Data Ethics: data science must not be in the sole hands of experts

A gret number of universities of the world propose courses about data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Isn’t it time they added data ethics on the agenda, at a time when tech giants like Facebook and Google — to name a few — have become familiar targets for the lack of respect for their users’ data? Or at least for their inability to prevent such data from being stolen by external players like the ill-famed Cambridge Analytica. This contribution will provide the framework of my presentation on behalf of the Business Analytics Institute to the CDEFI conference on “Ethics and digital [ethique et numérique]” June 6th in Toulouse.

Data Ethics
We all have our crosses to bear, but Mark is carrying an even bigger one: that of our data stolen by Cambridge Analytica — amongst others. [Collage by an anonymous artist – Paris January 2019]

How important is data ethics…

what issues need to be addressed, which themes should be explored, and how can the subject be taught effectively?

Data ethics involves the study and adoption of data practices, algorithms, and applications that respect fundamental individual rights and societal values. The primacy of data in modern economies becomes more apparent each day. Success not only in science but in business and society depends on understanding both what data exist and what it represents. It is of little wonder that universities the world propose specializations today in data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Yet confining data science to the realm of specialists is both short-sighted and potentially perilous, for both public and private organizations are increasingly relying on analytics to monitor and evaluate almost every aspect of our daily lives. Continue reading “Data Ethics: data science must not be in the sole hands of experts”

Digital Transformation Failure Is Not An Option

It is customary to say that failure is not an option. Much as I’d like it to be true, one has to admit that this is not what we observe in the field. Strangely enough, touting that you have succeeded with your digital transformation efforts even seems to be an international sport. Not so long ago, I was browsing my LinkedIn timeline and I spotted something worthy of note.

Digital transformation failure is not an option

The LinkedIn post was from someone working for a very large international bank. Nothing wrong with that. This is a very honourable banking institution and I’m not quite the “Occupy Wall Street” sort of person, I do believe that banks have a role to play and even though I’m not in sync with the scandals that arose with the 2008 crisis, I really cannot imagine hiding wads of bank notes underneath my mattress.

Digital Transformation failure is not an option

That said, the Linkedin message was quite something. It stated that

” xxx [name of the top man] had written his first ever piece of PHP code!” and it added that “this [was] the proof that the Bank was digitally transformed.”

No kidding.

It’s almost laughable, but at the same time, I am quite sure that there are people — be it in banks or elsewhere — who believe firmly in the fact that

a) A multi-billion dollar top executive should start learning coding and PHP of all languages

b) Having just written a line of that venerable code (even though not a trending topic anymore) is sufficient to transform a very old and respectable banking institution into a maverick fintech startup.

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Startups and Big Businesses: buzzwords, hype and the naked truth with @_thefamily – #irev10x

Big businesses and startups on the agenda … again

Large groups and startups; now there’s a topic that has been on the agenda for so long and even more so for the  5 to 6 years, that is to say since digital transformation has been buzzword de rigueur.

At a startup gathering that took place recently in the historical centre of Paris, Rodolphe Roux — a long time acquaintance and former CDO of Wiko and SEB, now a partner at The Family, a European Startup accelerator and VC — was having a go against digital transformation, buzzwords, hype and the naked truth.

The “Digital transformation” moniker in itself deserves a proper definition, we’ll get back to that later.

Down with the hype, long live the naked truth

And here is the perfect transition to present our new site that we hold dear, on which we have been working hard since the beginning of the year, on behalf of our customer iRevolution [disclosure]: The digital transformation horror museum. Continue reading “Startups and Big Businesses: buzzwords, hype and the naked truth with @_thefamily – #irev10x”

Digital Strategy Success: Think 10X And Nothing Else #irev10X

Before you claim Digital Strategy Success, defining digital strategy is a must

Digital strategy, digital transformation

It is strange that the terms we often use are also those which one understands the least or the ones which are the least well defined. We take them at face value, just because they are fashionable, we think that everyone hears the same thing when we use them.

This could not be more false. And decidedly, digital (the term ’digital’ in itself can be interpreted in various ways) is keen on quirky terminology.

Digital Strategy Success
Always the inevitable hipsters, digital professionals use such terms en masse without always understanding what they really mean. For fear of being taken for has-beens.

According to Yahya El Mir, co-founder of iRevolution, a really successful digital strategy is when we do it X10! Click To Tweet

In the case of digital strategy, interpretations vary from one expert to another, but you shouldn’t draw the conclusion that it means nothing. That’s why we created the Horror Museum of Digital Transformation with our client, iRevolution.

Digital revolution and digital strategy success

Even if many commentators (remember the Solow computer paradox) do not hesitate to question the idea of a digital revolution, when the proof is in the pudding, nothing much is left but to eat the pudding. Theory matters so little at the end of the process.

So, to define the digital transformation, what it is and what it is not and what it can represent for a company, I interviewed Yahya El mir so that it gives us his point of view.

Digital revolution: the proof is in the pudding

I’ve known Yahya for over 10 years, having met him when he was the CEO of IT services company SQLi. I must admit I was impressed by his field knowledge, his efficiency, his professionalism and his ability to remain humble. It is clear that those professionals who are the most humble are also often the most seasoned.

So, when we had the opportunity to work with him and his teams on the digital transformation horror museum, we found out not surprisingly that we were on the same page, and that we had the right true anecdotes to prove our points.

As the saying goes, with digital strategy as anything else, the proof is in the pudding.

Enough said, I proposed to Yahya to deliver his vision through this piece entitled “A successful digital strategy is when you do it 10X! which provides the background for a series of articles posted on this new blog dedicated to digital transformation. Obviously, all these articles will be teaming with examples.

Digital strategy success is when you do it 10X!

When it comes to digital transformation, you have to be revolutionary and know how to think. The 10X Rule is the path to success, explains Grant Cardone, in his eponymous book. To succeed, you have to thing 10 times bigger, fix objectives that are ambitious and also give you ten times the ability to succeed. Little goals can only lead to little successes.
That is real digital transformation. Let me explain my vision.Digital transformation is a break point – the biggest mistake is to just keep on doing as beforeCLICK TO TWEET At a time when digital transformation is on everyone’s lips, you cannot talk strategically without exploring the importance that digital has in business.

Digital is used to sell, to expand businesses, to communicate with customers … in a nutshell, to do business better.It is a tool that lets us multiply our results 10X– or even 100X or 1000X. Without it, you will have only “digitized” – to put it another way, at best, you will have automated your existing processes, and, at worst, introduced technology for the sake of it, where it adds nothing, just because it is in vogue

Source: Digital strategy success is when you do it 10X!

6 free digital strategy eBooks written by GEM students – @grenoble_em

Here is a little text I wrote some time ago in order to introduce a set of ebooks based on the work carried out by my students of the Advanced Master’s in Digital Business Business Strategy of Grenoble Ecole de Management. Digital Me Up ( was created five years ago. I decided to create that online space in order to serve a business case for content marketing. My idea was that, if I encouraged them well enough, our students would end up liking the blog so much that writing in it would not be pure pleasure.

4 of our 6 free digital strategy ebooks
4 of our 6 free digital strategy ebooks

In essence, the idea was to give them the taste for content marketing rather force feed them with concepts about content marketing. Less theory, more practice. Continue reading “6 free digital strategy eBooks written by GEM students – @grenoble_em”