The enterprise IT phenomenon known as systems of engagement can empower developers in varied sectors.
Working on software development tools at IBM, I typically work with enterprise customers. These are large teams building large, complex software systems with a lot of legacy. I was excited when I had a chance to get involved with IBM’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) initiative, which is now available as BlueMix.
The “systems of engagement” concept behind BlueMix sounded promising, but also triggered my buzzword-skepticism reflex. Ultimately, though, I’ve become convinced there is something happening here, and it extends beyond my traditional enterprise stomping grounds. It’s a projection of a trend that is occurring among makers, enterprise software development shops, and, most surprisingly, in complex systems.
The IT phenomenon “systems of engagement” is actually much bigger than that — it’s a feature of a new era of apps and composable services in software and systems, and it could even be the beginning of a fun phase of software development. Read more…