When technologies are hot and the buzz is highest, it’s generally earlier than when you’ll get real value for them. However, many hyped technologies have turned out to play an important role, albeit not necessarily in the way they were originally advertised. Here are a few to consider:
Client/Server affected all business in a huge way. It was very painful early on, and there were a lot of missteps. It took time to get in the right place, but we’re using client/server today.
Object-oriented design was one that was going to solve everything. Now it’s embedded in almost everything we do. It has led to a lot of tools in BI and related areas, but it took a very different form than the early directions.”
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) was another proposed answer to all the complexity and integration. The reality is that it has been a very helpful and important piece of making object-orientation and design. As we get into cloud offerings, if we hadn’t done SOA, we’d be in a much worse place as to how to integrate those solutions.
I think big data will fit the same mold. Data usage has taken huge steps forward in the last few years. Big data involves developing more and different kinds of compute availability to take advantage of data sources that didn’t exist a few years ago. Creating the right business model is critical for that. It’s only starting to make a difference, but within a few years it will make a huge impact. Cloud will help to accelerate that impact.
Table of Contents: IIR February 2014: CIO Survivors
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