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Agile & DevOps: Facilitating the Journey to Digital Transformation 

Low-Code No-Code: Empowering Citizen Developers & Unleashing Innovation 

Digital Twins: Modeling the Real World with Next Generation Solutions


Agile & DevOps: Facilitating the Journey to Digital Transformation

Guest Editor: Eric Willeke 
Abstract Deadline: January 25, 2021
Article Deadline: February 26, 2021

Digital transformation has many definitions, all of which revolve around doing things to satisfy your customers and operate your business more effectively, predictably, quickly, cheaply, and consistently through applying technology. As these basics fall into place, digital increasingly becomes about how quickly you can adapt to changing customer desires and continue to improve their experience across all channels. Achieving these goals requires change across many dimensions of your business, especially in how people come together to create and evolve the technology your business relies on.

Meanwhile, Agile and DevOps provide well-established guidance on the most effective way to create and evolve technology, and each is rapidly expanding the range of problems it attempts to address as companies and communities take on ever-larger challenges using the techniques.

It’s time to bring those threads together and focus on how today’s incarnations of Agile and DevOps can most directly support digital transformation. Business and technology leaders need help as they align purposes, simplify conversations, ease turf wars, smooth siloes, serve their customers, and find pain relief by addressing the gritty realities of the complexity faced by large enterprises seeking transformational change. Articles don’t shy away from naming the reality, describing the underlying root cause, and providing tactical, actionable advice on how to begin creating change.

An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal, with Guest Editor Eric Willeke, will provide focused insights on how leaders can use the goals, principles and mindsets of Agility and/or DevOps to accelerate the journey to digital transformation, inspire change, overcome resistance, and produce real results in the most complex organizations.

Articles ideas may include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • What are the most critical aspects of Agile and/or DevOps for a digital transformation executive?
  • What lessons have we learned from Agile and/or DevOps transformations that a digital transformation should consider?
  • What pitfalls do digital transformations face when applying Agile and/or DevOps practices?
  • What Agile and/or DevOps practices should a digital transformation focus on applying first?
  • What should Agile and/or DevOps transformations learn from a digital transformation, and how can digital transformation executives ensure those lessons aren’t forgotten in their own transformations?
  • What goes wrong in a digital transformation if Agile and/or DevOps aren’t adopted?
  • What new behaviors are expected from leaders in digital transformation when Agile and/or DevOps are being used effectively?
  • How can Agile and/or DevOps inform how a digital transformation itself is managed?

FOR CONSIDERATION: Please send an abstract (~ 400 words or less of proposed article content and author(s) bio) to Eric Willeke and Christine Generali. Final article length is typically 2,000-3,500 words plus graphics. More editorial guidelines.


Low-Code No-Code: Empowering Citizen Developers & Unleashing Innovation

Guest Editor: Michael Papadopoulos 
Abstract Deadline: January 25, 2021
Article Deadline: February 26, 2021

For businesses undergoing a digital transformation, a Low Code/No Code (LC/NC) approach to development can be a catalyst to innovation, boost productivity, and even address a developer shortage. How? LC/NC solutions provide declarative development options with relatively low learning curves that provide a company’s workforce with the tools needed to easily create software to grow and transform the business.

The benefits of LC/NC platforms are demonstrated in their ability to empower entrepreneurial people in the organization, or citizen developers, to unleash their visions, ideas, and creativity with minimal support through building smart software solutions. This approach can save a business time and money while accelerating the pace of digital innovation and transformation within their organization.

An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal with Guest Editor Michael Papadopoulos seeks insight on the advantages, limitations, use cases, business opportunities, and applications of a low code/no code development platform.

Articles ideas may include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • How do LC/NC application development platforms compare to traditional development platforms? When/why is one preferred over the other?
  • What are the advantages/limitations of a LC/NC platform?
  • Why is LC/NC going to be so important in the future?
  • What important priorities ensure LC/NC success?
  • How can you determine if LC/NC tools can best serve your strategic objectives?
  • What type of architecture and organizational structure can help facilitate the introduction of LC/NC solutions?
  • What level of operational process and quality standards should you demand from your first LC/NC applications?
  • What are some examples of successful LC/NC applications/use cases?
  • How we can make LC/NC a part of our standard software applications lifecycle?
  • How can we run LC/NC applications as part of a Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery environment?
  • Can LC/NC platforms and tools help bring about the democratization of AI?

FOR CONSIDERATION: Please send an abstract (~ 400 words or less of proposed article content and author(s) bio) to Michael Papadopoulos and Christine Generali. Final article length is typically 2,000-3,500 words plus graphics. More editorial guidelines.


