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Karen Coburn

Top Intriguing Business Agility & Software Engineering Excellence Articles for 2019

by Karen Coburn

As has been our tradition for the last several years, we’ve compiled the five most intriguing articles published by the Business Agility & Software Engineering Excellence practice for today’s Advisor. How did we come up with this list? We chose the articles that garnered the most feedback from Cutter Members. Your questions and comments not only make it possible to create lists like this, they help focus Cutter’s Senior Consultants’ research on the areas that are most important to organizations like yours. So please keep your feedback coming.


Blockchain: Here to Stay? — Opening Statement

by Karolina Marzantowicz

In this Cutter Business Technology Journal (CBTJ), we take a broad look at the opportunities and disruptions that blockchain creates. Our authors explore reasons why blockchain application is still slow regardless of overall interest in the technology. Enterprises are still struggling to find a blockchain that fits their needs, especially from a scaling perspective. A key observation from these articles is that regulation and compliance can help drive blockchain technology adoption. Blockchain (and related use cases such as cryptocurrency and digital assets) is currently subject to very limited regulation. In this issue, the authors provide researchers and practitioners with an overall view of the current state of blockchain adoption and what industry participants perceive as its challenges. They present real-world examples of DLT implementations and demonstrate how this new technology can deliver new value.

3 Implications of Changes in Software Development

3 Implications of Changes in Software Development

by Kaushik Dutta, by Sunil Mithas, by San Murugesan

The expectations end users have of software today are significantly different than those they had just a few years ago. This Advisor examine three implications of these rising expectations.


Why Is Blockchain Blocked?

by Steven Kursh, by Arthur Schnure

Steven Kursh and Arthur Schnure identify six key arguments for why blockchain technology adoption is “blocked.” The authors investigate each identified rationale, showing its repercussions and proposing potential solutions to move forward. If blockchain technology is evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, as the authors assert, it is critical to understand what the current barriers are and how organizations, gov­ernments, and communities can address them. Once these barriers are overcome, more organizations will be eager to implement blockchain to demonstrate the business efficiency of the technology and to leverage its full potential.


(Demystifying) Blockchain Development: The BLER Use Case

by Maria Polychronaki, by Nick Kaftantzis, by Michael Xevgenis, by Dimitrios Kogias, by Nelly Leligou

This article explores the business benefits and technical challenges of blockchain technology implementation in the human resources (HR) domain, specifically in a recruitment space. Recruitment is one of the most critical parts of HR management, one in which there must be an establishment of trust at the beginning of interactions between parties. The authors posit that there is a need for a unified platform where certificates and academic degrees are safely kept in order to ensure the integrity of information and to have a means of verifying the validity of the qualifications, all while ensuring privacy. They propose the design and implementation of a platform exploiting two different open source platforms: Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric. They then analyze each architecture’s basic features and compare those features to outline lessons learned.

The Fundamental Components of an AI Strategy

At the Core: The Fundamental Components of an AI Strategy

by Pavankumar Mulgund, by Sam Marrazzo

Artificial intelligence (AI) strategy, at its core, must closely align with a company’s business objectives, ensuring synergy between the corporate strategy and the AI strategy.

Software engineering

Get It Right: Evolutionary Pressures on Business Software

by Joost Visser

Digital transformation is not an end point; it is just a beginning. It is imperative to continuously evolve your digital solutions to keep meeting the needs of your users and your market.

Executive Update

The Team Is Where It’s At!

by James Schiel

To succeed in the future, we must make difficult changes to move our organizations into the 21st century — and creating real teams is the answer.