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Companies of all sizes are jumping on the digital business transformation bandwagon.

Companies of all sizes are jumping on the digital business transformation bandwagon. One just has to look at the disruption born-in-the-cloud companies such as Uber and AirBnB has brought upon traditional business models to understand why companies such as Boeing, GE and Tyco, among others, are investing initiatives that can help them change the way they conceive, build, and deliver products and services using digital technology.

Every major IT provider says they're trying to help their customers deliver on these digital transformation initiatives. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has talked this up quite frequently this year and it was a key theme in his keynote at the recent Ignite conference in Atlanta. "Customers are achieving digital transformation where it's about the mobility of the human experience across all of the computing in our lives," Nadella told attendees.

These business imperatives explain Microsoft's relentless emphasis on cloud, mobility, artificial intelligence, machine learning speech recognition, Internet of Things and Blockchain.

As businesses are under pressure to become more agile, so are their IT departments. It's why they, too, are becoming more agile and moving to DevOps-type processes and embracing modern and new open source technology.

These changes could have a significant impact on your career and earnings potential. It's an issue we're going to explore next month and I'm delighted to share that we'll publish some pertinent data from Foote Partners LLC, the leading independent IT skills and salary assessment firm, on what this might mean to your career. Founder David Foote will also discuss his views as the keynote speaker at our annual Live! 360 conference in Orlando on Monday, Dec. 5, where he'll field questions based on his wealth of knowledge and data. If you haven't already, now's the time to think about this.

About the Author

Jeffrey Schwartz is editor of Redmond magazine and also covers cloud computing for Virtualization Review's Cloud Report. In addition, he writes the Channeling the Cloud column for Redmond Channel Partner. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreySchwartz.

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