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The hard truth about hot technologies

By Minda Zetlin 

Too often, CIOs spend time and resources worrying about how to implement the latest and greatest technology – from blockchain to AI – into their business processes. That’s the wrong approach, says Charles Araujo, principal analyst with Intellyx and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT Is About to Change.

In an interview with The Enterprisers Project, he explains why IT leaders today need to put even more time and effort into learning about business challenges. He also explores the flip side of “every company is a software company.”

The Enterprisers Project (TEP): Which technologies should CIOs be looking to adopt right now? Which can be safely ignored for the moment?

Araujo: At this point CIOs shouldn’t be “looking at” technologies at all. The fundamental orientation of every IT executive needs to be centered around the business strategy, how to avoid being disrupted, and most importantly, how to create innovation and become the disruptor.

None of that happens by focusing on technology: It happens by focusing on the business challenges and opportunities. Because of that, the answer to which technologies are important is different for every company because it must be driven by those business challenges and opportunities.

Read the entire article at https://enterprisersproject.com/article/2017/9/hard-truth-about-hot-technologies

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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.