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3 telltale signs it’s a real digital transformation

It’s easy to get caught up in the hype surrounding digital transformation and lose your way. These three indicators can help you stay on the right path.

“Get a digital transformation for only $199.95, but only if you call to order in the next 15 minutes!”

OK, so I haven’t seen an ad like this on late night TV—well, at least not yet. The unfortunate truth, however, is that the term “digital transformation” may be the greatest selling tool the enterprise technology industry has created in a generation.

Everywhere you turn, someone is selling something using the term “digital transformation.” The truth is, many of the things technology companies are selling are incredible new technologies that do, in fact, play a vital role in your digital transformation journey and are worthy of your consideration.

But digital transformation is not just about buying some new technology. In fact, the technology is the smallest part of it.

That’s why what I heard during a recent panel conversation about real world digital transformation so encouraged me.

I recently moderated a panel at an event entitled, Embracing the Digital Transformation Journey, presented by Eclipse, a DXC Technology company. The panel included Matt Calderwood, executive vice president with Eclipse; Paul Bergen, manager of enterprise financial systems with Teck Resources Limited; and Corey Wells of Microsoft.

During the lively and interactive conversation amongst the panelists and the audience, three key themes emerged. I came to realize that these three themes were, in fact, important indicators—telltales, I might call them—of an organization that is going beyond talk and hyperbole and pursuing an actual digital transformation effort.

Read the entire article at http://www.networkworld.com/article/3193848/leadership-management/3-telltale-signs-its-a-real-digital-transformation.html.

Disclosure: Eclipse paid a speaking fee and covered my travel expenses for this event, a standard industry practice. As of the time of writing, Microsoft is an Intellyx customer. None of the other organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. Image credit: ThinkStock.

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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).