Tomorrow morning I am giving the opening keynote, titled The Future of Living Networks and Organizations, at the Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration Summit.
Here are my slides for the keynote. As always, the slides are intended to accompany my speech, not to stand alone, so are provided for people who are attending the event, or who like nice images :-) (though note the videos are not embedded).
If I get a chance later I’ll expand on some of the ideas from the keynote, but in the meantime here are a few of the core ideas:
* Networks provide the underlying structure to a massive part of life and the universe
* That network structure applies on many levels, including our brains, the internet (and the collective intelligence it is catalyzing), applications, organizations, and business ecosystems
* We can usefully think of these networks as sometimes literally coming to life
* The key factors that enable networks at the societal and organizational levels to come to life are Connectivity, Standards, Integration, and Structure
* Organizations need to be balanced between structure and chaos to create the conditions for agility, responsiveness, and success
* Business ecosystems are central to value creation today, yet require rich flows of information that are predicated on trust and effective strategies for spanning organizational boundaries
* Applications are themselves networks, coming to life through modularity, distributed architecture and development, and integration with human processes, thus supporting the living networks of organizations and business ecosystems