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

Keep Reinventing Yourself

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 24 Jul, 2018

Running a business means constantly reinventing yourself. A good example of that is Booking.com. What I like about Booking.com is that they disrupt themselves every now and then and actively make connections with startups and other parties because getting to the top is one thing, staying there is another...

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

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

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

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: Smart Transit, Strategy, Digital Strategy, Digital Transformation