According to CNET’s Eric Mack, “In some ways, the future that so much science fiction promised us is already here…but the decade beginning in 2020 will take us even further toward a world where far-out ideas…become topics of serious conversation.” In a previous blog post, we touched on a number of these ideas—including a cashless society, virtual vacations and implanted cell phones.
According to a research report by CB Insights, The Challenger Bank Playbook, “Challenger banks first made in-roads with consumers who lost faith in institutional firms following the global financial crisis.”
2020 is now upon us and industry analysts and experts are buzzing with predictions for what we can expect from technology in the years ahead. At Eggplant, we believe the new decade will be a pivotal time for test automation—keep an eye on this blog for some of our predictions on emerging trends in AI, DevOps, application performance management and more.
In a recent column in MIT Sloan Management Review, Thomas H. Davenport and Andrew Spanyi wrote, “The evidence is piling up that organization-wide digital transformation is challenging for many organizations.” The authors go on to list many of the factors that are causing companies to struggle with digital transformation—among them, numerous legacy systems, too much technical debt and a large number of functional and business unit data silos to overcome.
2019 was a banner period for technology innovations, with the rise of 5G networks, increased adoption of biometrics, advances in robotics, and new regulations paving the way for more widespread drone deployments among the year’s milestones. It was also a busy time at Eggplant, as we focused on enhancing our solutions to give companies unparalleled testing precision and helping more organizations realize the power of intelligent, AI-driven testing.
In a recent InformationWeek on the evolution of IT success metrics, Lisa Morgan outlines something Eggplant has long espoused: it’s critical that the IT department’s KPIs align with business goals in order to drive optimal outcomes. She writes, “The right thing to report is IT’s impact on the business. For example, instead of reporting system downtime alone, one automotive manufacturer’s IT department now reports system downtime in terms of inventory that wasn’t produced.”
In a recent InformationWeek John Edwards wrote, “Trends can be fleeting. Understanding that innovation is constant, and keeping up with emerging and evolving trends, can be greatly beneficial to one’s job performance and career.” This is certainly true, but I’d take it a step further and argue that keeping pace with current trends is essential not only for individual performance, but for overall business vitality as well.
For a second consecutive year, Eggplant has been named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation!
Deloitte’s annual Holiday Survey of Consumers found that online is king when it comes to the 2019 holiday shopping season. According to the report, consumers of all ages are more likely to rely on Cyber Monday than Black Friday and expect to spend nearly 60% of their holiday budget online. Given eCommerce’s popularity these findings aren’t terribly surprising, however, they underscore that online retailers cannot afford any downtime or performance glitches when Cyber Monday dawns.
In July of this year Cruise, General Motor Co’s self-driving unit, delayed the commercial deployment of cars past its target date of 2019 as the vehicles required more testing before they could be safely on the road. In a blog post on the news Dan Ammann, Cruise’s CEO, wrote, “When you’re working on the large scale deployment of mission critical safety systems, the mindset of ‘move fast and break things’ certainly doesn’t cut it.”