Monday, July 31, 2017

How to Optimize Existing IT by Modernizing Travel Processes

There is a concentrated effort today in the technology world for businesses to navigate towards becoming a digital business.

This is not a simple turn-key solution, nor is it something easily achieved without taking a step-by-step approach to your complex environments.

Let's face it, there have been many commitments made in the past to certain technology paths. There are legacy investments that are still returning enough value to cause hesitation when reaching to pull their plug. There could be partially completed projects that were chosen in the course of spending political capitol, making it nearly impossible to abandon them without endangering the entire IT landscape.

These are just a few of the issues that necessitate one of the first steps being to evaluate optimizing existing IT investments.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

OpenSlava 2017: Keynote & AppDev in the Cloud showcase

OpenSlava 2017 is a large event that Accenture puts together on emerging technologies and open source.

It's running from October 5-6 in Bratislava, Slovakia which provides the beautiful backdrop to the registration site.

I have been asked to provide the opening keynote session covering open source, Red Hat and what's interesting in our emerging technologies. I have some thoughts on the matter, but won't post that here until post conference event.

Below are a few other talks submitted and well worth your time if you're attending in the Fall.

Monday, July 24, 2017

How to Optimize Existing IT by Modernizing Retail Processes

There is a concentrated effort today in the technology world for businesses to navigate towards becoming a digital business.

This is not a simple turn-key solution, nor is it something easily achieved without taking a step-by-step approach to your complex environments.

Let's face it, there have been many commitments made in the past to certain technology paths. There are legacy investments that are still returning enough value to cause hesitation when reaching to pull their plug. There could be partially completed projects that were chosen in the course of spending political capitol, making it nearly impossible to abandon them without endangering the entire IT landscape.

These are just a few of the issues that necessitate one of the first steps being to evaluate optimizing existing IT investments.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

How to Optimize Existing IT by Modernizing Financial Processes

There is a concentrated effort today in the technology world for businesses to navigate towards becoming a digital business.

This is not a simple turn-key solution, nor is it something easily achieved without taking a step-by-step approach to your complex environments.

Let's face it, there have been many commitments made in the past to certain technology paths. There are legacy investments that are still returning enough value to cause hesitation when reaching to pull their plug. There could be partially completed projects that were chosen in the course of spending political capitol, making it nearly impossible to abandon them without endangering the entire IT landscape.

These are just a few of the issues that necessitate one of the first steps being to evaluate optimizing existing IT investments.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How to Optimize Existing IT by Modernizing HR Processes

There is a concentrated effort today in the technology world for businesses to navigate towards becoming a digital business.

This is not a simple turn-key solution, nor is it something easily achieved without taking a step-by-step approach to your complex environments.

Let's face it, there have been many commitments made in the past to certain technology paths. There are legacy investments that are still returning enough value to cause hesitation when reaching to pull their plug. There could be partially completed projects that were chosen in the course of spending political capitol, making it nearly impossible to abandon them without endangering the entire IT landscape.

These are just a few of the issues that necessitate one of the first steps being to evaluate optimizing existing IT investments.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Financial AppDev in the Cloud with Generic Loan Demo

Previously you received a containerized financial application as a demonstration for application development in the Cloud.

This was intended to showcase a generic loan process based application running in a container on the Container Development Kit (CDK).

Multiple demo projects installed on OCP.
Times have changed, the products showcased move forward and this is an update to take the Generic Loan demo application in to the future with JBoss EAP 7.0 and JBoss BPM Suite 6.4 on OpenShift Container Platform (OCP) 3.5.

Updated generic loan project

Today the updated financial (FSI) generic loan example that can be installed on any OpenShift Container Platform layer of your stack.

Other improvements include the ability to clone the project from inside the container and to install this demo project alongside any of the others found in Red Hat Demo Central in a single OCP instance.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Free open source workshops available online for AppDev in the Cloud

Over the years of being a technology evangelist I have come to understand the value of workshops.

They are a way to take developing ideas and deepen them as they gain traction with the audiences I am trying to reach.

Workshops emerge as ideas, then they gain an implementation from either someone in the field or that I put together myself and finally it justifies taking the time to provide depth.

This is the process of teaching, from idea to implementation to detailed workshop. It's taking that initial possibility to the point that demand requires an in depth model everyone can learn from.

Just talking about a solution is not the way to gain traction, it's just the test bed of your ideas. Once you gain traction and there is interest, you develop a demo implementation to prove the value. Often this lacks any form of explanation beyond installation documentation.

To reach the masses, a workshop with step-by-step instructions along with eventual video support is the most effective tool I have found.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Catching up on the Red Hat Partner Conference

Last week was a whirl wind of activity at the Red Hat Partner Conference hosted in Frankfurt, Germany.

I provided tips before attending this conference and it seems quite a few of you took them to heart.

While my workshop did not get the room needed, a talk on sales conversations around Cloud Infrastructure was selected for the main keynote stage together with Margaret Dawson.

The event kicked off on Sunday, but due to earlier commitments I arrived on Monday afternoon. The event for me is almost a reunion with many of the current Red Hat partners around Europe having been around since my Solution Architect days in the Benelux area.

Start laying your digital foundations today!
I spent Monday evening touring the regional areas during a dinner where I got to chat with the partners from the Benelux region, German region, Italian region and UKI region.

That final group included my good friends from the Scotland JBug who were one of the first meetups I ever spoke at in Europe.

The power of networking was in full swing as the Italian region solicited for a keynote at the OpenSlava 2017 conference hosted by Accenture, so watch for me there in the Fall.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Digital transformation with hybrid cloud solutions

Getting ready to dive in to your digital journey?

Are terms like digital transformation, digital business, modernizing infrastructure, scalable infrastructure, optimizing IT, and modern development starting to resonate with you?

These and many more topics related to hybrid cloud solutions are on stage (virtually) this week, keynote speakers, sessions and more.

Everything is brought to you live sessions and as post-event recordings on-demand that you only need to register for to attend and view (recordings available through late September).

Red Hat Cloud Suite is the baseline for these sessions, bringing together Ops, DevOps and modern AppDev storylines in a single event. This is Red Hat's broadest offering combining OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat CloudForms, and much more.

Register for this virtual event to learn how Red Hat's hybrid cloud solutions can help your organization meet business demands—today and tomorrow. Join Red Hat experts, industry thought leaders, and market innovators as they discuss how to:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

3 ways to effectively prepare for process improvements in your digital journey

Effectively prepare for process improvements.
In our journey to transform our ways of working, our focus on our customers wishes and our plans to pivot to a digital business there is always a need for process improvement.

While the transformation to a digital business can encompass many aspects that are new to your organization, there are always existing investments in technologies and processes that need to be evaluated.

Some can be modernized and migrated on to the new infrastructure that will support the digital business and others end up remaining in place as legacy systems of record.

One thing is for sure, evaluating existing business processes and looking to improve their effectiveness is going to be a necessary step. With that in mind, here are three ways to effectively prepare for process improvements in your digital journey.