#EnterpriseArchitecture Trends Through 2018

The list below is from about a year or so ago, but it is interesting to think about side by side with Gartner’s observation about the “re-internalization” of IT.  That is, perhaps to the surprise of some, as digital business transformations gain steam, CEO’s are bringing technology back into the enterprise’s core because of its importance to maintaining competitive advantage.

Enterprises are grappling with how to integrate their new innovative “Fast IT” practices with the business critical, risk-averse functions dependent upon “Slow IT.”  Enterprise Architecture is where to look.

1. By 2018, 40% of EA teams will be recognized as leaders by their main focus on disruptive technologies application to drive business innovation.

2. By 2018, 40% of EA teams will be in charge of creating the company’s digital business strategy.

3. By 2018, the new financial aspects of connections will drive companies to increase investments in connected physical systems and resources by 30%.

4. By 2018, 20% of EA teams will utilize business ecosystem modeling to predict and recognize business moments.

5. By 2017, 20% of EA teams will be in charge of recognizing new business designs that influence business algorithms.

Source: Enterprise Architecture Trends for 2016

Controversial Quantum Machine Bought by NASA and Google Shows Promise #quantumcomputing


Researchers from Google’s AI Lab say a controversial quantum machine that it and NASA have been testing since 2013 resoundingly beat a conventional computer in a series of tests.

Note:  the tests involved quantum annealing vs. simulated annealing, still NOT general purpose programming.

Source: Controversial Quantum Machine Bought by NASA and Google Shows Promise | MIT Technology Review

The US Military Is Responsible For Almost All The #Technology In Your #iPhone

This is a really interesting article, and a powerful image below.  Very few people, technologists included, know where the technology they use every day originated.  This very clearly shows how the consumers technologies we take for granted every day had the origins elsewhere.

Two interesting potential follow-on exercises that might be worth pursuing :

  1. Trace back the DARPA, etc. research projects in time to get an idea of how long the military used these technologies before they cascaded down to consumer tech.
  2. Trace back the precursor and enablement technologies further back from the ones in the chart below.  For example, the microprocessor is a descendant of the transistor, which was advanced largely due to NASA and the space race in the 50s and 60s.
  3. The article uses i-devices because it’s what everyone knows.  However, Apple is almost never a first-mover on technologies anymore.  They benefit by making existing technologies, invented by others, more accessible to the broader, and sometimes techno-illiterate, masses.  The iPod, for example, came out at least a half-decade after MP3 players from others.  The Treo, Palm and Blackberry devices all substantially preceded the iPhone.  Apple performs low-risk sustaining innovation, but receives accolades as though it were disruptive innovation (that’s their real genius, btw).  SO ….. it would be educational to add the actual first-mover consumer products to this chart.

Source: The US Military Is Responsible For Almost All The Technology In Your iPhone – Business Insider