DCN September 2016 - Page 25

digital economy SHIFTING HORIZONS Luke Whitehead of Couchbase takes a detailed look at the shift towards the digital economy, the evolution of Big Data and the Internet of Things and what it means for enterprise architecture. T he digital economy is transforming the business world. Powered by the Internet, it’s an economy based on the cloud, mobile, social media and Big Data. At the heart of every digital economy business are its web, mobile, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, providing the primary method of interaction between companies and their customers, not to mention supplying more of the infrastructure to actually run their businesses. But what is the impact of the digital economy on businesses? To be successful and deliver great customer experiences, not only are businesses transforming how they work and what they’re offering, they’re overhauling their infrastructures to accommodate their evolving needs. Today’s web, mobile, and IoT applications share one or more (if not all) of the following characteristics. They need to: S  upport large numbers of concurrent users (tens of thousands, perhaps millions). D  eliver