Intelligent Process Automation: Best Bet for Easing Business Transformations

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Intelligent process automation (IPA) is the natural evolution of business process automation when coupled with AI, low-code and RPA solutions, and intelligent business process optimization.
  • IPA is used by operations teams, business users, and developers to significantly reduce repetitive tasks associated with the deployment of modern apps in a multi-cloud environment.

A new breed of AI-infused automation technology, referred to as intelligent process automation (IPA), is the result of enterprise operations teams citing complexity and the lack of automation as key barriers to cloud-native app development and modern application deployments. GlobalData defines IPA as the natural evolution of business process automation when coupled with AI technologies (e.g., machine learning and natural language processing), low-code and RPA solutions, and intelligent business process optimization. It is used by operations teams, business users, and developers to significantly reduce repetitive tasks associated with the deployment of modern apps in a multi-cloud environment. Continue reading “Intelligent Process Automation: Best Bet for Easing Business Transformations”

COVID-19: Netherlands Innovator Taps Blockchain and AI in the War Against COVID-19

Summary Bullets:

• VirusBlockchain deployed this week to identify and monitor COVID-19 free zones

• The blockchain monitoring system is backed by technology provider Qlikchain

This week the tech industry partnered with a public health consortium to launch a blockchain-enabled monitoring system aimed at keeping communities at bay from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Public Health Blockchain Consortium (PHBC) announced the new system which monitors healthy, uninfected individuals as they move between locations in order to automatically identify zones that are safe or unsafe. The system is built on a blockchain solution which combines AI, geographical information systems (GIS), and real-time information systems provided by virus surveillance providers.

Called VirusBlockchain, the system serves as a systematic, continuous, and anonymous verification of citizens and all workplaces in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection. The project is unlike other approaches that would typically track infected persons. Continue reading “COVID-19: Netherlands Innovator Taps Blockchain and AI in the War Against COVID-19”

Rethinking Low-Code Platforms Through Software Automation

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Low-code platforms will continue to consolidate key technologies including AI, RPA, and OCR.
  • This month, two key acquisitions build on low-code momentum: Google-AppSheet and Appian-Novayre.

Last year’s consolidation of low-code platforms, in which AI played the most prominent role, has elevated the enterprise application platforms to new heights of innovation addressing operations’ most pressing issue: the need for software automation. The latest low-code trend supporting automation is the addition of robotic process automation (RPA), a promising technology which helps enterprises eliminate repetitive tasks in the app modernization process. Continue reading “Rethinking Low-Code Platforms Through Software Automation”

Kubernetes, Service Mesh, API Security, and Low-Code to Dominate DevOps in 2020

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

Summary Bullets:

• Kubernetes, service mesh, and low-code will drive DevOps’ innovations

• API security will enhance API gateway offerings

Kubernetes to Consolidate OpenStack:

In 2020 Kubernetes will bridge technologies between the OpenStack and platform providers’ market segments, highlighting the growing role of traditional infrastructure vendors in app modernization. Kubernetes has obtained the power to rally, helping infrastructure and cloud providers alike build out their systems and solutions in ways that take advantage of the benefits of cloud services. Cloud providers are preparing cloud management tools to enable better collaboration under a DevOps model and help enterprises through the entire process from building containerized apps to managing Kubernetes clusters, to providing fixes and debugging potential problems. A continued emphasis will be made on new and enhanced OSS technologies in ongoing efforts to improve Kubernetes.

Continue reading “Kubernetes, Service Mesh, API Security, and Low-Code to Dominate DevOps in 2020”

KubeCon 2019: Kubernetes Solidifies DevOps Strategy Among OpenStack Rivals

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • The KubeCon conference doubled in size to 12,000, inviting more traditional infrastructure vendors.
  • Conference highlights included improved service mesh connectivity, improved developer tools and visibility via ops consoles, and enhanced application lifecycle management (ALM) via security, logging, and application monitoring.

