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DevOps at SMBs: Three Important Considerations that Differ from Large Enterprises

Social, Agile and Transformation

I recently started a new program called Coffee with Digital Trailblazers on LinkedIn. We typically meet on Fridays at 11am ET and discuss a selected topic on leading digital transformation.

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5 Ways Transformation Leaders Help Their Teams Feel Safe During This Holiday Season

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Tis the season to feel scared for tech jobs. According to, as of today (Nov 20, 2022), 849 tech companies have laid off nearly 137,000 jobs in 2022. This list includes the well-publicized Meta, Amazon, and Twitter layoffs and over 75,000 jobs lost in the San Francisco Valley.

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3 Ways CIOs Can Target Sustainability Goals in Digital Transformations

Social, Agile and Transformation

It was once a sacrilege to even talk about tearing down Yankee Stadium, the house that Ruth built, and building a new and better version.

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From Keynotes to Confident Aha Moments: Three Questions to Discover Your Agile Principles

Social, Agile and Transformation

I am close to completing my keynote at ETx Canada, a conference for Canadian CIOs, CISOs, and DigitalTrailblazers, and developed in partnership with the CIO Association of Canada.

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Monetizing Analytics Features: Why Data Visualization Will Never Be Enough

Five years ago, data visualizations were a powerful way to differentiate a software application. Today, free visualizations seem to be everywhere. Two trends are forcing application providers to rethink how they offer analytics in their products.

Commit to Simple Agile Principles and Collaborate on Meaningful Self-Organizing Standards

Social, Agile and Transformation

A few weeks ago, I suggested three questions that could spark a discussion and debate over your organization’s agile principles. But I didn’t go as far as suggesting example principles or practices in defining them.

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Why AI-Search is a Digital Transformation Force Multiplier During a Recession

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Are we heading for a recession? I’m not an economist. I’ll let these professionals forecast and characterize the state of global economies and the financial markets. What I do know is that senior leadership will budget through 2023 based on how the economy and competitive pressures impact their industry and businesses. . Experienced CIOs, CTOs, and. business plans cio content agility customer experience customer service digital transformation enterprise 2.0

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Happy Agile Teams: How to Ask the Right Questions

Social, Agile and Transformation

Here’s a question I think about a lot when leading digital transformations and guiding agile teams. How should I think about team happiness? Why and how is team happiness important? How should I determine whether and to what extent the team is happy?” - from Digital Trailblazer.

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3 Ways you can Empower High-Performing Agile Innovation Teams

Social, Agile and Transformation

Picture yourself presenting a minimally viable product to executives, business stakeholders, and other subject matter experts to develop enthusiasm and garner their support for a new customer-facing innovation your team is working on. .

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What’s in the Budget? 7 Investments for CIOs to Prioritize

Social, Agile and Transformation

I am getting ahead of the curve and sharing with CIO and IT leaders several priority investments they should consider for 2023. My perspective: Many SMBs and large enterprises have invested in digital transformation for several years. Whether we’re heading for a recession or a correction, leaders must sense the shift in financial winds and refocus their digital transformation. AI big data cio customer experience data management DevOps digital transformation innovation leadership

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3 Ways to Develop Meaningful Relationships with Business Stakeholders

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You have a big idea - maybe for a customer-facing application that will drive revenue, an analytics dashboard to help operations reduce quality issues, or a marketing campaign that may attract new prospects.

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The Changing World of HR: Prepare Your HCM for the Future

Speaker: Mark Stelzner - Founder & Managing Principal at IA

Join Mark Stelzner of IA as he discusses how to optimize your current HCM system and the opportunities for new tech.

Why I Wrote a Fearless Book to Inspire More Digital Transformation Leaders

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“The pace of technology change is increasing, and you must reevaluate your digital strategy and priorities. Frequently. You will always be transforming, and your organization must establish transformational practices as essential core competencies.”.

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Why Citizen Development is Core to Digital Transformation 2.0

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My favorite Ferris Bueller quote is, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." I can make the same argument on emerging technology and digital transformation. What we thought was emerging tech two years ago is not so emerging anymore.

3 Ways Improving Data Catalogs Help to Accelerate Digital Transformation

Social, Agile and Transformation

Is your organization looking to accelerate digital transformation and become more data-driven?

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5 Ways to Say Thanks to Teams Driving Digital Transformation

Social, Agile and Transformation

Happy Thanksgiving! I love this time of year. Just being outside to see the leaves and feel the colder, thinner air. Enjoying the warmer days where I am satisfied with a harvest salad, and the colder nights when I can experiment with making a yummy soup.

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How Low-code can Energize Digital Transformations During a Recession

Social, Agile and Transformation

It was just over twenty years ago when I was a startup CTO. We spent the late 90s building our platform, customer base, and brand during the internet's growth years. Then in 2000, the dot-com bubble burst.

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6 Steps to More Streamlined Data Modeling

Are you a developer, database architect, or database administrator that's new to Cassandra, but been tasked with developing a plan for implementing the technology anyway? Worry no more. Discover a streamlined methodical approach to Apache Cassandra® data modeling.

Why CIOs Leading Digital Transformation Should Not Report to the CFO

Social, Agile and Transformation

CFOs are the most important ally to the CIO, and the CIO should be the CFO’s strategic planning, delivery, and transformation partner. They should collaborate on a portfolio of transformation initiatives, define standards of excellence, and seek ways to grow revenue and profitability.

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Are you a Digital Trailblazer? Develop the Skills and Confidence to Lead Transformation

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She was a developer with an innate talent for UX. A leader with big ideas but trapped supporting a website on an outdated content management system. She learned agile, led offshore development teams, and developed her confidence to become an architect on several modern SaaS platforms.

