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Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here For better or worse, DevOps has gone mainstream. All doubt was removed when IBM and HP threw up their respective DevOps microsites. Where are we on the hype cycle? It's hard to say for sure but there's a feeling we're heading for the "Peak of Inflated Expectations." What does this mean for the enterprise? Should they avoid DevOps? Definitely not. Should they be cautious though? Absolutely. The truth is that DevOps and the enterprise are at best strange bedfellows. The movement has its roots in the tech community's elite. Open source projects and methodologies driven by the alumni of companies like Netflix, Google and Amazon. This is a great thing for the evolution of DevOps. It can be alienating for Enterprise IT though. Learning about Netflix and their simian armies, or Facebook and their mind-melting scale is fascinating. Can you take... (more)

Divergent Patterns for DevOps | @DevOpsSummit @RedHat @GHaff #Serverless #CloudNative #DevOps

Generalists and Specialists: Divergent Patterns for DevOps In IT, we sometimes coin terms for things before we know exactly what they are and how they'll be used. The resulting terms may capture a common set of aspirations and goals - as "cloud" did broadly for on-demand, self-service, and flexible computing. But such a term can also lump together diverse and even competing practices, technologies, and priorities to the point where important distinctions are glossed over and lost. This is the case with DevOps. On the one hand, many DevOps discussions focus on culture, breaking down silos, making everyone responsible for security, and giving developers operational responsibility for their applications. This is primarily a developer-centric view of DevOps. On the other hand, DevOps (or cloud-native operations if you prefer) can also be approached through the lens of h... (more)

Why Self-Organization Demands a New Reality | @ExpoDX #DX #ML #Agile

Why Self-Organization Demands a New Reality Guest post by Intellyx Principal Analyst Charles Araujo "This all sounds great. But it's just not realistic." This is what a group of five senior IT executives told me during a workshop I held not long ago. We were working through an exercise on the organizational characteristics necessary to successfully execute a digital transformation, and the group was doing their ‘readout.' The executives loved everything we discussed and agreed that if such an environment existed, it would make transformation much easier. They just didn't believe it was realistic. Our job as analysts is not only to observe the world as it exists, but also to paint an aspirational picture of how it might be. As a result, we spend a lot of time and commit a lot of digital ink to discussing emerging technologies and approaches, and their potential impact ... (more)

Charles Araujo Joins @ExpoDX Faculty | @CharlesAraujo #AI #IoT #IIoT #ArtificialIntelligence #DigitalTransformation

Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight and has been quoted or published in Time, CIO, Computerworld, USA Today and Forbes. DXWorldEXPO LLC, the producer of the world's most influential technology conferences and trade shows has announced the conference tracks for CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO 2018 New York. DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York Cit... (more)

In Search of the Elusive ‘Citizen Integrator’ | @CloudExpo #DigitalTransformation

Normal 0 false false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The rise of the market for No-Code platforms and tools has given rise to a burgeoning population of ‘citizen developers’ – non-technical business personnel who can use these platforms to build an increasingly powerful set of business applications without writing a line of code. As this market matures, different platforms focus on different challenges. As a result, a wider range of ‘citizen’ roles also evolve, such as citizen process creators and citizen data analysts. High on this list: the new role of citizen integrator. A citizen integrator is a non-technical business user who uses a No-Code integration tool to perform either application integration or data integration tasks – as well as tasks that combine these two integration modes. Integration has always been a difficult technical task that has heretofore r... (more)

Culture: Change or Die | @DevOpsSummit @AccentureCloud @AccentureTech @Geek_King #DevOps #AI #DigitalTransformation

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Culture: Change or Die All organizations that did not originate this moment have a pre-existing culture as well as legacy technology and processes that can be more or less amenable to DevOps implementation. That organizational culture is influenced by the personalities and management styles of Executive Management, the wider culture in which the organization is situated, and the personalities of key team members at all levels of the organization. This culture and entrenched interests usually throw a wrench in the works because of misaligned incentives. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, Greg Bledsoe, a managing consultant at Accenture, discussed an algorithmic method that even someone with no positional power who desires to be an agent of change can implement to a... (more)

