Sogeti “Technology Outlook 2013”
The Sogeti “Technology Outlook 2013” presents what we believe this year will be made of. Not only does it list 12 promising trends, it also provides you with a broader frame to understand what is at stake and how they actually relate. This document is the outcome of a collaborative effort by our SogetiLabs, gathering our most distinguished technology leaders.
The SogetiLabs Technology Outlook 2013 is available for download in the Sogeti online bookstore:
Overviewing the technology side, we see this interest in the human factor as well: the interest of our clients is moving away from the systems of record towards the systems of engagement.
Concretely this is a move from administrative processes to using technology to improve or reinvent the real interaction with people.
Many companies and organizations have a hard to catch up to the many trends and innovations of the day. ‘.
The best way to get ahead’, to digest all things happening and distill them to form a clear course forward this is to examine how the technology will be adopted and how the use of technology will then change the behavior of people. All of which is highly unpredictable.
Top 12 trends
Mobile BYOD – Bring your own Device, receiving the desired information, being mobile at work stays a top trend. Supporting a connecting workforce through Mobile/BYOD makes organizations attractive to new employees also aiming to increase work experience and productivity.
Augmented Reality –Overlaying the physical world with a digital layer is changing the interaction between people, objects and information. It’s all about living your life inside Facebook.
Smart TV –The ultimate media device: Interactive, HD and social raising questions such as who is in control of the content. Integration of Internet and Web 2.0 features into television sets and set-top boxes, as well as the technological convergence between computers and these television sets/set-top boxes.
Big Data – Big Data shows the hidden patterns in all sorts of data and help predict behavior and do predictive simulations. Big Data will improve customer insight, target customers and track sentiments online.
Cloud Services – The business promise of Cloud Computing is simple: Worry-free IT. Expected adoption is enormous. Application services are the first step to adoption. New way of software design will appear and there will be a rise of Cloud disaster recovery. In addition, real time analytics and Big Data will strengthen Cloud usage and storage of data.
Jericho Style Security – Securing the data, not the device, is the new security trend bringing a more granular and flexible security approach.
Privacy Enhancing Technologies – Technology to be used to turn privacy into a differentiating selling point. Big Data and other intrusive technologies require making Privacy a fundamental principle when designing new solutions.
Quality Assurance Across the Application Lifecycle – Testing of new applications is not enough anymore. A more complete Quality approach across the entire Application Lifecycle is one key success factor for the future. Testing or Quality are no longer restricted to the test teams, it is a shared IT and business responsibility.
Agile Methods – Agile has become a new paradigm to manage projects focusing on transparency, collaboration, iterative and incremental development significantly reducing the time-to-market. While initially Agile was mostly used in IT, it is now increasingly also applied in “business” projects.
Model Driven Engineering – With the maturity of modeling tools, Models are no longer used only for documentation in the software development process, they are now an integral part of the development and even operations process, allowing traceability between models, code generation, and automated testing.
3D Printing – 3D Printing will transform product information, non-food, retail and create an explosion of personalization. In short, consumers take over! 3D printing fosters agility which is a key factor for the years to come.
Internet of Things – Connecting physical things to the internet makes possible to access remote sensor data and to control the physical world from a distance. Sensors and smart devices will be making our lives easier and allow for optimization of large complex systems such as transportation grids, utilities, healthcare and others. New synergistic services will be developed that go beyond the possibilities of the current isolated embedded system.
For more information about SogetiLabs please visit: www.sogeti.com/labs
Sharepoint Social Intranet [Dutch]
SSI een Sharepoint implementatie van Sogeti, Verhoog productiviteit en verbeter samenwerking. Kijk hier voor meer informatie http://ssip.azurewebsites.net/
Kijk ook om het boek ‘the Connected Workforce’ the downloaden.
