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Built.io 2016 Predictions: Will 2016 be the Year the Tech Industry Finally Delivers on its Long Awaited Innovation?

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2016.  Read them in this 8th Annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Nishant Patel, CTO of Built.io

Will 2016 be the Year the Tech Industry Finally Delivers on its Long Awaited Innovation?

Looking back at 2015, there were a lot of things the industry talked about but not many things that actually happened. I think that's going to change this year. We laid a lot of groundwork in 2015, but 2016 will be the year we actually start to see technology companies fulfill their promises of innovation.

Will robots start to roam the streets? Maybe not, but there will be an uptick in driverless cars. Along with this thought, here are the five predictions for 2016 that are on the top of my list. They range from microservices and MBaaS to the Internet of APIs (IoA). Take a look:

1. IT becomes irrelevant. In 2016, I predict that traditional ways of dealing with IT will lose ground big time. IT leaders will deal less with specific technologies and becoming more of the policy makers within an organization. Rather than specifying how integration is done, for example, IT will adopt a cloud integration platform (or iPaaS) that meets their policies and let individual business units drive their own projects or hire outside help for specific implementations. We started to see this a bit this year, but beginning next year you'll start to really notice that IT departments won't be the ones actually implementing anything, therefore becoming irrelevant in 2016.

2. Microservices will become the standard way software and applications are being built. The days of the monolithic app that "does it all" are over. Back when integration was difficult and time consuming, enterprises gravitated toward single-vendor solutions that could fulfill the majority of their requirements - at least on paper - from as few sources as possible. "Jack of all trades and master of none"-solutions are now being left in the dust by innovative experiences that thoughtfully combine best-of-breed capabilities and services (i.e. microservices) from different sources and integrate them for a seamless user experience. Instead of ordering a me-too, cookie cutter conference app, for example, more and more event organizers are demanding cutting edge features be assembled in order to offer something that's exciting and truly unique for their users. With a new wave of integration technologies, the hurdle to combine different solutions and integrate different vendors' services into a coherent solution is being eliminated.

3. Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) on its own is vanilla - it needs to evolve. When mobile first took off, MBaaS saved a lot of time when building apps. But in today's world, there are so many SDKs and highly specialized, highly advanced microservices (analytics, push notifications, data store, realtime capabilities) and they're moving so far ahead on their particular strength, general purpose MBaaS vendors can no longer keep up. For MBaaS pure players, they'll have to evolve and become comfortable integrating and substituting elements of their stack with other, best-of-breed components.

4. IoT adoption in the workplace will still be slow. The problem with IoT in the workplace now is security. And I'm not convinced that IoT has solved that potential risk. As it stands now, consumers are willing to take the risk that IoT brings. Whereas enterprise organizations simply can't take that chance when customers' sensitive data is at stake. A major shift needs to happen around security and privacy for IoT in the enterprise. 2016 looks to be the year with big developments afoot.

5. Move over IoT - it's all about IoA in 2016. For the past few years we've talked a lot of about the Internet of Things (IoT). Its "Things" is actually a misnomer and diminishes what's actually happening with technology across every industry. If you think about it, you can't release a product without an API anymore - be it hardware or software, anything with a digital heartbeat MUST have an API. Traditional integration will start to become irrelevant as integration moves to the cloud and APIs become table stakes. Hence, 2016 won't be the year of IoT, it'll be the year of the Internet of APIs (IoA).

Were these predictions shocking? Spot on? After years in the industry one thing I know for sure is that nothing is impossible. Bring on 2016.

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About the Author

Nishant Patel is CTO of Built.io, which helps enterprises deploy and integrate apps across mobile, web and IoT. Nishant brings 15 years of experience solving complex technology and cloud integration problems for large enterprises. Prior to founding Built.io, Nishant was a Senior Architect at TIBCO Software. Nishant holds a B.S. in Computer Science from The Ohio State University.

Published Tuesday, November 24, 2015 6:33 AM by David Marshall
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