Every year we ask Cutter Consortium’s team of experts what they see as the trends to watch in the coming year/years. We’ve highlighted many of these in various Cutter publications and also here on the Cutter Blog. This year is no different. Cutter Business Technology Journal has compiled many of the articles, and I’ll be pointing out some of the highlights here over the next few weeks. Cutter Fellow Steve Andriole offers a different take: Every year many of the trends [predicted by many sources] are simple extrapolations of the previous year’s trends. But every year there are also some breakout trends. Perhaps of greatest interest are the rates of acceleration some trends experience in Read more
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Blockchain is coming out of the shadows. Originally developed as the distributed ledger technology underlying Bitcoin, it’s now being recognized as a foundational technology providing a legitimate transaction platform for industry and software vendors to deploy and on its way to revolutionizing how the world does business. Blockchain is disrupting/transforming many traditional businesses across the industry spectrum. Currently, blockchain technology is being used to enhance food and drug traceability, enable government efficiencies, automate the trading of shares, improve access to electronic medical records, and secure voting processes, to name but a few. The applications are infinite. An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal, with Guest Editor Philip O’Reilly, will address the current uses of Read more
The Internet of Things. Location-based services. Automated reasoning. Social media. Wearables. Analytics. I could extend this list of “game-changing” technologies, and so could you. What’s a CEO, CIO, CTO, CFO, or business unit president to do? Especially when they go to an investor conference and they’re asked to explain “the game-changing technology plan”? Those who work in the C-suite need smart people, budgets, and technology solutions to impact their business processes and overall business model. In other words, game changers need context; otherwise, C-suite(rs) end up chasing “the next great things,” which is what many companies have done for decades. Remember business process reengineering, Six Sigma, matrix management, and management by objectives? Who created Six Read more
In the upcoming Cutter IT Journal issue on Avoiding Technology Backlash, Bob Charette suggests that cloud computing, data analytics, sensors and the Internet of Things, robotics, mobile and social computing, “super-intelligent” systems and advanced cognitive systems — once wild ideas — are all about to enter the mainstream. The future is here but with technology changing so fast we can’t help but ask, “what’s beyond all the stuff we can see?” What happens when we hit the physical limits of IC manufacturing? Or, how will we avoid hitting them? How will we get multiple order-of-magnitude improvements in data transmission, computing and memory performance, and what happens when we get them? Will quantum entanglement make instantaneous Read more
There has been a lot of discussion about the need for organizations to adopt tablet devices (e.g., iPad, Android-based, PlayBook) to enable their employees to communicate via email, participate in mobile conferencing, and to access, view, and interact with corporate data via reports, dashboards, and other functionality while on the go. Cutter Consortium conducted a survey in 2012 that polled 69 end-user organizations about their mobile technology practices and adoption plans, including the use of smartphones and tablets and issues associated with the development, deployment, and support of mobile devices and end users. According to the survey, almost half of organizations surveyed currently view the use of tablets as a strategic priority to have, while Read more
Keeping up with a changing customer base is an ongoing challenge for organizations. And innovative strategic planning is the key to maintaining a competitive advantage. Recently, CIOs have been turning to a combination of social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) strategies to stay competitive, differentiate themselves and provide a great customer experience. A SMAC strategy also gives organizations the ability to be more collaborative, connective and operate in real-time. But can organizations realistically manage this convergence of technologies such that it doesn’t disrupt their current IT systems or business models? How can these new technologies be assimilated into existing business/IT processes and culture to allow organizations to be transformed by the benefits of SMAC? An Read more
I listen to NPR on my way to work. Today, as part of the coverage of the impending Supreme Court ruling on the healthcare law, there was a really interesting segment on how the Supreme Court Justices decide cases. More than a decade ago, The Cutter Business Technology Council decided to employ this same method, and thus the Cutter Council Opinions were born. (Here’s a sample Opinion on cloud computing.) In a nutshell, the Council Fellows begin with a simple Assertion, capturing a specific nascent trend. The team debates the idea, and if it still stands after this first round, its champion writes a Syllabus describing the idea in more detail and sketching out his or her rationale. Read more