Change Management

From Service Department to Innovator: Natixis’ Culture Transformation Story


George Marootian is the Executive Vice President and Head of Technology for US Distribution at Natixis Investment Managers. This is the second article of a three-part series that will discuss the firm’s move to the cloud, continued operations in AWS, and the innovation and agility the organization has benefited from since the migration. First Article: […]

The Cloud’s Latest Dirty Little Secret


If you were to do a simple Google search on “The Cloud’s Dirty Little Secret,” you would find several articles aimed at enlightening the marketplace on the secret little “surprises” enterprise IT teams encounter when undertaking a large public cloud transformation project. One particular Forbes article from May of 2014 opined about how large, complex […]

Are Full Stack Teams an IT Utopia?


Over the years, there have been numerous articles about full stack development and full stack engineers. The conversation has been relevant primarily to soft­ware development activities (specifically web development), and less so to other efforts. Opinions on this topic range wildly between the need for deep specializa­tion in a specific area or two, versus taking […]

The Business Case For IoT


Tell me how many times you’ve heard this one: the CEO or line of business leader reads an article in a business magazine or the newspaper on digital disruption, IoT or any other new technology trend (“Blockchain cocktails with a twist of shared ledgers, anyone?”). Things are now in downhill motion, where the CEO/LoB leader […]

Six Key Activities to Sustain Your Cloud Transformation Initiative


Move to the cloud or die is a common headline in today’s tech journals. Such an alarming statement is not far from the truth. Any long-term technology roadmap worth executive consideration must have a significant cloud component. Unfortunately, research finds most multi-year IT transformations dominated by the technology prospects. All too often, leaders neglect to […]

Build, Buy or Borrow: a Talent Strategy for Success in the Cloud


If you’re a homeowner, you evaluate “build, buy or borrow” scenarios all the time. Tackling a landscaping project in your backyard is a good example. You could build a lasting solution by picking up the right tools and handling the job yourself. You could buy your way out of the problem by paying a couple […]