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11 levers that help control enterprise IT infrastructure agenda for 2014 via @McKinsey

11 levers that help control enterprise IT infrastructure agenda for 2014 via @McKinsey | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
IT infrastructure managers must simultaneously capture the next rounds of efficiencies, accelerate the transition to next-generation infrastructure, reduce risks, and improve organizational execution. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Very good run down on the challenge and opportunities that IT infrastructure managers face in 2014. In this day and age of the cloud, large organization must transform the way they make private clouds available to the users.

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VOS ANIMATEURS >'s curator insight, February 6, 2014 1:30 PM

L'infrastructure TI reste important même en cette ère du "cloud". 


Ce post de McKinsey présente les enjeux importants auxquels font face les gestionnaires TI des très grandes organisations.


On peut se demander si les mêmes questions se posent dans les petites et moyennes entreprises, ou si la réponse n'est pas simplement fournie par les offres de nuage public. Qu'en pensez-vous?


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How to prepare for the end of jobs #weekendReads from @MIT

How to prepare for the end of jobs #weekendReads from @MIT | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Robots are joining the workforce around the world. And their impact on jobs is inevitable.

The predictions can sound apocalyptic: millions and millions of jobs destroyed by automation, an entire working generation replaced at a stroke. But the actual number of jobs affected—while alarming—shouldn’t really be the entire focus of the conversation. The debate needs to shift. Yes, we know the robots are coming—so what are we going to do about it?

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WHY IT MATTERS: a compilation of must read articles from MIT. Different topic every week. Part of my weekend routine... What is yours?

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How Shared Cars, Bikes, & Scooters Are Reshaping Transportation And Cannibalizing Car Ownership via @CBinsights

How Shared Cars, Bikes, & Scooters Are Reshaping Transportation And Cannibalizing Car Ownership via @CBinsights | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Shared mobility services are more convenient — and in some cases, more affordable — than owning a car. We break down a number of these emerging modes of transport by trip length.
Personal car ownership isn’t dead yet.
That said, as cities in the US grow more congested, public transportation systems are failing and traffic is worsening, all of which is making quick and efficient transport more difficult.

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WHY IT MATTERS: amazing review of the changes coming to personal transportation in the coming years.

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Wellness Trends To Watch In 2019 include many elements related to #retail to create new store experiences via @cbinsights

Wellness Trends To Watch In 2019 include many elements related to #retail to create new store experiences via @cbinsights | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

What’s next for wellness? Our analysts identified 18 of the biggest wellness trends to watch in 2019, from wellness tourism to boutique meditation.

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WHY IT MATTERS: if retail transformation implies creating in-store experience, then it makes sense for wellness to play a major role.

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George Hotz: Comma.ai, OpenPilot, and Autonomous Vehicles via Artificial Intelligence (AI) Podcast @LexFridman @comma_ai @realGeorgeHotz

Here's my conversation with George Hotz (@realGeorgeHotz), founder of @comma_ai and an outspoken personality in the tech world.

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WHY IT MATTERS: amazing to spend 2 hours prying into the brains of amazing individuals about technology, AI, and the future of self driving cars.

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Congratulations, you don't need a complex WCM Platform via @RealStoryGroup

Congratulations, you don't need a complex WCM Platform via @RealStoryGroup | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The main problem with platforms is that many customers simply don't have the human, organizational, and financial resources to exploit them properly

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WHY IT MATTERS: so true, simple is better!

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How to Manage Product Information for Digital Commerce #eBook

How to Manage Product Information for Digital Commerce #eBook | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Now is the time to empower effective change in your business. Eighty-eight percent of shoppers say they rely on digital product content to decide where to buy. The technology systems of the past cannot keep pace with the detailed, personalized, and contextualized experience consumers demand. The role of information technology is undergoing significant shifts.
This ebook outlines a new approach to product information management: combing true agility and necessary data governance. Product data is a key component of the consumer experience. Static data will leave your business behind in the emerging market of tomorrow. To adapt to digital commerce, businesses must re-evaluate their current ecosystems and update their approach to product information management.
- How to balance the increasing need for both data quality and data agility
- The technology required to drive internal efficiency and grow sales and market share on the digital shelf
- A step-by-step process to empower business users without sacrificing data governance
- A set of questions to help assess whether your organization’s needs will be met by any new system

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WHY IT MATTERS: 3 key data domains should be top of any company's EA priority list: client, orders and products. This ebook sheds some light onto key processes and technologies required to manage product data centrally.

