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Jason Bloomberg

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Omnichannel Digital Transformation for Everyone With the explosion of consumer technology options, digital transformation has upended retail more so than any other industry. From the retailer’s perspective, every device, every app, every digital interaction is an opportunity to communicate a brand, to present a value proposition, and most importantly, to drive home a sale. Perhaps the most important lesson these retailers learned from the dot.com explosion of the 1990s is that the web was first and foremost a marketing channel – a way of connecting seller to buyer. With this realization, retailers now had the appropriate context for extending multichannel retail strategies. After all, catalog, call center, and in-store were familiar, tried-and-true retail channels, and the web simply added one more. (See this article I wrote back in 2001 for some insight into the mu... (more)

Cloud Greases Digital Transformation Wheels at News Corp.

My recent article on Amazon.com and their cloud division’s focus on technology to the exclusion of any customer-centric digital strategy raised many eyebrows. After all, don’t cloud and digital go hand in hand? To explore this question I took a close look at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, which split into two companies last year: 21st Century Fox, which retains the film, television, cable, and satellite businesses, and the refocused News Corp., responsible for print newspapers. The cloud, in fact, was instrumental in this separation. “21st Century Fox had one year to change,... (more)

API Management for Everyone From @FioranoGlobal | @CloudExpo [#API]

I worked with Fiorano Software back in the first-generation SOA days, over a decade ago. This scrappy Palo Alto and Bengaluru-based vendor competed successfully in the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) market with the middleware behemoths of the time, including IBM, Oracle, Software AG WebMethods, and TIBCO, to name a few. While other smaller vendors were either acquired or dropped off the radar, the secret to Fiorano’s survival was a critical architectural decision that differentiated their ESB in fundamental ways. Today people don’t like talking about ESBs anymore. Instead, the buzz ... (more)

Adventures in Digital Real-Time Wonderland

In last week’s Forbes article I discussed various senses of the term real-time: low latency user interfaces, up-to-date information, live human interactions, and high-performance data processing – to name but a few. Today, for the Cortex audience (as well as the Wired Innovations and SYS-CON audiences), it’s time to channel Lewis Carroll and have a wondrous adventure to shed light on the true significance and challenges of real-time. As we venture down the rabbit hole of our technology-infused world, it’s easy to see that everything is getting faster and bigger and, well, just m... (more)

IASA Interview with Jason Bloomberg

Paul Preiss:  I see a lot of opportunity in the industry for organizations to try to understand agility, to try to adopt these practices in more than just a development context, but as a business.  With regard to agility, what do you see as the bigger trends today for architects? Jason:    A very important question is really, “What does business agility mean, and how do organizations actually achieve it?” And unfortunately, that word “agility,” because it is based on the word “agile,” ends up confusing a lot of people because they think when we use the word “agile” we mean Agi... (more)