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The Other Agile Architecture
Building software in an Agile way doesn’t guarantee the software will be agile

Ever since my new book, The Agile Architecture Revolution hit the streets, I've been following the keywords "Agile Architecture" on Twitter. Sure enough, there are plenty of conversations on Agile Architecture - but to my disappointment, most of them aren't about my book, or even what I mean by "Agile Architecture" in my book.

The focus of my book is on architectural approaches to delivering business agility for the enterprise - in essence, taking Enterprise Architecture (EA) to the next level, where constant business transformation is the goal, rather than a fixed end-state. The more common definition of Agile Architecture, however, is applying Agile (Agile-with-a-capital-A) principles to software architecture - a very different perspective.

I discuss the Agile Manifesto in the book, of course - I could hardly put the word Agile in the title without doing so - but these two definitions of Agile Architecture are quite different. However, it's not a question of which is right and which is wrong. Rather, the central question of this ZapFlash is how the two senses of Agile Architecture are related to each other.

Agile Software Architecture
Agilemodeling.com
is a great resource for learning the basics of Agile Software Architecture. There is far more detail there than we can cover here, but in summary, here's how ZapThink interprets the principles of Agile Architecture, according to this site:

  • Everyone on the software team can pitch in and improve the architecture, just as everyone is responsible for all the code in a traditional Agile project. However, not everyone on the development team is equally competent at software architecture, so there should be an owner of the architecture in case of disagreements.
  • Avoid ivory tower architectures, where the architects handing down architecture artifacts from on high rather than being directly involved in development, through constant feedback among architects, developers, and the rest of the team.
  • Don't overdo the architecture. Simple software requires simple architectures which don't require complicated architectural efforts. Even a doghouse needs a plan, but it's vastly simpler than the plan for a large building.
  • Architecture helps Agile software scale, which also means that architecture helps Agile software be more Cloud friendly.
  • Base your architecture on the requirements for your software. Solicit active stakeholder participation, as with any Agile project. Think about future possible requirements, but don't overbuild in anticipation of as-yet undefined needs. In other words, defer commitment on design decisions.

All of the above principles follow basic common sense, and any development team that follows them is bound to have better architected software. But thinking about Agile Architecture as an approach to architecting software leads to a central paradox: building software in an Agile way doesn't guarantee the software will be agile, as we discussed in a ZapFlash in May 2012. The fundamental problem: requirements continue to evolve, but even the most Agile of software development approaches builds to the current requirements. In fact, the final bullet above even exhorts the development team to avoid overbuilding.

We've written about the overbuilding trap before in a pair of blog posts. If we simply demand the developers build code to meet future requirements, without specifying what those requirements might be, we've just sent them down a rabbit hole. Fundamentally, if you look at the problem of building software that provides business agility as nothing more than how to build software to meet future requirements, you'll never find your way out of this hole.

How, then, do we get out of this pickle? How to we build software that responds to changing requirements, without overbuilding our software? Agilemodeling.com discusses the notion of change case modeling, where change cases describe potential new or changed requirements for a software system. In fact, ZapThink has been discussing change case modeling since we introduced the Agility Model back in 2008, although the change cases we discussed go beyond a particular software system to include processes, policies, and other elements of the Enterprise Architecture.

Solutions vs. Tools
The enterprise context for software development focuses on solutions: the stakeholder has a problem, so you build a solution to that problem. Hence when the problem changes, you need a new or different solution. However, not all software development focuses on solutions. For example, many software vendors build and sell software tools.

The most important feature of a tool is that you can use it for different things, even when it is fit for a particular purpose. Even if you limit your hammer to only hammering nails, you can still hammer many different kinds of nails into many different materials, and the hammer manufacturer doesn't have to know any of the specifics. So too with software tools. A software vendor who publishes, say, an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) need have no knowledge about the type of software that users of that IDE might use it for. The tool may be fit for certain types of development, but it's entirely agnostic as to the code its users call upon the tool to build.

The overbuilding problem tends to rear its ugly head when development teams should be building a tool, but focus on building a solution instead. Now it seems that every nail requires a different kind of hammer, where you should really be focusing on building a versatile hammer in the first place. This mistake is very common on SOA initiatives when the SOA team is trying to sort out the agnostic context for its Services: which Services are built for particular purposes (i.e., solutions) vs. Services built for reuse (in other words, tools). After all, the whole idea behind a reusable Service is that it is agnostic with respect to how people might use it in the future, a characteristic such Services share with hammers or any other kind of tool.

