An API gateway to business productivity
What would you build if you could process the data generated by your business operations in real time? You could, for example:
- See trending/abandoned documents and usage patterns.
- Scan calendars to suggest optimum meeting times.
- Map collaboration points between departments.
- Automate a change management/approval process.
- Manage a backlog of work.
And that’s just for starters! I would be willing to bet that a very large slice of business performed in the world today is driven by the Microsoft Office apps, so imagine the potential gains around automating some of that? It’s got to be huge.
Identity in the cloud
Identity management in the cloud is a totally different ball game to when everything was installed and accessed on the corporate network. Users in the enterprise authenticated with an on-premises directory service (e.g. Active Directory Domain Services) and this determined the apps and data they had access to. Occasionally, cross-forest federations were established to allow users belonging to one corporate domain to access resources in another.
Nowadays, with the proliferation of apps and services available in the cloud and the speed and ease with which we consume them
Back in February, I was given the chance to deliver a presentation for the BCS, the chartering body for IT and computing in the UK, on the evolution of the software development lifecycle as we race into the Cloud era.
Well, I say that. I was originally approached to do a talk about test automation, but as I was thinking about what I might be able to add to that arena it occurred to me that the testing phase of the classical SDLC gets far more coverage from an automation sense than any other. Much of the modern thinking on how to deliver software efficiently automates much more of the process than just the testing. I began researching how the most progressive teams used automation to drive some of the lesser covered phases and a talk on how automation technologies are taking these over became much more compelling to me. Hopefully, the audience agreed!