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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 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.