If we were to ask organizations where they felt they were with their data maturity, they would rate themselves much higher than they are. The question is why does that matter? If an organization feels like they are utilizing data-generated insights, and the business is doing well, why does it matter how mature they are in their data practices?
In this post, we’ll cover the definition, characteristics, challenges, and benefits of being a data-driven business as well as the steps to becoming a data-driven business by using data to improve performance and inform strategy and decision-making.
A question asked by businesses on a consistent basis is around the need for Business Intelligence. So many companies "get by" importing and analyzing data in Excel. Answers are derived, but are they always the correct answers – or simply the answers we were wanting to produce? Are the answers timely? How many hours were needed to generate the needed insights? Did we bring in all the necessary parts of the data? The biggest question might be - are we simply going...
Are you considering a move to the cloud? In this article, we'll take you from on-prem to Microsoft Azure, walking step-by-step through the cloud migration process, and offer special considerations to keep in mind as you begin your cloud journey.
In the move to electrification is BMW as Agile as we are led to believe? I’ve been keeping an eye on the electric vehicle (EV) market for a while now, with an eye on making the leap to an all-electric vehicle as my next purchase and moving away from the internal combustion engine as my main mode of transportation. Leading the manufacturing field must be Elon Musk’s Tesla, one of the first to market with by far the most advanced battery and electric motor...
A few weeks ago, TechRepublic posted an article about "how to beef up your multi-cloud security." A Valtix study found that IT leaders believe "employees lack the necessary skills to manage multi-cloud security." 95% of survey respondents said they're prioritizing multi-cloud in 2022. However, only 54% said they feel confident that they have the tools and skills necessary to achieve this goal. More than 75% believe that multi-cloud operations are underfunded at...
Some ancient cultures believed the heart was the center of an individual. They believed the characteristics that make someone who they are, comes from the heart. In terms of a modern-day computer, the information it contains represents the distinctiveness of that technology. What is contained in that machine, makes it unique. The storage mechanisms, or more specifically, the hard drive is its heart.
This blog post is the fourth and final post in a series exploring the ideas I shared in a LinkedIn article titled "Beware of hearing what you want to hear". Though the original article was about my experiences at Veracity Solutions, I hope you'll be able to apply these ideas to your projects and relationships. Four ideas that I've found to be important as we help clients execute on their digital transformation projects are:
This blog post is the third in a series where we're exploring the four points I shared in an article titled "Beware of hearing what you want to hear". Though the original article is about my experiences at Veracity, I hope you'll find some useful ideas you can utilize in your own projects and relationships.
This blog post is the second in a series where I'm digging deeper into each of the four points I shared in an article titled "Beware of hearing what you want to hear." I hope you'll find some ideas that will be useful in your projects and relationships.
A couple of weeks ago I posted a LinkedIn article titled "Beware of Hearing What You Want to Hear.” I offered four ideas that I have found to be helpful as we help clients execute on their digital transformation projects:
Fast Company Executive Board is an invitation-only professional organization of leaders who share a commitment to shaping the future of business. SALT LAKE CITY — October 18, 2021 — Lonnie Buchanan, Chief Architect and Executive Security Director for Veracity Solutions, has been accepted into Fast Company Executive Board, an invitation-only professional organization of leaders who share a commitment to shaping the future of business.
In my years as an Agile Coach and Scrum Master, there’s one topic that generates a look of bewilderment on the faces of everyone: effort estimation on the ubiquitous user story. Let’s take a closer look at the confusion and break down the issues at hand. It comes down to the way the process is explained together with the purpose of user story pointing. In the end, story pointing is all about providing predictability. Software teams are notoriously unpredictable....
New advancements in virtual medicine have made it easier for patients and providers alike. Now a new wave of innovation is being fueled by actionable insights pulled from the vast amount of patient data that already exists. Videra Health is an innovator in this space, improving patient treatment by using AI and remote monitoring to prioritize safety and care for those who need it most. View the webinar and full transcript here.
We can’t talk about Digital Transformations or Cloud-Native Security without talking about Kubernetes.
Of course, you care about security! We all care about security these days. Even people who still try to get away with using ‘password!’ as a password care about security — they care whether they can access their account, but not about who else can access their account.
