In the software arena I think 2015 will see big winners in those with analytical tooling that can enable access to digital stores, increasingly across multiple data silos. The software architectures will have to accommodate the mobile device favoured by data consumers and deliver a highly contextualised interaction model. The key challenge is going to be how to make money quickly enough to fund the required software development in a way that matches the flexibility and fragmentation of the demand.
Pace will be a critical factor and it will continue to be one of the key threats to the enabling infrastructure both in terms of meeting the function demand but also in being able to iterate rapidly to remain current. This last point brings me to my first New Year’s resolution scarily early. At a recent CIO webinar the topic of DevOps came up as one of the key tactics technology providers will need to adopt to achieve the required flexibility and speed of action and reaction. My resolution is to address my feckless knowledge gap and educate myself on DevOps as I was somewhat embarrassed on the call to be largely uninformed on this topic. I will return to this topic to update on my progress or lack there of in early 2015, but if useful to you too here is an excellent DevOps focused site!
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David Smith is vastly experienced in evolving, communicating & delivering technology enablement. Roles as CIO, CTO, Chief Innovation & Technology Officer and Chief Security Officer at companies such as Fujitsu, PA Consulting and TMP, David views technology through a business value lens, connecting it to current market trends, challenges and opportunities.