Artificial Intelligence: The Time is Now | @ExpoDX #AI #ArtificialIntelligence

As an industry observer, I've watched the development of artificial intelligence (AI) with fascination. While the technology itself is developing at a breakneck pace and offers plenty of opportunity for analysis and prediction, it is the evolving industry reaction that I find most interesting. AI certainly isn't new. But until very recently it was primarily the purview of theoretical scientists and science fiction writers. It is only within the last few years that AI, in even modest forms, has encroached upon our everyday reality. As it has gone from fantasy to the first inklings of reality - and that has begun to sink in - the reaction has been instructive. Most of us met the very first real-world and practical realizations of anything remotely AI-ish with wonder and excited anticipation. But as always seems to be the case with technologies, anything that generate... (more)

The Silent Transformation Killer | @ExpoDX #IoT #AI #DigitalTransformation

As the adage goes, actions speak louder than words. This phrase may not ring any truer than when it comes to digital transformation. Perhaps it's because as an industry we've been talking about it for a while, but the latest fad seems to be organizations congratulating themselves for a digital transformation well done. If you've followed our work here at Intellyx, you'll know that we think that these proclamations are naive at best - and delusional, at worst. True digital transformation is a capability organizations must build and sustain, not a project that they can complete. Nevertheless, organizations are rushing to the bully pulpit of the industry press to talk about their successful digital transformation initiatives, their revitalized technology platforms and the new, avant-garde management approaches they are implementing. But look beneath the covers, and you... (more)

Seven Criteria for Evaluating a Blockchain Business | @ExpoDX #FinTech #Blockchain #DigitalTransformation

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Seven Criteria for Evaluating a Blockchain Business The insane world of cryptocurrency may be chock full of schemers, scammers, and sharks, but there is more to the world of blockchain than crypto. In fact, the blockchain story is bifurcating, with crypto and all its craziness on one side, and enterprise blockchain on the other. While it may be fun to poke our stick at the former, Intellyx’s focus is on enterprise digital transformation – which means that bona fide blockchain-based business models are a key part of this ongoing story of disruption. Regardless, we receive numerous pitches every day from all manner of blockchain-based companies, from the most serious to the silliest. When we set up a briefing with one of them, we need to quickly determine which camp it belongs in: serious enterprise play or crazy crypto? W... (more)

Six Daily Tips for #DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #AI #CloudNative #Serverless

At its core DevOps is all about collaboration. The lines of communication must be opened and it takes some effort to ensure that they stay that way. It's easy to pay lip service to trends and talk about implementing new methodologies, but without action, real benefits cannot be realized. Success requires planning, advocates empowered to effect change, and, of course, the right tooling. To bring about a cultural shift it's important to share challenges. In simple terms, ensuring that everyone knows what everyone else is doing can create a real team spirit and social cohesion that will drive DevOps forward. Here are six tips that can be implemented to help you get there. 1. Stand-ups A daily team meeting where people get an opportunity to review their progress by addressing three simple questions: What did I do yesterday? What will I do today? What might block me fro... (more)

2018 May Finally Be the Year of the CIO | @ExpoDX #AI #DigitalTransformation

For most of the last decade, there has been a steady drumbeat of predictions about the demise of the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Whether it was the rise of the cloud, the emergence of the Chief Digital Officer or the promise of artificial intelligence, there has been a chorus of people claiming that the CIO role would imminently become antiquated and unnecessary. As you would expect, there was also a counter-chorus (made up mostly of IT executives) proclaiming the critical nature of the CIO role and why it was finally time for them to ascend to the top echelons of enterprise management and take their proverbial ‘seat at the table.' And, of course, neither of these eventualities has really happened. There are unquestionably instances in which each of these predictions has come true. There are a few organizations that have eliminated the CIO role and survived to t... (more)