Making Your Digital Transformation Work
Where will you be five years from now? What great successes will your company achieve in the coming years? There will be a lot of pressure on organizations, from changing demographics, a changing economy and very competitive market circumstances. Whatever the future may hold, one thing is certain: the digital element will play an important role. It will be an integral part of how you operate, innovate, collaborate and communicate. But are you truly using technology in the best possible way to change the way things are done? There is now a large technology base available to all, ready to be used. There are mobile devices, cloud solutions, modern tablets and accompanying operating systems that focus on simplicity and usability. Incorporating the capabilities that come with each new wave of technology has become an imperative. Will it be you or your competitor who acts first?
This book provides you with the insights of what is happening in business technology and helps you understand the urgency. It describes the holistic vision of how to use business technology well. But it goes much further: it also contains a practical roadmap for the execution of your digital transformation. From building your vision, and addressing the essentials to the execution of projects that excite and energize your clients and employees alike. But let’s not forget end user adoption and maintaining simplicity, as they are the key ingredients for success with any technology. Keep the people centric and make sure that you don’t compromise future agility. For that is the true transformation: to remain innovative.
Free book: The Connected Workforce. Making your Digital Transformation Work
A book written by Sogeti together with Microsoft and Capgemini Consulting, detailing the why and how of embracing digital technology for maximum results.
Within The Connected Workforce, experts provide effective strategies for facilitating a digital transformation within the enterprise while still maximizing existing technology investments. The book also includes a roadmap on how to get there, from building your vision to the execution of projects that excite and energize both clients and employees alike.
“We describe how to be smart and agile, accelerate innovation, cut down silos and become a more social company”.
Co-author Erik van Ommeren, Sogeti
“In a digital world, companies have to create a ‘digital first’ strategy”.
Co-author Marc Herubel, Capgemini Consulting
“Three imperatives for companies today is to engage the customer, find new ways of collaborating, and use the new generations of talent”.
Co-author Per Björkegren, Sogeti
This book can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/WU03br other Sogeti books can be found at www.sogeti.com/publications
Windows 8 Store App – Dutch railroad travel planner video’s
Below some video’s of a personal Windows 8 project. A perfect exercise for creating small backlog items and tasks, most work I did was while waiting on airports and in planes. I created in TFS just small enough tasks so I could fulfill one or two at an airport (1 max 2 hour).
Anyway, this is the result. There are still some bpi’s on the backlog and all feedback
Over view route advice capabilities
Get Wiki Station Info, delays, maintenance and departure times. Pin station to start.
How to: take travel info offline while on the ‘rails’
You can find the app here:
Windows 8 Dutch Train Planner App
The Dutch Train Planner App uses Bing Maps to plan and visualize your train journey.
The App has two entry points, the main entry is searching for travel advices the second is information about your current journey.
Search for travel advices.
When opening the App a map is shown with all the train stations in the Netherlands, zoomed at your current location.
Selecting one will popup the travel planner, where you can select if this station is the ‘From’ (green) or ‘To’ station (Blue). Or, get information about departing train from this station (orange).
You also can search on train station by using the Windows 8 Search Charm.
After selecting the ‘From’ or ‘To’ the other station can be selected or search for.
After selecting (or accepting) the travel time and date route advices will be collected by pressing the blue arrow button.
Travel advices are shown ordered on departure time and the travel route is visualized from station to station.
The icon is the departure station and the is the arrival station.
The icon visualizes a station where you have a stopover. The red dots are stations where the train stops.
In the App Bar you now can save this search for later use by using the Pin button.
View current journey
When you select the ‘play’ button you enter the ‘current journey view’. This view gives detailed information about departure time, platform and stopover time.
Snapping the App will give you the freedom to keep on working without missing your travel schedule.
Pinning you current travel schedule will take the advice offline so you can use it without internet connection.
There is still a lot on my backlog and this is still work in progress. So any recommendations our tips are welcome.
This App is made to plan and visualize your journey on the Dutch railroads, although it is carefully made no guarantee is given by the maker of this App that the information is correct. And the maker is not liable of damage due to the use of this App and missing trains.
This App doesn’t collect any personal data, no travel information or location information is saved. For details see: http://www.sogeti.com/Online-privacy-policy/
Not a Windows 8 machine, but you do want to start creating Store Apps … the possibilities.
