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You can access all chapters from these links  Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6a, Chapter 6b, Chapter 7a, Chapter 7b, Chapter 8, Chapter 9, Chapter 10, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, Chapter 13, Chapter 14, Chapter 15, Chapter 16, Chapter 17, Chapter 18, Chapter 19, Chapter 20, Chapter 21, Chapter 22

Chapter Summary for Digital Intelligence

I published this book as a guide for dealing with a special type of intelligence in the digital world. My goal is to provide compelling ideas and unique techniques to increase, enhance, and deepen digital intelligence, awareness, and apply them to the digital business journey, particularly for modernizing and transforming initiatives in digital ventures.

I keep my chapters relatively short to make them easily digestible by my readers. Your feedback is important to me. If you want to turn your stories to book chapters, please contact me and I will help you achieve your goal.

Book cover by Dr Mehmet Yildiz
Book cover by Dr Mehmet Yildiz

Chapter 1


What distinguishes this book from other books is that I provide an innovative thinking framework and a methodical approach to increase the digital quotient of my readers with insights from experience and hard-learned lessons. I’m not trying to sell or endorse any products or services.

Chapter 2

Definition and Fundamentals of Intelligence

Quite frankly, despite my diligent efforts, I have not come across a standard definition for digital intelligence so far. Even more, I have not seen an established body of knowledge with influential and cited publications directly researching the digital intelligence phenomenon.

Chapter 3

A Thinking Framework to Unfold Digital Intelligence

This chapter aims to provide an overview of the structural thinking approach and its relation to digital intelligence. To make the framework digestible, I categorized them under ten critical topics. From my experience, architectural thinking can be used as a robust framework to gain digital knowledge, uncover the mystery behind digital intelligence, and enhance digital intelligence with a structured approach.

Chapter 4

Intelligence for Financial Aspect of Ventures

Let’s put it this way. Even if we create a pinnacle of architecture with impeccable designs, if the solution is economically not viable and does not produce compelling returns on investment, the business stakeholders will consider the venture a failure. Therefore, financial intelligence for any digital venture is mandatory.

Chapter 5

Innovative And Inventive Intelligence

In this chapter, I highlight the importance of a particular thinking mode as an empowering factor for digital ventures’ success. I also introduce some critical points that enhance and harm innovation and inventions in these ventures. Let me clarify what I mean by innovative and inventive thinking.

Chapter 6a

Intelligent Simplification

In this half chapter, I touch on three critical points which require simplicity and clarity. They are communication, process, and technology. My focus is on why digital ventures must pay attention to simplicity. I divided this chapter to two sections to keep it at a reasonable size for my readers. The title of my chapter inspired me to do so.

Chapter 6b

Why designs and specifications require simplicity

In this condensed chapter, my purpose is to discuss how we can create a win-win position for service providers and consumers by simplifying designs and specifications. Design and specification simplicity are essential factors to consider carefully in digital ventures. They pose a tremendous impact on the subsequent phases of the modernization and transformation lifecycle, especially during service delivery and support phases.

Chapter 7a

Agile Thinking In Digital Ventures

Agility is a critical pillar in the digital intelligence framework. In this economic climate, digital venture leaders must think on their feet and act fast. Leaders capable of thinking and acting fast are more influential, credible, competitive, and productive in the market. Business organizations and customers expect these leaders to work in agility. These technology leaders relentlessly ask how they can make the technology footprint more intuitive, responsive, and nimble.

Chapter 7b

Accelerated intelligence and a pragmatic approach in digital ventures

This chapter focuses on two critical concepts: accelerated and pragmatic approaches for creating and delivering sustainable solutions. Speed to market is the bread and butter of digital ventures. Some aspects of digital solutions pose the risk of delays in producing and delivering products and services according to the plan. The most challenging parts are architecture and design, as these phases require deep thinking, researching, and thorough planning.

Chapter 8

Collaborative Intelligence and Fusion Culture

Digital venture leaders survive and thrive with collaborative intelligence. Thus, collaborative intelligence is inescapable in their skill sets. Collaboration refers to a team of people working together to achieve mutual goals and to create synergistic outcomes. The terms like

Chapter 9

Creating Trust And Credibility In Diverse Digital Ventures

The power of connected people from diverse backgrounds working for the same goal generates new ideas and insights for digital ventures. Some of these ideas and insights may touch people from different angles and further motivate them to take more responsibilities in these transforming ecosystems. With the ignition of the initial strategic leadership, this shift causes the emergence of new technical and technology leaders in transformative ventures.

