Emerging Technology Trends to Watch in 2019

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By Liz Young, Marketing Coordinator

I recently hit up one of our visionaries here at Evolving Solutions, our CTO, Michael Downs, to get his take on the technological trends we can expect to see in the coming year.  Michael evaluates emerging and disruptive technologies.  He brings together the real-world experience our team possesses to help our clients implement solutions that are agile, offering as much longevity as technology allows.

He offered some really great insight on some pretty cool emerging technologies and I had to share three of them because I think they are something to look forward to.

Automation

IT Automation is the trend that keeps coming back. We’ve been talking about IT automation for decades, but it has taken on increasing relevance with most infrastructure now able to be treated as code for deployment and changes. This has allowed developers to integrate the development automation they already created with deployment automation for infrastructure.

The rise of both containers and “server-less” application development models have made automation required. Managing a container that might only run for less than 30 seconds before it’s deleted simply can’t be managed with more traditional manual processes.

Blockchain

After several years of crypto currency hype and over-promise for solving every enterprise problem, some practical and realistic implementations are starting to emerge.

In spite of the reputation for Blockchain supporting interactions between completely untrusting, anonymous parties, the “permissioned Blockchain” model, where the participants are known is showing significant promise for enterprise use cases.

Deriving value from enterprise Blockchain implementations usually necessitates a consortium. We recommend you identify others in your industry or value chain who would also benefit from a shared ledger and work with them on use cases.

Quantum Computing

Undoubtedly the most futuristic and uncertain area of emerging technology. Tremendous energy and time is being spent on Quantum Computing research by companies with the resources, capabilities and interests to achieve breakthroughs. IBM (https://quantumexperience.ng.bluemix.net/qx/experience)  and Google (https://ai.google/research/teams/applied-science/quantum-ai/) both have significant efforts and are  enlisting developers to experiment with algorithms and programming models through their respective portals and cloud based offerings.

In addition to the technical challenges related to making a commercially viable Quantum Computer, use cases that truly take advantage of the unique computational paradigm of Quantum Computing are still being developed. Physical Chemistry, cryptography and certain artificial intelligence use cases seem the most promising, but until more people outside of research laboratories begin to understand the true nature of Quantum Computing, it’s potential will remain limited.

Automation, Blockchain and Quantum Computing are just a few of the technologies that should make 2019 interesting.   I know Evolving Solutions will be watching these technologies for their potential in helping our clients solve their organizational challenges so stay tuned to our blog and social media for more!


Liz Young - Evolving Solutions

Liz is the Marketing Coordinator and is responsible for the digital/social strategy, content creation and campaign execution for Evolving Solutions. She handles all online platforms including the Evolving Solutions website, blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.

Liz works with the incredibly talented sales, consultant, and architect teams to ensure we offer the best support to our clients. From creating collateral, to planning world-class events, Liz works to ensure our best foot is always forward.

With more than 15 years of marketing experience, Liz is also pursuing a journalism degree at the University of Minnesota.

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Michael joined Evolving Solutions in 2014 to develop solutions for our clients across hardware and software, both on and off premise. He brings over 18 years of creating architectures to solve complex business problems including big data, high performance computing, integration, automation and end user computing.

His broad technology, business and industry experience provides valuable perspective to our clients working to implement innovative technologies to support their success.

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3 Ways Blockchain is Redefining What We Know about Protecting Data, and Why the Banking Industry Should Pay Attention

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By Liz Young, Marketing Coordinator 

This past Monday was National Online Banking Day.  A day where the internet came together to celebrate the merits of online banking.  With its fast and convenient access to accounts, flexibility in choosing when and where to bank, and numerous “on the go” tasks, online banking seems to be a dream come true.  The reality is, though, with all of this convenience comes risk.  Risk of accounts being hacked, identities being stolen, and private information being compromised. 

Here comes the killjoy in me.  Being the skeptic that I am, I would be remiss not to find some negatives.  Perhaps the most glaring thing is how are companies keeping the vital and personal information in their systems safe?  With cyber-attacks happening at breakneck pace, and nearly 158 million Social Security numbers exposed in 2017 alone (nearly HALF of the United States population that year), having data protection top-of-mind is something every organization, large and small, ought to adopt. 

One such technology that is promising is blockchain.  Blockchain holds some interesting potential for your core infrastructure.  Here are three big reasons blockchain is a technology worth checking out to protect yourselves, and your clients alike: 

  1. SimpleBlockchain drives simplicity and efficiency through the establishment of new financial services infrastructure and processes.  Applications require collaboration between competitors, innovators and regulators, ensuring everyone is on the same page. 
  2. FoundationalBlockchain is not the answer to all your challenges, however, it can be viewed as one of many technologies that can help to form the foundation supporting your next generation financial services infrastructure. Blockchain technologies can redefine processes and call into question established doctrine; doctrine that is foundational to existing business models. 
  3. CustomizableIt is safe to say blockchain-centric client applications will differ by use case, each leveraging this technology in unique ways, and driving a diverse range of benefits.  With this kind of flexibility, even the most stringent of regulations can be satisfied with the right combinations. 

Selecting the right technology is no simple task, and vetting security-related infrastructure is not something organizations should take lightly.  Your clients rely on you to make sound choices to protect their information at all cost.  If you want to learn more about how to protect data, or would like to know more about blockchain technology, feel free to check out our Blog, or contact us directly and we’d love to help you out! 

 

Liz Young is part of the Evolving Solutions Marketing team.  She works with the incredibly talented sales and architect teams at Evolving Solutions to ensure we offer the best support to our clients.  From creating collateral to planning world-class events, Liz works to support the Evolving Solutions Sales and Architect teams to ensure our best foot is always forward.  She is a journalism major at the University of Minnesota and writes content for the Evolving Solutions blog, LinkedIn page, Twitter feed, Facebook page and Instagram account, in her spare time.

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