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Why a Veteran Should Be Your Next Hire

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. 

Lessons from COVID: Now is the Time to Embrace Change

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 Partners with Chef Software for Increased Compliance and Security

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.

Leading Transformation: 1-800 Contacts Swarm Strategy

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.

CIOs & COVID-19: Navigating a New World

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. As transformation partners in the software space, we've seen first-hand the impact this pandemic has had on our clients, as several have reached out for guidance in their unique challenges. While many businesses have suffered from a sudden drop in demand, there seems to be an equal strain on organizations whose demand has risen too quickly, as consumers now demand technology that has not been prepared at scale. If your gameplan has changed, funding has dropped, or have new plans to be accelerated, consider the following recommendations to maximize your business impact. Not sure where to start? The Veracity Gameboard may offer some ideas and perspective.

Veracity Supports AWS Transformation at Large Value Based Healthcare Provider

Veracity Supports AWS Transformation at Large Value-Based Healthcare Provider

The "Why" Behind Agile Inceptions

by Scott Heffield, Veracity VP of Innovation and Solution Delivery

The 7 Domains of Project to Product Transformation

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.

Introducing the Veracity Gameboard

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?

The Veracity Recap: Tech Summit 2020

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.

2020 Gartner Predictions: Identifying Your Gaps

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 Speakers Announced for Tech Summit 2020

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.

What Do You Want to See in 2020?

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!  

Take Your Team to TechSummit 2020!

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!)

On-Prem to Google Cloud: Cloud Migration in 5 Steps

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.

The DevOps vs. Agile Conference Report

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 this year we were treated to a live version of Family Feud where The DevOps family went head to head with The Agileists. You may be interested to learn who came out on top, but I’ll save the answer for a little later on…

On-Prem to Azure: A Guide to Cloud Migration

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.

On Premises to AWS: 10 Steps to Migration

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.

Join Veracity at the Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2019

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.

Driving Digital Transformation with Tony Saldanha

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: A Key to Your Business Advantage

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.  

Diving into DevOps Dojos

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.

3 Ways to Start DevOps Right

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. 

3 Reasons You Need an Enterprise Architect

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. 

Microsoft Charging More for Its Software in "Other" Clouds

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 does all of this mean to the average business owner?

4 Ways to Leverage Agile for Your DevOps Transformation

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?

What is DevOps?

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.

How to Introduce Agile Through Hands-On Learning

"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, Veracity has found some success with a ‘delayed boot camp’. In this model, in-depth about agile training comes later in the agile transformation process, and not before you've been given the chance to experience agile through hands-on learning. In this model, training often comes after they’ve attempted a couple of agile sprints. While this "learn by doing" approach might sound counter-intuitive, stick with us! We'll show you what it's all about. Focus on the Product, Not the Process Contrary to popular believe, the beginning isn’t always the best place for an introduction. Development teams typically start their agile transformation with an agile boot camp or an "Agile 101" session. There, everyone learns agile theory over a couple of days. After a PT planning or ‘Sprint 0’ exercise, the sprints begin…and sometimes sputter out. If you’ve been in agile development long enough, this might start to sound familiar. Veracity found a few problems with these early boot camps. Most concerning is that these early bootcamps seem to emphasize the process over the output. Then, vocal skeptics (we all know one), often distract the class, requiring instructors to waste time wading through ultra-specific questions.  The goal of software development should be to create high-quality value, faster. If that’s our destination, we can’t be too distracted nailing down the exact way to get there. We just have to get there. Get Everyone on the Same Page The delayed boot camp model helps development teams stay focused on their product output, without getting tangled up in the process along the way. This starts with an inception and alignment exercise. At Veracity, this ‘I&A’ exercise is a two-day planning process with key stakeholders. These can be organizational leaders, the development team, even marketing and sales staff. Everyone should be on board with the agile transformation. The development team leaves the exercise with a release plan – and just enough background information about agile development needed to follow it. Then, it’s time to attempt a couple sprints before reuniting for the delayed boot camp. The tailored I&A exercise helps get your team excited about your agile transformation. Why? Because it keeps the focus on application and output. Your team isn’t hyper-focused on becoming experts in agile development theory. They’re ready to build deliver value in the form of a superior product. And use agile as a tool to do it. Regroup and Dive In When it’s time for the delayed boot camp (after about two sprints), your team can practice agile using real-life examples from their current projects. This can help reduce downtime and thwart would-be agile skeptics. Where traditional boot camps have struggled through hypothetical examples, your team can continue its hands-on learning. Your team might not have found loads of success in their pre-boot camp sprints – and that’s ok! This is where experiential learning comes into play. Some aspects of agile will have clicked, others will be more challenging. But, because they’ll have already tried agile on their own, they’ll arrive at the boot camp ready to learn and with relevant, useful questions. Keep Moving Forward Life rarely gives us any ‘silver bullet’ solutions, and the delayed boot camp model is no exception. Agile transformations are challenging! Many organizations do find traditional boot camps to be effective. As with any shift within an organization, it’s important to remain flexible and positive as challenges arise. And it doesn’t hurt to celebrate small successes, especially early on. Stay positive, focus on the output, and find the agile process along the way. Veracity specializes in helping organizations conceptualize, design, and build effective software. We believe that by prioritizing planning early in the launch process, we can reduce time and energy wasted at the later stages. For more information, check our our webinar: Agile by Doing or schedule a free hour with an expert to get started.  

Avoiding the Infamous DevOps Team

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?

4 Reasons DevOps Might Not be Working for You

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 average of 2,604 times faster than with low-performing DevOps competitors. DevOps has a proven track record of success, which should make adoption relatively simple, right?

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