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swarmOS: Visually Connecting Strategic Objectives to Software Projects

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Connecting an organization’s strategic objectives to the specific business and software projects that support them has been a problem since the very beginning of the IT function. But the challenges and implications have increased exponentially in the age of continuous delivery and digital transformation.

Launched at the Atlassian Summit 2017, swarmOS helps organizations simply and visually connect these dots. The swarmOS solution is comprised of three Jira add-ons: Foundation, Analyzer, and Cockpit. Foundation is a Jira project wizard that creates one of three project types: strategic, business or software, with pre-defined workflows and settings.

Analyzer is essentially a visualization engine for Jira projects. It dynamically pulls project data from Jira and enables organizations to visually explore relationships, constraints, and blockages. Moreover, its extensive filtering capabilities enable organizations to visualize specific projects, look across projects from a role or resource perspective or view only projects that meet specific criteria.

Cockpit enables business or management users to see a high-level view of all projects in a simplified dashboard. It provides instant visualization of escalations, milestone status, dependencies, change in scope, capacity constraints, running cost estimates and even project satisfaction levels. While Analyzer can analyze any Jira dataset, the company’s solution is most powerful when organizations leverage Analyzer in combination with Cockpit and Foundation-based projects that establish the macro relationships between strategic objectives and underlying business and software projects.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. 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. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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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.