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3 Digital Transformation Strategies in SMB

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Digital transformation requires leaders to reconsider their business models in the face of market disruptions, changing customer needs, new technology capabilities, greater security threats, and new opportunities to empower a digital workforce.

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How To Know Your Organization is Committed to Digital Transformation

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Over the last four years, I've helped dozens of business leaders kickoff, plan, and execute digital transformations.

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2020 Book Reads: Agile, Innovation, and Transformation

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For the second year in a row, I share with you all the books that I read as part of my GoodReads challenge.

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How to Drive Agility with Intelligent ERP in the New Normal

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Driving agility has taken on greater meaning and importance because of the COVID pandemic, and successful digital leaders recognize the urgency in enabling smarter, faster, safer, and innovative organizations.

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11 Required Monitoring Platform Capabilities for Enterprise DevOps Teams

In this eBook, Isaac Johnson, a Principal Software Engineer and DevOps Architect with experience at multiple Fortune 500 companies, reveals the key things he looks for when evaluating monitoring platforms for enterprise DevOps teams.

What CIOs can Learn from Low-Code Platform CTOs

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Last week, I published an article at InfoWorld on 7 low-code platforms developers should know.

Dashboard of 650+ Informative Articles by Isaac Sacolick

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I published over 200 hundred articles over the last couple of years, have over 650 published since I started writing 15 years ago, and in the next month, I will complete my 500th post on this blog.

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What Emerging DevOps Capabilities to Boost in 2021

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Developing CI/CD pipelines, deploying infrastructure as code, leveraging git to manage source code, and choosing between containers, PaaS, and serverless infrastructure are established devops best practices.

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Celebrating 100+ Posts by Revealing the Elephant in the Room

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What a week and what a year. I think we're all looking forward to a quiet and peaceful holiday. I think many of us are happy and hopeful about flipping the calendar to 2021.

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Why You Should Avoid Calling it Automation

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I've learned the hard way that using the word automation to describe an initiative, project, process, or algorithm is a bad idea. Equating automation with artificial intelligence is even worse. Anchoring a digital transformation on initiatives driven by automations completely misses the point.

AWS, Salesforce Turn Up The Volume as Digital Transformation Fuels the Cloud Wars

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When considering digital transformation platforms, customer experiences, and internal workflows, CIOs and architects face a common decision on platforms and architecture. We call it the build versus buy decision, even though today there's a third hybrid option of using low-code and no-code platforms.

Building Evolvable Architectures

Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Parsons, CTO of ThoughtWorks

The software development ecosystem exists in a state of dynamic equilibrium, where any new tool, framework, or technique leads to disruption and the establishment of a new equilibrium. Predictability is impossible when the foundation architects plan against is constantly changing in unexpected ways. It’s no surprise many CIOs and CTOs are struggling to adapt, in part because their architecture isn’t equipped to evolve. This webinar will discuss what’s at stake if companies continue to use long term architecture plans.

Digital Transformation is not a 9-5 Job

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It's the last week of summer, so maybe take some time to reflect on your team's performance over the last several months. Has your team come up for air after adjusting to COVID, remote working, and realigning digital transformation priorities? .

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Why Data Science, DataOps, and Data Governance need Agile Methodologies

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It's called science for a reason. Data science requires questions, hypotheses, discovery, analysis, and recalibration. While the words I'm using to describe a data science are different than software development, the process and mindset are very applicable to agile methodologies. .

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5 Priorities for IT Leaders During this Summer of COVID

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It's been a very challenging year for everyone and indeed, this has been the case for first responders. Somewhere a couple of rungs further down the ladder, most organizations owe plenty of thanks to CIOs, IT leaders, and especially the IT service desk.

How to Shift Slow Cultures into High Gear

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How leaders work with their colleagues and teams over the next few weeks can make or break innovations, capabilities, and business impacts over the next 3-9 months.

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5 Recommendations on How Much To Invest in Agile and Scrum Courses

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Are you considering getting formally trained or certified in agile methodologies or scrum? Are you looking to become a certified scrum master, or maybe get trained in an agile framework such as SAFe or LeSS, or specialize in agile transformation with classes like StarCIO Agile Planning?

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How to Measure DevSecOps Progress and Ensure Success

Speaker: Shannon Lietz, Director of DevSecOps Team, Intuit

You've finally done it: You've won over C-Suite and your DevSecOps team is up and running. But how do you monitor your new program? Join Shannon Lietz, Leader and Director of DevsecOps at Intuit, and learn to lead your DevSecOps team to the top.

How to Energize Outside-In Thinking in the World of Remote Work

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There are several times during the year when I recommend leaders carve out time for outside-in thinking.

How a Java Low-Code Development Platform Drives Useful Innovation

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Can Java development teams have all the benefits of working with their development environment and also have the speed to market, best practices, and scalability coming from a low-code platform?

Planning Digital Transformation Initiatives When There are Too Many Priorities

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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.

What is the Most Important Agile KPI?

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I'm asked this question on selecting agile KPIs all the time from leaders. . Some want to try measuring agile methodologies with the same project management measurements that worked for them in the past, while others are trying to establish some oversight on a process that they don' fully understand.

