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

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

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

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

What happened at WSO2Con USA '18 day 1?

Posted by Yenlo on 17 Jul, 2018

This week the WSO2 Conference is happening in San Francisco and of course Yenlo is there. We were planning to write a blog article after the conference but there is happening so much that we couldn’t wait to share it with our dear followers directly. So, here’s a recap of day 1.

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Topics: EVENTS, WSO2, WSO2 ESB, WSO2 API, Microservices