Like many others in the United Kingdom I have been enjoying the football World Cup particularly as England have surprised the nation and progressed deep in the competition.
What has been very noticeable is how the manager, Gareth Southgate, has worked what seems a minor miracle with the team. He has made strong bold decisions and the entire team has bought into his leadership, vision, and belief. He, so far, has exuded a class and acumen shown by very few England managers, perhaps Sir Bobby Robson is the only comparable figure in my recent memory.
Although it is hard to be aware of it in the eye of the storm, we are currently undergoing a fourth industrial revolution, centred around data. The last industrial revolution from the 1970’s brought us many of the things that we are familiar with today. Efficiency improvements in the storage, access and analysis of data is what is fuelling the fourth industrial revolution and includes industry changing technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IOT).
The great thing about API’s is that developers can create brand new apps that tap into an ecosystem of web services. This is especially true of data based services (after all if data is the new oil etc etc !). Why store your own proprietary App data when there are so many great data stores out there ? In fact why not make data key to your app proposition ?
That is the issue with digital data. As digital data doubles very year it leads to vast quantities of unstructured data as employees create office documents, PDF’s, videos etc. Searching and classifying this data however presents a challenge particularly as the data within companies is spread across a multitude of on-cloud and on-premises systems and is simply not joined up.
Over the years I have interacted with a variety of analysts at various technology companies that I have worked with and worked for. Invariably each technology company is jockeying to get an engagement with an analyst to appear ‘well placed’ in some ‘quadrant’ or ‘wave’.