The New Age of Developers—Written by ChatGPT

C. Dunlap
Research Director

Summary Bullets:

• ChatGPT makes its case for how it helps developers write better apps

• Despite its staggering AI chatbot innovation of its most recent version, ChatGPT lacks the human connection—and perspective

I took my boss’s advice and instructed ChatGPT to write a blog for me on how the prototype AI chatbot will significantly improve developers’ careers. It provided an adequate description of how the technology enhances the app development process based primarily on customer service use cases. I also learned a little more about natural language understanding (NLU).

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ThousandEyes Could be a Key Differentiator in Cisco’s Cloud Networking Quest

M. Rogers

Summary Bullets:

• Cisco’s efforts to further integrate ThousandEyes across its solution portfolio offers a powerful tool as it aims to grow as a leading cloud-networking platform provider.

• While ThousandEyes offers great visibility into the entire stack, Cisco could offer deeper integrations in areas like WAN optimization to make the most of its investment.

During the Keynote at this year’s Cisco Live 2022 APJ, in Melbourne Australia, Cisco executive VP and GM of security and collaboration, Jeetu Patel stated that providing a vendor-neutral platform for cloud-networking was core to the company’s strategy. More specifically the company hopes to abstract the security and networking layers away from the leading hyperscale platforms, and to provide a unified platform for networking services and security that allows traffic to flow securely to any cloud platform. This is a lofty goal, and Cisco has a long list of competitors in the networking, monitoring, and security space. The hyperscalers are growing their WAN offerings While Cisco remains one of the leaders in networking and is growing stronger in security, the company needs to develop as many points of differentiation as possible to achieve this goal.

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AWS re:Invent 2022 – AWS Attaches Serverless Option to Popular Services

C. Dunlap Research Director

Summary Bullets:

• Lambda advancements further Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) DevOps agenda.

• AWS couples serverless computing with popular data management and app development tools.

During AWS re:Invent 2022, company executives emphasized how customers can leverage its high-productivity DevOps platforms and data management tools to move into the next phase of digitization and app modernization. This challenging phase of moving mission-critical applications into production is one that demands infrastructure configuration abstraction, greater participation of non-coders and data scientists, and data management, which includes automation and security.

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Stability AI Raises $1 Billion and the Ire of Competitors

Principal Analyst, Advanced Analytics

Summary Bullets:

• The ability to generate an image by typing several textual instructions brings home the potential of AI and seems indistinguishable from magic.

• Stability AI was released in August 2022. Stability AI differentiates itself from competitors by not censoring the user’s creation.

Stability AI (SAI) was co-founded in 2020 by Emad Mostaque, who earned a master’s degree at Oxford University in mathematics and computer science. After a stint as an analyst at several different hedge funds, Mostaque decided to switch gears and pursue his interest in AI. Mostaque provided the initial funding but soon found the company awash in venture funding, giving SAI a valuation of approximately $1 billion. With SAI, artificial intelligence moves beyond analytics and becomes a creator. In order to create an image with SAI, a creator simply types descriptive text into the DreamStudio, and an image slowly appears.

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Vertex Brings Simplicity to Computer Vision, but Computer Vision Still Needs Additional Technology

Principal Analyst, Advanced Analytics

Summary Bullets:

• Machine vision is critical to future-facing products such as self-driving vehicles and delivery robots. Developing a vision-enabled machine is difficult and expensive.

• Google’s Vertex AI Vision will allow companies to build machine vision applications that can be customized to perform a specialized task.

In the summer of 1966, summer students at MIT were tasked with creating a visual system. The story was certainly true, but time distorted the event. The “summer vision project” became an urban legend often told by computer vision scientists to demonstrate how the project participants, who thought they could come up with a prototype by the end of summer, underestimated the project’s complexity.

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Alibaba Cloud Adds CloudBox and Other Options to Deliver Services Closer to Data Sources

S. Soh

Summary Bullets:

• Alibaba Cloud has products to extend its services from major cloud data centers to customer premises and edge locations.

