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To celebrate clients’ enthusiasm for digital – some digital poetry!

by Dave Aron  |  October 20, 2013  |  4 Comments

Returning from Tokyo symposium, I was excited that despite being a little more conservative than clients in Orlando with respect to the digital zeitgeist, all Japanese clients I spoke to recognized the shift from a narrower Enterprise IT to a broader digital world, with associated leadership and technology challenges, as both inevitable and exciting.

To celebrate this – inspired by a discussion with my friend and colleague Dale Kutnick about Haiku (俳句) – a Japanese poetry form, I would like to suggest a new form of digital poem – the denshi. (電詩). Haiku are 17 syllable poems, structured in a 5-7-5 syllable format, that tend to be about nature and the seasons, and are normally serious. Senryu (川柳) are similar 5-7-5 structure poems that tend to be about human nature, and may be humorous. I would like to propose a new form – Denshi (電詩) – that are 5-7-5 structure poems about the digital world, that occasionally miss out small words – like text messages, and are intended to make us think. Six examples are below.

Beyond processes/ Broader still than industries/ A digital world

Not just ERP/ All objects electronic/ A digital storm

Digital torrent/ But will IT team lead?/ Somehow ironic

My kids’ IT stuff/ Beats my corporate IT/ Digital surprise

Budget season arrives/ It’s hard to see beyond cost/ Preserve Innovation

Digital excitement/Meets analog inertia/ Legacy bites back

Please feel free to respond with your own denshi.

For those that find this blog entry flippant – I apologize – and would like to blame a combination of jet lag and the informality of blogs.


Dave Aron
VP & Gartner Fellow
9 years with Gartner
26 years in IT industry

Dave Aron is a vice president and distinguished analyst in Gartner's CIO Research group, focusing on IT leadership issues. Mr. Aron is a thought leader on business and IT strategy, mergers and acquisitions, CEO-CFO-CIO interactions, benefits realization, governance….Read Full Bio

Thoughts on To celebrate clients’ enthusiasm for digital – some digital poetry!

  1. Doug Laney says:

    Innovation boon
    Is digital source and use
    Big Data gets huge

  2. Doug Laney says:

    From analog stuff
    To those formed of bits and bytes
    Monetize it now!

  3. Great attempt! Dave-san.
    Haiku (俳句) and Senryu(川柳)are Japanese favorite way to express themselves and communicate.
    The rhythmical 5-7-5 format is comfortable to hear, and easy to memorize.
    The technique to compress necessary information into 17 characters is a kind of art.
    This format is often used for slogans.
    Here’s my Senryu expressing my impression at Gartner Symposium

    “Digital!!” Digital!!”/ Gartner Analysts / Keep screaming.

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