We Are All System Analysts!
With the advent of smartphones back in the days when iPhone was released, I suppose we all can agree on this, that this was the event that was the turning point for the "new thing". With this advent, no one really thought that system design and engineering should find its way in to the minds of the common people. Certainly, it became much easier for common system engineers to go from idea to production and that was of course part of the business model as well, but what about the other "common" people? Maybe I should call them, or us, consumers or end users instead of "the common people".
We are all very much used to this thing called "App", so used to it so we can't even imagine our lives without them. Moreover, we are so spoiled by the easy access to these apps that we can choose between different solutions solving the same need, but suits our personal preferences. With this transfer from something "cool and nice" to something "we take for granted" we have all become experts and have one or two things to contribute on topics such as "bad or good design", "how the app should have been done or solved", etc. Numerous sites and blogs pop up to review and rate apps, to learn consumers and end users "how a good app should look like and behave". This is a a good thing and pushes the boundaries for what can be solved and forces the app developers to create better apps to stay competitive.
This notion of "system awareness" among consumers and end users is a seedbed for ideas to take shape. We all can imagine how an app should be like and also how to solve new ideas and needs. We have implicitly been "taught" for the last ten years by all the apps that has been created and made available through App Store and Google Play and that we have downloaded, got use to, embraced, rejected etc. We now have a feeling, or notion, of how an app should be constructed: We Are All System Analysts!
With a new generation growing up literally born with a smartphone, tablet and internet we can only imagine all the smart solutions these youngsters have spinning in their heads. All these ideas need a tool to so they can be tried and easily made available for end users. But, and that is a big but! We all might be system analysts but we are for sure no technicians. To convert these ideas to a technical implementation is not an easy task. In this lies the idea of OOPSIE, tools for the common people, the system analyst inside us that needs be satisfied.
Innovators and entrepreneurs need tools so these ideas can be modeled easily and with a single click instantly deployed to the masses. No idea is too small to not be prepared for the big world! Furthermore, the demand for short-lived applications will be huge and a need of affordable and cheap ways to create these will be a very much wanted tool.
To this comes the analysis of big data. The coming years will produce so much data when we are changing the way how we humans communicate with our physical world and all this data needs to be stored in a storage capable of scale to meet these demands. Off course tools for easy analysis will be required as well. Everything needs to be done fast and be affordable! In this context a system developer "as we know it" will be risky and way too expensive.
Happy Modeling Future!