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  1. Stay out of the hot seat with turnkey private cloud

    In the pursuit of digital transformation, most organizations will use a mix of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and cloud-native platforms (PaaS) deployed across both public and private cloud called multi-cloud strategy. (See the blog: “Overcoming the Digital Dilemma” for more details.) A cloud operating model is supposed to reduce friction, i.e., make it easy to deliver the digital systems on which most organizations rely. The problem is that implementing and maintaining a private cloud can be challenging—this introduces friction in the form of delays, costs and risk. As we know from physics, friction results in heat, and in this scenario, IT pros whose projects incur undesirable delays, cost and risk find themselves in an uncomfortable place—the hot seat! Choosing a turnkey private cloud instead of pursuing a do-it-yourself (DIY) cloud implementation reduces the friction in your multi-cloud strategy keeping you out of the hot seat.

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  2. The "employee experience" refers to the totality of an employee's experience interacting with the organization they work for. This includes how an employee perceives their company's intentions, good or bad. Employees who have a positive employee experience typically have faith in their organization’s decision-making and believe their place in the business has value. Meanwhile, a negative employee experience often leaves workers feeling out of place or disregarded.

    As a result, it makes sense that a positive employee experience would lead to better performance. It's a business leader's job to create, build and maintain a positive employee experience. Doing so can be beneficially transformative for any business.

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  3. This article is part of a series highlighting key takeaways from my recently published book,Truth from the Trenches, A Practical Guide to the Art of IT Management. As a seven-time CIO I’ve had an opportunity to observe the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of IT management up close and personal.Truth from the Trenches is my attempt to share my experiences with emerging IT leaders to help them avoid the chronic problems that afflict so many IT organizations.

    Every leader of a large IT organization manages two very different types of business. And each business serves a very different clientele and each has its own unique set of success metrics.

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  4. The rise of the hackathon

    Let’s get one thing straight. You don’t have to be a “hacker” to participate in a hackathon. These events are nothing to do with that dubious practice. Instead, they bring together technical professionals, split them into teams and pitch these teams against one another for one or two intense days. The main aim is to create something new, or solve a tricky problem in a unique and inventive manner. It could be an app, a robot or a new business model. The sky’s the limit.

    Once the domain of the start-up culture, hackathons are now very much storming into the mainstream as businesses clamour to find more innovative ideas, create new and exciting products, and even find and recruit digital tech talent. And these big businesses are also prepared to stump up serious amounts of cash.

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  5. “In 2017, global organizations will spend $1.2 trillion on digital transformation with discrete and process manufacturers contributing almost 30% of this spending, while the fastest growth will come from retail, healthcare providers, insurance, and banking,” says Eileen Smith, program director for IDC’s Customer Insights & Analysis Group.

    The IT industry loves buzz words and hyperbole, but rarely do they live up to their advanced billing. That’s not the case with digital transformation, the business phenomenon being fuelled by technology — i.e., cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), big data and analytics (BDA), mobility, social media and security. DT is changing everything, and it’s quickly becoming a case of “digitize or die.”

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