There are two good workarounds when you want to start playing/ learning to develop Windows 8 Store Apps, but you aren’t able to due to a machine limitations or company policies.
The first is accessible for everybody, but a bit limited. Microsoft provides several virtual labs with exercises a good starting point. The only limitation is that you can’t save your work, so creating something for yourself isn’t possible.
Each lab comes with a downloadable manual and a 90-minute time allocation. You can sign up for additional 90-minute blocks at any time.
To run these labs you need a Windows XP and IE5 our later, reasonable requirements.
With an Azure Account (you can sign up for a trial one, or use your MSDN subscription), you can create Virtual Machines.
The Windows Server 2012 version give you the capabilities to develop Windows Store Apps, freely without any limitations. Visual Studio (trial) connected with TFSPreview.com for source repository and agile planning will complete the development scenario. Download the above Labs or the Windows 8 Camp in a Box for your exercises.
To enable this scenario, your client machine only needs Remote Desktop.
Hands-on Visual Studio 2012 Workshops - What to do with your free Azure MSDN subscription.
I run workshops.
Instead of boring lectures, I give the attendees the opportunity to get real hands-on experience and feel the scenario instead of listing only.
Specially the Visual Studio 2012 ALM scenario’s are really nice, the attendees work together on a scenario like: code review, feedback, agile planning and testing.
I run these workshops with Azure Virtual Machines, every attendee has it’s own environment on Azure prepared and configured by me for that specific workshop. After I created an image (see: How to Capture an Image of a Virtual Machine) one day ahead of the workshop, I start creating Azure VM’s just before the workshop starts (see: Create a Virtual Machine). After the workshop I kill everything again. so, I only use it for a minimal amount of time, a perfect cloud benefit scenario.
A small calculation on the Azure costs will give you insight in how many time you can run such a workshop a month. Indeed this costs so less money that you can run these kind of workshops for 20 people multiple times a month without getting over the free boundaries of your MSDN Azure account. Probably this will change while, the in beta, Azure VM’s are still free. You ‘re only charged for bandwidth and blob storage, which is cheap.
All attendees are connected with my Team Foundation Service. They provide a MicrosoftID (aka LiveID / Hotmail account) which they use to connect to TFS, within five minutes after the workshop starts everybody works together in teams on the same code base and backlog.
A really nice scenario on how Team Foundation Service enables ad-hoc teams to start working together. I few weeks ago I did a test workshops and after five minutes 40 testers where testing, specifying test cases, run tests cases and automated test cases for just one specific application for three hours. Not only interesting for workshops.
So, what to do with your un-used Azure power which comes with the MSDN Subscriptions benefits, run workshops! It is really interesting for the attendees, easy to setup and free.
One thing to pay attention to: look if the software you're installing on the image is valid for Azure. I use trial versions of software, sometimes you’re not aloud to run it. But, my workshops only take three hours. I kill everything afterwards and make the attendees experienced in the installed software, explain it to the software company they will probably love it and almost for sure they didn’t cover this three hour scenario in their licensing and allows it to use it.
A collaborative culture - PointZERO book launch
My presentation from yesterdays PointZERO book launch.
Or see it on Slideshare
Article in the Methods & Tools Fall 2012 PDF Issue
Download http://www.methodsandtools.com/mt/download.php?fall12here my article in Methods & Tools Fall 2012 PDF Issue, covering 5 Method and Tool Tips for Testing in Scrum.
Sogeti Sweden Visual Studio 2012 Roadshow, coming soon to a city near you.
Tillsammans med Microsoft genomför vi nu ännu en nationell roadshow. På tio orter kommer vi att visa upp nyheterna i Visual Studio 2012 och Team Foundation Server 2012 med fokus på agilt arbetssätt, utvecklareffektivitet och kvalitet. Den nya Visual Studio-versionen ger stöd genom hela livscykeln, från kommunikation med beställare, till daglig drift av det färdiga systemet.
Translated: Sogeti Sweden will deliver together with Microsoft 11 Visual Studio 2012 sessions all over Sweden. See map.
To attend, select a city at: http://www.sogeti.se/vs2012