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People Powered Technology

Author by Jaime Velez

If you have read some of my previous posts, you already know that I am not one to follow conventional wisdom. Like many of my Concurrency colleagues, the idea of following generally accepted theories or beliefs it is not what excites us, and it is certainly not what drives us.

We are rebels, misfits, problem-solvers, and visionaries. Instead of following what others are doing in the world of technology, we look at the world with a different lens, and we constantly ask ourselves, “how can we do things differently and better?”

We wake up every morning ready to eat challenges for breakfast. Ready to transform our customers businesses and improve the lives of their own customers, and employees, through the innovative implementation and use of technology.

But rather than write yet another post on Digital Transformation, I’m going to offer a different perspective on how we operate and help transform our customers businesses.

Microsoft defines digital transformation as bringing together people, data, and processes disrupting technology to transform your company and create value for your customers.

How we create value for our customers is not by following a solution-first approach. But it is more about following a people-first approach.

Let us explore together what I mean by that.

Data and AI solutions alone don’t build predictive models that help transform industries. But astute data scientists, like my colleague Swami Venkatesh do.

Modern application development frameworks and the latest UX tools don’t come together on their own to build customer-centric software solutions for various user personas. But people like Lwin Maung (Modern Apps Principal Architect), and Damon Sanchez (User Experience Managing Architect) know how to collaborate with others to make this happen.

Secure Modern Workplaces don’t automagically show up at your companies’ networks one day and say: “Surprise! I’m here to help you be more secure and productive with your company’s data”. No, they take many hours of design work, thoughtful consideration, and careful implementation by highly-experienced Solutions Architects and Managing Architects, like Anthony Escobedo, and Chris Blackburn, respectively.

Cloud transformation is also not something that you just add water to… and walla! … cloud goodness all of the sudden starts permeating throughout your entire business. Not a chance. Only a solid Senior Systems Engineer, like John Hubert, can guide organizations in finding the right cloud strategy that best fit their business needs and operations.

Innovative companies are not the ones that simply just throw technologies at problems hoping for a miraculous self-implementing solution. Companies that thrive in this ever-changing world, are the ones that know how to leverage People Powered Technology.

People are needed to visualize what is possible, to conceptualize a solution, and finally, only people can implement, drive, and get other people excited about a solution.

Digital Transformation does not transform companies. Change Agents do.