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Digital Influencer: Catching Up With David Linthicum, Sage Of The Cloud

His official bio lists him as an internationally known cloud computing visionary, technology innovator, and agent of change. He’s written countless books, including the bestselling Enterprise Application Integration. He’s been CTO of cash generators SAGA Software and Mercator Software, as well as CEO of BRIDGEWERX.

You probably know him from his regular cloud computing column for InfoWorld, or his Cloud Computing Weekly Podcast series, or his numerous keynotes at countless conferences through the years. He’s unquestionably a digital innovator.

So what is Dave Linthicum’s secret to success?

“Lots of people can be good managers and leaders,” Linthicum explains. “Not so many people can take ideas to the next level. People expect me to do that.”

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His career kicked off in the early 1990s at Mobil Oil, where he was a C++ developer among other duties. Mobil struggled to integrate their applications, leading Linthicum to work with integration pioneer TIBCO.

However, TIBCO – and the rest of the nascent integration market – was still in its early stages. “TIBCO was just a publish/subscribe engine at the time,” Linthicum recalls. “We still had to write transformations, connect to [IBM] MQSeries, etc. This limited our capabilities.”

In other words, he had to figure stuff out as he went along, a common characteristic among thought leaders. As his team got the hang of application integration, he began to educate his colleagues, and that effort led to his first book, Enterprise Application Integration (EAI).

It’s unusual for techies with no particular writing background to have the discipline to write such a book. Linthicum’s secret? “You have to give up stuff. Spend less time on things you enjoy,” he says. “It’s tough to get the discipline to write one to two thousand words per day, but you have to do so to crank out a book.”

Read the entire article at http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2016/01/14/digital-influencer-catching-up-with-david-linthicum-sage-of-the-cloud/.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.

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