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 Prophet recently released Altimeter’s report on their current-year research into the state of digital transformation. The 2017 State of Digital Transformation Report aggregates data taken from the survey responses of 528 digital transformation leaders and strategists. It reveals some interesting patterns, a few of which we found noteworthy.

The Docker revolution was based on the promise to add automation and customizability to both application development cycles and deployments. Microservices, which in Docker words means each container in a cluster performs only one specific task, is in fashion now. However, managing large numbers of containers may become a very complex and time-consuming task in the long run. Enter AWS Elastic Beanstalk.  

Business Process Management (BPM) is an important part of many organizations. Many experts agree that BPM is not only important for business operations, it is a necessary component for handling change. There can be changes in assignments, changes in back-end systems and changes in workflow are just some examples. However when changes occur, it has been up to IT to implement and up to the business managers to manage the fallout. We all know change is painful, and the more we can place change control in the hands of the business managers, the better the organization can manage change.

Is your organization up to speed with microservices? Many people like to think their organizations are getting there, but in case you aren’t here’s some key points on why you should be. Abel Tong, Senior Director of Solutions Marketing at Ciena, argues that developers need to move away from the old, monolithic approach and start breaking down large applications into smaller ones.

Sequoia partner Matt Miller has a Wall Street Journal article, Innovate or Die: The Rise of Microservices, that discusses how organizations willing to innovate will be the organizations that not only survive, but thrive in the digital economy. However, innovation isn't something that comes naturally, or easily, for many people or organizations. Innovation requires taking risks, delving into the unknown, and the capability to move quickly.

Natty Gur— Vice President and CIO of The Friedkin Companies, as well as an accomplished photographer, and blogger —managed his department through concurrent “insourcing” of its IT services and migration to the cloud. Faced with fundamental, dramatic market changes, the automotive conglomerate sought to increase organizational agility by self-managing their own cloud-based infrastructure.

The Value of Data

Data is the currency of digital enterprise. The fuel of technology, its influx and exchange power the digital capability to market products, reach and engage customers, manage business operations, and perform countless other functions. And because data is typically retained rather than expended in the process, it accumulates into vast, dynamic stockpiles of granularized digital fact.

Behavior-driven development (BDD) can prove an excellent augmentation when added to an existing, healthy development framework and testing practice.
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