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Three Digital Transformation Truths and One Great Myth By Charles Araujo It's conference season and, as you might expect, Jason and I have been on the road covering a bunch of them. It's always great to see what the disruptive players in the market are doing - and this year did not disappoint. But there is one thing that repeatedly happens that just gets under my skin: transformation-washing. As Jason explained in a Forbes article over a year ago, ‘washing' is when a vendor (or pundit) applies a buzzword loosely in an overt attempt to attach themselves to its buzz. And transformation-washing is rampant. At virtually every event vendors bombarded the attendees with all the reasons that this tool or that solution was the driving force behind digital transformation. Unquestionably, many of these tools are innovative and represent genuine breakthroughs. But no tool, in a... (more)

In 2003, IT Didn’t Matter. Does It Matter Now? | @CloudExpo #AI #DX #DevOps #DigitalTransformation

In 2003, Writer Nick Carr shook up enterprise C-suites around the world with his seminal article for Harvard Business Review he provocatively titled IT Doesn't Matter. Fresh off the dot-com crash but before cloud computing took off, Carr observed that the belief that IT's strategic value increases in parallel with its potency and ubiquity was seriously mistaken. His central thesis: "What makes a resource truly strategic - what gives it the capacity to be the basis for a sustained competitive advantage - is not ubiquity but scarcity. You only gain an edge over rivals by having or doing something that they can't have or do. By now, the core functions of IT - data storage, data processing, and data transport - have become available and affordable to all." Carr then explained how proprietary technologies can provide strategic advantage, but over time, technology become... (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)

BizDevOps | @DevOpsSummit @CollabNet #Agile #DevOps #AI #BizDevOps

I recently had a conversation with Jennifer Lent from TechTarget. She's a respected thinker in our field and covers major trends. We spoke about the emergence of BizDevOps and its implications for businesses. We tackled a number of topics. She wrote about our conversation in a recent article, "BizDevOps: Here's how to make it happen in your organization." Since our conversation, I've been thinking more about BizDevOps, its challenges, and what makes the BizDevOps pipeline flow. Peter Drucker made the prescient statement that "Culture eats strategy for breakfast." This applies to BizDevOps - changing tech is not hard, but changing culture is. You can buy the tools and put the processes into place, but getting team buy-in and creating the cultural shift to make BizDevOps run are not easy tasks. This type of change requires leadership commitment, communication, and edu... (more)

Should #ArtificialIntelligence Fool You? | @ExpoDX #AI #DX #DigitalTransformation

In the 67 years since Alan Turing proposed his Imitation Game - the infamous ‘Turing test' for artificial intelligence (AI) - people have been confused over the very purpose of AI itself. At issue: whether the point of AI is to simulate human behavior so seamlessly that it can fool people into thinking they are actually interacting with a human being, rather than a piece of software. Such deception was never the point of Turing's exercise, however. Rather, he realized that there was no way to define true intelligence, and thus no way to test for it. So he came up with the game as a substitute - something people could theoretically test for. Regardless of Turing's intentions, setting the bar for AI based on its ability to snooker an audience has become fully ingrained in our culture, thanks in large part to Hollywood. The AI We Love - and Love to Hate Ever since the... (more)

Envisioning the AI-Driven Enterprise | @CloudExpo #AI #ML #DL DX #DeepLearning

As today's digital disruptions bounce and smash their way through conventional technologies and conventional wisdom alike, predicting their path is a multifaceted challenge. So many areas of technology advance on Moore's Law-like exponential curves that divining the future is fraught with danger. Such is the problem with artificial intelligence (AI) and its related concepts, including cognitive computing, machine learning, and deep learning. Today we have interesting but hardly revolutionary technologies like Apple Siri and Amazon Alexa. And tomorrow? If you listen to the doomsayers, The Terminator's Skynet or its killer robot kin will take over the world from us puny humans. While we cannot entirely disagree with the dire warnings of certain pundits, the reality is that there is quite a lot of territory to cover between Siri and Skynet. Even well before some kind... (more)

