Re: Better Examples
Thanks for reading Terry, and good comment too.
First I would say - if everyone was doing these things, they wouldn't be 'New IT', would they? ;-)
To be serious, you are right, these new approaches are not happening (yet) in every business - but I think most orgs will need to move in these directions to stay competitive.
Because while business-IT alignment is not new, new approaches are helping orgs to achieve and/or improve that alignment. And although many businesses must still work with older systems - from mainframe to ERP to desktop clients - leading businesses are not ignoring new approaches like cloud or devops or mobile, lest they follow the likes of Blockbuster and Kodak and so many others.
Finally, it is certainly easier for a 'born in the cloud' SaaS org to adopt these new approaches. But retail is almost as old as commerce itself; and gambling may be older! FWIW, I see fundamental change in manufacturing too, like using real-time sensor data to manage production, or connecting with suppliers via cloud APIs to reduce costs of JIT inventory.
These trends are coming - if unevenly - to all industries. People are really important, and approaches like DevOps recognize this too. But I think the most competitve businesses in all industries are adopting new approaches to technology and process too, to keep up with newer, more agile competitors.
Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate, Splunk