Okay. I’m doing it. I’m stepping out and admitting that “Digital Transformation” sounds vague and is reminiscent of start-up culture lingo that might mean nothing (I’ve seen it before, folks!). To be even more transparent, I didn’t understand it when I interviewed for this job and now, almost 11 months in, I feel I’m only beginning to grasp it because there isn’t an absolute definition.
We are vulnerable.
In a world bombarded with sights and sounds, those who struggle to hear are often left behind. For those of you that know me, understand hearing loss is something I find deeply interesting, especially hearing loss in children. More on that in a little while.
This post is a companion to our webinar: Appetite for Agile. Scott Heffield, our SVP of Operations and one of our resident SAFe Agilists, will whet your appetite for Agile even if you're not on a development or even a technical team. He's going to flip the script on the Agile Manifesto and look at its principles through the lens of cooking in your home kitchen. Scott will demonstrate that the Agile principles can be applied across multiple domains and disciplines.
Veracity's very own Damian Dingley wrapped up 2020 with Part One of his two-part series on how to select the right tools for your Agile organization. We've made his slide deck available here as well as a full transcript here.
Veracity's very own Damian Dingley wrapped up 2020 with Part One of his two-part series on how to select the right tools for your Agile organization. We've made his slide deck available as well as a full transcript.
Damian Dingley is Veracity Solutions's Organizational Agility Practice Lead. He is hosting a series of webinars on tooling Agile and this blog post is a companion.
If you’re looking for an exceptional employee with leadership and collaboration skills, one who will have an immediate impact on the business and be a proven asset to the team, then you should hire a Veteran.
COVID has forced many organizations to prioritize digital transformation initiatives to transition from survive to thrive. New research suggests that success in this endeavor hinges on how your organization views and embraces change.
Veracity Solutions is now recognized as an official integration partner with Chef Software, providing clients with even more ways to strengthen and support in highly regulated industries.
As organizations to push to innovate within their unique industries, CIOs are challenged with leading IT departments to deliver efficiently at an ever-increasing pace. Revamping teams, adopting agile methodologies, and shifting from a project to product-centered mindset are just a few of the ways technology leaders are making it happen. But, finding a solution that works for you could take a little creativity.
The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world on its head, and for countless CIOs of technology organizations, their work is no exception. In the blink of an eye, IT strategies have been reprioritized, projects rescheduled, and emerging products pushed to the forefront to meet changing demand. Amidst the uncertainty and chaos, one thing is for sure: the decisions IT leaders make now will have a significant impact on how their organizations weather the months ahead....
Veracity Supports AWS Transformation at Large Value-Based Healthcare Provider
by Scott Heffield, Veracity VP of Innovation and Solution Delivery
The shift from a project to product-centered team structure has become a major point of focus for corporations in digital transformation. Through many years as an Enterprise Product & Agile Coach for organizations like Target and US Bank, Amy Walters has seen first-hand the positive impact of the project-to-product transformation.
Have you identified your game plan for 2020? While most IT leaders have a plan for what they hope to achieve, many underestimate the time it will take to get there. What if we could help you accelerate your existing IT strategy?
Last week, over 24,000 attendees joined at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City for the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit 2020. From the sponsorship arena to the standing room only software development track, here’s what Veracity was up to at the event.
As you sit down to plan the year ahead, have you taken time to consider what the experts are foreseeing for 2020? Near the end of last year, Gartner released a series of predictions for business and technology in the months to come. While these predictions or trends are not meant to change the course of your IT game plan, they can be useful to identify gaps in your current strategy and offer new insight on ways to refine.
Veracity Solutions is thrilled to announce a prestigious lineup of speakers for the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit 2020. As presenter of the first-ever Tech Summit Software Development track, Veracity has rounded up key experts, thought-leaders, and innovators to share the latest advancements in the Software Development space.
Happy New Year from Veracity Solutions! As we jump into a new decade, we look forward to finding more ways to help you maximize your business and IT goals. But first, we want to hear from you!
Veracity is thrilled to attend Silicon Slopes Tech Summit 2020, and we want you to join us! That's why we're giving away 5 FREE All-Access Passes to one lucky winner and their team. ($975 value!)
