Taken as a whole, the converging IT and business mega trends of big data, cloud, mobile and social amount to more than a mere infrastructure or device shift.
Businesses and organizations often embrace some, but not all, of these activities. Their legacy and experience with them individually varies greatly. Each business and vertical industry has its own essential variables. And rarely are the trends embraced in unison, with a plan for how to cross-reference and exploit the others in concert.
Moreover, there are even more elements to the current upheaval: the Internet of things, aka machine-to-machine (M2M), and consumerization of IT (CoIT) implications, as well as the building interest in bring your own device (BYOD). There's clearly a lot of change afoot.
It's no wonder that the coordinated path to so-called Platform 3.0 that includes all these trends and their inter-relatedness is marked by uncertainty—despite the opportunity for significant disruption.
So how should organizations factor standardization, planning, governance, measurement and even leadership over the productive adoption of Platform 3.0? The topic was initially outlined in an earlier blog post by Dave Lounsbury, Chief Technical Officer at The Open Group.
These questions will certainly play a big part of the upcoming The Open Group conference beginning July 15 in Philadelphia. While the theme of the conference is Enterprise Transformation and an emphasis on the finance, government, and healthcare sectors, The Open Group is working with a number of IT experts, analysts and thought leaders to better understand the opportunities available to businesses, and the steps they need to take to best transform amid the Platform 3.0 uptake.
The Open Group vision of Boundaryless Information Flow™ to me forms a large ingredient to helping enterprises take advantage of these convergent technologies. A working group within the consortium will analyze the use of cloud, social, mobile computing and big data, and describe the business benefits that enterprises can gain from them. The forum will then proceed to describe the new IT platform in the light of this analysis, with an eye to repeatable methods, patterns and standards.
Registration to the conference remains open to attend in person, and many parts of the event will be streamed or available to watch later. [Disclosure: The Open Group is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.]
In a lead-up to the conference, The Open Group also organized a Tweet Jam last month around that hashtags #ogP3 and #ogChat to investigate how the early patterns for Platform 3.0 use and adoption are unfolding. I was happy to be the moderator.
Among some of the salient take-aways from the various discussion and the online Twitter chat:
- Speed of technology and business innovation will rapidly change the focus from asset ownership to the usage of services, requiring more agile architecture models to adapt to the rate and impact of such change
- New value networks will result from the interaction and growth of the Internet of things and multiple devices and the expected new connectivity that targets specific vertical industry sector needs
- Expect exponential growth of data inside and outside organizations, converging with increased end-point usage in mobile devices, coupled with powerful analytics all amid hybrid-cloud-hosted environments
- Leaders will need to incorporate new sources of data, including social media and sensors in the Internet of Things and rapidly turn the data into usable information through correlation, fusion, analysis and visualization
- Performance and security implications will develop from cross-technology platforms across more federated environments
- Social behavior and market channel changes will result in multiple ways to search and select IT and business services, engendering new market drivers and effects
And some Tweets of interest from the chat:
- Vince Kuraitis @VinceKuraitis -- Great term. RT @NadhanAtHP: @technodad #ogP3 principle of "Infonomics" introduced by @doug_laney #ogChat http://bit.ly/YnxXwe
- jim_hietala @jim_hietala -- RT @nadhanathp: @VinceKuraitis Agreed. Introducing new definition for ROI - Return on Information http://bit.ly/VAsuAK #ogP3 #ogChat
- E.G.Nadhan @NadhanAtHP -- Boundaryless Information Flow to be introduced into Healthcare @theopengroup conference in July' 13 http://blog.opengroup.org/2013/06/06/driving-boundaryless-information-flow-in-healthcare/ … #ogChat #ogP3
- E.G.Nadhan @NadhanAtHP -- Say hello to the Data Scientist - Sexiest job in the world of #bigdata in the 21st century http://bit.ly/V62TcG #ogChat #ogP3
- Vince Kuraitis @VinceKuraitis -- Business strategy and IT strategy converge @ Platform 3.0 #ogp3 #ogChat
Again, registration to the conference remains open to attend in person. I hope to see you there. We'll also be conducting some BriefingsDirect podcasts from the conference, so watch for those in future posts.