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Many organizations are now looking to DevOps maturity models to gauge their DevOps adoption and compare their maturity to their peers. However, as enterprise organizations rush to adopt DevOps, moving past experimentation to embrace it at scale, they are in danger of falling into the t...
We define Hybrid IT as a management approach in which organizations create a workload-centric and value-driven integrated technology stack that may include legacy infrastructure, web-scale architectures, private cloud implementations along with public cloud platforms ranging from Infra...
The dirty little secret, however, is that we are as unable to predict the future as you. None of us really knows what will happen next. The future is made up of an incredibly complex mixture of technologies, possibilities, and events that come together in ways that no one can truly pre...
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. Although f...
The complex idea behind the term digital transformation is that technology has created a fundamental shift in how organizations operate. The consumerization of technology — and the customer empowerment it created — has upended the traditional operating paradigm of organizations moving ...
The visual model to declarative metadata representation to immutable deployment vision is in essence what SD is all about. The secret to making this approach practical, and thus the key to understanding why SD approaches have become so prevalent, is the word immutable. Once we ge...
On the one hand, AI is perhaps the most revolutionary set of innovations since the transistor. But on the other, the bad press surrounding it continues to mount, perhaps even faster than the innovations themselves. This PR storm impacts enterprises as well, as AI promises to change the...
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 di...
Partnering with the business is no longer good enough. In fact, it’s a dot-com era holdover, from when organizations first came to realize that the Internet and the Web in particular were strategic assets. Digital transformation represents the next generation of change. Partnering with...
If it weren’t for digital technology, today’s business transformations would look quite different – but that doesn’t mean that the transformations are inherently digital. The digital appellation is a poor fit to begin with, and now it’s growing long in the tooth. 2017 may very well be ...
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 ...
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 t...
Sabotaging the efforts of a large organization is easier than you might think, if simply advocating caution might fall into the category of sabotage. It’s no wonder, then, that sabotaging your digital effort is dead simple.
Arguments over the relationship between SOA and MSA are largely red herrings. What matters isn’t what SOA should have been, or even what modern SOA would look like now. For those enterprises who achieved some measure of success with SOA, SOA as implemented is far more important than ho...
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 happ...
What works for the companies that have demonstrated success with web scale and business velocity is unlikely to translate well to the enterprise context. You can’t simply layer on Netflix’s architecture or Spotify’s organizational model onto an existing bank, manufacturer, or brick-and...
We may not have all the pieces to making this Software-Defined vision a reality, but even today, most of this vision is now possible – and the few missing parts are right around the corner. Remember, digital transformation requires an end-to-end rethink of how enterprises leverage ...
Remember that DevOps is essentially a technology-enabled cultural shift, where better automation helps break down organizational silos – not by removing people from the equation, but by empowering people to focus their efforts on more valuable work. As we move toward the vision of a...
DevOps has unquestionably turned a corner. While confusion remains, there is now broad consensus that DevOps is more of a cultural and organizational shift than a technology-centric one. Central to this cultural change is the breaking down of organizational silos, starting with develo...
A few weeks ago I provided a tour of our new Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap (which is available for free download – be sure to have a copy handy before reading this article). That article, however, only scratched the surface of the poster. In this Cortex I’ll take a closer loo...
Gartner is now treating algorithms like they are some kind of innovative addition to the modern digital discussion. Presumably the brilliant minds there have some novel insight into algorithms and, yes, the Algorithm Economy that CIOs should sit up and take notice of. Not only are a...
When I talk about driving innovation with self-organizing teams, I emphasize that such self-organization includes expecting the participants to organize their own teams, give themselves their own goals, and determine for themselves how to measure their success. In contrast, the defini...
There is one element of any brand’s emotional connection to its customers that never pales – the human touch. When digital sameness drives out your margins, eliminates your differentiation, and bores your customers, you can always fall back on real, human interactions with them. After ...
The notion of customer journeys, of course, are central to the digital marketer’s playbook. Clearly, enterprises should focus their digital efforts on such journeys, as they represent customer interactions over time. But making customer journeys the centerpiece of the enterprise archit...
Today most enterprises are undergoing massive shifts under the name digital transformation. Let’s say you successfully navigate this transformation. Will you be done? Of course not – change will be ongoing and even accelerating. So, is it good enough to struggle through one transform...
If we look at slow, traditional IT and jump to the conclusion that just because we found its issues intractable before, that necessarily means we will again, then it’s time for a rethink. As a matter of fact, the world of IT has changed over the last ten years or so. We’ve been experi...
Enterprises are finally realizing that digital transformation must be end-to-end if they want to remain competitive in today’s software-driven, customer-focused world – but virtually every large organization has a massive boat anchor dragging them down – slow IT. Legacy technology woe...
One of the most important tenets of digital transformation is that it’s customer-driven. In fact, the only reason technology is involved at all is because today’s customers demand technology-based interactions with the companies they do business with. It’s no surprise, therefore, th...
If the calibration engineer does the calibration incorrectly – or a malefactor intentionally introduces a miscalibration – then the end result would be off. Every time. Even though there was nothing wrong with the sensor data, no security breach between the sensor and emissions device,...
I love all this digital hullaballoo, really I do. I love all these different trends and disruptions and turmoil. I especially love the confusion – it gives me something to write about. But sometimes, I’ve just had enough. Especially when the digital disruption story starts repeating...
The big picture is building a culture of innovation. Changing our organizations so fundamentally, however, is inherently risky. Innovation requires disruption, and thus companies risk devolving into chaos as they follow the path to innovativeness. But good executives (the ones who ...
The lack of useful optimization, either because of lack of data, insufficient analytics, or a simple dearth of management will is actually a risk factor for innovation, just as excessive or misapplied optimization is. In other words, it’s a gigantic mistake to believe that you can inno...
Red Hat, Inc. on Monday announced Red Hat CloudForms 3.1, the next version of its open hybrid cloud management solution, available in September 2014. Red Hat CloudForms 3.1 extends enterprise-grade cloud management across private, public and hybrid clouds with additional management fe...
IT systems will need to adapt, and evolving — or simply adding on to the existing relational database management system architecture — isn’t going to cut it. What does this mean, if not Hadoop or in-memory as the end-all, be-all? TechTarget writer Nicole Laskowski sums it up nicely: Ar...
Couchbase on Tuesday announced the expansion of its partner ecosystem. Newly announced partnerships with Cloudsoft, CumuLogic and ElasticBox will give customers the option to deploy Couchbase Server to public, private, and hybrid cloud infrastructure. With these new partners, customers...
In order to foster high levels of innovation that lead to adaptation to both internal and external disruption, you must foster an organization with low connectivity and furthermore, give them flexible, loosely coupled technology tools. In such environments, teams have the leeway to sel...
Think of a cloud provider. I’d bet that for the majority of people reading this article, the first that comes to mind is AWS. Amazon Web Services were a trailblazer in the cloud space, and they still lead adoption rates at all levels of the market, from SMBs to multinationals. In some ...
Yo, the app that lets you send folks a simple “Yo,” has gone from being a one-trick pony to attempting to become a hub for all kinds of notifications with an app update on Tuesday. Yes, it looks a bit like If This Then That (IFTTT) — and that means it’s one of many startups... Read Mor...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is giving rise to a whole new set of protocols for API access. Until recently, it was taken for granted that JSON is all-conquering and predominant. In my view, the popularly of JSON for APIs is as much to do with the widespread usage of dynamic languages o...
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