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Artificial intelligence is undeniably a part of the future of business. Every year, we see new products, use cases, and industries that are born due to AI-fueled technology. The intelligent automation market is expected to grow to $230 billion by 2025, and that’s just one capability AI provides.

Every day you spend waiting to update your IT systems is another day you face the consequences of having an outdated IT system, and they’re notable. You lack the flexibility needed to deliver speedy results. You start losing your edge in the competitive marketplace. You risk losing functionality you depend on as your products update to versions your company isn’t ready to support. 

Every new technology your company buys is meant to solve a problem—and it may well do so—but often new technology also creates new problems. For your company to work as efficiently and effectively as possible, your new tech needs to connect seamlessly with other tech products you already have. That’s hard enough, but you also need to keep those connections working through all future updates each of the products have. It’s an overwhelming, ongoing issue that many businesses face.

 

Part of being in business today is using an array of technological tools. While tech can be used to make businesses more efficient and profitable, as more and more products are added to a company’s tech arsenal, the more you’ll face integration issues.

 

 Prophet recently released Altimeter’s report on their current-year research into the state of digital transformation. The 2017 State of Digital Transformation Report aggregates data taken from the survey responses of 528 digital transformation leaders and strategists. It reveals some interesting patterns, a few of which we found noteworthy.

The Docker revolution was based on the promise to add automation and customizability to both application development cycles and deployments. Microservices, which in Docker words means each container in a cluster performs only one specific task, is in fashion now. However, managing large numbers of containers may become a very complex and time-consuming task in the long run. Enter AWS Elastic Beanstalk.  

Business Process Management (BPM) is an important part of many organizations. Many experts agree that BPM is not only important for business operations, it is a necessary component for handling change. There can be changes in assignments, changes in back-end systems and changes in workflow are just some examples. However when changes occur, it has been up to IT to implement and up to the business managers to manage the fallout. We all know change is painful, and the more we can place change control in the hands of the business managers, the better the organization can manage change.

Is your organization up to speed with microservices? Many people like to think their organizations are getting there, but in case you aren’t here’s some key points on why you should be. Abel Tong, Senior Director of Solutions Marketing at Ciena, argues that developers need to move away from the old, monolithic approach and start breaking down large applications into smaller ones.

Sequoia partner Matt Miller has a Wall Street Journal article, Innovate or Die: The Rise of Microservices, that discusses how organizations willing to innovate will be the organizations that not only survive, but thrive in the digital economy. However, innovation isn't something that comes naturally, or easily, for many people or organizations. Innovation requires taking risks, delving into the unknown, and the capability to move quickly.

Natty Gur— Vice President and CIO of The Friedkin Companies, as well as an accomplished photographer, and blogger —managed his department through concurrent “insourcing” of its IT services and migration to the cloud. Faced with fundamental, dramatic market changes, the automotive conglomerate sought to increase organizational agility by self-managing their own cloud-based infrastructure.

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