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Free and Open Business IT Innovation: An overview of IT trends for 2017

Businesses innovate faster using IT innovations. Faster innovation cycles are enabled by innovations in software, hardware and business science. Without business IT innovation our world would not be what it is today. Working in the IT industry means you need continuously keep up your knowledge up to date.

This report will help you and give you a head start for 2017! This report covers important business IT innovations for 2017. All open. All FOSS!

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Free and Open Business IT Innovation: An overview of IT trends for 2017

  1. 1. FREE AND OPEN BUSINESS IT INNOVATION An overview of tangible IT trends for 2017 © December 2016 Business Management Support Foundation Version 1.0 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION Without business IT innovation our world would not be what it is today. Working in the IT industry means you need continuously keep up your knowledge up to date. This report is all about IT Innovation. This report is created to extend your knowledge on what is hot for 2017 in the area of new emerging IT innovations. This report will give you a head start for 2017!
  3. 3. BUSINESS IT INNOVATION IN 2017 IT Trends 2017 Strategic Needs People, Skills, Culture Business Processes Free and Open Source Software Innovation Healthcare Data Security, Privacy and Safety Machine learning Beyond the Cloud Creating Applications Blockchains Business IT Management Speed Easy-Of-Use Business domain and innovation capabilities New Core innovative IT domains for 2017
  4. 4. A DEFINITION… Our definition used for disruptive innovation:  An innovation that creates a new market and value network that disrupt an already existing market and replaces an existing product. Be aware: Some people like the sexy term disruptive innovation. In reality real disruptive innovations in a mature business IT landscape will always take a few years to have a real disrupting impact.
  5. 5. HEALTHCARE SOFTWARE AND HEALTH ANALYTICS For 2017 the following emerging trends are seen:  FOSS will be become the standard for EMR(Electronic Medical Records) & hospital systems.  More devices will be seen that allow FOSS software on their platform especially for he consumer DIY healthcare market.  The golden margins of companies supporting and maintaining legacy healthcare systems will be under pressure. With FOSS there is no absolute vendor lock-in anymore. Everyone with the required technical knowledge can support the systems and fix problems.
  6. 6. HEALTHCARE SOFTWARE AND HEALTH ANALYTICS APPLICATIONS The FOSS package to watch in 2017 are:  Bahmi. Bahmni ( is an easy-to-use EMR & hospital system.  OpenEMR. OpenEMR ( has already a large base of companies supporting this ERP hospital software. In 2017 a lot of work will go into modernization and creating a new UI that meets today's usability standards.  Nightscout. The Nightscout ( project allows remote monitoring of a T1D’s glucose level using existing monitoring devices.  OpenEyes™ an electronic medical record for eye care ( )
  7. 7. DATA The innovations on data storage that will impact us in 2017 are offered by the complex software solutions that are build as layers upon modern hardware storage devices. Data and information is still a key for enabling innovation. But without proper storing and retrieving data is useless and more data will then not make your business more competitive. The innovations on data storage that will impact us in 2017 are offered by the complex software solutions that are build as layers upon modern hardware storage devices.
  8. 8. DATA APPLICATIONS FOR 2017 Solutions on the data storage field that you should no longer ignore in 2017 are:  OpenZFS. By the large number of participants of this OSS community ZFS quality and features increased. The features of ZFS include protection against data corruption, support for high storage capacities, efficient data compression, snapshots, continuous integrity checking, encryption and automatic repair to name a few. See  IPFS. InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is IPFS is a distributed file system that seeks to connect all computing devices with the same system of files. A project you cannot ignore! See  TSB (Time Series Databases). TSDB’s are databases optimized for time series data. Software with complex logic or business rules and high transaction volume for time series data are not ideal for storing data in a NOSQL or traditional relational database management systems (RDBMS). There are a number of good OSS TSBs available like e.g. : Graphite. Graphite collects, stores, and displays time-series data in real time. See But Elastic ( ) is also for 2017 still a solution you should be aware of if you are dealing with data on very large scale.
  9. 9. SECURITY, PRIVACY AND SAFETY REVISITED There is no magic bullet for security protection. Also not in 2017. Security risks will always be present no matter how much money you put on the table. This is due to the fact that cybersecurity is a complex business problem since it involves:  Internet.  Humans and human behaviour and  Complex software and hardware In 2017 more and more companies will notice that security by obscurity is no longer the way forward.
  10. 10. SECURITY, PRIVACY AND SAFETY APPLICATIONS Some Security FOSS trends worth reviewing are:  Bosun. A FOSS monitoring and alerting system created and supported by Stack Exchange (see  Suricata. A Open Source IDS / IPS / NSM engine. With the growing use of Suricata or other high quality FOSS IDS/IPS systems the market for commercial vendors of black box solutions will decline further in 2017. See https://suricata-  OWASP projects: The software applications released under the OWASP brand have grown significantly in quality and are now usable for more and more companies. Projects to watch are:  OWASP DependencyCheck ( Check )  OWASP Offensive Web Testing Framework ( )
