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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 AgileDigitalTransformation.com. 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 course of your work. There are no clear starting or ending points, and while the progression generally goes from left to right, there are plenty of branches and backtracks along the way. Welcome to digital transformation, folks! Your transformation will also likely have unclear endpoints, and ... (more)

Threads of Digital Architecture | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #DigitalTransformation

In last week's Cortex newsletter, I introduced the following diagram of a customer-centric digital architecture, where digital architecture is shorthand for enterprise architecture that's laser focused on driving digital transformation.   Customer-Centric Digital Architecture In the diagram above, the traditional architectural layers (represented here as concentric bands) have been grayed out in favor of customer journeys that cut across user interface, process, technology infrastructure, and data concerns, instead focusing on the preferences and behavior of individual custom... (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 m... (more)

Your Digital Architecture | @CloudExpo #BigData #IoT #DevOps #DigitalArchitecture

Digital transformation impacts all corners of the business, and perhaps the most important corner to us here at Intellyx is the dark cul-de-sac where the enterprise architects huddle. Because of their unique capability to maintain and communicate the big picture of enterprise transformation, EAs can be critical to the success of a digital initiative - but only if they slough off the paperwork-laden, gatekeeper-centric thinking of the EA of days past. Instead, EAs must empower their organization to achieve success with digital efforts through the proper use of digital architecture... (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)

Tactical Cloud Computing Panel at 1st Annual GovIT Expo

I'm proud to announce that representatives from Lockheed Martin, SAIC, and Unisys will join me in a "Tactical Cloud Computing" Panel at SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo in Washington DC on October 6, 2009. Register Now For This Panel FREE with Coupon Code (First 50 registrations): VIPguest [case sensitive] As Technical Chair of this conference, my goal has been to provide useful and actionable information to the conference attendees. While the industry has engaged in a rigorous discussion around "enterprise" cloud computing, information on tactical or deployabl... (more)