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How to Make It Through Your Mainframe’s Waterfall-to-Agile Transformation

By Michael Siemasz

What’s Transformation Anyway? Three Truths

Intellyx Principal Analyst Charles Araujo—an internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change—writes about three truths of transformation in a recent post, “Three Digital Transformation Truths and One Great Myth”:

  1. Transformation is a power shift.
  2. Transformation begets new business and operating models.
  3. Transformation drives organizational change.

Araujo elaborates on each truth, plus more, in his piece. I recommend reading it—and subscribing to Intellyx’s newsletters. While Araujo writes about the broader concept of digital transformation, not about transforming your mainframe, you can apply his insights to the context of a waterfall-to-Agile transformation on the system of record powering your mission-critical assets.

The Power Shift

Araujo talks about the shift in power away from organizations to their customers following the consumerization of IT. Many companies “lost control of the narrative” during this shift, precipitating digital disruption from smaller, nimbler competitors.

Read the entire article at https://compuware.com/mainframe-waterfall-to-agile-transformation/

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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).

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