Stop Hitting Yourself. Tips for Succeeding at Digital Transformation

Check out this fine panel from DellEMCWorld:

Observations on how large organizations successfully go through Digital transformation.
When it comes to digital transformation, despite vast resources, large organizations are 40% less likely to be high performing organizations than smaller ones.

Beyond the accidental platform

While I was up in Chicago, I was asked to give a talk at the Cloud Foundry meetup. Cedric volonteered out of the blue to record it, so there’s this lovely recording:

Here’s the abstract for the talk:

No matter what, you end up with a platform – the collection of tools, practices, and services you use end-to-end to develop, deploy, and run your application. Many people aren’t conscious of this fact and end up with an ‘accidental platform. All I’d like to accomplish with this talk is convince you that you should definitely be conscious of the platform you’re building and make sure it’s not just an accidental one.

Check out the slides as well if you’re interested.

What does IT need to start doing to become a software defined business?

I was asked to talk to do an internal, “brown-bag” style talk at a company this week. I chose to do a slightly more technical-oriented version of the talk I tend to give, commentary and pointers on moving your orginization over to relying on more and more custom written software to run your business. Here, I give a brief business context and then throw out three areas to start focusing on if you’re interested in cloud, DevOps, and all this nonsense. The recommendations are to look into contious delivery and DevOps, figure out cloud-native applications (and microservices), and then plan out your cloud platform strategy.

As ever, I’m trying to make actionable a few things that are often fuzzy. I don’t acomplish that too well – a seperate hour long talk on each topic would be better – but I at least hope to explaing the thing, say why it’s useful, and give some pointers for further study.

I put the slides up previously, but because people often ask me for the talk track, I thought I’d record a rehersal run and post it here. So, check out the video if you’re into this kind of thing.

The Coming Donkey Apocalypse, DevOpsDays Austin recording

My talk from DevOpsDays Austin is up. Check it out if you’ve been curious about the talk track to the mute slides.

As a reminder, there’s a prose version of the talk available as well in one of my FierceDevOps columns, and here’s the slides.

Check out my love affair with “uh” in the begining, I think it clears up a bit at the end.

What are normal people doing with continuous delivery?

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My latest Pivotal blog post is up, it re-caps a presentation I did recently covering what “the market” is doing with continuous delivery.

There’s a lot of opportunity, the glass is half full. See the slides over in my previous post on this talk.

Also, check out the recording of the full talk (it has some bonus material on containers recent role in CD) from HeavyBit, embedded above.

Earlier today I gave a webinar about Docker Orchestration, what it is as far as I can tell and what the requirements are. Check out the recording, and the slides as well. This was done with CloudSoft who’s been doing all sorts of interesting things in the space.

(It’s silent for the first 30 seconds or so, so just scrub ahead.)

I was on the Hacking Business Technology podcast today, which was great fun. We discussed being an analyst and corporate strategy person, if private cloud is bullshit, what “IT – SaaS = what?” means, and why Rackspace would be shopping itself around (I like Jack Clark’s cloud spend chart on this topic).