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The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

5 Ways Scrum Leaders Drive Astoundingly Successful Collaboration

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Product owners, tech leads, and scrum masters are three common roles you find on scrum teams. I've written about their key responsibilities such as product owners prioritizing backlogs, tech leads overseeing estimating, and scrum masters ensuring team collaboration and cohesion.

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Slow Down and Stop Deploying Buggy Software

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I have a very low tolerance for buggy software. And an even lower tolerance when the customer and technical service that follows it is horrid. . I'm empathetic to the business pressure to release capabilities and features, reduce technical debt, and improve integrations.

Transforming the Workforce with Governed Citizen Development

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It’s an unprecedented time to be a CIO or any technology leader. On the one hand, technology organizations are working hard on digital transformation and developing many new customer and employee-facing applications. On the other, IT is now running double duty by supporting more remote working employees and then responding to other COVID-19 business needs. There’s never been greater demand on. cio citizen development digital transformation enterprise 2.0

What is the Modernized Role of Scrum Masters

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The 15th episode of 5 Minutes with @NYIke focuses on the modernized role of the scrum master. . The role needs recasting. Ten years ago, scrum masters were the experts on agile methodologies and charged to coach teams through the process.

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Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.

Breakthrough Book: Digital, Data, and Social Networking Leaders

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I rebranded this blog as Social, Agile, and Transformation over ten years ago, an instinctive change based on three fundamental changes I was sensing in the nature of business. .

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5 Special Activities for the Best Remote Thanksgiving

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This isn't an ordinary Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday period. Looking back to my post last year on 5 reasons for CIO to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, I reflect on how much the world has changed since then.

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Five Reasons Your Agile Practices Fail to Deliver Results

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Let's call a spade a spade. We can call many processes "agile," and teams can claim that they are practicing scrum. Still, there are sizable steps going from following basic agile ceremonies to agile methodologies or cultures. Specifically, teams are not agile if all they are doing is.

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How to Alert on Technical Debt, Legacy, and Burning Platforms

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Let's stop bickering about technical debt and start doing something about it! . Here's why. In this week's episode of 5 Minutes with @NYIke, I share the differences between debt (including technical debt, data debt, and operational debt), legacy systems and practices, and a burning platform.

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How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

5 Ways to Better Manage Technical Debt

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There are specific topics that will get CIO and IT leaders to vent. Talk about show many spreadsheets bounce around through email, midyear budget cuts, or hundreds of projects everyone won't prioritize, and you'll get an earful. But there's one topic that will get them out of their seats and red in the face with anger. That topic is technical debt. agile planning cio DevOps innovation leadership software development

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How Business Transformation is Fundamentally Different from Innovation

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An interesting debate transpired during the last #CIOChat on Thursday at 2pm around Myles Suer's question, "How is #innovation fundamentally different from business transformation?" I had significant feedback to my tweets and decided to dedicate this week's blog post to detail my perspective. I provided a two-tweet answer require(["mojo/signup-forms/Loader"], function(L) { L.start({"baseUrl". about me digital transformation innovation

Digital Transformation is Absolutely Important in a Volatile COVID-19 World

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Should COVID-19 start, slow down, or pivot your digital transformation strategy? The answer is yes, but it depends on how your organization defines digital transformation and where it is in its journey. There's a running joke floating on social media, "What started your organization's digital transformation," and the answer circled is "COVID-19." Hopefully, your organization started it's. cio citizen development crisis management digital transformation enterprise 2.0

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What are Seven Types of Big Data Debt

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As more organizations have embarked on agile software development over the last five years as part of digital transformation programs, the term technical debt is more widely understood. Teams that develop code leave artifacts behind that require improvements, reengineering, refactoring, or wholesale rewriting. Some technical debt is done purposefully to deliver applications faster, while. agile data AI cio data management data scientist digital transformation leadership organizational change

Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.

CIO Must Pivot to a Safer-Smarter World

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My boss used to say to me, "Isaac, read the tea leaves" to get a sense of what to present, share, and focus on depending on the business temperament. Just two weeks ago, I was keynoting to CIOs about investing in data governance, agile data practices, and changing the culture to prepare their organization for machine learning organizations. I reminded IT leaders that a competitive, digital.

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What is Driving Digital Transformation Change?

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After I posted my last 5 Minutes with @NYIke video on the #1 Reason Why Digital Transformation fail, a small discussion ensued on LinkedIn about transformation and change management. Is digital transformation a new name for business transformation? And regardless of what we call it, how can leaders help the resulting change management easier for employees and less difficult for leaders? cio digital transformation enterprise 2.0

COVID-19 in the Numbers: Transformation Leadership Needed in Banking, Travel, and Higher Ed

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Every business in every industry needs to look at itself in the mirror and decide who they want to be when they emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown. That is if they come out of it. The world's changed. Every person, business, and institution is going to be looking at their own mirrors and deciding for themselves. And what are the key questions? What's important? What's relevant? What do I. agile planning cio crisis management customer experience data management digital transformation enterprise 2.0

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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

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!