Web economics expert Dr. Holger Schmidt, who has been closely familiar with the technology scene for many years, stated it bluntly – recent developments are bad news for people with digitalization phobia. From 2020, the pace of digital transformation will pick up considerably and crucial tipping points for further development are expected. These are milestones that mark the point at which the previously linear growth of a technical development abruptly stops. In the best case this rings in the transition an exponential growth phase and thus the development of a mass market. We are talking about artificial intelligence, self-propelling cars, and 3-D printing. A total of 800 technology experts surveyed by the World Economic Forum expect these technologies to result in disruptions to the scientific, medical and transportation sectors.
Throughout the 21st century all significant forms of value creation evolved around data. If we talk about self-propelled driving we talk about data analysis and data transfer. Discussions about disruptive business models such Uber are at the core always about the question of how data can be made usable in such a way that it results in true innovations and not gradual improvements. Upon close inspection it becomes apparent that no sector will remain untouched by digitalization and as a result entrepreneurs have to ask themselves what the next evolutionary step and the one after that should be for their business. Similar to chess champions, entrepreneurs must plan three steps ahead.
In this drafted context the focus is on defining the “production location” the business chooses for the implementation of its business model. This is undoubtedly a strategic question. It quickly becomes apparent that it is not only about the storage and transfer of data. Rather, it is of relevance in which environment and ecosystem the assets are kept to be able to implement innovative concepts, products and services in cooperation with partners and customers. Safety plays a key role in this respect and current discussions such as the one about the Safe Harbor Agreement increase the desire of companies to store and process data on German ground in a legally complaint environment. At the same time, companies want to benefit from maximum quality, performance, flexibility and scalability. The fulfillment of this aim is promised by the first genuine hybrid cloud that is exclusively available by DARZ.
In this blog DARZ wants to offer a forum for all those who want to receive and exchange information about the digital evolution. The substantial changes we talk about are not only explained and evaluated by technical experts but also put in their legal, economic and primarily also socially relevant context. We hope that you enjoy reading the contributions and remain with us as we explore the possibilities of the future.