Digital Twins: Modeling the Real World with Next Generation Solutions

Guest Editor: Ron Zahavi
Abstract Deadline: December 21, 2020
Article Deadline: January 28, 2021

IoT solutions are evolving beyond asset tracking to complex interactions across environments. Such solutions include management of facilities and spaces, tracking the product manufacturing lifecycle, and tracking products through the supply chain. But maintaining and making changes to equipment and building products to understand behavior once operational can be costly. It’s more effective to capture insights, predict outcomes and respond to real changes in the world, and to model and simulate the impact of the change or to explore how a product will behave before it is built. Digital twins are virtual representations of physical things (people, places, assets, etc.) or processes and can be used to understand, build, operate, and manage real things. Digital Twins can model any environment and create a synchronized model of that environment, track its past, simulate possibilities, and predict its future. Digital Twins can be used to drive better products, optimize operations and costs, and improve customer experiences.

Digital twins have been used for decades by organizations such as NASA, but technologies such as the cloud, IoT, and AI have made building a wide range of digital twin solutions more practical. Digital twins can be used to model industries and environments that include machines, factories, buildings, stadiums, oil rigs, and even entire cities and country infrastructures, and to represent the human body to address healthcare and COVID.

As the digital twin market has been emerging, there is some confusion about what a digital twin means and how to apply it. What makes something a digital twin and how do you identify it? What are the different types of digital twins? What processes and product lifecycle stages are appropriate for digital twins? What investment is required and what is the value and expected return on investment? What are the risks and security concerns of digital twins since they may control real assets or cross ecosystems managed by different parties? What digital twin standards are available or missing?

An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal will address these questions and present strategies for meeting the challenges of newly emerging digital twin technologies, solutions, and opportunities.

Articles ideas may include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • What are examples of digital twin solutions and their architectures?
  • What are the different types of digital twins?
  • How should CEOs and CIOs evaluate the readiness of their organizations to tackle digital twins?
  • What business opportunities can be leveraged utilizing digital twins? 
  • What new concerns, risks and threats are posed using digital twins and how can they be addressed?
  • What industries and use cases can benefit from digital twins?
  • How are standards and ecosystems being addressed in the market?
  • What are some simulation methods and models of digital twins?
  • What are the components of a digital twin and how do they interoperate within a digital twin, with legacy systems, and with other digital twins?
  • Describe a case study and the resulting ROI derived from the use of digital twins

FOR CONSIDERATION: Please send an abstract (~ 300 words or less of proposed article scope and author(s) bio) to Ron Zahavi and Christine Generali. Final article length is typically 2,000-3,500 words plus graphics. More editorial guidelines.

 


Editorial Guidelines

These notes are intended to give authors some guidance and direction for articles submitted to Cutter Business Technology Journal (CBTJ) for publication.

Length: The average article in CBTJ is 2,000-3,500 words, unless otherwise specified by the Group Publisher.

Article Format: Please send your article in word document format for editing purposes. Please do not send it as a PDF.

Editorial: Cutter Business Technology Journal is professionally edited by our team who evaluates articles for content, substance, grammar, and style and provides valuable feedback so that authors can revise and improve their papers before publication. Publishing turnaround times are short. Articles are also peer-reviewed by the Guest Editor who is an expert in the field.

Audience: Publishing with Cutter affords the opportunity to present your insights and research to a global corporate audience that is highly interested in emerging developments. Typical readers of CBTJ range from CIOs, CTOs, business technology executives and vice presidents to directors, technology managers, project leaders, and very senior technical staff. Most work in fairly large organizations: Fortune 500 organizations, universities, large computer vendors, NGOs/IGOs, and government agencies and spanning industries such as finance and banking, education, energy, entertainment, food, government, healthcare, insurance, and manufacturing. 48% of our readership is outside of the US (15% from Canada, 14% Europe, 5% Australia/NZ, 14% elsewhere).

Editorial advice: Introductory-level, tutorial coverage of a topic is not very popular with our readership because they're fairly senior people. Delete the introductory "fluff" and get to the meat of the topic. Assume you're writing for someone who has been in the industry for 10 to 20 years, is very busy, and very impatient. Assume he or she is mentally asking, while reading your article, "What's the point? What do I do with this information?" Apply the "So what?" test to everything you write.

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1DeMarco, Tom, and Timothy Lister. Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects. Dorset House, 2003.

2In this survey, “innovation” refers to any new initiatives to introduce innovative, leading-edge, or unconventional software project development methods, processes, tools, or techniques.

3Hall, Curt. “AI & Machine Learning in the Enterprise, Part XI: Success of AI Application Development Efforts.” Cutter Consortium Data Analytics & Digital Technologies, Executive Update, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2019.

4DeMarco and Lister (see 1).

   5Smart grid.” Wikipedia.


