Navigating Change 2018
Is it already 2018? The relentless march of time continues, but at a continuously changing pace. As CVP enters its 15th year, it is hard to wrap my head around how much has changed since we started the business in 2003 with our first client – America Online. Back then, broadband was decimating AOL’s core business; younger, more nimble companies were eating away at AOL’s early domination in the online market. The term SaaS was not in common vogue. Amazon did not offer Cloud Computing services (2005). There was no Facebook, and Yahoo was still an industry giant.
As I contemplate 2018, I am struck by how quickly technology changes, even from last year when we first started talking about how to help clients Navigate Change. DevOps, including Agile, Lean, and Continuous Integration and Delivery, were novelties just a few years ago and are de rigeur now. Machine Learning and AI have gone from curiosities to core capabilities in analytical settings (ask me about a very cool project we are doing with a small retail startup that’s using Deep Learning and image recognition in AWS with a Lambda serverless architecture that will revolutionize fashion e-commerce).
CVP’s Solution Architecture group spends almost 50% of their time researching new tools, innovation concepts, and capabilities that might be of benefit to our clients. So what do our senior technologists see becoming mainstream in 2018? Serverless computing. Containers. Serverless Containers! Hybrid conversational interfaces.
What do our technologists see as still relevant? The cloud is not going away. But security threat vectors are changing faster than executives can cope with. Did any Chief Information Security Officer have plans to mitigate vulnerabilities associated with processor chips? Go research Meltdown and Spectre if you really want to get nervous.
Business and IT decision makers have a real opportunity today. The crazy pace of technological change has given us permission to modernize our technology architectures to address these changes. Especially in the US Government, the opportunity to leapfrog architecture blueprints that were in vogue 2-4 years ago is huge, and the passage of the Modernizing Government Technology Act in December 2017 gives decision makers an opportunity to drive innovation in technology. How many will architect next generation microservice-based architectures that work in a serverless model? When is serverless not appropriate? How is security addressed? Can I use modernization as an opportunity to change the way my employees think of user-driven/mission-driven change and start to embrace it?
With all of these questions in mind, we must focus on where the technology is going. What does it take for leaders to drive a path forward and accelerate innovation? As we head into 2018, CVP looks forward to applying our thinking to these and other matters so we can help our client-partners solve problems and Navigate Change…together.