Link: What’s really driving digital transformation globally? IDC has answers

IDC survey on digital transformation says organizations are motivated to get more “productivity” and be more competitive, among other survey findings. And, as always, “the biggest barriers are people oriented.”
Original source: What’s really driving digital transformation globally? IDC has answers

Link: The State Of The Kubernetes Ecosystem

Overview of the (vendor) players.

Also:

  • “According to predictions from 451 Research, the market is set to grow from $762 million in 2016 to $2.7 billion by 2020.”

  • “A Forrester study found that 66% of organizations who adopted containers experienced accelerated developers efficiency, while 75% of companies achieved a moderate to significant increase in application deployment speed.”
    Original source: The State Of The Kubernetes Ecosystem

Link: The State Of The Kubernetes Ecosystem

Overview of the (vendor) players.

Also:

  • “According to predictions from 451 Research, the market is set to grow from $762 million in 2016 to $2.7 billion by 2020.”

  • “A Forrester study found that 66% of organizations who adopted containers experienced accelerated developers efficiency, while 75% of companies achieved a moderate to significant increase in application deployment speed.”
    Original source: The State Of The Kubernetes Ecosystem

Link: Does Your Company Have an AI Strategy, Really?

“A global survey of more than 3,000 executives by the Boston Consulting Group and MIT’s Sloan Management Review found that 84 percent of respondents believe AI will enable them to obtain or sustain a competitive advantage, 83 percent feel AI is a strategic priority for their businesses today, and 75 percent are counting on AI to open opportunities for new businesses and ventures.”

Also, a generalized set of questions for thinking through what AI stuff to do and strategize about in the enterprise.
Original source: Does Your Company Have an AI Strategy, Really?

Link: Is the internet good or bad for society? Americans are having a tougher time deciding.

“The percentage of people who think the internet is good for society is shrinking. Roughly 70 percent of American adults who use the internet believe it’s mostly good for society, down from 76 percent in 2014, Pew found.”

And:

“About 64 percent of online adults over 65 say the internet has been “a mostly good thing for society,” Pew wrote. In 2014, that number was 78 percent.”
Original source: Is the internet good or bad for society? Americans are having a tougher time deciding.

Link: More Firms Look for Revenue Boost from Tech Innovation, CIOs

“In a survey of 767 business executives at tech-focused firms around the world, revenue growth was cited as the top metric to measure the success or failure of tech innovation in their organizations, followed by market share and return on investment, KPMG said this week.”
Original source: More Firms Look for Revenue Boost from Tech Innovation, CIOs

Link: Whoa, Gartner drops a truth bomb: Blockchain is overhyped and top IT bods don’t want it

“In its annual survey of IT leaders, the analyst firm found that just 1 per cent are already using blockchain and only 8 per cent plan to experiment with it in the short term.

“In contrast, a third of the 293 respondents said they had no interest in blockchain, and a further 43 per cent said they had no action planned but the tech was “on the radar” – hardly surprising given that it’s thrown into just about every product announcement going.”
Original source: Whoa, Gartner drops a truth bomb: Blockchain is overhyped and top IT bods don’t want it

Link: The Top Challenges Kubernetes Users Face with Deployment

“The results show that complexity — a common criticism of Kubernetes — is only the fifth most cited challenge. In the lead are infrastructure-related challenges. Security was cited by 46 percent of Kubernetes users, with networking and storage coming in second and third place.”
Original source: The Top Challenges Kubernetes Users Face with Deployment

Link: Digital is a long-term objective, CEOs warned

“If you remember the shift from WAP banking to app banking – this took eight years, and it was a relatively superficial change. But a deeper change to the product and services of your business can take 10 or more year – some will even take 15 years. The risk for business leaders is that some people believe you can do it in three years.”
Original source: Digital is a long-term objective, CEOs warned

Link: The Sorry State of Digital Transformation in 2018

Organizations talk a lot about transformation, but their actions don’t always back it up:

“To find out the state of digital transformation, we surveyed 1,600 business and IT decision-makers in North American and European enterprises. The answer? Sorry, I’m afraid. As you can see from the picture below, 21% of firms think their transformation is dusted and done. Really? Done? And another 22% are investigating or not transforming at all. And while 56% of firms are transforming, their level of investment and scope of transformation are still mostly small. For example, only 34% of banks and insurers are even bothering to transform marketing and only 45% are transforming customer care — a too-small percentage given consumers’ of mass adoption of mobile devices.

