CIO – Otto Berkes – 2/28/17
[Ed. note: Author is Otto Berkes, CTO of CA Technologies]
One of the old expressions for frustration with every day design begins like this: “If they can put a man on the moon, then why can’t they….” Fill in the blank. Make bike tires that don’t go flat. Cure the common cold. Make remodeling projects finish on time. Make dogs that walk themselves. If you’re a technologist, it’s deeply interesting to talk about quantum computing, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, robots everywhere, computer-based intelligence, and drone delivery services. We can’t resist it. Since the dawn of time, human beings have been fascinated with tools that can improve our lives.
Amazing inventions will be one technology story in 2017. But, in fact, the biggest story will be behind the scenes: the story of how businesses will transform themselves to be able to realize the full potential of all these remarkable ideas and devices. The key to that transformation is, of course, software. In fact, software is increasingly the answer to every question in the technologist’s “guide to the galaxy”.
So, if we sit back and put our feet up — let our kitchen robot make us dinner while our self-driving butler/car goes to get the groceries — what are the real, do-or-die enterprise software challenges for 2017 that will keep our amazing, imagined future coming to us?