Category: Strategic Planning
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...
Alden Hart
Alden Hart
17 Apr, 2018

GDPR: Data Residency and Application Architecture

By now you’ve read numerous articles about how the European Union (EU) will enforce its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). They tell you how to figure out your exposure, establish processes for dealing with data, appoint a data protection officer, and figure out what “clear affirmative action” means for...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
27 Mar, 2018

8 Things About Digital Transformation Your Parents Never Told You

“Digitial Transformation” has become the buzz phrase du jour. Technology vendors, service providers, and government entities are all heavily investing in either providing transformative digital capabilities or consuming them. Either way, the goal is the same, to be one of the winners of the digital transformation wave that is...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
20 Mar, 2018

When is the right time to innovate your business?

In our daily work at Ten Mile Square, we hear story after story of business challenges with products, technology, inter-departmental dynamics, or some combination of all of the above. Sometimes the people relating these issues decide to do nothing about them in the short-term citing ongoing pressures to deliver results.
Peter S. Buchanan
Peter S. Buchanan
06 Sep, 2016

Investor Presentations, Part 2: The Nine Rules for Making Your Pitch

Per Part 1 of our musings on Investor Presentations, writing your investor presentation is actually the easiest part of raising funds; giving your presentation to investors is the first place where the battle is won or lost.  The best Investors have sat through hundreds of presentations and have pretty much seen...
Peter S. Buchanan
Peter S. Buchanan
30 Aug, 2016

Investor Presentations, Part 1: Building Your Winning Pitch

High quality investment funds see hundreds of business plans a year and even more executive summaries; however, they fund maybe three to five companies per year. Most companies that submit plans never get a first meeting.  Those that do still face incredibly long odds.  Here’s the math – both...