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Digital Influencer Randy Bias: A Life Of Cloud Scaling

If you’ve seen Randy Bias speak at a conference, you’ll come away with the impression first, that he knows more about cloud computing than just about anyone else on this planet, and second, his threshold for nonsense is quite low. You’re sure to get an unvarnished opinion from Bias.

As with many of the digital influencers in this series, Bias took to technology in high school. As a teenager, he spent his free time learning SCO Xenix, a Unix variant, and set up a network for his friends.

It wasn’t long until he had managed to log into servers at the nearby University of California at Santa Cruz. “Access to UCSC servers was not entirely legal,” Bias confesses – but the opportunity put him in the room with college students and provided access to the early, pre-web Internet.

At 19 he scored his first job as a system administrator, based solely on his self-taught Xenix skills. He dove into on-the-job learning with no time for college.

Then in 1992, he happened to catch an episode of Good Morning America that featured two stories on the Internet, cluing him in early on its importance. He realized he needed to become a network engineer to capitalize on the Internet.

Read the entire article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2017/04/28/digital-influencer-randy-bias-a-life-of-cloud-scaling/.

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: Richard Keating.

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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.