Sustainability is a hot topic for modern businesses. But when you think about what you can change to reduce your environmental impact, your ERP software probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, there is a cross point between software architecture and sustainability, and it’s something you should consider when you design and deploy your system.
I’ve been the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Unit4 for around three years, but I joined as Chief Architect in our innovation labs closer to eight years ago. When I arrived, many of the questions my team was seeking to answer revolved around the cloud. At the time, many were taking a ‘lift and shift’ approach, but we became obsessed with the idea of starting from scratch and building a cloud-native platform.
After many late-night eureka moments and plenty of trial and error, we were able to bring a unique, ultra-scalable solution to the market – and I’m now in the somewhat interesting but rewarding position of having to run what I have built!
The chief technology officer (CTO) is a recent addition to the C-suite and has quickly become a cornerstone of digital natives and hyperscalers. But every organization that develops its own software should consider hiring a CTO to drive forward its business, make better decisions and stay competitive in an unpredictable world.
Had the pleasure of talking with Michael Vizard from Techstrong TV about the cultural perspective when moving to DevOps.
Gartner has suggested that by 2025, 75% of companies “will break up with poor-fit customers.” In reality, this will prove to be a two-way process. It’s worth exploring the important reasons why this is happening — and the steps that companies should be considering now.
The prediction by Gartner is based on the rationale that the cost of keeping less compatible customers is more than the cost of acquiring ones that are a good fit.
The technology sector has always been prone to hype and promises of silver bullets. Marketers get ahead of engineers and evangelize over the promise of the Next Big Thing. Conferences dedicated to the new hot topic mushroom everywhere. Journalists write features about it while analysts plan white papers. Venture capital firms scour the planet for startups specializing in it. Firms tell you that they’re all about the Next Big Thing.
While dealing with regulations and ever-present concerns over security, the global financial services ecosystem is in the mood for innovation. Traditional banks, fintech firms and investment platforms are finding ways to reinvent services and satisfy consumer aspirations quickly, whether this involves open banking, blockchain or digital currencies.
This raises a question for enterprises in other sectors, especially those in B2B markets: Can company leaders afford to ignore these developments? Let’s take a closer look.
DevOps is now the top software deployment strategy by a mile — 77% of organizations say they use the approach to roll out new software. This is good news because a DevOps approach is an important marker of business maturity, and its benefits (more on that later) are so tangible that most organizations don’t need to be convinced that DevOps is the future.
The bad news is most organizations are getting DevOps wrong, which is probably why only 10% report that their organization is “very successful” at achieving rapid software development and deployment. My company started its DevOps journey in 2019 as we began to build out the next generation of our ERP software. We were committed to the strategy but made mistakes along the way.
What’s migrating core business systems to the cloud got to do with in-car Bluetooth technology? Enterprise leaders should consider an important analogy if they want to achieve their digital transformation goals sooner.
Rush To The Cloud
According to the results of Gartner research, nearly two-thirds (65.9%) of spending on application software will be on cloud technologies in 2025, up from 57.7% this year (2022). Many enterprises are keen to switch to subscription modes, scale more easily and sharpen business agility.
DevOps means that the running and maintenance of software is considered when it’s being built—an approach that’s slowly grown in popularity due to its many advantages.
Since Salesforce became the first major company to deploy enterprise software on a web browser in 1999—using cloud computing to deliver programs on demand to anyone with an internet connection—more organizations have followed suit. But moving to the cloud shone a flashlight on a whole host of issues developers had previously never worried about.