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An End-to-End Solution
Can one company fulfill all of the requirements of an organization?

I was asked by Mr. Peter Hastings (NH DoIT Commissioner) about my understanding and knowledge of "End to End Solutions". I have witnessed these solutions before but I wanted to find a good definition. So, I began my research and found this definition: One supplier or one company that can provide all of your hardware and software needs in a suite of tools that meets all of the customers requirements and no other suppliers need to be involved. I think this is a good one and makes sense to me.

I'm sure there are many other definitions that exist and this is simplistic in nature but I see this as a baseline definition. One could certainly branch off of this definition to encompass a variety of explanations but let's stick with this one for this article.

This idea has been around for sometime now and slowly but surely as the years go on it seems to go away and pop up and go away and pop up, etc... I have been watching and observing for a long time as well and witnessed the process and implementation of these suites over the years and have developed my own opinions about all encompassing tools. So, this has come up before in my career.

Commissioner Hastings wanted to understand at a high level if there was any benefit for our development teams across the enterprise of State government to integrate and entire suite of tools to achieve a more seamless Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). If this were possible there could be savings realized by having shorter development life cycles rather than an application taking three years to complete, trim a year and the State could save money.

Theoretically, this is a great idea and makes good sense but in reality the only shops that can take on an idea of this magnitude are shops with a lot of money, a lot of staff and a lot of expertise in house because inherit in the words "End to End Solution" I hear big, large, enormous, all encompassing and there is a lot of overhead in this idea right out of the gate.

I explained to the Commissioner in advance and prefaced my dialog as such that I would be happy to write about this subject but that not all would agree with my analysis and conclusions. I explained to the Commissioner that this would only be my perspective and that there are varying experiences that would be a counterpoint to my thoughts on this subject. The Commissioner is quite open to varying opinions and really just wanted to understand the subject more than anything else at a high level. Now, I can only tell you what I have seen and witnessed over the years and share my thoughts.

The premise that one company can fulfill all of the requirements of an organization: Can this be true? Can one supplier/company provide this much and help an organization realize a cost savings? My opinion is that I have not seen this be true to date. It's a big white unicorn in my opinion, although, you have to believe in a unicorn once in a while. Every company has their specialty. Those things they do well and those things they try to do well and fail at.

We are all microcosms of the wider world so we are all "End-to-End Solutions" in some way, do we as humans do it all well? I think not. We all have those things we do well and those things we don't. The same goes for companies. So, the premise that a company can deliver it all to me is not real but fantasy in my opinion. Not only that but let's take it one step further and play devils advocate for one moment and even if a company could deliver an entire "End to End Solution" a suite of tools that delivered it all.

These are the next questions to ask: Can the organization it's being delivered to in reality manage it all? Do they have all the staff to support the toolsets in the suite, do they have all the expertise required to implement the toolsets in the suite, do they have the time it takes to learn and support the toolsets in the suite and can they really manage an entire suite of toolsets successfully?

If I were to think even of one tool in the suite, let's take the SCM tool since I know that tool well. You have the software configuration administration piece of the tool, you have the release management tool performing compiles, you have defect tracking tool to manage deficiencies, modifications and enhancements against the application, then you have code reviews and theoretically this could be three to four people with these skills. That's just one toolset in the suite. Do you have all of this expertise in one person in house already? SCM is not an easy skill to come by to begin with.

What tools will your organization do well at and which ones do you have the knowledge in already? Several toolsets in the suite may be worked because there is expertise in house on those toolsets but not on others and you may have to hire or train staff in house on the other toolsets providing you have the staff to train. In any case it usually turns out to be that you don't have all that it takes and as such fail at the implementation. Once the implementation fails and the buy in from management fades because no one wants to be associated with a failing project and the grass roots folks that are really working the products on the ground are to stressed from the implementation the experiment is over and lots of money is wasted that could have been targeted in another more productive manner.

The problem really is that when you get a lot of folks in a room and the sell is on and the atmosphere is charged with enthusiasm and a lot of folks see potential savings not yet realized that could be they become swept away in a sell. When this happens it usually ends up costing an organization a lot of money that was unintended and at some point the question is always asked what did we do?

I agreed to write on this subject ultimately because I'm bugged about "End to End Solutions". I bugged about the sell. I'm bugged about the hype and the promise that I don't see how anyone could deliver. For example: I have recording software that is more automated than anything I have seen before but I still have to know how to run the tool, record with it, how to mix, add effects, edit the recording, master to a stereo track even though the tool is very automated.