Last month’s KubeCon conference attracted software and cloud computing giants as well as a newer set of infrastructure participants including Cisco, HPE, VMware, and Juniper, which are recognizing new opportunities associated with Kubernetes. For its role in providing container orchestration to app development and deployment processes across hybrid and multi-cloud environments, Kubernetes is at the forefront of application modernization directives. Continue reading “KubeCon 2019: Kubernetes Solidifies DevOps Strategy Among OpenStack Rivals”

API World 2019: API Security Tops API Management Priorities

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • A new API lifecycle management approach is founded on emerging security innovations, including AI.
  • Pure-play API security providers threaten to outshine API management leaders through best-of-breed security.

This month’s API World in San Jose conveyed one dominant theme throughout keynotes, sessions, and the show floor: API security.

Alongside the usual suspects of leading API management providers, including IBM, Axway, and Akana, were a heap of API security providers, clearly generating a large amount of buzz among attendees. I recall a number of them attending API World last year, but the dominant theme of 2018 was Istio and other service mesh technologies, critical in helping move microservices-based apps into production. Following a year’s progress in digital transformations and the rollout of new app development architectures – including microservices and serverless computing – and the realization of all those unsecured APIs at the heart of DevOps-backed projects, unsurprisingly, security was the new belle of the ball. Continue reading “API World 2019: API Security Tops API Management Priorities”

GlobalData’s State of the Blockchain Platforms Market Deems IBM, Microsoft as Leaders

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • IBM and Microsoft are ranked as leaders for early innovations in a complex and slow-moving market.
  • Going forward, multi-cloud management support for blockchain platforms will be a key differentiator, helping ease vendor lock-in concerns.

GlobalData awards top rankings to IBM for its early investment and breadth of portfolio for supporting highly scalable and distributed blockchain networks and to Microsoft for its developer reach, solutions-ready approach, and Azure partnerships. This week, GlobalData is releasing the first in a two-part Advisory Report providing a comprehensive overview of the current state of the market for blockchain platforms and their providers including app platforms providers, IT service providers, and newer infrastructure incumbents. Continue reading “GlobalData’s State of the Blockchain Platforms Market Deems IBM, Microsoft as Leaders”

Oracle OpenWorld 2019: Oracle’s Evolving Integrated Cloud Paves the Way for Blockchain

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Oracle Blockchain Platform Enterprise Edition supports pre-assembled integration with popular business apps.
  • The evolving Oracle Cloud provides necessary support for advanced applications, including blockchain.

Oracle has been working to expand its cloud interoperability partnerships, in particular with Microsoft and VMware, building out an ecosystem to further its mission of combining database and PaaS with strengths in management, analytics, and integration. A primary objective of its evolving Oracle Cloud is to help developers build the next-generation of distributed apps, including blockchain apps. Continue reading “Oracle OpenWorld 2019: Oracle’s Evolving Integrated Cloud Paves the Way for Blockchain”

Will Low-Code Development Take Over App Modernization Projects?

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • New low-code app development platforms are leveraging AI to make apps more intuitive by providing recommendations during guided user interactions.
  • New low-code platforms address the application lifecycle, including speeding the process of app development, integrations, and automating workflow controls.

New complex development architectures, a shortage of professional software developers, and the need to modernize customer-facing apps quickly have increased pressure on DevOps development teams to accelerate software delivery. As a result, the concept of low-code application development tools has received heightened attention. New offerings are being rolled out with AI integrations, making the software even more intuitive and providing non-coders with even more clout in helping companies create business-to-consumer (B2C) apps with advanced capabilities. Continue reading “Will Low-Code Development Take Over App Modernization Projects?”

Microservices Apps Prompt New API Security Solutions

Charlotte Dunlap – Principal Analyst, Application Platforms

Summary Bullets:

• New trends in API security include supporting Istio service mesh technology as part of API management/security solutions

• Vendors are targeting solutions at developers looking to inject security early on in the API lifecycle.

Along with new application development architectures come heightened security concerns within the DevOps process. Enterprises are beginning to move into application modernization projects, adopting new architectures such as microservices and serverless computing. These next-generation architectures, which create distributed applications, require security participation beyond operations and security teams so that app developers and architects can help address new types of vulnerabilities. There is also greater interest in segmenting and monitoring the new app architecture (e.g., access control, authentication, metering, and throttling) so that enterprises have a better understanding of, not only security vulnerabilities, but also how their infrastructure is being used. Continue reading “Microservices Apps Prompt New API Security Solutions”