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Research Briefing on Google's Global Expansion in Telecommunications via @CBinsights

Research Briefing on Google's Global Expansion in Telecommunications via @CBinsights | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Google’s revenue growth — with advertising at its core — is only as strong as the world’s access to its products. Today, it’s estimated that less than 55% of the world has access to reliable, high-speed internet. For this reason, Google has become increasingly focused on improving connectivity. The company is partnering and competing as it works toward global, ubiquitous internet access.
In this research briefing, we analyze 8 initiatives by Google and the broader Alphabet organization — each helping to extend the company’s reach. We dig into patents, earnings calls, private market data, and more to understand Google’s strategy across these areas, including:
Fiber Optics & Fixed Wireless Internet Services
Cellular Service & Connectivity
Live, Online Television
Cloud Computing
Public WiFi

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WHY IT M'ATTERS: Google expands its reach into many data-driven industries, telecom being one of them.

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The Agile Practice Guide is an #eBook that summarizes everything you need to know about the #Agile methodology and its practices via @agileAlliance @PMI

The Agile Practice Guide is an #eBook that summarizes everything you need to know about the #Agile methodology and its practices via @agileAlliance @PMI | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Agile Practice Guide provides tools, situational guidelines, and an understanding of the various Agile approaches available to enable better results. It is especially useful for project managers accustomed to a more traditional environment to adapt to a more Agile approach. The Agile Practice Guide contains the following sections:
- An Introduction to Agile describes the Agile Manifesto mindset, values, and principles. It also covers the concepts of definable and high-uncertainty work, and the correlation between the Lean, Kanban, and Agile approaches.
- Life Cycle Selection introduces the various life cycles discussed in the practice guide and covers suitability filters, tailoring guidelines, and common combinations of approaches.
- Implementing Agile: Creating an Agile Environment talks about critical factors to consider when creating an Agile environment such as servant leadership and team composition.
- Implementing Agile: Delivering in an Agile Environment discusses how to organize a team and common practices the team can use for delivering value on a regular basis. It provides examples of empirical measurements for the team and for reporting status.
- Organizational Considerations for Project Agility explores organizational factors that impact the use of Agile practices, such as culture, readiness, business practices, and the role of a project management office (PMO).

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WHY IT MATTERS: must read for anyone interested in knowing what Agile is all about and how to implement it in their team or company.

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12 Google Sheets Add-Ons to Streamline Reporting

12 Google Sheets Add-Ons to Streamline Reporting | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Check out 12 Google Sheet add-ons that can streamline your entire reporting process, collect data and predictions, and even send emails. Google Sheets can be used for a lot more than just storing and organizing your data.

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WHY IT MATTERS: because we spend most of our time in spreadsheets these days, these add-ons help make us more productive...

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8 Industries Being Disrupted By Elon Musk And His Companies

8 Industries Being Disrupted By Elon Musk And His Companies | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Elon Musk is CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has plans to colonize Mars, and thinks AI may turn humans into its pets. Here's how Musk's companies are actually taking on virtually every industry.

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WHY IT MATTERS: impressive to see how ar and wide his impact has been.

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80 IoT Statistics for 2019 and why the next big #security and #privacy threats will come from your devices, not the #Web #Infographic

80 IoT Statistics for 2019 and why the next big #security and #privacy threats will come from your devices, not the #Web #Infographic | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

IoT has been and will be the talk of the town for many years to come. Learn the latest internet of things statistics, forecasts and facts for 2019.

The IoT is defined by everyday objects, interconnected via the internet in order to send and receive data. The reason why we connect these objects is simple: for convenience. To help you understand this technology better in 2019, we’ve created the following list of Internet of Things statistics.

Being able to arm your security system remotely, or start your washer, turn your lights on or off, or adjust the thermostat while being nowhere near them is a convenience our grandparents fantasized about. Looks like we will probably never have to worry about leaving the stove on again.

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WHY IT MATTERS: with everything connected to the Internet, possibilities are endless, for good and bad...

