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In the digital arena, it’s impossible to avoid Dion Hinchcliffe

In the digital arena, it’s impossible to avoid Dion Hinchcliffe. Perhaps you’ve seen one of his numerous keynotes or joined one of his workshops. Maybe you’ve read one of his books, Web 2.0 Architectures (with coauthors James Governor and Duane Nickull) or Social Business By Design (Peter Kim, coauthor). Or possibly you’ve spotted one of his stream of articles over the years, for ZDNet, ebizQ, and many others.

Recently, Hinchcliffe has been leading strategy teams at a series of boutique consulting firms – but unlike most practitioners of strategy consulting, his background doesn’t include the McKinseys or Deloittes of the world. Why didn’t he learn digital strategy from one of these usual suspects? “Management consulting firms have often ended up hiring me to teach them these things,” Hinchcliffe quips.

In fact, his LinkedIn profile only goes back to 1997, which for a man in his late 40s, represents only the latter half of his career – and by then, he was already a technology visionary and company founder. How, then, did Hinchcliffe build his career to that point?

As with many digital influencers, he started off coding – in his case, working with machine languages to convert videogames from one platform to another in the 1980s. At the same time he began his lifelong practice of writing articles. “I wrote about computing constantly back in the 1980s,” Hinchcliffe says. “Byte Magazine didn’t know I was sixteen.”

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Intellyx advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. Image credit: Katherine E. Allen.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).

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