Thoughtworks’ Technology Radar: An expert opinion into the current trends in Tech and Business

The world of Technology and business requires continuously monitoring of key trends that shape and define the industry. Old Technologies are being phased out while new ones are being created each day at almost supersonic speeds.

However, it also requires expert opinions and insights to decipher and predict the most compelling trends that will change how businesses will operate tomorrow. That’s where The Thoughworks’ Technology Radar comes in.

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The Radar is an expert opinion created by Thoughtworks Technology Advisory Board that consists of 20 senior Technology thought leaders from around the globe. The Radar addresses key trends that are significantly impacting software development and business strategy. The Radar sets out the current changes in software development — things in motion you should pay attention to based upon ThoughtWorks’ day-to-day work and experience solving their client’s toughest challenges.

The software company released the Tech Radar on July 8th, 2014 for the international audience but will have a local presentation this August on the 8th at Protea Hotel Kampala Uganda. At the launch of the report in July, Dr. Rebecca Parsons, CTO of ThoughtWorks said that today’s successful organizations are those that place technology at the centre of their overall business strategy. “CEOs are thinking about technology like never before as they try and make sense of a massive influx of data. The need to sufficiently analyze and anticipate disruptive elements in business and technology is at the core of why our technology Radar continues to grow in readership each new edition” she added.

The notable themes in this Technology Radar include;

Churn in the Javascript world

Javascript used to be a condiment technology, always used to augment other technologies. It has kept that role but expanded into it’s own platform with a staggering rate of change.

Microservices and the rise of the API

We are seeing an incredible amount of interest in microservice architectures, as well as an emphasis on the importance of the API both within an organization and as a bridge to the outside world. This edition of the Radar tracks some of specific tools and techniques for microservices

Conway’s Law

Some companies are mired in siloed structures that add needless friction to engineering efforts, while more enlightened companies use team organization to drive the kinds of architectures they want. We are learning the peril of ignoring Conway’s law and the benefits of leveraging it. Simply put, communication structure within an organisation reflects the design of a software.

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Over 90% of the world’s email moves through just 10 providers. Prompted in part by revelations about US’ stronghold on the internet infrastructure, and a desire to maintain more individual and organizational control, we see a new trend in “re-decentralization” of both data and infrastructure.

Three developers from ThoughtWorks,Nimrod Wadera, James Oloo Olyango and Augustine Kisitu will be speaking on the above themes more elaborately next month on 8th August. For now though, you can access an interactive version of the Radar at

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