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Celebrating Two Fantastic Years of Driving Digital

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Two years ago I received my "author's copies" of Driving Digital: The Leader's Guide to Business Transformation Through Technology. The picture you see here is just after I opened the box. What a thrilling moment it was!

Empowering IT: Revealing a More Powerful DevOps Strategy

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I like to ask DevOps teams and engineers what should be a simple question, "What is your devops strategy and what are your priorities?" The answer I get is often a mix of what they are working on now (often CI/CD) and a word or two about the importance of a DevOps culture.

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5 Activities to Improve the Culture of Agile DevOps Teams

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It's getting close to summer months and many agile devops teams are working hard to close out their Q2 commitments. The summer months are a great time to bring people and teams together to recalibrate on priorities and revitalize their commitment to collaboration.

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10 Lessons Learned from IT Leaders on Driving Transformation

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A couple of weeks ago I was asked to be the master of ceremonies at CAMSS Ontario, an IT leaders forum in Toronto sponsored by SINC. Unlike other conferences that I've keynoted and moderated panels at, this one had five participatory sessions.

Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

Why is implementing new frameworks, from SCRUM to self-organized teams, so much harder than understanding them? Roy Osherove has the solution. Tune in and learn to recognize what state your team is in, to support them accordingly, and to help them adopt the best practices given where they are today.

3 Foundational Practices for IoT Data Processing

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IoT isn't just a capability you plug into an existing enterprise architecture. It requires validating existing capabilities and investing in new foundational ones.

10 Questions before starting a Machine Learning POC

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37% of organizations have implemented artificial intelligence in some form according to Gartner. Since AI is a a broad category of algorithms covering cognitive, natural language, pattern recognition and other areas, I suspect the number of organizations experimenting with machine learning or deep learning is a lot smaller. Yet there are daily stories of different organizations benefiting. agile data AI big data data management data scientist innovation leadership

Beyond microservices; Software architecture driven by machine learning

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It's not a question of if, it's a question of when and how AI and machine learning will change our programming and software development paradigms. Today's coding models are based on data storage, business logic, services, UX, and presentation. A full stack developer elects to build a three-tiered web architecture using an MVC framework. An IoT application calls for an event-driven. AI big data data management innovation IOT software development

5 Principles Full Stack Developers and Solutions Architects Must Understand About Machine Learning

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According to recent and separate studies from Gartner, Harvey Nash/KPMG, and O'Reilly, somewhere between 24% and 37% of organizations are at least moderately investing in machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Is AIOps the answer to DevOps teams' ops prayers?

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DevOps teams have a two-front battle to keep enterprise and customer facing applications, databases, APIs, and data integrations stable, performing optimally, and secure. On the one hand, there are all the proactive developments that DevOps team want to, and need to, spend their time on including automating CI/CD pipelines, configuring new infrastructure as code, patching environments, AI cloud computing DevOps site performance

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Schema Evolution Patterns

Speaker: Alex Rasmussen, CEO, Bits on Disk

If you want to make your development team squirm, ask them about database schema changes or API versioning. Most development teams struggle with changing database schemas and updating API versions without breaking existing code. Alex Rasmussen is an expert in helping teams through these struggles. His talk will examine database schema changes and API versioning as two instances of schema evolution: how your systems respond when the structure of your structured data changes.

5 Ways to Kickoff Data Governance in Self-Service BI Programs

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Sponsoring self-service BI where business users are empowered to develop their own dashboards and instrumenting data governance are not conflicting objectives. In fact, they are complementary and both are necessary to enable data driven organizations. Don't believe me? Go count the number of Excel spreadsheets or GSheets are on your network. Try to count how many duplicate data sources are. agile data big data citizen development data management data scientist it management organizational chang

Why Tech Sales Professionals Should Read Driving Digital

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Being a SaaS or enterprise technology sales professional isn't easy. It's hard to get meetings. It's hard to understand the industry, business challenges, the full breadth of technology capabilities of the products or services being sold, and the competitive landscape. It's hard developing meaningful relationships with technology and digital executives. It's extraordinarily hard to. about me big data cio digital transformation organizational change

"We are more successful onboarding new technology versus maturing it" - And five things CIO must do to drive digital platforms

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I was speaking with a few CIOs at the SINC USA West conference in Scottsdale late last year on the state of managing digital technology in their organizations. One CIO told me, "We are more successful onboarding new technology versus maturing it." Here's the logic behind his thinking and why this is a real issue for organizations investing in digital platforms When a new technology is. cio cmo digital transformation innovation organizational change

Join Top Social CIO at the First #CIOChatLive!

