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Has IT become too complex to manage?

IT leaders must grapple with an overwhelming diversity of challenges to manage the enterprise IT function, but has it become too complex to manage?

sincimagehttps://intellyx.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/sincimage-219x146.jpeg 219w, https://intellyx.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/sincimage-50x33.jpeg 50w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />In the late 1990s, I was responsible for technical operations for a large healthcare organization. We supported more than 5,000 users across 50 locations and supported three distinct lines of business. We were a very progressive organization at the leading edge of technology innovation in healthcare.

It was not a simple operation.

Well, at least not for 1997. When I compare that environment to what IT leaders face today, however, a shudder of relief washes over me.

There is no point in whitewashing this: Managing the function of IT in my day was child’s play compared to the incredible diversity of challenges facing the modern IT leader. Is it so complex, in fact, that it cannot truly be managed?

Read the entire article at http://www.networkworld.com/article/3142371/leadership-management/has-it-become-too-complex-to-manage.html.

Disclosure: SINC USA covered my travel expenses to the East IT Leaders Forum, a standard industry practice. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. Image credit: SINC USA.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.