“Why? As one respondent put it, “It’s a war between old-school technophobe leaders and the technology innovation that represents a completely different way of doing business.”
Original source: The Sorry State of Digital Transformation in 2018

Link: Modeling the future enterprise: people, purpose, and profit

“One answer is in a straightforward metric—how new technologies like cloud, cognitive, mobile, IoT, mobile, etc., impact industries via the gross domestic product (GDP) by industry by region. Looking at the improvement opportunities in healthcare, energy, government, and the supply chain, among other domains, IDC has identified $18.5 trillion in annual economic value add by 2020. That’s a 25% increase in global GDP.”
Original source: Modeling the future enterprise: people, purpose, and profit

Link: DellEMC/ESG survey on digital transformation

The usual “transform of die” types of points, intermixed with some analysis of cost-savings. It seems to lack y/y comparisons with the previous year. Nonetheless, a good bank of such stuff if you want to comment on organization’s desires to transform and their beliefs about the positive effect it’ll have.
Original source: DellEMC/ESG survey on digital transformation

Link: Insurers go all-out on mobile, but what comes next is elusive

“74% of Canadians begin their insurance research journey online, with 25% of those using a smartphone only. Further 61% of this segment will immediately abandon a broker’s website if not considered mobile-friendly, and a full 50% of Canadian consumers believe that if a company does not have a mobile website it does not care about that customer’s business”

Better have a mobile app.
Original source: Insurers go all-out on mobile, but what comes next is elusive

Link: Gartner Survey Reveals Business Value or Benefits Realization Is the Leading IT Cost-Optimization Priority for CIOs

Saving money to spend it on new, growth driving projects:

“The survey findings highlight how cost optimization has become a business-focused, continuous discipline that drives spending and cost reduction, while maximizing business value (see Figure 1),” said Stewart Buchanan, research vice president at Gartner. “It’s not enough to simply reduce IT spending; CIOs must reinvest in growth and transformation to deliver more value. Those who fail to engage in optimization risk having savings decisions imposed on them by an advisory organization with less understanding of IT or digital technology opportunities.”

See the chart as well.
Original source: Gartner Survey Reveals Business Value or Benefits Realization Is the Leading IT Cost-Optimization Priority for CIOs

Link: Survey Shows Cloud and DevOps Complexity and Culture Concerns

“The findings, based on more than 1,300 responses from DevOps and IT professionals, showed the top barriers to DevOps adoption involve stagnant organizational cultures (according to 22 percent of respondents); managing the jumble of legacy processes, IT infrastructure and newly created cloud environments (21 percent); and growing software complexity that impacts application modernization initiatives (20 percent). ”

And:

“DevOps teams are still highly dependent on IT assistance to help deliver infrastructure, often through a ticket-based process. About 27 percent of those surveyed get access to the necessary infrastructure and environments within one day. But nearly 50 percent must wait up to one month for infrastructure access, while 24 percent wait for more than a month, particularly those with distributed teams.”
Original source: Survey Shows Cloud and DevOps Complexity and Culture Concerns

Link: IT staff will need to retrain when automation deskills their jobs

Gartner “predicted that, by 2020, 75% of organisations will experience visible business disruptions because of I&O skills gaps – a big jump from less than 20% in 2016.”
Original source: IT staff will need to retrain when automation deskills their jobs

Link: Insurers lag behind other financial services in adopting digital technologies

“Health insurance companies are the most positive about their digital transformation, with 20% of respondents believing they were either moderately or significantly ahead of other sectors.”
Original source: Insurers lag behind other financial services in adopting digital technologies

Link: Digital Twin initiatives set to take enterprise center stage: Gartner

“Gartner revealed the results of a survey which suggests that 48 percent of companies which are already enjoying the benefits of IoT are using, or plan to use Digital Twin by the end of 2018.”
Original source: Digital Twin initiatives set to take enterprise center stage: Gartner

Link: Millennials: A tale of two generations

‘The oldest Millennials are now in their mid 30s and finally “settling down,” which leads to heightened concerns about finances, kids and home buying, while the youngest Millennials are still pursuing their education.’

Chock full of survey info and demographic stuff.
Original source: Millennials: A tale of two generations

Link: DevOps success is about culture, culture culture

As ever, just getting a build pipeline in place is the big, important first step that most need to make: “Continuous integration remains a top priority for development teams with 63 percent of respondents saying they plan to invest in CI tools in 2018. Nearly half of all respondents (47 percent) strongly agree that practicing continuous integration alleviates blockers in the development process. In addition to CI, automation is increasingly top of mind for software professionals as half of respondents report delays in testing, while 58 percent report delays in planning. As a result, 36 percent of IT managers plan to invest in automation tools in 2018 to alleviate these pain points.”

Vendor survey from GitLab: “5,296 software developers, CTOs and software professionals, conducted.”
Original source: DevOps success is about culture, culture culture