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With Toys R Us joining the ranks of businesses that fail to adapt to digital competition it would seem obvious that lacking a clear digital strategy today is a negligent death wish. However despite this obvious threat, not all organizations are catching on. HBR reports in 2017 that: “the average investment in emerging technologies (as a percent of total technology spending) grew just 1% over the 10-year period. In our most recent survey, executives say they look to digital initiatives primarily to increase revenue and reduce costs. These are worthy goals, of course, but it also means there’s less priority being placed on innovating and implementing the latest technologies into their products.” Even more alarmingly when identifying IT’s Future Value Proposition McKinsey reveals that: “Just 12 percent of all respondents say their IT organizations are very effective ... (more)

Legacy to Cloud Transformation | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Microservices

Legacy to Cloud Transformation: From Monolith to Microservices By Neil McEvoy The most powerful business benefit for large enterprise organizations migrating to the Cloud is the modernization of their legacy applications. This presents the biggest hurdle to overcome to achieve their Digital Transformation goals. Digital Banking For example in Canada legacy woes contribute to a perception IT is just there as a maintenance function, not to add strategic value, meaning that they find themselves too busy to innovate. As Gartner described Canadian CIO’s face a scenario where there is l... (more)

A #Blockchain Framework | @CloudExpo #FinTech #ML #DigitalTransformation

Blockchain Identity - Keystone Foundation for Digital Democracy and Society By Neil McEvoy As good Venn diagrams always show it's the intersection areas that offer the sweet spot for trends and markets, and an especially potent one is the intersection of Cloud computing, with the blockchain and also digital identity, particularly when considered within contexts such as Digital Democracy. Given the diversity of each field alone there are multiple perspectives to this, more the start of a conversation rather than a definitive design. Identity and the Blockchain Cloud For example Bl... (more)

IaaS or PaaS – Migrating Legacy Microsoft Applications to Azure ‘Business as a Platform’

Cloud Solution Design In their white paper Microsoft IT transitions core business applications to Microsoft Azure PaaS1, Microsoft explores the dynamics that can be considered when determining whether IaaS, PaaS or SaaS is the right option for your Cloud Migration project, through detailing a number of their own migration case studies. This decision process is central to Cloud Solution Design. PaaS-Enabled Innovation The goal of the project was to modernize a number of LOB (Line of Business) applications, such as BCWeb (Business Case Web), a web-based application used to create b... (more)

Cloud Native Maturity Model

As the Enterprise Irregulars discuss in this blog the Cloud Native model is underpinned by early maturity model work, a journey that sees applications transform from a traditional to a fully Cloud-centric architecture: I. Cloud Ready A simple app that is Cloud ready by using basic Cloud services not its own file system. II. Cloud Friendly Begins to leverage platform more such as multi-zone High Availability and horizontal scalability, and is designed as a 'Twelve Factor' app. III. Cloud Resilient Cloud agnostic, can work across multiple Clouds and can tolerate failure of underlyin... (more)