This would be the case for the "End to End Solution": There is the Testing tool, The QA tool, The Project Management tool, The Requirements Gathering tool, the SCM tool, the Defect Tracking tool and whatever other tool or plug-in you add to the suite. I'm sure the suites can be customized as well to only include what you need for your organization, which makes more sense.

The bottom line is, that's a lot of expertise, staff, time, money and resources. The tools have to be learned; you might have to hire folks in addition to support them, others will have to be cross trained in the event that your expertise goes away. What organization can really afford this level of overhead other than large organizations with a chunk of capital?

I think one of the big mistakes that organizations make is that when these sells are occurring there is often times no expertise from the organization in the room to ask the tough questions. What training is the supplier offering, what is the technical support like, are you using a proprietary database, if the database goes down who supports it, etc...

So, it's typically managers who are in the room who are not even going to do the work on the ground or support these behemoths. I'm bugged by the suites themselves that typically do a good job in one area and fall down in others but yet you now have an entire suite of tools to make-work. For example: I have seen some companies make a great SCM tool but a terrible Defect Tracking tool and a great Project Management tool but a terrible SCM tool.

The idea that one supplier can do it all in my opinion I feel is flawed. Just like when I'm recording music, since that's the analogy that I understand best. As automated as any mix they want to make whether they say click here for rock, jazz, easy listening, etc... The user still has to do something to get to that place and if that is not the right place the user must have an understanding of how to get to the right place. So, human intervention is required. Truly automated tools are a myth in my opinion.

Now a lot of folks are going to disagree with me because they are selling these monster's to people who can't support them, implement them, maintain them, provide technical support on them and mentor other's on them. It really requires and army depending on how big the organization is and that brings up my first example.

Every organization wants to save money and often times find themselves getting sold on this pot of gold that if everything could be integrated across the enterprise of our business however big or small we could save so much money and here's the thing as I said earlier.

A large organization can take the impact of a completely integrated software environment like this because it has the staff. Now if they have the staff, then it's possible they have the expertise or you at least have the staff that can be trained by the seller initially to get your people trained. However, when the customer leaves there must be competent staff that can truly maintain the tools and champion the tools to create the standard that can actually produce the desired result and cost savings.

For most organizations the additional staff, training and expertise in itself would more than likely be a great expense that was unintended. Good for you and your organization if you have the expertise of the suites toolsets in house but typically that is not the case.

Often times you have to go outside your space to find some help. Maybe to find someone who knows QA, which is hard to find these days or SCM's, that is even harder, Tester's, etc... If you have a suite of five toolsets you must have a champion of each one of those toolsets in order to get them introduced successfully in an organization.

Now, if you try this with State government your even more likely to fail because you never have the staff, expertise, time or the money. I have seen this attempted at least two times in my tenure.

Also, something that organizations don't take into consideration when taking on suites like this is that it usually requires a culture that accepts change and having their cheese moved and understand the chain of command. It requires typically a culture shift and most folks don't like change, including me. However, it was once said to me many years ago that Change is stability. It's the one constant. So, I try to believe in that.

So, consider for one moment an organization taking on a tool suite of this nature the "End to End Solution". Once you have hired staff, have your trained expertise in house, your staffing is solidly in place, you now need your leader to convincingly direct the staff to implement and accept the new methodology. This industry is always in flux and moves fast and is never is static but change is still difficult to implement.

When everyone gets on the bus and you have institutionalized a new culture with new toolsets and they are embraced, then savings can be realized because anyone who then draws outside the lines changes the integrity of the outcome and a new outcome emerges.

I've told you what you need and that larger organizations are more successful at this than smaller ones because they have the staffing, expertise, money and time on their side.

Let me just provide one example of what I have seen and the way I think this can be done successfully even in smaller organizations. Many attempts fail and the reason is simple. It's too big to eat. I mean these implementations are monstrous. They take multiple administrators for starters of every toolset in the suite. One person should never be running the whole suite with each tool having it's own administrator that would be a security risk. You never want one person having all the keys to the kingdom anyway.

There are multiple layers of understanding and expertise and a lot of time to get up and running. Now, I'll have plenty of folks who will disagree with me and that's fine. They are the ones selling these suites. They are going to have a different opinion and that's fine.

