S23M News

12 October 2015

Career opportunities at S23M

Our business is growing. At S23M we build our business around the skills, talents, and passions of the people within our team. The breadth and depth of our service offering are a direct reflection of the diversity and the capability within our team. We are looking for talented professionals with expertise in one or more of our lines of business:

  • Value Cycle Design
  • Product Line Engineering
  • Operational Excellence
  • Enterprise Software as a Service

If you are ready to put your talents and passion to work in a collaborative high performance team, we would love to hear from you!

11 March 2015 – Conference on Interdisciplinary Innovation and Collaboration

Call for participation: CIIC, Auckland, 16 June 2015

S23M invites innovators and R&D professionals to contribute to the first conference on interdisciplinary innovation and collaboration that takes place in Auckland, New Zealand.


In order to be successful on the world stage, and to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges that lie ahead, researchers and innovators must create and nurture a collaborative culture that encourages diversification, and that bridges organisational boundaries and traditional research silos.

To nurture such a collaborative culture, and to catalyse interdisciplinary innovation, the Business School of the University of Auckland and S23M have joined forces, and have decided to co-sponsor a quarterly unconference event that brings together academic researchers and practitioners working in the private sector, in particular research and development staff, heads of product development, and individual innovators.

Science without innovation neglects opportunities and innovation without science remains shallow and superficial… Diverse knowledge is necessary to solve various problems in the world and to create value in the future, and overcome challenges that go beyond the framework of research in industry, government and academia.

from the mission of the Honda Research Institute 

14 June 2013 – Benchmark the talent distribution in your organisation

What is the correlation between official job titles and personal strengths in your organisation?

The key personal attributes and skills needed to succeed in a specific role can vary significantly between industry sectors. For example:

  • The role of a manager in a logistics organisation differs from the typical role of a manager in an insurance company.
  • The role of a solution architect in a government organisation is quite different from the role of a solution architect in a software vendor organisation.

To shed some light on this topic, S23M is conducting an anonymous three-question survey on the relationship between personal strengths and job roles. The results will be of particular interest to organisations that operate complex supply chains and to organisations that develop software intensive products.

The survey has the potential to deliver valuable insights into the core talents and personal attributes that are responsible for the current and future success of your business.

Click here to access the survey. You can also use this template as a starting point for a tailored message to your team.

Please contact us in case there is a need for assistance in communicating the intent of the survey, or a need for tailoring the survey to the specific needs of your organisation.

Media Commentary

25 March 2014 – IT News (Australia), How COTS became Australia's default software setting

Every sizable and successful organisation has a competitive/collaborative edge, which by definition goes beyond industry best practice, and can easily be blunted or obliterated by a hasty shift to off-the-shelf IT solutions.

There's a huge learning curve ahead for most government organisations in realising that when it comes to the core mission of the organisation they will have to develop high-quality digital services.

Read the full article 

5 July 2013 – IDG Communications, Analysis: State of the NZ IT market

Government, healthcare and software development are some of the leading areas shaping up the New Zealand IT market. But retaining talented staff is one of its biggest challenges.

Even though the government was committed to open data, there are only limited number of local providers with expertise related to data science and Big Data.

Regarding further innovation in e-Health and Healthcare IT the key challenge relates to privacy, individual control over health data, and the quality of information security.

Read the full article 

1 December 2012 – Harvard Business Review, Hot Jobs: Data Scientist

A LinkedIn employee uses analytics to come up with the popular “People You May Know” feature. A Facebook team creates a new coding language. They're the data scientists. Part hacker, part analyst, part communicator, these professionals use analytics to solve problems. But recruiting these creative data junkies can prove tricky, especially since the specific skill set they use is absent from university programs. Companies that don't act early to recruit talent risk falling behind.

The examples of Facebook and LinkedIn are not representative, because these companies are built on big data; they do not need to address historic data silos. Consolidating and aggregating data across the silos within an established enterprise can represent a major challenge. A good starting point for them is committing to cross disciplinary data analysis and product development.
– Jorn Bettin, Managing Partner, S23M Business Performance Consulting

Read related article: Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century 

16 October 2012 – IT News (Australia), Contracts can't control cloud risks

Any large, software-intensive business considering cloud computing needs to weigh up the risks of the cloud against its reliance on in-house legacy IT systems.

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2 July 2012 – ZDNet, AWS outage reveals backup cheapskates

Summary: Was Amazon to blame for the Instagram, Netflix, Pinterest and Pocket outages? According to analysts, they were just being too cheap.

Read the full article