“Succeeding in the age of automation will be all about how we approach the cultural and technological shift required within IT”, according to Forbes.
In a recent Forbes article, contributor Tom Groenfeldt says “We need to find a way to combine the strength of exploratory testing with automation—a way to combine manual testing, which is smart but slow and expensive, and automated which is fast but stupid.”
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.
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.
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.”
In a recent joint announcement from Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce, the companies stated, “The healthcare industry is at a turning point. Patients and providers are eager for advances in value-based care, patient engagement, and machine learning as they look to usher in a new era of constantly-improving health outcomes and well-being. Interoperability is key to removing the barriers between the healthcare industry and the future it seeks to build.”
Digital transformation is a top enterprise buzzword—and for good reason. As companies across every sector embrace cloud, AI, machine learning, the IoT and other technologies, it’s clear that the future belongs to those who can effectively harness digital technology to drive business outcomes.
Over the next four years, Gartner predicts that 25 percent of employees will use voice to interact with applications in the workplace—up from less than 2 percent in 2019.
A recent article by InformationWeek’s Jessica Davis proclaimed, “RPA is the fastest growing category of software today, driven by enterprise digital transformation efforts.” Davis went on to cite a Gartner report which found RPA has year-over-year growth of 63 percent, which it attributes to “an expensive patchwork quilt of applications and systems” that companies are struggling to manage.
On June 18, many Google Calendar users worldwide got an unexpected surprise when logging into the app—an error message. The issue was resolved approximately three hours later but, as anyone who lives and dies by their calendar knows, three hours is plenty of time to wreak scheduling havoc. The same day, restaurant chain Taco Bell also made headlines for tech issues, when heavy traffic in response to its free Taco giveaway caused the app to crash.