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September 29, 2014

Software's Latest Promise

Posted by Sudip Singh (View Profile | View All Posts) at 6:25 AM

Vishal Sikka talks about the road ahead for Infosys (Aug 1, 2014) [Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzGEVkwXm2o]

Exactly one hundred years ago, the city fathers of Cleveland, Ohio, devised a pretty smart piece of hardware: the traffic light. In America, by 1914, automobiles were becoming quite popular. In many cities there was chaos on the main thoroughfares. There was little established protocol for drivers of the horseless carriage.

I use this example because as a piece of hardware, there are few more enduring inventions than the traffic light. Red for stop, green for go. Simple enough. So simple and easy to understand, in fact, that it has kept the world's cities in order for the past century.

But we're on the cusp of a new age. According to recent reports, the traffic light will be obsolete within five years. What, then, is making such an enduring and elegantly simple piece of hardware vanish from our roadways? It's all about software.

In fact, software embedded in the next generation of self-driving automobiles promises to be so smart and safe that there will be little use for hardware at intersections that lets drivers know if it's OK to proceed or not. The software in their smart cars will already know what lies ahead. The cars will be equipped with software-enabled features such as radar, sonar, laser sensors, and in-vehicle videos systems. Additionally, pedestrians will have software embedded in their mobile devices or wearables that tell them when it's safe to walk across the street.

Dr. Sikka, will speak at Oracle OpenWorld tomorrow on just how fundamentally software will reshape the world in which we currently live. His address will not only focus on large software solutions that will affect global enterprises, but also on the ways in which software will empower ordinary individuals like you and me. As he's said before, we've barely scratched the surface when it comes to the transformational nature of modern software.

During Dr. Sikka's keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld, look for him to mention how software will create exciting new avenues for people and businesses to engage in meaningful new ways and to thrive. This new reality is almost here. Which is why I couldn't resist using a literal avenue - the streets of our cities - as just one example of how profound software solutions will be in the near future.

Perhaps the biggest difference is that unlike in decades past, when software innovation was somewhat rarified, advances in technology solutions today will affect everyone. The driverless car, outfitted with best-in-class software systems, is going to liberate drivers so that they can travel more safely and make their trips more productive and enjoyable.

We look forward to seeing you at Oracle OpenWorld this week. And if you're not in San Francisco for the event, stay in touch with Infosys for all the latest updates and announcements across all social media.

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