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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 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).