As I have learned in life anyway one-third of the people are going to like you, one third of the people are going to hate you and one third of the people don't care.

So, you purchase the suite anyway and the first toolset you'll tackle is the testing suite. Now you need to have a body that understands the testing tool. How to write the scripts that get populated into the tool to run the test scripts and they are constantly changing based on new functionality, modifications, deficiencies and enhancements against the applications under development. If you don't have a good scriptwriter for testing you are already in trouble.

Now you are going to tackle the Project Management tool. Who really knows this skill? I've never met anyone who actually used a tool like this and understood it and implemented it well. That's just my experience. I'm sure they are out there. To me this is a rare expertise. Moving onto the QA tool, then the SCM tool, Defect Tracking Tool, etc.. There could be a combination of toolsets. My point is that you have to eat a tool one at a time. It's extremely hard to begin with to standardize any tool across any organization never mind a suite of toolsets. However, if you take a small bite, digest that and then the next one and so one you'll be more successful.

I feel scalability is the answer and actually makes more sense. If you can customize the suite to only include in it what you have expertise in and build upon that knowledge slowly I feel you can be more successful. For example start with the expertise you have in house. Let's say you have SCM and Defect Tracking knowledge.

Introduce those tools and let users in your organization get comfortable with that standardization. Then once that is stable introduce the Project Management, then Testing, then Requirements Gathering, etc... It doesn't have to be in this order clearly. It can be in whatever order you want but if you go slowly you won't break the bank and it will evolve. I always tell folks this is an evolution not a revolution.

Just look at world events, when there is a revolution and the old government is now out of office typically no one knows how to introduce a new government successfully. Even when they do they try to do the whole thing at once and it fails because it usually takes years to get in the situation that you are in and it's going to take time to get out of it and change it. So, an evolution is always a better approach in my opinion. Slow progress over time gathering up steam as one tool is introduced after another until it's all in place.

Should an organization even take on this kind of an exercise you have to put competent people on it because competent people can mentor others and this makes the implementation more successful at the end of the day. Every person has their strength's and weaknesses so your going to want to put folks on the job that have a proven track record at pushing change through. Not an easy thing to do.

You want folks running this who have experience with rejection and get a leadership that is 100% unfalteringly driving the process. One exception to the process and the entire suite will fail.

If you were smart while you were implementing the toolset you have strength in you would have been learning the next toolset in the suite to be ready to move forward with that implementation the moment the first tool was completely implemented. This way there is no pause in the next learning curve.

There is a lot of work that goes into these suites and it's not just staffing a tool like this and finding the expertise to implement the various pieces/tools. This includes upgrading the tool, applying any bug fixes, maintaining the OS, supporting back-up's. The list really does go on.

One thing to make sure to find when examining the SCM toolset in the suites is that it has a Generic repository perspective. This really is the answer for the SCM piece of the puzzle. You need to have repositories, which is a glorified name for a folder that will house any type of asset in the organization. You can have an "End to End Solution" for one development tool and one project but most development environments contain multiple tools (Java, Cobol, PowerBuilder, etc.). Now you'll have to introduce multiples toolsets and twice the overhead and no way of measure across an enterprise. That's a waste of money in the final analysis.

You need to make sure that these repositories can support any platform of development tool that an organization has in house or across the enterprise depending on how your organization is structured. SCM tools that only support one platform or another that are part of a suite of this nature in the "End to End Solution" are limited in scope and are not flexible enough to be called standards and standardizing and centralizing is how you really save money.

I don't know of to many organizations anyway that only have one application language they are developing in and nothing else and if you're serious about SCM you have to take into account every type of software asset or intellectual property you have in the enterprise.

I'm not saying that there are not exclusive Java, Visual Studio or PowerBuilder shops because they exist. What I am saying is that large organizations like States for example typically have a lot of legacy applications that were developed in many types of languages and to have a SCM tool in your "End to End Solution" suite that only covers one language or another could never be a standard. Where would you house all the rest of your source data assets, intellectual property or mission-critical assets in a second SCM tool or a third?

If that is the case there goes the whole benefit of reporting, managing, requirements gathering, testing on all of your assets in the enterprise because you won't have everything in one repository but in multiple repositories. Then the "End to End Solution" idea is a moot point. The benefit is lost. Now you will need more expertise, more money, more staff, more time, more resources and now your wasting more of everything and you lose the value of the "End to End Solution" anyway. There is no value in supporting just one type of language at all, the metrics will be quite limited and remember the purpose of these suites to begin with is to standardize, centralize and realize cost savings across an entire organization not just one project.

