Sony’s journey from transformation loser to winner
February 21, 2019

Sony’s journey from transformation loser to winner Len Gilbert February 21, 2019 Back in March, 2015 I wrote an article on the company that I saw as the biggest transformation failure in the last 20 years: Sony Corp. At the time, the company was suffering from a combination of competition from Chinese and Korean electronics

Looking back from the future
September 27, 2018

Looking back from the future Len Gilbert September 27, 2018 Many dPrism engagements revolve around significant transformations of how our clients think about, and operate, their businesses. We help them identify and execute on market opportunities, new digital products and services, new business models and ways to improve their capabilities to better serve customers.

Accelerate your business with ‘data exhaust’
July 12, 2018

Accelerate your business with ‘data exhaust’ Len Gilbert July 12, 2018 As modern digital platforms replace old publishing models, any organization that earns revenue from publishing should learn to leverage its own “data exhaust.”

Five Steps to Unlocking Market Opportunities
May 10, 2018

Five Steps to Unlocking Market Opportunities Len Gilbert May 10, 2018 Are you worried about competitors or upstarts nibbling at pieces of your business, or worse?

Using Google Shopping Actions (and other tools) to beat Amazon
March 22, 2018

Using Google Shopping Actions (and other tools) to beat… Len Gilbert March 22, 2018 As readers of my blog posts know, I am a huge Amazon fanboy. After competing against them for 10 years at Barnes & Noble and being a heavy customer and Prime member for the last decade, I feel it is not

Using data to improve your products—four innovative approaches
February 8, 2018

Using data to improve your products—four innovative… Len Gilbert February 8, 2018 We’ve heard “data is the new oil” so often it seems like it’s time to move on to “XXXX is the new data.” But the statement is more valid than ever. And, unlike black gold, virtually everyone has data in their backyard, just

Ian Schrager finds room for innovation in a tired hotel industry
December 7, 2017

Ian Schrager finds room for innovation in a tired hotel… Len Gilbert December 7, 2017 There are few harder roles than being a transformational change agent at an established company in a legacy industry. These organizations have a lot invested in their existing model, which often means forces align to protect the status quo and

What is transformation? Consider the future of the lawn mower
October 26, 2017

What is transformation? Consider the future of the lawn… Len Gilbert October 26, 2017 Does your company view selling PDF documents as proof your business is becoming more digital?

Five steps to turn strategic vision into executional excellence
September 7, 2017

Five steps to turn strategic vision into executional… Len Gilbert September 7, 2017 The successful CEO must understand how best to translate a strategic vision into a clear execution plan. At dPrism we have worked with a number of our clients to improve their executional capabilities. I’ve distilled our learnings into five guidelines for executional

I got a credit card today and it made me smile
August 3, 2017

I got a credit card today and it made me smile Len Gilbert August 3, 2017 Recently, Amazon has been all over the news for its dramatic purchase of Whole Foods. I like this move for a variety of reasons, but primarily because I’m looking forward to seeing how the company reinvents the grocery shopping

Seeing around the corners–Five predictions for the future of driverless cars
June 29, 2017

Seeing around the corners–Five predictions for the future… Len Gilbert June 29, 2017 One of my favorite things to do is to look at technology on the horizon and speculate on what I think will happen. How might different market segments be positively or negatively impacted [see previous posts on blockchain and Augmented Reality ]?

How to ‘move fast and break things’
June 1, 2017

How to ‘move fast and break things’ Len Gilbert June 1, 2017 LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman interviewed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and others on a recent episode of his excellent podcast Masters of Scale . The discussion centered on the need to launch products quickly: testing, learning and iterating, based on feedback from real users