Posted on December 17, 2020

The Top 9 digital transformation & EA buzzwords

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Buzzwords, we hate them, and we love using them. It is a delicate relationship. But just so you are at least informed about the lingo here are some of the biggest go-to buzzwords many of us are hearing right now, and what they really mean:

  1. Digital Transformation:

    The process of using digital technologies to create new, or modify existing, business processes, cultures, and customer experiences to meet changing business and market requirements.

    So what does this actually mean? We used to place orders in a warehouse with paper and pen, now we use a scanner to pick the right products in the warehouse and moving to robots. Technology changing how we do things, how our customers and stakeholders interact with us, and how we service them.

  1. Automation:

    This is a technique of making an a process, operation or a system operate automatically.

    It’s basically teaching a machine (usually a computer program or an application) how to do something by itself efficiently and instinctively. So we can spend more time on strategy and optimization.

  1. Legacy system

    The original Enterprise Architecture frameworks that follow their own structured approach to change management. Often programmed with languages that in their days where great like Cobol, Uniface or MSDOS.

    It’s Enterprise Architecture, version 1.0 (or “retro EA”, as some might call it). While it does get the job done, it’s not as dynamic or intuitive as version 2.0 with endless streams of data and new tooling capabilities and possibilities to innovate.

  1. Citizen development

    According to Gartner: A citizen developeris a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT. Simply said someone who is not a trained developer builds in the organization, often enabled with easy drag and click systems. Massively broadening the number of people who can assist in digital transformation

  1. Digital Twin:

    A virtual model of a process, product, or service that enables data analysis and monitoring.

    It’s a computer-generated model of almost anything you can think of (new road being built, planes flying, people walking to the store etc.). A place to test and analyze before changing the real thing.

  1. Eco-system:

     The web of organizations (suppliers, distributors, customers, competitors, government agencies etc.) involved in the delivery of a specific product or service.

    In other words, It’s the environment that everybody and everything exists inside. Imagine a playground that everybody plays in. Better yet, think of “The Sims”, but the difference is you don’t have complete control over everything (but I’m sure some people wish they did).

  1. Innovation:

    The introduction of something new or the process of updating something that already exists.Innovation is the creation, development and implementation of a new product, process or service, with the aim of improving efficiency, effectiveness or competitive advantage.

    Simply said, innovation is the same as experimentation. It’s using different approaches to solving problems or completing tasks. For example sending each other a WhatsApp nowadays instead of a letter.

  1. Shadow IT:

    Information technology systems implemented by departments other than the primary IT department itself to address issues within the IT department’s internal system. People or teams using IT systems, tools, apps, etc. without getting permission from your IT department. Hey, if you’ve got a problem, fix it yourself, right? Either a way to stay innovative and productive or create anarchy, the jury is out.  However, sometimes creating a (se curity) mess while doing so.

  2. No code/Low code :

    Low code is a way of developing software applications without the need to know a programming language

    To summarize, it is a visual way of development. With certain pre-coded components, you can create a mobile or web app. Using this software, staff and developers can design and build powerful applications that can scale for any organization without having the problems you would have with the vulnerability of loose coding languages.

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Buzzwords have their uses, but can also be an annoyance. Everyone at fizor. knows how it feels although we tend to disagree on which one of these is the best, worst, most accurate and/or least significant (we all have our favorites). 

As we are working internationally but mainly digitally now,  we would like to provide some entertainment during your current calls. Download the Buzzword Bingo card and enjoy the next meeting.

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