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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)

Bursting Gartner’s ‘Algorithm Economy’ Bubble | @CloudExpo #Cloud #MachineLearning

Remember Mad Libs? You'd get a book that contained paragraphs with key words missing, replaced with hints as to what might fill the blanks. You and your friends would come up with silly words to complete the sentences, with predictably hilarious results. Well, it's time for some Gartner Mad Libs. For this game, the same word belongs in all the blanks. See if you can figure out what the missing word is (here's the source if you can't resist peeking). The current software ecosystem allows only whole products to be commercialized - not functions or features.... While the number of e... (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 si... (more)

Tour the #Agile #DigitalTransformation Roadmap | @CloudExpo #IoT #Cloud #DevOps #BigData

Since we launched our Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster two weeks ago, several hundred people around the globe have downloaded it - but it's not clear how many of them have taken the time to work their way through it. Haven't seen it yet, you say? No worries - you can download the poster for free at OK then - everyone have the poster handy? Good. Here's how to make sense of it. So...Where's the Roadmap? The first thing you'll notice about the ADT Roadmap is that it doesn't look too much like the sort of roadmap you'd likely see in the cou... (more)

Bloomberg Agile Architecture in Action

“We have a mess on our hands,” said John, the CIO of an international hospitality and resort enterprise I’ll call Horizon (I’ve fictionalized the story but it’s based on a combination of true stories). “Every line of business wants something different from IT. There’s lodging, resort operations, restaurant operations, facilities management – even housekeeping, and they all want their own apps.” It’s a familiar story, of course. I needed to get to the crux of the matter. “Of all the challenges you face, what’s the biggest?” I asked. “What keeps you up at night?” “Lack of respect... (more)

Heidrick & Struggles Creates the 'Rentable CEO'

Heidrick & Struggles, the big headhunter, says it's seeing "clients in need of immediate access to top talent who can step into short-term situations and solve problems quickly, or provide operating insights and advise" so it's setting up what it calls a Chief Advisor Network to fill the bill. Heidrick says it's got a "select group of proven C-Suite and senior executives" who can come in and deal with situations like turnarounds, the sudden departure of C-Level folk or a new market opportunity. It's launching the network in the U.S. and teaming with existing practices in Europe a... (more)