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Next-Gen Enterprises, Digital Strategies, and Chasing Rainbows

The buzz in the blogosphere is growing around what it takes to become a “next-generation enterprise.” There are so many new and exciting technology trends to base your digital strategy on, after all – Cloud Computing, Mobile, Social, Big Data, the list goes on and on. Internet startups and other up-and-comers are looking to disrupt one market after another, and established enterprises are naturally concerned that they need to step up to the plate or risk being on the wrong end of such disruption.

It’s hard to find a single industry whose foundations aren’t being shaken by the tectonic shifts in IT all around us. From financial services to manufacturing to government, there’s no corner of the global economy that isn’t affected by the numerous forces of change either looming on the horizon or actually causing upheaval among customers, suppliers, and partners today. It’s no wonder, then, that one or more of these new technology trends are finding their way into boardroom discussions.

Established enterprises have two strikes against them when they first set foot on this playing field. The first strike, of course, is the classic Innovator’s Dilemma – if their current revenue streams are still profitable, how will they ever be able to risk transforming their organizations (thus jeopardizing current revenues) until it’s too late? But the second strike against the enterprise is equally dangerous: how will they become a next-gen, “digital enterprise” given all their existing, legacy technology? You can’t scrap it, but keeping it around is a boat anchor around your neck. Furthermore, all those newer, nimble competitors have built their infrastructure in the Cloud. They don’t have the legacy boat anchor to worry about, right? Perhaps it’s time to quietly sink beneath the waves after all.

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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.