Flexicurity of IT: Culture eats strategy for breakfast

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Culture eats strategy for breakfast”, as Peter Drucker once so famously said. Disengaging these two aspects is compromising company success. A good correlation between the two can help provide a base for a healthy bottom line; however, some managers tend to “miss the time” and neglect the importance of culture. Of course, it is hard to establish a direct link between cultural change and the immediate bottom line – however, cultural changes can hit you tomorrow, for good or bad.

Traditionally in Denmark, we have a very flat structure where everyone counts and where “flexicurity” is highly valued. Going by the principle of ensuring a flexible labour market, along with providing social security to all citizens, is what the “flexicurity” concept refers to.

Let us apply this exact thought to IT – “Flexicurity of IT” means having a flexible strategy with a very high degree of security. It is a shift in IT culture. Security through deploying and managing flexible infrastructure. Security as a cultural asset.

Flexibility is provided by openness – e.g. by developing your programs and IT infrastructure elements in a structured way, or being able to move the program parts across different clouds, in-house IT, managed IT, etc. Open source is a key element. Hybrid has come to stay.

In practice, Security is often about multi-cloud management. However, it is also about putting your data with a provider that does not have access to them or can use them at all. Hence, encrypt so only you have the key! Bring- & Keep- Your-Own-Key (BYOK & KYOK) to encrypt data. Trust IT & it provides – but maintain your systems and processes to verify.

Where do you find “Flexicurity” within IT? Look for IBM Cloud. Look for Red Hat – Open Source based development (flexibility) and certified & supported (Red Hat’s value add and business model). Look for IBM Public Cloud  – it is “enterprise-grade” – Making business by being open. Go to and see the advantages for yourself.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at

Digital Channels Leader, IBM Nordic

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