Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Blockchain, Hybrid Cloud and PaaS, the trend-setting technologies in 2018

On the 31st of January in the Flagship room of Telefónica the launch took place of the 5th edition of the eBook 2018 trends Open Source and Free Software technologies published by Open Expo annually, in which Qindel Group took part as a guest author.

Mónica Valle opened the event explaining the main conclusions of the study, highlighting that technologies like Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Blockchain, Cloud Hybrid and PaaS, will set the trend in 2018. After this, Mariana González, the Open Expo Product Manager shared the news of what Open Expo 2018 will bring.

As its main point, the event featured a panel discussion presented by David Olmos, CEO of ASOLIF, where different professionals of the sector share their vision about the Open Source technologies trends for 2018, and how they will implement them in their companies. The table was formed by Borja Prieto Ursúa, Head of Institutional Extension Service of the Madrid City Council; Enrique Diego Bernardo, Director of Technology of the Public Transport (EMT); Maribel de la Vega, Director of Technology of Liberty Seguros; Rafael Gil Horrillo, CIO of Avanza Group; Raúl Rivero, Director of Architecture of Acciona; and Philippe Lardy, CEO of OpenExpo Europe.

David Olmos initiated the discussion by asking what companies from the public and private sector gain by opening their data, software, technologies and processes when other companies don´t do it, the Head of Institutional Extension Service of the Madrid City Council responded that “sharing data, technology and tools means sharing knowledge that activates citizen participation”, so it is aligned with the Open Source philosophy which gives users the freedom to modify the source code with no licencing restriction.

Then, the EMT Director of Technology talked about how challenging it is to be at the level of the citizen´s digital transformation, representing the Open Source technologies a big opportunity to take advantage of data mining, to improve the citizens mobility. Also, the CIO of Avanza explained how through making data available to users allows them to learn from their uses and to take decisions based on it.

Considering that both companies are in the business of transport and, in the specific case of the EMT, that last year transported 427.930.391 users according to their latest report, it means a huge volume of data to analyse. The huge Big Data wave, according to Nito Martínez, Managing Partner of Qindel Group, has resulted in the emergence of new technologies in the form of NoSQL, highlighting Open Source technologies like Hadoop, Apache Spark, etc., with regards of BBDD NoSQL we find MongoDB and Cassandra who are having a big impact in the NoSQL strategies.

In the case of public bodies like Madrid City Council, Blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin, will be the trend to ensure security (user´s credentials) efficiently. So currently where the security of many big companies has been tested it is more than needed to count on the necessary mechanisms to protect citizens data. On this the open technologies represent a big opportunity in comparison with proprietary software because of the speed that bugs can be fixed, and security holes are corrected, this was emphasised by the Director of Architecture of Acciona.

Meanwhile, the Director of Technology of Liberty Seguros talked about how they have changed from proprietary software and own datacentres to systems more open through a hybrid model, to better connect with clients and partners of the business. This represents a significant cost saving, gaining agility and enhancing safety and reliability. 

Also, she expressed the importance of ensuring business continuity in case of failures, mainly in insurance and financial sector companies because, otherwise, being inoperative might mean a big economic impact. In this context we highlight open source technologies of desktop and application virtualisation like QVD, a virtualising platform that provides high availability ensuring business continuity in case of disasters, protecting the data and user’s security, and helps to cut costs.

In summary, ensuring security, protecting data, guaranteeing privacy to users, keeping the continuity of the business and to having the mechanisms to manage big volumes of data will be part of the companies 2018 resolutions. For that, technologies like Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Blockchain, Hybrid Cloud, PaaS, DevOps, server, desktop and application virtualisation, and the Internet of Things (IoT) will be an ally for companies to reach their 2018 IT goals.