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9 digital business transformation predictions for 2016

Kevin Pool, Chief Technology Officer, TIBCO Asia | Feb. 23, 2016
TIBCO's approach for serving organisations in the midst of “digitalisation” involves deploying the Fast Data platform.

This vendor-written piece has been edited by Executive Networks Media to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favour the submitter's approach.

2015 was a year of tremendous change in the software industry. Driving the rapid pace of business throughout the year were the rise of digital infrastructure, analytics and the cloud. What the industry calls "the digital transformation" enables organisations to capitalise on advanced communications and data-reliant technologies. For example, enhancing the customer experience or optimising knowledge worker productivity through tool integration.

TIBCO knows the business advantages that come from being a digital enterprise. Our approach for serving organisations in the midst of "digitalisation" involves deploying what we call the Fast Data platform. This platform is comprised of integration, to allow users to connect and engage in useful and intuitive ways, analytics to supply users with the right business intelligence, to make critical decisions at the right time and event processing, to enable users to assess both real-time and historical data at any scale for informed and decisive action.

As we cross into 2016, enterprises will continue to invest in digital transformation with event processing, integration and analytics technologies. We have compiled nine predictions of what you will see more of for the rest of the year.

Integration

The move to the cloud is expediting enterprise innovation across the board, providing scalable on-demand data resources and fostering organisational speed and agility. The logical next step is to improve the connection and integration of cloud technology with the existing products and services that businesses have built their foundations upon.

1. Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is increasingly deployed by serious enterprises 

Mainstream companies will bet big on cloud development platforms such as Cloud Foundry, Docker and the like, for their most mission-critical applications. This will, in turn, raise requirements for cloud-first architecture and tool packaging.

2. APIs will be prolific in the mainstream 

As companies move towards even broader use of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) apps to complement or replace enterprise applications, and as mobile apps continue to multiply, the need for APIs that feed cloud connectivity will grow, with increased emphasis on better developer tools.

3. Application development teams will drive enterprise buying behaviour

Application development teams will start to drive a higher degree of buying behaviour, which will spur drastic improvements in tool packaging and wider consumption of integration solutions.

Analytics

The future of analytics is incredibly bright. Anticipated refinement lies in a combination of continually improved methods to collect the most data from the best sources and transform it into useable information conveyed in clearer and more actionable ways.

4. Visualisation turns insights into action 

The "what-if" and "action" part of the analytics equation will be getting some much-needed attention. Highly configurable dashboards will drive greater insight, delivering targeted visual scenarios to end users and imparting richer understanding. By enabling ad-hoc analysis and visual "popping" of existing and potential scenarios, businesses will be able to pull more accurate insights from disparate data sources. And by enabling simple configuration of alert thresholds, end users will be pushed insights via notifications and contextual analyses for rapid action.

 

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