Michael Porter, author of the most highly regarded of all business strategy
theories, Competitive Advantage, describes how there are now three distinct
eras of how technology can be defined to impact upon the ability to achieve
Michael makes two very important points. The first point is that there has
previously been two eras and now there is a third – the first being when
corporations started to use IT for automation purposes, described in this
1985 article, followed then by when all of this IT became interconnected via
the Internet, described in this 2001 article. Then in this 2014 article
Smart Connected Products he describes a third era, the Internet of Things.
The second point he makes is that he defines this third era because now,
unlike before, technology is now an integral part of products. Previously
technology was only used to automate thei... (more)
Nike’s Journey to Microservices – Getting to Production Fast
Nike is an organization that understands the shift described by Michael
Porter, to a third generation of competitive advantage where technology
becomes an integral part of product value.
Fitness is a key area where IoT wearable technologies combined with new apps
will become differentiating factors that influence which new sports shoes and
clothes we buy.
It's therefore essential that the corporate IT team recognizes and keeps up
with this shift, and how Nike is doing so is described in this video of
their p... (more)
DevOps with WordPress – Case study: Metro Newspaper
By Neil McEvoy
With the media sector and WordPress in mind, a great case study example of
this is the Metro Newspaper.
This WordPress case study describes the various ‘hacks’ they employed to
grow the site to millions of visitors, achieved through the use of WordPress
software off the shelf, which is then augmented with additional modules and
ongoing software development and maintenance.
The Head of Development for the site Dave Jensen discusses his philosophy
towards this methodology, as well as a number of insightful articles ... (more)
IoT Microservices - Realizing the Vision of the X Internet
An explosive combination of technology trends will be where
‘microservices’ and the Internet of Things intersect, a concept we can
describe by comparing it with a previous theme, the ‘X Internet.'
Agile Cloud Development: Microservices and Containers
The idea of using small self-contained application components has been
popular since XML Web services began and a distributed computing future of
smart fridges and kettles was imagined long back in the early Internet years.
However since the modern day technology giants like Ne... (more)
As Michael Krigsman describes in this ZDNet article, the UK Government is
one case study example of an organization pioneering these new models, to
achieve Digital transformation.
Mike Bracken, Executive Director for Digital in the UK Cabinet Office,
writes here that the future of public sector IT is ‘Government as a
Platform’ (GaaP), and describes how it will enable the next phase of
digital transformation for government. The Cabinet Office recently published
this video to easily describe the concept.
Inspired by the vision of Tim O’Reilly, who described how traditional IT