Let’s stop saying: ‘The end of… whatever technology’

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 18 Sep, 2018

I have a favor to ask you: Can we please stop saying the end of …..and then whatever technology you hope will stop using? If we have learned one thing over the 30 or 40 years that we have been doing IT, is that technology and software have a remarkable longevity. Look the COBOL language. COBOL stands for Common Business Oriented Language and first appeared in 1959. Almost 60 years ago we saw the first COBOL programs appear in the market. At one point COBOL was the language for business use but its popularity waned. But the simple fact that something is not popular doesn’t mean that it’s not still around! The Dutch tax authority has a summer school for students teaching them among others: you guessed it, COBOL. On their website one of their employees expects COBOL to be around for another two decades or so. But it’s not just Cobol. It is also all of the other languages that we welcomed into our IT landscapes and IT departments. Many of the payment processing systems in banks are written in COBOL. So, let’s stop declaring technology as being dead since in IT we mostly add technology to our IT landscape than deprecate it.

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Topics: WSO2 ESB, ESB, Digital Transformation, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus, Digital Strategy, Strategy

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are changing the world

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 11 Sep, 2018

When you look at the hottest technologies at the moment, Machine Learning Learning and Artificial Intelligence are surely among the top. For many people these terms are both scary and incomprehensible. But when you look at it they’re not that scary at all. Especially when you consider that we have the technology already around us for a number of years. In this blog I will shed some light on Machine Learning Learning and Artifical Intelligence.

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Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Digital Strategy, Strategy, Machine Learning

Amazon wants you to deliver packages

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 4 Sep, 2018

When I talk about Amazon, in most cases I talk about the Amazon Web Services. Amazon of course is the market leader in cloud services and is on the forefront of that side of IT that but there is also another Amazon and that is in retail, the part that actually started the company many years ago. The retail side that is grown over the years into a behemoth of online retail. Amazon has taken some decisions that at first were frowned upon. For instance, letting third-party vendors use their platform to sell products. Amazon takes a part of the deal but the product itself is actually sold by third-party vendor. Amazon is also innovating with delivery. Over the last year we have seen that Amazon is introduced delivering packages inside your house, inside your car and already a couple of years ago using drones. Its latest introduction allows you to become an Amazon package delivery person in your local area. Although it might seem low-tech there is actually a lot of high-tech going on in the background.

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Topics: WSO2 ESB, Digital Strategy, Strategy

Changing IT landscapes

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 7 Aug, 2018

You can literally say that there is never a dull moment in IT because the pace of innovation is steady. With cloud computing being around for the last 10 years. We are now ready to move into a new era or even a new paradigm in IT. Micro services, serverless computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence are the keywords of your new IT landscape. I believe it’s not a question if you are going to migrate to such environments, but when. Read this blog for my opinion on the key elements of changing IT.

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Topics: ESB, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Strategy, Strategy, Machine Learning

Strange and remarkable APIs

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 31 Jul, 2018

If you are a frequent reader of my blogs it will not surprise you that I am a big fan of APIs. In this blog, I will take a look at the three most strange and remarkable APIs that caught my eye over the last year or so, showing you that everything can actually become an API. Some of them can even become or be a business model helping you to generate money with the services you offer or the data you own.

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Topics: APIs, API Management, API Strategy, Digital Strategy, Strategy