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November 2016
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What is "The Mutable Enterprise"?

Our Editor for this issue, David Norfolk, Practice Leader Dev and Gov, muses on what the term "Mutable Enterprise" means, and on its implications for the evolution of automated business systems in the 21st century.

The hot topic today is "Digital Transformation" – in the singular. This seems to imply that once you have transformed into a "digital organisation" (usually with the help of new technology and some service integrator or consultancy, often at great expense) you have reached a "promised land" and everything will be hunky dory.

Here at Bloor, we are a bit cynical about this, although (of course) there is some value in the concept of "going digital". The big issue we often have, is that "going digital" is a business thing as much as a technology thing (technology is just an enabler) and once the business has done its transformation, it becomes addictive. Another transformation comes on its heels.

We have been thinking about this for some time and decided that the real transformation is when a traditional business becomes a Mutable Enterprise, a business in a state of constant change, in response to today’s constantly changing (and globalised) business environment ... read the full article

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CIO Watch
Kevin Borley interviews Robin Block, Head of Engagement at, and a keen observer of business transformation. Insightive's business is to mine insights from leaders in business transformation: "We interview business leaders recognised for guiding companies in times of rapid change. These leaders are driving the transformation necessary to keep their organisations competitive into the next decade".

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Tech Watch
Simon Holloway, Philip Howard, David Norfolk and Fran Howarth all talk about the implications of Mutable in connection with technologies that have caught their attention, ranging from the Mainframe to CA Technologies, security technology generally, and a new "no-code" platform from Metavine.
Analyst Update
Philip Howard describes the Mutable Data Layer in one of his inimitable Fireside Chats; David Norfolk interviews Martin Banks on the future of Mutable; Simon Holloway and Ronnie Beggs comment on different aspects of Mutable that they have encountered, dealing with a Supply Chain Use Case and with Trust in the context of your journey to the Cloud.
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