Listen to how this makes no sense we spent all of the money and bought an "End to End Solution" just for the Java team or the Visual Studio team or the PowerBuilder team. What about all the other types of development you are performing? Don't you want to save money in those areas of application development as well? For the cost of these suites I would hope so and anything else would be a waste of time, money and resources for any organization.

There is also the disaster recovery aspect would you secure one set of assets and then not secure another set. For example would I only care about my PowerBuilder source assets and not my Visual Studio assets? If I have a repository perspective that can only handle one type of data assets, what happens if there is a catastrophic event I only can recover one sets of assets but not another. So, when looking at these suites and considering disaster recovery make sure the SCM toolset has a generic repository that can secure and control any type of source data assets in your organization. It doesn't have to be great at it but it does have to work.

Summary
There are a lot of pitfalls to these "End to End Solutions" make sure you have competent folks in the room that can ask the hard questions and if the managers are embarrassed by the hard questions at the dog and pony show they are going to be even more embarrassed when they buy the suites and begin to lose money for the organization, the implementation fails, they lose their jobs or have to move on to distance themselves from the failure and the organization has to absorb the cost.

You have to make sure you have the staff, the time, the money; the expertise and that you choose suites that can support every type of source data asset in your enterprise. Make sure leadership convincingly communicates the change. Take small bites and digest those and make the cultural shifts in your organization you need to make before moving on to the next toolsets in the suite. It's an evolution not a revolution so think it through and don't get caught up in the sell. It will only cost you more money later when you buy on impulse.

My background is that I have been working in Software Configuration Management (SCM) for a few years now and I am presently, the administrator of SCM at the State of NH. SCM is a process-based Software Configuration Management (SCM) tool for managing application source code, intellectual property and mission critical assets. In this capacity I also secure these assets for disaster recovery purposes. I manage 400 plus applications housed in SCM and support 400 users using the product. The development tools we currently use are PowerBuilder PBV8, PBV11 and 12; Visual Studio 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2012; Eclipse, Juno, RAD, Mule, Cold Fusion, Java, COBOL and VB.

As the Software Configuration Manager (SCM), I provide the administration of the source code management tool. This includes the entire infrastructure of the environment for development, developing life cycles, providing best practices, procedures, processes, documentation; defect tracking, disaster recovery, maintaining build machines and the training of all the developers on proper source code management using the development tools in our development environment.

Risk to End to End Solutions

  • Not enough staff to support the toolsets
  • Not enough expertise to understand the toolsets with great clarity (Testing, SCM, Defect Tracking, QA, Requirements Gathering, Project Management)
  • Loss of expertise to other employment opportunities.
  • No cross training of expertise or transfer of knowledge
  • No solid implementation team
  • The expertise required to analyze these tools are typically not invited to the dog and pony show.
  • Not enough capital when problems arise.
About Al Soucy
Al Soucy is software configuration manager at the State of New Hampshire's Department of Information Technology (DoIT). In that role Al manages software configuration for dozens of PowerBuilder applications as well as applications written in Java, .NET, and COBOL (yes, COBOL). Al plays bass guitar, acoustic guitar, electric rhythm/lead guitar, drums, mandolin, keyboard; he sings lead and back up vocals and he has released 8 CDs.

