One of the key objectives for Digital Transformation – a term we hear every day in management and Information Technology circles – is the pursuit of solutions that bring together business and technology. Pretty simple, right?
But the steps to achieve the transformational benefits of technology are more complex. Data resides in different systems, and just as IT consolidates one data ecosystem, the rapid evolution of business, and by extension data management and access, evolve and change. An obvious example is linking health records to genetic history. Most doctors and business leaders would agree this is extremely valuable, but not pervasively implemented. Once that solution is pervasive, would it not be beneficial to link it to Insurance, and thereby reduce insurance costs via emphasis on the patient’s specific and likely requirements for treatment and drugs or supplements? These same principles and requirements apply to virtually every business.
In 2020 we will see an acceleration of the efforts of business and IT to partner in developing solutions that provide a framework for rapid evolution. Bringing distinct data ecosystems into a Unified Platform, and integrating them intelligently, will be an important part of this acceleration. There are a few solutions that are unique and new in their ability to unify disparate data and application ecosystems into a single unified platform. Look for those that:
- provide rapid development and integration of applications and (micro)services;
- enable continuous agile evolution of applications and microservices (including AI/RPA bots); and
- provide a solution for cross-cloud integration and integration to legacy apps to effect the accumulation of distinct app and data ecosystems into a “single pane of glass” – a unified platform that can bring them together for the business into an efficient and intelligent “use place.”
by James Hanley, CEO, Crowd Machine