The SAP platform and digital transformation

Dion Hinchcliffe, ZD Net, Dec 19, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a good but almost impenetrable article reporting on the fundamental shift in digital technology taking place today. If you want the two-line version it is this: the digital world is shifting from self-managed centralized services to distributed cloud services, but the weight of the platform is such that only a few very large vendors are competitive in this market. I think both observations are correct. As Hinchcliffe notes, "Amazon now offers over 50 separate categories of enterprise-class cloud services across the technology spectrum. Competitive offerings have to be literally stunningly rich in features to effectively compete in today's sophisticated and nuanced technology landscape." Who can set up that sort of infrastructure?

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