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Finding Transformational Success by Ignoring Labels Guest post by Intellyx Principal Analyst Charles Araujo She's smart. He's funny. They're the ambitious ones. That company is an innovator. This technology is a game-changer. As humans, we love labels. Consciously and unconsciously, we slap them on everything - and with good reason. The average human brain must process over 34GB of information each day. There is no way to do that and maintain our sanity unless we organize all that information in some way. And sticking labels on things is how our brain copes. As a cognitive system, it works. But only when the things that we're sticking labels on fit into the world as we know it. When things are in a rapid state of change, however, that same labeling process becomes problematic. When we attempt to label things that do not adhere to the existing frame of reference, thos... (more)

What ‘Software-Defined’ Really Means | @CloudExpo #AI #SDN #SDX #DevOps

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 get an SD approach right, we no longer have to touch the deployed technology whatsoever. Instead, to make a change, update the model and redeploy. In a recent Cortex, I bemoaned the fact that as buzzwords go, Digital Transformation is excessively vague. There is yet another buzzword of our times that is suffering the same fate: Software-Defined. Rare though buzz-adjectives may be among the pantheon of buzz-nouns and the occasional buzz-verb, Software-Defined (SD) has become remarkably pervasive. In fact, it ties together many different, quite disparate concepts into what has become a vague mi... (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)

Deconstruction of #DigitalTransformation | @CloudExpo #IoT #AI #ML #DX

The Deconstruction of Digital Transformation Guest post by Intellyx Principal Analyst Charles Araujo 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 it away from a capital and process-centric model to a customer-centric one. The need to digitally transform your organization is now - or at least should be - a strategic imperative. The fact, however, that the term digital transformation is now a bona fide buzzword has obfuscated its importance. The problem is that we create buzzwords because we need a simple, shorthand way of communicating what is otherwise a complex idea. In the process, however, the deeper, underlying complexity of the... (more)

Beware Your Digital Blind Spot | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Agile #DigitalTransformation

Beware Your Digital Blind Spot Guest post by Intellyx Principal Analyst Charles Araujo By now, every company in the world is on the lookout for the digital disruption that will threaten their existence. In study after study, executives believe that technology has either already disrupted their industry, is in the process of disrupting it or will disrupt it in the near future. As a result, every organization is taking steps to prepare for or mitigate unforeseen disruptions. Yet in almost every industry, the disruption trend continues unabated. Driven by a desire to get ahead of this trend, IT organizations are moving rapidly to adopt technologies and methodologies that will help them adapt, innovate and operate at greater organizational velocity. The widespread interest in and adoption of DevOps, microservices, containers, cloud, SD-WAN, low-code/no-code platforms a... (more)

Dispelling Three Flawed Myths of Digital Technology | @CloudExpo #DL #IaaS #Cloud #Blockchain

Digital transformation. Digital strategy. Digital leadership. Digital enterprise. Digital customer journey. It seems the list of things that have gone digital is unending and remarkably broad. Underlying all of these intertwined digital concepts? Unquestionably, some kind of technology. Digital technology. Just one problem: nobody agrees on just what constitutes digital technology. And without a grasp on what technologies are digital - or more to the point, what technologies are not digital - we've built our entire digital edifice on a foundation of sand. Ones and Zeroes We can all agree that the broadest definition of digital technology would be technology that uses ones and zeroes to represent data. After all, bits - aka binary digits - are where we got the word digital in the first place. Using this definition, digital technology launched on Valentine's Day in ... (more)

Digital Overload Mega-Rant Catharsis | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #BigData

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 itself. Take, for example, the unicorn meme. Unicorn, as in a VC-funded startup with a billion-dollar-plus valuation. You know, the Ubers and AirBnBs and Facebooks of the world. It seems that every presentation, every talk, every press release compares whatever some DigiCloudDataTech startup is doing with Uber. Or AirBnB. Or Facebook. Like you'd ever come up with Uber. Or AirBnB. Or Facebook. Hearing about Uber or AirBnB or Facebook just one more time is going to make me pull what's left of my hair out - and I still have most of my hair. Unicorns aren't rare, folks. They're mythical. As ... (more)

Bad PR Might Sink #ArtificialIntelligence | @CloudExpo #BigData #AI #ML #DL

We've seen many buzzwordy innovations in technology over the last decade, from cloud computing to big data to microservices and beyond - but artificial intelligence (AI) by far has the most buzzword baggage. 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. We didn't suffer this kind of PR nightmare with the cloud, or the web, or even client/server. In fact, AI has an unprecedented set of PR challenges that threaten to sink the entire movement. AI vendors, from the burgeoning gaggle of AI startups all the way to IBM, are all crowded together at the eye of this hurricane. However, this PR storm impacts enterprises as well, as AI promises to change the role technology plays for every industry on this planet... (more)

SolarWinds Presents "Big Hairy Sweepstakes" -- Vote for the Most Obnoxious IT Help Desk Episode and Win a Beastly Prize

AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 04/16/13 -- SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced the launch of its "Big Hairy Sweepstakes," a Facebook-based contest in which IT pros vote on four short videos of the most obnoxious help desk stories for a chance to win an enormous beastly wall cling to guard the help desk from more ridiculous queries. From April 17 to May 3, IT pros can log on to the Facebook contest page and cast their votes for one of four detestable characters that bother their IT help desk manager with zany issues. Choose from: The Know-It-All - Have you ever had a user think he knows more than you? The nerve! The Paranoid User - Everyone is out to get this guy and only you can stop them! The Horror Story - We're sure you've seen some disgusting things on the job... The Boss' Son - When you ... (more)

Surviving #DigitalTransformation Fatigue | @CloudExpo #Agile #SOA #AI #ML

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)