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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE As the old Danish proverb says, it is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. Add the exponential pattern of change familiar from Moore’s Law to the mix, multiply over a combination of dynamic trends, and such augury is fraught with peril. Take, for example, the Internet of Things (IoT). Simply looking at the devices (sensors and actuators) themselves, we may extrapolate a number of such trends, many of which follow exponential curves. Such devices are rapidly getting smaller. They’re consuming less and less power, so little that many such devices never require a battery replacement, if they have a battery at all. Simultaneously, the amount of processing power we can place on such tiny devices is also exploding. Then there’s the somewhat discontinuous improvements in connectivity, as we move ever c... (more)

Fundamental Flaw in #DigitalTransformation | @ExpoDX #FinTech #DevOps

Transformation Practice: The Key to Making Change a Core Competency Guest post by Intellyx Principal Analyst Charles Araujo There is a fundamental flaw in how many people think about digital transformation. First, as we've written about extensively at Intellyx, people tend to think about it as a finite corporate project, rather than as a process of continual transformation. There is a deeper flaw in thinking, however, that leads to this type of project mentality. Enterprise leaders commonly think of transformation as something done at a corporate level - something the organization does to itself. But that mindset creates a separation between the act of transformation at an organizational level and the transformation that must occur within each individual to make organizational transformation a reality. The truth, however, is that there is no such thing as organization... (more)

Three #DigitalTransformation Truths | @ExpoDX #ArtificialIntelligence #AI #DX

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)

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)

Time to Pop the Bubble: Retrospective and Predictions for 2018 | @CloudExpo #AI #DX #Bitcoin

Time to Pop the Bubble: Intellyx Retrospective and Predictions for 2018 Following a tradition dating back to 2002 at ZapThink and continuing at Intellyx since 2014, it's time for Intellyx's annual predictions for the coming year. If you're a long-time fan, you know we have a twist to the typical annual prediction post: we actually critique our predictions from the previous year. To make things even more interesting, Charlie and I switch off, judging the other's predictions. And now that he's been with Intellyx for more than a year, this Cortex represents my first opportunity to see if his auguries made the cut. Charlie's Predictions for 2017 In last year's retrospective and predictions for the coming year, Charlie made three predictions: DevOps loses its religion but gets real, AI and machine learning (ML) become strategic, and the edge comes back into vogue. I'm pl... (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)

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)

The Talent Gap: The Silent Transformation Killer

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;} 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... (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)

The End of Business Process in the Digital Era | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

At Intellyx, we often talk about the transition from the Industrial Era to the Digital Era, but other than the transformation of the technology itself, the details have been rather sketchy. It's time to fill in some of the blanks. This transition has been going on for decades, of course. Another name for the Digital Era is the Information Age, which started at the end of World War II. Yet, while computers and the Internet have fundamentally changed business in several complex and multifaceted ways, we still run our organizations following the familiar patterns of the Industrial Era. With the modern notion of digital transformation, however, enterprises are chipping away at the fundamental organizational and operational structures that have been with us since the nineteenth century or earlier. One remarkable casualty: the business process. Business processes have beco... (more)

Why 2018 May Finally Be the Year of the CIO | @ExpoDX #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 ... (more)