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Everything run by electricity will eventually be connected to the Internet. Get ahead of the Internet of Things revolution. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Akvelon expert and IoT industry leader Sergey Grebnov provided an educational dive into the world of managing your home, workplace and all the devices they contain with the power of machine-based AI and intelligent Bot services for a completely streamlined experience.
As many know, the first generation of Cloud Management Platform (CMP) solutions were designed for managing virtual infrastructure (IaaS) and traditional applications. But that's no longer enough to satisfy evolving and complex business requirements. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Scott Davis, Embotics CTO, explored how next-generation CMPs ensure organizations can manage cloud-native and microservice-based application architectures, while also facilitating agile DevOps methodology. He expla...
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DX World EXPO, LLC, a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
"Space Monkey by Vivent Smart Home is a product that is a distributed cloud-based edge storage network. Vivent Smart Home, our parent company, is a smart home provider that places a lot of hard drives across homes in North America," explained JT Olds, Director of Engineering, and Brandon Crowfeather, Product Manager, at Vivint Smart Home, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Conference Guru has been named “Media Sponsor” of the 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organizers to pass great deals to gre...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develop...
In his Opening Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, John Considine, General Manager of IBM Cloud Infrastructure, led attendees through the exciting evolution of the cloud. He looked at this major disruption from the perspective of technology, business models, and what this means for enterprises of all sizes. John Considine is General Manager of Cloud Infrastructure Services at IBM. In that role he is responsible for leading IBM’s public cloud infrastructure including strategy, development, and offering m...
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to ...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
Large industrial manufacturing organizations are adopting the agile principles of cloud software companies. The industrial manufacturing development process has not scaled over time. Now that design CAD teams are geographically distributed, centralizing their work is key. With large multi-gigabyte projects, outdated tools have stifled industrial team agility, time-to-market milestones, and impacted P&L stakeholders.
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to it...
22nd International Cloud Expo, taking place June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and co-located with the 1st DXWorld Expo will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud ...
"Cloud Academy is an enterprise training platform for the cloud, specifically public clouds. We offer guided learning experiences on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and all the surrounding methodologies and technologies that you need to know and your teams need to know in order to leverage the full benefits of the cloud," explained Alex Brower, VP of Marketing at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
Gemini is Yahoo’s native and search advertising platform. To ensure the quality of a complex distributed system that spans multiple products and components and across various desktop websites and mobile app and web experiences – both Yahoo owned and operated and third-party syndication (supply), with complex interaction with more than a billion users and numerous advertisers globally (demand) – it becomes imperative to automate a set of end-to-end tests 24x7 to detect bugs and regression. In th...
"MobiDev is a software development company and we do complex, custom software development for everybody from entrepreneurs to large enterprises," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
"There's plenty of bandwidth out there but it's never in the right place. So what Cedexis does is uses data to work out the best pathways to get data from the origin to the person who wants to get it," explained Simon Jones, Evangelist and Head of Marketing at Cedexis, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
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RMS

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CodeFutures

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Windstream

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Virtusa

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IndependenceIT

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Adobe

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Microsoft

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HOLT
IBM Cloudant

SHAN
CTS

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EMC

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Cognitive Scale

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Green House Data

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SLOPER
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IBM

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SINGH
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SendGrid

