Sapient’s Tech Radar helps companies zero in on best technologies

While rapid technological development can be great for end users, the pace of change and number of market options can be head spinning for those in charge of selecting an implementing them.

Sapient hopes Tech Radar will simplify the process, director of technology Sean O’Donnell says.

Tech Radar provides centralized view of technologies and trends in a visual form which helps companies identify how effective their current technologies are in comparison to their competitors, top options for their unique needs, and when they should be implementing new options.

Helping a global clientele implement new solutions helps Sapient monitor the best market solutions, Mr. O’Donnell said, while addicting they also continuously watch for new entrants.

“We do a lot of work with different technologies, so we have a good sense of the tech landscape we live in,” Mr. O’Donnell said.

He added that Tech Radar’s foundation is an internal one, beginning with what technologies would they suggest and which ones they would avoid if they were starting out. But they couldn’t find a tool so they designed one. Taking 650 different technologies (updated quarterly), Sapient analyzed them against six major areas – presentation layer, APIs and business services, data, integration, agility and devops, and infrastructure.

“We look at six or seven data slices,” Mr. O’Donnell explained. “If we were starting a project and talking to a CTO, what technologies are in the space? We can view all of the technologies in the sphere and the associated languages, tools and platforms.

“Companies can use it as an index as to where they see themselves against that radar. We help them plot the right path by investing in the right technology with a level of certainty.”

The closer a technology is to the center, the more that it should be maintained. Those close to the edge are near their end and should be replaced.

It’s an exciting time to be in technology, Mr. O’Donnell said. Unbundling of formerly complex systems has caused the user base to multiply and their favorite products to explode in popularity. Open-source technologies and the decisions on where you build them are also changing the industry.

“The go-to place for building the next generation of technologies is the cloud,” Mr. O’Donnell said.

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