In the second of our series on the public sector, digital transformation and Smart Lives, we are looking at cloud computing. At a time when government organisations struggle for funding, digitalisation offers a way of delivering services to users in a more cost-effective manner. Cloud is the foundation of that transformation. As a concept it has been talked about for over a decade yet adopting it can be a challenge for cash-strapped public services. What stops the sector from accelerating cloud use to unlock its benefits?
If you read my previous blog post on competing in the API economy, you probably have a feel for just how important APIs are in modern organisations. Implementing an API strategy will unlock internal assets and make you a competitive and relevant force to be reckoned with in our diverse and fast-changing tech landscape.
You're probably all too familiar with terms like 'digital transformation' or 'digital disruption'. There are endless concepts and trends behind these fancy words but you could say that they are 'a new way of developing, deploying and maintaining software'.
The vendors are changing how software products are made, and more importantly, they're changing how software is sold; there are new architectural styles (Reactive Manifesto and 12 Factor Applications, for example), and there are lots of new technologies in the mix: Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial intelligence (AI), Big Data, Responsive Web Apps, API Management, to name just a few.
Public sector customers will now be able to purchase a range of services from digital transformation consultancy Infomentum on the UK government’s G-Cloud 10 framework. We received the news that our application was successful earlier this month, with services going live on the marketplace today.
I was recently invited along to the WPEngine summit, thanks to Infomentum having worked on a customer’s news and views blog using WPEngine and Wordpress.
First of all, I have to say that the entire conference was great. The speakers were well thought-out, and the topics felt fresh - as well as a great goodie bag at the end! But the talk that really captured my attention was by Monica Cravotta. She talked us through WPEngine's latest research: “The future of digital experiences by generation.”
Well, that functionality has now been released.
On July 29th, MuleSoft's Crowd release went live. It seemed like a long wait, but it was finally time to put my hands on the new Anypoint Exchange 2.0 and the completely new component, Design Center. Now that I've had a few days to take a look around at all of the new functionality, I'm rounding up my highlights below.
Recently, I was one of the lucky few that were handpicked to attend Oracle's partner training on Intelligent Bot in London - and that meant I got hands-on experience with the product and witnessed its glory in action! The product is called Intelligent Bot and it would be available as part of the Mobile Cloud Service (MCS) suite as it complements other features of that product - not to mention that it fits the product the most. The aim is to provide an easy way to create Chatbot applications in simple steps, and provide options for Intent Recognition - i.e. understanding what the Chatbot's end user means - and custom entities to be able to take actions and drive the conversation towards whatever developers see fit.
When it comes to microservices, the million dollar question is: “How do I decompose my monolith into microservices?”. Well, as you can imagine this can be done in many ways, and here I will be suggesting some guidelines.
I'm an Integration Consultant and part of Infomentum's wider integration team. As well as being a MuleSoft trainer, I'm a certified MuleSoft developer and an Oracle SOA suite specialist.
I’m going to pick up from last week’s post when we discussed the microservices definition, and looked at the alternative approach to microservices, aka the monolith. Make sure you read that before carrying on with this post.
Why is the microservices approach different? Let’s explore the main features one by one.