E is for evolution

Evolution phones

This post is part of a continuing series, “Digital: from A to Z,” that explores what it means to be “digital” from A to Z, broken down into individual blog posts diving deeper into various subjects. Check back regularly to see continuing posts as I work my way through the alphabet and let me know: What’s in your A to Z of digital? You can find me on twitter @Max_Hemingway or leave a comment below.

Evolution covers the advancements and new technologies that are shaping the Journey to Digital.

The most impacting area that is shaping the conceptions around digital is that of the end user devices. End user devices such as tablets, mobiles, watches, smart glasses, augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D printing, 360-degree cameras, voice-activated home interfaces and fitness trackers are probably the most reported-on items shaping how we consume and use services and data.

A good way to look at evolution is to recall the number of mobile phones you have had and how they have changed over the years: from being large and heavy with the ability to just make a call, to being a smartphone capable of providing information and taking pictures as well as make a call.

The Evolution of the Mobile Phone in Pictures provides a brief history of these devices and how they have evolved.

From this evolution, the mobile phone is becoming the central hub of the connected person, allowing connectivity of the devices that we wear and use, and sending data to and from the various related services.

Other areas of technology see competition between vendors driving new developments as they become the first to patent and develop new technologies. Game consoles provide VR capability, with some vendors now developing mixed reality for future releases.

There are also lots of new ideas and products coming from sites such as crowdfunding and crowdsourcing sites. Some work; however, some fail or do not reach their funding goal. These sites are worth tracking to see what developments are coming around the corner. (Sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo can provide a glimpse into what is being developed.)

However, there is as much innovation and development happening in the back end such as virtualisation, cloud computing, containers, microservices, APIs and automation. These form an important part of the Digital Evolution as they help deliver the applications and delivery to the end-user devices.

Examples of technologies proving containers and enabling microservices would be a service running on Amazon Cloud, using Docker and Ansible to script automated deployments of servers and solutions with the ability to grow or shrink as needed by a business or service.

It is important to understand what is available and feasible by taking advantage of today’s technologies as a step on the Journey to Digital, whilst also keeping a view on the future to help shape a roadmap for your business.

Join me next time as I look at ‘F is for fitness trackers’ in my Digital A-Z series.  See my last post, D is for digital.

This entry was originally posted in Max’s blog.


Max Hemingway — Senior Architect

Max is a senior architect for DXC in the United Kingdom. With more than 25 years of experience, he has a broad and deep range of technical knowledge and is able to translate business needs into IT-based solutions. Currently the chief architect of the BAE Systems account in the UK, Max has a proven track record acquired through continual client engagement and delivery of leading edge infrastructures, all of which have delivered positive results for end-clients, including IT cost reduction, expansion of service capability and increased revenues.

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  1. Evolution of service models and as-a-service models, on-demand everything, supplier and provider ecosystems and financing innovations are probably as much a significant factor as the technology used to deliver those services. It will be interesting to see which letters you choose to cover those areas 🙂

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