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To paraphrase an old joke, there are four stages of digital transformation: What is digital transformation? We need digital transformation! We need whatever comes next after digital transformation! What is digital transformation? By 2016, most enterprises had successfully navigated their way from #1 to #2, but now that it's 2017, there's a good chance #3 is in the offing. After all, digital transformation has been the hot topic for a while now. Will 2017 be the year it becomes passé? And if so, what should we do next? Buzzword Fatigue: It's Inevitable In times of disruption, buzzwords play an important role. As new technologies, approaches, and priorities spring up, we need a common vocabulary so that we can cogently discuss such innovations. However, it's easy to overuse or misapply buzzwords. Just like salt in your soup: a pinch may be pleasing, but put in too much a... (more)

Making the Digital Enterprise a Reality | @CloudExpo #DigitalTransformation

Guest post by Intellyx Principal Analyst Charles Araujo The reason I believe digital transformation is not only more than a fad, but is actually a life-or-death imperative for every business and IT executive on the planet is simple: there will be no place for an "industrial enterprise" in a digital world. Transformation, by definition, is a metamorphosis from one state to another, wholly new state. As such, a true digital transformation must be the act of transforming an industrial-era organization into something wholly different - the Digital Enterprise. Digital transformation has moved beyond a mere buzzword and is getting harder and harder to dismiss as just another fad. As it is becoming accepted as a business imperative, however, organizations are struggling to understand what it actually means to execute a digital transformation effort. For most people, digita... (more)

DevOps Loses Its Religion | @CloudExpo #AI #ML #IoT #FinTech #Blockchain

Intellyx's 2017 Digital Transformation Predictions Guest post by Intellyx Principal Analyst Charles Araujo Once again, we find ourselves at the dawn of a new year. And many would say, not a moment too soon. With a series of tumultuous elections around the world and an unusual number of celebrity passings, it's been a rough year. But there is at least one bright spot from 2016: Intellyx's digital transformation prognostications were close to spot on! As is our tradition, each year we review last year's predictions and make all new fresh ones! This year, it is my turn to review Jason's 2016 predictions and let you know what I see happening in the coming year. A Look Back on a Year of Inflection Points Our predictions for 2016 centered on one thing: inflection points. We predicted that blockchain, IoT security and open source web scale technology would all turn the corner... (more)

ARM Server to Transform #BigData to #IoT | @CloudExpo #DigitalTransformation

A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They're called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general. What Is a Microserver...and What Isn't Although few people are familiar with Microservers today, their impact will be felt very soon. This is a new category of computing platform that is available today and is predicted to have triple-digit growth rates for some years to come - growing to over 20% of the server market by 2016 according to Oppenheimer ("Cloudy With A Chance of ARM" Oppenheimer Equity Research Industry Report). According to Chris Piedmonte, CEO of Suvola Corporation - a software and services company focused on creating preconfigured and scalable Microserver appliances for deployin... (more)

Technology Isn’t the Answer to Surviving Digital Disruption | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Agile #DigitalTransformation

Technology Isn't the Answer to Surviving Digital Disruption Guest post by Charles Araujo, Principal Analyst, Intellyx There's a funny thing about digital transformation: we are simultaneously over-hyping it and understating it. On the one hand, every tech company in the world is talking about it. It doesn't matter how mundane the technology; every company is somehow relating their products to digital transformation. On the other, many people are failing to grasp the import and impact of what digital transformation really means. In far too many cases, business and IT leaders are dismissing it as nothing more than a marketing ploy. The unfortunate result is that the over-hypedness of digital transformation is obscuring its real meaning. This dichotomy is most apparent in what I call the tech company fallacy. Everywhere I turn, I hear another company executive make a procl... (more)

Digital Business Architecture | @CloudExpo #AI #ML #DigitalTransformation

Competitive Value: Unlocking Your Digital Business Architecture Guest post by Charles Araujo, Principal Analyst, Intellyx IT leaders face a monumental challenge. They must figure out how to sort through the cacophony of new technologies, buzzwords, and industry hype to find the right digital path forward for their organizations. And they simply cannot afford to fail. Those organizations that are fastest to the right digital path will be the ones that win. The path forward, however, is strewn with the legacy of decisions made long ago - often before any of the current leadership team assumed their roles. While it's fun to think about the future with a green-field mindset, that's not reality for IT leaders sitting in the trenches. To make matters worse, vendors are bombarding business executives with messages describing an unbridled future full of promise - and profits ... (more)