• The company needs to make these products more widely available outside of China and work with communications service providers (CSPs) to deliver multi-access edge computing (MEC).

As enterprises look to leverage cloud services to embed digital solutions (e.g., data analytics, AI/ML, IoT, etc.) in their business operations, there are specific requirements for their IT infrastructure. While public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offers agility and cost-effectiveness, there are challenges around the availability of a cloud region, network latency issues, and security/compliance requirements. Moreover, applications are moving from centralized locations (i.e., cloud or data centers) to a more distributed architecture, giving rise to the demand for edge computing. Hyperscalers have been developing alternatives to host their cloud services, and Alibaba Cloud – as a key player – has also been helping customers to bring cloud services closer to where the data is generated and processed.

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UltraSight Brings AI Technology to Improve Detection of Cardiovascular Diseases

Principal Analyst, Advanced Analytics

Summary Bullets:

• Applying artificial intelligence (AI) to healthcare has been the goal of some incumbent technology startup companies. Despite some progress, breakthroughs have proved elusive.

• Despite the difficulties encountered, UltraSight has brought to market an ultrasound software that utilizes AI to produce diagnostic quality images and provides real-time operational instructions.

On August 25, UltraSight received permission to use the conformité européenne (CE) mark on its UltraSight cardiac imaging software for use on ultrasound devices. The CE mark is required for select items sold in the European Union. The mark indicates that the manufacturer or importer of that product affirms that it is in compliance with the relevant EU legislation and the product may be sold anywhere in the European Economic Area. The permission to use the CE mark on a product is an essential milestone in product development, and the UltraSight software will improve the detection of cardiac irregularities, especially in emergencies.

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Managing AI with Speed and Scale: Tibco Launches a ModelOps Platform

Will Stofega – Principal Analyst, Advanced Analytics

Summary Bullets:

• Tibco’s ModelOps will help businesses ensure that the value of ‘the AI Model’ can be retained and improved throughout the model’s lifecycle.

• The complexity of AI can slow the deployment of models. Tibco’s ModelOps allows even non-programmers to move a model from development to deployment.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has quickly become a must-have tool for businesses. While AI has enabled businesses to gain new insights into their performance, its management and operational aspects have lagged behind, creating bottlenecks in deployment. In addition, companies are carrying a large amount of under-deployed and unrefreshed models that drain budgets and add to what is often referred to as ‘model debt.’ Some of these AI models are not utilizing the most recent data or have drifted away from their original business purpose. AI models and data sets continue to grow in size and complexity, requiring larger teams of software engineers to transform a model into an application.

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MuleSoft Conference Touted Integration but Downplayed API Security

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • MuleSoft Connect delivered on Dreamforce promises made in late-2021.
  • MuleSoft executives missed the opportunity to provide thought leadership on API security and DevSecOps.

Salesforce’s notable integration business, MuleSoft, used its annual conference this week to deliver on the general availability of its Dreamforce announcements made in late-2021. While this week’s recap around intelligent automation, robotic process automation (RPA), pre-built connectors/accelerators, low-code, and collaboration was short on new technical updates, the company achieved its purpose of highlighting the importance of MuleSoft’s highly coveted integration and application programming interface (API) management technology for helping global companies, big and small, accomplish digitization.

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Atos’ Future Will Bring a Much-Needed Restructure

R. Bhattacharyya

Summary Bullets:

  • Atos announced plans to split into two companies: one will focus on digital solutions and the other on information systems.
  • There is still much uncertainty regarding what will happen to Atos in the long term, with rumors flying of a potential acquisition by another French organization.

For France-based Atos, significant change is imminent. In mid-June 2022, the IT services provider (ITSP) announced plans to split into two companies:  SpinCo will offer high-growth solutions that support digital transformation, big data (including Atos’ computing portfolio), and cybersecurity; and TFCo (Atos’ Tech Foundations) will provide low-growth managed infrastructure services, digital workplace solutions, and professional services.  By restructuring, Atos is separating its higher-growth and higher-margin businesses from its underperforming divisions, which have been dragging the company’s overall financial performance down for several years.

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