Digitization is not a new trend. It has allowed the humans, their society and physical objects to interact in more timely and intimate ways. It has enabled the creation of the digital ecosystem, where time, content, meaning and use of information has changed.
The emerging technologies in the virtualization, cognition and connectivity spaces are pushing the digitization beyond what was initially imagined. The emergence of virtualization in networks and systems, cognitive systems utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning, IOT enabled smart things and robotics, and automation is evolving and in many cases, creating new business models and management approaches.It has put a new norm on everyday experiences with a renewed customer focus, regardless if they are internal or external customers.
Emergence in IOT and computer math modeling are able to represent physical objects, whether they are things in motion (traveling vehicles, moving robots) or things in process (steams, rising temperature), in virtual cyber-systems, allowing people and their physical objects to interact in a much more timely and intimate ways.
Sensors are used to collect data from physical objects in real-time; Big Data and Cloud platforms allow the massive amount of data to be stored and sorted. Advanced machine learning and analytics make it possible for history to manifest itself, current operations to be known and future to be planned and predicted. The outcomes of this trend are higher efficiency, optimized processes, better decision making, lowered resource waste and reduced environmental damage.
Digitization is forcing organizations to rethink and redefine the way technologies and algorithms are applied to bring about organizational changes to gain competitive advantage by driving effectiveness and efficiencies through better decision making, improved productivity, improve resource utilization and reducing environmental footprint.
Emergence of these technologies has also put a new spotlight on the potential threats to humanity and society. It also requires an understanding of ethics and privacy, and its application to the definition and design of the product or service.
Digital Enterprise Technologies (DET) Technical Activity Committee (TAC) focuses on these emergent technologies that underlie the digital businesses, and the managerial challenges and techniques appropriate for a digital enterprise. Enterprise Architects and Engineering Managers must adapt and quickly transition themselves as new leaders with the renewed focus on customer experience. This TAC will engage current architects and managers, aspiring up starters and motivated individuals to understand the trends in the emerging digital technologies such as SDN, IOT, Big Data and Cognitive Computing to better prepare them to lead the future organization. It also aims to provide guidance to companies and policy makers on the emergent technologies, ethically assisted designs and on corrective actions.
Join this Technical Activity Committee if you wish to engage and contribute to TEMS along this line of interest. We will be looking for interesting discussion, networking, conference engagement, publications and other activities; with a focus on results. More information on TACs in general can be found on the overview and details of the TACs web pages.
About the Author: Rajesh Murthy is the current chair of IEEE TEMS TAC. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.