5G, IoT, Cloud, Microservices, APIs – Quintet Brings High-Tech to Mid-Sized Enterprises

5G, IoT, Cloud, Microservices and APIs have begun to flow together (literally). If industry findings are any indication, then by 2027, this high-tech combination will be common place in many mid-sized and some small enterprises. Large enterprises will be more focused on perfecting this quintet. Most will have achieved ‘adoption’ milestone close to 2025.

Each of these has either been in the making or in existence close to (or over) a decade.

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Cloud Economics, Specialized Offerings and Objection Management

Many leading technology firms reported stellar Q1 2021 revenue results with equally bright forecasts for Q2- all in anticipation of cloud adoption. Initially driven by pandemic-induced lifestyle trends such as work-from-home, home schooling and online conferences, this strong momentum continued thanks to consumption-based billing models and subtle push towards ‘OpEx’ (operating expense) over ‘CapEx’ (capital expense) model.

Currently most cloud providers (IaaS, PaaS or SaaS) are focused on capturing greater market share. So much so, that Alphabet is still registering operating loss as it expects it’s investment in Google Cloud to pay off over time. Besides mindset shift (why migrate certain functions from private cloud to a public cloud, when it’s not broken), one of the biggest impediments to cloud adoption has been due to perceived technology integration costs, security and absence of a precise pay-per-use financial model. In recent months, almost all BigTech have dedicated a few roles, if not departments to outlining cost-economics for enterprise cloud.

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Network Slicing: Bridge to Financial Services-Telecom-IoT Land

Three main reasons why IoT acceptance across Financial Services has lagged behind other verticals can be attributed to ill-conceived use cases, security concerns and unclear cost-benefit proposition. Network Slicing, which has been around for sometime now (introduced sometime in late ‘80s), along with Software Defined Networks (SDN) might be those master strokes which bring much needed price-point clarity to Financial Services-IoT. These two capabilities can be used to bridge the gap between Telecom and Financial Services.

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Embedded Finance Bubbles: Countering or Enabling Bias?

Traditional large banks (such as Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo, Japan Post Holdings Co. Ltd., etc.) are diligently investing in high-tech. Under very similar precepts, community banks are focusing on mergers and also investing in high-tech to counter strong disruption currents. When speaking of high-tech, large and smaller regional community banks, alike are dedicating significant percentage of operating budget and forethought towards self-disruption. According to Statista, global IT spend in banks and Securities sector is anticipated to be 547.82 billion USD by 2021. In terms of percentage, in 2020, North American banks spend up to 40% of their IT budget in new technology and 30% in Europe.

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Digital Transformation Tool Kit: CAGR 2021 – Beyond & Identifying Strategic Inflection Points

Most organizations should be much further ahead in digitization and automation undertakings but unfortunately are falling into same strategic boobie traps, effectively stalling progress or even worse, turning supposedly cost-saving, efficient exercises into sunk costs. At the same time, new automation concepts, business models are blitzkrieging through technology landscape, overwhelming small-mid sized businesses.

Key to success lies in striking a balance between identifying relevant automation undertakings and executing them with ‘two-steps ahead of the competitor’ mindset.

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2021 Enterprise Solutions Stats, 2025 Projections & Digital Transformation Cost-Benefit Model

2021 might as well be referred to as the year of ‘Great Expectations’. From finding immunity against COVID-19, to re-starting global economy, to taking stock of all that has been lost in prior year to doing a temperature check of businesses – 2021 is expected to be a year of great resets and overhauls.

Enterprises are going through their own renaissance period, now commonly referred to as ‘digital transformation’. According to us, ‘digital transformation’ refers to systems, processes and organizational change management that can upend existing technology status-quo with an operationally superior product that is technologically advanced. However, one of the biggest impediments to realizing successful digital transformation is sunk costs incurred due to unplanned, strategically tone-deaf technology replacements. Financial-first approach, backed by corporate strategy fundamentals is still the most efficient way to realizing successful digital transformation.

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