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If you're a CIO, CISO, or CTO and want to connect with the brightest, most socially vocal group of CIOs then please join us for the first ever #CIOChatLive in Boston on March 14-15th! If you are not familiar with #CIOChat, it's a twice per week gathering on Twitter that you can follow with this hashtag. On Thursday at 2pm ET, moderator Myles Suer sends out 4-5 questions around a topic while.

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Best Practices for Micro-Services Management, Traceability and Visualization

Speaker: Robert Starmer, Cloud Advisor, Founding Partner at Kumulus Technologies

Moving to micro-services, or even working with distributed applications in a traditional environment, brings with it a host of interactions that are often difficult to understand. This session will provide an overview of service mesh, a review of the Istio service mesh itself, and dive into best practices and integration models for integrating the traceability model into a distributed application.

Celebrating 400 Practical Articles on Driving Digital Transformation

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Today I celebrate my 400th post on Social, Agile, and Transformation. It’s been an incredible journey starting from my days of being a hands-on CTO at a social media travel startup, through three careers of being a transformational CIO in data businesses, and now as President of StarCIO, author of the Amazon best seller Driving Digital, speaker, and contributing editor at CIO and InfoWorld.

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Understanding AI - 3 Must Read AI Books for CIO and IT Leaders

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s Last year I keynoted several talks on AI in the Enterprise: Finding Quick Wins and Avoiding Speed Bumps???. This talk is on the practical side of getting started with machine learning. Among my recommendation, I suggest IT leaders invest in data quality and other data governance efforts, perform POCs with some of the more mature AI areas, and find partners that can educate and validate. about me AI cio future of work innovation organizational change

5 Driving Digital Predictions for 2019

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With Thanksgiving behind us and the new year approaching, it's time to take stock on where we collectively are in our various transformational journeys. You'll see that I have a mixed message in my predictions. While some technologies and transformation programs will see increases in 2019, there will be strong culture and financial headwinds that will challenge CIO, CDO, CEO, Boards and. about me AI big data cio citizen development data management DevOps digital transformation enterprise 2.0

How BigPanda’s “Open Box Machine Learning” enables Autonomous Digital Operations

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Are you tired of all the bridge calls, all-hands-on-deck meetings, and operational “war rooms” to manage and resolve the latest outage that’s impacting customers and business users? Are you frustrated by the endless list of tickets that were generated from different monitoring tools like Nagios, CloudFront, Splunk, Datadog, and others around the same incident? As applications are now. AI big data cio cloud computing crisis management DevOps digital transformation it management

Want to change the culture? Start with your front line support teams!

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Imagine your customer is having a small crisis. In my case, I was on a flight that went through repeated delays; first when the aircraft needed maintenance at the gate, then when the pilot aborted the takeoff, and then a third time when the airline finally had us switch planes. All told, my flight was four hours delayed. It wasn't a crisis for me, but it was for some passengers that were more.

Three Factors to Better Understand Digital Transformation

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Digital transformation is not just about applying cloud, mobile, and social technologies or experimenting with emerging technologies like AI, blockchain, or IoT.

What is Data Governance? Data practices that address risk and drive opportunities

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I don't like the term 'data governance'. People - and especially leaders don't know what it means and often put up mental walls whenever they hear the word 'governance'. Governance is bureaucratic. It slows organizations down and creates tension. Why would anyone want to back a governance initiative especially one tied to data? But anyone leading data efforts knows data governance is a long. big data cio data management data scientist security

Improving Customer Experience by Automating Incident Response

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The tools and practices of IT Operations have to get better and easier. Every IT Ops engineer has the job of responding to alerts when a website is down or unresponsive. To restore service, the engineer follows a certain procedure to restart the web server and validate that the website is operational. Maybe it happens again a few days later and another engineer repeats the procedure to restore. AI cio cloud computing crisis management customer experience DevOps it management

Driving Digital: The CIO's Playbook

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Thanks to Landmark Ventures and Anthony Juliano for a great CIO Summit last week and for giving me a speaking spot for Driving Digital: The CIO's Playbook.

