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What’s it for?

What’s it for? 500 268 Roderick Derks

Cloud is fundamentally changing the game for many organizations and persons. A new set of rules asks for a new approach, and I’ve seen examples of organizations who block the discussion about taking new approaches to this changed game. In this 4th post I’ll be rounding up the conclusions of my earlier posts about this…

The three structures of every organization

The three structures of every organization 1024 576 Roderick Derks

December 2015 I went to Microsoft Seattle for a three day IT Enterprise Architects conference. Reflecting on the information we got and looking at it from our company’s perspective, we realized even more then before that we were driving an overweight truck trying to pass a railroad, while the train was coming right at us…

Characteristics of a shaper

Characteristics of a shaper 1024 439 Roderick Derks

An organization who wants to stay relevant over time needs to be able to deal with changes and reshape itself. To do this, every organization needs one or more shapers. A shaper is someone who comes up with unique and valuable visions and builds them out beautifully, typically over the doubts and opposition of others.…

The interesting reality of my surroundings

The interesting reality of my surroundings 1024 690 Roderick Derks

Usually every organization or department you work with tells you they are successful. “Yes, we are doing great! Our profit has grown, our customers are very happy with us and we take great care of our people.” Over time once you get to know them better, you are sometimes blown away by experiencing the complete…

Microsoft Ignite 2018 recap

Microsoft Ignite 2018 recap 1024 484 Roderick Derks

From September 24 to 28 I visited Microsoft Ignite in Orlando Florida with 5 colleagues – and 30,000 others from around the world. In the many sessions and conversations with specialists from Microsoft and partners I’ve been inspired, gained knowledge and made valuable connections. Here is a very concise summary of changes that I have…

Valuable lessons shared on how to start using Office 365 in your organization

Valuable lessons shared on how to start using Office 365 in your organization 1000 562 Roderick Derks

There is a lot of discussion on how to start using Office 365 in your organization before people are actually doing anything. Especially orgs older then 15 years tend to stall. They have file servers containing dozen of terabytes of data, created non-transparent work processes and have a relatively older workforce. And then there is…

40 Dutch cloud architects, CIO's, developers and data specialists

What did I learn from my visit to Microsoft Redmond?

What did I learn from my visit to Microsoft Redmond? 1024 596 Roderick Derks

Last week I went to Microsoft in Seattle and Redmond, together with 40 other architects, CEO’s and CIO’s, developers and data specialists from the Netherlands. Three days packed with meetings and sessions from Microsofts leaders and technical product specialists. The main topic was Data and AI. The subjects ranged from Artificial Intelligence and cognitive services,…

Why innovation (and living your life) needs principles

Why innovation (and living your life) needs principles 1024 640 Roderick Derks

Living with a person is complex, and it is complex being a person. It’s not like you push a button or pull a lever and a thing happens, it’s a much more complicated system than that. Complexity is therefore governed by principles rather than rules. Same goes for innovation. Take a look at the following model: Simple…

Peal Jam on the roof of Pine Market in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle II – Visiting Microsoft HQ again

Sleepless in Seattle II – Visiting Microsoft HQ again 390 219 Roderick Derks

This week I’m preparing myself for my second trip to Microsoft in Redmond – Seattle. Three days packed with presentations from and discussions with the best people at Microsoft: Scott Guthrie, Eduardo Kassner, Ulrich Homann, James Whittaker, and many more. And I’ll visit the product teams of AI, Cosmos, IoT, Machine Learning, Azure Functions. It’s…

Containers create value

Containers create value 1024 577 Roderick Derks

Organizations are becoming more and more IT companies. Technology has become the way to develop new services or enrich existing services. The business is getting closer to IT, and ideas come true because the needed technology is accessible to everyone. The use of containers is one of the most important IT trends at the moment…

Why vendor lock-in is not an issue when using public cloud

Why vendor lock-in is not an issue when using public cloud 620 400 Roderick Derks

“What about vendor lock-in?” people ask me when I’m having talks about public cloud. “If I put all of my applications and data in Azure and Office 365, Microsoft has got me by the balls. Why should I do this?” It is a good question, and there is a good answer too. To be sure,…

7 tips for IT managers (and others) to stay relevant

7 tips for IT managers (and others) to stay relevant 1024 817 Roderick Derks

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about how IT departments became irrelevant. In the time that passed I’ve met more and more IT managers who are having a serious challenge to stay relevant for their org. Once they were Kings, now they are getting obsolete if they do not adapt. This article…