Last week, GeneXus hosted an information-packed webinar that focused on the emerging role of Automation Architects and the methodologies they employ as a part of their Conversations on Digital Transformation series. These engineers and their practices have substantially reduced development and deployment times, as well as having dramatically increased quality of deliverable. Featured guests for this virtual event were David Shen, Senior Director of Engineers for Viacom and Antonio Julio, Head of Business Development, North America, for GeneXus USA.
We talk about the Digital Transformation every day. And every day, we touch on the same points:
- If we don’t invest in developing a digital strategy the business will be at risk;
- The need for the right tools deliver the efficiencies and opportunities for true digital transformation;
- The challenges CIO’s and IT departments are facing are increasing exponentially as they are asked to do more, with less.
Innovation Against All Odds (1988)
If you read the GeneXus company bio, you’ll notice right away that founders, Nicolás Jodal and Breogán Gonda, stress the excellent team of people who helped them achieve their goal of building a successful organization 30 years ago. The group was extremely knowledgeable and gratified to be doing what they were doing, all working towards one common objective: to create something that would change the lives of people around the world.
Last week I had the privilege of attending Genexus 27 – our global event meeting with customers from all over the world. There were more than 4,000 people attending the event from USA, Japan, China, South Africa, and from other 20 countries.
We kicked off with our CEO’s vision (Nicolás Jodal) and where we’re headed next. He shared that there are 3 technologies that are dictating the business directions and, consequently, Genexus’ efforts in development.
GX27 (the annual tech conference of GeneXus International) was jam packed with information, inspiration, and hands-on workshops that drew over 4,000 business and technology professionals from around the world to explore the questions we all want to know: Where are we going with these AI-powered emerging technologies and what should we do to maximize our opportunities and build the businesses of the future?
More and more we are seeing this in our daily business activities – market volatility means companies must make fact-based decisions faster—possibly even in real-time—to compete effectively. Real-time and predictive analytics provide a tool set to enable responses that are both faster and consider future scenarios, and deliver the added benefit of reducing risk in decision-making by ensuring that they are taken with the most up-to-date information available.
New AI-powered technologies being embraced by the enterprise provides all staff levels with capabilities previously restricted to IT. Among these new capabilities is the new role of citizen developers, where most anyone in an organization can develop applications using self-coding programs. This is a good thing on the whole, but as with any other revolution, it comes with challenges and potential drawbacks, which CIOs and their teams will need to address.
It’s hard to escape digital transformation. We read about it, discuss it and most of us are engaged in at least one, and likely several, digital transformation initiatives. Many who have not been involved in digital transformation wonder what differentiates it from previous technical eras, which is a legitimate question, as we have used computers and other electronic technology for decades.
Keeping up with the usual ‘need it by yesterday’ time pressure is hard in the software development industry. Delivering quickly while meeting requirements and maintaining quality has never been easy.
Industries and businesses have traditionally been defined by four primary phases or some variation thereof: startup, growth, maturity and decline. A legitimate argument can be made that maturity is no longer a sustainable or even existing stage for any sector, including the ancient one of insurance.