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

Everything will have an API

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 28 Aug, 2018

You know that we like APIs. APIs are a simple way to connect to systems and that simplicity is one of the reasons why APIs are becoming more and more popular. Creating a service that is available using an API, as a micro service or as more traditional service, is actually very easy. So I believe everything will have an API in the future. Every mainframe service, every payment service and of course hardware devices in the area of the Internet of Things. Earlier this year an announcement by the company Dynamics Inc. really blew my mind. At CES, the largest tradeshow on electronics (both consumer and business-to-business), they introduced a new credit card called the wallet card. In this blog you will read what’s so special about this credit card.

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Topics: APIs, API Management, API Strategy, Strategy

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