via Government Computer News
Throughout history, events often have been determined by disruptive technologies. The question for organizations and nations is whether they’re on the right or wrong side of those technologies.
“If there’s going to be a disruption, the disruption can be done by you, or it can be done to you,” David McQueeney, vice president of software research at IBM Corp., said May 3 at the Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems conference in Detroit. New technologies can be used to enhance operational processes, and they can also serve to disrupt adversaries, he said.
McQueeney proposed a new Moore’s Law for the 21st century. An updated measurement is necessary because the world is poised on the brink of major change. Development in ubiquitous sensor technology will see the rise of the “smarter planet.” Although this process is already under way in the DOD, it will spread to the civilian government as sensors and actuators move to the very edges of systems, creating a smart infrastructure capable of providing data and of maintaining itself.
This new law reflects the reality that data is the real state of the world, he said. Data drives user understanding of battlefields, the actions of adversaries and the movement of markets. However, while computers will have more processing power in coming years, McQueeney said that the focus for system design will shift to managing data. Much of this data will be unfiltered and unstructured. “It isn’t about processing and bringing data to the processor,” he said.