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Scaling Agile Is Life’s Work For Digital Influencer Scott Ambler

Followers of my Digital Influencer series for Forbes might have noticed that many of the thought leaders I interview come from the software development world.

That’s no coincidence. After all, today’s digital enterprises are becoming software-driven organizations. Getting the software part right is absolutely critical.

But digital influencers like today’s subject, Scott Ambler, never consider software to be a separate world from the business. They all realize that software drives business success – not as a distinct effort, but as an integral part of what it means to successfully run a modern, digital enterprise.

Building Good Software: It’s all about Process

Scott Ambler is perhaps best known as one of the progenitors of Disciplined Agile, a leading framework for scaling Agile within large organizations, along with Mark Lines. Or perhaps you know him from one of the many, diverse book titles he’s penned or co-penned over the years, including Agile Modeling, Refactoring Databases, The Elements of UML 2.0 Style, or Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans, to name a few.

Read the entire article at http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2017/01/31/scaling-agile-is-lifes-work-for-digital-influencer-scott-ambler/.

Scott Ambler will provide more details about scaling Agile in his session Disciplined Agile Business Agility – One Size Does Not Fit All at the Business Agility Conference in New York City on February 23 – 24, 2017.

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. Image credit: Scott Ambler.

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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.