Chapter 10

Why The Cloud Services Matter To Digital Ventures

Digital Ventures Cannot Survive And Thrive Without Cloud Service Nowadays. The Cloud service can be an infrastructure solution panacea for start-ups. Let me explain.

Chapter 11

Big Data and Analytics For Digital Venture Leaders

Data and analytics are two related, complementary and vital technologies for digital ventures. The digital ventures leaders must understand and use data and analytics processes and tools to create insights and competitive market advantages for their businesses.

Chapter 12

Open-source Big Data and analytics tools for digital ventures

Even though executives usually do not go to the details for tools, they need to choose cost-effective and robust tools to empower their data and analytics practices in small and medium-sized ventures. Open-source is ideal for startup companies. Open-source is widespread in the technology sector.

Chapter 13

Leveraging Ethical Hacking for Cybersecurity Requirements of Digital Ventures

Like any business organization, digital ventures need to include cybersecurity in their business vision, mission, strategy, and operational tactics to survive and thrive. This is a broad topic but I provide essential considerations for technology leaders responsible for the success of digital ventures.

Chapter 14

Technical leaders of digital ventures leverage architectural and design thinking skills, established and emerging technology stacks, project management methods, and many digital enablement tools to create customer-focused solutions for digital transformation goals. These bespoke solutions can manifest as digital products or services depending on the purposes and the scope of the transformation initiative.

Chapter 15

Digital ventures revolve around mobility. Mobility concept relates to Ventures’ process, tools, technology, and people. Digital ventures use mobile technology and tools on a massive scale. Mobility is essential for people in the enterprise. The need and demand for mobile devices is rapidly increasing.

Chapter 16

Like any ventures, the vitality and success of digital ventures depend on the quality of team members. A digital business ecosystem can be consisting of many interrelated team members, including a wide variety of professionals covering various facets of business in harmony. Digital ventures require many roles and responsibilities. These roles and responsibilities need to be defined clearly and described in detail. Clarified roles and responsibilities can contribute to harmony in the digital team ecosystem.

Chapter 17

Giveback activities are highly sought after and create the learning and skill-building backbone for flourishing ventures. Learning is a never-ending process in transformational environments. Digital ventures operate with constant transformation. Due to rapidly changing technologies, processes, and tools, technology leaders and employees must learn rapidly and efficiently. Their learning process includes both formal and informal modes. While college degrees, supplementary education courses, and short courses are considered formal and essential for gaining knowledge and skills, the tip of the iceberg relates to informal learning activities.

Chapter 18

Effective management and utilization of roles and responsibilities determine the business success in digital ventures. In this chapter, I introduce crucial roles and responsibilities in modern digital ventures. Digital ventures differ from traditional business organizations. The main difference is the flat structure as opposed to the hierarchical structure in conventional business models. The main reason for adopting a flat structure is the speed to market for tremendous consumer demands.

Chapter 19

In this chapter, I introduce IT service management, technical governance and compliance. My goal is to show the relationships among these crucial disciplines and critical considerations for technology and business executives responsible for the success of digital ventures. Digital ventures require a broad spectrum of Information Technology (IT) service management tools, processes, and people.

Chapter 20

This chapter is about key traits of exceptional leaders in digital ventures. Technical leaders are expected to lead with excellence rather than perfection. Excellence refers to demonstrating outstanding quality for the leaders by making a noticeable impact on the followers. Since leaders lead the way, followers expect their leaders to be tolerant of uncertainty and ambiguity. Taking risk is one of the necessities in digital ventures.

Chapter 21

IoT (Internet of Things) is a complex technology and business domain touching many aspects of technology infrastructure, business applications, and commercial services. Digital ventures use a plethora of IoT devices, process tools, storage, hosting, and consumer products, including customer services. IoT is rapidly growing globally and being a substantial contributor to the economy. When compared to all aspects of an IoT solution, Security comes at the top of the list.

Chapter 22

I overemphasised the architectural rigour on purpose. We cannot compromise the rigour aiming to improve products and services as a target outcome for modernisation and transformation goals in the enterprise. However, there must be a delicate balance between architectural rigour, business value, and speed to market. Applying a pragmatic approach to multiple substantial transformation initiatives and complex modernisations programs has been beneficial for me.

Thank you for reading my perspectives.


By Dr. Mehmet Yildiz

Keywords: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Leadership

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