Editorial Calendar

Month Topic Guest Editor
June 2021 Mobility (transport)  
May 2021 Emerging Trends in AI  
April 2021 Quantum Computing San Murugesan
March 2021 Low Code/No Code: Empowering the Citizen Developer & Unleashing Innovation Michael Papadopoulos
February 2021 Agile/DevOps: Facilitating the Journey to Digital Transformation Eric Willeke
January 2021 Digital Twins Ron Zahavi
December 2020 Data & Digital Architecture Gustav Toppenberg
November 2020 Fintech: COVID-19 Impact and Opportunities for Economic Growth Philip O'Reilly and Kevin O'Leary
October 2020 Cultivating Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Carla Ogunrinde
September 2020 mHealth: The New Frontier in Healthcare Carl Bate
August 2020 Proactive Risk Management Tom Teixeira
July 2020 Crisis Alert! Strategies for Today and Beyond Steve Andriole
June 2020 Beyond Automation: AI, ML, RPA San Murugesan
May 2020 Trust: Is IT the Problem or the Solution? Claude Baudoin
April 2020 Disrupting Agile Hillel Glazer
March 2020 Want Happy Customers? Make Your Employees Happy! Robert Scott
February 2020 Digital Shift Volker Pfirsching
January 2020 Business Technology Trends and Predictions: 2020 Cutter Consortium
December 2019 Data Architecture is Really About People  Martijn ten Nepal
November 2019 Blockchain: New Industry Trends, Developments, Use Cases Karolina Marzantowicz
October 2019 Blockchain: Here to Stay? Karolina Marzantowicz
September 2019 Digital Architecture: The Spark for Transformation Gar Mac Críosta
August 2019 Caution! AI Consequences Ahead Lou Mazzucchelli
July 2019 Is Software Eating the World? Greg Smith
June 2019 Industry 4.0 Keng Siau
May 2019 Cutting Edge Agile II Alistair Cockburn
April 2019 Technology-Empowered Solutions: Redefining Decision Support Dr. Karen Neville and Dr. Andrew Pope
March 2019 Cutting Edge Agile Alistair Cockburn
February 2019 The Next Frontier in Automation: Opportunities, Challenges and Impact San Murugesan
January 2019 Business Technology Trends & Predictions 2019 Cutter Consortium
November/December 2018 Fintech: Emerging Trends, Future Directions Steve Andriole
October 2018 Riding the Next Wave of Cloud Computing Frank Khan Sullivan
September 2018 Building a Digital Business Starts with Data Barry Devlin
August 2018 The Critical Need for Governance Claude Baudoin
July 2018 Architecture + Agile: The Yin & Yang of Organizational Agility Whynde Kuehn
June 2018 Fog/Edge Computing: Opportunities, Case Studies, Challenges  Cutter Consortium
May 2018 Transforming the Customer Experience Jeanne Bliss
April 2018 Blockchain: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Headed? Phil O'Reilly
March 2018 A Disciplined Agile Approach to Business Agility Scott Ambler and Mark Lines
February 2018 AI: Fear It, Face It, or Embrace It San Murugesan
January 2018 Business Technology Trends and Predictions 2018 Cutter Consortium
December 2017 Change Leadership in a Digital Era Sheila Cox
October/November 2017 Trends in Big Data Technologies and Analytics Bhuvan Unhelkar
September 2017 Insurtech: Reinventing the Insurance Industry Steve Andriole
August 2017 Agile Leadership: Foundation for Organizational Agility Don McIntyre
July 2017 The Industrial Internet: Driving Digital Transformation C. Patrikakis
June 2017 Leveraging Enterprise Architecture for Digital Disruption Roger Evernden
May 2017 Beyond Fintech: New Frontiers Phil O'Reilly
April 2017 The Frontier of Fintech Innovation Phil O'Reilly
March 2017 Business Opportunities in the New Digital Age San Murugesan
February 2017 Information Superiority and Digital Capital Borys Stokalski and Bogumil Kaminski
January 2017 The 21st Century Technology Leader Paul Clermont
December 2016 Technology Trends, Predictions, and Reflections 2017 Cutter Consortium
November 2016 FinTech and the Digitization of Financial Services Philip O'Reilly
October 2016 Cognitive Computing: Applications, Trends, and Implications Paul Harmon
August/September 2016 Business-Driven Digital Transformation Whynde Kuehn
July 2016 Security in the Internet of Everything Era Patrikakis Charlalampos and George Loukas
June 2016 Cultivating Success in Big Data Analytics Barry Devlin
May 2016 The Role of Ethics in Algorithm Design Robert Charette
April 2016 IoT Data Management and Analytics Bhuvan Unhelkar and San Murugesan
March 2016 Technical Debt: The Continued Burden On Software Innovation Tom Grant
February 2016 Disruption and Emergence: What do they mean for Enterprise Architecture? Roger Evernden
January 2016 Technology Trends and Predictions: 2016 Cutter Consortium