Declarative Programming: Configuration over Code
The primary technique software tool vendors use to support different customer requirements with the same tools is to allow customers to configure the tools to meet their needs. In other words, separate the configuration from the code, where the configuration consists of metadata that describe how the software should behave, and the code reads the config files and behaves the way the config files say to behave.

Creating such a configuration file is a classic example of declarative programming. Describe how the software is supposed to work without having to delineate the control flow that instructs the underlying processor what to execute. Declarative programming has been around for years, of course; SQL and HTML are two familiar examples of languages that support this approach. When you write SQL, you expect your database management system to understand it and behave accordingly. Similarly, writing HTML instructs your browser how to behave, while coding the software for the browser itself takes place independent of the Web pages it will be expected to render.

Unfortunately, while declarative programming separates configuration from code, not all configuration leads to agility. After all, dinosaur enterprise application packages like ERP have been configurable for years, but simply separating the behavior of the software from the underlying code is no guarantee of agility, just as defining the behavior of a Web Service by specifying its Service contract in WSDL and XSD files doesn't guarantee the Service will be reusable. Something is still missing from this picture.

To see what's missing, let's take an example of a software-based tool that does provide business agility: Amazon's IaaS tools (or any other Cloud provider's tools that rise to Amazon's standard). The coding wizards back at Amazon HQ have built interfaces that allow anyone with a credit card to provision and configure all manner of compute resources, without ever having to monkey around with the underlying code that makes the Cloud magic work. Supporting declarative configuration is merely the price of admission here. What the Cloud has done is connect people and process to the technology, empowering end users to handle the configuration themselves.

In the enterprise context, then, the missing piece of Agile Software Architecture is Agile Enterprise Architecture, where EA brings together the organization, the processes, the technology, and the information in a consistent, business-driven whole. Configurability alone doesn't provide this consistency. Instead, true Agile Architecture - that is, architecture that supports the business agility requirement - must tie these concerns together using a balanced combination of Enterprise Architecture, governance, and Agile Software Architecture.

ZapThink Take
In the Cloud example above, Cloud users may interact with the Cloud via a browser-based user interface, or they may choose to use the Cloud's APIs. APIs are unquestionably an important part of the Cloud story, but the mere fact we're calling them APIs - application programming interfaces - belies their significance. Turning the Cloud into a massive piece of software we have to program will defeat the agility benefit the Cloud provides, after all.

Fortunately, today's APIs are misnamed. We moved from tightly coupled procedure call interfaces (which were truly APIs) to contracted interfaces we called Services to the interfaces we have now, which we once again call APIs. But just as a Cloud API should provide a declarative, scriptable interface to the same capabilities the browser-based user interface exhibits, today's modern APIs should be user-empowering interfaces.

The movement toward Hypermedia-Oriented Architecture, what some people call REST, is part of this story. Remember, the programmable Web is meant to make software more Web-like, rather than make the Web more programmable. We have all the pieces of Agile Architecture: Agile Software Architecture; declarative, configuration-based programming; hypermedia-based APIs; and Enterprise Architecture to tie everything together. All we need to do know is get the architecture right.

Photo credit: Nadya Peek

About Jason Bloomberg
Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).

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SafeLogic

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Microsoft

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VMware

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Dyn

SICULAR
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Cloudian

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Solgenia

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

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RMS

LYNN
CodeFutures

HEABERLIN
Windstream

RAMA
MURTHY

Virtusa

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE MENO
CommVault

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Adobe

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Rancher Labs

CRISWELL
Alert Logic

COTY
Alert Logic

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SingleHop

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Cisco

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Softlayer

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IBM

HAZARD
Softlayer

GALLO
Softlayer

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GENBAND

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Emcien

LEVESQUE
Windstream

IVANOV
StorPool

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Soha

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IBM Watson

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ProfitBricks

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Microsoft

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Akana

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SIASMSP

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IBM Cloudant

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CTS

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EMC

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GERSMA

Modulus

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CenturyLink

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Cognitive Scale

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Green House Data

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CenturyLink

SLOPER
CenturyLink

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EMC

TALREJA
Cisco

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Systems Services Inc.

