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The lesson learned here is that no matter how well positioned a company may be in its industry, it can never rest on its laurels. One of the biggest drivers of change and disruption in any industry is the emer- gence of new technologies. Companies who sit on the sidelines and bypass these new technology trends risk becoming the next Blockbuster or Kodak. But what is even scarier is companies that embrace these emerging technologies are able to innovate so quickly, that other companies that are just dipping their toes in the water are being left i n the dust. Business agility is the new currency. These strategic technologies have a few characteristics in common. • They require massive amounts of infrastructure to process at scale • They are ingesting and processing petabytes or exabytes of data • The underlying infrastructure, data- bases and middleware are extremely complex to implement in the legacy DIY (do it yourself) model • The applications that leverage these technologies are elastic in nature These four characteristics fall into the sweet spot of public clouds. Elastic appli- cations are best suited for on-demand resources. This is a core value proposition of the cloud. Buying excess capacity for unpredictable spikes in demand is some- thing a CIO who wants to keep his job should not be practicing in this day and age. Private cloud advocates will claim that they can provide elasticity at a lower cost and with more control. I can argue against that in another article for another day. But that argument becomes irrele- vant when you add the platform’s capabil- ities and managed services that these cloud providers offer. Three themes — intelligent, digital, and mesh — form the basis for the Top 10 strategic technology trends for 2017. These technologies are just beginning to break out of an emerging state and stand to have substantial disruptive potential across industries. - Gartner . SUMMER 2017 | THE DOPPLER | 51