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Don’t Let Your Application Backlog Sink Your Digital Transformation

As companies proceed with their digital transformations, software becomes increasingly strategic and pervasive – which means they need more of it. Lots more.

The word ‘backlog’ originally meant a large log at the back of the hearth.

The word ‘backlog’ originally meant a large log at the back of the hearth.

The demand for new and updated applications and software infrastructure as well as individual features and capabilities is exploding. And yet, every such company is resource constrained, as professionals who are able to build and run such software are in short supply.

The obvious economic effect of such increased demand in the face of constrained supply is an increase in salaries – but paying developers and other software professionals more doesn’t solve the problem. It just moves the problem around.

The more significant economic impact, in fact, is a push toward greater productivity and efficiency – putting the pros you have on more important tasks and giving them the tools and techniques they need in order to build and run software better and faster.

In the meantime, however, enterprises have little choice but to add to their extensive software to-do lists. These backlogs, as the industry calls them, can get long and unmanageable – and the pressures of digital transformation combined with the perennial shortage of skills makes this problem worse.

Read the entire article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2018/06/21/dont-let-your-application-backlog-sink-your-digital-transformation/.

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, Betty Blocks, Kintone, and OutSystems are Intellyx customers. None of the other organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. Image credit: Barry Skeates.

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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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