The UK-based insurer LV= (formerly Liverpool Victoria) was facing a technical challenge. A period of rapid growth, including numerous acquisitions, had swamped its IT department with legacy systems and a backlog of demand to support those systems. Saddled with maintenance tasks and struggling to rationalize its IT infrastructure, LV= was missing opportunities to develop innovative new products–and capitalize on all that exciting growth.
At the beginning of this year, I wrote a short post outlining a few predictions I have about how enterprise software is going to evolve in 2015. We’re at the halfway point, so let’s evaluate a few of them.
There has been plenty of hype over the last few months about the Apple Watch, the tech giant’s first big new product in five years and its first-ever wearable. But there’s been very little independent research so far about exactly how early adopters are using the device.
You’ve perhaps heard of the LAMP stack, the standard web-service building blocks of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. Now there’s a new superstar technology stack on the rise: MSG.
Competitive pressures have pushed speed of software development to become one of the highest priorities for businesses today.
This post originally ran on VentureBeat.
On VentureBeat earlier this month, a European venture capitalist took some U.S. VCs to task for hyping “portfolio-support platforms” and other value-added services, presumably to the exclusion of old-fashioned company building. He derided investors who push a “bouquet of generic operational support resources” and warned entrepreneurs to be skeptical of these offerings—implying that young companies don’t need such services to bloom.