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Guest post by Intellyx Principal Analyst Charles Araujo I was at a conference recently when I saw it. I sighed and shook my head. A development manager from a large enterprise organization was explaining how they had created a DevOps maturity model based on CMMI. They went on to describe their current state of maturity and their plans to get to ‘full maturity' in the next three years. He continued by explaining how they had presented this plan to executive management and subsequently received approval for a new ‘DevOps team.' 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 trap that they have fallen into time and time again. Unfortun... (more)

Will Low-Code Kill #DevOps? | @DevOpsSummit #LowCode #NoCode DigitalTransformation

Two apparently distinct movements are in the process of disrupting the world of enterprise application development: DevOps and Low-Code. DevOps is a cultural and organizational shift that empowers enterprise software teams to deliver better software quicker - in particular, hand-coded software. Low-Code platforms, in contrast, provide a technology platform and visual tooling that empower enterprise software teams to deliver better software quicker - with little or no hand-coding required. Two disruptive approaches with remarkably similar value propositions. Except that one emphasizes hand-coding while the other replaces it. The obvious question: are we in for some kind of appdev battle to the death, as the two disparate approaches fight for supremacy? Or are we somehow setting ourselves up for a delightful Kumbaya moment, where DevOps and Low-Code live together, hap... (more)

Silos Are Dead! Long Live the Silos! | @CloudExpo #DX #Cloud #Agile #DevOps

Silos Are Dead! Long Live the Silos! Guest post by Intellyx Principal Analyst Charles Araujo Nothing unites any group of people like a common enemy. And since the move toward digital transformation began - and IT transformation before it - a favorite common enemy has been organizational silos. It has been an oft-repeated mantra that in order to execute a successful transformation of any kind, the organization must break through the silos that have been the source of dysfunction and obstruction. Everyone could agree that silos created unnecessary separation, protectionism, and bureaucracy. No one would dare argue that having rigid silos were somehow good for the organization. Silos were, therefore, the easy target. They became the mantle onto which leaders could lay all past transgressions, and, in so doing, they became a convenient artifice to allow the leader to pro... (more)

Envisioning the AI-Driven Enterprise | @CloudExpo #AI #ML #DL DX #DeepLearning

As today's digital disruptions bounce and smash their way through conventional technologies and conventional wisdom alike, predicting their path is a multifaceted challenge. So many areas of technology advance on Moore's Law-like exponential curves that divining the future is fraught with danger. Such is the problem with artificial intelligence (AI) and its related concepts, including cognitive computing, machine learning, and deep learning. Today we have interesting but hardly revolutionary technologies like Apple Siri and Amazon Alexa. And tomorrow? If you listen to the doomsayers, The Terminator's Skynet or its killer robot kin will take over the world from us puny humans. While we cannot entirely disagree with the dire warnings of certain pundits, the reality is that there is quite a lot of territory to cover between Siri and Skynet. Even well before some kind... (more)

In 2003, IT Didn’t Matter. Does It Matter Now? | @CloudExpo #AI #DX #DevOps #DigitalTransformation

In 2003, Writer Nick Carr shook up enterprise C-suites around the world with his seminal article for Harvard Business Review he provocatively titled IT Doesn't Matter. Fresh off the dot-com crash but before cloud computing took off, Carr observed that the belief that IT's strategic value increases in parallel with its potency and ubiquity was seriously mistaken. His central thesis: "What makes a resource truly strategic - what gives it the capacity to be the basis for a sustained competitive advantage - is not ubiquity but scarcity. You only gain an edge over rivals by having or doing something that they can't have or do. By now, the core functions of IT - data storage, data processing, and data transport - have become available and affordable to all." Carr then explained how proprietary technologies can provide strategic advantage, but over time, technology become... (more)

It’s the Customer, Stupid! | @CloudExpo #AI #DX #SmartCities #DigitalTransformation

Digital Transformation: It's the Customer, Stupid! By Charles Araujo, Intellyx Principal Analyst If you cannot explicitly articulate how investing in a new technology, changing the approach or re-engineering the business process will help you achieve your customer-centric vision of the future in direct and measurable ways, you probably shouldn't be doing it. At Intellyx, we spend a lot of time talking to technology vendors. In our conversations, we explore emerging new technologies that are either disrupting the way enterprise organizations work or that help enable those organizations to cope with disruption. The rate at which new companies and new technologies are emerging is staggering, and it can be difficult to keep up - even for those of us whose sole job is to do so. It's no wonder, therefore, that so many people draw a straight line between the concept of digi... (more)

Low-Code/No-Code Is Far More Disruptive than You Think | @CloudExpo #AI #DX #SDX #DevOps

In the No-Code corner are the ‘citizen developers' - business users who can build functional but generally limited apps without having to write a line of code. The Low-Code corner, in contrast, centers on professional developers, streamlining and simplifying their work - delivering enterprise-class applications with little or no hand-coding. At Intellyx we gravitate toward disruption, and the burgeoning Low-Code/No-Code space has sucked us in like a black hole. We've spoken with numerous vendors in this multifaceted market, and we work with several of them - and yet, every one has a different value proposition. The big analyst firms can't make heads or tails of this mess. Gartner has concocted the High-Productivity Application Platform-as-a-Service mouthful, or what hapless vendors call HPaPaaS - as though anyone would want to buy the low-productivity alternative. F... (more)

Getting Hybrid IT Right | @CloudExpo #AI #DX #SaaS #ITaaS #CloudNative

Getting Hybrid IT Right By Charles Araujo, Intellyx Principal Analyst 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 Infrastructure-as-a-Service to Software-as-a-Service. At Intellyx, we have a mantra that goes something like this: "We love confusion in the market. It gives us something to write about." Well, if confusion is what we like, Hybrid IT delivers it in spades. The tech industry is a buzzword-creating machine, but the truth is that all of these buzzwords serve a purpose. As an industry, we are in a constant struggle to distill, comprehend and communicate new and complex ideas that are arising at a dizzying pace. So the industry ... (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)

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)