A smart bridge is more than a bridge

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 30 Oct, 2018

Bridges have enormous impacts on society. Historically, having a bridge meant that you can trade a new business with the other side, increasing prosperity. Bridges give shelter when it is raining and if you are down on your luck, you might even sleep under a bridge. Even in mathematics, bridges play a role given the Seven Bridges of Königsberg problem. For many people a bridge is a way to get, for instance, across a river. When a bridge out of order for a considerable amount of time, as happened a while ago in my hometown it is a nuisance for most people. Bridges are made of all kinds of materials like wood, concrete, steel or any other combination. Even a cardboard bridge is an option. But did you know that a 3D printed bridge will soon appear in Amsterdam?

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Topics: Strategy, Digital Strategy, API Strategy, API Management, WSO2 API

Shiny front-end and dirty back-end

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 23 Oct, 2018

Recently one of my colleagues attended a meeting at Mobgen, the digital agency from Accenture and what was striking was that what they are doing their best to define what can best describes as ‘shiny front-end’ implementation of the customer experience. I am talking about all kinds of dialogues, chat bots, deep learning, APIs machine learning, et cetera. They showed some real needs used in cases where beautiful experience is actually being shown. One of the examples that they showed was a an application (Smartify) they developed for the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam where they used a camera on a smart phone to scan the image of a painting and gather additional information on the painting, painter et cetera.

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

Empty batteries

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 16 Oct, 2018

We have more and more access to WiFi and charging possibilities for our wireless devices. That means we can just continue to be online as much as we like. When you look from a business perspective there might be two reasons why you should be concerned. One of them is that your employees might be working too much, not taking enough downtime from work, possibly risking burnout. The other thing is: what is this constant stream of traffic doing to your API’s? How do they perform and how could you know?

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Topics: Strategy, APIs, API Management, API, WSO2 API

O2, H2O and 01010101010

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 9 Oct, 2018

Last summer I went on holiday to the USA. The summer period is a time of relaxation, away from the business. However, that does not mean that I am completely disconnected. And nor is my family. A small revolt occurs when we do not have an internet connection. But in the USA, there is a caveat when going online! In Europe, roaming charges have been largely abandoned and I roam from my existing subscription without incurring charges. With a per MB charge of EUR 2.50 in the USA, this easily adds up to a very unwelcome bill if you are not careful when using your mobile devices. But we need the internet like we need oxygen and water. It is a necessity for modern life. Is that a good thing?  Yes and no. No, because you run a change that you do not unwind from the daily grind, constantly checking your mail and answering calls. Yes, because it also allows you to live your life, navigate through a city and so on.

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Topics: Strategy, API Strategy, APIs

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