IT is in the mail

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 10 Jul, 2018

You might think that mail, whether it’s packages or letters as well as last questions of the analog world. And although the last 10 feet are still done by hand in many cases (putting a letter in the mailbox or actually handing over package) in between there is more IT than you will probably imagine.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, API Management, API Strategy, Digital Strategy, Strategy

Get ready for voice

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 3 Jul, 2018

We have become accustomed to the keyboard as an interface to our computers but increasingly we see new ways of communicating or interfacing with the computer at your horizon. I do not mean the mouse which has been around for the better part of 40 years. I do not mean the touchscreen also a staple of computers and systems and lately also the preferred way of interacting with mobile devices like tablets and smart phone. No, I talk about the interface that we use primarily to talk to other people namely our own voices. 

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

Is the future of transport free transport?

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 26 Jun, 2018

Recently on the side of the world economic forum there was an article on Estonia’s plans to offer free public transport countrywide to all of its citizens. This is an extension of the schema that was introduced five years ago in the Estonian capital of Tallinn where 75% of citizens voted in a referendum yes in favor of free public transport. Free transport means that it need to be smart transport too. In this blog I'll explain why.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Digital Strategy, Smart Transit, Strategy

Beware of 800-pound gorillas in the IT world

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 19 Jun, 2018

The 800-pound gorilla, is an English expression signifying a dominant market player. There are jokes about them like "Where does an 800-lb. gorilla sit?" Answer: "Anywhere it wants to". We have seen a number of these 800-pound gorillas in the IT world over the last two decades. Microsoft was one of them. Google was one of them. Facebook is one of them. The difference between IS and WAS is (as it were): perception and progressing time.  A dominant player in the past can be up ended by a nimble player. Some gorillas are now no longer considered as such or we have grown accustomed to them. Perhaps bigger or newer gorillas arose.

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Topics: WSO2 ESB, Digital Transformation, Digital Strategy, Strategy

Going Digilog

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 12 Jun, 2018

Digilog, a combination of analog and digital, is still a powerful concept. We live in a world where we want to be able to choose the channels, sometimes it is digital, sometimes analog. You might be under the impression that digital imagination always is 100% digital.  But actually, it isn’t. Let me show you by using an example. Recently I came across smart2cover, a Dutch insurance company that sells insurance in a different way.  What is different about insurance, the way they sell it is that they sell it at the point of sale. They do so in the form that you might have seen at cash registers in the form of a plastic card, very much like you would buy an iTunes card or any other card that you can put some money on.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, API Management, API Strategy, Digital Strategy, Strategy