Showing you how digital technology changes work

Behind The Advisor is MWD Advisors’ industry research program – a program that’s focused on showing how digital technology changes work.

Download our research agenda for Q2, 2017 [PDF, 62KB]

Program scope

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As the picture above shows, the core capabilities we primarily focus our research on are ‘co-ordination platforms’ and ‘knowledge platforms’:

  • Co-ordination platforms are software-powered systems that enable individuals, teams, organisations and supply chains to co-ordinate work in scalable, repeatable ways. Historically these came in distinct flavours: collaboration platforms, workflow platforms, and so on. Now the boundaries are very much blurred.
  • Knowledge platforms are software-powered systems that enable individuals, teams, organisations and supply chains to manage and share knowledge in scalable, repeatable ways. The boundaries here are also blurring.

We’re also seeing boundaries blurring between knowledge platforms and co-ordination platforms – as the benefits of model-based application delivery techniques become better understood.

Crucially, we’re focused on understanding how these core capabilities are changing and what organisations are doing about that. Around the edges of the picture above are the digital technology evolutions that are driving change: driving new expectations of ubiquity of knowledge and functionality; new ways of participating in work; new opportunities for agility; and new opportunities for work automation and augmentation.

What questions do we answer?

Our research program is fundamentally about exploring and advising on how this whole landscape is evolving:

  • How fast are technologies changing, in what direction are they moving and what kinds of benefits and challenges will those changes introduce for organisations?
  • Which vendors are moving in which directions, and what does that mean for organisations looking for technology partners?
  • How are organisations reacting to and adopting these new capabilities? What kinds of skills and capabilities are they having to build? What challenges do they come across? What kinds of results are they achieving?

Organising our research for you within The Advisor

Within The Advisor, we currently categorise our research in three particular ways, and you can explore these different perspectives by browsing through our All topics page:

  • We categorise articles according to the kinds of technology capabilities they focus on.
  • We categorise articles according to the business priority areas they’re particularly concerned with.
  • We categorise articles according to the kind of content they contain (case studies/leader interviews;  reports focusing on vendors/technologies; and pieces more focused on strategy topics).

Get involved!

We run an open ideas community to gather feedback and ideas about how we should prioritise our research focus areas, and anyone can get involved. It’s quick and easy to take part and let us know what you would most value. We’d love to get your input!