Microservices Expo Authors: Gopala Krishna Behara, Sridhar Chalasani, Tirumala Khandrika, Liz McMillan, Stefana Muller

Related Topics: Microservices Expo, Containers Expo Blog, Agile Computing, @CloudExpo

Microservices Expo: Article

Steadying ‘Information Optimization’ on a Moving Walkway

Optimizing information across the various forms of data we touch is becoming more complex

Ask any technology evangelist worth their salt roughly when the ‘next big thing' is likely to arrive and they will typically say about five-years from now. It's a safe bet; so-called ‘paradigm shifts' in technology tend to occur roughly every half decade - or at least they have for the last quarter century or so.

The pressure that results from constantly evolving technology shifts has a direct impact upon us as users and, very crucially, the data we consume, manipulate and interact with beneath the innovation curve.

Although innovation is great and we all enjoy product development, being able to optimize information across the various forms of data we touch is becoming more complex. This complexity is then compounded and exacerbated given the constant forward momentum produced by subsequent innovation waves.

Metaphorically Speaking...
The result of these truisms is that we find our information optimization targets constantly shifting. It's almost as if we were trying to balance a stack of papers on a moving walkway or travelator, in a breeze, without knowing the full length or speed of the walkway. If you want to extend the metaphor one step further - yes there are other passengers on our walkway and they could bump into us and/or add papers to our stack.

Oh, did I mention that the pieces of paper might not even all be the same size, shape or color - and some may have tattered edges and coffee stains? Okay, metaphor milked thoroughly now, let's move on.

Our information optimization goals will typically include the need to manage information and assess its quantitative and qualitative values. We will also need to analyze streams of both structured and unstructured data, the latter including video, emails and other less ‘straight-edged' data.

Take these challenges and map them out against our future technology roadmap for the next five years and things could start to look tough. But the task appears somewhat less insurmountable if we can say with some asserted confidence which technologies are likely to feature on our near horizon.

Popular comment from blogs to analyst commentary to IT news streams lists the key ‘positively disruptive' technologies for the immediate future as follows:

  • Mobile computing in all its forms, remember to consider tablets here as well as smartphones and of course laptops
  • Social media content creation and sharing, in particular its usage in the workplace as a collaboration tool
  • Cloud computing and the accompanying ecosphere of virtualized data and services-based computing
  • Consumerization of technology borne out by individuals owning their own tablets, smartphones and other devices and taking them into the workplace
  • Big data sets mounting into exabytes and zettabytes that require database management tools and analytics layers in order to extrapolate value

If these current and still-nascent trends continue to impact our data usage, then we have some chance of building an awareness of these technologies into our information optimization plans. If this plan works out, then we may even be able to steady ourselves on the moving walkway and maybe even work out when we need to step off.

One thing for sure is the walkway is definitely moving already and we're already some distance down the path. All we really need to do is look for the handrail and hold on tight.

•   •   •

This post was first published on the Enterprise CIO Forum

More Stories By Adrian Bridgwater

Adrian Bridgwater is a freelance journalist and corporate content creation specialist focusing on cross platform software application development as well as all related aspects software engineering, project management and technology as a whole.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.

Microservices Articles
DevOpsSummit New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term.
As Enterprise business moves from Monoliths to Microservices, adoption and successful implementations of Microservices become more evident. The goal of Microservices is to improve software delivery speed and increase system safety as scale increases. Documenting hurdles and problems for the use of Microservices will help consultants, architects and specialists to avoid repeating the same mistakes and learn how and when to use (or not use) Microservices at the enterprise level. The circumstance w...
Containers, microservices and DevOps are all the rage lately. You can read about how great they are and how they’ll change your life and the industry everywhere. So naturally when we started a new company and were deciding how to architect our app, we went with microservices, containers and DevOps. About now you’re expecting a story of how everything went so smoothly, we’re now pushing out code ten times a day, but the reality is quite different.
Traditional IT, great for stable systems of record, is struggling to cope with newer, agile systems of engagement requirements coming straight from the business. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, William Morrish, General Manager of Product Sales at Interoute, will outline ways of exploiting new architectures to enable both systems and building them to support your existing platforms, with an eye for the future. Technologies such as Docker and the hyper-convergence of computing, networking and...
While some developers care passionately about how data centers and clouds are architected, for most, it is only the end result that matters. To the majority of companies, technology exists to solve a business problem, and only delivers value when it is solving that problem. 2017 brings the mainstream adoption of containers for production workloads. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ben McCormack, VP of Operations at Evernote, discussed how data centers of the future will be managed, how the p...
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
Containers and Kubernetes allow for code portability across on-premise VMs, bare metal, or multiple cloud provider environments. Yet, despite this portability promise, developers may include configuration and application definitions that constrain or even eliminate application portability. In this session we'll describe best practices for "configuration as code" in a Kubernetes environment. We will demonstrate how a properly constructed containerized app can be deployed to both Amazon and Azure ...
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
The now mainstream platform changes stemming from the first Internet boom brought many changes but didn’t really change the basic relationship between servers and the applications running on them. In fact, that was sort of the point. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Gordon Haff, senior cloud strategy marketing and evangelism manager at Red Hat, will discuss how today’s workloads require a new model and a new platform for development and execution. The platform must handle a wide range of rec...
More and more companies are looking to microservices as an architectural pattern for breaking apart applications into more manageable pieces so that agile teams can deliver new features quicker and more effectively. What this pattern has done more than anything to date is spark organizational transformations, setting the foundation for future application development. In practice, however, there are a number of considerations to make that go beyond simply “build, ship, and run,” which changes how...