The article “In 2014 Every Business will be Disrupted by Open Technology” raised some very key points on some key disruptive patterns. One key pattern being not necessarily the invention of open technology, but the adoption of it.

As The Article Notes

“The automobile was important not because it ended travel by horse, but because it created suburbs, gas stations and shopping malls.”  


For a different perspective, the Forbes article also discusses the iPhone and the App Store. These were two revolutionary inventions in their field. Especially consider the invention of the App Store. It was not a revolutionary invention because of its features. It was revolutionary because it created a new business ecosystem. In this ecosystem, to compete you needed your product to be connectable and “open” to the public. So, the key theme we picked up from the article was the movement from “bleeding and leading edge”. Then, we move to the more popular adoption of “Open Data” and “Open platforms”.

Back To The Article

The true impact begins not with invention but with adoption.  This is where the second and third-order effects kick in. After all, the automobile was important not because it ended travel by horse. It was important because it created suburbs, gas stations and shopping malls.  A few more tangible themes we picked up on in the article are:

    1. Stand-alone brands are shifting to open platforms for co-creation
    1. Open platforms built on a brand`s intellectual property enhance the value, not threaten it
    1. Open platforms also provide enterprise-level capabilities to the smallest players, leveling the playing field, accelerating innovation, and amplifying competition
  1. Finally, open platforms for co-creation shifts the focus away from driving out inefficiencies. Instead, they move towards the power of networking and collaboration to create value.

Where its happening already: Federal, State, City, Commercial entities.

Two Big Disruptive Areas

FedFocus 2014 emphasized that with the budget appropriations for 2014 and 2015, two big disruptive areas will continue to be in Open Data and Big Data. Especially, with the May 2013 release of the WhiteHouse Open Data memorandum for going into effect in November 2013, it will impact Open Data by:

  • Making it open and machine-readable as the new default for government information. This memorandum establishes a framework to help institutionalize the principles of effective information management at each stage of the information`s life cycle. This helps promote interoperability and openness. Whether or not particular information are publishable, agencies apply this framework to all information resources to promote efficiency and produce value.

We are seeing states get into the mix as well with Open Data movements like  Go Code Colorado was an event created to help Colorado companies grow, by giving them better and more usable access to public data. Teams compete to build business apps, creating tools that Colorado businesses need, making our economy stronger.

Also, at the city level with the city of Raleigh, North Carolina. This city received recognition for its award-winning Open Data Portal.

What This Results In

We had previously tweeted on how IBM opened up their Watson cognitive computing API for developers…. publicly. This is a big deal. They know that with open data platforms as a system, they get more use. This means more comfort and apps. Also, with every legally-allowed transaction that happens on it, they continue to improve their interpretative signals that make Watson so wicked smart. This article points this key example out as well.

Finally, National Data Assets move ahead to make their data more distributable over the cloud. Consequently, we see data move closer to cloud applications. This offers data via web services where they are too large or updated too often to sync, download, or sneakernet.

Xentity And Its Partners Have Been At The Forefront Of All These Movements

We have enjoyed being the leaders in this movement since its early phases. Our architectures focus less on commodity IT. This way, we do not undersell the importance of affordable, fast, robust, scalable, IT services and data center models. Our architectures have been more focused on putting the I back in IT.

We have been moving National Geospatial Data Assets into these delivery models as data products and services (Xentity is awarded USGS IDIQ for Enterprise and Solution Architecture), to support the architecture of (Xentity chosen to help re-arch, and recently to support the data wrangling on Colorado`s State OpenData efforts. We are examining the question of: can a predictable supply chain for geospatial data be done and actively participating in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) EarthCube which looks to “Imagine a world…where you can easily plot data from any source and visualize it any way you want.”

Our architecture methods (Developing a Transformation Approach) are designed to examine mission oriented performance gains, process efficiencies, data lifecycle management orientation, integrating service models, and balancing technology footprints while innovating. For instance, we are heavily involved in the new ACT-IAC Smart Lean Government efforts to look at the alignment services across government and organizational boundaries around community life events much like other nations are beginning to move to.

Xentity is very excited about the current open data movements. We have supported platforms and the traction it is getting in industry. This may help us progress from information services into the the popular area of knowledge services (Why we focus on spatial data science)