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@ThingsExpo Blogs
This is the time of year when everyone makes his or her predictions for 2018. I have my predictions as well, but wanted to do something a bit more fun. So I thought I’d look backwards to the state of technology 50 years ago to gain some insights that we can use to make projections about 2018. That is, what “predictions” made in the 1950’s might tell us about 2018. However, it’s really hard to find predictions about the future made in the 1950’s. There was no Internet or Social Media or Reality TV, so I found the next best proxy…sci-fi movies! I decided to review the most popular sci-fi mo...
Our cities have been connected since the dawn of urbanization in the Indus Valley and on the plains of Mesopotamia nearly ten millennia ago. Cities exist to gather and connect people, bringing us together into communities and joint ventures that need complex networks of communication. But in recent years the connected city has come to mean something more. Today and in the future, the connected city will not just be about people connecting with people, but people with machines, people with people via machines, and perhaps most importantly, machines with machines.
The time of year when crystal balls get a viewing and many pundits put out their annual predictions for the coming year. Copying off since 2012, rather than thinking up my own, I figured I’d regurgitate what many others expect to happen. Top 10 Cyber Security Predictions for 2018 – Infosec Institute kicks off this year’s Top 10, Top 10 list with a look back at their 2017 predictions (AI, IoT, etc.) and dives head first into 2018 noting that Ransomware will be the most dangerous threat to organizations worldwide; cryptocurrency will attract fraudsters looking to mine; cloud security will (ag...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the development process, accelerating application delivery times, and ensuring that developers will become hero...
A strong declaration from a historically antagonist foe should put chills in the hearts of Americans preparing themselves for the world ahead: Russian President Vladimir Putin says the nation that leads in AI will be the ruler of the world [1]” … The ruler of the world! From the article (with some modification to avoid political landmines), we get the following: “The development of artificial intelligence has increasingly become a national security concern in recent years. It is China and the US (not Russia), which are seen as the two frontrunners, with China recently announcing its ambi...
This month, an AI (artificial intelligence) system passed a medical exam in China for the first time. I wonder how its bedside manner will be? In addition, Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a robot named Sophia. With all these rapid advancements, I think it is time we explore the spiritual life of robots. Up till recently, programmers coded and configured algorithms, AI, automation and machine learning system and took personal responsibility for all the code. Today, however, AI has escaped the confines of human oversight and has been empowered and employed to self-program, self-optimize, ...
Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have been the subject of much discourse in the last several years. They were widely anticipated in the gaming and entertainment industries, but in marketing and corporate settings, the benefits were murky at best. Today, these technologies are becoming more of a reality in all areas of business. For example, the new IKEA® shopping app leverages augmented reality to help shoppers determine how certain popular items will look in their homes – no trip to a crowded megastore necessary. Marriott® deployed virtual reality for customers to see its hot...
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
As we end 2017, I’m tired of writing “lecturing” blogs about what organizations should be doing to master data monetization in order to power their business models and achieve digital transformation. While the objective of every organization should be to master big data and data science (artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning) to drive “data monetization,” let’s take a breath and have some fun. My recent ankle surgery afforded me the opportunity to binge watch “Game of Thrones.” As I watched the impending battle between the White Walkers and humanity, I couldn’t help but ...
For better or worse, big data has irrevocably altered the digital landscape. The explosion in variety, velocity, volume and value of information presents an abundance of previously unimaginable opportunity. But it also creates a number of challenges that need to be successfully navigated. This reshaped technical world poses the following question to organizations: do you risk presenting, stale, incorrect or erroneous data to your customers? Because, with 2.5 quintillion bytes of data now being created every day, finding a way to manage and harness such potential is a new experience for everyo...
Net Neutrality rules were originally enacted to ensure that all Americans would have equal access to a free and open Internet. We can argue about what Net Neutrality rules did and did not accomplish in a moment, but now I want to explore the most sensational of all the post–Net Neutrality fears: the death of the Internet. If you’re still reading, you know that the FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality rules (aka the Open Internet) and replace it with the “Restoring Internet Freedom” order. The outcry from the Open Internet camp has been loud, hyperbolic, hypothetical, and mostly based on the fun...
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be looking at some significant engineering investment. On-demand, serverless computing enables deve...
“Why incur the expense of generating and collecting all of this IoT data if you’re not going to monetize it?” Organizations are racing to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) as the pundits create “visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads.” McKinsey Global Institute released their study “The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value beyond the Hype” in June 2015 that highlighted the staggering financial value that IoT could create! (See Figure 1.)
Recently I read somewhere this statement – As we end 2017 and look ahead to 2018, topics that are top of mind for data professionals are the growing range of data management mandates, including the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation that is directed at personal data and privacy, the growing role of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in enterprise applications, the need for better security in light of the onslaught of hacking cases, and the ability to leverage the expanding Internet of Things.
There is a war a-brewin’, but this war will be fought with wits and not brute strength. Ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declaration that “the nation that leads in AI (Artificial Intelligence) will be the ruler of the world,” the press and analysts have created hysteria regarding the ramifications of artificial intelligence on everything from public education to unemployment to healthcare to Skynet. Note: artificial intelligence (AI) endows applications with the ability to automatically learn and adapt from experience via interacting with the surroundings / environment. See the b...
What's disruptive innovation, and why does it matter to leaders in the C-suite? It's how the savvy non-conformist will target market opportunities. How does this happen, when established companies seem to have the advantage? Creative software developers can quickly apply new technologies and digital business models to capture untapped demand.

Moreover, the most disruptive new companies will eventually reshape entire industries, swiftly pushing aside the legacy incumbent players -- it's a form of Digital Darwinism. The global networked economy will blossom, thanks to the pervasive In...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to iterate use cases, bring understanding to those seeking to explore complicated technical concepts and ...
22nd International Cloud Expo, taking place June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and co-located with the 1st DXWorld Expo will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises are using some form of XaaS – software, platform, and infras...
So data warehousing may not be cool anymore, you say? It’s yesterday’s technology (or 1990’s technology if you’re as old as me) that served yesterday’s business needs. And while it’s true that recent big data and data science technologies, architectures and methodologies seems to have rendered data warehousing to the back burner, it is entirely false that there is not a critical role for the data warehouse and Business Intelligence in digitally transformed organizations.