Digital Transformation: Threat or Opportunity?

Posted by Vinay Babu Yella on 15 Jan, 2019

Digital Transformation is for a company the difference between winning and losing. Companies that were once great are now extinct. For example: Toys "R" Us was once a successful toys store chain, but now out of business after Amazon shook up the retail market with online e-commerce offering customers with greater selection, lower price, and better customer experience. In some cases, much younger companies (for example: Uber, Airbnb, Stripe) are emerging as major disruptors in their industry, using their digital platforms that prove to be a threat to their competitors. Over the past twenty years, it has been proven that the industry disruptors where the first to embrace Digital Transformation, and those other companies that followed were successful by surviving the competition.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Strategy, Digital Strategy, API Strategy, API Management, Microservices, ESB, Data Analytics, Stream Processor, Identity and Access Management, IoT, WSO2 API, WSO2 ESB, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus, WSO2 EI, WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, WSO2 IOT, WSO2 Stream Processor, Cloud

The Magic of Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 8 Jan, 2019

Artificial Intelligence is almost a magical process. When you look at it more closely, you find it maybe a bit mysterious how it actually works but it can bring great benefits to your business. Let's dive into this topic in this blog and first start with the Mechanical Turk, a fake chess-playing machine.

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Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus, WSO2 EI, WSO2 ESB, ESB, Integration

Hype and hoopla

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 2 Oct, 2018

Recently Gartner introduced the 2018 hype cycle for emerging technologies. Every year I’m excited to read about new technologies that will come our way. And also, this year Gartner does not disappoint. For those of you who are not familiar with the concept of the hype cycle, it is a graph created by Gartner analysts on emerging technologies in their path to companies like yours and ours. The hype cycle is built on the premise that the new technology will be hyped to such an extent that it will be able to solve all problems. When we find out that this is not the case realization sets in or, you might even call it disappointment, and it leaves the peak of inflated expectations (the real name in the chart) and fall into the trough of disillusionment because the technology does not solve all of our problems. Eventually some of these technologies will enter the slope of enlightenment and become technologies that you and I can use in our work and our daily lives.

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Topics: Strategy, Digital Strategy, ESB

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

Smart Things

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 21 Aug, 2018

The word Smart is often misused in marketing. Just slap that word in front of any device and suddenly you have a device capable of doing the most amazing things. We have smart fridges, smart thermostats and even smart underwear with sensors woven in the undies and bras that will measure vitals like heart rate, temperature, pressure, motion and so on. Really, I am not kidding. I believe that, unless you are a top athlete or have a chronic condition that needs monitoring, you need to be a bit of a data fetishist to wear such garments. What I mean with smart is not only connected but also capable of adding value by means of its ‘smartness’.

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Topics: Strategy, IoT, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus, WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, WSO2 EI, WSO2 ESB, ESB, Machine Learning