How will you shape the future? That was the question posed at the close of the keynote address to this year’s Microsoft Tech Summit in Chicago. While 2017 was a watershed year for the company, 2018 should see Microsoft build on last year’s momentum with some major product rollouts.1 For a company that has evolved considerably over the previous four years, Microsoft is beginning to see its own digital transformation shape the future.
One of the more interesting cultural movements in IT is what I’ve seen towards DevOps. At its core, the goal of DevOps is to maximize profitability by shortening product delivery time, but that would be an overly simplified explanation of such a robust movement. For deeper insights into how to maximize the value of DevOps for your organization, there are two fictional business management books that every IT leader should have in their library.
With over 400 attendees, this years’ DevOpsDays served as a reminder that there is a considerable movement going on right now to rewire the way businesses build, test, and deploy software here in Chicago. More than last year, the talks this year focused on the human element of the DevOps model.
The company Amazon has built in AWS over the years is an impressive one. The customers, the AZs, the PaaS and IaaS offerings, the price reductions, the stunning pace of innovation—all of it adds up to a position as leader in the cloud market. All of this was on display at the AWS Summit, along with the direction that AWS is heading from here.
Two Managers from a Chicago based Manufacturer describe their recent journey.
Manufacturers have been at the center of the Midwest’s economy for more than a century. When cheap, available, and reliable electricity reached the industry around the turn of the 20th century, it changed everything. Today, manufacturers are seeing a similar paradigm shift with the advancements made in software. In 2014, creative werks embarked on a journey to address this shift by spinning off a software company called QWerks. This year the QWerks team is releasing their new product, built in partnership with DragonSpears, to help them address the growing need for digital solutions in the industry. I recently caught up with the QWerks team and got them to explain to me some of the insights they’ve gained from this journey.