At the end of his hectic OpenWorld week, I was very lucky to get Five Minutes with Lucas Jellema, CTO at AMIS. As one of the founding members of the Red Expert Alliance (REAL), we work closely with AMIS. You can listen to the podcast on YouTube here.
1. What is top of mind for you in terms of innovation and business transformation for your customers?
It’s hard to know where to begin. There is so much going on – some things will affect business and some will affect IT, and thereby, indirectly, will affect business. One of the things that is becoming very clear, is the move to the cloud which may have felt like innovation or a daring adventure a short time ago, is quickly becoming something that you really need to do. And organizations will, in my mind, quickly get rid of all their efforts in terms of systems engineering, they don’t have their own data centers right now, they won’t have their own servers and people administering those servers. They will be moving to the cloud and up the stack. Also, moving away from doing custom development in all those areas where they are not special at all, actually that is a bit of a challenge for us as a company because we help customers do custom development. I think this means we will need to move much more into enabling the SaaS applications those customers will be using for most of their business processes. Only where they can make a difference in their marketplace, where their core values are, in terms of the business they do for their customers - that is where they will do their custom development. And, of course, there it will affect the business. The business will be able to make use of IT facilities, not by doing it themselves, having to bring in the expertise or making large investments, but rather, by quickly trying out things in the cloud and only paying for what you use. So the speed of business innovation is going to pick up as soon as they realize how they can make use of all of these facilities. That is our job as well, to point these things out to them.
2. What do you see as the key technology enablers to achieve ongoing innovation/transformation over the next 12-24 months?
The other category is cloud native PaaS applications. Almost at the SaaS level, like Management Cloud, Integration Cloud platform, where so much intelligence is already embedded in the product that it’s almost ready out the box. Where you don’t really care what technology is underneath, it is a managed cloud platform that does a certain thing, and you just have to configure it, but that’s about all you do. A lot of proprietary technology is not going to play such a major role going forward.
3. Can you share your current favorite transformation or innovation example?
The native PaaS services, and IoT is a great example of an offering by Oracle and other cloud vendors, where the ability to connect the physical environment into their enterprise IT, is made very easy, very real. One of the customers we are working with, they are transforming. They are a provider of pumps, very large pumps and components used for selling pipelines. Their intent now is to become a provider of pumping services. So instead of customers coming to them to buy pumps, they will buy from them the capability to pump stuff. So it is crucial for this organization that at any time, they are acutely aware of how their pumps are doing. Whether they are providing the service that they are supposed to be providing, instead of only having to ship a pump to an organization. With them, we are working with IoT, where a number of sensors that will be placed in the physical environment in the pumps themselves send back all kind of metrics that will allow this customer to closely monitor what is going on, automatically analyze all the metrics and then be able to predict if something may be going wrong, based on information gathered in the past. So it is a combination of IoT, to bring in signals from the physical world into the enterprise IT, and then apply machine learning to do predictive maintenance. A year ago this would have sounded very futuristic, but now we are doing it, thanks in large part, to the native PaaS cloud services that are available out of the box, to do the hard work.
4. What guidance would you give to customers as they navigate or start this transformation journey?
At the very least, consider it an opportunity not a threat, to take your first steps as quickly as possible. One of my favorite Oracle cloud offerings, Oracle Management Cloud, is a very good place to start - it allows you to do monitoring of all your infrastructure and your applications across on-premise and cloud, third party clouds and all technology stacks. That is a great example of how to get started. Any IT effort you undertake in the next few years, consider doing it using a cloud-based strategy. The first choice should be to do it on the cloud.
5. What is your favorite place to eat in San Francisco at the moment?
I’m staying at the Hilton and right across the street is a very small Thai place, “Million Thai Restaurant”– it has a very nice atmosphere and is the perfect place to relax after the conference!
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