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Advantages and disadvantages of coupled, decoupled, headless, and hybrid CMS architecture in The Definitive Guide to CMS Architecture via DZone Web Dev

Advantages and disadvantages of coupled, decoupled, headless, and hybrid CMS architecture in The Definitive Guide to CMS Architecture via DZone Web Dev | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In this article, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of coupled, decoupled, headless, and hybrid CMS architecture.

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WHY IT MATTERS: a simple description of the different architectures of WCMS solutions to help put some structure in this field that is often confusing because everyone wants to be everything for everyone...

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An analysis on the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management by Dries Buytaert raises interesting point: there are 2 real leaders, Adobe + Acquia

An analysis on the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management by Dries Buytaert raises interesting point: there are 2 real leaders, Adobe + Acquia | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In mature markets like Web Content Management, there is almost always a single proprietary leader and a single Open Source leader. There is Oracle and MongoDB. Splunk and Elastic. VMWare and Docker. Gitlab and Github. That is why I believe that next year it will be Acquia and Adobe at the very top of the WCM Magic Quadrant. Sitecore and Episerver will continue to fight for third place among companies who prefer a Microsoft-centric approach. I was not surprised to see Sitecore move down this year as they work to overcome technical product debt and cloud transition, leading to strange decisions like acquiring a services company.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this analysis is spot on. There are 2 main platforms for large enterprises, Adobe and Acquia. I find the rise of episerver in the Microsoft area, from an ecommerce company into a full web platform very much worth taking notice.

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An Incremental Approach to Content Management Using Git - what happens when you let developers loose and ask them to build a CMS for your website #notMeantForGartnerMagicQuadrant via @thoughtWorks

An Incremental Approach to Content Management Using Git - what happens when you let developers loose and ask them to build a CMS for your website #notMeantForGartnerMagicQuadrant via @thoughtWorks | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

One of the many challenges with building or refreshing a website is the selection of a Content Management System (CMS). Despite our best efforts the CMS can often be a source of difficulty in a project, but there are alternatives. Read about the approach we took on www.thoughtworks.com to developing functionality to support content management in an incremental fashion.

CONCLUSION

This article has detailed an incremental approach to developing a content managed web application, in contrast to the adoption of a CMS at the outset. While there are the costs associated with developing functionality which you could get “off the shelf,” these are offset by some of the advantage of this approach – flexibility, simplicity, control, obviating the need to learn a bespoke framework and above all being able to move in small steps from a simple static web site to a managed one.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this is what happens when you ask developers to build a content management solution. Very good insights into the process though.

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Adobe Acquires Magento: Five Takeaways that may help shape your understanding that digital transformation requires a lot of tools and technologies via @RealStoryGroup

Adobe Acquires Magento: Five Takeaways that may help shape your understanding that digital transformation requires a lot of tools and technologies via @RealStoryGroup | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

It remains unclear how a commercial software vendor like Adobe will cultivate the community and whether the ecosystem in turn will embrace Adobe. 

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WHY IT MATTERS: platforms are all the rage in digital transformations. Companies and executives often bet that their preferred platform will guide and integrate the right tools. If you look at the mess that IBM and Oracle have made with their platforms over the years, one can only hope that Adobe, salesforce and SAP will not do the same. episerver, sitecore save the day for Microsoft which has failed to deliver in recent years.

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2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WCM Report reflects major trends where few large platforms dominate in a market full of niche solutions and challengers - not an easy choice to make

2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WCM Report reflects major trends where few large platforms dominate in a market full of niche solutions and challengers - not an easy choice to make | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Gartner defines web content management (WCM) as the process of creating, managing and delivering content over one or more digital channels through the use of specific management solutions based on a core repository. These solutions may be procured as commercial products, open-source tools, cloud services or hosted services.
The functionality of WCM solutions goes beyond simply publishing webpages. It also includes:
  • Content creation functions, such as templating, workflow and change management
  • Repositories that organize and provide metadata about content
  • Library services, such as check-in/check-out, version control and security
  • Website management features, such as layout, menus and navigation
  • Content deployment functions
  • Personalization and analytics capabilities
  • The ability to integrate well, via APIs, with adjacent technologies such as digital commerce platforms, social media platforms, marketing automation platforms and broader digital experience platforms (DXPs)
  • Hybrid (traditional and headless) and pure headless capabilities for API-driven omnichannel content delivery
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WHY IT MATTERS: quadrants are very interesting because they show progress year over year and provide insights into the market leaders and key trends. So take the included solutions and their relative position with a grain of salt, but read the content to understand how complex the world of web content management has become. Choice is difficult, at best.