Scaling agile? Five important considerations to get it right

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Agile is not a cookie cutter framework or set of practices. I’ve been a part of large number of agile organizations some as CTO, some as CIO, and now as President of StarCIO. Although I’ve reapplied similar agile practices across multiple organizations and teams, none were implemented the exact same way. Agile can’t be baked into a one size fits most framework. It’s one reason StarCIO. about me agile planning agile software development cio it management leadership organizational change

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Machine Learning at Scale: Highlights from The Artificial Intelligence Conference

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Last week I attended The Artificial Intelligence Conference in NY sponsored by O'Reilly and Intel. It's my yearly ritual to report on the latest academic research, industry trends, successes, and challenges as more organizations invest people, time, and money in machine learning. From last year's conference I reported here on this blog on my keynote takeaways, and on collaborative AI . about me agile data AI big data data management data scientist innovation

The #1 Reason Why Digital Transformations Fail

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Harvard Business Review just published why so many high profile digital transformations fail highlighting some of the difficulties several high profile programs. They reviewed digital transformations from GE, P&G, and Nike and suggest several lessons learned: "No managers should view digital — or any other major technological innovation — as their sure salvation." "It It requires foundational.

How to Capture and Manage Technical Debt in Agile Development

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If you're concerned about the technical debt accumulated by your organization, then consider developing ways to capture and measure it. In my last post, I suggest teams should target nimble architectures and leverage agile principles that enable iterating on the design. Don't plan to get it perfect, plan to get it wrong, iterate on what you learn, and recognize when the business is. agile planning agile software development it management product management software development

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3 Reasons Why People Aren't Using Your Data Visualizations

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Are you getting the expected usage out of your BI dashboards? Are the users of your dashboards just accessing them to download the raw data only to review it as a messy, siloed, spreadsheet? If you taught people how to use one of your dashboards, would they have a basic understanding of how to use other ones developed off the same data sets? require(["mojo/signup-forms/Loader"], function(. agile data big data customer experience data scientist site performance

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Strata Data Keynotes Day 2 on Dimming the Noise, Faster Data, and Becoming Boring

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Here's my synopsis on a great start to day 2 of Strata Data day two. It began with a series of thought provoking topics; eliminating noise; driving faster data; successful data science by becoming boring; and Eliminating Noise and AI for Compliance Amber Case of the MIT Media Lab talked about the noise, and the abundance of alerts that surround all of us. In our jobs. On planes. agile data AI big data cio data management data scientist digital transformation

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Agile Mindsets: Don't try to get a perfect architecture; Plan to get it wrong

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I still find teams that have adopted scrum and other agile practices, but still strive for perfection when trying to conceive architectures and implementation plans. Some will also try to think through every edge case to ensure that designs are fully future-proofed. This is an unrealistic proposition for most teams and people. There's too many unknowns, too much complexity, and businesses do.

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Killing Spreadsheets and Empowering Data Driven Organizations

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One of the more polarizing discussions I've had with IT leaders on Twitter chats #IdgTechTalk (Thursdays 12pm ET), #CIOChat (Thursdays at 2pm ET) or at conferences is around the use or misuse of spreadsheets. From the comments, you can guess people are either "for" or "against" using spreadsheets, but what we are really saying is, "Use them wisely" and find ways to replace them with more.

10 ways Digital Organizations are Smarter Faster than their Peers

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A quote from my book, Driving Digital: The Leader's Guide to Business Transformation Through Technology Here's how digital organizations are smarter and faster - They change their culture by developing "bottoms up" practices like agile, ideation, relationship developing CRM, and citizen's development. They target their programs to early adopters, know how to scale their practices to.

Part 2 of the Twelve Things I Learned from One Year After Publishing Driving Digital

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About two months ago I shared my twelve things I learned from one year after publishing Driving Digital. But I only shared six of them and shared the remaining six with readers of the StarCIO Driving Digital Newsletter. The first six included several important findings including: (1) more companies are developing proprietary software, (5) attend the right conferences to grow and learn and (6.

Don't write another line of code without reading this

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Every once and awhile I get to review other people's code. One year it was 1.4 million lines of PERL code running a SaaS website developed in the late 1990s. There was another time that I ended the relationship with a BI vendor because the platform required several hundred lines of code to produce a very basic bar chart. I once reviewed a homegrown ERP developed with tens of thousands (and.