Author: Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
30 Oct, 2019

It’s Transformation Time – But Where to Start?

Transformations are all the rage these days. It seems like everyone’s doing one, and while the circumstances are varied, the goal is usually the same- catalyze the organization into a competitive force in the data driven digital marketplace. I’ve written on various types of transformation projects, how to ensure...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
23 Oct, 2019

Dark Data Patterns are not the Future

Last week I talked about the need to understand the monetization and commercialization opportunities of your data assets. This week I want to touch on socially responsible versus dark patterns of data usage. This is a hot button topic for many and includes several facets from privacy to bias...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
16 Oct, 2019

Are You a Data Company?

Are you a data company? If you answered, “No”, you are about to become obsolete. Harsh words perhaps, but that is in fact how the economy is evolving. You might even be thinking, “but we just realized that we need to be a technology company, and everyone is now...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
09 Oct, 2019

“That is Why You Fail” – Yoda

The problem with many transformation exercises, whether they be of digital, agile, or some other flavor, is that they don’t change the mindset. Expectations for radically better results abound, but the willingness to actually change both what is achieved and how these results are achieved is often lacking. When...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
02 Oct, 2019

How to Suck Less Every Day

or 4 Things You Should Always Be Doing I recently sat on a panel discussion on the topic of preparing a business for “economic change”, which I believe is a euphemism for recession. One of the questions the moderator asked us panelists was to elaborate (in 1 minute or...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
18 Sep, 2019

Vertical Value

One of the issues I see a lot out in software product land are teams trying to plan and jam big features or capabilities through their development cycles. Often these are discussed on the order of many weeks or months with multiple, complex, and interrelated projects to complete before...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
11 Sep, 2019

An Investor’s Guide to Tech Diligence

As an investor or acquirer of a technology company, you have many aspects of due diligence to consider as part of the valuation and informing the decision-making process on whether to make the investment or purchase (or on what terms). You’re going to do financial diligence on the target,...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
04 Sep, 2019

Digital Transformation Transmogrified

Digital Transformation has taken off as a topic out on the InterWebs this past year. While there is a lot of good stuff being discussed, I’m starting to think that what should be an obvious point, and ultimately, the crux of the matter, has gotten lost in the shuffle....
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
28 Aug, 2019

Recession Proof Your Business

Economists are currently predicting that the U.S. and global economy are headed for a recession. We know based on history that companies that take preparative steps before the recession hits can not only survive the economic slowdown, but actually thrive and grow during this otherwise challenging time. We also...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
09 Jul, 2019

Congrats, New Lead Engineer! Now What?

Congratulations, you just got promoted to Lead Engineer. You’ve been working with your team for 2 or 3 years and your talents have been recognized by company leadership, or perhaps you made the jump to a new gig for the career advancement. Either way, you’ve got a whole new...