COLLISON
Apcera

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OpenCrowd

LYNN
CodeFutures

SWARTZ
Ericsson

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CoreOS

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SIOS

WILLIS
Stateless Networks

MURPHY
Gridstore

KHABE
Vicom

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GetClouder

DIETZE
Windstream

DALRYMPLE
EnterpriseDB

MAZZUCCO
TierPoint

RIVERA
WHOA.com

HERITAGE
Akana

SEYMOUR
6fusion

GIANNETTO
Author

CARTER
IBM

ROGERS
Virtustream
Cloud Expo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers

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Microsoft

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HP

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RILEY
Riverbed

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IBM

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CodeFutures

LYNN
HP

HINKLE
Citrix

KHAN
Solgenia

SINGH
Bigdata

BEACH
SendGrid

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

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Cisco

PATTATHIL
Harbinger

O'BRIEN
Aria Systems

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NuoDB

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EnterpriseWeb

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Appcore

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Parasoft

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Esri

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Vormetric

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Dimension

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Quantum

LOOMIS
Cloudant

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StackIQ

HANNON
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SoftLayer

HOCH
Virtustream

KAPADIA
Seagate

PAQUIN
OnLive

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Innodisk

BARRALL
Connected Data

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AgilePoint

SEGIL
Verizon

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RITTEN-
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Cisco

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Kaazing

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TimeWarner

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SAP

LYNN
HP

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BSQUARE

POLLACK
AOL

KAMARAJU
Vormetric

BARRY
Catbird

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HALL

SUPERNAP

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Verizon

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LEE
Quantum

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Concurrent, Inc.