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Two Stack CMS approach describes a custom-built website creation solution designed by developers to be modern and full featured #rollYourOwnWCMS via @ThoughtWorks

Two Stack CMS approach describes a custom-built website creation solution designed by developers to be modern and full featured #rollYourOwnWCMS via @ThoughtWorks | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

We applied the editing-publishing separation
pattern in building a two-stack CMS to support a global
readership while supporting complex coordination of legacy
editing tools. 

When content volume is low and only few trained people are responsible for content creation and maintenance, any added complexity of a two stack CMS isn't worthwhile. Such complexity makes it harder for content creators to learn how to use it and adds significant effort in system maintenance. (Although this may be mitigated by tools that are designed to work in this style.)

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WHY IT MATTERS: choosing a web content management solution is a pain in the neck. This approach does away with that altogether and builds its own versions. Very useful to understand the limitations of commercial CMS solutions.

 

Also read: edit-publish separation by Martin Fowler

https://martinfowler.com/bliki/EditingPublishingSeparation.html

 

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Forrester Total Economic Impact study of the @Salsify #PIM implementation shows 7 months payback & 339% ROI - but more important details certain costs and savings with such tools

Forrester Total Economic Impact study of the @Salsify #PIM implementation shows 7 months payback & 339% ROI - but more important details certain costs and savings with such tools | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Forrester Consulting conducted a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study and examine the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying Salsify’s Product Experience Management (PXM) Platform.

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WHY IT MATTERS: the benefits of back-office systems such as product information management (PIM) or customer data platforms (CDP) are hard to grasp. That is why studies like this are so important - beyond the obvious hype around ROI and payback - they highlight costs and areas where you may be able to save. Moreover, solutions like Salsify that are SaaS cloud based very often struggle to gain traction as teams in IT or operations are already in place and not about to get fired. Large ERPs like SAP or Oracle will claim that their modules are better and more integrated. Unfortunately, front-office teams in Marketing and eCommerce face challenges and huge savings when it comes to improved data quality and faster time to market which often are hard to measured. This study may help identify some of these areas of saving...

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Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2019 highlight practical applications of #digital #AR #VR #robots #blockchain via @weforum

Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2019 highlight practical applications of #digital #AR #VR #robots #blockchain via @weforum | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The technologies on the list, which is curated by members of the Forum’s Expert Network, are selected against a number of criteria. In addition to promising major benefits to societies and economies, they must also be disruptive, attractive to investors and researchers, and expected to have achieved considerable scale within five years.

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WHY IT MATTERS: always good to look beyond digital transformation into practical applications of the digital technologies. In particular, #2,6,7 in the list. Here an extract from the #7 highlights an application of blockchain which we've been tracking for a while as a disruptive digital technology that has received a lot of bad press with the bitcoin debacle but that has real future...

"Together, a pair of technologies could reduce both food poisoning and food waste. The first, an innovative application of blockchain technology (better known for managing virtual currency) is beginning to solve the traceability problem. Enhanced food packaging, meanwhile, is providing new ways to determine whether foods have been stored at proper temperatures and whether they might have begun to spoil."

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The next startup cities that will transform the global economy - most notably Montreal is identified as a global hotspot for AI with 1B$+ investments since 2016 via @WEForum HT @patrickgagne

The next startup cities that will transform the global economy - most notably Montreal is identified as a global hotspot for AI with 1B$+ investments since 2016 via @WEForum HT @patrickgagne | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

When it comes to specific start-up sub-sector leadership, we see Montreal emerge as one of the global hotspots for artificial intelligence (AI) start-ups. Since 2016, more than $1 billion has been invested in AI companies located there (including notable startup Element AI), and it has the largest concentration of AI academic researchers in the world. Montreal also hosts the NeurIPS conference, the largest AI event held annually in the world.

