becoming change managers – and have to stand the test of this new role.

Working Without Boundaries and the Enterprise of Tomorrow

By Adela NegruChief Human Resources Officer, NTT DATA Romania

Agile organisations are defined by how closely they’ve looked at costs, technology and digital innovation and leveraged these to survive in times of uncertainty. Learning from this approach, businesses can reap the benefits of cultural flexibility, process agility, and operational adaptability – allowing employees to work without boundaries while still achieving benchmarks of productivity.

White Paper: How to make Business Agility a reality

Organisations that are focused, resilient, responsive, adaptable, versatile and able to sustainably innovate are successful. Taken together, these traits are known as ‘Business Agility’. The benefits are significant, including better organisational health – the best indicator of long-term performance. Despite this, many organisations struggle, with common challenges holding them back. At NTT DATA, we know it doesn’t have to be this way. This paper assesses the underlying challenges and describes our Business Agility framework to help clients thrive in the years to come.

The Secret of Enterprise Agility: Where Science Meets Organisational Change

By Erich R BühlerBestselling author and founder of Enterprise Agility University

Most mindsets or frameworks developed to support an environment where employees can confidently adapt to market opportunities, such as Agile, Lean, and Scrum are not enough. A new framework of reference is required, one that draws on neuroscience, organisational psychology and new types of leadership.

The Challenge of Continuous Change

By Stefan HansenCEO, NTT DATA DACH

Adapt or perish. The rate of change in the post-Covid world is relentless. With the competitor landscape and customer demands changing at speed, the new enterprise must be hyper-adaptive, able to flex and adopt the agile mindset and principles to ultimately achieve competitive advantage and build better relationships with their customers, staff and communities.

Reimagining Work

By Pim de MorreeCo-author of Corporate Rebels: Make Work More Fun

The time for command-and-control is gone. To cope with the level and pace of change, the rules of business planning and management must be rewritten – with flexibility, robustness and self-organisation at the root. Rebelling against the norm is not only advantageous; it's critical.

Learning to Transform: How Collaboration and Care Help Us Deal With Change

By Ram TankudarDevOps Principal Consultant, NTT DATA UK

Learning is a critical part of an organisation’s ability to transform. The steep learning curve on cloud native migrations offers a useful lens through which to understand how we can improve both training and ways of working, in order to create an agile and future-fit organisation.

Welcome to the third issue of CXO Magazine

By Kaz NishihataGlobal CEO, NTT DATA

Welcome to the third issue of CXO Magazine. Our theme for this issue is ‘Agility in the Age of Disruption’

Cultivating Agile and Adaptive Teams the Military Way

By Gareth TennantFormer Head of Intelligence of the Royal Marines

With a ‘mission command’ philosophy, organisations can adapt to the VUCA environment businesses face today. By focusing on the team’s coherence as a whole, and its ability to share information and make decisions effectively, organisations can thrive in uncertainty.

Change Is Always An Opportunity

By Radu IacobHead of Project Management, NTT DATA Romania

Change is the only constant, in life and in business. But change isn’t something to be overcome – instead, we should regard it as the catalyst for innovation, agility and organisational resilience. An agile change management approach is the springboard from which businesses can catapult towards optimised processes, better ways of working and a flexible, sustainable enterprise.

Business Re-Set: Why Organisational Fluidity is the Future of Your Enterprise

By Ragnar WachterHead of Advisory Consulting

The traditional rigid business structure is no longer fit for purpose. As enterprises look towards a post-Covid future, adopting a more fluid approach to their structural architecture will enable them to become agile and flexible companies, fit to meet today's and tomorrow's challenges.

Bringing Everyone Along: A Model for Maximising Adoption in Change Projects

By Livio SelviniSenior Engagement Manager Strategy & Governance, NTT DATA Italia

Change management is an underrated tool in the fight against continual disruption. With a few basic tenets, companies can get a handle on quickly assembling resources – and, crucially, maximising buy-in from the workforce – in response to changing external and internal environments.

Accelerating Data Insights to Steer Smoothly Through Crisis

By Michael GardnerSenior Manager of Data and Analytics, NTT DATA UK

Leaders will do well to remember that crises always present opportunities for improvement and advancement. By embracing agility and using data and analytics to their best advantage, leaders will be in a stronger position to navigate through the near-term challenges that the pandemic has raised.

Designing Organisation Agility

By Naomi StanfordAuthor of Organisation Design: The Practitioner's Guide

To go beyond the surface-level of this century’s buzziest word and design a truly agile organisation, enterprises need to understand the intricacies of agility. And beyond that, they need to examine whether an agile approach is likely to benefit their organisation at all.

Leading the Agility Shift: Slowing Down to Go Fast

By Pamela Meyer PhDAuthor and Agile Innovation Expert

Organisations looking to urgently improve agility across the enterprise will find that their leaders across all levels need support in making a mindset shift. To make this shift is neither instant nor effortless, organisations must make, model and coach for it to ensure the success of agile initiatives.

White Paper: Agility in the Time of Covid

How is the Covid-19 pandemic different from other crises, and how can organisations build resilience? A well kept secret of the most successful companies across the globe is speed-to-learn. If you can learn quickly, you can change quickly, and if you can change quickly, you can capitalise on crises, extreme events, and the ever-shifting inclinations of consumers.

The Right Kind of Innovation

By Anca MoldovanIP & Product Manager, NTT DATA Romania

Looking out at the current business landscape, it’s evident that the established order is disassembling everywhere we turn: the pace of change makes innovation a priority for every organisation. But prioritising ideas, evaluating what to invest in and quantifying impact is still a stumbling block for many businesses.