HATEM
Verizon

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Autodesk

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NIMBOXX

BARSOUM
IBM

GORDON
1Plug

LEWIS
Verizon

YEO
OrionVM

NAKAGAWA
Transparent Cloud Computing

SHIBATA
Transparent Cloud Computing

NATH
GE

GOKCEN
GE

STOICA
Databricks

TANKEL
Pivotal Software



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In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Scott Davis, CTO of Embotics, discussed how automation can provide the dynamic management required to cost-effectively deliver microservices and container solutions at scale. He also discussed how flexible automation is the key to effectively bridging and seamlessly coordinating both IT and developer needs for component orchestration across disparate clouds – an increasingly important requirement at today’s multi-cloud enterprise.
One of the core benefits of Java is the JVM, which is an out-of-the-box memory management. Essentially, we can create objects and the Java Garbage Collector will take care of allocating and freeing up memory for us. Nevertheless, memory leaks can still occur in Java applications. In this article, we're going to describe the most common memory leaks, understand their causes, and look at a few techniques to detect/avoid them. We're also going to use the Java YourKit profiler throughout the article, to analyze the state of our memory at runtime.
Any startup has to have a clear go –to-market strategy from the beginning. Similarly, any data science project has to have a go to production strategy from its first days, so it could go beyond proof-of-concept. Machine learning and artificial intelligence in production would result in hundreds of training pipelines and machine learning models that are continuously revised by teams of data scientists and seamlessly connected with web applications for tenants and users.
We get it. If your company isn’t up on blockchain, your future is doomed. At least, that’s the general vibe industry leaders are putting out – scrambling to understand and utilize a framework that is more frequently associated with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. In other words, block chain is, generally, poorly understood. So, should your company stand back and let it mature, or wade into the fray and hope for the best?
How can an organization with decades worth of accumulated ERP customizations and configurations, IT systems and customized software applications digitally transform fast enough to keep up with the rapidly changing behaviors of digital customers? That is a hard question most organizations are wrestling with today. Often complex custom IT environments served a purpose in a past era, but today where IT speed and agility are required, they serve as anchors restraining an organization from moving forward and digitally transforming fast enough to compete.
We all probably remember the movie (“Jurassic Park”), even if we don’t remember this exact scene: Dr. Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum is explaining Chaos Theory to Dr. Ellie Sattler, played by Laura Dern. Dr. Malcolm is explaining how random, seemingly negligible events can disrupt even the most carefully laid out plans. Dr. Ian Malcolm: [after the T-Rex failed to appear for the tour group]. “You see a Tyrannosaur doesn’t follow a set pattern or park schedules, the essence of chaos.”
API Security has finally entered our security zeitgeist. OWASP Top 10 2017 - RC1 recognized API Security as a first class citizen by adding it as number 10, or A-10 on its list of web application vulnerabilities. We believe this is just the start. The attack surface area offered by API is orders or magnitude larger than any other attack surface area. Consider the fact the APIs expose cloud services, internal databases, application and even legacy mainframes over the internet. What could go wrong?
Digital technology innovations and advancements, and our adoption of them, have changed us. We are different consumers, employers and employees. Our expectations have increased. We have become mobile, impatient and demanding. We are global. We demand immediate, accurate and real-time responses. We use our technology not just for reading historic events and news, but also for predicting our future turn while navigating at 60 MPH.
I have had the opportunity to work for and around a good many start-ups during the course of my career. Often the start-up founders would simply define a problem, develop a solution and launch a company. The marketing department would then do their very best to identify the individuals in each target company that experienced the problem and had a budget to fix it. This was always a challenging task, that has become even harder today.
Fast-paced changes in the business landscape demand enterprises to rethink their existing business models and add innovative capabilities keeping in mind the new imperatives. One among them is the focus on Digital transformation. In the retail industry, growth is measured in terms of increased sales and value addition to existing products while keeping customer expectations in mind. This is where a digital focus is important to remain competitive.
Cloud computing and services platform company ServiceNow took part in the second annual San Francisco located Cloud Field Day #2 event this July 2017. Designed to be an open discussion forum for speakers and audience members to deconstruct and demystify the core mechanics of cloud, ServiceNow speakers were open and frank about the opportunities and challenges facing businesses who want to harness the power of cloud platform technologies in the context of new connected business models.
Deep learning has been very successful in social sciences and specially areas where there is a lot of data. Trading is another field that can be viewed as social science with a lot of data. With the advent of Deep Learning and Big Data technologies for efficient computation, we are finally able to use the same methods in investment management as we would in face recognition or in making chat-bots. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Gaurav Chakravorty, co-founder and Head of Strategy Development at qplum, discussed the transformational impact of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning in maki...
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...
Web services have taken the development world by storm, especially in recent years as they've become more and more widely adopted. There are naturally many reasons for this, but first, let's understand what exactly a web service is. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) defines "web of services" as "message-based design frequently found on the Web and in enterprise software". Basically, a web service is a method of sending a message between two devices through a network. In practical terms, this translates to an application which outputs communication in a standardized format for other client a...
"At the keynote this morning we spoke about the value proposition of Nutanix, of having a DevOps culture and a mindset, and the business outcomes of achieving agility and scale, which everybody here is trying to accomplish," noted Mark Lavi, DevOps Solution Architect at Nutanix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
We have already established the importance of APIs in today’s digital world (read about it here). With APIs playing such an important role in keeping us connected, it’s necessary to maintain the API’s performance as well as availability. There are multiple aspects to consider when monitoring APIs, from integration to performance issues, therefore a general monitoring strategy that only accounts for up-time is not ideal.
In 2016, artificial intelligence (AI) reached its climax. Research and advisory firm Tractica predicted that the annual worldwide AI revenue will grow from $643.7 million in 2016 to $38.8 billion by 2025. The revenue for enterprise AI applications will increase from $358 million in 2016 to $31.2 billion by 2025, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 64.3%. Thus, IT and business decision makers must face up to the potentials of AI already today. For each kind of organization this leads to the question, which type of technologies or infrastructure they can leverage to operate an A...
I recently had the opportunity to give a 10-minute keynote at DataWorks Summit 2017. I know what most of you are thinking: Schmarzo can barely introduce himself in 10 minutes! What sort of keynote could he give in just 10 minutes? And to be honest, I too struggled with what to say. But after some brainstorming with my marketing experts (Jeff Abbott, Erin Banks, and Chris Hill), we came up with an idea: Pose 5 questions that every organization needs to consider as they prepare themselves for digital transformation. And while I didn’t have enough time in 10 minutes to answer those questions...
Because IoT devices are deployed in mission-critical environments more than ever before, it’s increasingly imperative they be truly smart. IoT sensors simply stockpiling data isn’t useful. IoT must be artificially and naturally intelligent in order to provide more value In his session at @ThingsExpo, John Crupi, Vice President and Engineering System Architect at Greenwave Systems, will discuss how IoT artificial intelligence (AI) can be carried out via edge analytics and machine learning technologies that enable things to process event data at the source, learn patterns of behavior over time...
FinTechs use the cloud to operate at the speed and scale of digital financial activity, but are often hindered by the complexity of managing security and compliance in the cloud. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Sesh Murthy, co-founder and CTO of Cloud Raxak, showed how proactive and automated cloud security enables FinTechs to leverage the cloud to achieve their business goals. Through business-driven cloud security, FinTechs can speed time-to-market, diminish risk and costs, maintain continuous compliance, and set themselves up for success.