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

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

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