Many large enterprises are feeling pressure from the rapid digitalization of the world: digital disruptors attack unexpectedly with brand-new business models; the "FaceBook generation" has dramatically different user expectations; and a whole slew of new technologies has become available to everyone with a credit card. This is tough stuff for enterprises that have been, and still are, very successful, but are built around traditional technology and organizational structures. "Turning the tanker", as the need to transform is often described, has become a board room-level topic in many traditional enterprises. Not as easily done as said.
Chief IT Architects and CTOs play a key role in such a digital transformation endeavor. They combine the technical, communication, and organizational skill to understand how a tech stack refresh can actually benefit the business, what "being agile" and "DevOps" really mean, and what technology infrastructure is needed to assure quality while moving faster. Their job is not an easy one, though: they must maneuver in an organization where IT is often still seen as a cost center, where operations means "run" as opposed to "change", and where middle-aged middle-management has become cozy neither understanding the business strategy nor the underlying technology. It's no surprise then that IT architects have become some of the most sought-after IT professionals around the globe.
This book aims to equip IT architects with the skills necessary to become effective not just in systems architecture, but also in shaping and driving the necessary transformation of large-scale IT departments. In todayâs world, technical transformation and organizational transformation have become inseparable.
Organized into 37 episodes, this book explains:
Armed with these insights, architects and CTOs will be able to ride the Architect Elevator up and down the organization to instill lasting change.
The mainÂ aim of this book is to offer companies a simple and practical method to assess their maturity in the Governance Information System, so that they are in working order to face the challenges of Digital Transformation.Â How can companies effectively manage their investment in IT systems and make the mostÂ of their development?
Authors from science and industry alike discuss how the traditional retail industry can adapt to digitization and how, besides new competition from pure eCommerce players, new opportunities to fascinate consumers with new smart services are arising. In this context, the book discusses changes in business models and value chains, new processes and technologies, and the transformation of the enterprise as a whole (with its employees).
In addition, the book puts forward key strategies, especially those designed to help mainly stationary retailers compete with the rapidly growing revenues of online trade and eCommerce. It introduces an intelligent blend of traditional, stationary trading with eCommerce, and online trading components. It presents concrete examples of how integrated processes and technologies, data management, suitable equipment and trained sales staff can pave the way for smart services. The book shows practical approaches to successful transformation and a number of cases from leading retail companies. Given its combination of recent research findings and best practices, the book offers a valuable read for both managers and researchers.
One man will transcend death to seek vengeance. One woman will transform herself to gain power. And no one will emerge unscathed....
Thorvald Spear wakes in hospital, where he finds he's been brought back from the dead. What's more, he died in a human vs. alien war which ended a whole century ago. But when he relives his traumatic final moments, he finds the spark to keep on living. That spark is vengeance. Trapped and desperate on a world surrounded by alien Prador forces, Spear had seen a rescue ship arriving. But instead of providing backup, Penny Royal, the AI within the destroyer, turned rogue. It annihilated friendly forces in a frenzy of destruction, and years later it's still free. Spear vows to track it across worlds and do whatever it takes to bring it down.
Isobel Satomi ran a successful crime syndicate. But after competitors attacked, she needed more power. Yet she got more than she bargained for when she negotiated with Penny Royal. She paid it to turn her part AI herself, but the upgrades hid a horrifying secret. The Dark AI had triggered a transformation in Isobel that would turn her into a monster, rapidly evolving into something far from human.
Spear hires Isobel to take him to the Penny Royal AI's last known whereabouts. But he cheats her in the process, and he becomes a target for her vengeance. And as she evolves further into a monstrous predator, rage soon wins over reason. Will Spear finish his hunt before he becomes the hunted?
This is the first volume in a no-holds-barred adventure set in Asher's popular Polity universe.
Photographer and digital imaging expert Martin Evening's guiding philosophy when editing images is to ask, âWhat is the point? Does what I am doing enhance the picture, or is it just artifice for artificeâs sake?â InÂ Lightroom Transformations, Martin applies this approach to a broad collection of images, showing you how to turn ordinary-looking photos into hero shotsâwithout using fancy montage techniques or wacky effects. ByÂ giving each image his own interpretation andÂ explaining the rationale behind the choices he makes, he shows how you can do the same when processing your photos.
Focusing primarily on techniques using Lightroom and Camera Rawâbut also with PhotoshopâMartin demonstrates how to manipulate the tones and composition of images to create photographs that correspond to your personal photographic vision. Filled with before-and-after shots with detailed explanations of how to go from an ordinary image to an extraordinary one, the book illustrates what you can achieve using Lightroom or Photoshop as a creative tool to enhance the natural beauty that lies within your images.
One seeks judgment, another faces damnation and one man will have his revenge....
Thorvald Spear is losing his mind as he drowns in dark memories that aren't his own. Penny Royal, rogue artificial intelligence, has linked Spear with the stored personalities of those it's murdered. And whether the AI seeks redemption or has some more sinister motive, Spear needs to destroy it. He feels the anger of the dead and shares their pain.
As Spear tracks the AI across a hostile starscape, he has company. Sverl, an alien prador, has been warped by Penny Royal and hungers to confront it. But will the AI's pursuers destroy each other or hunt it together? Sverl's prador enemies aren't far behind either. They plan to use his transition to prove human meddling, triggering a devastating new war.
Clues suggest Penny Royal's heading for the defective war factory that made it. So allies and enemies converge, heading for the biggest firestorm that sector of space has ever seen. But will Spear secure vengeance for his unquiet dead?