Organizations world-wide are in the midst of an existential crisis, this arises from the fact that they are being challenged by organizations from another industry or start-ups and not from their regular competition. These challenges arise from the fact that competition is able to innovate and leverage new technologies [like social, mobile, cloud, big-data, smart devices etc.,] to create new categories of products and services that disrupt a tradition. This disruption due to new digital technologies is what is being termed as ‘digital disruption’ and the emerging new business is called ‘Digital Business’.
Recent trends show that organizations that accept the challenge and adopt their products and services can survive or even thrive. For a business to transform into digital business, they not only have to make incremental changes to their current systems and processes but also adopt dramatically new technologies and create new processes. This essentially requires us to re-think architectures; and we believe this requires a two-prong approach
- Adopt technologies and solutions that will satisfy the ‘new’ expectations of users, we call this approach ‘digital first’, and
- Adopting incremental innovation to existing technologies and systems that enables the digital first architectures is what we call as ‘foundation architectures’.