  11. 11. MACHINE LEARNING There is no need to use the proprietary IBM Cloud Watson API’s, Microsoft Azure ML APIs or AWS when you want to make use of in 2017. AI (Artificial intelligence) NLP (Natural language processing) ML (Machine learning) Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are two buzzwords you will be hearing still a lot in 2017. But make sure you know what is what!
  12. 12. MACHINE LEARNING APPLICATIONS The following FOSS AI/ML/NLP applications will gain momentum and drive innovation for ML in 2017:  Apache Spark ML. Spark MLlib is a distributed machine learning framework on top of Spark Core. See  TensorFlow. TensorFlow is an Open Source Software Library for Machine Intelligence. See  Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK). This deep learning framework developed by Microsoft Research was released as OSS in 2016. This CNTK toolkit empowers large and small companies to start working on ML by offering quality APIs for many programming languages. See
  13. 13. BEYOND THE CLOUD Cloud computing will still enable a lot of business IT innovations in 2017. You should make all your infrastructure assets and configuration software defined in 2017. Many great OSS tools are available to support you with this like:  Terraform ( or  Chef Habitat ( )
  14. 14. BEYOND THE CLOUD DIY APPLICATIONS If you are looking for innovation on your own premises the following FOSS cloud applications are the ones to look at in 2017.  OSv. OSv is an open source operating system designed for the cloud.See for more information. OSv is released in september 2016, is still in beta, but since it used a lot of code of FreeBSD the base will be stable.  Apache CloudStack. Apache CloudStack is open source software designed to deploy and manage large networks of virtual machines, as a highly available, highly scalable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing platform. See  CoreOS. CoreOS Container Linux is a container operating system, designed to be managed and run at massive scale. See  Atomic. Project Atomic is an umbrella for many projects related to redesigning the operating system around principles of "immutable infrastructure", using the LDK (Linux, Docker, Kubernetes) stack. See
  15. 15. CREATING APPLICATIONS As long as computers exist people are trying to find ways to create applications easier and faster. Within the area of creating applications easier and better you can easily find hundreds of new and promising tools and frameworks every week. Only really new solutions or tools that solve a real problem survive. Within this innovation publication for 2017 we highlight what we think are new and promising tools to use for your business in 2017.
  16. 16. CREATING APPLICATIONS FOSS tools for 2017 to use or look at:  Serverless Application frameworks. Serverless frameworks will be the next-big thing in the IT landscape. Multiple real FOSS Serverless solutions are available when you want the advantages of the Serverless architecture concepts, but do not want the vendor lock-in of a Cloud. Promising in this category is Iron (see ).  React. React was new and sexy. React will in 2017 still be innovative framework to use if you are building complex web based UI applications. See  VueJS ( ). VueJS is clean, mean and ready for 2017.  Rust. Rust is a new programming language which unlike GO ( ) brings more than just a better C or C++. Mozilla is using Rust to improve the Firefox browser. See:
  17. 17. BLOCKCHAINS Not only the cool guys can take advantage of what is still considered as the next big things for coming years. In 2017 it is the highest time for you to get started with business pilots to test use cases based on blockchain technology.
  18. 18. BLOCKCHAINS Great FOSS blockchain projects for 2017 to use are:  Ethereum ( ). Check the new economy emerging at OpenBazaar ( ) and ask yourself the question:  Why are you still not present there?  Hyperledger project. The Hyperledger project is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. See  Intel Sawtooth Lake project. See:  Dragonchain blockchain platform. If you want to move early to get your new ideas running before it is 2018 jump on this project now. See
  19. 19. BUSINESS IT MANAGEMENT If you have a role as business IT manager the good news is that agile is already over the hype and dying once again. More and more companies jumping on a new sexy agile approach like scrum, lean or devops will notice that the hard complex problems are still hard to solve. With the following range of good old management approaches you should be ready to make your business IT innovation projects successful:  Solution based thinking.  Group problem solving and Soft Systems Methodology.  Agile approaches based on social technique principles. So devops but human centric and fully process oriented.
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  21. 21. IT’S ALL ABOUT COLLABORATION! Author info About Maikel Mardjan: • Msc Business Studies, University of Groningen • Master Business Management (MBM), TSM Business School • Msc Electrical Engineering, Delft University of Technology TOGAF and CISSP certified and more than 20 years experience in the field of: consultancy, IT, Open Source, Internet, business research and innovation.
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  23. 23. MORE INFORMATION? Within this Business IT Innovation 2017 report terms, definitions, concepts and jargon is used that can be new or confusing for you. We realize that this publication is flued with typical IT jargon. We are open to answer your questions, give a presentation at your company or explain the business IT Innovation trends captured in this report more in depth. Contact : On Twitter : @nocomplexity - Platinum Sponsor No
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