Digital Transformation in Three Waves
Companies are at a crossroads in terms of digital transformation. The demand to increase revenues, compete globally, and keep expenses down necessitates a digital-first strategy. However, the transition to an online economy does not occur immediately. The road to digital transformation is long and winding.
The digital journey is divided into three waves, according to us:
Consumers go digital in the first wave. Portable, social, and cloud have all been adopted by individuals. The iPhone accelerated this trend, and today digital activity is the norm. Expectations are raised, and patience is dwindling.
Enterprises go digital in the second wave. As a result of the effect on consumer behavior, forward-thinking businesses have implemented cloud, software-defined, and microservices designs. Digital business will cross the divide and become the mainstream in 2020.
Industry digitalization is the third wave. The Internet of Things (IoT), intelligent systems (AI), and deep learning (ML) are now being used by entire industries to revolutionize markets. This phenomenon, dubbed Industry 4.0, is still in its early stages and will take years to develop fully.
These patterns have several ramifications. The world’s most powerful corporations are today’s tech firms. Open source and cloud have become essential in the technology supplier industry. And new threats and concerns have evolved, with data privacy & breaches becoming commonplace.
So, how do you stay up with the Joneses?
Companies, we believe, need to reconsider their attitude to apps. Applications should be viewed as living entities. Allow me to explain.
Consider applications in the same way that you would think of living organisms.
The majority of businesses are all in Wave 2. Consumers have gone digital and demanded digital services, putting pressure on the corporation to provide a smooth and high-quality experience comparable to Netflix, Facebook, and Airbnb. On the other hand, traditional businesses have difficulty designing gains in improving that system’s digital experiences
To overcome this stumbling block, businesses must prioritize applications at the top of their priority list. Applications have progressed from directing a company’s technological strategy to being integral to the entire business plan. Second, businesses must develop programs that respond to constantly changing client needs. Adopting agile development approaches, CI/CD pipelines, and a DevOps culture are just a few examples. The other element is ensuring that the application infrastructure is “active.”
Sense, Listen, and Respond Applications
Complex creatures can adapt to their surroundings. They mature and grow. They change and adapt. They respond and recover.
The same can be said for a “dynamic application.” Although the phrases – deploy, expand, and secure – are different, the concepts remain the same. What’s the difference between organisms and humans? These things aren’t done automatically by apps. They require a complicated tooling network, coordination, and operations to respond naturally to their surroundings.
What if your apps didn’t require as much external help and instead were designed to function like living organisms, capable of?
Sense. Throughout the data access plane, telemetry & control points capture real-time data.
Think. The sensory telemetry is processed by a centralized power plane to gain insights and change policies.
Respond. The control plane delivers data plane instructions to alter traffic flow, security, and performance.
Assume that there is an unusual increase in traffic. The abnormality is detected in real-time by an intelligent checkpoint in your CDN, which transmits this to the centralized controller. The behavior is analyzed by the control plane and identified as a Cyberattack. The management plane then sends a facilitate improvement to the WAF to stop the attack, set global rate limitations across a range of network switch sites, and ensure that only authenticated traffic passes through the API gateways. The attack is stopped in a matter of seconds.
However, not all bandwidth spikes are caused by assaults. In another example, the control plane sees the rise as real user traffic associated with A/B testing conducted by your marketing team for a new item on your eCommerce platform. The control plane makes API calls to any CI/CD pipeline to start spinning more microservices to process orders, modifies Kubernetes Ingress paths to these subsystems, and spins up more CDN cache instances to smooth out the usability of the system. The user experience on the website is flawless. The launch went off without a hitch.
NGINX Open Source, Business Solutions, and Partner Solutions have new versions to help you deliver live apps.
I’ve been talking about the idea of a live app for a few months now. It was a part of the concept that fueled our roadmap. Today, we mean a major step in making the vision a reality.
NGINX open-sourced projects have been updated with new features. F5 is dedicated to advancing NGINX’s open-source technology development. Modern application or DevOps toolchains rely heavily on open source. NGINX is putting up a display at Configuration.