Titans of Technology: Pioneers of Next Generation IT Architecture

Posted on May 2, 2013

Today’s technology landscape is dominated by four technology giants: Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. These four pioneering companies are the faces of the four biggest technology trends that are affecting all corporate, commercial and public sector organizations today:

  • Social media
  • Cloud computing
  • Big Data
  • Mobile technology

The shift to these technologies presents nearly limitless opportunities to enterprises, but is accompanied by several challenges.  These range from addressing Enterprise and Consumer requirements, governing and securing the new IT architecture, and harnessing the skills and capabilities necessary to complete and survive based on these new technologies.  As enterprises integrate social media, Cloud computing, Big Data, and mobile into their legacy Enterprise Architectures and business models, they must consider the following challenges:

Navigating the Enterprise-Consumer Continuum:  The Enterprise-Consumer continuum highlights the challenge of providing a user experience that is rich, social and engaging, while ensuring that the enterprise and enterprise data assets is secure. The Enterprise-Consumer continuum examines the tension between end-user and consumer requirements, as compared to the requirements and needs of  Commercial or Public Sector enterprises. Enterprises must find ways to support the engagement architecture needs of RDAC customers and employees, while meeting the needs of the enterprise.  This tension will be a persistent challenge with accelerating adoption of these technologies.

Balancing Governance, Security, Risk and Control with Enablement and Access:  The IT organization of today cannot say “no” to the enchroasment of mobile, social, Cloud and Big Data.  The IT organization, and its IT architecture, must enable the rich media consumer experience from Sunday evening to be experienced Monday through Friday during the typical work week.  Governance models, policies and processes must be updated to allow access to these contemporary technologies while maintaining security. Finding the balance between Governance and control as opposed to enablement and access is going to be challenging.

Engaging with Consumer Technology Firms from an Enterprise IT Architecture Perspective:  Corporate enterprises must be prepared to acquire and implement enterprise-class capabilities from Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon., even though these technologies are not typically considered “enterprise-class” solutions.  IT organizations must quickly find ways to evaluate and insert these new technologies into the enterprise IT baselines, while providing governance, security and trust that these technologies will not expose the enterprise to additional risk.  On the other hand, IT must have processes to evaluate the relative risk to the benefits offered by these new technologies as well.

Integrating the new (Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon) with the old (SAP, Oracle, IBM and Microsoft):  Enterprises must also determine how they will integrate these next generation technology solutions into the existing IT architecture.  What is needed is a next Generation Enterprise Integration model that will address how to integrate diverse capabilities from today’s titans of technology with the legacy infrastructure and application portfolio you are dealing with today. This will not be an easy challenge, and will require a blend of traditional enterprise integration approaches, plus Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) on steroids, or a Next Gen SOA framework that will simplify the integration of these diverse technologies.  Next Gen SOA and API Management will be essential for the smooth adoption and integration of Next Generation IT Architecture capabilities.

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