Gartner Application Architecture & Integration SummitOctober 3, 2019
The Gartner Application Architecture & Integration Summit, held in Sydney on 29 and 30 July, was an insightful view into the future for applications and digital platforms, and their intrinsic role in delivering value to citizens, employees and enterprises. Being Gartner, hype cycles and magic quadrants had their day, but there was also an overwhelming level of information and a ton of research papers to follow up on and ideas to influence future directions for Apis and our clients in their digital business.
Some highlights include Cameron Adams, co-founders of Canva, on building a successful product and company culture, a result of a journey of product design with amazing ideas ahead of its time or with an imbalance of focus, showing that lessons learned can make a powerful end result. David Campbell, General Manager, Engineering and Architecture at the ASX gave a demonstration of the journey towards modernising core Australian infrastructure with details of the CHESS replacement in the works based on Distributed Ledger Technology, showing that blockchain as a technology has much wider application and reach than cryptocurrency.
Dr. Adam Makarucha from IBM gave a fascinating talk of the use of AI and machine vision modelling to build an application that enables scientists to map seagrass meadows in order to determine focus areas for coastal erosion, saving 1000s of hours of manual processing (an app that went from concept to deployment in 2 weeks using mature architecture and toolsets). Most entertaining was Michael Morris, Head of Technology at Up, a digital first bank, who coolly deployed a release to production while on stage.
However, two key themes were emerging to take away for Apis and it’s Government clients modernising their digital infrastructure and delivery:
- Architecting for fast delivery – the use of microservices supporting agile delivery, small changes and rapid delivery to production. This is not news for modernising Government digital businesses, but the architecture and toolsets are well entrenched and mature. Architecting for 5 releases per day, and major new functionality delivered in weeks is now the standard and expected in the industry.
- Tools for smarter delivery – low-code, robotics, AI and ML may be the buzz-words of today, but the tools are maturing, it is changing the way that applications are delivered, and has vast potential for Government’s grappling with integration and modernisation of legacy systems.
This second theme is where Apis sees an opportunity for Government to leap-frog its current modernisations programs to rapidly deliver results for Australian citizens. As an example, while we are trialling chat-bots amongst our clients to deliver streamlined user experiences, we are thinking of ways to capture the data received to make better policy decisions in the future. A toolset is emerging to enable this and give confidence to decision makers that the models are correct and accurate. This is just the starting point, and Apis is looking to position itself as an innovator in this area.