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Insights on the Present and Future of Intelligent Search

Social, Agile and Transformation

Intelligent search powers ecommerce websites, site search engines, portals to support hybrid working, and customer support workflows. We’re going from the early days of keyword search boxes to today’s natural language query interfaces.

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My Top 2021 Books for Devoted Leaders, CIOs, Innovators, and Foodies

Social, Agile and Transformation

It's time for one of my favorite yearly posts where I share my top reads of the previous year. You can see my past posts of top books of 2020 and top reads of 2019. I also published my favorite books on digital transformation storytelling. Pictured below are my top reads of 2021.

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Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

How to Empower Transformation and Create ROI with Intelligent Automation

Social, Agile and Transformation

CIO and IT leaders have the greatest opportunities to modernize their enterprise platforms, change the culture, and deliver digital business transformations.

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7 Recommendations to Recession-Proof and Focus Your Digital Transformation

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Are we in a recession or a correction? Anthony Juliano is the CTO and General Partner at Landmark Ventures, and we debated this question a few weeks ago. Every week, new economic data supports the recession argument, while other data provides evidence that we’re not heading in that direction.

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Data-Driven Organizations: What are Principal Responsibilities of Successful Chief Data Officers

Social, Agile and Transformation

Confused about the role of the chief data officer? You're not alone! Is the CDO the owners, steward, and driver to meet regulations on GDPR, PII, HIPAA, FINRA, KYC, CPRA, and the alphabet soup of other compliance requirements? .

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How to Expand Data Governance with Successful Citizen Data Science

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How do you get business leaders to participate in data governance programs? Many business leaders still believe that it's IT's issue to fix all the problems when there are data issues.

Modern Data Architecture for Embedded Analytics

Data has gone from a mere result of applications & processes to being crowned king. Picking the right avenue to data architecture depends on your organization’s needs. Development teams should build in stages, starting with a task that can be solved.

How to Persuade CEO to Sponsor Proactive Data Governance

Social, Agile and Transformation

It’s hard enough to explain what governance means to people that work in digital, technology, and data roles.

The Rise and Future of AIOps: How ML can Resolve Multicloud Complexity

Social, Agile and Transformation

“CIOs today are caught in between a rock and a hard place. The rock is maintaining high availability while doing that as cheaply as possible.

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10 Hard Lessons Learned From My Personal Disaster Recovery

Social, Agile and Transformation

Labor Day has new meaning in our house. I have tremendous new respect for all people who earn their living from hard, sweaty, dirty work. And yet, while I call this my personal disaster recovery, it really isn't that personal or that significant of a disaster.

3 Practical Ways to Become a Citizen Data Scientist and Learn Machine Learning

Social, Agile and Transformation

"The first decision in decision making is when to make a decision," proclaimed Mike Hayes, the chief digital transformation officer of VMWare and former commanding officer for SEAL Team. I was attending Rev 3, a conference on ModelOps, and, more generally, a conference for data scientists to learn and network about their practices in experimenting and. agile data AI big data citizen development data management data scientist future of work

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10 Rules to More Streamlined Data Modeling

Apache Kafka is a powerful piece of software that can solve a lot of problems. Like most libraries and frameworks, you get out of it what you put into it. Learn 10 rules that will help you perfect your Kafka system to get ahead.

9 CXOs Share Their Powerful Leadership Lessons for Digital Trailblazers

Social, Agile and Transformation

I leave fifty transformation leadership lessons for Digital Trailblazers, my name of aspiring transformation leaders, in my new book with that title.

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3 Reasons CIOs Should Invest in AI-Search

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CIOs, CDOs, innovators, and IT leaders have many technology investment options to consider. How should you prioritize dollars, agile teams, and transformation programs, given how all businesses need better technology and data capabilities? .

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14 Expert Predictions on Winning in 2022: CX, Hybrid Work, Hyperautomation, Ecosystems, and AI

Social, Agile and Transformation

How should we look back at 2021 and 2020, and how should we think about what’s critical to win in 2022? I believe we’re at the inflection point defining what digital transformation 2.0 will be about over the next five years.

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Why Define Your WoW! Agile, DevOps, Product Management Way of Working

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I ask this question to agile leaders working with five or more teams: What boundaries and empowerments do you set for your self-organizing teams? . More specifically, are their agile teams free to choose their own tools and technologies?

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Blueprint to Modernize Analytics

The longer you wait to modernize your application’s analytics, the longer it will take for you to realize this value. A blueprint helps you define your new solution, plot out how to get there, and determine what you’ll need in terms of time and resources.

Video - Why I am Absolutely Passionate About Digital Transformation Management

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We used to say "going digital" was about going from print to web, manual processes to more automation, or even from web interfaces to mobile to voice and now AR/VR. Employee experiences were "back office" and there are many organizations with Windows thick client tools that connect to mainframes.

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Avoid Burnout: 3 Really Simple Activities to Reduce Stress in Hybrid Work Teams

Social, Agile and Transformation

In this week's episode of 5 Minutes with @NYIke, I provide my thoughts on avoiding team burnout and how to create destressing activities.

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Planning Digital Transformation Initiatives When There are Too Many Priorities

Social, Agile and Transformation

Let's recap 2020 without losing our minds. We went into the year with high aspirations around our digital transformation programs and all the places we wanted our organizations to succeed with experiences, analytics, and technology.

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7 Lessons from IT Leaders on Operating at Digital Speeds with AIOps

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IT leaders have been managing a tremendous amount of change over the past several years and significantly more so over this last year because of COVID.

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Best Practices for Deploying & Scaling Embedded Analytics

Today, sophisticated capabilities such as adaptive security, predictive analytics, workflow, and writeback are taking analytics far beyond basic dashboards and reports. With cutting-edge capabilities like these, application teams are able to differentiate their products from the competition.