According to CNET’s Eric Mack, “In some ways, the future that so much science fiction promised us is already here…but the decade beginning in 2020 will take us even further toward a world where far-out ideas…become topics of serious conversation.” In a previous blog post, we touched on a number of these ideas—including a cashless society, virtual vacations and implanted cell phones.
In a recent column in MIT Sloan Management Review, Thomas H. Davenport and Andrew Spanyi wrote, “The evidence is piling up that organization-wide digital transformation is challenging for many organizations.” The authors go on to list many of the factors that are causing companies to struggle with digital transformation—among them, numerous legacy systems, too much technical debt and a large number of functional and business unit data silos to overcome.
In a recent InformationWeek John Edwards wrote, “Trends can be fleeting. Understanding that innovation is constant, and keeping up with emerging and evolving trends, can be greatly beneficial to one’s job performance and career.” This is certainly true, but I’d take it a step further and argue that keeping pace with current trends is essential not only for individual performance, but for overall business vitality as well.
DevOps code is a cultural and collaborative phenomenon. It is not about using tools to get code from point A to point B. It is not about making sure you are using the latest and greatest cloud-based, on-prem, mobile solutions, so code keeps moving through a release pipeline, and stakeholders keep getting notifications to the same effect. It is not about fancy dashboards, either.
Digital transformation is a top enterprise buzzword—and for good reason. As companies across every sector embrace cloud, AI, machine learning, the IoT and other technologies, it’s clear that the future belongs to those who can effectively harness digital technology to drive business outcomes.
In a recent Eggplant survey on retail trends it was apparent that companies are facing some common challenges in delivering a high-quality digital experience. Nearly every retailer we surveyed recognizes the importance of evaluating how the user experience impacts business outcomes, yet 30% have a drop off rate of 50% or more on online properties.
Say the words “User Interface,” and what comes to mind immediately to most people is a graphical interface accessed by Tablet, Laptop, or Mobile. People generally do not think about wearables, scanners at your Supermarket, medical devices, or even your Internet-enabled toaster having a User Interface, but they do.
The trends from the last several years are clear: Retailers are reaping the rewards by providing an Omni-Channel experience on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. According to CNBC, Cyber Monday in 2018 experienced a 19.3% Year on Year increase in Sales with a record $7.9 billion while retailers pulled in $6.22 billion and a further $3.7 billion in sales on Black Friday and Thanksgiving respectively.
Lack of communication is often cited as the biggest problem Business have when implementing DevOps. This would be communication between co-located teams where the team just doesn’t talk, teams across geographies where time zones come into play, even where the IT and Business just will not discuss things. Indeed, there are many places where a lack of communication can cause DevOps to fail.
On July 23, 2019, Antony Edwards, COO of Eggplant, and Diego Lo Giudice, VP Principal Analyst at Forrester, conducted a webinar on “Putting Intelligence into your Continuous Testing.”