Celebrating Two Fantastic Years of Driving Digital

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!

For two years I have been keynoting events, meeting with leaders, leading StarCIO Driving Digital Workshops, writing this blog, and contributing articles to CIO and InfoWorld on the changing nature of leading transformation programs.
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5 Activities to Improve the Culture of Agile DevOps Teams

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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Empowering IT: Revealing a More Powerful DevOps Strategy

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. I rarely get an answer that sounds like the leadership, team or engineers have articulated a strategy and roadmap.

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10 Lessons Learned from IT Leaders on Driving Transformation

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. Each session starts with my intro to the topic, a workgroup discussion led by moderators that everyone participated in, and a concluding panel that I moderated. Topics covered AI, devops, security, and multi-cloud.



I captured some real lessons learned from all the participants that I'd like to share with everyone
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5 Principles Full Stack Developers and Solutions Architects Must Understand About Machine Learning

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.

Much of this will be AI/ML embedded in applications like chatbots, recommendation engines, and virtual assistants and some consider RPAs a form of AI/ML.
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3 Foundational Practices for IoT Data Processing

IoT isn't just a capability you plug into an existing enterprise architecture. It requires validating existing capabilities and investing in new foundational ones. And what is needed depends on whether the business has done any data integrations with sensors before, the volumes and types of data being collected, and whether the business opportunities around IoT are customer facing.

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Why Tech Sales Professionals Should Read Driving Digital

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 close sales.

When a sales professional does win business, it's even more important for them to stay involved and make sure the buyer has a good experience, gets what they paid for, and achieves business value from their investment.
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