Picking a cloud provider is never an easy task. As we round out the last of our Big 3 series on cloud migration, it’s clear that there is a never-ending list of features, products, and unique business needs to consider at every turn. However, while the search for the right cloud provider(s) might feel overwhelming, a focus on the “why” behind cloud migration (rather than a strict focus on tools and solutions) is key to staying on track.
Over the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to spend time at one or two DevOps conferences, a couple of Agile conferences and one where both practices were covered simultaneously. There’s quite a lot of discussion around the differences between the two and you can even find examples of when Agile and DevOps are pitched against each other. Try entering “Agile vs. DevOps” in your next Internet search. At the Agile & DevOps West conference in Las Vegas earlier...
The decision to move from an on-prem data center to the cloud is one that is not only a strategic move to keep up with changing technology, but also one that offers significant business advantage for those who migrate successfully.
Each year, CIOs and IT Executives across the globe gather at the Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo to share the latest research, technology, and strategies driving business.
Earlier this week we had the chance to sit down with transformation expert, Tony Saldanha, to discuss digital transformation, and why so many transformations fail. After 27 years as VP at Procter & Gamble and as acting President of Transformant, Tony has had the opportunity to drive countless organizations through the transformation process, which led to writing his own book “Why Digital Transformations Fail” in 2019.
Cloud migration has become one of the greatest buzz words in our modern business world. For those who get it right, cloud migration has led to significant competitive advantage, increase in revenue, and modernization of their business. But while cloud technology isn’t new anymore, it’s still a concept that leaves many perplexed, unable to capitalize on its inherent value.
In a market where everyone wants to move faster, see results, and get ahead, there is a powerful call to transform. However, the process of digital transformation itself takes additional time, energy, and countless resources to get teams up to speed and ready to work with a new mindset. Without a focused approach, teams can spend more time in the process of transformation than ever yielding results.
The path to successful DevOps transformation is not straight and steady, nor does it look the same for everyone. With success stories like Amazon, Facebook, and Google leading the way, it's no surprise that IT leaders are turning to DevOps as a means to revolutionize their business. But without clear direction, IT organizations can feel stifled, overwhelmed, and unsure where to begin.
The role of an IT leader has evolved through the years, as technology makes its way to the forefront of the modern business world. As the need for effective IT increases in an organization, so must its ability to meet the needs and goals of the business. However, aligning two incredibly diverse organizations (the business and IT) is much easier said than done.
In the last few weeks two major moves by Microsoft have created considerable conversation and concern over the future of two key offerings from the company that has recently joined the “Trillion-Dollar Club,” alongside Apple and Amazon. Renewed licensing terms for dedicated hosted cloud services and the announcement of the end of life for Office 2019 have many users scrambling to understand how this affects their business and ultimately their bottom line. What...
You’ve likely heard of DevOps and Agile and may be experimenting with them already. But are you using Agile to your greatest advantage as you work toward your DevOps transformation?
DevOps: Turning the IT "Problem" into a Business Solution Each day, IT professionals are faced with immense responsibility. In a world that revolves around tech, employees, executives, and customers have high expectations for their digital experiences, and leaders who fail to adapt will be left behind.
"We should be doing agile, right?" Developers are naturally drawn to the idea of agile development. Speedy delivery cycles, with less planning and documentation…what’s not to like? Well, for starters, there’s the disconnect between theory and implementation when undergoing an agile transformation. Some organizations have a solid understanding of agile principles but can’t apply them. This can lead to uncertainty and skepticism about agile ideas. To combat this,...
If you've begun your DevOps journey, chances are, you've considered forming a DevOps team. Seems like a pretty wise move! But, did you know that creating a DevOps team is decision many leaders grow to regret?
IT leaders are on an endless hunt to improve their organizations in ways that are cross-functional and efficient. Naturally, DevOps is often explored as a potential solution. The results speak for themselves: businesses successfully adopting DevOps are outperforming their peers. According to the DORA 2018 State of DevOps report, in the last year alone, high-performing DevOps organizations deployed 46x faster than their peers. Time to restore services took place an...