Moving Deck Chairs on the Titanic? | @CloudExpo #IoT #DigitalTransformation

Every generation, it seems, sports its own business transformation du jour. From Business Process Reengineering (BPR) to the Quality Movement to eBusiness to name a few, organizations large and small have sought to improve their profits, lower their costs, and keep their customers happy by shaking up the way they do things. Digital transformation is unquestionably a blisteringly hot topic across enterprises today. Companies in every industry have fallen into the vast digital maelstrom, as customer demands and software innovation form the Scylla and Charybdis that threaten to sink even the largest, most venerable brands. And yet, we've been down this road before - not so much the digital part, but certainly the transformation part. After all, digital transformation is business transformation, and business transformation has been a management consulting staple sinc... (more)

Seven Extreme Employee Journey Digital Principles | @ThingsExpo #IoT #DigitalTransformation

Digital means customer preferences and behavior are driving enterprise technology decisions to be sure, but let's not forget our employees. After all, when we say customer, we mean customer writ large, including partners, supply chain participants, and yes, those salaried denizens whose daily labor forms the cornerstone of the enterprise. While your customers bask in the warm rays of your digital efforts, are your employees toiling away in the dark recesses of your enterprise, pecking data into arcane screens as they struggle to retain a thread of sanity under the onslaught of management practices from the 1930s? Digital means customer preferences and behavior are driving enterprise technology decisions to be sure, but let's not forget our employees. After all, when we say customer, we mean customer writ large, including partners, supply chain participants, and yes,... (more)

Considering the SOA Reference Model

SOA RM: "...in SOA, services are the mechanism by which needs and capabilities are brought together" Recently OASIS voted the SOA Reference Model (SOA RM) into a standard. In spite of its high level of abstraction, this model emphasizes the business orientation of SOA. This two-part article will elaborate on the business aspects of the standard. Part 1 discusses one of the possible business grounds for SOA and design-for-changes uses cases. Part 2 will describe several technical design pillars of SOA in light of the standard. Business Agility The SOA Reference Model (SOA RM) is the first standard that shifts SOA from a pure technical realm into the business world; you can see it right away from the SOA service description. You can wonder what "needs" and "capabilities" means; why an application in IT, which is considered to be an SOA service, becomes a mechanism; an... (more)

Navigating the Fog - Billing, Metering & Measuring the Cloud

It's that dreaded time of the month again, the time of the month that we, the 400,000+ Amazon Web Service consumers await with great anticipation / horror. What I'm talking about is the Amazon Web Services Billing Statement sent at beginning of each month. A surprise every time. In honor of this monthly event, I thought I'd take a minute to discuss some of the hurdles as well as opportunities for Billing, Metering & Measuring the Cloud. I keep hearing that one of the biggest issues facing IaaS users currently is a lack of insight into costing, billing and metering. The AWS costing problem is straightforward enough, unlike other cloud services Amazon has decided to not offer any kind of real time reporting or API for their cloud billing (EC2, S3, etc). There are some reporting features for DevPay and Flexible Payments Service (Amazon FPS) as well as a Account Activity ... (more)

Innovate with SOA - I

This article originally appeared in NOW Magazine, which retains all rights. A commitment to innovation in any organization can be stymied by the day-to-day reality—and resulting ennui—of accomplishing the basic work done that has to be done. Within IT organizations, for example, it’s generally accepted wisdom that a very high percentage of resources and budget are dedicated to maintenance and support, to ongoing operations, rather than to nurturing innovation. The well-known 80/20 rule applies here—not only do 20 percent of customers typically drive 80 percent of sales, but 80 percent of resources are deployed to cover routine tasks. (The original usage of this shorthand, by the way, was by an Italian economist, Vilfredo Pareto, who used it to describe unequal distribution of wealth in Italian society in the late 1800s.) A slightly altered ratio has become popular i... (more)