Why Big Data, IoT, AI and Cloud Are Converging in the Enterprise

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It has been abundantly clear for quite some time that enterprise technology development has been focused on the digital workplace, but according to a recent book from Tom Seibel, which we discussed last month, what is happening now is a game changer. In Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction, he argues that technology is at a inflection point and that the principle technology discussion in the digital workplace at the moment is how to manage the convergence of four megatrends: cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). While these systems are making work more'intelligent' they are also increasingly difficult to manage. The manufacturing industry, for example, has been working with these trends separately for years in a number of different ways, according to Maryanne Steidinger of Webalo, and they are all starting to dovetail through the use of data. Here's how each technology is working in the enterprise: Software is now being offered as a service (i.e., cloud-based, where you are essentially leasing vs. purchasing it) for the past 10 years.