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WHY IT MATTERS: I am part of the dotcom startups of late 1990s in Montreal. I see a much more vibrant ecosystem to support startups and find this article from the World Economic Forum spot on. Most notably, the list of 12 cities only has one in North America, all others are Asia Pac (+Melbourne!). So we are in a good place here in Montreal, otherwise I advise my kids to GO WEST (beyond California...)!

 

For data on the 1300 startups in Montreal: 

http://www.montrealintechnology.com/a-portrait-of-montreals-startup-ecosystem-by-the-numbers/

 

https://startupgenome.com/blog/montreal-startup-ecosystem

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A great video presentation of Advanced Event Brokers: What Are They & When Should You Use Them via @solace

Gartner has recently started talking about a new integration technology called the “event broker”.  As you may have guessed from the name ;), it’s a category of brokers and streaming technologies that move and govern events across applications, devices and processes.

Want to learn more? Check out this video. It explains what an event broker is, how they are categorized and why you might need one.

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WHY IT MATTERS: this short video very nicely describes what event brokers are by starting from scratch and providing great examples.

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You’re very easy to track down, even when your data has been anonymized - 3 records match 81% of the time, 15 records match 99.98% - get over the @Desjardins data breach, it may not be that bad aft...

You’re very easy to track down, even when your data has been anonymized - 3 records match 81% of the time, 15 records match 99.98% - get over the @Desjardins data breach, it may not be that bad aft... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

On average, in the US, using those three records, you could be correctly located in an “anonymized” database 81% of the time. Given 15 demographic attributes of someone living in Massachusetts, there’s a 99.98% chance you could find that person in any anonymized database.

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WHY IT MATTERS: most of the population of Quebec is freaking out about the breach of 3M personal records recently. It is bad and should not go unnoticed but this study by MIT should put the breach in perspective: basically you cannot expect anonymity in this digital world. C'est la vie...

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Enterprise-architecture best practices for digital transformation via @McKinsey

Enterprise-architecture best practices for digital transformation via @McKinsey | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Focusing on business processes can lead companies to end up with multiple systems that perform similar functions, such as customer-relationship management. Concentrating too much on technology can cause EA teams to organize their work around building applications rather than enabling the business.
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WHY IT MATTERS: this article relates to a recent post on EA tools. The conclusion is clear: EA should focus on delivering what business needs instead of pushing for technology infrastructure. Instead of having milestones related to building single sign on or identity management solutions, align roadmap to the delivery of employee self-service portal for HR or supplier B2B eCommerce for supply chain BU. Basically align the EA roadmap on the business priorities.

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The Forrester Wave on Enterprise Architecture Management Suites reminds us that EA tools change but inherent problems of EA remain...

The Forrester Wave on Enterprise Architecture Management Suites reminds us that EA tools change but inherent problems of EA remain... | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

In our 35-criterion evaluation of enterprise architecture management suites (EAMS) providers, we identified the 12 most significant ones — Ardoq, Atoll Technologies, Avolution, BiZZdesign, BOC Group, LeanIX, MEGA International, Orbus Software, Planview, QPR Software, Software AG, and UNICOM Systems — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps enterprise architecture (EA) professionals select the right one for their needs.

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WHY IT MATTERS: enterprise architecture remains a great idea with awful delivery IMHO.

Great idea because most organizations do not have a complete high level view of their organizations from a business, data, application and technology in order to drive governance and security and manage project portfolio priorities.

Awful delivery because most EA groups tends to isolate themselves in ivory towers, with hard to define value and limited deliverables.

EA tools, in the same vein, have traditionally been bloated versions of difficult to maintain and often stale information, the main issue not being the software but the content and its maintenance...

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The Exciting Evolution of #MachineLearning shows that the recent hype on #AI traces back to the early beginnings of the computer revolution via @vinod1975

The Exciting Evolution of #MachineLearning shows that the recent hype on #AI traces back to the early beginnings of the computer revolution via @vinod1975 | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Machine learning is the process of a machine attempting to accomplish a task, independent of human intervention, more efficiently and more effectively with every passing attempt i.e learning phase.

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WHY IT MATTERS: in recent discussions I needed to place the current AI hype in context of the computer revolution. The concept dates back to the early computer days in the 1950s but the current hype is only 10 years old, tracing back to the time when CPU power and data became available in large volume at cheap prices, circa 2008.

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