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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 the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

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).