The ‘Easy Revolution’ and the End of Hard-on-Purpose | @ExpoDX #AI #ML #DigitalTransformation

From our perspective as consumers, perhaps the best thing about digital transformation is how consumerization is making technology so much easier to use. Sure, our television remote controls still have too many buttons, and I have yet to figure out the digital display in my Honda, but all in all, tech is getting easier for everybody. Within companies - even very large ones - the consumerization of technology is gradually taking hold as well. There are now simple mobile apps for a wide range of big company tasks, ranging from changing your benefits to replacing a security badge. As enterprise denizens know all too well, however, there is still plenty of technology that's too hard to use. For every intuitive, AI-driven user interface, there are dozens of arcane, menu or tab-driven monstrosities from the last millennium, raising our blood pressure and slowing us down.... (more)

Is Your #ERP Ready for #DigitalTransformation? | @CloudExpo #AI #IoT #DX

Companies have always been concerned that traditional enterprise software is slow and complex to install, often disrupting critical and time-sensitive operations during roll-out. With the growing need to integrate new digital technologies into the enterprise to transform business processes, this concern has become even more pressing. A 2016 Panorama Consulting Solutions study revealed that enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects took an average of 21 months to install, with 57 percent of these projects experiencing timeline overruns. A span of almost two years can be a long time when disruptive change comes in weeks or months rather than years.  Any executive that has been around enterprise software implementations knows not only that new systems can take a long time to implement, but can take almost as long to change or update with new technologies. Drivers o... (more)

The Importance of Operational Maturity and Being Application-Centric | @DevOpsSummit #Agile #DevOps

The Importance of Operational Maturity and Being Application-Centric By Michael Churchman Is your organization's IT system operationally mature, and is it application-centric? In today's digital landscape, achieving both of these are crucial for the success of any serious IT operation - both at the enterprise level and in the context of smaller organizations. What is operational maturity? It is a general measure of the overall consistency, reliability, resilience, coherence, and sophistication of an IT system at the levels of management, design, and operation. There have been several attempts to define the stages of operational maturity, including Gartner's five-level system, and Microsoft's four-level Infrastructure Optimization Model. Most models of operational maturity assume or imply that the levels of maturity are equivalent to the stages of growth within a comp... (more)

A Truly Agile Team | @DevOpsSummit #CD #Agile #DevOps #DX #DigitalTransformation

The Benefits of Building a Truly Agile Team By Josef Puchinger Since the emergence of the Agile Manifesto back in 2001, agile quickly established itself as the prevalent software development methodology. The industry rapidly adopted shorter sprints of work, regular reassessment and so on. So, surely, in 2017 there's no question as to whether we're working in an agile manner? I think you'd be surprised. Big Businesses - Big Mistakes? Let's face the facts: no tech company worth its salt is going to be operating traditional waterfall methodologies in the digital era. These days, everyone's claiming to offer an agile working environment. But there's a problem: the agile definition is broad. Really broad. It can mean any number of things to any number of people and up to a point each interpretation is correct. I put it to you: Your business may not be as agile as you thin... (more)

Hybrid Approach | @DevOpsSummit @CollabNet #Serverless #DevOps #AI #DX

Waterfall Still Going Strong - But Is It Time for a Hybrid Approach? The nature of the technology business is forward-thinking. It focuses on the future and what's coming next. Innovations and creativity in our world of software development strive to improve the status quo and increase customer satisfaction through speed and increased connectivity. Yet, while it's exciting to see enterprises embrace new ways of thinking and advance their processes with cutting edge technology, it rarely happens rapidly or even simultaneously across all industries. For most organizations, the adoption of new technologies is a slow process and the larger they are and the longer they've been around, the more time it takes to make significant changes. What does this mean for the advancement of the software development industry? It means that solution providers need to assess not only wher... (more)