For a long time I’ve been saying that modeling and simulation will be the “killer application” of cloud computing – All the way back to when we used to talk about the “agile enterprise”. I was sent an article about how simulation will be change the whole approach to enterprise architecture, IT management and the computing environment itself, titled: Escaping Legacy IT systems.
The article describes how “Information technology (IT) managers are thus reluctant to make changes that could have unforeseen consequences for network stability; as a result, they often end up saddled with obsolete software and inefficient network designs.” and how large-scale simulators can be used for global data infrastructure optimization.
By allowing organizations to adjust their environment via models and then simulation performance, the risks to the business can be significantly reduced. We’ll see much more of this type of approach within IT and throughout the businesses of the future enabled by IT’s world of abundance. The change to models and simulation will also affect the workforce. I usually describe this kind of change as a change in the nature of change itself.
As an example to drive home the shift in skills required, I’ll use the example of you being a realtor or builder and I am a home buyer. First you’d want to know the information related to the first three laws of real estate: location, location, location. Then we might talk about the floor plan or energy efficiency…
But wait – I want something that is more flexible. I’m really talking about a motor coach not a traditional home. Location is not your problem it is my problem, I’ll drive it to where I want to live. The floor plan is flexible. I can push out the walls to have the kind of living environment I need and reconfigure it to drive down the road.
I need mechanical engineering skills that can understand movement and the stress placed on the structure much more than static structural or civil engineering skills. It is a house built for continuous change.
These are exactly the kinds of issues that businesses are facing as they move to a more instant-on approach.